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November 26th, 2014 by Janelle
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Photo by Greg Kessler

Who says you need to be in New York to have the fun of a fashion experience? This weekend Mother Management brought the thrills of fashion week to St. Louis with their 3rd annual Tribute STL. The chic showcase brought out a wealth of talent both local and international: from fresh faced newcomers who have yet to hit the runways, to esteemed top models heading back to honor their hometown. Known for their ability to spot quality talent before anyone else, Mother Model’s Jeff & Mary Clarke have launched the careers of everyone from Ashton Kutcher, to industry sensations like Karlie Kloss, Grace Hartzel and Myla Dalbesio, so it is safe to say that the models featured in this year’s Tribute are headed for big things.

With esteemed influencers like casting director Anita Bitton and Next Management’s Kyle Hagler in attendance, budding models were given the unique opportunity to get advice from insiders, but the event provided more than just a chance for models to talk shop. Tribute gave these rising stars the chance to show their skills in front of an enthusiastic audience filled with friends, family, and the local fashion community. The high energy runway show provided a trip through fashion archetypes from disco-era glitz, to gothic glamour, and everything in between. Unlike the staid environment found at most fashion shows, this was a true celebration – complete with all the clapping, laughter, and joyous energy of a party. Guests were treated to not just a night of fashion, but a truly engaging introduction to all the best the industry has to offer: creativity, exuberance, and best of all, fun.

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Casting directors Calvin Wilson and Anita Bitton (Establishment Casting), Photographer Greg Kessler and Kyle Hagler of Next Models / Photo by Mark Schwigen

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Jennie Runk / Photo by Mark Schwigen

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Pre-show the models listened intently to the advice from industry insiders / Photo by Greg Kessler

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November 21st, 2014 by Janelle
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Sabrina Ioffreda working that Tom Ford Lipcolor – image courtesy Tom Ford

Who says lipstick can’t cause a commotion? Tom Ford sent shockwaves across the internet this week with the announcement of his limited edition color collection, Lips & Boys. Named after men Ford admires, the deluxe coffret of miniature lipsticks has 50 different shades which makes the collection perfect for girls who like to play the field when it comes to their makeup. Who wants to settle down when they can juggle between the fiery red Rafael, tried and true nude Rory, or seductive plum Wes? In keeping with the spirit of Lips & Boys Ford released a sexy teaser film featuring Sabrina Ioffreda in bold colors as she locks lips with a variety of handsome gents. Get a full look at the collection when it launches on Black Friday.

The oud trend is explored in all its smoky, sexy glory by the NY Times who shares three of their favorite additions to the market, from fragrant oils to hair creams.

Daria Werbowy has always been one of our beauty icons and she’s never as radiant as when she’s posing for Celine, Style.com charts the supermodel’s best beauty moments within the brand’s campaigns.

The lovely Sheila Marquez talks to Into the Gloss about beauty and fitness while pregnant and the end result is a delightful read. 

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Kendall Jenner is now the latest face of Estee Lauder and fellow Estee face Joan Smalls interviewed her for a special piece on the brand’s blog. 

Speaking of beauty moments, Clarins is in the middle of their warehouse sale and it’s a doozy. Stop on over for deals galore.

November 20th, 2014 by Janelle
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The gorgeous Amanda Wellsh stops by the MDC Offices / Photos by Janelle Okwodu / Models.com

With her dramatic good looks and innate charm, Amanda Wellsh has risen through the ranks to become one of the most in demand faces of the moment. Though she can project elegance and hauteur in her images in person Amanda is warm, engaging and refreshingly down to earth. We caught up with the rising star to talk working with the greats, her busy schedule and why she loves being in front of the camera.

Where are you from originally?

AW: I’m from Brazil; I’m a country girl.

When did you decide you wanted to pursue modeling?

AW: Actually when I started, I was in school and I was in this competition in high school. They were going to choose the prettiest girl in the school. I was not the prettiest girl in school, but I really wanted to participate.  I was the skinny, ugly girl with glasses but I wanted to try because all my friends were going, but my mom said “no, you’re not going to participate in this, but I promise the next time something is happening in the city, I will let you participate.” The next thing was when these agents from Sao Paolo came to scout in my city. They did a kind of workshop, and my mother let me do that. One week after the workshop they called my home and said they’d love to bring me to Sao Paulo to find an agency.  That’s when I started to realize and see what modeling really was; before all I knew was what I saw Gisele doing. When I went to Sao Paolo I learned how much I love to be in front of the camera – that was when I knew loved it! I started slowly because I wanted to finish high school. I was going to Sao Paolo for jobs, then going back to my high school; going back to Sao Paolo for an important casting – just back and forth.

What have been some of your favorite experiences so far?

AW: I can’t pick, they’ve all helped me grow so much. I’m energetic so I really love the photo shoots where I’m jumping, where I’m free and I can do whatever I want. I love to create a character. One of the great things about modeling is that you get to be a different person all the time. Sometimes I have to play boyish, sometimes I play sophisticated, sometimes I have to play girly and I love the challenge of always changing and reinventing myself.

