Summer Blues

May 21st, 2015

Just in time for memorial day, Laurence Ellis takes us for a stroll on the boardwalk for this exclusive Models.com shoot. Lili Sumner and Harvey James explore the Floridian suburbs where doleful retirement meets the fashion beat in this placid paradise.

Photography Laurence Ellis for Models.com
Styling Veronika Heilbrunner
Casting Stephan Dimu
Jewelry: Delfina Delettrez, Dodo, Cada, Hermes

Models
Lili Sumner @ Next NY
Harvey James @ NY Models

Cover: Jacket and skirt by Altuzarra, Bodice by Dolce & Gabbana, Wedges by Charlotte Olympia

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Dress: Michael Kors, Shirt: Ports 1961, Basket: The Row, Tank top and pants: Gucci

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Dress: Michael Kors, Shirt: Ports 1961

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Dress: Fendi, Shirt: Boss

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Top: Versace, Pants: Stella McCartney, Bangles: Hermes

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Dress: Chanel
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Dress: Chanel

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Jumper: Oscar de la Renta, Dress: Burberry Prorsum

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Dress and Cardigan: Bottega Veneta, Sunglasses: Miu Miu, Wedges: Charlotte Olympia, Clutch: Edie Parker

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Coat and Skirt: Miu Miu, Platforms: Charlotte Olympia

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Transparent dress: Simone Rocha, Bodice: Dolce & Gabbana, Wedges: Charlotte Olympia

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Transparent dress: Simone Rocha, Bodice: Dolce & Gabbana, Wedges: Charlotte Olympia, Tanktop: Gucci, Pants: Valentino, Sandals: Prada

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The LVMH 8: Pt.5 Marques’Almeida

May 11th, 2015

The LVMH 8:
Pt.5 Marques’Almeida

On May 22nd, LVMH will announce the winner of their 2015 Young Fashion Designer Prize from a pool of 8 finalists – Arthur Arbesser, Coperni, Craig Green, Faustine Steinmetz, Jacquemus, Marques’Almeida, Off-White, and Vetements. Started in 2013, the prize was launched to champion standout talent and foster their labels. Winning means getting a seal of approval from a jury of fashion’s foremost designers and industry professionals like Nicolas Ghesquiere, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, and LVMH’s own Delphine Arnault. Aside from being recognized by the industry, the winner receives a 300,000 euro grant and a year’s worth of expert support from the foundation. Of course, success in the industry for these designers isn’t reliant on winning, but it certainly sets the stage.

Presenting Models.com’s exclusive week-long spotlight on each of the designers in anticipation of their final presentation at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris and the announcement of the winner on May 22nd.

The LVMH 8

Series editors: Irene Ojo-Felix and Steven Yatsko
Photography: Steven Yatsko for Models.com
Stylist: William Graper @ The Wall Group
Art Direction: Stephan Moskovic
Hair: Takayoshi Tsukisawa
Makeup: Kim Weber
Production: Jazmin Alvarez
Photo assistant: Jason Acton
Manicurist: Natalie Pavloski @ LMC Worldwide
Portrait courtesy of the designer

Text by Irene Ojo-Felix

Models:
Grace Simmons / Next New York
Mona Matsuoka / IMG

There is beauty in the undone and design team Paulo Almeida and Marta Marques have built their business on the design aesthetic of threadbare pieces. Previously known to apply this technique to denim, this season Marques’Almeida decided to push their comfort level and work with new materials like silk, chiffon, and leather. The result was a collection that was all about “dark black heavy silhouettes and patchwork multicolor, flowy shapes.” Denim is such a formidable fabric as it rarely gives unless materials like Lycra are weaved into it. Marques and Almeida have overcome this hurdle by “working with it in a way that feels lived in and not off the roll.” That focus gives the effect of sensual fluidity for their edgy woman.

“We were lucky enough to be pushed out and beyond our limits…”

They both acclaim London as being the crux of their business. Both studied at Central Saint Martins and began their label right after graduating saying the city “informs the way we work and what we do.” The MA program at the accredited school “was a process of finding what we wanted to say and we were lucky enough to be pushed out and beyond our limits by the course team and the incredible (late) Professor Louise Wilson…having access to the incredible library…helped form our visual background.” The daring, youthful energy of London definitely comes out in their undone designs that focus on blending the masculine and feminine elements that the designers themselves exude.

With the prize money, the duo plan on “growing the team and doing more things we haven’t had the funding or the time to do! We have an incredibly dedicated team but the brand is growing quickly and we’re all overworked so we definitely need more hands on deck and we’d invest in doing more things, grow the range on offer, do special projects we have a strong passion for.”

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The LVMH 8: Pt.4 Jacquemus

May 10th, 2015

The LVMH 8:
Pt.4 Jacquemus

On May 22nd, LVMH will announce the winner of their 2015 Young Fashion Designer Prize from a pool of 8 finalists – Arthur Arbesser, Coperni, Craig Green, Faustine Steinmetz, Jacquemus, Marques’Almeida, Off-White, and Vetements. Started in 2013, the prize was launched to champion standout talent and foster their labels. Winning means getting a seal of approval from a jury of fashion’s foremost designers and industry professionals like Nicolas Ghesquiere, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, and LVMH’s own Delphine Arnault. Aside from being recognized by the industry, the winner receives a 300,000 euro grant and a year’s worth of expert support from the foundation. Of course, success in the industry for these designers isn’t reliant on winning, but it certainly sets the stage.

Presenting Models.com’s exclusive week-long spotlight on each of the designers in anticipation of their final presentation at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris and the announcement of the winner on May 22nd.

The LVMH 8

Series editors: Irene Ojo-Felix and Steven Yatsko
Photography: Steven Yatsko for Models.com
Stylist: William Graper @ The Wall Group
Art Direction: Stephan Moskovic
Hair: Takayoshi Tsukisawa
Makeup: Kim Weber
Production: Jazmin Alvarez
Photo assistant: Jason Acton
Manicurist: Natalie Pavloski @ LMC Worldwide (London)
Portrait courtesy of the designer

Text by Irene Ojo-Felix

Models:
Grace Simmons / Next New York
Irina Shnitman / IMG

With a quirky, mischievous nature, designer Simon Porte Jacquemus frames his collections with an eccentric sensibility that still tilts towards sellable merchandise. The self-taught designer who describes himself as a “south of France boy” relied on design motifs like “oversized bikinis, market uniforms, and asymmetric shapes” that took on a sculptural form with youthful energy throughout. The beachy vibe of his Spring 2015 collection toed the line between child-like exuberance and sophisticated construction that was as distinctly personal as it was daring.

“if there is enough money I’ll buy a Picasso”

As the receiver of two consecutive LVMH Prize nominations, Jacquemus has no plans on slowing down as he has just released a new e-commerce option for the brand. The e-shop reads more like a buyable look book than the standard mannequin display yet fits in visually with his ideas of maximal presentations.

