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April 23rd, 2014 by models.com
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“With my good friend enjoying the ride. We’re heading towards the sun / All Photos by Daiane Conterato

Coachella’s energy and style have elevated it from music festival to full blown cultural event. Every year we’re treated to glimpses from the fest, but what’s it really like for the lucky few soaking up the music, sunshine and good vibe? The multi-talented Daiane Conterato takes you inside her Coachella experience – sharing pictures, stories and a taste of Coachella’s trademark vibe.


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“Sunsets at Coachella are always like this…absolutely perfect and filled with the spirit of the festival itself.”

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“My street style at Coachella. A little different from during the show season, haha!”

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“The famous Astronaut! Everywhere you go, he will follow…”

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“There is always something funny at the camping area. I wonder how many people sat in the “Couch”ella throughout both weekends.”

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“For the first time in 3 years going to Coachella, I decided to go on the Ferris wheel…”

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“…and the view was absolutely marvelous. Wow!”

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“Here at one of my favorite concerts…featuring Kid Cudi! The sand storm on the second day couldn’t even stop our fun.”

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“Another Coachella style. Relaxed and perfect for getting sun kissed.”

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“Enjoying the beats of OutKast (And trying to stay balanced)”

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“ZEDD has made a huge name for himself this past year. His set proved why!”

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“Coachella is music…but also love. This couple actually got married right in front of the ferris wheel.”

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“The final sunset – or more like an eclipse? Until next year!”

April 23rd, 2014 by Janelle
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Model / Actress Tao Okamoto looks divine in Liz Collins (London: D + V Management , New York: D + V Management)’ chic beauty story – see all the images in the database

Every week there are hundreds of launches, but only a few that pique our interest – take a look at the new products that we’re loving right now.

TATCHA’S INDIGO COLLECTION
$38 – 98 at Barneys Locations

When you think indigo you’re more likely to envision blue jeans than moisturized skin, but the indigo boasts restorative properties in addition to it’s rich pigment. Tatcha’s luxurious Indigo Collection taps into the healing side of the ingredient with a range of products designed to restore skin to it’s natural glory and aide with issues like dermatitis and eczema. The Soothing Silk hand cream, body butter and concentrated Soothing Renewal Treatment offer an elegant solution to dry skin in all it’s forms.

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GUERLAIN UNIVERSAL BROW KIT
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Big bold brows are something of a fashion obsession – think Cara Delevingne, Anouck Lepere and countless other beauties who’ve said no to overplucking. The quest for something that duplicates the look of naturally lush brows is an eternal one, but thankfully Guerlain has offered up an especially chic method. With 3 shades of brow color and one highlighter all in a sleek gunmetal package Guerlain’s kit offers a definitive take on arch artistry.

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HAIR FASHION & FANTASY
$25 at Amazon.com

Get inspired with Laurent Philippon‘s expansive trip through the history of hair. With arresting images from Patrick Demarchelier, Jean Paul Goude, Herb Ritts and Helmut Newton the book offers an overview of fashion’s most creative, outlandish and groundbreaking hair moments.

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ILIA FADE INTO YOU
$34 at Ilia Beauty

A sheer veil of finishing powder for the perfect set, but never overdone look. Ilia’s natural ingredient filled and natural looking take on the classic loose powder is our new go to. In a universal shade that never looks chalky or dull the powder itself discreetly hides oily foreheads and oversized pores, while the aerodynamic packaging fits neatly into any makeup bag, purse or pocket.

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NARS’ LIPGLOSS
$26 at NARS Cosmetics

The best gets better – NARS’ lipgloss is a staple that can be found in the kit of nearly every makeup artist and the cult classic has likely made it’s way into your own beauty bag too. The popular formula gets an update for 2014 with a focus on hydration and a touch of sea lavender for anti-aging benefits. All your favorite colors are still there (in brand new Fabien Baron designed packaging no less) but there are seven new shades to play with including the shocking pink Priscilla and vivid Eternal Red.