You had a phenomenal debut at Gucci, can you tell us a bit about that

AW:  I’m going to be forever thankful to Frida and to all the people that work at Gucci, because they really changed my life; they really changed my career. And I’m always going to think about that, remember them and I wish the best for them. When I found out that I had the exclusive I just said “oh my god” to my mother. I was really happy. I don’t want to say “oh, I deserve it” but I think I’d been trying so hard to focus on my career and when it happened it felt like the hard work was paying off. Moments like that happen due to the combined work of so many – agents, the casting directors – I’m around very good people.

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That was such a great moment and the campaign was so beautiful.

AW: Exactly and I when I think about it today, I realize just how difficult it is to get an exclusive. I was really lucky. I was in the right moment, with the right people. And I’m so thankful, I’m so happy. It’s so beautiful, and it’s brand I so admire. I was really happy to do it.

What’s something about yourself that might surprise people?

AW: Well it might surprise people that I’m a mom. I did not plan it but it was the best surprise of my life. After my son, I’ve become much more motivated about my work and I understood “ok, I really need to focus on modeling, I’m going to move to New York, where everything happens.” That’s when I did Gucci and I started to grow in my career. But, I don’t know, I’m still a big kid myself. On photo shoots, I’m always playing around, I’m always talking, I make funny faces, I say funny things – at least I hope I say funny things, I don’t know!

I think that that’s surprising in and of itself: that you’re playful and have great energy. Sometimes people assume models are serious or austere based on what they see on the runway or in editorials.

AW: Yes, sometimes there are misconceptions. People think modeling is just this glamorous world and so many girls want to be a model because they think they’re going to automatically have the best life, or that it’s an easy job. It’s not. You have to work hard – so when I look at someone like Gisele I just feel so proud of what she’s accomplished, knowing how competitive and difficult the industry can be at times. You have to keep yourself strong mentally and physically if you want to be a part of this business and finding that balance is not easy at all.

But that is what makes accomplishments so special. I was so happy when I saw myself on Top 50 Models list on the website. I had always wanted that and I would go to the site and think “one day, I’m going to be there.” Then to see my name there just felt amazing “AH!” I almost cried. I called my parents like “Mom! Open the internet!”

It is well deserved.

AW: Thank you.

Which person do you admire the most?

AW: I admire my father a lot, because so many things have happened in his life. He never put his head down. He kept his strength, dedication, the “I’m going to be strong.” For this, I admire him so much. It’s an example to me to never quit, always keep faith. Also I admire Gisele because as I see today, I’m living a little bit in her world and it’s not easy. Not only is she accomplished, she’s very humble. Everybody says that anywhere she goes, she introduces herself, very polite, very nice. I really admire her.

When and where were you happiest?

AW: Well, of course, I’ll say when I gave birth to my child. But professionally, of course when I heard the news that I was confirmed to go exclusive. Oh my god, I called my parents right away, so happy, so happy.

This moment seems like a culmination of things. 

AW: Exactly. To work with such great photographers, I see what a big difference that makes on the pictures, and it’s so good. I see myself and I love myself in the pictures. It’s so amazing, the lights. It’s so good to work with professional people – it changes everything.

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November 15th, 2014 by Janelle
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Kendall Jenner behind the scenes of her Estee Lauder ads / Image Courtesy Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder has a history of choosing only the best faces to represent its iconic beauty brand and its latest representative is none other than Kendall Jenner, the rising star and social media sensation. Few models have as high a profile as Kendall and her role as a new media power player serves to introduce the legendary beauty giant to a whole new era of followers.

Naturally, the budding superstar is excited about this latest development. “It honestly feels like a dream to represent such an iconic beauty brand — it is an incredible honor and quite humbling,” said Jenner. “I found out when I was backstage at Paris fashion week, and all this time I’ve had to keep the news top secret. I am so excited to share it now and be part of Estée Lauder.”

“Bridging the worlds of high fashion, entertainment and social media, Kendall is a modern beauty who represents a whole new generation of women who live, breathe and share beauty, fashion and life 24/7, on their own terms, in a visually compelling way,” said Jane Hertzmark Hudis, Global Brand President, Estée Lauder. “She is the ultimate instagirl, and we are excited to leverage her image, voice, energy and extraordinary social media power to introduce Estée Lauder to millions of young women around the world.”

To see the beauty’s first images for Estee head on over to Estee Lauder.com/Kendall for a look at the very first Kendall for Estee Lauder images and a peek at a few of her favorite products.

November 14th, 2014 by Holly Miller
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More of our SS15 favorites recount their most memorable behind-the-scenes moments.
See the previous round of MM here.