With the prize money, Jacquemus plans “to make the collection more precise, develop the brand” and if there is enough money he’ll “buy a Picasso.” His lighthearted nature endures despite the pressure.

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MDCGram: Anna Cleveland

April 22nd, 2015

MDCGrams are back! Kloss Films shoots a five-part series capturing spontaneous vignettes of some of the most in demand models of now.

Part 1: Anna ClevelandNext New York

Video: Kloss Films
Dress: Zac Posen
Hair: Andrew Chen
Makeup: Sharon Sinclair

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Heels in the Sand

March 26th, 2015

Heels in the Sand

While fashion has been dragging its feet when it comes to diversity, this season heralded an optimistic turn – but for how long?
Models.com reviews the current state of diversity with several industry insiders to understand how the scales have been tipped.



Cover photos: Fall/Winter 2015 shows by Casey Vange for Models.com
Portraits courtesy of interviewees

Runway photos
YUAN BO – Valentino Runway Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images
BHUMIKA – Fendi runway photo by Catwalking / Getty Images
AMILNA – Giambattista Valli Runway Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images
DYLAN -Alexander Wang Runway Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images
KARLY – Celine Runway Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images
LINEISY – Prada Runway Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images
MAE – Louis Vuitton Runway Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images
AAMITO – Balenciaga Runway Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images

Diversity.

In the present day, it’s something that seems like it should be standard. Not forced, pushed, or reminded of.

Yet, when it comes to fashion’s runways, the ever-changing, liberal industry seems stuck on this one sore subject – the continual inclusion of models of color. The importance of racial diversity amid models has been discussed for many years but none more fervently than in 2013 with the efforts of Bethann Hardison and the Balance Diversity Coalition. The activist along with supermodels, Naomi Campbell & Iman, directly called out fashion designers and their dominant preference of all-white model castings. Since then, there has been a push for dialogue between the different sectors in the industry to combat and eliminate this problem. Four or so fashion weeks later, this season has been heralded as the season many designers finally incorporated a range of looks into their castings. But how right has it been? Industry insiders gave us their take on the movement for balance and how things have changed – for better or worse.

As far as quantifying change, it seems like numbers aren’t telling the whole story. Hardison asserts when sites “come up with ratios and percentages to indicate that there’s been very little improvement, I don’t agree. I don’t like looking at them now.” She optimistically turns to the visual representation of girls of color on the runway and in editorial, saying she “only likes seeing the improvement of the girls. If you don’t have great models to compete with their white counterparts you’re not going to get a job. Now we have a fighting chance.” Hardison would instead like to focus on the encouragement of agencies scouting girls of color in mass. “These last few seasons it has been much better because we now have more girls of color, whether they’re Black, Middle Eastern, or Asian” inferring that there’s now a bigger pool from which to draw.

“These last few seasons it has been much better because we now have more girls of color, whether they’re Black, Middle Eastern, or Asian”
Bethann Hardison

Similarly, Angus Munro and Noah Shelley, the casting directing team behind AM Casting that was responsible for the line-up at Kenzo, Matthew Williamson, Rick Owens, and that Kanye West x Adidas show, both echoed the sentiments of Bethann. Talking about how things were done in the past, Munro says, “I don’t think scouts were particularly out there looking for black or Asian girls. It’s a supply and demand industry just like any other one.” Shelley breaks it down further, “If there aren’t enough scouts going to African and Asian countries then the model agencies don’t have as much diversity in their ranks. And then those models don’t get shown to me and I can’t show them to my client. When we do a casting and 500 models come in in 3 days, and 15 of them are black girls what will be the percentage that 1-5 of them will make it in that show? It all of a sudden becomes a numbers game.” And the numbers aren’t in the favor of many models of color that are overlooked because of filled quotas.

“I don’t think scouts were particularly out there looking for black or Asian girls. It’s a supply and demand industry just like any other one.”
Angus Munro

Across the board the designers that got it right when it came to diversity were pointed out. Casting director, James Scully, who has worked with brands like Tom Ford, Stella McCartney, & Derek Lam, expressed frankly, “Balmain supports (diversity) so much because of him (Olivier Rousteing). It’s the one place where you see more girls of color than anywhere else and I think that some people take that lead and follow. Balenciaga was great as well with what Alexander Wang did.”

On the runway F/W 2015: Yuan Bo @ Valentino, Bhumika @ Fendi, Amilna @ Giambattista Valli, Dylan @ Alexander Wang, Karly @ Celine, Lineisy @ Prada, Mae @ Louis Vuitton, Aamito @ Balenciaga

Certainly, brands like Celine and Prada that were notorious for going seasons without including a single Black or Asian girl, seemed to embrace both this season. Scully confirms this notion disclosing, “The last two most interesting black girls that have really been launched started at Prada. Aya Jones and Lineisy Montero. In a way, the company that used to lead the way in the worst sort of offense is now leading the way in breaking the new girls of color.” Indeed, many models of color like Aamito Lagum, Yuan Bo Chao, Bhumika Arora, Dylan Xue, Mica Arganaraz, Jing Wen, & Amilna Estevao had terrific seasons walking a heavy number of shows that put them on the radar of many.

Kyle Hagler, president of the NY division of Next Management, agrees that this past season had a lot of new faces of color on the runways but cautions that “the job is a multi-layered job and it’s not just about runways, it’s about advertising and editorial too; so it’s about having a presence in totality and consistently.” As it stands, runway is normally the introduction of many models into the fashion world with advertising and editorials taking them to the next step. Without all three components, success stands out of reach for many hopeful contenders and the latter two are where many models of color fall short.

“The job is a multi-layered job and it’s not just about runways, it’s about advertising and editorial too, so it’s about having a presence in totality and consistently.”
– Kyle Hagler / Next New York

So which designers got it totally wrong this season? Despite some finally stepping up to the plate, other designers maintained a largely white casting aesthetic. Names like Gucci, Saint Laurent, Carven, and many others came up constantly this season for their regretful omission of more models of color. Scully feels like the issue is “designers are really led by their stylists and casting directors. A lot of these castings directors are French or English and I just think culturally they don’t think about it. Unless they’re called out in force, they wouldn’t if they didn’t have to.”

Scully focuses on monotony being inconceivable in a globalized business like fashion stating, “When you’re a global brand like Gucci and you just totally erase half of the customers out of the cast, I think they think it doesn’t matter. But it does matter and I have plenty of friends that say then ‘I can’t buy it.’” Scully goes on to admonish Saint Laurent and its creative director, Hedi Slimane, saying, “there are so many Black and Asian rock and roll stars so I don’t see why Black or Asian people don’t fit into Hedi Slimane’s world. I don’t understand it. And again these are 2 big global brands that have a lot of people to talk to and even with the amount of Asian shoppers they completely omit them from campaigns. They’re basically saying they don’t exist and in 2015 it’s just ridiculous now. It’s a global world and everyone in the world shops and wants to be part of something.”

