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June 2nd, 2014 by Janelle
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Makeup: Jessi Butterfield at Exclusive Artists
Model: Myla Dalbesio

Our newest beauty obsessions offer bold colors, beautiful skin and look into the rarefied world of perfume making.

$40 at We See Beauty

A world of color and texture all in an appealingly portable white cube, MAKE’s palettes have developed a cult following for their impressive Rubik’s cube-esque design and saturated colors. For statement eyes like the kind Myla sports throughout this story give this chic palette a try. Added bonus, for every purchase MAKE donates a third of the proceeds to non-profits supporting local cooperatives.


$17.50 – 44 at Mac Cosmetics.com

We’ve long been a fan of Pedro Lourenço’s sophisticated designs, but what happens when he takes that modern sensibility and applies it to beauty? This month Lourenço partners with MAC cosmetics for a fittingly elegant collection of nude shadows for eyes and bold crimson & scarlet shades for lips.


$25 at Liz Earle.com

Liz Earle’s award winning cleanser is different from the normal foaming face wash. Earle’s creamy cleanser utilizes a special muslin cloth for toweling off and is packed with eucalyptus and cocoa butter for an ultra-moisturizing effect. Removing makeup and refreshing skin is a breeze and the luxurious creamy texture leaves you feeling pampered.



$27 at Sephora

The lit from within glow comes easy with these shimmering pots of whipped highlighter. In a range of shades designed to flatter every skintone, Becca’s Beach Tint Souffle’s offer a bronzed summery sheen that looks natural and healthy.

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$20 at Amazon.com

We’ve all worn perfume, but what informs the process of making it? The answers may surprise you – Hermes’ parfumeur exclusif and fragrance industry legend, Jean-Claude Ellena details a year in his life and the inspirations and artistry behind his impeccable fragrances. Ellena is the man behind such iconic scents as Bulgari’s Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert and Hermes’ exclusive Hermèssence collection, so his insights are steeped in history.


May 27th, 2014 by Janelle
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The red carpets of Cannes and amFar served as an impeccable showcase for model style in all its decadent glory.

LARA STONE in Calvin Klein

Pretty in pink! The dramatic Ms. Stone eschews the typical in favor of some good ol’ fashioned Calvin minimalism in a bubblegum color. With understate diamond bracelets and rings serving as her only accessories Lara puts the focus on that bold color and her unforgettable curves.


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in Balmain

Few could pull off Olivier Rousteing‘s braided and twisted Balmain number in this juicy yellow hue, but on Jourdan the heavily detailed dress is perfection.


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EVA HERZIGOVA in Dolce & Gabbana

Say it with flowers! The embroidered Dolce florals could seem twee on the wrong wearer, but in the capable hands of Eva Herzigova the look is sweet yet sophisticated.


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With a lead role in the Saint Laurent biopic, Aymeline was a major presence on the Cannes red carpet and sported a multitude of looks throughout the week. Our favorite was this refined dress from Dior that made her look every inch the star.


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If there is anyone who knows how to make a red carpet moment it’s the always impeccably dressed, Izabel. In creamy colored head to toe Elie Saab Ms. Goulart cuts an impressive figure!


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One label we don’t see on the red carpet as often as we’d like is Marni, so imagine our surprise when the dazzling Natasha Poly showed up to Cannes in a custom Marni look. The emerald green gown with its sleek peplum and flowing skirt was a stunning compliment to Poly’s lithe physique.


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Pucci has never looked as good as on the back of Jacquelyn, the label’s all white gown with strategic cutouts throughout manages to be sexy yet demure.


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LIYA KEBEDE in Roberto Cavalli

No one wears Roberto Cavalli in quite the same way that Liya Kebede does. The Italian designer is known for the sexiness inherent in his creations, but on Liya his designs get an added touch of sophistication. The beaded blue cocktail number was a perfect fit on the red carpet and popped against the flash of the paparazzi flashbulbs.


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LIU WEN in Saint Laurent Paris

The Hedi look for Saint Laurent has been characterized by a tough, at times grungy take on luxe so to see the label doing Hollywood glam on the Cannes red carpet is a welcome change of pace. Liu Wen made the rounds in a variety of impressive looks this week, but this was among the best.


