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September 2nd, 2015 by Steven Yatsko
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Anyone who’s ever worked with Felix Gesnouin—or even just seen his Instagram—knows that he has a wicked sense of humor. The French model is known for his backstage antics (juggling and rare feats of balancing among them) and his subversive Photoshop mashups, in which he can be seen Face Swapped with a dog, as both mother and son in a classic Pietà pose, and hamming it up between Barack Obama and Karl Lagerfeld. But his latest venture, which, admittedly, started as a joke, has quickly become much more than just another lark.

Earlier this year, Gesnouin launched a t-shirt line, Carne Bollente, with some of his Parisian art-school friends, with the idea of embroidering relatively graphic doodles of various sex positions on a line of t-shirts. “We were having a discussion about what funny things we could do, and one of the guys in the company said, ‘We should draw some sex on the shirts,’ and we just started laughing about it,” he recalls. “But then we started working on the motif and trying to get them precisely done and it just turned into what it is today.”

More specifically, what it is today is a line of t-shirts, now in a second run of production after a first batch of eighty sold out in less than a week, with cheeky, impressively detailed depictions of carnal congress, from an off-piste rendezvous complete with toque and mittens to an intimate fireside moment with splayed-open book and a glass of red wine, all by Agoston Palinko, a student at the École des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and one of the line’s cofounders, along with Jacques Averna, Leo Cogos, and Theodore Famery.

But the sex drawings, popular as they are, are just the first in a planned series of collaborations with other artists, each of whom will be given free rein to remake Carne Bollente (the name comes from a genre of extravagantly tacky Italian porn films from the Eighties, which have also served as inspiration for, among others, Jeff Koons). “Every time we do a collaboration, the person basically takes control of our identity—in collaboration with us—and modifies the whole brand, so even our logo can change, our website can change, everything can change,” Gesnouin explains. “What we want to do is to get people from really different contexts and environments to collaborate with us to really find something unique.”

Looking ahead, Gesnouin says the idea is to turn Carne Bollente into much more than just a t-shirt line, with ideas for pop-up shops and a burgeoning music label, a convertible approach that feels representative of contemporary sensibilities. “Our generation right now is built on the Internet, on something which has absolutely no constructed identity and no moral structures,” says Gesnouin. “Nothing is sacred anymore, and anyone can be anybody and do anything. So if you want to build a company which has a modern structure, you want to do something which is able to mutate at any time and just be anything it wants. We want to have something which is completely adaptable. We want to work with people from all over to build a very diverse identity. I think that’s what’s strong about us today—we’re not scared of doing anything with anyone.”

Carne Bollete is available at Doppel Standard, Brooklyn, Chez Moi, Paris, and Superstrat, Brussels.

September 2nd, 2015 by Irene Ojo-Felix
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It gets all warm and fuzzy in the latest beauty shoot for Vogue Italia by Miles Aldridge. The beautiful Madison Stubbington is transformed into a cinematic siren surrounded by the neon lights of the big city. Big makeup looks reign supreme for this beauty shoot that emphasizes retro brows and electric shades courtesy of Isamaya Ffrench‘s delicate hand. Glamorously soft, wavy hair gives a feeling of 1930s allure and was created by Kerry Warn. With a forlorn, mysterious look Madison captivates as much as she inspires.

Photographer – Miles Aldridge, Stylist – Tara Greville, Hair Stylist – Kerry Warn, Makeup Artist – Isamaya Ffrench (Streeters London), Manicurist – Shreen Gayle (Premier Hair and Make-Up), Set Designer – Andy Hillman (London: Streeters London, New York: Streeters New York)

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August 31st, 2015 by Steven Yatsko
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The doubly lovely Kelsey and Baylee Soles have a presence that comes in a matching set. Twin sisters and spitting images, besides their contrasting heads of hair, they both have enough stand-alone merit individually to turn heads–leggy, stylish and an easy on the eye cool. But together, well, for now the pair isn’t straying from their obvious advantage, which they playfully refer to as their yin and yang. Already a Lanvin campaign and Saint Laurent runway exclusives under their belts, there’s sure to be plenty more of the Soles as casting directors and creatives catch wind of their unmissable appeal and bubbly personalities. They stopped into Models.com for a go-see before New York Fashion Week gets fully underway and we couldn’t help but try and capture some of their sisterly charm.