Photographer: Ryan Michael Kelly (Ryan’s Instagram)
Fashion Editor/Art Direction/Production: Kegan Webb
Groomer: Robert Greene @ Kate Ryan Inc. (Robert’s Instagram)
Photo Assistant: Cody Lidtke


Jeroen Smits
HOMETOWN: Purmerend, The Netherlands
SS15 HIGHLIGHTS: Bottega Veneta, Canali, Givenchy, J. Crew, Ports 1961, Roberto Cavalli, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tom Ford
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MEMORABLE MOMENT: Exactly one year ago I met Flower Mak outside on the street in NY after a show. She is by far the biggest fan of a select group of male models, so when I could do her a favor I didn’t even think for a second. After finishing the J.Crew presentation I walked outside and guess who was there? Flower Mak. Happy and shy as she was, I gave her a big hug and talked to her for a bit. It makes me happy to see people smile by just giving them a feeling of appreciation.


Karlis Adlers
HOMETOWN: Saldus, Latvia
SS15 HIGHLIGHTS: Alexander McQueen, Carven, Diesel Black Gold, Dries Van Noten, Ermenegildo Zegna, J. Crew, Kenzo, Neil Barrett, Patrik Ervell, Siki Im, Valentino, Wooyoungmi
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MEMORABLE MOMENT: My most memorable moment was being able to come to New York and see the city. So far, every show I’ve done has been really nice. I did my last show for J. Crew. I was sleeping in my bed and it was around 8 in the morning. My agent calls me and tells me I have to rush to the show. I hadn’t done any castings or fittings for them. I went straight to the show and they put me in the first look. It was a bit weird, but everyone was super nice. I also had a moment to go see tennis and some other entertainment things. I like to go relax in the park because I like to spend time in nature, and so far, in New York, Central Park has been the perfect place for me.


Luke Gernert
HOMETOWN: Pound Ridge, NY
SS15 HIGHLIGHTS: Duckie Brown, Hood by Air, Patrik Ervell, Prada
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MEMORABLE MOMENT: I was at a shoot for i-D way out in Brooklyn after shows in June. It was really far from pretty much any subway stop. I was just finishing up the shoot. We got the pictures and they were looking good. Right as we took my last picture these humungous, unbelievable storm clouds started coming in. All the photographers were whipping out their cameras and taking pictures. These were incredible clouds. The whole city turned dark immediately. Everyone’s just standing looking out these huge windows in the studio, and I’m standing there thinking “This is so cool, and I’m about to have to walk home in this.”


Marinus De Beer
HOMETOWN: Toronto, Canada
SS15 HIGHLIGHTS: Givenchy (Exclusive)
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MEMORABLE MOMENT: Since I started modeling I’ve had so many memorable moments and have had amazing opportunities to work with great people. If I had to choose one, I would say it is when I opened the Givenchy show in Paris. It was an eye opening experience since it was my very first show. I feel honoured to have worked alongside such an amazing artist and person, Riccardo Tisci.


Matthew Holt
HOMETOWN: London, UK
SS15 HIGHLIGHTS: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Berluti, Canali, Dolce & Gabbana, Fashion Rocks 2014, Fendi, Givenchy, Perry Ellis, Ports 1961, Richard Chai, Y-3
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MEMORABLE MOMENT: Fashion week to me is an amazing time. All of the shows and events are always a good laugh as you get to catch up and have a good time with old friends that you don’t necessarily get to see throughout the year. You also get to meet new people within the industry. My highlight of the most recent fashion week was the Givenchy show and after-party. It was a pleasure to do the show. At the after-party, all of the supermodels floating around, the music, and open bar– I was in my element.


Nicholas Costa
HOMETOWN: Santos, São Paulo, Brazil
SS15 HIGHLIGHTS: Billy Reid, Diesel Black Gold, Dior Homme, DKNY, Ermenegildo Zegna, Iceberg, J.W. Anderson, Kris Van Assche, Neil Barrett, Patrik Ervell, Paul Smith, Salvatore Ferragamo, Siki Im
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MEMORABLE MOMENT: I got sick in Milan. I did a good season in London and I went to Milan to try to do good, but I got sick. I had laryngitis and a fever. I could hardly leave my home, but the show must go on. So I had to keep working. I did it, and in the end I had a good season in Milan and Paris.


Nikolai Danielsen
HOMETOWN: Oslo, Norway
SS15 HIGHLIGHTS: Dolce & Gabbana
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MEMORABLE MOMENT: My most memorable moment from the SS15 season was meeting Chris Hemsworth at the Dolce & Gabbana show. Thor is a major figure in Norse Mythology so the character has always been a part of our history. And the actor is really approachable and talented. To top it off, Domenico and Stefano were amazing to work with, and I hope to work with them again.