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CARA DELEVINGNE in Chanel Couture

Cara + Chanel is a winning combo and her sequin covered couture mini was a playful choice that suited her sparkling personality.


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Pure movie star glamour! Someone cast Rosie in another blockbuster!


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May 23rd, 2014 by Janelle
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The CFDA awards are only days away and with anticipation rising the New York fashion scene awaits its biggest night. This years nominees are an appealing mix of the old guard and influential new talents who have made their presence felt in 2014. As always it’s meaningful work that makes each of the nominated labels and designers special and in the annual CFDA Journal these influencers are presented in the elegant manner they deserve.

Shot by Willy Vanderperre (Art Partner) with creative direction from Trey Laird, the Journal (which is given to guests of the show each year) offers a stately set of portraits of fashion’s biggest names. Take a first look at Vanderperre’s images of the nominated designers and tune in to discover the winners on June 2nd.

Creative direction: Trey Laird
Photography: Willy Vanderperre (Art Partner)
Stylist: Olivier Rizzo
Hand-painted artwork & typography: Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic
All Images Courtesy the CFDA

Accessories Designer of the Year & Womenswear Designer of the Year Nominee
Alexander Wang


Accessories Designer of the Year Nominees
Jack McCollough + Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler


Accessories Designer of the Year Nominees
Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen of The Row


Menswear Designer of the Nominees
Marcus Wainwright & David Neville of Rag & Bone


Menswear Designer of the Nominees
Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School


Menswear Designer of the Nominee
Thom Browne


Womenswear Designer of the Year Nominee
Joseph Altuzarra


Womenswear Designer of the Year Nominee
Marc Jacobs


Swarovski Award for Acccessories
Irene Neuwirth


Swarovski Award for Acccessories
Jennifer Fisher


Swarovski Award for Acccessories
Marc Alary


Swarovski Award for Menswear
Shayne Oliver of Hood by Air


Swarovski Award for Menswear
Tim Coppens


Swarovski Award for Menswear
Todd Snyder


Swarovski Award for Womenswear
Shane Gabier & Christopher Peters of Creatures of the Wind


Swarovski Award for Womenswear
Rosie Assoulin


Swarovski Award for Womenswear
Wes Gordon


May 23rd, 2014 by Janelle
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The CFDA’s fashion incubator program has served as the industry’s introduction to some major talents over the years and the class of 2014 is no exception. Stopping by the annual open house is a thrilling sneak peek at the future of fashion. Get to know the rising stars who make up fashion’s next generation and take a look their inventive designs.

Photos by Betty Sze for Models.com


Filmmaker and menswear designer, Lucio Castro spent time at Marc Jacobs, DKNY Jeans and Armani Exchange before starting his eponymous line. Focusing on elegant basics for the modern gent, Castro infuses quirky details and ultra-luxurious touches into a dapper yet casual collection. His latest pieces draw inspiration from esoteric influences like Art-deco book covers and André Gide’s The Immoralist.




Native New Yorker, Yara Flinn spent time studying art at Oberlin College before delving into fashion. Her interest in design led her to the Fondazione Prada and time spent studying at FIT. Her impressive line, Nomia focusses on minimal aesthetic elevated by unexpected details. Flinn’s updated bomber-jacket in an inky colored faux Astrakhan was one of the coolest pieces we saw all day.




Katie Ermilio comes from a long line of designers (her grandfather was Hollywood legend, Grace Kelly’s personal clothier) so it’s no surprise that her clothes display a sophistication beyond her years. Her ladylike collection is dainty, but with a touch of modernity that gives each cocktail dress and chubby fur feel timely. Already a favorite with starlets, you can spot Ermilio’s creations on well-heeled stars like Michelle Williams and Taylor Swift.




Sarah Beltrán’s unique position as a fashion stylist, turned artist and designer makes her the perfect person to shake things up in the world of fine jewelry. Her line Dezso combines the a fascinating array of materials – fossilized shells and shark teeth alongside diamonds and emeralds – to create a look that is organic and arresting.




Former Gap accessories designer, Sarah Law knows a thing or two about what makes an appealing handbag. Law’s appealing collection, Kara is imbued with downtown cool but never loses track of its practicality. These are bags for girls on go who don’t have time for frou-frou or fussy. Kara’s leather satchels and backpacks have already made a splash at selective stores like Opening Ceremony and Ssense, so it’s only a matter of time before you’re seeing these minimal designs everywhere.




