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Mag Stand: i-D’s Quirky Covers

May 9th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

The always eclectic cover selection for i-D Magazine never fails to impress. For summer celebrities, models, designers and Roitfelds (they are in a class by themselves) share the cover space along with some of the best models around. Naturally, No matter who winds up on the front page of i-D, the images are guaranteed to be, beautiful, original and sealed with a tell-tale wink. The Lights, Camera, Action issue celebrates all things imbued with star quality – see more about this on i-D Online. We can’t pick favorites from the Spring issue covers – though it is nice to see Agyness Deyn right back where she belongs, winking back at us from the pages of a glossy.

Agyness Deyn by Scott Trindle

Felicity Hayward by Mark Lebon | Raf Simons by Willy Vanderperre

Andrej Pejic and Dree Hemingway by Matt Jones

Andrew Garfield by Alasdair McLellan | Julia Restoin-Roitfeld by Mario Sorrenti

Arizona Muse by Kayt Jones

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The Biz: Raf’s Moment, Vogue’s Age Limit

May 3rd, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Man of the moment, Raf Simons covers the latest issue of i-D Magazine in an impressive shot by Willy Vanderperre. Inside, the newly minted Dior designer muses on his final collection for Jil Sander | I-D ONLINE

In a move that surprises no one, Vogue has issued a ban on models under the age of 16. Good thing they got that Vogue Italia cover with the 14 year old Thairine Garcia out for April, because the ban goes into effect with the June issues.

One has to wonder though, how much of this is lip service and how much is going to usher in legitimate change? Girls are still scouted while they are tweens, placed on development boards, sent out on jobs, etc. regardless of whether or not Vogue decrees under 16 year old models unconscionable. That said, having the world’s most prominent magazine take a stand for the rights of models is a major step in the right direction. | NY TIMES

Hong Kong’s YGM is in talks to buy Aquascutum, good news for the troubled label that recently fell into administration. Considering the shared heritage and trench coat stronghold that Burberry and Aquascutum share, it is interesting to look at the differences between the two brands. | WSJ

Experience Australian fashion week through the eyes of photographer Sonny Vandevelde – brace yourself for some bold color. | NY TIMES

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Raf Revival

April 9th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Now that the months of Dior speculation are over and Raf Simons is confirmed for the job, there is a lot to look forward to. Sure we will all miss the bombastic, over the top spectacle of John Galliano’s now legendary collections, but there is no doubt that the house is in capable hands with Simons.

Raf’s Dior debut doesn’t happen until July, but there are more than a few trends from Simons’ days at Jil Sander that we wouldn’t mind seeing on the runways again. Take a look at four Raf fashion statements that wouldn’t look out of place at Dior.

F/W 09 – SCULPTURAL GOWNS

Years before the Dior opportunity was even a prospect, Simons was already using couture techniques in his designs. We could easily see one of the graceful shapes from F/W 09 show resurfacing in his work for Dior.

Freja Beha Erichsen by Patrick Demarchelier for British Vogue August 2009

F/W 11 – BOLD FLORALS

Though he’s associated with minimalism, Simons has never been print-phobic – he’s especially partial to floral patterns in his designs for men and women. Given how ladylike Dior’s image has been lately, it wouldn’t surprise us at all to see Raf show a few of those flowers come couture.

Raquel Zimmermann by Steven Klein for American Vogue

S/S 08 – TRANSPARENCY

Simply put, no one plays with transparency better than Raf does. Whether he’s using swaths of see through tulle, or resurrecting fringe from its country-western trappings, Raf is a master of showing skin with subtlety.

Kasia Struss by Willy Vanderperre for Jil Sander S/S 08

S/S 12 – RETRO MODERNISM

Though Dior has been led by a series of very different men in the years since Christian Dior’s death, each of his successors has been adept at translating the master’s celebrated New Look into something modern. If Simon’s last two collections for Sander showcase anything, it is his ability to cull from vintage source material, while keeping things current.

Natasha Poly by Willy Vanderperre for Jil Sander S/S 12

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Striking A Chord

February 8th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

This season has been full of striking ads and the latest batch doesn’t disappoint when it comes to arresting visuals.

ALEXANDER McQUEEN
Ph. David Sims | Stylist: Camilla Nickerson

McQueen goes angelic for S/S with Zuzanna Bijoch posing in a heavenly Sims shot that calls to mind classic religious imagery.

