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The Look of Angelo Pennetta

April 10th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Considering how much of fashion’s excitement happens behind the scenes, it is surprising how few editorial images enter into reportage territory. Ask anyone working in the industry: half the magic takes place far away from photo studios, runways and sound stages. Seeing these moments captured is always intriguing, and Angelo Pennetta‘s work provides a bird’s-eye view into the realities behind fashion.

In British Vogue, Pennetta follows Karlie Kloss as she makes her way through Paris fashion week, offering a glamorous yet candid look at the model lifestyle. The pictures are high gloss, styled to a t, and showcase some of the season’s best clothes, but they manage to feel authentic and inviting. Who wouldn’t want to lounge around at the Hotel Crillon with Karlie?

Likewise, Pennetta’s shots of the effervescent Liu Wen‘s travels through China felt like an little peek into Liu’s private side. So often it is the photographer who meticulously crafts the vision a model is supposed to represent; viewing the work of an artist who lets the girls be themselves is a treat. Especially when the journeys he takes you on are so lovely.

Karlie Kloss for British Vogue May 2011

Liu Wen for New York Times Magazine S/S 12

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Bits & Bytes: The New U

October 21st, 2011 |Posted by Betty


U Magazine gets better and better with each issue. Their new cover, featuring Douglas Neitzke by Zee Nunes is a dreamy one indeed. For more from the issue go to U Magazine.

Fashion and photography

The one and only Bruce Weber, along with Nan Bush, relaunch the Bruce Weber website. If you know nothing about fashion, you will still recognize many of the iconic images for which he is responsible. Even more exciting is the prospect of Bruce and Nan stepping into the role of creative directors. Included will be “Bruce’s advertisements, selected short films, music videos and all-new WEBERSODES and short films produced specifically for the web”. This promises to be heaven.

Aww, we’re big fans of Costello Tagliapietra and so happy they finally got to tie the knot!

Vogue Italia wants YOU! Fashionista discussed Franca Sozzani’s new venture.

Modeling news

Style.com talks to one of our favorites, Liu Wen who shows us her view of the shows.

Calvin Klein is not only one of fashion’s legends, he’s a true game changer; here’s a short summary of his talk at Fern Mallis’ Fashion Icons series.

The very talented stylist and casting director John Tan chats with John Krupa who found his way to modeling, yes, you got it, right here on models.com.

Miscellaneous

We love that J Crew has gay couples in their catalog. I guess they would be considered the anti LL Bean.

If you happen to have $100,000 to drop, here’s a bespoke library from Assouline, super fabulous, right?

A tumblr suggestion from MDC’s Kevin, this truly made me laugh.

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Behind the Campaign : Lane Crawford

August 17th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Lane Crawford‘s fall campaign features some of China’s most well known faces shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott in the season’s chicest designer pieces. Ming Xi, Liu Wen, Fei Fei Sun, Shu Pei and Xiao Wen Ju make for a stunning group, sporting bright red lips and and outfits from Alexander McQueenGivenchyCeline and Haider Ackermann. Check out these behind the campaign images for a small taste of the vibe on set and a glimpse of these beauties at work.

Be sure to watch the preview of the campaign video – set to debut on MDC in September!

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In A Daze

August 11th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Dazed & Confused takes on the fall collections with a 60 plus page editorial by Kacper Kasprzyk filled with a wild assortment of clothing styled by Katie Shillingford, Robbie Spencer and Karen Langley. With three top tier stylists and nearly 40 models from established stars to new faces and kids fresh from the street, the story qualifies as a full on fashion extravaganza.



Joan Smalls

Hanaa Ben Abdesslem

Billie Turnbull

Karl Byrne & Luisa Le Voguer Couyet



Liu Wen

Ehren Dorsey

Toby Rackham & Will Norton



Aymeline Valade



Camille Rowe

Oscar Khan & Oscar Lindqvist



Ajak Deng



Alyona Subbotina

Harry Strawson & Calum Caldwell



Alana Zimmer

Lydia Willemina & Terese Pagh

Daisy Davidson, Cole Fitzhenry & Steven Gannon



Andie Arthur



Ruby Jean Wilson



Emily DiDonato

Kate Wagoner & Lydia Carron



Marloes Horst

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Vogue Vixens

August 4th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

The bar for September covers has been raised! Vogue China‘s phenomenal Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin helmed cover has everything you could ask for – glamorous girls, colorful fashions and a sublime sense of drama. Du Juan, Sui He, Fei Fei Sun, Liu Wen, Ming Xi and Shu Pei are a sight to behold and the image serves as the perfect tribute to fashion’s current crop of Chinese top models.

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The World of Calvin Klein

July 15th, 2011 |Posted by Betty

The effortlessly chic brand released the rest of its fall campaign images, in an exclusive preview here, following the anticipated appearances of Lara Stone and Dmitriy Tanner by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott for Calvin Klein Collection. The strikingly graphic ck Calvin Klein is an early hit with fashion fans, starring Lara, Liu Wen and the up and coming Benjamin Eidem captured by Craig McDean. The Calvin Klein line has Alasdair McLellan manning the helm of the classic collection with British beauties Lily Donaldson and Danny Beauchamp. After the wildly successful ck one Jeans launch this past spring, fall has Steven Meisel once again directing the dynamic cast of Lara, Rob Evans, Wang Xiao, Yuri Pleskun and a host of energetic newcomers. Last but never least, is the ever sensual Lara in the new Naked Glamour Underwear video by Patrick Demarchelier. Tell us your favorites in the comments.