With a resume that includes time spent at Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta, Isa Tapia has a bonafide fashion pedigree and it shows in her creations. Creating high heels with a fearless and fun vibe, Tapia sets herself apart from the pack with unapologetically feminine designs that resonate with clients from Bergdorf Goodman to Dubai’s exclusive Level Shoe District.




Designers Matthew Orley, Alex Orley, and Samantha Florence of Orley, bring the wit and whimsy back to menswear with a collection of colorful knitwear filled with pattern and texture. Manufactured in Italy and utilizing the finest in materials, the line has a touch of retro eclecticism while being firmly rooted in the now.



May 21st, 2014 by Janelle
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Charlotte Casiraghi for Gucci Forever Now by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott (Art Partner) / Image Courtesy of Gucci

Designer cosmetic lines have become increasingly popular over the years with Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford and Giorgio Armani all launching eponymous lines in recent years. The latest megabrand to jump on the bandwagon is Gucci, who is set to launch a full scale beauty brand starting in September. The line will feature everything from eyeshadow, to lipgloss and nail polish and with P&G Prestige handling the licensing deal there’s a good chance Pat McGrath is involved. As for the ensuing campaign – Gucci’s settled for nothing less than a princess, tapping longtime face Charlotte Casiraghi for a fresh slate of ads shot by Mert & Marcus.

Speaking of Gucci, cosmetics queen Gucci Westman has been sharing some truly exceptional looks of the day over at Vogue.

In search of an inspiring take on hair artistry? Look no further than our MDX feature on the legendary Odile Gilbert (Exposure NY)

Amber Valletta is an enduring beauty icon and in the latest Allure the supermodel gets a chic pixie cut from none other than Garren – take a look behind the scenes video of the cut itself.


Sasha Luss walking Chanel Paris-Dubai / Image Credit – Francois Nel / Getty Images Entertainment

The most talked about look of the moment comes courtesy of Chanel’s grandiose Paris-Dubai show. Going for a more is more look Tom Pecheux and Sam McKnight pulled out all the stops with mile high hair and a thick layer of jet-black winged liner accented at the corners with a touch of gold leaf.

May 20th, 2014 by Janelle
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The best and brightest from the fall shows share the behind the scenes moments they’ll remember forever.

Check out Part 2 and Part 1 for even more memorable moments.

Grace Mahary

HOMETOWN: Edmonton, Canada
FW14 HIGHLIGHTS: Chanel, Givenchy, Sonia Rykiel, Dior, Lanvin, Dries Van Noten, Emilio Pucci, Roberto Cavalli, Bottega Veneta, Fendi, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, Hervé Léger, Suno, Helmut Lang


MEMORABLE MOMENT: Grocery shopping in Chanel was freaking amazing. It wasn’t just walking, we were literally shopping. I got gummy bears, I got a carpet, everything… I think over 300 products were made by Chanel exclusively for that, so that was super fun.

Backstage at Lanvin, Rihanna came back there and looked at me and in her beautiful accent said “you’re stunning” I was just looking at her with her great eyes, I was like are you kidding me?! She was like, no seriously. I was like, I’m gonna go, this was good. Thank you.

Paris is fun in general, just because I feel like the production is so well put together. Not that the other cities aren’t, it just becomes extravagant. I’m blown away sometimes when I’m walking in, like… I’m literally looking around and then I think “Wait! Do your job, walk.”

I had a friend from home with me actually, traveling in Milan and Paris. It was their first time in Europe, so that was awesome. I did the touristy things again and we also did local hangouts, that was fun. I’m from Canada; my original hometown is Edmonton, when I moved to Toronto I hadn’t seen my friends for a long while. Then I moved to New York and started modeling so my friend was thrown into this fashion world and was like “what are you doing!? She actually became a street style photographer!

Kate Grigorieva

HOMETOWN: Saint Petersburg, Russia
FW14 HIGHLIGHTS: Donna Karan, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Céline, Gucci, Versace


MEMORABLE MOMENT: My favorite show for me was Donna Karan, this is my first show in New York and I opened the show. It was a beautiful collection that spoke to me with the way it emphasized femininity. The silk dresses showcased luxury and sensuality.

