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A Brief History of Actors & Models

May 11th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

It is a proven fact that Hollywood actors cannot resist models – Leonardo Dicaprio we’re looking at you – so it is no surprise that magazines frequently pair actors & models together in covers and in editorials. We’re not sure why magazines always go for the actor + models combo instead of say actresses and male models (c’mon someone get Scarlett Johansson and Sean O’Pry  together already) but it is a proven formula that can produce beautiful results.

Or incredibly awkward and somewhat confusing results. Lets take a look back at some of our favorite model meets actor moments – the good, the bad and the just plain weird.

2012: W Magazine  : Tom Cruise + Abbey Lee Kershaw & Edita Vilkeviciute by Mario Sorrenti

W Magazine knows how to push all the right buttons don’t they? What better way to promote the blissfully cheesy 80s jukebox musical Rock of Ages than to put its star on the cover looking like a latter day Bret Michaels? Edita Vilkeviciute and Abbey Lee Kershaw are bringing the heat, but we can’t help but feel that Cruise looks more than a little uncomfortable. Perhaps this is simply his version of bored rock star blasé, but he manages to make standing between two of the world’s most beautiful girls look like a chore; to be honest he had more chemistry with Jeremy Renner in MI:4.

2012: Vogue Espana Clive Owen & Toni Garrn by Alexi Lubomirski

Love Toni, Love Clive. Love the city of Paris. Still he looks like her dad in this. Sorry. Unless they were going for the whole “cool dad takes his glamazon daughter to France thing”, if so then it totally works.

2012: American Vogue - Michael Fassbender and Natalia Vodianova by Craig McDean

Let’s be honest they make the ultimate austere couple.

2012: American Vogue - Eddie Redmayne & Karlie Kloss by Mario Testino

Young love minus the pimples.

2011: American Vogue – Jeremy Irvine & Arizona Muse by David Sims

Ok ok. This is a blatant promo for the film War Horse, but hey it made for an amazing editorial, atmospheric, rich and a showcase for some spectacular fashion.

2010 American Vogue - Ewan McGregor & Natalia Vodianova by Peter Lindbergh

Are you starting to see how much American Vogue likes this concept?

2009: American Vogue - Morgan Freeman & Lara Stone by Bruce Weber

Lara Stone and Morgan Freeman taking a walk around New Orleans, oh to have been a fly on the wall for this shoot…

2008: American Vogue - Jon Hamm & Catherine McNeil by Mario Testino

Let Don Draper show you how it’s done. McNeil and Hamm had a great rapport in all their images, in his Vogue profile he describes her as, “adorable and sweet and so much younger than me that it is terrifying.” Age concerns aside the Testino shoot struck the right balance between glamourous fashion fantasy and celebrity profile.

2006: Vanity Fair - George Clooney & Gemma Ward by Norman Jean Roy

The old Hollywood director and his brand new muse – is it too early to label an editorial a modern classic?

2006: American Vogue – Eric Bana & Gisele Bundchen by Mario Testino

Gisele gets roped into this sort of thing a lot…

2005: American Vogue - Josh Hartnett & Gemma Ward

Can you tell that this gorgeous duo started dating after this was shot?

2004: American Vogue Daria Werbowy and Jake Gyllenhaal

Going out on a limb and saying that Jake had the most fun on this shoot.

1992: Kyle Maclachlan & Linda Evangelista for Barneys

In the years prior to the François-Henri Pinault scandal, Linda dated Twin Peaks star Kyle MacLachlan and found time to appear with him in ads for Barneys and a Meisel Vogue story. Unfortunately the couple that poses together doesn’t always stay together and they broke things off in the mid-90s.

1992: Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford by Herb Ritts

Does it get better than this? The answer is no it doesn’t. It does not get any better, Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr are not going to give you this kind of movie star & model chicness, bask in the glory of this cover.

And none for Leo.

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Bits & Bytes: Elsa by Guy

April 24th, 2012 |Posted by Betty


Elsa Hosk by Guy Aroch. Documenting 2 years of shooting the beautiful Elsa, Guy Aroch‘s show at Milk Gallery has its closing party today.

