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A Family Affair

July 31st, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Every so often a fashion story lets you into the real world of a model and shows you another side of her persona. Girl of the moment, Joan Smalls shares the spotlight with her father Eric and sisters Erika & Betsy, in the latest issue of American Vogue and the resulting editorial is a pure delight. Norman Jean Roy shoots the stunning family in their hometown of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, while Tabitha Simmons styles them in striking looks from Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana & Rag & Bone. Take a look at the gorgeous behind the scenes video for even more of Joan & her family – plus see the full story in the August issue of Vogue.

Images courtesy of Vogue / Condé Nast

Vogue’s August issue featuring Marion Cotillard by Peter Lindbergh

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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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The Body Beautiful

October 19th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Details Magazine‘s November issue focuses on the pursuit of the model body and the new male beauty standards. Given our fitness centric society and a pop-culture obsessed with the physical it seems more and more guys are heading to the gym in search of perfection. This hardbodied ideal is represented perfectly by David Gandy and his sculpted abs: looking the blue-tinged cover by Norman Jean Roy it is hard to find a flaw on David’s physique.

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When Lara Met Justin…

June 6th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Musicians and models just go together: Iman and David Bowie, Paulina Porizkova and Ric Ocasek, Lara Stone and Justin Timberlake?! Alright, the dynamic duo of Lara and JT might not be a couple, but the pair does share some very romantic shots in the latest Vanity Fair. The charming story by Norman Jean Roy casts the duo as a couple with a love of mid-century modern decor and ping-pong: a super cute combo designed to delight.

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Sunny Side Up

December 21st, 2009 |Posted by Janelle

Norman Jean Roy brings his vibrant vision to the pages of Vogue in an editorial that is filled with color and life : Raquel Zimmermann, joins up and coming talents from the worlds of film, theatre, music and food for the series of carefree shots. Whether she is striking a robotic pose alongside Avatar star, Sam Worthington, or helping chef Travis Lett in the kitchen, Raquel looks glamorous and poised.

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Three Times A Lady

October 13th, 2009 |Posted by Janelle

For most girls getting one Vogue editorial per month is more than enough but for Karlie Kloss it is a whole different story. Miss Kloss’ meteoric rise continues as she graces three editorials in the November issue. First up she is shot by Mario Testino for an autumnal story with actor Tom Sturridge, then Patrick Demarchelier captures her for an out of sight studio shoot featuring Marie-Amelie Sauves eclectic styling. Finally, Karlie displays the exotic wares of designer Alabama Chanin as part of  Norman Jean Roy‘s CFDA nominee portfolio. While this just may be wishful thinking we can’t help but think an All-Karlie issue would be a wonderful thing.

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Karlie by Patrick Demarchelier

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Karlie by Mario Testino

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Karlie by Norman Jean Roy

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One-Two Punch

July 13th, 2009 |Posted by Janelle

Dree Hemingway is continuing her winning streak with a high glamour cover for Vogue Russia and a feature in Vogue US. Alasdair McLellan shoots the All-American 20-something as a vision of Russian glam in over the top diamonds and gems. Meanwhile, Dree joins fellow jet-setter turned model Vanessa Traina within the pages of US Vogue for a colorful portrait by Norman Jean Roy. Dressed in spiked heels and leather paired with Ungaro and De La Renta, both ladies look luxe yet modern.

Dree Hemingway by Alasdair McLellan | Image Courtesy of Elite Models

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Vanessa Traina & Dree Hemingway by Norman Jean Roy

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The Constant

October 15th, 2008 |Posted by Janelle

No one embodies the aesthetic of the American Vogue vision better than Caroline Trentini. The Brazilian beauty has joined the ranks of Vodianova, Werbowy and Zimmermann as a Wintour-approved Vogue fixture. Is it any wonder then that Caroline is the face of this years CFDA portfolio? Trentini takes on the 10 illustrious finalists and their creations in a lively editorial shot by Norman Jean Roy.

Caroline Trentini (Marilyn) & CFDA finalists Alexander Wang, Richard Chai and Vena Cava by Norman Jean Roy for Vogue

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