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May 4th, 2015 by Irene Ojo-Felix
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For this year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art China: Through the Looking Glass curators and designers alike were asked to explore the influence of Chinese art and culture on Western fashion. The result was a memorable take on the meeting of worlds that are miles apart but uncannily alike in many ways.

To get you in the mood for this year’s sweepingly grand exhibit, take a look at our past coverage of The Costume Institute exhibits.


 

For last year’s Charles James, Beyond Fashion exhibition, vintage couture was on high display courtesy of the late, legendary designer. Known for his breathtaking silhouettes and masterful tailoring, James was a favorite of photographer Cecil Beaton and executed each detail to the highest standards of beauty.

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The 2013 exhibition focused on all things punk for From Chaos to Couture. Anarchy reigned supreme as the exhibit looked at how high fashion has been influenced by the punk movement. From mannequins with attitude to a bathroom set from the iconic CBGB club, designs from Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, & Dolce & Gabbana paired perfectly with the bold atmosphere.

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In 2012, Impossible Conversations between Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli were the focus. With eccentric designs and a penchant for the peculiar, both influential creators connect their eras and share their similarities and differences.

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In 2011, the fashion world paid tribute to the late, great Alexander McQueen. Savage Beauty brought together the innovator’s luxurious designs in a strikingly beautiful way with dramatic staging and interviews from McQueen’s colleagues, teachers and friends. As the Costume Institute’s most popular exhibition to date, it has had the current distinction of traveling home to the Victoria & Albert Museum and is currently on for view until August 2nd.

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2010’s theme was American Woman and explored the way clothing shaped the American vision of womanhood for the past century. Designs from Chanel, Lanvin and Vionnet were all highlighted to show the history of the woman of America from the Victorian times to suffrage.

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2009’s The Model as Muse exhibition looked at fashion history and the importance of models in the center stage. Photographers, designers, and influencers alike shared stories and images of their defining muses, showing the evolving ideals of beauty in fashion and just how crucial models are to the final vision.

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April 28th, 2015 by models.com
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A hypnotic pulse of pink brightens the mood / Get the look with Urban Decay eyeshadow in Woodstock

No tool in your makeup arsenal is more powerful than color and a simple burst of vivid pigment can brighten a powerful impact. Bold eyeshadow was a big story on this season’s runways with smears and spatters in rich hues garnered attention, especially when paired with bare skin. See how to paint outside the lines in MDC’s newest beauty story.

Photographer: Kristiina Wilson for Models.com
Makeup & Hair: Katie Mellinger
Model: Enly Tammela @ Muse Management (New York)

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Creamy canary yellow provides an unexpected pop on lids / Get the look with Makeup Forever Aqua Cream in 24 Yellow

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Juicy orange liner worn in asymmetrical stripes for punk panache / Get the look with Kryolan HD Cream Liner in Fruity Orange

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Bright blue in an abstract smudge creates an artistic effect / Get the look with Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Cobalt

April 23rd, 2015 by Steven Yatsko
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All artwork by Nathalie Edenburg

When Nathalie Edenburg isn’t striking a pose, her creative side takes the reigns, and currently she is in the middle of year-long daily undertaking, a project entitled “How Do I Feel Today”. The artist and model paints over a single portrait of herself each day, taking the image from a neutral mien to vibrant emotional impressions–les Fauves, of sorts. The underlying portrait stays the same, but no two moods end up being identical. Her project not only has therapeutic effects, but approaches art with openhandedness: When all 365 painting are complied, the sales will fund art institutions, the donation of art materials, and helping the underprivileged children of Brazil. Nathalie also plans hold an art workshop in the favela to utilize art as a tool to encourage education. She answered a few questions to shed some light on her “How Do I Feel Today” project.


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Hi Nathalie–how do you feel today?

I’m feeling lucky, happy about the progress of my project.

How long ago did the project begin, and what inspired you to start it?

The project began exactly on January 1st. November of last year I printed a portrait of me and painted on top of my face, when I finished, I looked and I felt something different. I thought: This said a lot about me. So I showed Rogerio Mesquita, the photographer of the portrait, and together we had this idea of creating the How Do I Feel Today Project with the intent to inspire people to do art everyday as a form of self expression.

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Do you really do one EVERY day…or is there a little cheating?

Every single day, as a ritual. I carry my stuff everywhere I go, and if necessary, I paint inside the car or in the airplane, as I have done a few times. Hehe.

