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In a season filled with compelling faces, Carla Ciffoni stands out from the fray. Since spring there’s been buzz around the dazzling Ms. Ciffoni but fall sees her coming into her own. After a stellar New York season which included turns at Alexander Wang, Hugo Boss and Theory, Carla headed to London for Burberry and Christopher Kane. Add in Milan struts for Gucci, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana you’ve got the makings of a well-edited yet powerful season, something that fits this enticing beauty to a tee.
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When you’ve got it, you’ve got it. The beautiful Leila Nda adds a touch of elegance to every catwalk she graces, gliding down the runway with precision and making it all look easy. With appearances at Marc Jacobs, Hugo Boss, Rodarte, Gucci, Versace, Bottega Veneta and Roberto Cavalli it’s clear that the fashion set is taken with the Burundian law student turned model and rest assured the best is yet to come.
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The Josephine Van Delden momentum has been steadily building for some time, but this season the German beauty appeared in all the right places. With runway struts for Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Proenza Schouler, Alberta Ferreti, Fendi and Prada, Josephine is one of fall’s catwalk queens. With Paris looming in the distance we can expect the elegant Josephine to appear on even more top tier catwalks.
Patrik Ervell has always found his strength in sportswear. A native of the Bay Area, he has turned to sea and sand, to forests and fields, to Teva and North Face through the years to craft an authentic vision of the modern man as one who is more urbane than purely urban, and constantly in touch with the tumultuous world around him. He is perhaps best known for his perfect outerwear—always cut just right with an athletic edge in technical fabrics that would not be out of place at the Olympics—but his suiting has consistently been equally desirable, a sleek silhouette in an ever-changing array of innovative fabric and color combinations that always feel just right. He brought these two sides of his aesthetic closer together for Fall 2014, with a collection he explained was based on a new conception of “formality” and the “21st-century counterparts” to the Masters of the Universe that rampaged through Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities. Ervell made clear, however—as if it needed clarifying—that he was not dressing today’s Wall Street moguls, but the new “titans of industry,” younger, more adventurous whiz kids who would not be averse to wearing, say, Laurie Harding’s rubberized cotton field coat to a board meeting. It was indeed a very contemporary take on formalwear, with sweatshirts and shawl-collar sweaters over slim trousers looking just as sharp as any two-piece ever could. Ervell’s subtle way with color was on display as well, in the swirling smudges on Tommaso de Benedictis’ and Robert Laby’s fleece jackets, in the orange silk shirt that peeked out from underneath Ian Sharp’s zip-up vest, in the rich royal blue of Adam Butcher’s nylon bomber. But there was sense of propriety overall to the pieces, mostly in dark navy or black, although always with an Ervell twist. Even Nate Hill’s classic suit—sturdy and upright in charcoal—had an outdoorsy air, backed, the show notes explained with “breathable membrane.” Too many designers claim their clothes can take you anywhere, only Ervell’s actually do.
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With her eclectic take on fashion and distinctive look Janice Alida is a style star to watch on and off the runway. MDC caught up with the well dressed beauty to talk shopping, style evolutions and wardrobe essentials.
How would you describe your personal style?
I’m noticing that my personal style is constantly evolving, and not in slight ways, but pretty drastically, actually. I’m sure that happens to many people, but it’s pretty inconvenient! At the moment, I’m really into pieces that are more ornate and embellished than minimalist, like Balmain, Isabel Marant, and Roberto Cavalli. I really like a mix of ultra-feminine and tough; I am obsessed with lace and feminine colours like cream and pastels, but I am crazy about black, leather and distressed pieces. I also like to look more polished, and love doing this by incorporating menswear into my outfits (works great since my husband is a good sport about me wearing his clothes!).
When did you first get interested in fashion?
I have always been fairly interested in fashion, but it’s only in the last few years that it’s become one of my primary interests. Digging into this job has opened up an enormous dream world right in front of me. I remember having a hard time finding good-fitting skinny jeans in high school, so I would sew my flares into skinnies.
Has your job influenced your style in any way?
Definitely. As I get to work with and walk for different designers, I can’t help but be challenged to reinvent my clothes with the way I style them, and take more risks as I see designers explore different techniques and silhouettes.
What are some items you can’t live without?
A great pair of well-worn dark jeans (I love my Nudies that I got 4 years ago), my lambskin Margiela pants (I think the inseam must be around 45”), my camo Prospekt Supply pullover jacket, and some interesting flat shoes (heels aren’t a part of my day-to-day style); the ones I’ve been wearing this winter have a bit of a western edge to them and they’re from an Australian company which I found online.
Where do you like to shop / Which designers do you like wearing on your off time.
I haven’t seriously shopped for quite a while, but when I do, I like to go to a variety of places, from Bergdorf to Century 21 to vintage stores all over the city. I don’t have one dream designer to wear… I like a big mix of clothing and shoes.
Is there any piece or item you’re dying to get your hands on?
A Balmain dress!
Can you tell us about one of your favorite looks you’ve worn on the runway?
My favourite look ever was the Celine Spring 2011 blue, green, orange and white top and trousers.
What is your beauty routine like?
Pretty simple. I use the brand Cerave for my moisturizer (twice a day) and cleanser (every night before bed) since my friend and fellow model Emma Hansen recommended it to me not too long ago; it’s been noticeably effective at keeping my skin healthy. I’m obsessed with makeup, too, and so when I have the day off I enjoy playing around with it. I normally wear mascara, black eyeliner and blush for day-to-day.
The new hair looks amazing and you’ve had several really memorable hairstyles / cuts over the years – can you tell us what made you go for this style in particular.
Thank you! I’m really happy with where it’s at right now. I can finally tie it all up and only a few pieces will fall out. The style it’s at right now is actually just the way it’s managed to grow out naturally, aside from just one trim at the back right before Christmas.
I don’t know what I’ll do down the road. I like how it just evolves on its own lately.
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