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January 11th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

There is no smiling in high fashion. Seriously.

There was a point in the pre-recession days (if you can remember those) when spotting a smile on a cover or in a campaign was was something akin to seeing Anna Dello Russo in khakis and Keds – it simply wasn’t done. Don’t believe us? Take a look at Fashion Iconography for a year by year cover rundown of blank stares and suggestive pouting.

We’re not sure if it is the lighter than air feeling of spring’s floucy separates, the inescapable influence of smize-queen Tyra Banks, or a tie in deal with Crest, but this season is all about laughing, grinning and being incessantly cheerful.

Mirte Maas and Mathias Bergh‘s Tom Ford ads are beyond upbeat and bordering on manic – who would guess that Mr. Ford himself was behind the camera? Beneath all that carefully crafted sexiness, we knew he had a sense of humor.

Julia Stegner, Miranda Kerr and a couple of baby goats for Bally. Cavity. Inducing. sweetness.

Only a hint of a grin for Bottega Veneta, but seeing Liya Kebede always makes us smile. Plus, lets be real who wouldn’t be grinning if they found themselves in the possession of that tote.

Arizona Muse for Isabel Marant, stuck in the backseat of a convertible (cars are another of the season’s big fashion ad motifs, see Prada’s gas station-fest) shielding her face from the sun and STILL smiling.

Hearing the words Milla Jovovich by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, automatically makes you think of a really arty black and white shoot, possibly with some cool face painting or an M/M Paris design scrawled along the side. Luckily I&V are saving that kind of stuff for Justin Bieber this month and instead have graced us with this shot of an ecstatic Milla.

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Beauty Reigns

August 17th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

With her pouty lips and cheekbones that appear to be cut from glass, Carola Remer seems made for beauty stories and Vogue Germany puts her one of a kind look to good use in a gorgeous editorial by Camilla Akrans. Carola looks pitch perfect in bold shades from Tom Ford‘s forthcoming beauty line.

HAIR Ali Pirzadeh MAKEUP Fredrik Stambro MANICURE Tatyana Molot

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Riley Revival

August 9th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

i-D Magazine‘s third cover features the gorgeous Riley Keough swiping on a Tom Ford lipstick and giving a little wink in a playful image by Matt Jones. It is always a pleasure to see Riley and Jones’ colorful image is just right for the Pick Me Up Issue!

For even more check out i-D Online

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Cut & Paste

January 26th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Jac Jagaciak joins the one and only Tom Ford for a special feature in Interview by Craig McDean. Shot at Los Angeles’ trendy Cicada Restaurant and featuring Ford’s acclaimed S/S collection, the images round out Interview’s beautiful Ford cover story. The cut out effect makes for an interesting collage of pictures, but even with the unique layout the clothes remain the focus.

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Bits & Bytes: Dsquared2 S/S 11

January 12th, 2011 |Posted by Betty


Fei Fei Sun by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

What’s not to love about their new campaign? You’ve got Crystal Renn, twins, Brazilian 6 packs, Chinese rising star Fei Fei Sun and new faces, all shot by Mert & Marcus with a collection that’s sleek and covetable.. Check out the new campaign here on their website.

If you haven’t yet heard about the incredible Vivian Maier, read about her here on this photographer’s blog.

The wonderful Ryan Kennedy interviewed by Ponyryder.

We are in love with this article about Tom Ford and his enduring 24 year relationship with Richard Buckley.

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Makeover Monster

November 29th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Another day, another tantalizing glimpse at Tom Ford‘s issue of Vogue Paris. This time around the editorial is shot by Mr. Ford himself and styled by none other than Carine Roitfeld. Considering the duo’s lengthy history of creating controversy inducing imagery together at Gucci, it is only natural that this story pushes a few buttons. Ford’s surgery-centric tale of a woman’s body modifications, looks eeriely similar to the classic Makeover Madness special from Vogue Italia, but with Crystal Renn in the starring role and an extra layer of sex added into the mix, it is just different enough to keep us interested.




Image Credit | Fashion_Screen

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The Fantastic Mr. Ford

November 18th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Tom Ford doesn’t do anything quietly; he may have shrouded the presentation of his womenswear collection in secrecy, but that only made us even more eager to see it. The time has finally come for the special all Tom, all the time, guest edited edition of Vogue Paris and the final result is stunning. From the striking Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott cover featuring former MotW and current sensation Daphne Groeneveld looking enraptured alongside Tom, to the inside shots of legends like Lauren Hutton wearing the elegant ensembles; the Ford look is everything we imagined and then some.



Lisa Eisner & Lauren Hutton in Tom Ford S/S 11

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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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