The Biz : The Week That Was

April 26th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

GALLIANO + PARSONS

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John Galliano and Eva Green by Ellen von Unwerth

Who better to teach young designers about the ups and downs of the business than a true fashion veteran, former Dior creative director John Galliano is set to teach a Master Class at Parsons . The series, cheekily entitled ‘Show Me Emotion’ “seeks to engage its participants by provoking the power of emotion in context of fashion practice and exploration of intuitive, perceptive manners of investigational making.” Sounds like a fascinating opportunity for the students lucky enough to gain entrance. / LUCKY


PUNK STORIES

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Cara Delevingne in Quentin Jones (Cadence New York)’s short film for Punk Stories

In the weeks leading up to the Met Gala Vogue and punk are becoming increasingly interwined. Case in point, the magazine’s newly launched ‘Punk Stories’ film series. Enlisting a new female director each week to create a cutting-edge fashion film centered on the theme of punk the films provide a sophisticated and luxurious take on the DIY down and dirty ethos of punk. Already they’ve had Cara Delevingne rocking out in a kinetic film by Quentin Jones (Cadence New York) that capitalizes on Cara’s larger than life personality and the rock n’roll spirit of punk’s evolution. The week prior Dree Hemingway mixed punk with New Wave glam in Mary Nighy’s soulful short.


NO ANGEL

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Bisutti with fellow contest winner, Jamie Lee backstage at the 2009 VS show – image by Betty Sze

Victoria’s Secret lashes back at former contest winner, Kylie Bisutti whose interviews regarding her forthcoming book have sent shockwaves through the blog-o-sphere. In an official statement the mega-brand denied Ms. Bisutti had ever been in the running for Angel status and said the following:

“Ms. Bisutti has made numerous fabrications and misstatements of fact regarding her brief association with Victoria’s Secret. In 2009, Ms. Bisutti won an online amateur modeling competition and hasn’t worked for us since that year. The prize for the winning contestant was the unique opportunity to a one-time walk in the 2009 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Ms. Bisutti also participated in a swim photo shoot in 2009. That was the extent of Ms. Bisutti’s involvement with Victoria’s Secret. She was never a Victoria’s Secret “Angel” as defined by the terms of our Angel model contract. And contrary to Ms. Bisutti’s claims, she was never offered any subsequent modeling contracts or opportunities with Victoria’s Secret despite her multiple appeals for further work. She has repeatedly fabricated her work experience with Victoria’s Secret – including a relationship that simply did not exist.


COACH & REED PART WAYS

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Reed Krakoff by Robbie Fimmano

In other designer news, Reed Krakoff Exits Coach after 16 years. Krakoff will step down from his position as president and executive creative director in 2014, to focus exclusively on his eponymous luxury line. Krakoff’s utilitarian designs and style savvy helped bring Coach into the present and revitalized the brand’s aesthetic. Coach is looking for a replacement to take the reigns once Krakoff leaves, but a name has yet to be announced.  / WWD


HERE COME THE BRIDES

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Models backstage at Vera Wang’s bridal show, go backstage on Vera Unveiled.

Think fashion week is only twice a year? Think again – we’re in the midst of Bridal Week 2014, with big name labels like Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta and Marchesa showcasing their vision for brides, partygoers and anyone else inclined to wear a gown. Unexpected trends seen so far? Stark black and sleek leather gloves at Vera and hints of pastel peeking up at Oscar. / WWD


BEAUTY BY ALBER

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A glimpse at Elbaz’s Lancome line and his drawings on the iconic Lancome packaging

Beauty collaborations are booming, the latest (and possibly the chicest) is Alber Elbaz x Lancome, a beautiful and lighthearted take on designer cosmetics. Preview Alber Elbaz’s Lancome Collection and find out why he thinks happiness is the essence of true luxury. / STYLE


SCENT OF A CAMPAIGN STAR

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Alexander Skarsgard by Steven Klein for the latest Calvin Klein fragrance ads

Who would consumers rather see staring back at you from a perfume ad – Garrett Neff or Garrett Hedlund? The answer may surprise you – seems Hollywood actors are the latest to delve into the perfume game and Actors Are Replacing Male Models in the latest fragrance campaigns.  / NY TIMES

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Beauty Bytes : Angel Style

August 7th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Few brands are as readily associated with beautiful bodies as Victoria’s Secret. With some of the business’ best physiques strutting down the pink catwalk every year and a reputation for sexy it is no surprise that their latest creations are all about caring for the body. With VS beauties Candice Swanepoel and Bregje Heinen on hand for a round of morning yoga, the brand launched its new Body by Victoria & Love My Body lines at the St. James.

Take a look at the fun-filled event and tell us why you ought to win a bottle of the brand new Body by Victoria fragrance – best comment gets a bottle.

Candice & Bregje are all smiles – looking amazing even in yoga gear.

A look at the beauty bounty – Body by Victoria Fragrance, a seductive blend of mandarin, peach, raspberry leaves & water blossoms.

Even the yoga mats are pink on planet VS – we appreciate their commitment to the color.

The brand new Body By Victoria lace Bra

Even supermodels need a little yoga guidance every now and then.

