Last days in Paris

June 21st, 2012

Last days in Paris

Paris is abuzz with life and energy during fashion week and no one experiences it quite like the models who walk the shows. After four weeks of traveling around the world and bringing the finest designs to life the girls are ready for one last hurrah and the calm the follows the storm. Photographer Daniella Rech captured the season’s most fashionable stars – Karlie, Magdalena, Daphne, Daria and more – during those precious minutes of downtime between shows. Enjoy this candid and strikingly beautiful look into the moments behind the glamour.

Photos by Daniella Rech

Daria Strokous
Daphne Groeneveld
Jacquelyn Jablonski
Ginta Lapina
Emily Baker
Ashley Smith
Magdalena Frackowiak
Karlie Kloss
Rose Smith
Ruby Aldridge

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Marc Jacobs S/S 2012

September 16th, 2011

As the last show on NY fashion week calendar, Marc Jacobs was given the arduous task of ending things with a bang. No easy feat, given the jaded editors filling the seats of the Armory, but Jacobs managed to move his audience by showing one of his best collections to date. Staged with theatricality worthy of a Broadway Fosse revival, the collection was a thoughtful melange of influences past, present and future. Everything from cashmere sweatshirts, Stephen Jones crafted lamé du-rags and silicone dresses appeared on Jacobs’ runway. In the hands of a lesser designer these quirky touches might seem haphazard, but Marc managed to create a cohesive look. Somewhere between futuristic flapper and urbane fashionista lies the Jacobs girl: this season there are no literal references, and as such each piece took on a life of its own. Clothing with personality is what Marc Jacobs is all about and spring’s offerings are filled with the charm, grace and wit we’ve come to expect from America’s current fashion king.
Marc Jacobs
Spring/Summer 2012

Photos: Stephan Moskovic + Janelle Okwodu
Text: Janelle Okwodu

Casting: Michelle Lee
Stylist: Venetia Scott
Makeup: Francois Nars
Hair: Guido Palau
Production: KCD

Models:

1. Magda Laguinge
2. Fei Fei Sun
3. Alana Zimmer
4. Elsa Sylvan
5. Sojourner Morrell
6. Ginta Lapina
7. Codie Young
8. Svea Kloosterhof
9. Lindsey Wixson
10. Luisa Bianchin
11. Sara Blomqvist
12. Daphne Groeneveld
13. Jourdan Dunn
14 Daga Ziober
15. Siri Tollerod
16. Kinga Rajzak
17. Olga Sherer
18. Kerrie Johnson
19. Vasilisa Pavlova
20. Julia Nobis
21. Suzie Bird
22. Anabela Belikova
23. Ondria Hardin
24. Sofia Fisher
25. Vika Falileeva
26. Krystal Glynn
27. Emily Baker
28. Ruby Aldridge
29. Katrina Hoernig
30. Daiane Conterato
31. Xiao Wen Ju
32. Bruna Tenorio
33. Anais Pouliot
34. Nimue Smit
35. Josephine Skriver
36. Zuzanna Bijoch
37. Frida Gustavsson
38. Chantal Stafford-Abbot
39. Antonia Wesseloh
40. Jamie Bochert
41. Dempsey Stewart
42. Daria Strokous
43. Crystal Noreiga
44. Ruby Jean Wilson
45. Lida Fox
46. Kelly Mittendorf

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Calvin Klein S/S 2012

September 16th, 2011

Francisco Costa’s look for Calvin has always been about the juxtaposition between elegance and minimalism, embracing simplicity without resorting to starkness. Spring finds Costa in a muted mood, focusing on a restrained palette of neutrals and earth tones in luxurious fabrics. Delicate tulle slip-dresses called to mind those classic spaghetti strap numbers the house’s founder used to put on the runways in the mid-nineties, but the shapes have been modernized. Waists were more defined, metallic accents added interest and sheer overlays provided a hint of sexiness. With the brand’s face Lara Stone taking her place in the front row instead of the catwalk, all doses of sensuality were deeply appreciated. Costa’s airy, elegant pieces felt fresh, especially after a season dominated by prints and color – once again, the Calvin standards prove their worth in gold.
Calvin Klein
Spring/Summer 2012

Photos: Betty Sze, Stephan Moskovic & Janelle Okwodu
Text: Janelle Okwodu

Casting: Maida & Rami
Stylist: Camilla Nickerson
Makeup: Pat McGrath
Hair: Guido Palau
Production: KCD

Lara

Models:

