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Blast from the Past: Editors As Models

March 28th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Much is said about the relatively short span of most modeling careers. If you’re among the lucky few like Malgosia Bela or Naomi Campbell, you can model for decades, but most people who start their careers on the catwalk find that 15 minutes of fame comes and goes quickly. This isn’t always a bad thing, many move on to bigger and better things; you can’t see a movie without spotting a model-turned-actress and you can’t work on a fashion shoot without stumbling into someone had a modeling moment. Today we take a look at a few of the fashion editors who’ve done their share in front of the camera.

Camilla Nickerson  – Camilla has been styling since the 80s, but back in 1993 she graced the cover of Vogue Italia shot by Steven Meisel and if that doesn’t count for a model moment, we don’t know what does.

Tabitha Simmons – Shoe designer, stylist, Vogue Contributing editor – Tabitha Simmons has got a full plate on her hands, but somehow she found the time to strut down the Balenciaga runway back in Spring/Summer 02 when she was modeling. We have to say that Ms. Simmons looks right at home in those Ghesquière trousers – wouldn’t mind seeing her on back on the catwalk again if she ever gets a moment free!

Julia Sarr-Jamois Wonderland Magazine‘s Fashion Editor is a rising star and a regular on the street style blogs, where she always looks camera ready. It should come as no surprise then that she modeled in her teens in ads for brands like Diesel and Fred Perry, but switched to styling because she wanted to express herself creatively.

Grace Coddington – If you’ve Netflixed The September Issue, you know that Grace began her fashion tenure as a model for 60s superstar photographers like Avedon & Carpatian – see her 1962 Vogue cover below. Her modeling career was cut short by a car accident at 26, but she went on to innovate the industry behind the scenes at British Vogue & American Vogue.

Edward Enninful – When he was 16, Edward was spotted on the train by none other than Simon Foxton, two weeks later he was scouted by a modeling agent! By 17 he was shooting with Nick Knight and introduced to i-D’s Terry Jones – thus began one of fashion’s most prolific and interesting careers.

 

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Warrior

March 5th, 2012 |Posted by Betty

We are fascinated with this new series of videos by Nick Knight and his always groundbreaking Showstudio (in collaboration with V Magazine). Outfitted by Carine Roitfeld, Lara Stone demonstrates kick ass self defense moves, using the Israeli system of Krav Maga, all while wearing Givenchy, Balenciaga, Chanel and more.

Kudos to Nick Knight for his statement: “Women should have the right to wear whatever they want, whenever they want, without fear of being attacked. The purpose of these fashion films is to help give women the ability to defend themselves wherever necessary. I’ve always argued fashion has a larger voice, rather than just reflecting beauty, it also assumes a political stance. Get Back, Stay Back! is a very important piece and will show that fashion has a central role in our society. If this story could save one woman from being raped or attacked, it will have served its purpose.”

In a world where women must always be prepared against violent assault, Ms Stone proves you can be totally fierce even in the highest of heels.


Lara wearing Alaia, photo by Nick Knight, image courtesy of Showstudio.


Check out the first video where Lara (in Givenchy and Prada heels) yells: “Get Back, Stay back.”

For other videos, including Lara defending against a knife, a choke and an attack on the floor,
go to Showstudio’s Get Back, Stay Back page.
For images from the shoot, pick up a copy of V Magazine, out on newsstands now.
For more information where Lara got her lessons, go to the Institute of Krav Maga UK, or go to a Krav Maga institute near you.

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Campaigning

January 12th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Campaigns. We can’t get enough of the Spring ads. Unlike previous seasons where an overarching theme repeated through several campaigns, S/S 2011 is all about individuality; whether that means smart city chic ala DKNY’s clean ads featuring Heidi Mount and Kori Richardson, or all out fantasy as in the butterfly filled, Lindsey Wixson ads for Alexander McQueen. Some campaigns keep true to the spirit of the collection – Louis Vuitton’s chinoiserie motif repeats in the Steven Meisel helmed campaign, while others go in bold new directions. Armani’s refined collection is given a styling update in the ads by Nick Knight, the addition of a turban on Elisa Sednaoui gives the look more drama.