Sneak peek at the brand new ♥ My Body Line of lotions, creams and shower gels.

Images Courtesy of Victoria’s Secret

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Paris-Bombay

December 7th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Liza Golden – Image Credit Chanel.com

One of the highlights of yesterday’s lush Chanel‘s pre-fall show was the diverse cast. Amidst familiar Lagerfeld favorites like Arizona Muse and Stella Tennant a host of Indian & Pakistani beauties glided down the runway and caught our attention. Girls like Lakshmi Menon are already bonafide fashion stars, but the show brought a host of newer faces to the Grand Palais. Willowy beauties Jyothsna Chakravarthy, Smita Lasrado, Kelly Gale looked elegant in Chanel’s gold and cream palette. Fresh from the brand’s beauty campaign, Alyssah Ali traisped down the Chanel catwalk. Buzzed about beauty Shanina Shaik proved her versatility by pulling a complete 180 from her sultry Victoria’s Secret look. With her strong brows and refined look Liza Golden radiated classic beauty. Months after Vogue India labeled her the next supermodel Ashika Pratt hit high fashion’s big leagues.

When it comes to presenting a cast that represents the melting pot we all live in, fashion still has a long way to go. It is only in the past few years that brands truly began to embrace Asian models, but as beautiful as the women of South Asia are they are still a rarity on the runway. The theme of Chanel’s pre-fall collection dealt heavily with Indian influences and the casting attempted to reflect that, but out of 70 plus looks only a handful were worn by ethnic models. It remains to be seen if these young ladies will build on this momentum and dominate the catwalks next season, but we’re hoping this is the beginning of a moment.

View the entire show and complete cast at Chanel.com

 

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Bits and Bytes: Rock Royalty

August 14th, 2009 |Posted by Betty

What do you get when you mix a supermodel and a rockstar? The beautiful sisters Richards, daughters of Rolling Stones legend Keith Richards and supermodel Patti Hansen. Alexandra Richards and Theodora Richards appear together in the new French Connection campaign by Terry Richardson who has photographed 7 high profile campaigns this season (and still counting).
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When Graydon Carter, EIC of Vanity Fair is in the cafeteria, people get nervous. The golden age of Conde Nast is over.

Mandi Lennard, powerhouse PR of Gareth Pugh and Katie Grand is interviewed by Showstudio.

V Model winner Lea Grosland in THAT Alexander Wang dress in the new V Magazine.

Missed the Angels announcing the Victoria’s Secret 2009 New York location? Here’s the link.

V Man Magazine has just opened up their model search again.

The Sartorialist book came out on Wednesday..

The incomparable male ballet star, Roberto Bolle in a new book by Bruce Weber. Here is the cover and some shots from their collaborations in the past.

Another book about the beauty of the male form.. photographer Lope Navo has a new coffee table book, Stark.

Check out David LaChapelle, the celebrated fashion and art photographer on his 18 acre Hawaiian home.

Suvi Koponen and Hanne Gaby Odiele, leather and a machine. Watch them in action.

Win a Style.com internship!

9 hours for an interview? No, that’s 2 people getting together, celebrating life and the intense world of fashion and modeling.. In this day and age of the 5 line blog posts designed to generate press, how refreshing is an interview like this? We will be seeing the results on MDC very shortly, check back soon!

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Who’s that girl? Clara Alonso

December 2nd, 2008 |Posted by Betty

The newest face at the November 15th taping of the Victoria’s Secret 2008 show: Spain’s Clara Alonso. Discovered by top casting director, John Pfeiffer, during Milan shows, the leggy beauty from Traffic Models Barcelona, Women Milan, Next NY has a sensuous appeal that one gets right away. With her lithesome grace and the seductive Spanish personality, expect Ms Alonso’s star to be fast rising.

(To see Clara backstage, click here. Look for her at the December 3rd airing of the show, tomorrow!!)

Polaroids courtesy of Traffic Barcelona. Also with Women Milan, Next NY.

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Elite Loves Sexy

October 22nd, 2008 |Posted by Wayne

Elite + just launched a new promo titled Love Sexy Elite to highlight the girls like Ambrosio and Noemie that a model watcher is praying will be among the beauties at the next VS extravaganza in Miami come November. Speaking of which, watch for some sexy news from MDC in the next few weeks.

Alessandra Ambrosio at Elite +

Ana Beatriz at Elite +

Emma Beam at Elite +

Jessica White at Elite +

Kemp Muhl at Elite +
Kenza Fourati at Elite +

Lydia Hearst at Elite +

Mini Anden at Elite +

Noemie Lenoir at Elite +

Violet Budd at Elite +

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The Natural

September 23rd, 2008 |Posted by Janelle

Behati Prinsloo is a master of nonchalance – she’s cool without trying, sexy without caring and blessed with the indefinable it quality that has clients from Victoria’s Secret to Vogue clamoring for more. In latest issue of Tush Magazine, Felix Lammers captures Behati looking as relaxed and carefree as ever – just kicking back, stretching out and enjoying a cigarette or two.

Behati Prinsloo (Supreme) by Felix Lammers for Tush No. 13

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