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April 22nd, 2014 by models.com
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Emerging talent was at the forefront at Sydney Fashion Week, with young designers taking center state and showcasing a distinctively Aussie take on style. Take a look at some of the week’s most compelling shows – and be sure to check out our backstage diary for a glimpse behind the scenes.

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Photos by Pat Supsiri for Models.com

Fashion’s golden boy kept it cool with his secondary collection, focusing on streetwise denim wares and a selection of essential looks delivered in bold colors and accented with precision details – who else could make a jean jacket around the waist seem like a new idea.

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ROMANCE WAS BORN
Photos by Pat Supsiri for Models.com

Part fashion label, part haute art experiment Nadia Napreychikov and Cami James’s label, Romance Was Born showcased irreverent one of a kind pieces in a gallery setting.

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DISCOUNT UNIVERSE
Photos by Pat Supsiri for Models.com

Bloggers turned designers, Nadia Napreychikov and Cami James put forth a fearless mix of attention grabbing, embellished to the limit separates that aren’t for the faint of heart.

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Photos by Pat Supsiri for Models.com

Minimal yet powerful, Christopher Esber’s wares eschew trend dressing in favor of a look that feels contemporary yet timeless. The subtle, mostly neutral collection managed to add a little sex appeal via those precision cuts.

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ALICE MCCALL
Photos courtesy of Alice McCall

McCall’s ultra-feminine designs manage to be sweet without becoming cloying. Spring saw the designer looking towards transparency, girly prints and an array of sixties style silhouettes.

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April 21st, 2014 by Janelle
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As one of the business’ most in demand faces, Candice Huffine has blazed an enviable trail through fashion’s top tier. The Maryland born stunner has racked up an impressive roster of A-list clients and with a Vogue Italia cover under her belt as well as work in the likes of CR Fashion Book, W Magazine, V Magazine and now American VogueCandice is experiencing a major moment. The down to earth beauty stopped into the MDC office to talk big breaks, fashion evolutions and what it’s like to work with the greats.

I have to ask you the official model question – how were you discovered?

CANDICE: I didn’t know that was an official model question! I actually came to New York from Maryland. I came up, you know, I always say I came up on a weekend but obviously I didn’t. My mom and I must have come up during the week. We went online and then we went to every agency that we’d heard of – all of the famous ones. You know, you just pass your photos over to somebody and they pass them back and say “no,” for the most part.

It was a different process than what I had thought. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, I just thought “I’m cute & I pose all the time in my front yard & yeah, I’m gonna be a model.” I was getting rejected quite a bit, of course, but finally someone came over to me and they were like, “we think that you would be really great for Plus.” Which I had never even heard of at the time, I didn’t know that was a division within the industry. I was like, “I have no idea what you’re talking about. I’m 14 years old, I’m a small girl, how can this be?” Then they showed me a book of all of these girls that they were representing, like, Kate Dillon, Mia Tyler, and I was like “Yes! Sign me up!” So I was signed to plus that day and I’m very thankful for that.

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Candice in Bon Magazine by Ward Ivan Rafik (New York: ArtList NY, Paris: ArtList Paris)

Had you always been into fashion?

CANDICE: Yeah! I had done beauty pageants before, which I thought was modeling. It’s definitely not modeling at all, totally different world. I was always kind of an “out there” dresser, in school looking back it’s so embarrassing. I just posted a throwback thursday photo and I have slouch socks, Reebok classics, cutoff shorts, I don’t know what I was doing! But, I tried it all!

It was a look! I think everyone looks back at what they wore at 13/14 and cringes. 

CANDICE: I’m very thankful to my mom, she definitely let me try everything I wanted to try. She let me put a box of blonde dye on my hair when I said I wanted to go blonde. She said, “Okay,that’s not going to work for you but okay…” So, she let me experiment so I could figure out the hard way, I guess! I went through all kinds of phases. Tomboy, preppy, wore a lot of khaki’s, wore a lot of Timberlands – which are coming back! I should have saved them! I also wore heels to school, I was super into it.