1. Josefien Rodermans
2. Laura Kampman
3. Ros Georgiou
4. Marleen Gaasbeek
5. Brittany Burke
6. Daga Ziober
7. Julia Frauche
8. Anabela Belikova
9. Carla Gebhart
10.Suvi Koponen
11. Patricia van der Vliet
12. Kate Kosushkina
13. Emily Baker
14. Merilin Perli
15. Daria Strokous
16. Hanne Gaby Odiele
17. Iris Egbers
18. Maud Welzen
19. Bette Franke
20. Nimue Smit
21. Mirte Maas
22. Marleen Gaasbeek
23. Anabela Belikova
24. Zuzanna Bijoch
25. Daga Ziober
26. Suvi Koponen
27. Jasmine Tookes
28. Carla Gebhart
29. Julia Nobis
30. Ros Georgiou
31. Laura Kampman
32. Josefien Rodermans

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Preen S/S 2012

September 14th, 2011

Preen never fails to deliver, with each collection Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi expand the horizon of their brand with a fresh round of creativity. Spring finds the duo in a feminine mood, with soft colors and sculpted shapes combining to create a refined yet daring look. Pastels and prints are de rigueur on the runways this season, but no one is doing them like Preen. Their mix of pixels and hand drawn patterns is completely original and after a seemingly endless stream of NYFW shows that felt culled from the ghosts of collections past, it is nice to see designers who value uniqueness over familiarity.

For all the uniqueness there are a few historical allusions – Thornton and Bregazzi were inspired by The Bloomsbury set, an English group of intellectuals that included Virginia Woolf and E.M. Forster. Rather than making their literary reference overt, they let the artistic spirit of that group’s dynamic influence things subtly. As we all know, Preen is a thinking woman’s fashion line, as pretty as things get on the runway it is the substance and skillful technique found in each piece that keeps fans coming back for more.

Preen
Spring/Summer 2012

Photos: Stephan Moskovic
Text: Janelle Okwodu

Casting: Noah Shelley for AM Casting
Hair: Paul Hanlon
Makeup: Val Garland
Producer: Juliette Larthe

Models:

1. Arizona Muse
2. Emily Baker
3. Ella Kandyba (not pictured)
4. Aymeline Valade (not pictured)
5. Elsa Sylvan
6. Lisanne de Jong
7. Patricia van der Vliet
8. Sara Blomqvist (not pictured)
9. Aline Weber
10. Daphne Groeneveld (not pictured)
11. Hanne Gaby Odiele
12. Melissa Tammerijn (not pictured)
13. Delfine Bafort (not pictured)
14. Kelsey Van Mook (not pictured)
15. Julia Frauche (not pictured)
16. Colinne Michaelis (not pictured)
17. Nimue Smit (not pictured)
18. Julia Nobis
19. Andie Arthur (not pictured)
20. Kori Richardson (not pictured)
21. Ilse De Boer (not pictured)
22. Jacquelyn Jablonski (not pictured)
23. Alana Zimmer (not pictured)
24. Liisa Winkler (not pictured)
25. Marique Schimmel (not pictured)
26. Monika Sawicka
27. Lindsey Wixson
28. Josephine Skriver (not pictured)
29. Isabella Melo
30. Katlin Aas
31. Alyona Subbotina (not pictured)
32. Valerija Kelava (not pictured)
33. Aline Weber
34. Elsa Sylvan
35. Patricia van der Vliet
36. Aymeline Valade
37. Emily Baker
38. Ella Kandyba
39. Arizona Muse
40. Hanne Gaby Odiele
41. Melissa Tammerijn
42. Daphne Groeneveld

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Alexander Wang S/S 2012

September 11th, 2011

If there are two buzzwords to associate with Alexander Wang’s Spring show they would be “effortless” and “technical”. The Wang girls sported fresh from the shower hair, minimal makeup and a series of sporty looks that wouldn’t seem out of place at the local Equinox. One might assume that all this downtown chic is just the natural vibe of the cooler than cool cast, but that is where the technical bit comes in. Wang’s runway was filled with pieces that were laser cut, laden with exotic materials and styled within an inch of their lives by Karl Templer. The perfection on the catwalk is no happy accident, even though the line remains a favorite of girls who want the “just rolled out of bed” mystique. What Wang does best is tread the line between calculated and cool, his girls may look like they don’t care but rest assured that they do. Everything about this collection was on trend, right down to the runway return of Elise Crombez.