Bob Dylan said, “I change during the course of a day. I wake and I’m one person, and when I go to sleep I know for certain I’m somebody else.” How many times do you feel different during the course of a day?

Countless times, I am always changing my mood during the day. But I do not put rules on the time that I should paint, the time that I feel, I paint, and the predominant mood at that moment will be expressed.

Can tell us about the charity of “How I Feel Today”?

The idea of the project is to encourage the practice of art in daily life as a form of self-expression and self-awareness. I truly believe that there is an artist in each of us and through the project I want to awaken it in people. Part of the profit from the sale of the works will be reverted to purchase art supplies for donation and in the process want to promote social actions to encourage the practice of art.

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What about the art workshops in the favela. Have you done anything like that before?

I did it once before, but this time will be a little different. I want to go in the communities and organize an art workshop, providing a day of painting to those interested in participating. We will photograph each person, print the photo and each one will paint over their faces as I do. At the end, we will make a wall with all the painted faces leaving an artwork in the favela. Each person participating in the action will win a book to  encourage art and reading.

What was your favorite class in school?

Mathematics. Kidding, it is art no doubt!

If you could paint only with one color, what would it be?

Red is my color.

You’re an art lover. Which artists, old and new, fascinate you the most? Kinds of art?

The greatest teachers for me: Picasso, Matisse, Klimt, Munch, Frida Kahlo, I also really like Os Gemeos and Siron Franco. I love Expressionism and Fauvism.

Have you learned about yourself throughout this project? It must be therapeutic…

You got the feeling! Of course, I’m learning a lot about myself during this creative process. Art was always a way to connect with my inner and express myself through shapes and colors. Surely it is my great therapy.

Are you still focused on modeling in the midst of doing this?

Certainly. Modeling is my main focus, this is a side project that has been very important for my self-knowledge and development to as a model as well. My main intention here is to show people that art is good for the soul and everyone should practice it.

What’s the next project? Is there a theme you think that will be threaded into your work?

Thankfully, I still have eight months to think about the next project.

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Nathalie posts a new painting on Instagram everyday: Nathalie’s Instagram

 

April 19th, 2015 by models.com
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What’s beautiful now? Confidence, elegance and a zest for life. As embodied by newly minted Jo Malone girl Poppy Delevingne, modern beauty comes to life. It isn’t about makeup it’s about an attitude and personality that are irresistible. View Poppy in her element in front of the camera and take a look at her sweetly scented Jo Malone favorites.

Photographer: Mark Rabadan
Assistant: Dominic Cabot
Digital: Luis Valiente
Retouch: Nadia Selander

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“My home is overflowing with Jo Malone London candles and I scented my wedding with Orange Blossom, which still gives me butterflies.”

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“I’ve been wearing Red Roses since I was 22. The first thing that drew me to my husband James was his scent, and when I asked him what it was he said, Amber & Lavender by Jo Malone

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Poppy’s Picks:

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Red Roses Cologne – a lighter take on the classic floral bouquet and one of the line’s signature scents. / Orange Blossom Home Candle – transform your space into a garden oasis with this luxurious candle / Amber & Lavender Bath Oil – As worn by Poppy’s hubbie James Cook, this spicy blend merges classic ingredients to create an eclectic scent.

April 16th, 2015 by Irene Ojo-Felix
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Tami Williams photo by Betty Sze for models.com

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves” (William Shakespeare). Embodying that steadfast resolve stands rising star, Tami Williams, who knew early on exactly what she wanted and persevered until her dreams became her reality. The Jamaican, statuesque stunner walked in an impressive 42 shows this past runway season (her 3rd) from Marc Jacobs to Alexander McQueen capturing the attention of many with her poised presence. Her recent editorial work in American Vogue showcases her with the best in the business from Peter Lindbergh and Craig McDean to Grace Coddington. What her images and runway jaunts fail to show you is her sweet disposition and charming humbleness or her appreciation for all the talents that make fashion happen. Tami talked to us about unleashing her brilliance when she’s in front of a camera, her first runway experience, and what’s keeps her grounded.

Where did you get your start? How did you get discovered?
I was discovered in Jamaica at the age of 11 but I was too short. So my agent told my mom to have me come back at 13; I entered a competition called Fashion Face of the Caribbean and won second place.