Noma Han
HOMETOWN: Incheon, Korea
SS15 HIGHLIGHTS: Richard Chai & Public School
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MEMORABLE MOMENT: My first season in NY I got lost so many times, circling for blocks and blocks. I wound up taking cabs everywhere, even though I would often find that my next casting was just 2 blocks away from the where I was – hahaha. Everything looked confusing. What’s Queens? What’s Brooklyn? What’s downtown? What’s uptown? What direction is east, west, north, or south? And what kind of number is this: 350 W. 36th St? I didn’t know anything about America, but I had to figure out everything my first show season. It was very challenging. For lots of the castings, now, I can make a plan for where I should go first and last based on the address. I don’t have to take a cab anymore. Everything seems much easier because I don’t have to ask people things like, “Where is this place? What street are we on?” Plus, my English was so horrible my first season that I couldn’t even ask that much. With season after season, my English got better by learning from models, friends, and clients. Because of modeling and fashion weeks I learned a lot of things quickly. I still can’t forget how fun my first season was, just being in NY for the first time and getting to know the city because of the castings.


Paddy Mitchell
HOMETOWN: London, UK
SS15 HIGHLIGHTS: Bottega Veneta, Emporio Armani, Versace
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MEMORABLE MOMENT: I was chosen to do the Ermanno Scervino presentation in Florence. Prior to the start of the presentation we were instructed to have no interaction with the guests whatsoever. But then Kanye West walked over to inspect my look. I told him that his music is sick, he told me my look was nice, so we’re essentially pals. I’ve yet to hear from him but I’m looking forward to chilling with him soon.


Piero Mendez
HOMETOWN: Canary Islands, Spain
SS15 HIGHLIGHTS: Prada (Exclusive), Anna Sui, Dior Homme, Kris Van Assche, Lacoste, Richard Chai, Tim Coppens
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MEMORABLE MOMENT: My most memorable moment from this season was also my first job ever. It was when I opened Prada in Milan as an exclusive. Nobody had explained to me what it would be like the day of the show. Backstage was full of photographers. They were circling around me, and I had to do interviews before the show. There was a television backstage and you could see people as they arrived around the swimming pool. It was a little stressful, but at the same time it was very cool and exciting. The moment that was my favorite was when I started to walk. The music was quiet at that moment, and I had to walk with no music. It was six hours of prep coming together in two minutes.


Robbie McKinnon
HOMETOWN: Oslo, Norway
SS15 HIGHLIGHTS: Billy Reid, Burberry, Ermenegildo Zegna, Hood by Air, Kenzo, Siki Im
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MEMORABLE MOMENT: My most memorable moment would be stepping out on the runway for Burberry. It was just such an insane experience, and I was so in awe at the whole thing as it was my first show. My legs were shaking uncontrollably during the rehearsal, and I remember thinking to myself, “There is no way I can possibly do this.” But once I stepped out in the show I got this massive rush of adrenaline that lasted until the next day! First thing I did when the show was over was run outside and ring my mum – she was crying, bless her!


Travis Cannata
HOMETOWN: Palm Coast, FL
SS15 HIGHLIGHTS: Dolce & Gabbana
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MEMORABLE MOMENT: The thing I love the most about the industry is how spontaneous it is. You really have to learn how to adapt and go with the flow of things. Like the time I was trying on all the clothes for the Dolce & Gabanna show and Domenico looks at me and tells me that I’m going to open the show. You hear news like that and it’s exciting but scary. It’s like “Yes! … wait that’s tomorrow.”


Wojtek Czerski
HOMETOWN: Walbrzych, Poland
SS15 HIGHLIGHTS: Dolce & Gabbana, Dries Van Noten, J. Crew, Robert Geller, Thom Browne
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MEMORABLE MOMENT: Every fashion week is remarkable. I love it because of the new adventures that come with each new season. For me, most memorable moment was one day of castings in Paris about a year ago. I had a busy day ahead of me, which started with a Phillip Lim fitting. On my way to the fitting I found a big hole in my pants. So I’m walking around covering myself with my hands trying my best to prevent a wardrobe malfunction. When I reached the Phillip Lim showroom I asked for some safety pins to try to fix it. After a couple minutes the designer sees me and offers to help. He took my pants, sat in front of the sewing machine, and after 30 seconds the problem was solved. It was really nice of him to take the time out to personally help me. He saved me quite a bit of embarrassment. This story I will remember for a long time as well as my pants, which are still in good condition and probably worth a bit more money now.


November 13th, 2014 by Janelle
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Chantal Stafford-Abbot and Hildie Gifstad / Photos by Felix Wong

Fashion and art have never been more intertwined, so it’s no surprise to see more and more models sharing their artistic sides. You may know Chantal Stafford-Abbot and Hildie Gifstad from countless editorials or catwalks but the pair are also gifted artists; Chantal is a photographer with years of experience and Hildie takes crochet into the realm of art with her distinctive patterns. This week the two join forces for their first gallery showing, Cherry Pop, an effusive art social that puts their creative talents on display. We caught up with the collaborators to discuss their art world debut and the inspirations behind their unique creations.

CHERRY POP is on view
November 14th
7 pm – 10 pm
at 103 Allen st, New York

Chantal, when did you first start taking photographs?