Alexander Wang
Spring/Summer 2012

Photos: Betty Sze for models.com
Text: Janelle Okwodu

Stylist: Karl Templer
Casting Director: Anita Bitton for The Establishment
Hair: Guido Palau
Makeup: Diane Kendal
Production: KCD
Lighting: Philippe Cerceau

1. Maria Bradley
2. Lara Mullen
3. Daga Ziober
4. Claire de Regge (not pictured)
5. Hedvig Palm
6. Colinne Michaelis (not pictured)
7. Kate King (not pictured)
8. Ruby Aldridge
9. Fei Fei Sun
10. Kinga Rajzak
11. Katlin Aas
12. Mirte Maas
13. Sara Blomqvist
14. Bette Franke
15. Elise Crombez (not pictured)
16. Vika Falileeva
17. Magdalena Langrova
18. Hilary Rhoda
19. Frankie Rayder
20. Emily Baker
21. Valery Ka (not pictured)
22. Lais Oliveira
23. Simone Carvalho
24. Cora Emmanuel (not pictured)
25. Julia Nobis (not pictured)
26. Suvi Koponen
27. Marique Schimmel (not pictured)
28. Anna Selezneva
29. Hanne Gaby Odiele
30. Liu Wen
31. Caterina Ravaglia
32. Jourdan Dunn (not pictured)
33. Caroline Brasch Nielsen
34. Zuzanna Bijoch
35. Liya Kebede
36. Jac Jagaciak
37. Britt Maren
38. Magdalena Frackowiak
39. Karmen Pedaru (not pictured)
40. Aymeline Valade

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Altuzarra S/S 2012

September 11th, 2011

For a young designer being labeled, “the next so and so” is a gift and a curse: on the one hand comparisons to the greats are always complimentary, on the other hand in order to achieve true lasting power, your name has to stand on its own. In the case of Joseph Altuzarra we have all heard the words “Tom Ford” whispered in reference to his first few collections, but for Spring it’s out with the Ford, in with the florals. Altuzarra eschews the in your face sexiness in favor of a more conceptual look. Sections of black and white play up the house’s signature body conscious aesthetic, while prints that look culled from an art exhibit provide a jolt of playfulness. After all, what is Spring without a little fun? The upbeat vibe of the collection had a surprising effect on the audience, at times you could even see the most stony editors smiling. When a designer can win a grin from La Wintour you know they’ve made an impact. Altuzarra’s fashion offerings this season need no comparison to the past, they stand on their own as a stunning contribution to modern glamour.

Altuzarra
Spring/Summer 2012

Photos: Stephan Moskovic
Text: Janelle Okwodu

Stylist: Melanie Huynh
Casting Director: Kannon Rajah
Hair: Paul Hanlon
Makeup: Tom Pecheux
Production: 373 / New York

1. Anna Zanovello
2. Emily Baker
3. Zuzanna Bijoch
4. Kristina Salinovic
5. Julia Frauche
6. Arizona Muse
7. Karolina Kurkova
8. Izabel Goulart
9. Daga Ziober
10. Fei Fei Sun
11. Constance Jablonski
12. Maud Welzen
13. Monika Sawicka
14. Mirte Maas
15. Elsa Sylvan
16. Daria Strokous
17. Sui He
18. Katlin Aas
19. Shu Pei
20. Aline Weber
21. Kori Richardson
22. Siri Tollerod
23. Nyasha Matonhodze
24. Lisanne de Jong
25. Danielle Zinaich
26. Elsa Hosk
27. Kinga Rajzak
28. Vanessa Traina
29. Ginta Lapina
30. Jacquelyn Jablonski
31. Milou Van Groesen
32. Liu Wen
33. Aurelie Claudel
34. Melissa Tammerijn
35. Ruby Aldridge
36. Saskia de Brauw
37. Liisa Winkler
38. Aymeline Valade
39. Daphne Groeneveld

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Untouched

May 26th, 2011


Take away the airbrushing, the makeup team, the hair-stylists, the fancy clothes and what are you left with: just a model, a photographer and the power of an image. Viva London gets down to the nitty gritty, showing their superstars and fresh faces in unretouched portraits by Scott Trindle. Untouched, a refreshing exhibit, which opens tonight in London at Rochelle School of Art gives viewers an intimate look at girls like Natalia, Raquel, Edita and Kim Noorda. Trindle’s striking black and white photos are sure to get people talking. Take a look at our exclusive preview of the accompanying film and new never before seen images.
Untouched
An exhibition to celebrate the launch of Viva London
Thursday May 26 2011m 6pm to 9pm
Rochelle School, Club Row, London E2 7ES