“It’s a global world and everyone in the world shops and wants to be part of something.”
James Scully

Bethann echoes James’s sentiment when describing this season as inflexible designers having their “heels in the sand” saying, “I look at Lanvin and I look at a designer who I know used to work for Geoffrey Beane… he’s always been conscious of color and he’s using so few girls of color in such a way that it is really disturbing now. This time, Lanvin had 1 black and Asian girl and this is one guy I know has a clue. It shouldn’t be about white and it shouldn’t be about black. It should be about finding the girls that look beautiful.”

“We all can do better. We all have to make sure that every woman in the world can see themselves in images in an aspirational way.”
– Kyle Hagler / Next New York

So how do we continue? It seems obvious that to make change for the better the industry has to finally come to grips with its problem of repetition. It seems that many brands get caught up in the archaic ideas of yesteryear without thinking, or caring, about their global outreach. Hagler reaffirms that “we all can do better. We all have to make sure that every woman in the world can see themselves in images in an aspirational way… let’s face it, what our business generates people pay attention to. I think we also have to be conscious of the fact that people do look to us to drive their emotional state sometimes and if you’re not represented sometimes people feel like they don’t matter and it should never come across like that.” The problem may be more rooted in the stubborn sentiment of many and lack of taking responsibility for the issues of the business. Shelley states that, “it’s tough because people want to just say ‘Oh it shouldn’t matter. Everything is fine’ but until it’s actually an even playing field somebody has to put the energy into changing it a little bit.”

Here’s to hoping that a little turns into a lot.

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Malgosia

March 20th, 2015

Models.com’s ICONS: Malgosia

Beyond her pristine body of work and timeless beauty, what has earned Malgosia Bela a spot as one of the industry’s most beloved icons is her enthralling wit and mesmerizing charm. This was in full display on set, seeing her interact in her unique effortless and spellbinding way; her sensual and disarming gaze evocative of a modern day Hollywood goddess. Far from overt, her sexiness lies more in her nonchalant attitude countered by her pointed features from razor-sharp cheekbones to her clear blue eyes. Naturally taking on any role that is given her whether it’s a transformative campaign for Alexander Wang or a sultry vision for Chanel beauty; Malgosia is more than just a pretty face however – with a Master’s degree and a disciplined business acumen she has been able to maintain her more than 15-year legacy and remain a favorite with a who’s who list of prominent photographers including Mario Sorrenti, Glen Luchford, Mert & Marcus, Mario Testino, Steven Klein & David Sims. Brands like Gucci, Jil Sander, Alexander Wang, Vionnet, and La Perla call upon her ethereal, captivating look to bring their creative visions to life. This bewitching Polish beauty remains an iconic symbol of versatility and appeal. Stylist Gro Curtis sits down with Malgosia for a chat for Models.com.

Photography by Steven Pan (Management + Artists) for Models.com
Styled by Gro Curtis
Make up by Adrien Pinault (Management + Artists)
Hair by David von Cannon (Los Angeles: Streeters Los Angeles, New York: Streeters New York)

Interview by Gro Curtis
Creative Direction and intro by Stephan Moskovic

On this shoot you hurt my “sport ego” during our table football session. It was 5-0 for you. Remember? It was the first time after months that I did some sport activity. Confess, you are hiding a table in your living room?

I don’t and frankly it was probably the second time I had ever played table football in my long life. Just naturally gifted in any given discipline I guess.

Last time I saw you it was in October after the Lanvin show. It was Kirsten (Owen), Natasa (Vojnovic) and you when I came by. It was such anti stress therapy being around you girls and listening you talk. Of course Natasa was the loudest and that’s why we love her; for me it felt like a relaxed reunion amongst you all without talking about fashion.

Oh yes. These girls are great to talk with about anything but fashion. We also go a long way back together…. Kirsten has kids also so we are basically two mothers sharing experiences. My son was there too, remember? He really hit it off with Natasa.

You made dinner but I just remember that champagne. What did you cook?

Let’s just say I opened the champagne. We don’t need to go into the details of operating the microwave….

I didn’t tell you but I must make a confession – I almost tried to steal that beautiful vase from the hallway. Natasa was covering me. Kirsten declined to participate.

I always loved Kirsten.

After that we went to a nice dinner party and then somehow ended up at a rave party under some bridge?

Yes, what a sad contrast with our intimate gathering in the kitchen around a bottle of champagne…. Those big parties under the bridge are definitely not for me. That was the end of my evening.

The thing about you is that you are able to adjust to every situation while always being yourself. In the industry we work in, I find that so hard to achieve and very rare.

Oh well…. I can only say thank you! The truth is, my parents have always been telling me that an intelligent person can adapt to any situation. Looks like it works also for semi-intelligent models!

I’m completely going to ignore how great you look because I only want to focus on the fact that one can talk with you about anything. I think the deepest part of your charisma is in the way you think and talk and somehow it translates to the camera. That’s why it is so much more than “looks” when we see an image of you and your eyes.

It’s true, I always try to think as I speak and I try to find words that correspond exactly to my feelings. Perhaps it makes me look more intelligent than I am, but what’s important for me is that it opens up something really honest in me and automatically in the person I’m talking with. That’s why a lot of people consider me “real”. Nothing is rehearsed or memorized. I love saying what I think. I don’t need to remember any “dos” and “don’ts” because it’s enough to just be me. Or maybe I’m just lazy and it’s simple as that.

I’m not going to ask you about the hundreds of shows, covers, campaigns, special projects and shoots you did during your incredible career. Now people talk about you as the legendary Malgosia. Is it strange to hear that? How do you feel about it?

People really say that? Wow! I’m really not aware of that. Thank you people. It’s a big thing. Makes me feel a bit old but nice at the same time. Please tell my son next time you see him, “your mom is a legend, bro”. He’ll be so proud.

You started to model in an era without all these social media tools. These days after the show, dozens of photographers and bloggers are waiting for some new, “it” girl to come out and pose for them. From your point of view what do you think about this phenomenom that’s still growing each season? It has really became one big circus.

I try to stay away from social media. In a way I’m scared of it. I’m aware of the fact that it might influence my “career” somehow, but at the same time I know my strengths and my weaknesses. I come across so much better in direct contact. Virtual reality is not my strongest point, so I tend to leave the place for others in this department.

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Diversity Rules! Part 5: Next NY

February 26th, 2015

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Diversity Rules! Part 5:
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“For many seasons the activist in me tried to figure out what to do about the problem at hand regarding the lack of racial diversity on the runways, in editorials and fashion advertising.

I have addressed the industry by having town hall meetings, gaining international media support, even naming those who lack the sense of responsibility of incorporating models of color. And after being given the CFDA’s Founders Award in June 2014 for upfront confrontation and determination to change how things are done and seen, still we lag at where we should be as an industry.