Even the simplest campaigns seem to have different moods this season; both Valentino and Calvin Klein go for black and white purity, but Valentino’s feminine David Sims shots of Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Julia Saner and Freja Beha Erichsen, are the exact opposite of CK’s austere Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott images of Lara Stone.

Heidi Mount & Kori Richardson for DKNY

Lara Stone for Calvin Klein

Raquel Zimmermann, Freja Beha Erichsen & Kristen McMenamy for Vuitton



Elisa Sednaoui
for Armani

Lindsey Wixson for Alexander McQueen

Julia Saner & Caroline Brasch Nielsen for Valentino
Also featuring: Freja Beha Erichsen

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Private Eyes

December 1st, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Nick Knight unleashes his inner voyeur and takes Kate Moss in new directions for Vogue Italia; exploring the sensual side of the supermodel in a story that nods to vintage erotica. Edward Enninful styles, utilizing high heels, garters and bold prints to create a sexy retro look.





Image Credit | Z Fashion Blog

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Bits & Bytes: Saverio on L’OHL

November 17th, 2010 |Posted by Betty


New kid. New Magazine. Saverio Rotini in L’Officiel Hommes Levant (that’s the Middle East region to us laymen). Check out more images from the story here.

Ooh. Catfight. Check out the dueling biographies on Isabella Blow.

We love Helmut Newton and we always love a good story about Mr Newton.

See Nick Knight when he talks to BOF, next week in London.

American Vogue‘s Best Dressed of the Decade includes, unsurprisingly, Kate Moss. What do you think of their other choices?

Who do you think will appear with Tom Ford on the cover of December Vogue Paris?

Who doesn’t revere Guy Bourdin? The iconic photographer’s son talks to the NY Times about his father’s legacy… His new monograph, In Between is an incredible retrospective of his career with so many of his best images (see below), gorgeously printed. A must buy (get it here)!

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Boys Will Be…

October 25th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Menswear editorials have always played with ideas about androgyny and gender, but fashion is experiencing a drag moment these past few months. You could call it the Candy effect; the groundbreaking transgender fashion mag launched with a now infamous editorial / cover by Brett Lloyd and since then photographers from Nick Knight to Terry Richardson and Steven Klein have all incorporated drag looks in their photographs. Shots of boys in girls clothing test the versatility of male models (who knew Cesar Casier looked so great in a shift dress) and challenge archaic rules about who can wear what, but are you enjoying fashion’s love affair with all things drag? Let us know in the comments!

Benjamin Warbis by Nick Knight, styled by Nicola Formichetti for Arena Homme +

James Franco on the cover of Candy Magazine by Terry Richardson.

Jordan Coulter shot by Mariano Vivanco and styled by Nicola Formichetti in Hercules


Sweater girls Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin and styled by Vanessa Reid in Pop

Cesar Casier and fellow man in drag join Lara Stone in Steven Klein‘s story for Vogue Paris

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Surrealism

October 11th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Nick Knight and Lucinda Chambers team up for a madcap editorial in British Vogue, that takes Raquel Zimmermanns refined beauty and gives it an unconventional twist. With some daring  mod makeup, a few layers of black and white clothing and some expressive posing, Raquel is transformed into a whole new entity; wild, audacious and completely in line with the surreal world of Nick Knight.



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Well Heeled

August 13th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

If there ever was a truly over the top shoe, it has to be this pair of vintage Vivianne Westwood platforms worn by Kate Moss in i-D’s 30th Anniversary edition. The sky high heels add more than a foot to Moss’ lithe frame, but the veteran supermodel can make just about anything look good. Kate’s frequent collaborator  Nick Knight shoots as she poses in latex and leather, but nothing can take attention away from those dominatrix heels.

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