Chantal Stafford-Abbot: The first camera I started taking pictures with was a really low quality flip phone camera in high school. When I started traveling at 16 for work I bought myself a small pink digital camera that still lies in some box at my parents’ place. The idea of documenting appealed to me and I’d always been attracted to visual experiences. I started shooting film when I first came to NY about 5 years ago and got hooked. I love it.

Hildie, when did you first begin crocheting?

Hildie Gifstad: I have been knitting and crocheting as long as I can remember. I knitted my first sweater when I was 9 years old. Growing up with my grandmother’s doilies everywhere I found comfort and familiarity in crocheting, needlepoint and knitting. My passion for crocheting really sparked about three years ago while living in Paris. In the beginning I was making mostly dresses and tops but quickly got bored with following other people’s patterns. Creating my own patterns from images I see is challenging and keeps me interested.

How did you two begin come up with the idea for this collaboration?

We actually met about 4 years ago in a models apartment in London. Without knowing each other, we shared the same room for about a month and that was probably around the time that we truly moved into our respective art forms. It’s pretty amazing how we got to see each other grow, move to NY and explore our individualism. We’ve always been close ever since and have similar work ethic. It just seemed natural to take this next step together.

Where do you both draw inspiration for your artwork?


Chantal Stafford-Abbot:
My photographs, focused on portraits, landscapes and still life explore a natural and organic side to beauty. I try to capture symmetry, youth and intriguing individuals in a unintrusive manner. I draw inspiration from the polarity of my childhood in the country to my current life which exposes me to travel, culture and a completely different world than the one I grew up in. My photography is in a way the documentation of this journey.

Hildie : My art consists of original handmade crochet pieces mounted onto canvas or paper. I use traditional crochet techniques in unconventional ways drawing inspiration from my Viking ancestry as well as the symbolism and spiritual meaning of the human body and skeletal structure. I play with the contrast of the old and traditional craft of crochet with the timeless but modern image of the human skull. I create each art piece stitch-by-stitch using a process that doesn’t involve technical flat-patterns.

 

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How do you both think that working in fashion impacts your art?

Chantal: I think that working as a fashion model actually gave birth to my curiosity of creation. The fashion industry seems to have no rules and living my teen and young adult years in this world opened my eyes to such varying degrees of beauty. This line of work has exposed me to so many opportunities of visual pleasures. Being able to travel and live outside of my comfort zone has pushed me to see things in a new light.

Hildie: Working in this industry as a model gives one a constant feeling of “ hurry up and wait”. You repeatedly have to make decisions on time management and how to stay productive and creative in between jobs and castings. One could say my crocheting started as a literal “pass-time” but soon became my creative outlet, my obsession and in some form a meditation. It’s been a way for me to cope with the constant buzz in this business, that of which also surrounds me with intricate fabrics and delicate details to admire.

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What can we expect from this exhibit?

Cherry Pop is an exhibition featuring both our work. Our debut show brings a two dimensional exposure to our varying crafts. This intimate pop-up event will build on the interesting experiences and perspectives that we both share as models and offer us a platform to expand our own unique identities as artists.

What’s next for the two of you?

We hope to continue our parallel growth together as artists but also to move further into our respective mediums. We like how we incorporated installation to our first show and hope to continue towards the idea of multiple dimensional crafts. Both of us have many upcoming projects, especially after “Cherry Pop”.

November 13th, 2014 by Janelle
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Garage Magazine continues to push the envelope with content that bridges the gap between high gloss fashion photography and new media. For its latest endeavor photographer Yvan Fabing creates a series of mesmerizing gifs that delight with each and every move. Styled by model cum stylist Tatiana Cotliar the expressive gifs feature a selection of streetwise looks with a touch of humor and give models Alys Hale and Harmony Boucher a chance to express their personality. We caught up with Tati and Yvan to discuss the project and its irreverent take on fashion. / See the full set of gifs on Garage Mag

Do you think moving images are the future of fashion photography?

Tati Cotliar : I definitely think that people nowadays want to reach something more “real”. They want to feel more identified with what they are seeing. So, it’s still the same iconic idea but now it seems easier to achieve if you see it moving, because it makes it closer to a human being. Another thing is that everyone from 10 to 50 years old is obsessed with technology and media. Everything seems more instant and easy and, therefore, faster. There’s a need for stimulation in every sense: movement is faster and makes the people of today react faster. With the possibility of movement in real time, there are more things to play with that can captivate the eye or ear of the person.

 

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Tati – the styling on this is incredible, tell us about some of your favorite pieces you used.

Tati: Thank you! I am quite obsessed at the moment with the different uses of sportswear and how it was taken by fashion and music and street style in different levels. I love the take of some designers like Ashish, where he reformulates the classic sweatshirt and sweatpants with an amazing unexpected 80s bubblegum colour swirl! The Kenzo Coat was also one of my favourites. The idea of putting an ultra “not cool at all” ski fabric into a massive coat and putting it on a runway fascinates me, because it reminds me of early 90s/80s sportswear, when a coat like this would have never been sold in a Parisian ultra-chic shop. Sport was not glamorous, and now it is!

