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Heroes

July 19th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

25 Magazine pays tribute to the model altruists, with a beautiful special portfolio by Paola Kudacki. Focusing on women with “brains, savvy and, perhaps most significantly, dedication to a cause close to their heart” the series features Iman, Anja Rubik, Veronika Varekova,Elettra Wiedemann, Coco Rocha, Petra Nemcova, Liya Kebede, Katharina Harf, Summer Rayne and Helena Christensen in striking black and white images.

All photos courtesy of 25 Magazine

Anja Rubik

Liya Kebede

Elettra Wiedemann

Summer Rayne

Coco Rocha

Iman Abdulmajid

Petra Nemcova

Veronika Varekova

Helena Christensen

Katharina Harf

 

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Resort Hits

June 8th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Another season, another set of wearable designs for resort, even if you aren’t headed to your summer house for a seasonal stopover you’re sure to find something you like. Here’s what we’ve been loving from Resort so far – be sure to tell us your favorites in the comments!

BALENCIAGA
Pictured on Liya Kebede, Marte Mei van Haaster & Meghan Collison

Ballet inspired minimalism, that offers a welcome respite from the 80s infused disco vibe that Ghesquière has been giving us lately. A simple, elegant and dare we say it – pretty, collection that feels new. Plus, it goes without saying that those slate & coral heels are set to become an editorial (and street style) sensation.

GUCCI
Pictured on Bette Franke, Karmen Pedaru & Nadja Bender

The Gucci flora print is iconic and Frida has always found interesting ways of incorporating it into her designs. The Resort collection offers a colorful and feminine take on the Gucci standards and even boasts a little restraint – there is only one pastel suit!

DEREK LAM
Pictured on Monika Sawicka & Ava Smith

We admit that we don’t quite see the Coming to America inspiration, but we’re happy that Derek Lam looked to a film that hasn’t been run into the ground for inspiration. All we see is clean, classic American design with a modern twist and really we can’t complain about that.

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Ear to Ear

January 11th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

There is no smiling in high fashion. Seriously.

There was a point in the pre-recession days (if you can remember those) when spotting a smile on a cover or in a campaign was was something akin to seeing Anna Dello Russo in khakis and Keds – it simply wasn’t done. Don’t believe us? Take a look at Fashion Iconography for a year by year cover rundown of blank stares and suggestive pouting.

We’re not sure if it is the lighter than air feeling of spring’s floucy separates, the inescapable influence of smize-queen Tyra Banks, or a tie in deal with Crest, but this season is all about laughing, grinning and being incessantly cheerful.

Mirte Maas and Mathias Bergh‘s Tom Ford ads are beyond upbeat and bordering on manic – who would guess that Mr. Ford himself was behind the camera? Beneath all that carefully crafted sexiness, we knew he had a sense of humor.

Julia Stegner, Miranda Kerr and a couple of baby goats for Bally. Cavity. Inducing. sweetness.

Only a hint of a grin for Bottega Veneta, but seeing Liya Kebede always makes us smile. Plus, lets be real who wouldn’t be grinning if they found themselves in the possession of that tote.

Arizona Muse for Isabel Marant, stuck in the backseat of a convertible (cars are another of the season’s big fashion ad motifs, see Prada’s gas station-fest) shielding her face from the sun and STILL smiling.

Hearing the words Milla Jovovich by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, automatically makes you think of a really arty black and white shoot, possibly with some cool face painting or an M/M Paris design scrawled along the side. Luckily I&V are saving that kind of stuff for Justin Bieber this month and instead have graced us with this shot of an ecstatic Milla.

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En Vogue

July 18th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

No offense to cover girl Sarah Jessica Parker, but we like our American Vogue best when it focuses on models. Steven Meisel‘s winning feature in the August edition is a good example of why: featuring 10 of the best girls working, styled to the nines by Marie-Amélie Sauvé, the studio shoot is a gorgeous showcase for the best seasonal wares; a Celine blouse worn with a Fendi fur and a Dries skirt – pretty impressive combo.

The mix of favorite faces is also serves as a great way to illustrate issue’s Age theme. Kristen McMenamy, Karen Elson, and Audrey Marnay join newbies like Anais Pouliot and Fei Fei Sun and each shot looks great. That said, the range of ages could be even greater – wouldn’t it have been nice if Vogue had pushed the casting mix one step further and included Carmen dell’Orefice?

MODELS Raquel Zimmermann, Liya Kebede, Candice Swanepoel, Miranda Kerr, Guinevere Van Seenus, Karen Elson, Fei Fei Sun, Anais Pouliot, Arizona Muse, Kristen McMenamy & Audrey Marnay

HAIR Guido Palau | MAKEUP Pat McGrath | SET DESIGN Mary Howard

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The Force

April 25th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Naomi Campbell graces the cover of Vogue Japan in a stunning shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Wearing the oh so popular Gucci S/S dress and an intense look, Ms. Campbell looks as powerful as ever. Did you know that Naomi is one of only two black models to ever grace the cover of Vogue Japan? Naomi has two covers (June 2011 and November 1999) while Liya Kebede was on the cover of the January 2004 issue.

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Fox Force 5

September 16th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

We can’t help but love i-D‘s commitment to showcasing fashion’s most beautiful faces and with five new covers featuring 5 exemplary models there is even more to love this fall. The ‘Define Yourself’ issue’s cover stars are girls whose personality and panache have set them apart from other models, the legendary Kristen McMenamy stands alone as an icon, while Liya Kebede has moved from supermodel to celebrated actress.  Relative newcomers like Joan Smalls, Lindsey Wixson and Daisy Lowe are all on their way towards the stratosphere and attention grabbing covers for each girl are sure to become collectibles.

Joan by Danielle Duella and Iango Henzi

Lindsay by Emma Summerton

Kristen by Daniele Duella and Iango Henzi

Daisy by Marcel Door

Liya by Daniele Duella and Iango Henzi

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Rebell Yell

August 13th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Liya Kebede is known for he classic beauty and poise on and off the runway, but every so often fashion’s good girl goes bad. Tom Munro takes Liya to the other side for Vogue Italia with an editorial heavy on attitude and energy. With smoky eyeliner,  short hair and an incredible pair of fishnet stockings Liya truly looks like a rockstar. Not only that, she moves like one too; Ms. Kebede’s posing is still among the best in the industry, newcomers take note! This is how you do it.

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Cowgirl Blues

May 26th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Liya Kebede brings her dynamic presence to the pages of i-D, with an edgy editorial by Amy Troost. Dressed in an eclectic mix of cowgirl, scuba and sporty styles chosen by Alastair McKimm, Liya looks tough and in control, further proof that she can pull off even the most unusual looks – who else could make a leather cowboy hat and mesh top combination look completely natural.

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