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mdc ♥s : All About Eyes

May 27th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Lily Donaldson has the most beautiful baby blues in the business | Image by Betty Sze for MDC

The eyes are the window to the soul and they’re often the first thing people pay attention to when they see us. All the more reason to pamper them with the right creams and adorn them with the very best shadows and liners. This week MDC rounds up our favorite beauty products for eyes, each one used frequently by members of our team. Be sure to let us know what your personal favorites are in the comments!

REN Active 7 Radiant Eye Maintenance Gel
This unique gel de-puffs the delicate under eye area quickly and effectively. Perfect for mornings when you’ve gotten less sleep than you should, or evenings spent out on the town. Dab a tiny bit of the cooling formula on any and all puffiness and prepare to be dazzled by the results. We’ve seen REN’s product pop up in many a makeup artist’s kit and we completely understand way. Added bonus, we love the purse friendly size of this product – great for touching up throughout the day.

skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels
For those days when you really are in need of help, give sky ICELAND’s eye gels a try. The cooling pads can be placed beneath the eye area to reduce the appearance of puffiness, fine lines and broken blood vessels in 10 minutes. With the long and eventful party season fast approaching, these are sure to become a mainstay for anyone who had a little too much fun the night before.

Lancome Genifique Eye
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and Genifique’s formula offers care for those first signs of aging by stimulating the production of cells. The gel promises brighter, firmer skin in seven days and during that time we saw definite improvement in the texture and elasticity of the skin surrounding our delicate peepers. What can we say, if its good enough for spokeswoman Julia Restoin-Roifteld, it is good enough for us!

Bobbi Brown Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow
We tried and tested several different variety of cream eyeshadow, but Bobbi Brown’s was the absolute best. With a wide variety of colors as well as an unrivaled lasting power, these little shadow pots left us thoroughly impressed. Try a glittering pale shade like Pink Coral for day and deep dark shade like Black Pearl for an easy smoky eye when evening comes.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Shadows
Developed by Tom Pecheux and used on the likes of Hilary Rhoda and Liu Wen, this extensive range of colors and shades has enough variety to keep even the most voracious cosmetics fiends happy. Estee is all about quality, so the shadows are as long lasting and very easy to apply, whether you’ve got your own set of brushes or use the little applicator they come with. Our personal favorite shades were the glittering Emerald Star and Sizzling copper.

YSL Faux Cils Noir Radical
There are about a million mascaras on the market and we’ve tried them all (and have about 30 mascara tubes to prove it) Faux Cils was our favorite for the volumizing effect, lasting power and rich black color (Noir Radical is pure midnight black) that makes all eye colors stand out. Not in the mood for basic black – give brights like Extreme Blue and Fascinating Violet a try.

Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water

Hands down the very best and gentlest eye-makeup remover there is. Cuts through thick black liner and three coats of mascara without stinging your eyes, or leaving behind a streaky mess. Beloved by makeup artists, models and the team here for its speed and ease of use – plus  the ultra-portable wipes are wonderful for on the go!

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Bits & Bytes: Ragtag!

May 26th, 2011 |Posted by Betty


Tao Okamoto by Russell James. Image courtesy of Tao

Naomi! Liu! Sean O! and more….Tao Okamoto’s Save Japan event is finally here. See items donated by the legendary Naomi Campbell, top models Jenny Shimizu, Heidi Mount, Liu Wen, Sean O’Pry and industry figures like François Nars, Cecilia Dean, Marie Chaix, Phillip Lim, Catherine Malandrino, Thakoon, Pamela Love and many more to raise money for the disaster in Japan. Though the location is called Saturday, the event is actually on Sunday, the 29th. Though we’re dying to see all the fashion items donated by such an eclectic and fabulous crowd, even better may be the chance to see some of these faces on Sunday pitching in for such a great cause. See you Sunday!

The awesome Sally Lyndley talks styling with Katie Grand on Fashionista. Also make sure you check out Katie’s new website, KatieGrand.com.

Carine Roitfeld, the “editrix/dominatrix” talks about her resemblance to Iggy Pop. Love it.

The Imagist has images of Ellen von Unwerth shot by the iconic Guy Bourdin, before she became a top photographer.

Lady Gaga and Karl Lagerfeld‘s t-shirts are our favorites in the Uniqlo t-shirt benefiting the Japanese Red Cross, available next month. Which is yours?

We love Mcqueen as much as the next person but it’s still fascinating to read about his dark side.

Are you Twitter? You’re not? Maybe that’s better, says the NYTimes. Meanwhile the entire MDC crew is: @themoskovic, @hisssquad, @ninjasze, @sansartifice, @fsorrenti, @jonathanshia.

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