Did you ever think about being a model before that?
Yes, since I was young I always thought, “I want to be a model!” Naomi Campbell was the first model I saw that inspired me to become a model; that era of supermodels completely changed the world of fashion. My mom finally told me one-day “OK, you really want to be a model? I’m going to take you to Deiwght (Peters of Saint International)”. That’s how he found me.

How are you juggling your career while still going to school? Does your schedule ever clash?
As of yet it hasn’t clashed too badly. It’s kind of challenging but when I’m home I attend extra classes so I can catch up on things that I may have missed when I wasn’t in school.

You had a great season! What was your favorite show to walk in?
I don’t have one favorite! I have a lot of favorites. It was a pleasure walking for Calvin Klein as I love Francisco’s designs. I’ve truly loved being able to walk for so many designers and travel at this young age because everyone doesn’t get this opportunity.

What was your first show?
My first show was Alexander Wang as an semi-exclusive. At first, I was a bit nervous because it was my first show ever but during the show I was so happy and thankful for that moment. It was a good feeling.

Are there any designers that you really love to wear?
It’s amazing to get the chance to wear beautiful things and travel but I recognize it’s a privilege thanks to my job. I love accessories, especially handbags! I’m still more the little girl that would dress up in heels.

Where’s your favorite place to go in the World?
Paris! I love the Tuileries and shopping at the Champs-Élysées!

How was it being on location with Peter Lindbergh and Grace? Was it a difficult location to shoot in? How was the mood of everyone?
Firstly, I couldn’t believe when I got confirmed because my dream was always to be in the pages of American Vogue. Every shoot is a great experience and I was so excited to be working with Peter Lindbergh and Grace Coddington. Grace is really a sweetheart and she made sure I was comfortable on the shoot. The mood was all happiness. We all knew what it meant to be shooting for American Vogue. For me, it was like a dream. The shoot was extremely fun and it was amazing to shoot with such an amazing team and models, including one of my best friends Kai (Newman) who is also from Jamaica.

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How do you feel about your recent single girl shoot with Craig McDean for Vogue? How was the atmosphere working with him and Grace Coddington?
I really feel extremely blessed and grateful to have had the experience of working with Craig and Grace for American Vogue, especially for a single girl story so early in my career. Working with Grace again was really good and I learned so much from her. They are all clear on what they wanted and how the shot will look. They are very hard workers and I have so much respect for them. The atmosphere on set was very comfortable and nurturing. Sometimes I pinch myself and wonder if this is really happening.

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What’s one thing about you that might surprise people?
I like making people happy and making others smile. I have four sisters and I’m the second born. My sisters tell me “I want to be like you when I grow up” so I feel good that I’m a role model not only to people on the street but for them too. It means a lot to me.

What’s one thing you want to accomplish?
I would love to get a cosmetics campaign. It would be such a huge honor to represent the brand as one of their spokespersons because it reaches a broader audience. I hope one day to get to a level where I can use my voice to help others in need.

Who do you admire the most?
I would say my family and my mother agent because if it wasn’t for them pushing me, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

April 14th, 2015 by betty
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Left: Maisie Williams by Ben Toms for Dazed & Confused. Center: Emilia Clarke by Paolo Roversi (Art + Commerce) for British Vogue. Right: Natalie Dormer by Bjarne Jonasson for Self Magazine

Models.com and the rest of the world are enthralled by George RR Martin’s incredible world of fantasy and with this past Sunday’s season 5 debut, discussion of the show reached a fever pitch. The fashion industry loves the telegenic and dynamic cast members as well, putting them on their covers, in campaigns and in articles for Vogue and Style.com. While Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister is inimitable, what if we rehashed the rest of the players with some of our fave models for House Stark, Lannister et al in a giant fashion editorial? Let the games begin. (Don’t worry, no spoilers for those still catching up!)


 

Lena Headey, from Entertainment Weekly. Natalia by Paolo Roversi for Vogue Russia (2014)
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The famed golden haired Lannister beauty could be portrayed by quite a few of the top models but our favorite would be Natalia Vodianova in the role of the Queen Regent. Natalia’s regal air and leonine mane of hair were the main reasons for our vote but the deciding factor is how long she’s ruled the fashion industry with her compelling beauty and poise. Runner ups Doutzen Kroes and Karolina Kurkova


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Jaime Lannister
The modeling industry is filled with tons of square jawed handsome fellows but Gabriel Aubry would do a phenomenal job playing the rakishly dashing Kingslayer. We totally see him wielding a sword, atop a horse and twinkling his beautiful baby blues at the world. Runner ups Brad Kroenig, Ryan Burns