Surely there has been some improvement.

Where there is clear improvement over the years…are the model agencies. They have improved their inclusion of the model of color and continue to seek those beauties.

So I decided, instead of looking at what and where it isn’t happening (for now), to show where it continues to grow. There are agencies with far more ethnic models than others, but there are many still open to growth.

I decided to reflect what I saw here with the support of Models.com and the model agencies.

We are continuing our series with Next NY.

It was truly my pleasure and pride, to see and meet the models that I selected to represent their agencies and to link the others the agency represented as well.

No doubt, it’s a beautiful movement.”

Bethann Hardison

All Models: Next NY
Edited by Bethann Hardison

Photos by Steven Yatsko for Models.com
Hair: Martin Christopher Harper
Makeup: Munemi Imai
Bethann Hardison portrait by Hans Neumann (De Facto) for Models.com
Video interviews by Bethann Hardison
Art direction: Stephan Moskovic
Video: Blue Barn Pictures
Producer: Jazmin Alvarez

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Yuan

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Model of the Year Awards 2014

February 10th, 2015

Models.com 2014 Industry Awards

While the Models.com Rankings are a barometer of the industry’s favorite models, and as such are continually updated throughout the year, we felt it was time to offer a bigger picture view – Introducing the first ever Models.com Model of the Year (MOTY) Industry Awards.

The Models.com Model of the Year (MOTY) Industry Awards are the voice of over 250 voters representing a wide range of the industry’s top professionals, including many of the industry’s top stylists, designers, photographers, editors, hair and makeup artists and casting directors, and a wide range of the next generation of the industry’s emerging creative talents. Notable participants include Edward Enninful, Katie Grand, Melanie Ward, Duffy, John Pfeiffer, Anita Bitton, Andrew Weir, Angus Munro, Daniel Peddle, Bethann Hardison, Giampaolo Sgura, Melanie Huynh, Mariano Vivanco, Jeff Bark, Nicola Formichetti, Tom Van Dorpe, Pierre Debusschere, Esteban Cortazar, Sophie Theallet, Sebastian Faena, Sir John, Santiago Sierra, Benjamin Puckey, Benjamin Huseby, and many others.

Fashion’s biggest fans also got in on the fun: the Readers’ Choice section offers an up to date and often surprising selection chosen by you, the MDC readers. The people have spoken – thousands of them in fact and their choices are every bit as exciting as those provided by insiders.

The awards are broken down in 11 categories as follows:

Model of the Year Women
Model of the Year Men
Breakout Star Women
Breakout Star Men
Comeback of the Year
Social Media Star Women
Social Media Star Men
Humanitarian
Celebrity Model Women
Celebrity Model Men

Model of the Year: Women

The biggest and brightest star of 2014 aka the girl or guy who has distinguished themselves via top tier work with the best photographers, stylists and magazines, leaving the competition in the dust and standing out as the year’s foremost star.
Industry’s Vote

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Readers’ Choice

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Runner Up
Industry’s Vote

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Love Magazine Cover by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Readers’ Choice

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All MOTY Women Nominees

Model of the Year: Men

The biggest and brightest star of 2014 aka the girl or guy who has distinguished themselves via top tier work with the best photographers, stylists and magazines, leaving the competition in the dust and standing out as the year’s foremost star.
Industry’s Vote

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H&M ad by Karim Sadli

Readers’ Choice

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Runner Up
Industry’s Vote

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Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Fragrance by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

Readers’ Choice

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All MOTY Men Nominees

Breakout Star: Women

Like model of the year, the breakout star has had a substantial presence on the modeling scene, only their careers have just begun to take off in the past several seasons. As a newcomer to the fashion industry, these rising stars have racked up coveted campaigns and impressive editorial work in a short period of time and are set to leave a lasting mark on the industry.
Industry’s Vote

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Readers’ Choice

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Polaroid/The Society

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote

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Readers’ Choice

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Portrait by Jodi Jones

All Breakout Star Women Nominees

Breakout Star: Men

Like model of the year, the breakout star has had a substantial presence on the modeling scene, only their careers have just begun to take off in the past several seasons. As a newcomer to the fashion industry, these rising stars have racked up coveted campaigns and impressive editorial work in a short period of time and are set to leave a lasting mark on the industry.
Industry’s Vote

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Rollercoaster Cover by Philipp Mueller

Readers’ Choice

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Polaroid/Models.com

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote

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Cerruti Campaign by David Sims

Readers’ Choice

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Rollercoaster Cover by Philipp Mueller

All Breakout Star Men Nominees

Comeback of the Year

Absence makes the heart grow fonder and these beauties took extended breaks from the rigors of the modeling world only to return stronger than ever. Whether they opened a noteworthy show, or found themselves on the cover of a cutting-edge magazine, these comeback stars have proven themselves essential.
Industry’s Vote

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Sunday Style Cover by Beau Grealy

Readers’ Choice

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Sunday Style Cover by Beau Grealy

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote

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Readers’ Choice

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All Comeback of the Year Nominees

Social Media Star WOMEN

If the past year has taught us anything it is that every tweet, Instagram photo, and like adds up to a powerful presence within the world of fashion. These models have leveraged their followings into key bookings and heightened influence, inciting a media frenzy with each and every post.
Industry’s Vote

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Love Magazine Cover by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Readers’ Choice

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Love Magazine Cover by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote

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Polaroid/The Society New York

Readers’ Choice

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All Social Media Star Nominees

Social Media Star MEN

If the past year has taught us anything it is that every tweet, Instagram photo, and like adds up to a powerful presence within the world of fashion. These models have leveraged their followings into key bookings and heightened influence, inciting a media frenzy with each and every post.
Industry’s Vote

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7 For All Mankind Campaign by Sebastian Faena

Readers’ Choice

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Made in Brazil by Greg Vaughan

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote

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Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Fragrance by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

Readers’ Choice

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Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Fragrance by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

All Social Media Star Nominees

Humanitarian

Nothing is more important than giving back to the community and during the past year these models have inspired us all by putting charity first. Devoting their time, energy and celebrity to causes big and small, these women raise awareness and bring hope to those who need it most.
Industry’s Vote

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Calvin Klein Campaign by Mario Sorrenti

Readers’ Choice

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Calvin Klein Campaign by Mario Sorrenti

Runner Up
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Readers’ Choice

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All Humanitarian Nominees

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As founder of Every mother Counts, Turlington works to make pregnancy safe for every mother worldwide, raising money and awareness about maternal health programs around the globe.

JacquelynJab200Jacquelyn Jablonski

Since her brother’s diagnosis with autism, Jacquelyn has tirelessly dedicated her support to autism charities. This year she brought out the stars for A Night for Autism a silent auction benefiting Autism Speaks.