What would you say is the primary difference you’ve found between the plus market and the rest of the fashion industry? 

CANDICE:  Well, I didn’t have anything to compare it to because I was never on the other side, but, I’m immersed in it now and I’ve crossed over. I feel like a musician who’s been on the country charts and now I get to dabble in pop! I don’t really find a difference, at all. I’m not treated differently by any means. It’s a common question I get, “is it weird being the plus size girl on set?” But it’s not. We’re in a perfect place for that now. Everyone is on board and so I do feel like the lines have been blurred a lot lately. Of course, I think that when you’re just beginning in the plus world of modeling there’s a lot of catalogue and editorials are not as common. So, in 2010 (and I had been modeling for many years before that) I was in a different place and the V magazine spread was really my first editorial. That was a jumping off point and now editorials with plus size models are plentiful. I’ve just been doing it for sometime so I see the difference and now more than ever all sides of the business are blended – which is super exciting.

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Candice in Vogue by Angelo Pennetta

I just saw you walk in that great Isabel Toledo show. What was that experience like?

CANDICE: They’re amazing. They’re really inspiring and super in love and cute and just excited. The stuff was amazing, you could see a collection like that for any size, really. That’s what it’s always been about. Don’t overthink it when it comes to creating clothes for a curvier woman or a bigger woman because we want and we can wear the same things that already exist! It’s like.. please just give them to us and I think that’s what they’re about, too. I loved everything. I was like, “Okay, when can I get that.. and that.. and that..” There were bright colors and all different styles that you don’t normally see for plus.

You’ve done some amazing editorials, what would you say are your personal favorites?

CANDICE: Thank you. I mean, all of them! I know that sounds like such a cookie-cutter response, but I really do! It’s more of a pinch-me-moment, kind of a “wow I can’t believe Tom Ford just touched my hair…” things like that! I have to say that the Italian Vogue editorial will go down in history for me. I still can’t believe it. We framed it and hung it in our gallery wall, it stops me in my tracks all the time. I think, “that was really me!” I can’t imagine what that will feel like many many years down the road to look back. It still hasn’t sunk in.

The V magazine was really the jumping off point and from there it’s just been exciting and different every year. I don’t want it to stop, it’s been really good and I don’t think it will because every year there’s more opportunity for a different shape.  My recent inclusion in the April issue of American Vogue was monumental for me. It had been a dream I have had since I was a little girl and was an ultimate highlight for me. The experience as a whole is one I will never forget and I will be pinching myself about it for years to come.

 

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Candice by Tom Ford in CR Fashion Book

Absolutely. It’s definitely changed so much in the last few years.

CANDICE: I’ve seen it from the beginning, I feel like I’ve grown up in this business and I’m along for the ride. More than ever you’re seeing differences!

What’s your favorite part of the job?

CANDICE: Well, my favorite part of the job. I used to say traveling, but now I’m tired… Just kidding! I come from a family that doesn’t fly, so I would never go anywhere if it weren’t for this business. I’ve seen some amazing things and been to cool places on the bucket list that I might not ever still see again. I’ve had clients that are like, we’re shooting in Thailand! You don’t get the opportunity to pop over there every day, so I’m super thankful for that.

For the most part, I just enjoy being around really awesome people. Creative minds and there’s so much to learn from, not even just about hair and makeup and modeling – just about life in general. So, it’s exciting – like a family, really.

April 18th, 2014 by Janelle
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The stellar Jourdan Dunn joins the impressive roster at Maybelline as their latest spokesmodel. In recent months the line has added Frida Gustavsson, Freja Beha Erichsen and Marloes Horst so Jourdan joins an illustrious group. Needless to say the Brit beauty is feeling good about her latest gig -”It is an honor to be a spokesperson for such an iconic brand,” Dunn said in a statement. “I am proud to say that I am a Maybelline girl and hopefully I can make people feel the same way I did when I saw the advertisements growing up. The brand imagery is always beautiful and positive. To now be a part of that is a dream come true!”  / VOGUE UK

