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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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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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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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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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April 7th, 2014 by models.com
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The gorgeous Marloes – images courtesy of Maybelline New York & Next Models

A beauty contract is a crowning moment in the career of any model and today a gorgeous catwalker snags another top tier contract. Marloes Horst joins the ranks of Christy Turlington, Emily DiDonato and Erin Wasson as the newest face of Maybelline New York. The Dutch stunner’s classic good looks have made her a favorite of photographers and fashion brands alike so it’s only natural that the beauty biz would come calling. With ads set to debut later this month Marloes has already impressed the powers that be at Maybelline,“Marloes embodies the Maybelline New York woman with her passion for makeup and her New York City energy and ambition,” says Jerome Bruhat, Global Brand President. Take an exclusive first look behind the scenes of Marloes’ new ads and find out the beauty secrets she’s picked up from the pros.

What does it mean to be a Maybelline New York Spokesperson?

MH: Maybelline New York is such a huge and iconic brand that makes women look and feel beautiful, and I am very honored to be a part of it.

What does “born with it” mean to you?

MH: Makeup is a tool that helps enhance the beauty every woman already has. You get that extra confidence when you wear a coat of mascara or put on a daring lipstick. Born with it means that you had that confidence in you all along, it just took some makeup to bring it out!

MH: What was the first Maybelline New York product you ever used?

MH: I love the Fit Me foundation. A makeup artist applied it on me at a shoot once and I’ve been using it ever since. It has a lovely texture which works very well with my skin.

What are your favorite Maybelline New York products?

MH: Next to the foundation, I love the mascaras. Right now I’m using The Rocket for volume and smoothness. It doesn’t give you any clumps! I am also in love with Color Sensational The Buffs lipsticks; they give the perfect finishing touch for a natural look.

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What gives you confidence in your job as model and in life?

MH: I have always had a strong personality. I feel that having a strong belief in yourself is something you need not only as a model, but is very important in everyday life.

How do you define “beauty?” What makes a woman beautiful?

MH: Everyone’s beauty comes from the inside. It is confidence, happiness and love. Makeup is a fun tool to enhance the inner beauty you’re already sending out!

Did you learn any beauty tips or tricks from your mom?

MH: I think I’ve actually given my mom some great beauty tips I’ve learned along the way! The only rule now is that she has to wear Maybelline.

Best tips you have learned from the pros?

MH: Being a model has opened up a whole new world for me. I have learned how to use products and which colors work best for my skin tone. It is a lot of fun because every makeup artist has his or her own special way of working, so I get to see a lot of different techniques. Ultimately, the best tip I’ve learned from the pros is to play around with products to find your favorite colors and textures. There is so much out there, have fun with it!

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Have you always been passionate about fashion?

MH: I’m from the countryside in Holland and high fashion was not really accessible when I was growing up. Coincidentally, by the time I really started having an interest in fashion, I also started modeling and I’ve loved it ever since!

How would you describe your style?

MH: I’m not really a “girly girl”. However, most people usually picture me wearing a dress because I wear high fashion pieces when I’m shooting. But, I’m most comfortable wearing jeans, a blouse and a blazer.

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April 7th, 2014 by models.com
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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of MO&Co. the brand looks to a lineup of influential Chinese beauties who are raising the style stakes with their one of a kind looks and boundless fashion enthusiasm. Showing off their #StyleSelfies and speaking on the elements that make the line a mainstay within their wardrobes this impressive roster of model, actress, buyer and stylist showcases the youthful & exciting energy behind MO & Co’s success.

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TINA LEUNG, Paris based stylist and blogger: 

As winner of the “Stylist of the Year – The Best of Asia Pacific Luxury Providers” award in 2011 and frequent contributor to a slew of international magazines, Tina Leung is a bonafide trendsetter. With her edgy style and rocker vibe she brings tough chic to the forefront with every ensemble.

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M: How do you feel about androgynous style and how do you balance the masculine and feminine within your look?

Obviously men & women have different body shapes, but as I say with fashion in general, I don’t believe there are rules. You wear what you want. I can’t say there won’t be fashion disasters, but as long as you’re happy, comfortable and not hurting anyone why not? I always combine things without really even noticing. I’m always adding masculine and feminine elements into my outfits, I think it adds a nice twist that finishes off the look.