Zuzu Tadeushuk

FW14 HIGHLIGHTS: Chanel & Alexander Wang


MEMORABLE MOMENT: I was really lucky this fashion week to get two super exclusives; with Alexander Wang in New York and with Chanel in Paris. Wang was my first runway, and I was so nervous before the show, but when I finally got out there, time slowed and the next thing I knew I was floating off the other end of the catwalk, just beaming. So relieved and so happy. I had a bit of a shock when the cameramen jumped out around the corner with their flashing lights, but I couldn’t stop smiling. The Wang show got me hooked and I can’t wait for next season.

Emma Oak

FW14 HIGHLIGHTS: Zadig & Voltaire, Chanel, Stella McCartney, Belstaff, Polo Ralph Lauren, iCB, Rodarte, Yigal Azrouël, Jill Stuart, Peter Som, BCBG Max Azria,


MEMORABLE MOMENT: My most fabulous moment was definitely going crazy in the Chanel shopping market. Oh my god, that was insane! Doing rehearsals and seeing Charlotte just walking with the chainsaw that had the same chain from the Boy bag… that was major! You can’t top that, can you.. I brought home a few things for my sister, she’s a big Chanel fan.

Adesuwa Aighewi

FW14 HIGHLIGHTS: Rebecca Minkoff, DKNY, Karen Walker


MEMORABLE MOMENT: My favorite moment, for me I think it’s the whole thing. I’ve wanted to do it for so long and I finally got to do it. I know it sounds cheesy, but it’s true. I met a lot of cool girls. I’m not the kind of person who can pick one thing. I liked the whole thing even when there was one time during the blizzard when there were castings and it gave me so much anxiety. My roommates and I would go out for castings all day and then we’d come back and eat cookies and be like, “ah, man… fuck the snow…” But, I thought the whole thing was really cool and not even about being a model; the designers and stuff, it’s cool to see that you’re a part of their dream- that at one point in time all of these clothes were in someone’s imagination.

Iesha Hodges

HOMETOWN: Brooklyn, New York
FW14 HIGHLIGHTS: Moncler, Bottega Veneta, Marc Jacobs


MEMORABLE MOMENT: My favorite moment all season, well all of them were special to me, but my most memorable would have to be walking the Marc Jacobs show. Basically, it was like a dream come true. I felt like I was walking and living in a dream. I’m so thankful that Katie Grand and Anita, that they chose me to be in the show. It’s a wonderful opportunity and I had a great time. It was beautiful, the clouds were super huge, the pastel colors and lilac and blue lights. I felt like I was walking into a dream.

Caroline Schurch

HOMETOWN: Lausanne, Switzerland
FW14 HIGHLIGHTS: Yves Saint Laurent, Antonio Berardi, Maison Martin Margiela, BCBG Max Azria, Louis Vuitton,


MEMORABLE MOMENT: For me, it was working for Yves Saint Laurent, I’d been a huge fan of Hedi Slimane as a photographer and creative director – I’ve followed his diaries for so long. He’s an amazing designer and it’s been amazing to work for him, especially since I worked there as an exclusive. It was fun to see the whole process from the very beginning.

Cristina Piccone

FW14 HIGHLIGHTS: Moncler, Carven, Emporio Armani, Bottega Veneta, Giles, Marc Jacobs


MEMORABLE MOMENT: I was in the Bottega Veneta show and Anna Wintour was backstage. I was sitting on the floor with my scarf on my legs and it was the first time I was seeing her in person. During rehearsal, I was opening the show and the exit was really small. It was tight, so to go out you had to slide outside and start walking. During rehearsal I did it wrong. I was very nervous because I saw her and I knew a lot of important people would be sitting there, but when it was time for the show everything was good! It was impressive to see all of the people who were in the room. 