In other contract news, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and comedy superstar Tina Fey inked big deals with Lancome and Garnier respectively. / WWD

A rundown on the season’s top backstage beauty moments is filled with bold brows, big braids and the impeccably coifed Rihanna. / STYLE.COM

Wendy Rowe goes in depth with Dr. George Roman whose non-surgical practices have proved revolutionary / WENDY ROWE.COM

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Jean Campbell by Roversi – hair by Luke Hersheson __ / Iris van Berne by Paul Belaart, hair by Daan Kneppers / Anna de Rijk by Bharat Sikka

NOW TRENDING – “Baby Hair” Though this has been around for ages on the streets, high fashion is only just catching on. Since the Celine SS14 runway featured models with slicked down, stylized hair editorials have begun to incorporate the look into their repertoires. British Vogue, Vogue Netherlands and Vogue Italia have all showcased some version of the look in recent months but nothing really compares to the original.

Does beauty advice change when you hit 50? NY Times investigates with apt insights from Bobbi Brown, Diane Keaton and former Vogue editor / cosmetics industry veteran, Andrea Robinson / NY Times

April 18th, 2014 by models.com
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From left to right and top to bottom: Fatima Siad, Caitlin Lomax, Susanna Lau, Cassi Van Den Dungen, Angelica Cheung, Alessandra Ambrosio, Julia Nobis, Amanda Ware, Hyun Ji, Jarrad Clark, Ajak Deng, Madison Stubbington, Nicole Pollard, Nicole Warne, Talisa Quirk and Woan Ni

Fashion week is a global force and one of the most exciting international fashion weeks is centered in Sydney, Australia. SFW features a wealth of Aussie talent on display and is home to white hot labels like Dion Lee, Karla Špetić and Ellery. During the week that was MDC headed behind the scenes to catch up with the designers, industry insiders and models who make give the week its distinctive point of view. Take a look at our backstage photo diary for a glimpse of what makes Sydney special.

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April 14th, 2014 by models.com
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The March 2014 cover of Holiday, art by Remed

Magazine aficionados with a taste for vintage will remember Holiday Magazine as a pioneering mix of art, culture, and literature that reigned supreme in the 50s and 60s. With an urbane sensibility and debonair spirt the publication featured influential travel coverage alongside work from the likes of Hemingway, Colette and Kerouac. In keeping with that fabled history, art director Franck Durand and journalist Marc Beaugé introduce Holiday to a new generation with an impressive relaunch that merges style and substance in to an irresistible package. We caught up with the talented Mr. Durand for a look inside the new issue and its wealth of creative content.

What made the original magazine so special?

Hedonism and freedom.

How have you all evolved the magazine for 2014?

Holiday is now a brand, a magazine, a café, a website, an instagram and a line of clothing. We also lightly introduced fashion to the review.

Great writing was such a big part of the original – which writers do you have contributing to the new issue?

We followed the same principle as the original, in this issue we had the pleasure to work with the young and already very talented writer Arthur Dreyffus, who went to Ibiza to report for Holiday.

Tell us a bit about the fashion within the issue.

Fashion is part of a whole. There are no fashion stories in the magazine, we are evoking a style, a spirit, a personality.

What made you settle on 69 as the theme? 

The Atelier Franck Durand is very fond of the sixties. It was an era full of sensuality, where eroticism was still associated to a certain aestheticism.

What is your favorite feature within the issue?

For a thousands reasons, we are proud of the overall.

See our preview below and be sure to check out Holiday’s official site – Holiday-Magazine.com

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Holiday, January 1952 cover by Slim Aarons, by Cyrille Robin.

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Thinking of You – Photograph by Mark Peckmezian, Model -Edita Vilkeviciute

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In search of the countess – Words by Arthur Dreyfus, Photographs by Olivier Kervern

 

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Inez & Vinoodh indoors – Words by Francois Blet, photographs by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

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A trip – Photographs by Josh Olins

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Holiday March 1956 Cover by Paul Rand

April 11th, 2014 by Janelle
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Fashion month is as action packed a thrill ride as anything you’ll see at the cinema and for the girls in the midst of the madness it’s a time filled with excitement, fun and memories that will last a lifetime. We caught up with some of FW14′s top walkers to discover their biggest and best moments from the season that was.