Mind the blur! Models.com can’t just yet tell you about their latest shoot…

August 27th, 2015 by Steven Yatsko
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These male models of Instagram have got a serious set of pipes. Hunks like Adam Butcher and Nate Hill, undoubtedly the sensitive type, posted their Swoon-worthy 15 second clips and we couldn’t help but sharing their off-duty talents.


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August 26th, 2015 by Steven Yatsko
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Leave it to Peter Lindbergh to round up – sans a few – the classics: Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen, Eva Herzigova, Karen Alexander, Nadja Auermann and Tatjana Patitz. The Nowness behind the scenes short “The Reunion” captures the magic of the legendary photographer and being on set with a cast of six iconic faces, more beautiful than ever.

August 20th, 2015 by Steven Yatsko
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Is it okay to be totally envious of these models’ musical gift? Check out these sweet serenades from multitalented models who maybe could quit their day job if they wanted to (but we’re hoping they stick around). Try not to be won over by runway muse Hedvig Palm‘s Swedish lullaby or 16 year old Willow Hand‘s winning rendition–it’s impossible.

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August 18th, 2015 by Irene Ojo-Felix
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Inspired by Picasso’s muses, the latest Harper’s Bazaar editorial features a painterly approach to beauty courtesy of the hands of master face painter Kabuki. Captured by photographer Ben Hassett, the intriguing Daiane Conterato is transformed into works of art further refined by the daring Nicolas Jurnjack. Fashion editor Anna Trevelyan provides wares from the Fall collections to perfect imagery that leaves the viewer spellbound.

Photographer – Ben Hassett, Fashion Editor/Stylist – Anna Trevelyan (Camilla Lowther Management), Hair – Nicolas Jurnjack (Management + Artists), Makeup – Kabuki, Nails – Naomi Yasuda (Streeters New York), Model – Daiane Conterato

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August 17th, 2015 by Irene Ojo-Felix
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Unisex fashion has steadily become more of a recognized movement and the newly formed You Do You web portal hopes to launch more agender awareness into the public sphere. The platform counts on bringing both producers and consumers together to discuss and view original digital content that strays away from confining binaries. Fashion, lifestyle, and culture are all explored and dissected with appealing editorials, interviews, and features aiming to contribute exciting inspiration to the masses. We interviewed editor-in-chief, Kristiina Wilson, about the new site, agender culture, and the need to spread the message of candid inclusiveness.

How did “You Do You” project come to fruition?
YDY started as an inherently selfish germ of an idea – I’ve always incorporated menswear into my wardrobe, but found the process arduous because I don’t like having to go to a million different stores to put together an outfit. I noticed that there were web platforms for men’s and women’s fashion separately, but nothing that put the genders together, or more importantly, demolished the barrier between them completely. Why do we have gender based, assigned types of clothing? Why can’t we all just wear cool pieces that we like without worrying about who they are “for”? Won’t getting dressed be more fun if we can mix and match from all of our friends’ closets? Basically, I wanted to start a site where I could find new, interesting fashion on a mix of different types of people, and be able to wear any of it. So together with Logan Jackson, YDY’s Creative Director, and Casey Geren, our Managing Editor, the site was born.

Why did you think it was important to talk about agender/genderlessness through the lens of fashion and beauty?
Well no matter how we identify, we all have to wear something! Why not make sure it’s interesting?

Honestly, it just seems strange NOT to talk about agender/genderlessness via fashion and beauty. We all get up and put clothes on in the morning and have some kind of grooming routine. The rules we have had in place for so long in traditional fashion/beauty publications just seem irrelevant now – we can do a story on blush for men, or buzz cuts for women, or just people wearing dangly earrings and you have no idea what gender they are. Gender as a construct doesn’t necessarily matter at this point in terms of actual fashion and products — everyone has the freedom to decide what they want to purchase, use and wear. And that’s great!