Sophie Turner by Horst Diekgerdes for InStyle (2015). Madison by Annie Leibovitz for American Vogue (2014)
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Sansa Stark
Sansa’s character has gone through quite a change on the show, growing from a more demure young lass to one finally embracing the power of her beauty and womanhood. Madison Stubbington reminds us of the earlier Sansa, a delicate beauty with the red hair just hinting at the fiery nature that later emerges. Runner ups Rianne Van Rompaey, Dani Witt


Maisie Williams by Marc Hom (2015). Binx by Roe Ethridge for Document Journal (2014)
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Arya Stark
Is there anyone who doesn’t love Arya Stark, the formidable young warrior? We feel model of the moment Binx Walton is the perfect person to capture the youngest Stark’s ass-kicking awesomeness. Runners up Edie Campbell, Sarah Brannon


Kit Harington by Marc Hom (2015). Marlon for Avon 2015
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Jon Snow
Like the Bastard of Winterfell, we may know nothing but what we do know is that from Season 1, we’ve thought Marlon Teixeira would play a fantastic Jon Snow. The hair, the intensity, Marlon’s got it all. We’d be severely saddened if Marlon wasn’t available for our imaginary story. Runners up Wouter Peleen, Simon Nessman


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Margery Tyrell
In a show filled with fascinating characters, Margery Tyrell stands out as one of the most memorable. Her cleverness is only superseded by her winsome beauty and that’s why we feel Miranda Kerr, with her alluring face, hair and figure would be excellent as the ambitious young Queen. Runners up Daria Werbowy, Yumi Lambert


Emilia Clarke by Marc Hom. Cara by Inez & Vinoodh for W Magazine
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At first we were convinced the gorgeous Abbey Lee had the flaxen haired Mother of Dragons role wrapped up, but in the end, the incomparable Cara Delevingne with her blonde hair/dark eyebrow combo, British accent and her magnetically fiery charisma wins our hearts to play the last Targaryen. Runners up Abbey Lee, Georgia May Jagger

Who did we forget? Who would you cast in all the other juicy roles? Hodor? Let us know in the comments.

April 10th, 2015 by Steven Yatsko
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Evelien Joos, the photo director of CR Fashion Book, took some time to sit and discuss with us the process of casting and enthusiastically obsess over her current choicest models; akin to asking a cinephile their favorite flick–the answer is not so simple. For Evelien, casting is just one of the principal pieces of a good story. Find out who’s on her list of the industry’s creative stand-outs and what makes a magazine interesting.

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What attracted you to CR Fashion Book?

I like working for a magazine. I worked at an agency years ago, but you are quite limited in what you do there. You only work with a few artists and have to make sure they do well in their career, which I find so stressful. At a magazine, you work on a variety of things, you are on the pulse of all the new trends, work with models, musicians, stylists, photographers, actors, editors, agents. You don’t get bored easily. There is always something else to work on. Especially in the smaller independent magazines. At CR, I liked that it was a familiar group of people I was going to work with again. I knew them all from V so it was nice to go back to familiar grounds–and of course, I wanted to work with Carine. She is an icon and a great person to work for.

You’re doing a lot of casting as well–that was also something you were doing in the past?

Yes indeed. Through my sister I got into casting. I always helped Natalie Joos on her castings in NYC during Fashion Week. I never took it as a full time job though. I like the whole aspect of a shoot. Finding photographers, finding models, getting hair and makeup and studios. I love that I can talk to many people in each different aspect of this industry. It makes it more interesting. I do love casting though. I like finding models that fit within a theme rather than looking for a model because of her name. It’s more fun that way. And it’s definitely more fun if the people you work with listen to you and want to go for it. Take a risk. Otherwise we always end up looking at the same faces and that gets very boring.

Do you have any favorite models from this last season or in some in general?

