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mdc ♥s: the new classics

November 4th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

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Dree Hemingway clutches an oversized bottle of another of our favorites Love, Chloe in Paola Kudacki‘s gorgeous shot for Vogue Paris

There are millions of scents to choose from every year, but here are a few guaranteed crowd pleasers that merge traditional appeal with innovative formulations for a truly modern mix.

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BALENCIAGA L’EAU ROSE – No matter the season Balenciaga remains essential and the line’s signature fragrances are a testament to that fact. The rose tinged L’Eau offers an alluring twist on the classic Balenciaga scent, adding an array of traditionally masculine elements like black pepper, cedarwood, patchouli, vetiver into the mix while still remaining feminine & seductive. Crafted by perfumers Olivier Polge and Domitille Bertier, L”Eau Rose offers a spirited and crowd pleasing take on a favorite floral.

 TOM FORD PLUM JAPONAIS – You can never go wrong with a touch of Tom Ford and the designer’s latest offering is a very adult take on sweetness. Plum Japonais’ inspiration is the ume plum, an ingredient with a powerful scent and unique acidic properties. The scent itself continues Ford’s exploration of luxury with a heady mix of saffron, cinnamon bark and plum – an intense combination not for the faint of heart, but completely in line with Ford’s daring and sensual aesthetic. As with all the designer’s exclusive Private Blend creations, Plum Japonais is an enticing take on decadence.

BYREDO 1996 – A fragrance whose inception dates back to a classic Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin photo (Kristen 1996)  – it doesn’t get more fashion insider-y than that, but the scent is irresistible even without the chic reference points. Byredo Creative Director merges juniper berries, black pepper, violet, amber and leather into an elegant blend that is every bit as timeless as an Inez & Vinoodh portrait.

ATELIER COLOGNE ROSE ANONYME – One of the most exciting things about rose is the different ways in which it can be interpreted. Atelier delivers a spicy and dark take on the signature flower (in contrast to Balenciaga’s sparkling variety) that is enrapturing and slightly dangerous. Ginger, oud, incense and benzoin combine with Turkish Rose essence for a daring fragrance.

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DRIES VAN NOTEN PAR FREDERIC MALLE – When one of the world’s most respected designers collaborates with a premier fragrance house, the end result is always intriguing. Dries van Noten and Frederic Malle pair up for a tour de force fragrance that captures the essence of van Noten’s aesthetic via  sultry combination of sandalwood, vanilla, patchouli, saffron and jasmine absolute. The inspiring collaboration is set to be the first of many – Malle intends to create even more scent collabos with fascinating individuals so keep your eyes peeled for the next one.

BOTTEGA VENETA EAU LEGERE – Though it is the lighter, airier counterpart to the label’s eponymous scent, Eau Legere more than stands on its own. Taking traditionally sumptuous materials like musk and oak and tempering them with pink pepper and jasmine makes for an appealingly delicate fragrance with a touch of sophistication. Added bonus – though the scent falls under the women’s category, the crisp mixture’s allure isn’t lost on men.

DIPTYQUE PHILOSYKOS – The fig based classic has been appearing on dressers for years and never seems to go out of style. Adored by men and women alike, Philosykos is designed the capture the essence of a perfect Greek summer, without the need for a ticket to Athens. The combo of fig and white cedar is

NEST WHITE SANDALWOOD – When candle experts NEST stepped into the fragrance game it was cause for excitement and with White Sandalwood they’ve created a warm, enveloping and complex blend of sandalwood, mimosa, acacia blossom and almond that is beautiful from first spray through the drydown.

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Modern Mix

September 6th, 2013 |Posted by models.com

For anyone who thought it was impossible to look masculine yet feminine, or perhaps vibrant yet neutral, think again. Stylist Ondine Azoulay shows us that this is in fact possible. Dutch beauty Marte Mei van Haaster models these modern looks shot by photographer Paola Kudacki in the striking editorial below for Vogue Espana’s latest September issue.

Text by Victoria Perillo

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Color Schemes

August 16th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Harper’s Bazaar‘s latest story is a decidedly on trend take on the season’s shapely separates in the very boldest colors. Shot by Paola Kudacki and styled by Tony Irvine, the story features a variety of striking pieces on Kendra Spears, in tones that pop against the white background. Natural makeup by Lisa Houghton and sleek hair by Kevin Ryan complete the minimal chic look.

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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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Down the Rabbit Hole

June 27th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Crystal Renn.
Paola Kudacki.
25 Magazine.

A thrilling abstraction focused on the power of the female libido. Revealing, provocative and not afraid to push all the right buttons, the story dares you to look. Be prepared to clutch your pearls!

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Fetish Fun

October 24th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Taking the typical sexed up fetish inspired story and making it fun is no small feat, but Paola Kudacki and Kelly Mittendorf pull it off with a cute and colorful story for Vogue Japan. Armed with a whip and riding crop and clad in designs from GivenchyLouis Vuitton, Kelly makes for the most cheerful disciplinarian ever. Aurora Sansone‘s killer styling elevates the story, making even the most  severe jet black pieces look flirty.

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Anniversary Party

March 31st, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Hercules celebrates its anniversary with an eye-popping 5 covers, featuring only the most handsome male models in existence. Andres, Emilio, Parker; they’re all here in all their glory, but incredible covers aren’t the only thing to be excited about. Inside you’ll find brand new editorials from fashion’s finest, featuring the cream of the menswear crop; be sure to pick up this issue – it is a must have!

Andres Velencoso Segura by Txema Yeste

Emilio Flores by Paola Kudacki

Travis Cannata by Mariano Vivanco

Nikola Jovanovic and Natasha Gorshkova by Greg Gex

Diego Fragoso by Giampaolo Sgura

James Penfold by Paola Kudacki

Parker Gregory by Giampaolo Sgura

Sebastiao Neto and Felipe Aniba by Doug Inglish

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Don’t Miss : Love Linda V

February 3rd, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 3rd

Legendary fashion photographer Bert Stern takes his images of Twiggy, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe to the next level with the addition of sparkling crystals; the effect is an eye-catching remix on these iconic images. Check out the full show at the Staley-Wise Gallery from now until March.

MONDAY FEBRUARY 7th

The stunning Linda Vojtova celebrates a decade in the modeling industry, with a special look back at her career highlights, as well as a glimpse at her gorgeous new line of jewelry. Work from photography legends like Sante D’Orazio is showcased alongside new material from the likes of Paola Kudacki & Chadwick Tyler. The exhibition is a must see for any fans of Linda and anyone who appreciates the contributions a dynamic model can bring to a shoot. Stay tuned for our special interview with Ms. Vojtova!

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