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HOMETOWN: China
FW14 HIGHLIGHTS: Hermes, Chanel, Chloe, Kenzo, Maiyet, Acne, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Topshop, Tom Ford, Anna Sui, Marc Jacobs & many more

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MEMORABLE MOMENT: My favorite moment this season was shopping in the Chanel Market. It was so nice. We got to stay on the stage for a really long time, like 10-20 minutes during the whole show. Walking around and talking with the other models was a really special moment for me. After the show, I saw on instagram that everyone seemed to really enjoy it.

Plus I got to take the big Chanel door mat and I also got some dish washer gloves, the ones with the flowers. It was almost like Chanel was a country! The same way they have “made in China” or “made in the USA,” everything was “made in Chanel.”


Sophie Touchet
HOMETOWN: Gatineau, Canada
FW14 HIGHLIGHTS: Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Kenzo, Maiyet, Burberry, Christopher Kane,  Prabal Gurung, Suno, Rag & Bone and many more

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MEMORABLE MOMENT: My favorite moment was definitely the Marc by Marc Jacobs show because the outfit was just so nice. The music was from Alice in Wonderland and I’m a fan of Alice in Wonderland. Backstage I had goosebumps because it was so exciting and the runway was so nice as well.


Tanya Katysheva
HOMETOWN: Russia
FW14 HIGHLIGHTS: DKNY, Suno, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Oscar de la Renta, Alberta Ferretti, Tod’s, Giorgio Armani, Emilio Pucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Balmain, Dior and many more.

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MEMORABLE MOMENT: I just like my work. For me, it’s so good to see how people create fashion. It’s cool to be inside and not just see from outside. My favorite show from fashion week? I think I have a lot of them. I couldn’t say just one or two. In New York, I really liked Philip Lim and the DKNY show. They had a cool mix of people at DKNY –  normal people from the street, some musicians, some models. There were so many different people backstage – about 60 of us, that made for an interesting experience.


Larissa Hofmann
HOMETOWN: Germany
FW14 HIGHLIGHTS: Chanel, Emanuel Ungaro, Jean Paul Gaultier, Haider Ackermann, Maison Martin Margiela, Balmain, Carven,  Anthony Vaccarello, Trussardi , Tom Ford, Peter Pilotto, Erdem, 3.1 Phillip Lim and many more

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MEMORABLE MOMENT: I think my most memorable moment was opening Phillip Lim. When I went to the fitting, they put “look one” on me. I thought maybe I was trying it on for another girl who wasn’t there yet. Then Philip said, “you’re going to open.” I thought to myself, ‘What! Me?’ I appreciate it so much. It was my first show ever opening and I’ve loved the Phillip Lim collection forever. It felt amazing and it was one of the moments where I thought, ‘Wow. Dreams really do come true.’


Riley Montana
HOMETOWN: Detroit, Michigan
FW14 HIGHLIGHTS: Nina Ricci, Balmain, Rochas,  Bottega Veneta, Moschino, Peter Pilotto, Erdem, Topshop, Marios Schwab, Preen, Mary Katrantzou, Anna Sui, Oscar de la Renta, Rodarte and many more

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MEMORABLE MOMENT: My favorite moment would be working with Olivier at Balmain. I also met Joan Smalls and Jourdan Dunn and they were so humble and so sweet. That’s what’s up – to see such big girls and realize they’re still so humble, sweet and chill.


Michela D’Angelo
HOMETOWN: Italy
FW14 HIGHLIGHTS: Marc Jacobs and Zadig & Voltaire

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MEMORABLE MOMENT: My favorite moment of the past fashion week was the Marc Jacobs show. Backstage I met my favorite blogger, Emily Weiss, from Into the Gloss. We talked about everything – hair, makeup, clothes. It was really fun because I’ve been following her blog for a while. I was so happy to meet her there, it was amazing!