M: Nowadays street style plays such an important role in the fashion scene- why do you think it became so popular?

With magazines becoming so homogenous in their looks and editorials, it’s refreshing to see how different people interpret the same pieces, everybody takes part. It’s real and also inspiring!

M: Do you have a “Rock” side? How do you express your “Rock” side through your look?

I guess I do since I shaved my head!! I like to experiment with different looks and don’t have a set look each day, but I do like to have that element of edginess or rock in any outfit I wear.

M: Can you tell us your key items of Rock×Chic style?

This MO&Co leather jacket could be my all time must-have. It represents everything I enjoy stylewise and adds a rocker vibe to every look. I like the contrast of it with a skirt or a more feminine accessory like high heels.


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CHEN RAN, actress

As an it-girl and actress, Chen Ran is among the leading style stars of her generation. Rather than play it safe she lets her love of print and pattern show mixing up an exciting look that has won her accolades. When it comes to fashion this unique beauty isn’t afraid to stand out from the pack and her personal fashion icon is sure to bring a smile to your face.

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M: How is your experience at fashion month?

It’s a very precious and fun experience for me, to see a collection up close and have that first impression. Going to the shows inspires how I create my own style. I also get excited seeing all those runway looks worn on the streets too.

M: Does fashion inspire you as an actress.

Fashion can help you as an actress – it’s wonderful for building your character. You have to know what style fits that person and you have to find a way to create that reality onscreen. With fashion there are no boundaries and it’s great to try different things.

M: Who’s your favorite icon of the season?

Mickey Mouse! I want to have the full collection of  Mickey Mouse memorabilia in my house so we can have a party.

M: What’s your favorite thing about the MO &Co. spring collection?

The whole collection caught my attention, from the fun slogans and cool prints to the modern and chic silhouettes. I think the pieces strike that perfect balance between classic and quirky. I love that rosy tulip skirt I got to wear, it twisted that classic shape into something edgier.

M: How do you add fun into your wardrobe?

Do what I love, and wear what I feel like! Enjoying yourself is the first step in fashion and in life.

M: What’s your favorite MO style of the moment?

I love their playful take on chic. It’s fresh and cool – when I wear something from MO & Co. it brightens up my style and cheers me up. The details and vibrant colors are so beautiful yet they work well together and it’s easy to match the pieces together.




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CICI, Model

Another fresh Chinese face from the runways, new girl Cici has a demure yet powerful take on chic. As a model she’s privy to all of fashion’s outlandish designer wares but her personal style ethos is all about simplicity and understated elegance.

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M: How do you like to dress when off duty? Does it reflect your personality?

I prefer simple and clean style, comfortable but with a rock edge. I like wearing all black and white except for a few metallic touches. I think my style does reflect who I am – I pursue purity in my life and I think the best looks come together when you don’t put too much effort into them.

M: What is “chic” for you?

Chic is something that catches your eyes in a quiet way. When you see a woman who is chic everything on her looks simple, but on closer inspection you begin to notice all the stunning details.

M: What’s your MO style of the moment?

I’m all about clean and simple with those standout details. I love the delicate white bag I was wearing. It’s small and practical, but with that flourish of neon green on the buckle that makes it very spring. I’m also into the cropped tees – they’re fresh and dynamic, definitely on my must have list.


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TIFFANY HSU, Senior Fashion Buyer

Tiffany Hsu has the guts to transform bold concepts into real looks. The frequently photographed woman about town is on the radar of photographers and fashionistas alike, all of whom appreciate her daring take on style. Her position as a senior fashion buyer means she’s clued into all the latest trends, but what really excites her are the eclectic looks straight off the streets.

M: What is your idea of “style” ?

An indication of your personality and mood. It should should also be a reflection of who you are and what fashion means to you.

M: Big slogan, sporty numbers have jumped on clothes. Do you like this concept? How do you mix them?

I like the slogan and varsity elements in fashion right now – the oversized denim jacket I wore had a lot of that. I will always love the idea of mixing high and low to create a fresh look and I have a particular interest in youth subculture so that always influences my style. I will wear slogans and logos, but I’ll probably combine them with something edgier like leather.

