Need even more Anja Rubik after taking a look at her Models.com coverstory? Well you’re in good company – fashion can’t get enough of Ms. Rubik and this month the industry icon is front and center in the pages of multiple magazines. From a stellar Sorrenti shot beach treat in Vogue Paris, to a sophisticated turn on the cover of Vogue Espana Anja is everywhere. Take a look at all the blonde beauty has been up to this month!
It is always nice to having modeling legends appearing on those coveted covers, but nothing is more exciting than charting the rise of a new star.Vogue Paris‘s June/July cover is a beachy shot by Mario Sorrenti where Andreea Diaconu steals the show. Looking reminiscent of Brooke Shields in The Blue Lagoon, Andreea conveys all the sensuality and beauty necessary for Sorrenti’s erotically tinged imagery.
Transparency was all over the S/S13 runways and as the season draws closer it seems fitting to explore one of its dominant trends. The house whose designs exemplified the look was VALENTINO, where designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli showed a variety of pieces that utilized transparency expertly, revealing skin but keeping the demure sophistication the brand has become known for. Whether they were dazzling with delicate embroidery, or creating a sublime showcase for the body via cutouts, the duo set the standard for diaphanous dressing.
One piece in particular took the look to its logical endpoint and dazzled with its whimsical cheekiness. The PVC trenchcoat embellished with the line’s signature rockstuds has become an editorial favorite, with stylists providing their own take on the Valentino look. The trench lends itself to a myriad of different interpretations and stylists did not disappoint, creating a variety of looks that range from sensual, to avant-garde. When a garment can go from the all out sexy of Missy Rayder‘s powerful image in Numero, to the easy cool on the back of Angela Lindvall it more than proves its versatility.
It’s that time of year again- the V Man/Ford Models search. Since 2008 VMAN has partnered with Ford Models to seek out the next famous face in men’s fashion. Once a year, entrants from around the world submit to the search online for the chance to sign with Ford and be on the cover of VMAN. Past winners include Clark Cord, Joseph Dolce, and Calvin Klein underwear/fragrance model-of-the-moment, Matthew Terry. The winner will be photographed by none other than Karl Lagerfeld for the cover of VMAN 30, the magazine’s upcoming tenth anniversary issue. Look for the unveiling of the winner’s cover this summer and follow the search on Twitter at #shotbyKarl and #VMANFordSearch. (Text: Matt Meyer)
Where do we begin with Joseph Dolce, the VMan/Ford Models contest winner with the fashionable name and unforgettable face. Considering the heights reached by former V Man winners – campaigns, covers, catwalk struts – it’s safe to say we’ve got high expectations for Mr. Dolce. VMan introduces him to the world via a special video by CyCy Sanders, that provides an animated glimpse into the surreal life of a male model. Inside the magazine,Philippe Vogelenzang and Tom Van Dorpe (Paris: Management + Artists, New York: Management + Artists) give a different take on things, with their down to earth, boy next door editorial, while Mario Sorrenti and Robbie Spencer take all the finalists into extreme territory with a sleek menswear story.
Some collections are made for editorial greatness, on the runway they’re good but when a talented team gets ahold of things the stories those garments can tell are limitless. One collection that has found new life editorially isComme des Garcons‘ excellent fall/winter showing. The exaggerated proportions, bold patterns and plays on dimension have made for some truly striking imagery. Stylists seem to love playing with Rei Kawakubo‘s artful creations, and there are a few looks that keep popping up in magazines month after month. Whether they’re worn by the likes of style legend Iris Apfel, transformed into samurai gear for Meghan Collison, or made part of David Sims‘ stark imagery, it is impossible to miss a CdG piece. Take a look back at some of the most memorable uses of the collection thus far and see how different stylists dealt with some of the more popular pieces.
The winner of the annual Ford Models / V Man contest arrives on the scene with a bang and a truly spectacular cover – color us impressed. Sorrenti always knows how to bring drama into a photograph and this high octane image delivers on every level.
Happy birthday to supermodel Naomi Campbell, who turns 42 today and is still one of the most in demand faces within the industry. Naomi’s career is legendary not just because of her phenomenal accomplishments (there isn’t a campaign she hasn’t booked or a runway she hasn’t walked) but also because of the series of ground she broke, not just for herself but for models of color everywhere. Take a look back at some of our favorite Naomi moments from her 20 years in the industry.
1988 – THE 1ST
As a true trailblazer Naomi was not only the very first black model to appear on the cover of Vogue Paris, she was also the first to land a spot on the cover of American Vogue‘s coveted September issue.
1994 – PRADA
Not to mention the very first black model to appear in ads for Prada, also one of the few to ever set foot on the mega-brand’s runways. Fashion historians will note that it took 10 years for another black model to grace the Prada catwalk.
90s – THE TRINITY
The iconic faces of a generation; along with friends Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington, Naomi owned the 90s runways. More than just a group of besties, the trio banded together with Evangelista and Turlington refusing to do shows unless Naomi walked alongside them.
1989 & 2008 – YSL
As a mentor, friend and supporter, Yves Saint Laurentwas an important part of Campbell’s success. “He was the one who campaigned to put me on the cover on French Vogue and I was the first woman of color to be on the cover — that was because of him. He was so supportive of me. Not just for me, for women of color everywhere.”
1992 – THE KING OF POP MEETS THE QUEEN OF MODELS
We know the George Michael Freedom video is another fashion milestone, but only one supermodel shared the dancefloor with the King of Pop!! Jackson’s In the Closet video, directed by Herb Ritts, shows two enduring talents at the top of their game.
1993 – VERSACE
Richard Avedon‘s Versace ads are modern classics and Naomi’s history with the house is well documented, from her friendship with Donatella & Gianni to her numerous appearances on the Versace runway.
2003 – CHANGE CLOTHES
A decade later and still serving it up in memorable music videos, this time for Jay-Z and Pharrell.
2007 – THE NAOMI DIARIES
Could most models turn their community service into one of the best fashion editorials of the year? The answer is no.
Jean Paul Goude + Naomi is a winning combination, especially when recreating one of his classic Grace Jones images with the help of Marc Jacobs.
2010 – PUSHING BOUNDARIES
Never one to be afraid of controversy, Naomi has appeared in countless editorials that push the limits, most recently her Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott story in Interview was an especially striking example.