Pauline Hoarau
HOMETOWN: Réunion Island
FW14 HIGHLIGHTS: Valentino, Chanel, Elie Saab, Akris, Jean Paul Gaultier, H&M, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Alberta Ferretti, Antonio Berardi, Matthew Williamson, Topshop, Joseph, Jeremy Scott, Ralph Lauren, Marchesa, Wes Gordon, Donna Karan, Prabal Gurung and many more

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MEMORABLE MOMENT: My favorite moment from this fashion week was, of course, the Chanel show because it was amazing. The supermarket was so big and we were not expecting that at all. I had so much fun just shopping around in the aisles.

I have really great memories from the Prabal Gurung show too. I had an amazing dress and I was so happy to be there – as I’m walking out this guy showed up out of nowhere and streaked down the runway! It was crazy and definitely a moment I won’t ever forget!


Grace Bol
HOMETOWN: South Sudan
FW14 HIGHLIGHTS: John Galliano, Kenzo, Vivienne Westwood, Haider Ackermann, Matthew Williamson, Pringle of Scotland, Julien Macdonald, Joseph, Jeremy Scott, Thom Browne, and many more

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MEMORABLE MOMENT: London was wow for me – I wasn’t expecting it. Working for Julien MacDonald and John Rocha was incredible. Matthew Williamson as well – I actually partied with him. I went to his after party and we had a blast. I thought, ‘Wow I didn’t know you were this fun!’ Going to castings and just sitting there while the designer is checking you out vs. being at a party with them are completely different. It was wild, we jumped on a table!


Harleth Kuusik
HOMETOWN: Estonia
FW14 HIGHLIGHTS: Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Saint Laurent, Giambattista Valli, Sacai, Maiyet, Acne, Proenza Schouler, Hussein Chalayan, Maison Martin Margiela, Lanvin,  Jil Sander, Fendi, Topshop, J.W. Anderson, Proenza Schouler, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Prabal Gurung, Suno, Helmut Lang, Rag & Bone, Peter Som, Coach and many more

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MEMORABLE MOMENT: My most memorable moment was probably when I discovered that they were giving me bangs at a YSL fitting! It’s memorable because it’s something I can can see every day – it’s on my head every day.


Vanessa Moody
HOMETOWN: Vicksburg Mississippi
FW14 HIGHLIGHTS: Alexander Wang and Balenciaga (exclusives)

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MEMORABLE MOMENT: My favorite moment this season was, obviously, being able to open exclusive for Alexander Wang. I don’t think I can think of any other way I would have rather had my first fashion week, and I’m very excited to see what next fashion week will be like. I’m from North Dallas Texas, and I started modeling there about a year ago. I am still so new to everything and I’m so happy and excited with the direction things are taking. I can’t wait to see what happens next!


Kia Low
HOMETOWN: Brisbane Australia
FW14 HIGHLIGHTS: Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Céline, Dior, Carven, Peter Pilotto, Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, Calvin Klein, Maison Martin Margiela, Rodarte and many more

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MEMORABLE MOMENT: My most memorable moment was probably straight after doing the Calvin Klein show. I did it with one of my friends, Jessica, and it was one of our first big “omg” moments. As soon as it was over, we couldn’t believe that we both walked it. We stepped outside and into this huge blizzard – it was probably the grossest day I’d ever seen. So cold, so windy, so everything!

We were walking together to back the agency and  every three seconds something would happen. Our umbrella would flip the other way, and we’d think “It’s okay…we just walked Calvin Klein.” Then our eyes would be watering but we’d think, “It’s okay.. we just walked Calvin Klein.” We were crossing the road and there was this gigantic puddle. There was no way we could get around it and taxis were beeping at us, but we didn’t care what happened because walking that show was such a special moment. Despite the craziness, it was definitely an awesome time.