M: At the 10th anniversary of MO&Co, what’s “MO style” in your eyes?

MO & Co. is fun, vibrant and diverse, I think there are always contrasts within the collections and that is what makes the brand cool for me. Every look has a sharp attitude but the clothes keep a low profile – that is MO style in my eyes, it gives you the freedom to dare to wear what you want and express your attitude. 

April 4th, 2014 by models.com
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Jarrad Clark, the vice president/global director of IMG, has been involved with Sydney Fashion Week since its inception in 1996. Models.com sits down with Clark to discuss this year’s Sydney Fashion Week (opening this Sunday, April 06) as well as his experience as a judge on Australia’s Project Runway.

Interview by Felix Chang for models.com
Photos courtesy of IMG

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You have been involved with Sydney Fashion Week (Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia) since its inception in 1996. How has Sydney Fashion Week grown over the years?

JC: The size and scale of the event along with the depth of talent has multiplied over the years. That coupled with the advancement of digital and social content engagement has lead to increased international recognition and consumer excitement for our Aussie designers.

This season is particularly exciting as our event introduces a totally consumer focused extension event, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weekend Edition. After the industry shows wrap, the doors will open to the public. Consumers will be able to see edited versions of the latest collections just days after their premiere. Guests in the venue and watching via the live stream will be able to watch and shop the show with a select range of items ready to ship via our new E-commerce boutique on MBFashionWeek.com

How would you describe Australian fashion in general? Has fashion in Australia changed since the birth of Sydney Fashion Week?

JC: Australian fashion is diverse and exciting; we have such a depth of talent from swimwear to red carpet that always feels fresh, cool and chic. The biggest and most awesome change has been watching our industry grown from only a few major designers with significant export to now with many designers opening their own stores off shore and making headlines showing at the major fashion weeks around the world regularly.

Can you pinpoint one of Australia’s biggest fashion moments?

JC: 1996 was an amazing moment for Australian fashion, when the whole industry came together under one roof for the very first time to celebrate our inaugural fashion week. Models, designers, stylists, makeup artists, producers, photographers, buyers, editors lighting designers, and carpenters all worked together to create an event that many critics said was just not possible. 19 years later and the founder Simon Locks vision continues under IMG Fashion and next week everyone comes together again as we premier the latest collections of over 70 designers.

There are more Australian designers than ever showing their collections in New York, London and Paris. What does it take to get noticed on an international level?

JC: It’s a great testament to the evolution of Australian fashion and to the well-thought business plans that Australian designers have been able to show in some of the other larger markets. Aside from talent, designers need to have the appropriate infrastructure that supports their international growth plans. Being able to design a beautiful collection is one thing, but being able to fulfill those orders and deliver them on time is what makes these brands successfully enter new markets.

Aussie success stories like Sass & Bide, Zimmermann, Ellery and Dion Lee have all shown at Sydney Fashion Week before. Which designers this year are you most excited about?

JC: This season we have a strong showing of emerging designers, whom we think have bright careers ahead of them and we are excited for the rest of the world to see their debut and discover their next favorite designer from down under.

Who is your favorite Australian model of all time? Any newcomers you’re excited about?

JC: I have two. Elle Macpherson – 50 and still going strong and Miranda Kerr – I produced the model competition she won for a teenage magazine when she was just 13 and she was adorable, and her career continues to go from strength to strength.
This season, I am really excited for a number of Aussie girls from our IMG Models Australia division. They are Talisa Quirk, Madison Stubbington and Kate Bonnett.

You’re well-known as a judge on Project Runway Australia. Has that experience given you a different perspective on the design process? What aspects of the design process were the most intriguing to you?

JC: Project Runway Australia gave me great insight into working with designers under pressure, and I was constantly amazed at what they were able to create in such a small timeframe with limited resources. Trying to understanding a designer’s process is often intriguing and not something I think we need to or can always understand, we can however appreciate the end result.

You’re always discovering and nurturing new talent, either on Project Runway Australia or at fashion weeks around the world. How do you spot potential? Is there any specific style or element that catches your eye?