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How did you guys go about making these? You don’t have to reveal all your secrets!

Tati: Well, Yvan is a master of light and he has made amazing GIFs for his own portfolio. When we saw that we were able to “move” a piece of clothing on a person, making it more “real”, it was very exciting for us!

What was the mood / attitude you were trying to get across?

In terms of the styling, as I said before, I loved the idea of playing around with sports references, from streetwear as NYC in the 80s, LA Skaters, to Music like Hip Hop and Pop in the 90s. I think that what sportswear brings into the attitude is the idea of feeling tough and arrogant, scaring the opponent (on a sport level) . Also, sportswear is comfortable, so the attitude was always the feeling of freedom and being relaxed with yourself, not uptight in ultra-repressed high heel couture dresses.

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Tati – You always have incredible style, but what made you want to get into styling shoots?

Tati: I love characters: I love being able to interpret a different character with the way I dress. I think fashion gives you the chance to be any character you want, because everything seems possible. You are allowed to be who you want to be without attaching yourself to reality. And styling gave me the tools to explore that myself, with my own ideas.

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November 12th, 2014 by models.com
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Take a look back at what made the Spring/Summer 2015 season memorable for some of our runway favorites.

Photographer: Ryan Michael Kelly (Ryan’s Instagram)
Fashion Editor/Art Direction/Production: Kegan Webb
Groomer: Robert Greene @ Kate Ryan Inc. (Robert’s Instagram)
Photo Assistant: Cody Lidtke


Adonis Bosso
HOMETOWN: Montreal, Canada
SS15 HIGHLIGHTS: Duckie Brown, Hood by Air, Public School, Richard Chai, Todd Snyder
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MEMORABLE MOMENT: I went to London to do castings and did well. Then I went to Paris to do castings. Two days into Paris castings somebody stole my passport, so I was stuck in Paris for the whole month. I was literally stuck in Paris for 30 days without any way of leaving. I got revenge because I got to do 12 shows in New York. So whoever stole my passport, “In your face!”


Alexander Ferrario
HOMETOWN: Paris, France
SS15 HIGHLIGHTS: Ann Demeulemeester, Berluti, Betsey Johnson, Bottega Veneta, Corneliani, Custo Barcelona, John Varvatos, Juun J., Richard Nicoll, Robert Geller, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tom Ford
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MEMORABLE MOMENT: My favorite moment was, without hesitation the Betsey Johnson show. It was the best show ever; the best show I’ve ever done in my whole career. I love Betsey. She has so much energy. I went to the fitting before the show, and I was feeling bad when I arrived but I left my fitting with a smile and ready to do all the rest of my castings and fittings because of her energy and happiness. On the day of, I had fun backstage. I had fun during the show. I had fun after the show. Because of the marriage theme I felt like I was in a real wedding during the show and it made me want to kiss Eli [Hall]. So right as we were exiting the runway I gave him a big kiss. I was so happy and feeling so in character and in the moment. I was really thinking it was my wedding, so I couldn’t control it. I’m sorry Eli, but I had to do that.


Arthur Daniyarov
HOMETOWN: St. Petersburg, Russia
SS15 HIGHLIGHTS: Corneliani, Fashion Rocks 2014, Emporio Armani, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Perry Ellis, Robert Geller, Roberto Cavalli
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MEMORABLE MOMENT: My memorable moment of NYFW was the Fashion Rocks show at the Barclay’s Center. It was great to be there with all the musical stars, the TV production, and behind-the-scenes! Such an awesome experience!


Brodie Scott
HOMETOWN: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
SS15 HIGHLIGHTS: Acne, Balmain, Iceberg, Richard Chai, Robert Geller, Roberto Cavalli, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tim Coppens, Versus x Anthony Vaccarello, Y-3, Z Zegna
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MEMORABLE MOMENT: My very first show was Z Zegna. I’ve never seen a real fashion show before and being in one was a really cool experience. I remember when I rounded the corner to where all the photographers were at the very end of the runway. I was not expecting to see that many people out there.


Corentin Renault
HOMETOWN: Paimpol, France
SS15 HIGHLIGHTS: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Billy Reid, Diesel Black Gold, Ermenegildo Zegna, Hood by Air, Kenzo, Patrik Ervell, Robert Geller, Salvatore Ferragamo, Siki Im, Tim Coppens, Tom Ford, Valentino
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MEMORABLE MOMENT: It has been an amazing season. One of my best moments was in Milan during my birthday, but I didn’t have any time to celebrate it. My friend Frank who normally goes to bed at 8PM put on a party-hat and hid behind the door until midnight to surprise me with a birthday cake and balloons everywhere. It was just amazing to have my friend there with me making this effort in the middle of fashion week when you are running everywhere and forget about yourself. Thanks Frank!