Newer girls: Lineisy Montero! I just worked with Alix Angjeli at Major and she is an amazing model. Antonia Wilson is super cool. Also Tamy Glauser! Laura James, whom I found on the street while she was waiting to start her internship. She is very beautiful. Sophia Ahrens is to me the new addition to the British girls. She is smart, carries herself so well, is optimistic, beautiful–regal almost. I hope she gets the next Burberry campaign. And Laura Julie! I waited to see this girl for 6 months! Last season in September I remember she didn’t come for NYFW, then she wasn’t in London and didn’t go to Milan. And I didn’t go to Paris. When I finally saw her in New York this February I was very happy. What a cool girl! I love also Hayett McCarthy. And in general I like Candice Huffine, Liu Wen, Ashleigh Good (love her dark hair!), Anna Ewers, Lindsey Wixson, Lara Stone, Daria Werbowy, Sasha Pivovarova and Gemma Ward. In the very early 2000’s I loved Carmen Kass, Frankie Rayder, Kate Moss and Natalia Vodianova. I always loved models! There are so many girls I like; it’s hard to start naming them. I could name a 100 more!

Any models who haven’t broke out yet or is your secret you can’t share?

Barbara Gerasimova. I finally booked her for an online shoot we did for CR and she is amazing! She was stuck in Russia for a while, so I couldn’t book her for anything, until finally in January she was in Paris. She is amazing. And Poppy Okotcha at Select. We booked her for a shoot in January. I would have loved seeing her do shows!

What is it that gives a model that extra “something”?

You mostly need to have it all–hah! The hair. The body. The face. The personality.  For me a lot of times that extra something you know when the girl walks in and you meet her. I like to meet the models. I want to talk to them. See how they move, how they dress, how they carry themselves. I don’t like model books. I want digitals and I need to meet them and I like to take my own polaroids. During those big pre castings for the shows it’s weird, how in a group of a 300 models there is one girl that you are WOW about. It’s when you see that perfection all of a sudden.

This last season was a big one for newcomers. Why do you think that was? And is there any room for longevity?

We live in a time where yesterday is old news and we want more and newer and unseen and undiscovered. To the point where there is no more top models anymore actually. It’s all about the next new model. We want things faster, newer and we also want to be the first person to discover a model and launch their career. Which is quite a nice feeling when that actually happens!

Is this partially a product of social media? 

I think there are different categories with that. With a new runway model, usually these girls have like 300 followers on their Instagram when they start on the runway. Nobody cares really what their Instagram looks like. Even better when nobody knows them, I would say! It’s maybe when they become more famous and they have a couple of seasons working already that social media can count. It shows how popular they have become and in a way how well they evolved in this industry. For a commercial client, it will help for sure if a girl has a ton of followers. It sells their brand. And then you have the models that are the kids of some famous person. For them, social media is how they become famous mostly. I will play with that as well if I am looking for that type of model for that type of client or for that type of shoot. Just depends what you are casting for. But in general, I don’t need an Instagram account to book someone.

What happens when Instagram goes away (will it?)?

It will not go away. It can make a job easier if you are trying to find someone new. I have found a boy on Instagram before, showed to Carine, and we booked him. His name is Maarten Convens. We shot him for CR 6.

What about emerging creatives? Who are some photographers, stylists, designers and talent you think we ought to be paying attention to?

The designer Vetements! It’s exciting, it’s cool, you want every piece and it’s unpretentious. I am a big fan. For photographers: Johnny Dufort, Sloan Laurits, Theo Sion, Marili Andre, Amanda Camenisch, Gareth McConnell and Lea Colombo. For stylists: Raphael Hirsch, Max Pearmain, Ben Perreira, Constance Feral, Britt Mccamey, Christina Sulpizio and Haley Wollens. And I love my friends Tom Van Dorpe, Zara Zachrisson and Elin Svahn, of course. They are amazing talent.

What makes an interesting publication these days?

A publication that doesn’t only use their advertisers in such a way it looks like a lookbook for the brands. A publication that doens’t try to be doing what everyone else is doing and uses new and unseen photographers and models, but mixed in with some big names too! It should be both and they should get the freedom to create something without any restrictions.

What makes a particular body of work standout?

The choice in models and talent is super important. Who you are shooting. Understand what model works and I don’t mean you can only shoot top models. Just find the right person for your story. It’s also important shooting with the thought that you don’t need to please an advertiser or a brand. I don’t like “credit catch” shoots. You can tell immediately. You should be shooting for the sake of creating cool and amazing images. That’s when the work becomes really good. When you almost don’t have to use clothes or brands or a famous face to make a point!

Is it better to be modern or classic?

The now version of classic. It all comes back to the classics. What’s modern is what’s on trend and now, and what’s on trend and now is gone yesterday. So better to stick to the classics. Lasts longer.

Dream team for an editorial?

Carine Roitfeld and Steven Meisel.

Have you ever held any odd jobs?