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Jourdan is an ambassador for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America and started her own campaign #CellForGratitude to help research and find a cure, an issue very close to her heart as Jourdan’s 4 year-old son, Riley was born with Sickle Cell Disease.

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Kyleigh has been working to improve the lives of children in war torn Afghanistan since her 13th birthday. With the launch of her jewelry line, Roots of Peace, Kyleigh aims to promote a sustainable business model that will provide economic support to the Afghan people.

LiyaKebede200wLiya Kebede

As founder of the Liya Kebede Foundation Liya works to advance safe motherhood and pregnancy throughout Africa. Her clothing line LemLem also supports traditional weavers in her native Ethiopia in an effort to preserve their rich history.

NaomiCampbell200wNaomi Campbell

Naomi is actively involved in many charities including Fashion for Relief, Amfar and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, and is organizing two upcoming fund raising fashion shows to raise awareness of Ebola and funds to fight the disease.

NataliaV200wNatalia Vodianova

Natalia’s Naked Heart Foundation builds playgrounds for disadvantaged youths throughout Russia. Natalia is also involved in several other foundations including Hear the World and the Tiger Trade Campaign to stop trade in tiger parts and products.

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Nykhor partnered with the International Rescue Committee to raise awareness about the plight of refugees and displaced individuals in Ethiopia and Sudan.

SaraZiff200wSara Ziff

Sara’s tireless work at The Model Alliance, especially for child models; giving models a voice and a safe haven, along with campaigning against labor abuses in the modeling industry deserves acknowledgement.

Best Street Style

The sidewalk is the new catwalk and these models bring fashion to the streets with outlandish and eye-catching looks that have made them the girls to watch for off-duty style. Some have taken their street style prowess one step further, broadening their horizons by acting as stylist on editorial shoots.
Industry’s Vote

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Street Style photo by Melodie Jeng/Models.com

Readers’ Choice

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Street Style photo by Melodie Jeng/Models.com

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote

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Street Style photo by Melodie Jeng

Readers’ Choice

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Street Style photo by Melodie Jeng

Street Style Nominees

Celebrity Model: Women

Celebrities have become an unavoidable presence in luxury advertising, but certain stars are every bit as captivating as the models. Putting their posing skills to good use (often honed during their career beginnings as models) and bringing with them an air of Hollywood glamour, these are the celebrities who play the role of model with ease.
Industry’s Vote

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Nars Campaign by Francois Nars

Readers’ Choice

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Vogue Brasil by Mariano Vivanco

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote

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Lancôme Campaign by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Readers’ Choice

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Nars Campaign by Francois Nars

Celeb Model Nominees

Celebrity Model: Men

Celebrities have become an unavoidable presence in luxury advertising, but certain stars are every bit as captivating as the models. Putting their posing skills to good use (often honed during their career beginnings as models) and bringing with them an air of Hollywood glamour, these are the celebrities who play the role of model with ease.
Industry’s Vote

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Interview Cover by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Readers’ Choice

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H&M Bodywear F/W 12 by Alasdair McLellan

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote

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G-Star Raw Campaign by Henrik Bulow

Readers’ Choice

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Interview Cover by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Celeb Model Nominees

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The Up and Comers

September 10th, 2013


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Models: Anita Lijic, Kyra Green, Karolin Marczyk, Kwak
Dolce and Gabbana bra and underwear sets / Dolce and Gabbana red dress, shoes and jewelry
The Up and Comers

Fashion’s never-ending cycle of renewal means there is a constant stream of exciting new talent making their mark on the industry. Behind the scenes, a new generation of creators is innovating in hair, makeup, styling and creative direction, bringing new ideas to the table while paying homage to fashion’s strongest visual tenets. The up & comers of this era unite for this Models.com editorial featuring a lineup of notable new models from New York’s top agencies. These fresh faces are at the very start of their modeling journey and are captured beautifully by an illustrious set of talents whose names you should commit to memory. Photographer Jd Forte has assisted Steven Meisel and David Sims, honing his own style as he learned from photography’s masters. Hair stylist Shinya Nakagawa worked alongside Julien d’Ys while makeup artist Yumi Lee serves as first assistant for the legendary Stephane Marais. Set designer Nick des Jardins is a talented alum of Mary Howard Studio and stylist Jessica Margolis has crafted looks for the likes of Agyness Deyn and Emily Blunt. This group of young creatives comes together to craft a one of a kind editorial project and homage to the masters.

Photographer: Jd Forte
Stylist: Jessica Margolis
Hair Stylist: Shinya Nakagawa
Makeup Artist: Yumi Lee with L’Atelier NYC
Set Design: Nick des Jardins for Mary Howard Studio
Production: Kristen Bolt

Text by Janelle Okwodu

Models:
Alicia / New York Model Management
Anita Ligic / Women Management
Kama / DNA Models
Karolina Marczyk / Elite
Kate Goodling / Ford Models
Kwak Ji Young / Wilhelmina New York
Kyra Green / IMG
Laura O’Grady / Supreme Management
Michelle C. / One Management
Nadja Giramata / Trump Management
Ona / Fusion Models
Paiz Sloane / Next Models NY
Yue Ning / Marilyn Agency

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Model: Kwak
TADASHI SHOJI dress, JIMMY CHOO shoes

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Model: Anita Ligic
Gold jacket and skirt by Zuhair Murad

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Models: Kate Goodling, Paiz Sloane
Dolce & Gabbana lingerie and Fendi fur top and skirt
Fur and fur throws all by ADRIENNE LANDAU

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Models: Michelle C, Nadja Girimata
ALTUZARRA dress and jacket / CHRISTIAN DIOR skirt and top

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Models: Alicia, Ona
Both dresses by Zuhair Murad

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Models: Kate Goodling, Yue Ning, Paiz Sloane, Laura O’Grady, Alicia
All dresses are ZUHAIR MURAD, All shoes are JIMMY CHOO

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Anja Rubik

May 23rd, 2013

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Anja Rubik may have cheekbones that can cut glass and an incredible presence in front of the camera, but the game-changer from Rzeszów is an icon not just because of her countless covers and numerous campaigns: Anja is a perfect representative of the new breed of model. As anyone will tell you, the industry has changed, and where 20 years ago it would have sufficed to have a stunning face and incredible posing skills, today it takes more. Beauties are a dime a dozen, and the women who ascend to the highest levels of success go beyond the call of duty. Blessed with an unforgettable look and a tireless work ethic, Anja has distinguished herself across a variety of platforms, pushing her namesake brand into the pop cultural sphere. When you have Kanye West name-dropping you alongside Anna Wintour, and Karl Lagerfeld listing you among his favorites of all time, you’re in a class by yourself.