Melanie Culley

HOMETOWN: Williston Park, New York
FW14 HIGHLIGHTS: Calvin Klein & Jil Sander


MEMORABLE MOMENT: My favorite moment this past fashion week was at my first show. It was Calvin Klein backstage and I lost my clothes. One of the dressers moved them, I got dressed for the show and I was wearing this brand new hand knit garment. I was looking around looking for my clothes and I looked near the entrance of the runway and I saw this gorgeous woman and it was Lupita Nyong’o! She looks like a doll in person. This was back in February so she wasn’t that famous yet. There was a little bit of buzz around her but nobody really knew who she was. I was like “oh my god that’s Lupita!” I completely forgot about my clothes and the dresser was like, “Okay, you’ve gotta take this off, we’ve gotta find your clothes…” We were both working, so to speak, I wanted to go up to her and get a picture, but we had to stay professional. Still, seeing her was the highlight of my fashion week – she’s absolutely perfect.

Elodia Prieto

FW14 HIGHLIGHTS: Hermès , Miu Miu, Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Elie Saab, Giambattista Valli, Givenchy, Maison Martin Margiela, Dior, Nina Ricci, Jil Sander, Bottega Veneta, Prada, Fendi, Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, Vera Wang, Donna Karan, Theory, Hugo Boss, Derek Lam, Victoria Beckham, Altuzarra, Rag & Bone, Jason Wu


MEMORABLE MOMENT: Every moment was memorable. I’m still a new girl so I have the innocence of the beginning. I’ve discovered the universe of the fashion houses, the work of the designers, their genius, their vision. But also the work of the stylists. I still have a lot to learn and the first moments are always very exciting which makes them memorable.

Maria Senko

HOMETOWN: Saint Petersburg, Russia
FW14 HIGHLIGHTS: The Row, Jeremy Scott, Vivienne Westwood, DKNY, Dsquared2


MEMORABLE MOMENT: This season I had the privilege to walk in Vivienne Westwood’s Red Label show in London. I have always respected her work and wanted to walk in the show. This season I finally felt strong and mature enough to do it. I think Vivienne noticed and confirmed me at last!

On the day of the show backstage the makeup artist needed final approval on the look from Vivienne herself. I was standing in front of her, and while she was carefully looking over my face I noticed she was holding a cup of cappuccino in her hand. She was looking looking, deep in thought..then she dipped her forefinger in the cup and took a top of the foam (this is the sweetest part of the cappuccino you know), and at once she licked it and smacked her lips! She then rubbed her finger on my cheeks to add a bit of pink to them. At that lovely and spontaneous moment I wanted to kiss her! I realized that I had found my ideal of a Real Woman – she is a strong powerful women without any complexes!

Dasha Denisenko

FW14 HIGHLIGHTS: Sacai, Céline, Calvin Klein, Rodarte, Tory Burch, Hugo Boss, Victoria Beckham


MEMORABLE MOMENT: It was working with Victoria Beckham, because it was like the first big show that I was doing in New York. I just spent quite a lot of time there, and it was just nice and chill. After the fashion week she sent me a personal gift with a card and that was nice and really unexpected because she didn’t have to do it.

Maggie Jablonski

HOMETOWN: Knoxville, Tennessee
HIGHLIGHTS: Chanel, Maison Martin Margiela, Missoni, Tod’s, Moschino, Proenza Schouler, MBMJ, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang


MEMORABLE MOMENT: My most memorable moment was definitely Chanel because I wanted the show so much. I have a goal show in every city and Chanel was easily my goal show in Paris. When I got the confirmation I was so happy, but I hadn’t told my good friend Emma Waldo that I had gotten it and she didn’t tell me that she got confirmed either. I was just sitting in hair and just so tired at 4:30AM and she comes up behind me and goes “I just saw your mom! You didn’t tell me you were going to be here!” Then I was like “you didn’t tell me you were going to be here either!” We were both so excited and it was just incredible to be a part of that show and experience it with a friend.

Kasia Jujeczka

FW14 HIGHLIGHTS: Dior, Valentino, Acne, Lanvin, Jil Sander, Marni, Giles, Calvin Klein


MEMORABLE MOMENT: It was my first season, so there were so many moments I could talk about. I think the most memorable for me was opening Dior Haute Couture since that was the first show I’d ever done and there were people I worked with there who I will never forget. There is another one though – doing the Prada show on my birthday! That was the best gift I could ever ask for and when I got back to my hotel I found a bouquet of tulips from my mother agency in Poland and my agency in Milan. It was a very nice gift after a long, eventful day.