Check out the rest of photographer Kevin Tachman’s favorite backstage shots at the Paris men’s shows.

The sixth annual V Man Magazine/Ford Models modelsearch begins. Sign up here if you think you’ve got “the look”.

Karl Lagerfeld in a mankini, way before Borat ever wore it.

Mario Testino relaunches his site.  It is PACKED with photos/videos of his decades of shooting the beautiful people.

The iconic Sonia Rykiel reveals her struggle with Parkinson’s in her new book.

If you love all things Dior, take a peek at Assouline’s new 3 volume slipcase of one of fashion’s most celebrated brands.

Speaking of Dior, Dior Homme’s Pop Up Shop on Greene Street is now open through September.

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Brit Wit

February 6th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

British Vogue always manages to feature some of our favorite girls in decidedly different ways. This month the mag transforms ethereal gypsy Abbey Lee Kershaw into a 60s siren, gives Zuzanna Bijoch the minimalist treatment and provides Karlie Kloss with entry into a world of pure kitsch. The dramatic, colorful and just slightly kooky stories, make for an especially strong issue and the perfect compliment to that candy colored Lana Del Rey cover.

The retro vibe of Abbey Lee Kershaw‘s dreamy story by by Alasdair McLellan is enhanced by the fact that it was shot in Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor’s former home: Francesca Burns‘ styling really shines here.

Zuzanna Bijoch‘s severe shots by David Sims feature standout pieces from BalenciagaComme des Garcons and Miu Miu selected by none other than Joe McKenna.

The Mario Testino helmed meditation on excess is filled with patterns, prints and other forms of opulent ornamentation chosen by Lucinda Chambers and worn by Karlie Kloss.

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December Gifts

November 28th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

This year the presents come early with December covers dedicated to all things model. From Harper’s Bazaar UK dedicating space to the original supers with a special on Duran Duran’s Girl Panic video, to Karlie Kloss wrapped up like a gift on Vogue Germany, you get the very best of beautiful girls. Tell us which all star cover is your favorite!

Heather Marks for Vogue Hellas December 2011

Karlie Kloss by Alexi Lubomirski for Vogue Germany | Jacquelyn Jablonski for Vogue Turkey December 2011

Gisele Bundchen by Mario Testino for British Vogue

Dree Hemingway by Bruce Weber for Vogue Spain December | Hailey Clauson by Catherine Servel for W Korea

Doutzen Kroes by Tiziano Magni for Numero China

Yasmin LeBon, Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Cindy Crawford and Eva Herzigova for Harper’s Bazaar UK

Magdalena Frackowiak for Vogue Mexico

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Kate Forever

August 11th, 2011 |Posted by Betty

Kate Moss
Mario Testino

What more is there to say about one of fashion’s most enduring faces on the September cover of American Vogue? Wearing, of course, Alexander McQueen, Kate looks every inch the legend she is.

Kate & Daughter Lila Grace

Kate, her flower girls, bridesmaids and page boy

Kate and new husband, Jamie Hince recreate Mick & Bianca Jagger’s wedding photo for Vogue | See the full slideshow at Vogue.com

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Mrs. Hince

July 5th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

British Vogue‘s latest issue is all about new beginnings so who better to grace the cover than new bride, Kate Moss aka Mrs. Jamie Hince. Shot by her friend and longtime collaborator Mario Testino, Kate takes on the guise of an elegant doyenne – a look worlds away from Moss’ bohemian brand of chic.

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Rio Grande

April 29th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

It is official, Brazilians are just hotter than everyone else. Case in point Vman‘s latest story by Mario Testino featuring stunner Izabel Goulart and a sizzling cast of locals! The pictures styled by Andrew Richardson, with makeup by Val Garland are heavy on skin and steamy innuendo; perfect for channelling the energy and undeniable appeal of Brazilian beauty. (VMan arrives on newsstands today)

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Wedded Bliss…

April 5th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Vogue UK enlists Mario Testino to shoot the magazine’s first issue with 3 different covers. Natalia Vodianova, Lara Stone and , Freja Beha Erichsen grace the triple covers in frilly white dresses and soft pink makeup, but do these images conjure images of romantic revelry, or watered down beauty?

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