Darwin Gray
HOMETOWN: Pinchbeck, UK
SS15 HIGHLIGHTS: Billy Reid, Corneliani, Duckie Brown, Etro, J. Crew, John Varvatos, James Long, Juun J., Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tim Coppens
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MEMORABLE MOMENT: My memorable moment was being able to walk Louis Vuitton again because it’s a big pleasure. It’s the only brand I actually knew before I started modeling. I had no idea who any of the other brands were. So it was quite funny for me to be able to walk for the one designer I knew.


Dima Dionesov
HOMETOWN: Saint Petersburg, Russia
SS15 HIGHLIGHTS: Ann Demeulemeester, Hood by Air, Robert Geller, Thom Browne
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MEMORABLE MOMENT: Each fashion week is remarkable in its own way. On the surface it may all sound the same, but on the other hand, each experience is like a new page of an adventurous story underscored by rock-and-roll music. The castings are like a battlefield, but I use the time during fashion week to see my friends who I might only be able to see once, maybe twice a year, if I’m lucky. Fashion is cruel; survival of the fittest. Those glamorous 20 seconds we spend on the runway sometimes makes people forget how hard we are working to achieve recognition. Last season I took up a big challenge and was lucky enough to sweep across 6 Fashion Weeks in one season – London, Paris, Milan, Barcelona, Berlin and New York. My work ethic? I am an absolute workaholic! I can’t sit at home all day on my butt doing nothing. For me, work is happiness. No matter what the outcome, I know I’ve done the best that I’ve could. I always hold my head up high and am pleased to hear the people I work with say, “Great job, Dima!” That’s all I need.


Felix Gesnouin
HOMETOWN: Paris, France
SS15 HIGHLIGHTS: Canali, Corneliani, Diesel Black Gold, Duckie Brown, Haider Ackermann, Iceberg, John Varvatos, Lacoste, Porsche Design, Ports 1961, Robert Geller, Tim Coppens, Topman, Versus x Anthony Vaccarello
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MEMORABLE MOMENT: My most memorable moment would be the time when all the guys went to go see the Britain vs. Uruguay football game. It was really intense because all of the English models decided to meet up in a bar in London and everyone was getting really drunk and screaming. The bar owner was going nuts because you had around 50 English male models screaming like nutjobs. And we had an air horn and they’d blow on it and scream “England.” They knew all the supporter songs by heart. They were singing them out loud and breaking everything. And whenever England scored they blew the whole bar down. Everyone was jumping around, breaking stuff, tables were flying, and bottles were everywhere. They wrecked the whole bar. And when England lost all the English guys started crying and running in the streets, which was really intense. I was the only French guy there, so that was the funny part.


Daan van der Deen
HOMETOWN: Borger, Drenthe, The Netherlands
SS15 HIGHLIGHTS: Versace
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MEMORABLE MOMENT: I was working all week for Versace during fashion week, and we didn’t get to spend any time in the city. Suddenly, one of the models announced that the campaign came out in the stores. So Filip Hrivnak and I went really quick outside to see it. The moment when I saw my photo in the storefront window was such a cool moment for me. Hopefully there are more windows to come!


Florian Luger
HOMETOWN: Vienna, Austria
SS15 HIGHLIGHTS: Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Gucci, Iceberg, J. Crew, James Long, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo, Topman
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MEMORABLE MOMENT: My memorable moment was when I did the Gucci show again in Milan. Last season, back in January, I had to take a break to do military service in Austria. I wasn’t sure how things would be when I came back to do the shows. Doing the Gucci show and being part of the atmosphere there again was amazing for me.


Gryphon O’Shea
HOMETOWN: Los Angeles, CA
SS15 HIGHLIGHTS: Ann Demeulemeester, Belstaff, Diesel Black Gold, Dior, Ermenegildo Zegna, James Long, Kris Van Assche, Lacoste, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Neil Barrett, Patrik Ervell, Paul Smith, Raf Simons, Richard Chai, Siki Im, Valentino, Wooyoungmi
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MEMORABLE MOMENT: This whole fashion week was pretty memorable for me. I came to New York from Burning Man, hitchhiked to the airport, and flew into New York with no i.d., no phone, no money, no place to stay. I had one bag of clothes with only crazy Burning Man costumes. I got here and had a message saying there was a hotel booked for me, so I had a hotel to stay in my first night. Then luckily my friend Paul Boche put me up in his place. I was lucky enough to have a check come in that got me by for the first few days. But I’ve been bouncing around everywhere not knowing where I’m going to be this whole time. Definitely a complete 180 from Burning Man. It’s been a wild ride.