Vasilisa Pavlova

HOMETOWN: Saint Petersburg, Russia
FW14 HIGHLIGHTS: Dior, Lanvin, Valentino, Dries van Noten, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Lacoste


MEMORABLE MOMENT: My memorable moment was opening the Lacoste show because I didn’t know that I would be opening. I just found out backstage about an hour before the show – I’d never gotten to open that show before, especially a show that big with such a huge audience. That was really great – the whole New York fashion week for me was like that series SurvivorMan. Crossing all these snow mountains, dealing with the blizzard, the rain – it was a proper experience but we all survived!

May 12th, 2014 by models.com
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Dylan on the cover of Treats by Tony Duran

As the star of one of the moment’s most provocative covers, Dylan Penn is blazing a unique trail through the modeling industry. With her A-List pedigree (her parents are famed actors Sean Penn and Robin Wright) and a classic look it’s easy to see why Dylan is in high demand, but her extracurricular activities are what set her apart from the pack. Though she’s currently steaming it up in the pages of GQ, Elle and the ultra-sexy Treats Magazine, Dylan’s true passion lies with storytelling. We catch up with the white hot beauty to talk creative writing, strategic placement of Fendi bags and why she’s finally caught the acting bug.

What made you want to get into modeling?

DYLAN: I decided I didn’t want to be a pizza delivery girl anymore! Modeling was something that I thought would be a fun and exciting way to make some extra money while also giving me the opportunity to travel all over the world. I’m so grateful to David Todd and his team from DT Model Management (Los Angeles) that has supported me from day one and understands that although I’ve taken most modeling jobs for the funds it provides, I haven’t jumped to just taking anything that comes my way.

What was the shoot for Treats like?

DYLAN: It was a new and different experience. I’ve always been very comfortable in my skin but it taught me how to feel confident while being in the moment. There was no worrying about how the clothes looked, the only thing I had to concern myself with was the position of the Fendi purse and trying to show strength in being “being in my skin” or, in other terms, basically nude.


Dylan by Tony Duran for Treats

Tell us a bit about your ambition to be a writer-director?

DYLAN: Writing has always been a passion of mine, I’ve always felt that it was something I was good at, something that I would always be proud of in terms of my work. After working for various writers, editing screenplays, I realized that I could never give my writing over to someone else to direct, hence my interest in directing.

Is there a particular type of project you’d like to create?

DYLAN: I’m extremely interested in family dysfunction, I find it highly entertaining, tragic, funny, and easily relatable for most audiences.


Dylan by Tony Duran for Treats

What has been your favorite career experience thus far?

DYLAN: After almost 20 years of consciously resisting acting I acted in my first film called Condemned; I never imagined I would have so much fun and learn so much about myself in such a short amount of time. I was also very lucky to have the opportunity to work with such talented and creative people who were an integral part of the project.

Any exciting projects coming up?

DYLAN: I have a new campaign coming out for Karen Millen in which I star in a short film along with other talented young women showcasing the new collection in a way that portrays women as strong individuals. I also have fashion editorials in this month’s Vogue Italia and Glamour Italia photographed by Michel Comte (Walter Schupfer Management), as well as editorials in two major fashion magazines that I am honored to be a part of. Those issues will be out this August! Keep your eyes peeled!

May 9th, 2014 by stephan
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Standing at the forefront of the digital new wave, frequent Models.com contributors Santiago & Mauricio Sierra share with us an exclusive teaser of their latest project, Moving Forward: “A Snapshot into Image Making”, a personal commentary on digital iconography launching May 12 2014 on What’s Contemporary and on Instagram at @santiagoandmauricio

Santiago and Mauricio are self-described image makers. Their images are studies questioning primal corporeality in hyper-modernity. They address these dichotomies by augmenting perceptual and sensorial experiences with digital and temporal manipulation. It is their poetic gesture that articulates possible paradigmatic shift of the gaze.

In the past year, the image or / and the photograph have been a focal point. From Paris Photo questioning whether the medium of photography should be included in the FIAC, the contemporary art fair, to the International Center of Photography recently asking: “What is a photograph”, it has become apparent that the seamless integration of imaging in the vernacular has destabilized the meaning of the photograph.