Video and Photography by Barnaby Roper (Cadence New York) for Models.com
Styling by Keegan Singh (Los Angeles: Streeters Los Angeles, New York: Streeters New York)
Makeup Lisa Houghton
Hair by Esther Langham
Manicurist Dawn Sterling
Music Tristan Bechet / Cadence
Director of photography Santiago Gonzalez
Executive producer Neil Cooper / Cadence
Producer Mark Day / Cadence
Post-production Modern Post NY
Color and beauty – IC Motion

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Creative direction Stephan Moskovic
Text by Janelle Okwodu
With a special thanks to Leigh Crystal at Next NY

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Leather top by Azzedine Alaia, Jewelry by Linn Lomo

When you have Kanye West name-dropping you alongside Anna Wintour, and Karl Lagerfeld listing you among his favorites of all time, you’re in a class by yourself.
The Anja story starts with a globe-hopping childhood, complete with stints in Greece, Canada, and South Africa. Discovered on the streets of Paris whilst still in high school, Rubik worked weekends rather than giving up her studies. It was the first of many intelligent decisions that would come to define the way in which she approached the business. In her own words, “modeling is an incredible job for a girl if she approaches it with her head on her shoulders. You travel, you speak to people, and it opens your mind to different things.”

The variety and breadth of Anja’s various outside projects has earned her a reputation for being one of the most enterprising faces around. In addition to modeling, she’s editor-and-chief of the boundary pushing publication 25 and is on occasion a designer herself. “Anja is an iconic woman, top model, and muse of many of the most important fashion houses,” says her friend and collaborator Giuseppe Zanotti.


“Anja Rubik, is the ultimate model. She is one of the few models who manages to straddle the commercial and avant-garde with ease. She is a supermodel in the true sense. She has a beauty which can transform any character or tell any story. Anja has found her way through the fashion industry in a way which very few models can achieve, she is always leading by example. She has beauty, a vision and a brain for business.” – Edward Enninful
Catching up with the engaging Ms. Rubik is always a pleasure and in this exclusive interview she gives insight into what it means to be iconic.

What has being a model AND an editor allowed you to explore?

AR: Being both a model and editor has really given me an amazing outlet to channel my creative energy, and set a stage for me to make all of my ideas come alive. Being on the other side of the camera to direct a shoot has been a way for me to employ my experience in the industry to create beautiful images within 25’s spirit and vision. It’s been amazing to meet our rotating cast of contributors and work together on all editorial activities.

25 is all about creating beautiful, irreverent, inspiring images…the magazine represents and supports strong, intelligent, beautiful women who are comfortable in their sensuality. In general I think the approach to sexuality nowadays is either quite vulgar or prude. I didn’t want to play it safe. There is a ’70s feeling to 25 – an era where people were more open and free with their sensuality. The images from that decade are natural and women were happy and comfortable in their skin…it was a celebration of their sexuality! The images are super strong and incredibly iconic. When a woman is in control, self-aware, and comfortable in her skin, it is a really powerful and positive beautiful thing and I hope this comes across in 25. Women need to support women and speak their minds. I am pushing the boundaries of what a female fashion magazine can be… with this has come some backlash from people that weren’t completely comfortable with the subject. This was unexpected and made me realize that our generation is more conservative than that of our parents. Don’t fear the nipple.

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Dress by Alexander Wang, Jewelry by Linn Lomo

“Anja is completely unique as a model and as a person. From the moment she walked into our studio ten years ago she has been an endless inspiration .” – Inez and Vinoodh
When did you realize you’d gone to the next level with your career?

AR: When I started to work with the best people in the industry.

Who are your icons?

AR: David Bowie, Debbie Harry, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington…and my amazing mother.

You’re one of fashion’s real multi-taskers – can you tell us a little about your many projects?

AR: 25 is really special to me. It’s a beautiful book full of inspiring images with an erotic twist. The spirit and vision of 25 represents the strength of a beautiful, intelligent woman. There is a lot of me in the project; I’ve collaborated with friends and icons of mine to make wild ideas come alive. We have been able to create something that I believe in and felt was missing in the industry. It’s been received incredibly and I’m really excited to continue pushing the boundaries with it…

I have also designed a special capsule collection of shoes and bags with my good friend Giuseppe Zanotti. The process was very organic and came to life from my ideas and sketches along with Giuseppe’s extensive technical guidance. The shoes are an extension of my aura: an erotic spirit with a chic punk twist. There is a sexy grunge feeling expressed in the details, like unique corseted-lacing and piercings. It’s a cool mix of refined chicness and a tough edge. This is something I have always wanted to do and I’m really pleased with how the collection turned out.

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Dress by Alexander Wang, Jewelry by Linn Lomo


“I first met Anja in her very early modelling days when Inez and Vinoodh shot her for V. That story remains one of my favorite ever and I felt like she was a star from the first moment I met her! She is also a gifted artist and is very visual. All that, plus her personality has led to her becoming as big as she is today.” – Stephen Gan

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Leather top and skirt by Azzedine Alaia, belt by Balmain, Jewelry by Linn Lomo


“She’s amazing, she’s an incredible model, she’s super beautiful. She really enjoys what she does, so it’s an absolute pleasure working with her.”- Mario Sorrenti

What does being iconic mean to you?

AR: It’s humbling and exciting to be able to inspire people; I am lucky to be in a position to put my time and heart into causes as well as projects that I really believe in – like 25.

How do you think your generation of models differs from the generations that have preceded it?

AR: By using our years of experience working with the top people in fashion, some of us have moved into the business side of the industry, expanding our brands into projects that are special to us.

What’s next for you?

AR: I am working on issue 03 of 25…and I have a few other tricks up my sleeve, stay tuned!


“I’ve been working with Anja for many years now and she never ceases to impress me with her professional and determined attitude towards her job. She is always focused, positive and of course, absolutely stunning.”
Frida Giannini, Gucci Creative Director

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Leather top and skirt by Azzedine Alaia, belt by Balmain, Jewelry by Linn Lomo


“It was always my dream and desire to work with Anja Rubik, I remember the first time I met Anja she captured my heart and imagination, Anja tried a dress and of course there were no need for alterations. I now can’t draw a collection without thinking of her. Anja’s cool, beautiful and warm presence inspires me; Anja has that quality, that something special that makes a difference, she is truly an Icon” – Anthony Vaccarello

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The Room 16 – Exclusive preview

October 17th, 2012

The Room 16 – Exclusive preview

Fashion content is at its most impressive when it has a distinctive point of view and no magazine on the block has a more original and inventive perspective than The Room. The Hungarian biannual never fails to impress and for its latest issue the content goes above and beyond. With a focus on the inspiring force of cinema and it’s under the radar creators, the issue introduces readers to a host of new talents. Among them, director Cristian Mungiu, actress Rachel Korine and special effects makeup artist Ivan Poharnok.

Of course, film isn’t the only art form on display; compelling looks at fashion’s elite are a big part of this issue’s appeal. Pulitzer prize winning fashion writer Robin Givhan is interviewed in a wonderful piece, that gives insight into the nature of fashion criticism. Model Aline Weber graces the cover and is featured in a compelling story by Marton Perlaki. Legendary Helmut Newton and Lindbergh muse, Cordula Reyer reemerges in a beautiful black and white story and there is so much more inside. Take a look at our exclusive preview of The Room’s latest issue – only in MDX.