I worked at a chocolate shop in Belgium for 6 months.  And I worked at a modeling agency as an agent for 4 months… I ran away! It’s not my world. That was an odd job for me.

If you weren’t in this industry what do you think you would you be doing?

When I was 7 years old, I loved going to the dentist and I wanted to be a dentist. I also always loved acting and I was pretty good at it.

Last question: what’s the future like?

Getting married! I am taking pictures and we are ​slowly ​on our way to becoming a photo duo​ maybe​.​..​

April 8th, 2015 by Jonathan Shia
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Spring was in the air for one sweet evening as the crowds swarmed West Chelsea for the annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares silent auction and charity fashion show, which the department store hosts every year to raise money for a spate of LGBT causes, including ACRIA, the Hetrik-Martin Institute, and Lambda Legal. Zachary Quinto chatted with Anna Wintour as the guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, looking to bid on prizes ranging from small pocketbooks to deluxe fantasy vacations. Joseph Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung, and Narciso Rodriguez were all in attendance, as were Catherine McNeil and Jasmine Tookes, there to support Miles Langford, Tobias Sorenson, and other model friends who took to the runway showing off the famously edgy designer wares available at Jeffreys, from Dries Van Noten and Givenchy to the tiny swimsuits on Chad White and Parker Hurley. Those two received, unsurprisingly, a loud cheer from the raucous crowd on hand, one surpassed only by the applause for the charismatic River Viiperi, who stripped off his Bobby Abley sweatshirt halfway down the runway and flashed a smile around the room. All for a good cause. Take a look at Casey Vange’s exclusive backstage shots below, only on models.com.

Casting by Andrew Weir

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Dae Na and Conrad Bromfield

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Trevor Van Uden & Ellis McCreadie

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River and Abiah Hostvedt

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Henry and Abiah

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Conrad, Roberto Sipos

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River, Adam ButcherJordan Barrett

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Daan van der Deen and Abiah

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Henry W, Henrik Fallenius, Vladimir Ivanov

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Tobias Sorensen, Parker Hurley

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Armando Cabral

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April 8th, 2015 by models.com
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Carine Roitfeld‘s Beauty Queens / Image Courtesy Harper’s Bazaar

Carine Roitfeld provides the week’s key beauty inspiration with a gorgeous story in Harper’s Bazaar shot by Brigitte Niedermair. Featuring Carine’s roster of fashionable favorites including Gigi, Jing Wen and Ondria the story puts a beauty twist on the season’s look complete with blue lipstick and plenty of geometric eyeliner. Harper Bazaar

This week the beauty business mourns the loss of one of its true innovators, Dr. Frederic Brandt‘s passing leaves a void not only within the lives of his friends and family but also within the fashion and beauty business. As dermatologist to everyone from Hollywood royalty like Madonna, to fashion legend Stephanie Seymour. Brandt shaped the way in which we view beauty and aging, popularizing fillers like Botox, collagen and Restalyne.

After years of working with Victoria’s Secret the beautiful Lindsay Ellingson launches her own line of beauty products

Ever wonder what prompted model Tamy Glauser to opt for her signature shaved hairstyle? Find out how she came to have the look and see a rare picture of her with long blonde hair!

In industry shake ups makeup artist Gucci Westman (Art + Commerce) leaves Revlon to explore new endeavors after seven groundbreaking years.

The beauty blogosphere just got a whole lot bigger – Youtube phenom Michelle Phan ditches the social channel that made her famous in favor of her own network.

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Pretty boys of the world rejoice, Fantastic Man offers up a spirited take on male beauty this month with Andres Velencoso Segura trying on all manner of blush, lipstick and eyeshadow — could a beauty contract be in his future? Only time will tell!

April 3rd, 2015 by contributor
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Collage of recent shots taken by Lia and Odette

Recently in Milan, model watchers marked Russian new face Lia Pavlova as one to watch after she opened the much anticipated Gucci show with an exclusive. Just a few days later, her twin sister Odette Pavlova glided down the Jil Sander runway, exhibiting the exquisite grace that they both possess, from their years in traditional Russian dance. Between the two of them, for their first season, the twins walked also for Balenciaga, Celine, Dior, Lanvin, Miu Miu and Saint Laurent amongst others, proving the duo’s ethereal beauty was alluring across the board.  We spoke with the sisters to find out more.

interview by Emmie America for models.com. For the interview in Russian see below.