Photos and video: SCOTT TRINDLE

Creative Direction: PETER HUGHES, SATURDAY
Producer: MARTIN COHEN
PR: RELATIVE MO
Music: Bongo Song by Songamin

Special Thanks
Justine Fairgrieve and Dale Westgarth
at Relative Mo, Peter Hughes at Saturday
and Alex Fury

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Valentino Fall/Winter 2011

March 18th, 2011

The Valentino brand has always understood femininity, but under the direction of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, that means something very different than it did when the legendary Garavani was at the helm. Chiuri and Piccioli favor a light and almost demure look that skews girly with touches of lace and sheer detailing, but never looks immature. This season featured the gauzy dresses the duo have become known for, but expanded the airy look to include structured separates for day, floral printed gowns and a lineup of on trend python accessories. No matter the look, an ethereal feel ran through the entire showing; even the thick fur worn by Patricia Van Der Vliet and the laser cut leather skirt on Daphne Groeneveld seemed to float. When designers can take materials that dense and imbue them with lightness it shows not only talent, but the power of a compelling design signature.
Valentino
Fall/Winter 2011

Photos: Stephan Moskovic
Text: Janelle Okwodu

Hair: Guido Palau
Makeup: Pat McGrath

models in order of appearance above:
Freja Beha Erichsen
Ruby Aldridge
Jac Jagaciak
Sigrid Agren

Caroline Brasch Nielsen

Freja Beha Erichsen


Aline Zanella
Tatiana Cotliar
Debora Muller
Nimue Smit

Hanne Gaby Odiele
Daga Ziober
Emily Baker
Daphne Groeneveld
Kasia Struss
Josephine Skriver
Maud Welzen


Marique Schimmel
Mirte Maas
Julia Saner
Freja Beha Erichsen

Jourdan Dunn


Tatiana Cotliar in fur
Arizona Muse
Jac Jagaciak

Daphne Groeneveld
Daga Ziober
Maud Welzen

Lydia Carron
Aline Zanella
Sigrid Agren
Nimue Smit
Sara Blomqvist
Caroline Brasch Nielsen

Ruby Aldridge

Julia Saner

Frida Gustavsson
Freja Beha Erichsen
Finale

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Calvin Klein Fall/Winter 2011

February 18th, 2011

Francisco Costa has mastered the art of minimalism without repetition. Season after season he turns out thoughtful collections for Calvin Klein, subtly updating the brand’s vision of luxe austerity while providing his own take on modern elegance. Fall brings Costa into fresh territory with plays on texture and shape. The restrained color palette might not stray far from the neutral zone, but the array of finishes keeps things compelling. Bonded alpaca, cashmere, jersey, flannel, leather, lambskin; just an assortment of the materials Costa utilizes to great effect. It takes a moment to notice such an understated use of sumptuous textiles, but that is part of the magic. No matter how many hours of blood, sweat and tears were poured into the collection, it always looks effortless. Simplicity is the most difficult thing a designer can accomplish and it is the crux of true luxury. When Lara Stone glides down the runway in Costa’s metallic shift looking like she was born to wear it, you begin to understand the diligence and commitment to artistry that has come to define the Calvin brand.

Calvin Klein
Fall/Winter 2011

Photos: Stephan Moskovic + Betty Sze
Text: Janelle Okwodu

Stylist: Camilla Nickerson
Makeup: Pat McGrath
Hair: Guido Palau
Casting director: Maida & Rami
Production: Monicka HanssenTeele

Calvin Klein
Fall/Winter 2011

Runway photos: Stephan Moskovic
Backstage photos: Betty Sze

Stylist: Camilla Nickerson
Makeup: Pat McGrath
Hair: Guido Palau
Casting director: Maida & Rami
Production: Monicka HanssenTeele

Title page: Lara Stone
Backstage
1-Josephine Skriver, Arizona Muse
2-Jourdan Dunn
3-Kristina Romanova/Linnea Regnander
4-Jac Jagaciak
5-Francisco Costa adjusts Colinne Michaelis‘ look
6-Lineup
Runway
1-Sigrid Agren
2-Jac Jagaciak
3-Jac from the side
4-Karmen Pedaru
5-Kasia Wrobel
6-Josephine
7-Juju Ivanyuk from the side
8-Linnea Regnander
9-Linnea from the side
10-Nimue Smit
11-Kristina Romanova
12-Svea/Marilyn
13-Madelene de la Motte
14-Kasia Wrobel
15-Kasia from the side
16-Maud Welzen
17-Emily Baker
18-Mirte Maas

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