Paris Haute Couture is in full swing after Atelier Versace yesterday. During the who’s who of high-fashion, Melodie Jeng was there to capture the post-show Parisian blocks bristling with top models in their Haute cliques.
Donna Karan by Inez and Vinoodh
It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to one of the most prolific designers of our lifetime, Donna Karan, who announced yesterday that she was stepping down from her namesake line of over 30 years, with LVMH suspending the runway shows and collections “for a period of time.” The 66-year-old designer who set the standard for American fashion will stay on with the company in an advisory role and focus her attention to the Urban Zen Company and Foundation that she co-founded with Sonja Nuttall. Karan started the label in 1984 with her late husband, Stephan Weiss and Takiyho Inc., after her position as head of design at Anne Klein. Yet, with the end of one of Donna’s lines means another will live on with the continuation of the DKNY brand headed by newly named creative directors Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne.
Donna had many muses including some of the most recognizable women in the world like Iman, Kate Moss, Milla Jovovich and Amber Valetta. Here’s just a few of our favorite campaigns of the last decade including Karen Elson, Karlie Kloss, Andreea Diaconu, Erin Wasson and more. We’ll miss you Donna.
To see more of her iconic campaigns click here.
“Frustrated by observing the lack of diversity in the industry and the dangerous message that one ideal fits all I felt there was a real need to voice a different approach. So when on a last train home from Paris whilst chatting with Valerie, we found common ground in our observations – the idea for Beauty Papers was born” says Maxine Leonard, co-founder of Beauty Papers.
Beauty Papers, a new beauty magazine, launches Issue 0, the “Foundation Issue”, previewed exclusively here on Models.com. The brainchild of Maxine Leonard and Valerie Wickes, it features pages packed with bold beauty and essays aiming to liberate the stale state of affairs.
The punchy stories are teamed by the skin-obsessed, expert in conjuring new modes of makeup. Paola Kudacki, Benjamin Puckey and Kevin Ryan keep the skin palette crisp and simple on Sarah Brannon: water and glossy patina. Bruno Staub, Maxine Leonard and Romina Manenti use shadow and brown-hued contouring to a painterly effect. Ben Hassett’s images of muse Guinevere Van Seenus go the way of pure drama–plastics, feathers, and deep color by makeup artist Kanako Takase and hairstylist Recine. Check out the preview below and make sure to get your copy of the magazine to see more.
Sarah Brannon by Paola Kudacki (Camilla Lowther Management), Styling Natasha Royt (Art + Commerce), Makeup Benjamin Puckey (London: D + V Management , New York: D + V Management), Hair Kevin Ryan (Art + Commerce), Nails Casey Herman
Crista Cober by Miguel Reveriego, Styling Ada Kokosar (Paris: ArtList Paris, New York: ArtList NY), Makeup Ozzy Salvatierra (New York: Streeters New York, Los Angeles: Streeters Los Angeles), Hair Peter Gray (Home Agency), Nails Naomi Yasuda (Streeters New York), Casting by Beth Dubin
Sunday was the last day of Paris Men’s Fashion Week and to recap Model.com’s men’s fashion editor, Jonathan Shia, highlights his favorite male model moments.
Zikale and Simon Skitch at Lanvin
Tim Schuhmacher at Dries Van Noten
Tommaso de Benedictis at La Perle
Jackson Hale before the Valentino show
The finale at Dries Van Noten
TAO Dance Theatre performing at Y-3
Serge Rigvava at Dior Homme
Max Esken and his Y-3 hair
Jeroen Smits at his Issey Miyake fitting
Hugh Laughton Scott at Dior Homme
Finale at Dries Van Noten
As Paris Men’s Fashion week wrapped up over the weekend Melodie Jeng caught the street side happenings as familiar faces toured from show to show.
Peter Brant, Catherine McNeil and Harry Brant
Frankie Rayder, Mariacarla Boscono and Jamie Bochert
Georges De Saint Mars and Nicolas Ripoll
Bambi Northwood Blyth
Elle Muliarchyk goes underground with Aline Weber envisioning the Brazilian model in all sorts of mercurial nighttime hues. Smokey and romantic is the team’s beauty motif, partnering the bold rouges with playful accents. The after-hour glam is the creation of Sir John while the carefree hair is courtesy of David von Cannon. Designer Zana Bayne provides her ultra-femme leather harnesses to the mix to vamp it up and add to the rebellious look.
Photographer Elle Muliarchyk
Model Aline Weber – Next New York
Hair David von Cannon ( Streeters)
Makeup Sir John (Streeters)
Stylist Zana Bayne and Todd Pendu
Manicurist Geraldine Holford
Producer Jazmin Alvarez
Retouching Anthony Goble
Shot at George Brown Studio
Paris men’s fashion week is rolling along and Melodie Jeng is capturing all the cool style from the city of love for Models.com. See your favorite runway standouts running through the streets below!
Ben Allen & Andrew Westermann
Menswear mania continues as Paris Fashion Week kicked off yesterday. Of course, the cobbled streets were alive with au courant models of both sexes ready to be snapped by photographer Melodie Jeng for Models.com.
The world of Technicolor dreamcoat hues has caught on quickly in modeling as the sure fire way to get noticed. Colorist extraordinaire, Aura Friedman, stands as one of the leaders for the trend having transformed tresses into every pigment imaginable for magazines like Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, i-D, and Wonderland. Models like Soo Joo Park, Charlotte Carey, & Aline Weber have put their strands in her hands to transform them into shades of a Pantone color wheel, from Aruba blue to Papaya to Celestial blond. We talked with the hair painter about the altering nature of hair dye, the importance of individuality, and who she can’t wait to get her hands on next.
There was a time when Friedman remembers changing a model’s hair to an unexpected color wasn’t as accepted as now. “My first transformation of Soo Joo we thought ‘This is going to be insane! People are going to go crazy’ and it literally took a year before people really caught on.” But when they did, it was an explosion. From campaigns with Chanel to walking for Tom Ford, Soo Joo’s path blasted to the top with a L’Oreal Paris contract cementing her place amongst fashion’s elite.
Yet, it’s not always as easy as piling on the toner for every model that walks through Friedman’s door. The master stresses that personality has more to do with carrying the look than anything. “Just like an actress can become type casted, it’s easy for a model to become type casted when it comes to wild colored hair. I think that there are very special girls, like Charlotte Free, Yuan Bo Chao, or Chloe Norgaard, that are the exception but I don’t think that’s the case for every model who dyes their hair those colors.” With the added factor of maintenance, it brings to question just how many barrels of Manic Panic or Pravana will it take to stand out to casting directors come September?
And, why this sudden push for unnatural shades on the runway and in reality? Friedman theorizes, “it’s not the 80s anymore where people have to conform and be a part of society’s boxes. We have a lot of dot-comers that look however they want and move into the upper echelon. It’s more about wearing on the outside what you’re feeling on the inside.” Silver-gray and cotton candy pink dyed hair has almost become the norm with models like Marga Esquivel and Fernanda Ly taking on the brazen hues with ease. Only time will tell how long this painterly trend will stick but for now, the artsy strands are a refreshing departure from what nature intended.
Milan Fashion Week continues through to tomorrow and Men’s Spring 2016 collections from the likes of Prada, Calvin Klein, Versace and Philipp Plein already took turns on the runway. Melodie Jeng was on the street to catch the between-show affair.
Conrad Bromfield, Park Kyungjin and Min Joon Ki