Harvey James
HOMETOWN: Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK
SS15 HIGHLIGHTS: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Berluti, Billy Reid, Bottega Veneta, Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Perry Ellis, Todd Snyder, Tru Trussardi, Wooyoungmi
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MEMORABLE MOMENT: My most memorable moment would have to be in Milan walking into the Philipp Plein party after meeting 3 gorgeous girls in the queue. We headed off to a bar, came back to the party, and convinced the security guards to let us through the back to skip the exponentially growing queue. Being with three of my best friends, the sight of the pulsating crowd, the outrageously loud music, and the ginormous swimming pool created a moment I’ll never forget.


Henry Watkins
HOMETOWN: Philadelphia, PA
SS15 HIGHLIGHTS: DSquared2, Fashion Rocks 2014, Moncler Gamme Bleu, Versace
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MEMORABLE MOMENT: We had an early call time for DSquared2 so everyone was tired. After a couple of espressos a camera crew came in and asked to interview Salieu, O’Shea, Yu, and I. Yu spoke very little English at the time, but he just clicked with us as we joked around and laughed hysterically, not really answering any of the questions the interviewer asked. I doubt they ever showed the footage but it was a moment to remember for sure.


Jeremy Matos
HOMETOWN: Paris, France
SS15 HIGHLIGHTS: Alexander McQueen, Ann Demeulemeester, Comme des Garcons, Corneliani, Costume National, Diesel Black Gold, DKNY, Dries Van Noten, J.W. Anderson, Kenzo, Neil Barrett, Ports 1961, Raf Simons, Siki Im, Wooyoungmi
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MEMORABLE MOMENT: It’s hard choosing one memory from the SS15 season because it’s such a great experience to be a part of. However, my favorite memory is of the Paul Smith show in Paris. It was perfect to end the season with such a great show and good friends.

Stay tuned tomorrow for Part 2!

November 10th, 2014 by Janelle
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When Anja Rubik‘s collaboration with high street label, Mohito was announced we waited with baited breath to see how the supermodel would translated her streetwise look into chic clothing for the masses and we were not disappointed. Wearing clothes well and designing them are often two different talents, but Anja displays aptitude at both, turning out an impressive set of cool girl classics imbued with her signature carefree attitude. Go behind the scenes of the show with this exclusive look backstage

Backstage Images – Asia Typek for Models.com
Campaign Images – Courtesy of Mohito

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November 7th, 2014 by Janelle
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Clear Sport Jacket: Isaac Mizrahi Sport / Swimsuit Bottom: Eres / Top: Franziska Fox

As anyone will tell you, beauty isn’t just about brand new makeup or the latest tools, health plays a huge part in looking and feeling beautiful. The link between fitness and fashion has never been more prevalent with designers making clothes that can take you from the gym to the streets with ease. Maud Le Fort wears a variety of chic athletic looks from Eres swimwear to Nike in this chic MDC editorial by CONTE-POTIER and we countdown six gym bag essentials to keep you looking & feeling luxe even when you break a sweat.

Photographer: CONTE-POTIER
Stylist: Beverly Osemwenkhae
Stylist Assistant: Carol Sabbagh
Model: Maud Le Fort

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Black Mesh Sweater: Ready to Fish / Bandeau: Alon Livne / Aviator Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

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Jacket: Balanced Tech / Sports Bra: Balanced Tech / Leggings: H&M / Sneakers: Pony

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Silver Scuba Bikini Top: Nirco Castillo / Leggings with skirt: Isaac Mizrahi Sport

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Hooded Hat: Fingers Crossed

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One piece swim suit: Eres

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Mesh White ICU Dress: Nirco Castillo / Two piece swimsuit Suit: Stylists own

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Black Collar Leggings: Franziska Fox/ Bandeau: Alon Livne / Sneakers: Nike


GYM BAG ESSENTIALS

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AESOP DEODORANT
$35 at Aesop

All natural, aluminum free and strong enough to keep you smelling fresh even through the toughest workout.

THIS WORKS IN TRANSIT MUSCLE THERAPY
$33 at This Works & Sephora

Masseuse in a bottle! Marjoram, clove and jojoba in a convenient roll-on that warms up aching joins and tired limbs. Think of it as an ultra-luxurious (and much nicer smelling) Icy-Hot.

KEIMS INVIGORATING SHOWER GEL
$9 at Birchbox

Need a burst of energy before that morning spin-class? Keims’ mint infused shower gel provides a much needed wakeup via the cooling sensation and bracing aroma. Keim’s is also great for a post-gym refresher if you dare to take on locker room showers.

CAUDELIE FOAMING CLEANSER
$28 at Sephora

Banish dirt, grime, makeup, sweat and more with this simple one-step foaming cleanser.

MISFIT SHINE ACTIVITY TRACKER
$99 at Misfit Wearables

Monitor your activity from exercise, to steps with this teensy tracker that snaps onto clothes. Unlike larger devices the unobtrusive Shine is so small you’re likely to forget you’re even wearing it.

EYEKO MASCARA OFF WIPES
$9 at Eyeko

Eyeko’s portable wipes take off every last bit of mascara and makeup – working out with mascara running down your face is a no-no.

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