JC: A designer with an innate eye for attention to detail always captures my eye faster than the crazy we sometimes witness. For us, the most important quality is the promise to evolve and stay humble as they experience success. There are many talented designers out there, but most impressive is a designer with a clear point of view and contagious energy.

Who is your fashion icon and why?

JC: I love to people watch and I admire many are random people on the street that I will never see again on my travels, so you could probably say my icon is ‘street style’.

The merger of William Morris Endeavor and IMG Worldwide means new possibilities for IMG fashion and its modeling establishment. How will this merger impact the future of global IMG fashion weeks and IMG Models?  Are we going to see any Hollywood impact on either entity?   

JC: We are very excited about working with the incredible talent and resources that WME have. However, unfortunately at this time we aren’t at liberty to discuss any future plans.

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia is on April 6-10 at Carriageworks in Sydney , Australia.

You can watch the live stream at mbfashionweek.com/live

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April 4th, 2014 by Janelle
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One of the week’s big beauty moments on Ashley Graham in Bazaar – Photo- Johnny Dufort, Hair – Shay Ashual, Make-up – Topolino – See the story in Feed<

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.

NARS CONTOUR BLUSH
$42 at NARScosmetics.com

Cheekbones are a classically beautiful facial feature, but let’s be honest not everyone is born with the chiseled features of Toni Garrn. That’s where NARS’ skillful contour duo comes in. The complimentary shades are used to shape the face – the darker shade adds definition while the lighter highlights cheekbones, browbones and anywhere else light catches to create a naturally sculpted look as opposed to a 1980s paint by numbers look – unless of course you’re into that. NARS’ products always get high marks for quality and with the versatile range of shades and silky feel this is no exception. While using the duo we were struck by how easy it is to create the illusion of cheekbones worthy of Marlene Dietrich – all it takes are a few brushstrokes and viola!

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PROENZA SCHOULER x MAC
at MAC Cosmetics locations nationwide

As fashion’s resident wunderkinds, Jack McCollough + Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler are adept at creating goods that cool girls want – you can’t walk down 5th Avenue without seeing scores of the duo’s PS1 bags or pieces of Proenza RTW. So it was with baited breath that we awaited the line’s collaboration with MAC Cosmetics. This April the full collection hits stores complete with ombre blushes, psychedelic kohl pencils and a set of delectable lip colors in shades that look good on everyone. Our personal favorite – the bright berry shade Primrose pictured below.

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KAHINA GIVING BEAUTY NIGHT CREAM
$105 at Kahina Giving Beauty

Kahina Giving Beauty’s Argan Oil already has a loyal following amongst the fashion set – Donna Karan swears by it – but it’s their new night cream that has us excited. Adding red wine grapes to the mix alongside argan oil creates a unique blend that heals and replenishes. After a day filled with stress, smog and other irritants slathering on this cream is a pleasure and its luxurious feel and soothing properties offer the perfect pick-me-up. Add to this the fact that Kahina donates a portion of proceeds from each purchase to programs that support Berber women and their families and you have a cream that’s good for body & soul.

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TIME IN A BOTTLE
$74 at Philosophy.com or Sephora

Unless you’ve discovered a Dorian Grey-esque secret to eternal youth (and if you have please share with the group) aging is something we’re all going to have to deal with eventually. Philosophy’s Time in a Bottle promises to turn back the clock, but what it really does is bring out the absolute best in your skin. Utilizing the most potent vitamin C of any skincare product in the market, this citrusy serum reveals tighter, brighter and fresher looking skin. Need help with the extra-sensitive skin around your eye area? Don’t worry – they’ve got you covered with a special ultra-concentrated version for eyes.

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THIERRY MUGLER ALIEN EAU EXTRAORDINAIRE
$69 at Saks 5th Avenue

Though he’s no longer presenting his daring designs on the catwalk, Thierry Mugler still manages to make his presence felt. The designer’s eponymous line of fragrances is more popular now than ever in part because they translate his fearless aesthetic into something everyone can wear and enjoy. Who wouldn’t want to feel like they were walking down a Mugler runway? The latest scent from Mugler takes things a step further, launching into space with an aromatic blend of Tunisian neroli and Tiare flower make for an enthralling scent experience that’s surprisingly down to earth.

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