What are the goals you hope to accomplish with the “You Do You” platform?
YDY began as an exercise in collating unisex fashion online, but expanded to include even more important topics of gender and body politics. Until very recently, fashion has been rigidly binary, and my editors and I noticed that there weren’t very many online portals to help people who were interested in transitioning, being gender fluid, or just being ok with themselves in their own bodies, know where to start, fashion wise. As we expand, we will provide guides and a safe space for everyone to explore what they are into – whoever they are and however they identify — along with profiles of well known figures who have been there. We also want to give a platform to people that are doing cool things in fashion/art and with gender, as well as just getting more people into some really amazing clothes they might have otherwise overlooked.

Why do you think there’s been a push for “genderless” clothing in fashion and do you find it’s genuine or just a trend?
I think it’s genuine. From a bottom line perspective, companies can theoretically reach a wider audience going unisex than binary, but I think gender free fashion is also reflective of a younger, more modern customer whose feelings about themselves and their looks change day to day. That said, of course there will always be a place for gendered fashion — I don’t think anyone is expecting it to go anyway entirely, nor should it. I’m not advocating for some kind of futuristic society where everyone is walking around in the same grey shapeless tunic – just more options for everyone, should they want them. Who doesn’t want more options?

What excites you about fashion?
Right now, everything! :)

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August 14th, 2015 by Steven Yatsko
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For her 23rd birthday, newly minted actress and supermodel (to us, ALWAYS) Cara Delevingne celebrated in Toronto with Suki Waterhouse, Poppy Jamie, Clara Paget, Georgia May Jagger and her girlfriend St. Vincent. #CD23, as they aptly Insta-dubbed the evening, from the looks of it, had an abundance of Cara’s brand of shenanigans culminating at male strip club, how scandalous. The Instagram post pieced together paints quite a night. Happy 23rd!

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August 12th, 2015 by Steven Yatsko
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Danielle Bennison-Brown is the director of video content for Condé Nast Britain. She’s the one behind the crop of new material and the breath of fresh mise en scène appearing on British Vogue online. It’s a role she’s occupied since January 2015, but before British Vogue, she helmed the highly-stylized video strategy for i-D developing a recognizable brand of videos like their successful A-Z series. With platforms eager to create an online identity, the boom of digital content–now simpler than ever to produce–can sometimes seem like a race to arms. The catch: It’s one to thing to turn out a program of videos and another for them to have a reoccurring thumbprint seamlessly aligned with preexisting values. That’s where Danielle’s success is worthy of attention. Under her orchestration, the series and one-offs are easy to watch, oft-humorous, polished and authorial. Models.com spoke to Danielle to learn more about her grand design.

Firstly, can you tell me a little about your background?
I started my career at VICE as an intern in 2007, moving first into project management, then production, where I worked across a number of branded projects. In 2012 I went to NOWNESS to work as a content strategist, then came back to VICE in 2013 to lead video for i-D. In January of 2015, I started in my current role at Condé Nast. If we must go further back than that, I grew up in Middlesbrough and studied business at uni.

Has film always interested you…are you a cinephile at all? Or was it fashion that found you first?
Film has always been a passion, but I became obsessed with the artistic and creative elements of it after moving to London. Fashion, on the other hand, is something I’ve loved since I was very young. 

On that note, how did you ultimately find your way to to your current position at British Vogue?
After VICE I worked as a Creative Strategist for NOWNESS, which was my first experience on the editorial side. During my time at NOWNESS, VICE bought i-D, and invited me back to devise their video offering. Getting the chance to build a video strategy from scratch, especially for such an exciting brand, was an incredible opportunity. At i-D, we followed the motto “originate don’t imitate” which meant we had to work to find an original approach to create content that was unique to i-D. We did this by merging high fashion with internet formats that resonated with a young audience, for example “How to Speak French with Camille Rowe”. The result was a strong brand on YouTube which I was really proud of. This had never been done before and meant that i-D’s approach was truly original. After a year and a half at i-D, I was approached by Condé Nast Britain to launch and lead a video department working across the media brands. I knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and started here in January of 2015. 