Emmie: Congratulation on a great first season! Let’s start from the beginning. It’s an uncommon occurrence to have sisters, and twins, both in the modeling industry, and both off to such a great start, at the same exact time. Tell us about your “Cinderella story.” 

Odette: When we were 16 years old we were walking to a supermarket in our hometown and a modeling agency director approached us. When we signed eventually with TANN, our new agent told us straight away that she would place us separately. I ended up at Next Worldwide and Lia at several agencies in all the major cities.

E: And you think that was a good call, since now you are being managed individually?

Odette and Lia: Definitely.

O: My agency didn’t even know I had a twin until Lia opened Gucci.

L: Same here. My agency first found out about Odette at the Gucci casting and they got nervous that she might replace me.

E: Would you say having a twin sister in the industry makes it harder on you?

L: If anything I think it’s more the agency’s worry. Of course sometimes we get compared, but I am not competing against my sister.

O: Yes, I’m just happy that my sister is doing well. I think jealousy is silly. Of course when she did Gucci and I got cut last minute it was a little frustrating. But it wasn’t anger; I just felt a bit sorry for myself.

E: Do you try to be each other’s support system? Did you always get along so well?

O: Yes, we tell each other everything! We are always talking, asking each other for advice, even though we are often at different ends of the world.

E: Was modeling for you a childhood dream or something you fell into? And how do you like the industry now that you’ve seen it from the inside?

L: Everything happened so spontaneously. I love shows! I often watch videos from the runway and backstage.

O: Same here. I look at websites because I’m interested who is doing what. Who is having a good season, which girls are booking exclusives – we are working with these people, we know them.

E: Lia, you mentioned that you love shows the most. Why?

L: Maybe it is because we used to do dance and performed on stage. I love the energy while I walk – the music, the runway itself, because it’s always different, the clothes I’m wearing. I’m only on stage for a few minutes but I am showcasing what a designer has been working on for months! I can do shows 24/7 with no sleep.

O: I agree! Shows are an amazing process; it’s a performance. Sure you’re showing the clothes, but you’re also showing yourself. 

E: Ok, let’s talk about this season. How did it feel to be doing the top shows?

L: It felt too good to be true. I think this worked out so well largely due to the efforts of my Russian and Milan agencies. After I did Gucci suddenly everyone wanted to book me. Every job was so magical that I never got tired! It’s an incredible feeling to have people you admire who want to work with you!

E: Which moment was your highlight? 

L: My favorite moment was Gucci, for sure. Everyone who was at the show – all the dressers were people I knew from doing looks for 7 days. Since I was the first girl to walk, everyone was very supportive, including Alessandro Michele, especially since it was his first womenswear collection!

O: At the end of day, it was the Saint Laurent exclusive, of course.  I came to Paris after Jil Sander and just started doing castings when I got a call from my agent saying I booked the exclusive. I didn’t believe it at first. I was so happy on the inside but was too scared to jinx it! I didn’t tell anyone for the whole week! Most memorable part was the night rehearsal. I slept from 11 pm to 3 am, then we all were driven to the show location. They started doing our hair and makeup backstage and there was nobody there, not even the press! I can’t describe this feeling, but we felt like rock stars with painted faces, dressed in all black!

E: Do you have any advice for girls just starting out in the industry?

O: The most important thing is to believe in yourself and not take what others say too close to heart. You need to be morally and physically strong (fashion week is like training for a marathon.) A weak person won’t survive in this industry.

L: Look after yourself! Learn English; always be open to new people and things. Remember everyone who you work with – this is a small world. Oh, and don’t get too full of yourself.

Russian translation below

На минувшей Неделе моды в Милане внимательные зрители отметили новичка из России – Лию Павлову – после того, как девушка открыла Gucci с эксклюзивом. Но всего через пару дней ее сестра-близнец, Одетт Павлова, проплыла по подиуму на Jil Sander с присущий обеим моделям грацией танцовщиц – наследие многолетнего опыта в русских народных танцах. Между тем, в дебютном сезоне близнецы прошлись для Balenciaga, Celine, Dior, Lanvin, Miu Miu, Saint Laurent и других: кажется этот дует не оставила равнодушным, никого. Мы поговорила с восходящими звездами-сестрами, чтобы услышать историю из первых уст.

Эмми: Привет, девочки. Поздравляем вас с отличным первым сезоном! Давайте вернемся к началу вашего пути. Редкий случай: родные сестры оказываются в модельном мире и обе одновременно добиваются заметных результатов. Расскажите свою «историю Золушки».