April 10th, 2014 by Jonathan Shia
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The venue may have changed, but all the factors that have gone into making the annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares event such a success over the years were still in place Tuesday night, as several of the world’s top male models gathered to show off some of the latest looks from the Spring collections. Moving from their traditional berth onboard the Intrepid in the Hudson, the Jeffrey’s team took over the cavernous Lexington Avenue Armory for their charity auction and runway show, with proceeds going to support a range of LGBT causes, from Lambda Legal and the Hetrick-Martin Institute to the AIDS Community Research Intiative of America and the Point Foundation. As guests bid on a range of exclusive lots from fashion accessories up to a trip to Paris for the coming men’s shows, the models were backstage getting into their outfits—straight from Jeffrey’s own racks—featuring everything from Givenchy to Raf Simons, with a few strategic, skimpy swimsuits that drew extra-loud approval from the audience. Anna Wintour made an appearance and Diane Von Furstenberg, Steven Kolb, Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Joseph Altuzarra, Constance Jablonski and actress Anna Chlumsky were all seated front and center, cheering along for a worthy cause.

Photographs – Casey Vange for Models.com
Casting – Andrew Weir (ACW Worldwide)

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April 8th, 2014 by models.com
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Photos by Melodie Jeng for Models.com

You can find Paolo Roldan on the pages of Numéro China, V man, Vs., GQ, and i-D as well as walking the runway for brands like Givenchy and Armani. In addition to his successful modeling career, Roldan also works as a menswear buyer for Nomad in Toronto. Models.com chatted with Roldan to get to know more about his personal style as well as his experiences working in fashion.

Jacket: Comme des Garçons
Hoodie: Levi’s
Pants: Vintage Cargos
Shoes: Air Jordans
Bag: Supreme

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Tell us a little bit about yourself/your background

PR: I was born in Quezon City, Philippines. My family migrated to Toronto, Canada when I was 11 years old. I moved back to the Philippines at the age of 21 to pursue my dream of becoming a pro basketball player. I stuck it out for about 4 years but things didn’t work out as planned. Shortly after moving back to Toronto I took on some retail jobs starting out in sales and worked my way up. I started merchandising, managing and buying for high end boutiques. I’ve been involved with fashion ever since.

How would you describe your sense of style?

PR: My sense of style derives mainly from my past…I went through different phases growing up in Philippines and Toronto. I’ve been influenced by house music/style and hip-hop in the 90′s. I also remember having to keep up with fashion as early as the 1st grade because of the school I went to in the Philippines. It was like having to keep up with the Joneses. My athlete background also brings another flavour to the mix. Having that athletic ability brings a certain attitude and confidence to the table…without being a prick. I guess the best way to describe my style is that it’s a “mash up”. I do what I like…

What are your favorite cities to shop?

PR: I like shopping in NYC,Paris,Hong Kong,certain shops in Toronto…but I always manage to find something interesting in every city I visit. Some cities might not have as much as others but, there are always goodies everywhere.

What kinds of stores/designers are you into?

PR: I really like a well put together vintage shop. There are a few in NYC that my friends and I go to every time we’re together. Always on the lookout for that one off…I find it more appealing because you know you’re walking away with something unique. As far as designers go…Yohji Yamamoto,Kei Hemmi/Tetsu Nishiura (Tenderloin),Riccardo Tisci,and Phillip Lim are some of my favourites.

What’s your favorite job you’ve done so far in fashion?

PR: I’ve enjoyed every moment/job I’ve had in fashion. As a buyer,model,visual merchandiser,stylist…fashion has brought me many blessings. My favourite part is getting to meet good people and travelling to places I’ve never been before. If I had to narrow it down, it would probably be my trip to the Philippines for work last year. My friends Sebastian Sauve,Tom Barker, and my family came along for the trip and we just had an amazing time. Thanks to Bench and the Soul Artist Management family for locking that down for me!

Anything else you’re looking forward to?

PR: I’m looking forward to designing and collaborating on a few menswear pieces with some friends in Toronto…hopefully in the near future.

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