Can you define your position there for me?
I’m the Group Director of Video for Condé Nast Britain where my team and I work on developing, then executing a video strategy across the Condé Nast titles. This includes all elements of content strategy, creative development, production and post-production both editorially and commercially. 

Before Condé Nast, it was Vice Media with I-D…What did you go in expecting and how did it play out?
Of course, you always have ideas about what it’s like to work somewhere, but you never know until you walk through the door. Based on my first experience with VICE, coming back to work for i-D really felt like reuniting with old friends. Coming to Condé Nast was a brand new proposition. Of course, you come in feeling a bit like the new kid at school, but everyone has been incredibly kind and thoughtful, so it made it very easy to come in and get started.

Back to British Vogue, already the changes in video direction can be seen. Do you feel it has been easy to align your own perspective with a huge entity like Vogue?
It’s been a lot of fun, but is it always easy? No, because you have lots of smart, creative people around you that have their own valuable experience and opinions. My perspective stems first from a strategic point of view — aligning the core values of a brand with the interests and dynamics of an online audience. With that as the foundation, we then work closely with the editorial team and Vogue’s incredible base of collaborators to bring that strategy to life. It is my ambition to build our titles into video brands and that means working closely and collaboratively with the guardians of those brands is absolutely vital to our success. 

How is the online video landscape changing?
Because it’s never been easier to shoot, cut, and distribute a video, the focus is on creative excellence more than ever. And at the same time, the definition of creative excellence has evolved as well — you can no longer hide behind production values — it’s all about your ability to tell a story that captures someone’s attention, and therefore substance is key. 

Generally speaking, where do you think this new kind of content can fail?
I feel there are lots of ways in which this kind of content can fail, however I prefer not to focus on that because it can make you scared to try new things and trying new things is key to creating new and innovative sorts of content. 

Where do you start when developing an idea or series?
It can vary. Sometimes it starts with a passion point of someone in the office, and sometimes it starts with some of the incredible talent we get to work with.

Can you tell me about this new short series that’s rolling out? The first came out with Anna Ewers…
It’s about collaborating with amazing directors to create new interpretations of what we’d consider the “fashion film.”

What do you think a model needs to have to cross over into motion well?
Personality.

Any favorite models? Some on your shortlist for future projects that you could mention?
Of course. My favourites are Daria, Freja, Anna Ewers, Camille Rowe, Andreea Diaconu, Grace Hartzel, Mica Arganaraz, and (not to sound predictable but…) Kate Moss.

Dream project?
I actually have no idea, I don’t think I have the luxury of thinking that far ahead. Oh wait, I just thought ahead a bit, I really want to make a film with Kim Kardashian, the no make up shoot she just did for Vogue Spain and the Juergen shoot are just too much.  

What are some of your favorite projects of all time that you’ve been a part of…?
The entire A-Z series at i-D was incredible end-to-end. From the original A-Z of Wink which was model-tastic to the A-Z of Dance which was incredible to the A-Z of Fashion Pronunciation and the A-Z of Slang, the format worked brilliantly for so many themes, amassing millions of views. The format was actually inspired by Terry’s A-Z format (Terry Jones, founder of i-D) in the magazine, which highlights how important it is to work with the core brand values and creativity of your title. In terms of future projects, we have an amazing series coming out with Alexa Chung in September, aiming to reposition peoples’ perceptions of fashion whilst exploring some of the external factors which influence change within the industry such as sustainability and technology. 

Do you have any hard lessons learned? Horror stories?
Oh, loads. I think the reoccurring thing is when you work on a really ambitious production and it begins to unravel, (which it always does) and it’s never just one thing, it’s always multiple things that have a knock on effect – it’s at that point when you think “WHYYYY have I done this to myself again?!!!” – Anyway the lesson is – it’s usually solvable, so be ambitious!

Lastly, You’ve got to watch one movie for the rest of your life…what is it?
Dirty Dancing.

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