Одетт: Когда нам было 16 лет, нас остановила директор модельного агентства во время прогулки. В итоге, через некоторое время мы подписались с TANN и наш новый агент сразу сказала что по миру нас будут представлять разные агентства. Так я оказалась в Next, а Лию теперь представляют несколько агентств по мировым столицам.

Э: И вы считаете, что это пошло вам на пользу – ведь теперь вами занимаются отдельно?

Одетт и Лия: Да, определенно.

О: Мое агентство даже не знало, что у меня есть сестра-близняшка, до того как она сделала Gucci.

Л: Да, мое тоже. Они впервые увидели Одетт на кастинге Gucci, и сразу испугались – вдруг меня поменяют на нее.

Э: Если говорить начистоту: сложнее ли работать модели, у которой есть сестра-близнец?

Л: Я считаю, что это заботы агентства . Иногда, конечно, сравнивают, но у нас нет с сестрой конкуренции.

О: Да, я просто рада, что у моей сестры все хорошо получается. Мне кажется, завидовать глупо. Конечно, когда она сделала Gucci, а меня слили, то было обидно. Но это была не злоба, а обида на саму себя.

Э: То есть, никакой драмы: наоборот, подставляете друг другу плечо?

О: Да! Мы постоянно переписываемся, советуемся, хоть зачастую и находимся в разных точках света.

Э: Модельная карьера для вас — везение или детская мечта? И как вы представляете себе мир моды теперь, повидав его изнутри?

Л: Все вышло спонтанно и случайно! Мне нравится это работа, но следить за трендами не успеваю. Показы я очень люблю, часто смотрю видео с подиумов и бэкстэджей.

О: Аналогично. Я просматриваю сайты, потому что мне это интересно: кто какие сезоны сделал, какие девочки взяли эксклюзивы. Мы с этими людьми работаем, пересекаемся, надо быть в курсе.

Э: Лия сказала что больше всего любит подиум. А что нравится именно тебе?

Л: Может быть, потому что мы раньше занимались танцами и выступали на сцене. Мне нравится энергетика, музыка, сам подиум, потому что он всегда разный, то, что на тебе надето. Ты выходишь буквально на пару минут и показываешь то, над чем дизайнер работал месяцами. На показах я могу трудиться сутками, не спать ночами – запросто.

О: Согласна! В неделях моды мне нравится сам процесс, это выступление. Да, ты показываешь одежду, но ты так же показываешь и себя.

Э: Давайте, наконец, об этом сезоне. Каково это: делать топ-шоу в мировых столицах моды?

Л: Слишком хорошо, чтобы быть правдой. Я считаю, что это большая заслуга моего материнского и миланского агентств. А после того, как я сделала Gucci, в Париже все стали меня брать! Каждое задание было настолько прекрасным, что я совсем не уставала! Очень приятно понимать, что люди выбирают именно тебя, хотят с тобой работать.

Э: А какой момент ты могла бы выделить?

Л: Самый яркий, конечно, Gucci. Вся команда бренда, персонал были мне знакомы, потому что предыдущие 7 дней мы провели на примерке. И так как я была первая, меня все очень поддерживали. И сам дизайнер, ведь это было его первое женское шоу!

О: Для меня – это, конечно же, эксклюзив Saint Laurent. Я приехала в Париж после Jil Sander и начала делать кастинги, когда позвонил агент и сказал, что я взяла эксклюзив. Я сначала даже не поверила – внутри был взрыв эмоций, но из личных суеверий я молчала целую неделю. Что запомнилось больше всего? Ночные репетиции! Я спала с 11 до 3 ночи, потом нас посадили в автобус и повезли на место шоу. Нам начали делать макияж, прически — все по-настоящему. Но вокруг не было никого, даже прессы! Я не могу описать это ощущение, мы были все как рок звезды с накрашенными моськами, все в черном.

Э: Прежде чем попрощаться, оставьте несколько пожеланий для моделей новичков.

О: Главное – верить в себя и не принимать чужие слова близко к сердцу, быть морально и физически сильными (неделя моды закаляет получше марафона). Человека, слабого внутри, эта индустрия сломает моментально!

Л: Следить за собой, учить язык, открываться всему новому и главное – быть собой! Запоминать, с кем ты работаешь и на кого – этот мир очень тесен. И не отращивать на голове корону.

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