Text by Janelle Okwodu

Cover Photo by Marton Perlaki at Quadriga
Fashion Editor: Ali Toth & Aniko Virag
Make up: Robert Greene (See Management)
Hair: Tamás Tüzes at L’Atelier NYC
Model: Aline Weber at Next NYC

The Room magazine’s issue 16 appears across Europe and in New York on October 19.

For more information please check out: www.theroom.hu


Photo: Marton Perlaki at Quadriga | Fashion Editor: Ali Toth & Aniko Virag | Make up: Robert Greene (See Management) | Hair: Tamás Tüzes at L’Atelier NYC | Model: Aline Weber at Next NYC


Photo: Branislav Jankic | Fashion Editor: Gro Curtis | Make up: Sasa Jokovic | Hair: Massimo Gamba at Atomo | Model: Cordula Reyer at d’management group

IVANKA CONCRETE CLOTHING IS A HUNGARIAN LABEL, DESIGNING AND PRODUCING CLOTHES WITH A UNIQUE CONCRETE FINISHING | Text: Gigi Timár | Photo: Marton Perlaki

SVATOPLUK MYKITA IS AN UP COMING ARTIST FROM SLOVAKIA | Text: Áron Fenyvesi | Photo: Miklós Surányi

Photo: Arnaud Lajeunie | Fashion Editor: Benoit Bethume | Make up: Tiziana Raimondo at Airport | Hair: Jérome Cultrera at Calliste | Model: Patrycja Gardygajlo at Next

IVAN POHARNOK IS A SPECIAL EFFECT MAKE UP ARTIST | Text: Gigi Timár | Photo: Máté Bartha


Photo: Charlie Engman | Fashion Editor: Tracey Nicholson at Streeters | Make up: Robert Greene (See Management) | Hair: Kunio Kohzaki (See Management) | Model: Kathleen Engman

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Exclusive Preview: Dazed & Confused – Fade Into You

September 29th, 2012

Dazed & Confused – Fade into you by Pierre Debusschere

Models.com presents an exclusive preview of FADE INTO YOU, a fashion film and editorial spread by Pierre Debusschere with styling from Dazed Senior Fashion Editor Robbie Spencer, for Dazed & Confused.

PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO Pierre Debusschere
STYLING Robbie Spencer
FLORALS Mark Colle

Hair Karin Bigler at D + V using SEBASTIAN PROFESSIONAL
Make-up Adrien Pinault (Paris: Management + Artists, New York: Management + Artists) using
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Nails Sabine Peeters
Set design LAURENT WENNER
Casting: Noah Shelley for AM Casting

Model Zuzanna Bijoch at Next


tulle veil and jacquard dress by VIVIENNE WESTWOOD GOLD LABEL; dress worn embellished underneath by MARIOS SCHWAB using Swarovski elements

bodice and knickers by DOLCE & GABBANA

dress and shoes by ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

ROCHAS; crystal mask and boots by MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA ARTISANAL

dress and coat by JIL SANDER

all clothing by MARC JACOBS; socks by FALKE

all clothing by COMME DES GARCONS; socks by FALKE

NINA RICCI; shoes by Valentino

dress by GUCCI; shoes by Lanvin

skirt, hat and boots by VIVIENNE WESTWOOD GOLD LABEL; customised top stylist’s own

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Women in the Morning: Aline Weber

July 17th, 2012

Women in the morning: Aline Weber

You see them in your magazines and on your tv screens, but what are your favorite models really like? For the second in her series, Women in the Morning, Casey Brooks catches up with the always alluring Aline Weber for a bit of private time shared with her boyfriend Matheus Strapasson. Aline’s laid back beauty and hippie chic vibe shine through in Brooks’ simple, evocative imagery.

Aline Weber / Next Models NY
Photos: Casey Brooks
Makeup: Colleen Runne

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Women in the Morning: Tatiana Cotliar

June 14th, 2012

Women in the morning: Tatiana Cotliar

You see them in your magazines and on your tv screens, but what are your favorite models really like? Casey Brooks taps into the private side of notable catwalkers with this new Models.com exclusive series, Women in the Morning. Catch a glimpse of some of the business’ best girls right as they wake up and see what their daily routines really look like. First up in the series, the animated and original Tatiana Cotliar – model, Almodovar aficionado and artist who lets Brooks into her Chinatown loft and shows her a whole other side of her infectious personality and her neighborhood.

Tatiana Cotliar / Next NY
Photos: Casey Brooks
Makeup: Tiffany Patton

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Apollo Rising

April 3rd, 2012

Apollo Rising

Laura Egan‘s evocative dreamscape, Apollo Rising is filled with the kind of imagery that pushes boundaries. Inspired by Jack Dempsey, the gentleman fighter of the Prohibition era, the film explores the dual nature within us all. Darkness and light, good vs. evil, the full scope of epic drama shot in a dreamy style that shifts between gritty reality and ethereal fantasy. Experience it for yourself – only in MDX.

Directed by Laura Egan
Director of Photography: Sam Heesen

Starring:
Eliza Cummings at Women Model Management
Eniko Mihalik at Marilyn Model Mgmt
– Kate Nauta
Crystal Renn at Ford Models
Cory Bond at Soul Artist Management
Arthur Sales at Soul Artist Management
Seijo Imazaki at Soul Artist Management
Oraine Barrett at Soul Artist Management
– Giannis Marais at Soul Artist Management
Brittain Ward at Wilhelmina New York
– Kaylan Falgoust at Red Model Management

Producer: Laura Egan
Executive Producers: Ruy Sanchez & Brent Langton at B2Pro

Gaffer: Ryan DeFranco

Edit provided by Swell NY

Post-production services provided by Industrial Color
Color grading and flame VFX by Michael Dwass
Additional sound design by Andrew Toews
Post-production supervisor James Demetri

“The Fighters”
– Aldo Uribe
Ryan Mertz at Next Models NY
German Ruiz at Next Models NY
– Matheus Strapasson at Next Models NY
Kadeem Fisher at DNA Models
Makin Curry at Next Models NY+
– Raymond Irving at Next Models NY
– Shane Sather

Makeup: Ingeborg at Opus
Makeup assistance: Sokphala Ban & Elle German
Stylists: Masha & Anda at The Wall Group
Hair: Hugo Ferozzi at Artlist
Art Director: Romain Leroy
Set Designer: Tiffany Porter
Stunt Cordinator/Choreographer: Aldo Uribe
Original Music: Sleeper Cell
Storyboard Art: Mark Barrett

Electric provided by Pier 59 Studios
Additional Cameras: Markus Mueller & Ryan DeFranco
Camera Assistant: Michelle Watt
Grips: George Lois, Ben Carey, Tyler Chong
Best Electric: Milton de la Cruz
Lighting Department: Mark Jenkinson
Lighting Support: Jason Geering, Jared Roessler, Dave Schecter
Assistant Directors: David Lombroso & Kristy Jordan
Production: Salome Buelow, Benjamin Katz, Melodie Jeng, Claudine Eriksson
On Set DJs: Mess Kid, Madison Stewart, Jasper Stapleton

Wardrobe Provided By:
Marchesa
Calvin Klein
– Hisham Oumlil
– Marlies Dekker
Armani Exchange

This film is dedicated to the memory of John Krevey, in remembrance of his courage, vision, and imagination.