CELINE
Ph. Juergen Teller

Juergen’s ads for Celine are instantly recognizable, but throw in the all star cast of Marie Piovesan and Stella Tennant and you have the makings of an unforgettable ad.

PRABAL GURUNG
Ph. Daniel Jackson | Stylist: Tiina Laakkonen | Hair: Didier Malige | Makeup: Hannah Murray

Is there anything Candice Swanepoel can’t do? The South African beauty pulls off dark hair and some serious yoga poses in the debut ads for Prabal’s label. Those stunning violet dresses from the show have never looked better.

EDUN
Ph. Ryan McGinley | Models: Bradley Soileau, Charlotte Free, David, Dempsey Stewart, Ehren Dorsey, and Herieth Paul

Butterflies float across the page in Ryan McGinley’s ethereal shots for Edun. The soft colors and cast of ultra-cool newcomers makes this shoot memorable.

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MDC Exclusive: Jason’s Silhouette

February 2nd, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

For his line’s very first campaign Jason Wu focuses on the silhouette. Shot by Willy Vanderperre and styled by Joe McKennathe ads starring Julia Frauche are as elegant and beautiful as we’ve come to expect from Wu.

The 50s couture inspired pieces from the spring collection look look flawless, as does Miss Frauche. Chosen for her unique mix of fragile beauty and strength, Julia served as muse for the images – fitting given that Jason’s S/S 12 runway was the very first one she walked in New York.

Take a look at this shot launching exclusively on models.com of Julia modeling those impeccable floral prints and retro shades from the show.

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Campaign Candy

January 9th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

MULBERRY

Mulberry’s spring ads are the stuff of Tumblr dreams, Lindsey Wixson, Frida Gustavsson and a giant melting ice cream cone by Tim Walker? The sugar level is off the charts, but who can resist such a sweet treat?! Shot on location in Brighton with set design by  Andy Hillman and styling by Edward Enninful, the girlish ads are joyful and creative. Those cream colored Bayswater satchels and bright high heeled wedges are almost as tempting as the massive hard candies.

ROBERTO CAVALLI

Steven Meisel takes three legendary supers and one outstanding newbie to create a classically minded campaign. Naomi Campbell, Kristen McMenamy, Karen Elson and Daphne Groeneveld join forces for a striking ad that brings to mind Avedon’s epic Versace ads from the 80s.

PROENZA SCHOULER

Natasha Poly as a modern pin up girl is a campaign concept we can get behind. Willy Vanderperre and Olivier Rizzo create an enticing series of images that capitalize on Ms. Poly’s natural allure and the appealing mix of pattern & texture found in Proenza’s spring collection. The clothes are front and center here and they look phenomenal: sign us up for a pair of those heels!

AKRIS

Akris is known for their appealing take on minimal fashions and the spring campaign takes that idea and runs with it. Karim Sadli shoots Daga Ziober in the backseat of a vintage car wearing Albert Kriemler’s gorgeous designs.

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The Early Show

November 15th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Forget about seasonal dressing, pieces from the spring / summer collections are already showing up in editorials. Prada‘s menswear line is given the full treatment in i-D Magazine, with a lengthy editorial starring boy of the moment Benjamin Eidem. The dream team of Willy Vanderperre and Olivier Rizzo creates a mix of cinematic black and white images and crisp studio shots. Given the overt golf references throughout Miuccia’s S/S show a full on course themed story complete with nine irons is not far behind, but Willy would never be so literal. Vanderperre instead shoots Eidem looking elegant and sexy – floppy hats and pale blue pants be damned, the boy can bring it!

For more on the Winter Wake Me Up Issue check out i-D Online.

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New i-Deals

November 9th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

i-D Magazine‘s final two covers of their winter warm up issue feature the stunning Joan Smalls and incredible new face Benjamin Eidem. The winking shots by Benjamin Alexander Huseby and Willy Vanderperre are as cool as you’d expect from i-D and when we showed Joan & Benjamin the covers backstage today (at Victoria’s Secret & Calvin Klein respectively) they were absolutely thrilled with the end result. More on both developments later – but for now check out i-D Online for even more from the Winter Warm up Issue.

Joan Smalls by Benjamin Alexander Huseby

Benjamin Eidem by Willy Vanderperre

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