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Mesmerizing Malgosia

August 29th, 2008

Image courtesy of Malgosia Bela/Next Models NY.

I’ve waited literally 8 years to interview the Polish model and actress, Malgosia Bela. This was not only because of her incredible track record for clients ranging from Versace to Jil Sander, Chloe and YSL Opium as shot by the landmark photographers of our day such as Steven Meisel, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Juergen Teller, David Sims and Craig McDean. What fascinated me about Malgosia was the stories of her multi-disciplinary skills …from the Master’s degree to the acting career to her ability to brilliantly play the piano. I finally caught up with Ms. Bela on a spin through Los Angeles. The Malgosia I sat down for a cup of tea with was completely unaffected, not wearing a scrap of make-up with no sign of the fashion life except for her low key double band Hermes Cape Cod watch. Once we opened up the conversation the fact of Malgosia’s amazing life force became abundantly evident. It was very much worth that 8 year wait!

Wayne Sterling: I understand you’re literally hours back from a New Guinea trip.

Malgosia Bela: Yes. I was mountain climbing. Although that could have been a real disaster if I had taken even one wrong step on that mountain. I could have broken my leg or worse but it was so great when we got to the summit. I’m on my way back to NY in a few hours and then onto Poland.

Wayne Sterling: From my research I know you graduated from college..

Malgosia Bela: 2 years ago. My master’s degree was in Cultural Anthropology. I started… the basis of my studies was American Literature but then you can expand your studies towards the end, so I moved into anthropology where you can pretty much write about anything you want and I decided to write a 100 page thesis on Photography and on Richard Avedon. That was in 2005. When I started, my professors were pushing me to write about photography to incorporate my experiences in the fashion industry and I was like, no, no, no ..this is so predictable. But eventually I did it because I had what you would call… a first hand experience. It’s difficult to talk about fashion in academic terms or so it seemed to me at first

WS: There’s a funny tradition of French academics attempting to do just that… from Barthes “The Fashion System” to Bordeau.

MB:Oh yes. Funny enough I found people at the university were genuinely interested ..they wanted to know why certain things had to be shot at a certain time… Why the show seasons were the way they were.. It was a concept that was hard for them to get. The whole thing is very close to the idea of advertising itself which is also a form of communication… Avedon died and that was an inspiration for me to write something that was about photography but specifically about him.

WS: So your thesis ended up being about Avedon…

MB: It was 100 pages on photography but it was also on him… but you know… you had to have a chapter on the history of photography…

WS: Ah…you had to give it a context.

MB: Exactly. It was not only about his fashion photography it was also about his portraits..

WS:You couldn’t have chosen a more ideal subject. His career IS the history of contemporary photography

MB: Exactly.. which is the history of fashion but it goes deeper than that. It goes into the social history of the photography. It goes into politics… He was very egalitarian in his approach to his work. There was a great range to what he did.

WS: There is that great story of how he tricked the Duke and Duchess of Windsor into having an emotional expression on camera.

MB: …He told them that his dog died.. Yes. He was very aware of what he was doing and the power of his photography.

WS: Even verbally. People who are very good visually are usually not good with words.

MB: Avedon was very good with words. Thankfully he was quoted a lot so there was some material I could work with. The American West.. the foreword alone was so articulate and carefully thought out. Running throughout his work was this whole idea that photography was alive..that a photographer is a manipulator and he presented himself as one. Once you believe in that it’s pointless to say “this photograph is not true”. The photography isn’t supposed to be true. It’s always cropped, you choose the lighting…

WS: I love the way he would move his ideas from the documentary of American West to the advertising images for CK be in the 90’s

MB: At first I thought it was absurd to write about something I was doing only for 6 or 7 years but that and my son are the things that give me a sense of accomplishment in life. It was hard work at times..I was doing a film at the time and then having a little child while working on the thesis …

WS: How did you get through the challenges?

MB: (laughs) A lot of tears and a lot of cigarettes.

WS: Tell us a little bit about your acting ambitions.

MB: I’ve done 4 films in Poland and that was when I took off in modeling. But as for working in LA, it presents an interesting problem. Coming from the modeling world I’m expected to look like a model. When I walk into the room here they are a little bit disappointed. They see pictures and then they expect to see a finished product in person.. I have to give credit to the fashion industry. A lot of people have a great eye and they can still see… despite bad skin or horrible make-up or bad hair.. someone who’s going to look good in the pictures.

WS: That’s an interesting point you make about the commercial images in LA. I went to a birthday party yesterday with a few famous young actresses there and they were perfectly, fully groomed for the paparazzi pictures.

MB: Meanwhile I’m from the world of no makeup… hair pulled back… Just being yourself. Here it’s always the same comment…

WS: (laughs) Can she wear red lipstick…

MB: And that’s not what I’m after but it’s OK.

WS: Perhaps it’s just a question of finding the right director. Or are you thinking of creating your own material?

MB: More and more so. The older I get the more of a control freak I become. But to me acting is also more about knowing yourself and discovering more about yourself so I think it would be great for me to create the material that would allow me to challenge myself.

WS: Maybe it could be a film where the character is a pianist. I hear you are a trained musician. Are you on the level of a concert pianist?

MB: I went to music school. If I was better I believe I could be a concert pianist …if I were practicing everyday. But I could teach yes.. I’m certified to teach.

WS: All that hard work Malgosia and you’re more known for fashion pictures.

MB: Yes but that’s OK.

WS: It has its advantages ?

MB: Of course it gives you a lot of freedom. Sometimes you feel like a victim of your own images but on the other hand I am so grateful for the career I’ve had. I have this feeling that I’m portrayed more as a person now so that gives me a lot of satisfaction. There was a time when I was bitching about the industry but there really are people, on a certain level of course, who really have an amazing eye and it has been a great honor to work with them. I think they’re just as devoted to being good and unique as any other artists.

WS: Which makes your work with them closer to collaboration no?

MB: Well I enjoy when photographers allow you to bring something of yourself to the shoot.

WS: Thank you so much Malgosia for sitting down for this interview. I find you very inspiring!

MB: Thank you so much!! It’s really good meeting you finally; I really enjoyed having this talk.

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