Digital iconography has become so pervasive that commercial brands are launching their most recent collaboration through Instagram and then subsequently appearing in traditional media. This trend speaks volumes on how we are consuming content, across platforms with different audiences. The question of how iconography exists in various cultural and technological eco-systems leaves us saturated, yet constantly wanting more. Image addiction has become a collective condition for which we are craving a contemplative refuge. Santiago and Mauricio’s methodology, offers a small rupture, a reminder of the processes of image making and capturing.

- Text by Saulo Madrid

May 8th, 2014 by Janelle
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Langley Fox & Sean O’Pry / All Images Courtesy Ferragmo – Credit Billy Farrell / Billy Farrell Agency

Salvatore Ferragamo ranks among fashion’s most storied labels, so when they have a celebration you can bet the A-List will be in attendance. Models, muses, editors and assorted glitterati turned out this week for a private dinner in honor of the latest addition to Ferragamo’s handbag line. The FIAMMA bag, an elegant carryall that merges form and function into one package was ushered in with a private dinner and accompanying film series. The well heeled guests enjoyed an evening of cocktails, fine dining and a cinematic introduction to a chic new classic.


Franca Sozzani


Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis & Harry Brant


Alexandra Richards & Martha Hunt


Lily Aldridge


Anne Vyalitsyna


James Ferragamo & Ferruccio Ferragamo


Karolina Kurkova


Giovanna Battaglia


Jessica Joffe


Garrett Neff


Lauren Remington Platt


The Fiamma in all its incarnations

May 7th, 2014 by models.com
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Of the top men’s magazines to come out of Asia, GQ Style China and GQ China has consistently stood out from the rest with its art direction and super cool choices in photographers, stylists and models. One of the main reasons has been the fashion director for both magazines, Dan Cui. MDC’s Felix Chang chats to Dan about his origins, his insights on the Chinese market and gives us some behind the scenes shots from the new issue out right now. (For our Chinese audience, Dan’s interview is below the images. 中文读者们,Dan Cui专访内容的中文版本於图片之下。)

Portraits courtesy of Dan Cui for models.com.

Where are you from?

I majored in Theater Costume Design in Shanghai Theater Academy. After that, I went to ESMOD in Paris to pursue advanced studies in ready-to-wear design. I decided to come back to China in 2005. I have been in the fashion industry for over eight years now.

How did you get into fashion?

When I first came back to China, the fashion design industry of China was still undeveloped, and there were barely any platforms built for independent designers to show their work. Therefore, I chose not to become a designer but took a chance, referred by a friend, to interview for a fashion editor position for Marie Claire China. I always had a fancy for the fashion media industry, and I always liked and thought about magazines since I was little. On top of that, I was curious about how to make fashion visuals, and I liked articles and critiques of the fashion industry. Because of my passion for fashion, I nailed the interview and got my first job in this industry. After three years of hard work and a little bit of luck, I was promoted to be the fashion director. At the same time, GQ was launching its first issue in China. I decided to take a chance and entered the media sector of men’s wear.

Who are your favorite designers?

I started out being obsessed with Comme des Garçons, Viktor & Rolf, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen and Martin Margiela. I have since then come to equally appreciate Dries Van Noten, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Miuccia Prada, Alber Elbaz, Raf Simons, Phoebe Philo and Thom Browne. I have many favorites. Often times I have to look at designs for the magazine with an unbiased eye. I think it depends on each particular season. I recently fell in love with another designer, Alexandre Mattiussi, and we feature him in this issue’s designer interview.

In every issue of GQ Style China, there are a few new Chinese faces that the magazine features heavily. How do you select those new faces? What criteria are you looking for in those models?

I think this is an exciting thing to do, but it’s a bit difficult at the same time. I always had an expectation for the Chinese youth to bring different faces and spirits to the game. However, most Chinese young people are still taught to be the “same” as everyone else. This comes from the pressure at home and in the society. This makes it hard to find new faces with unique characteristics and personalities. Plus the fact that the modeling industry in China is quite monotone, and most of the agencies are not willing, or have no authority to make the current condition of Chinese models more organized. I also think there are not enough good judges of talents. Even if they have found great models, they don’t know how to make the good models “stars”. And these talents will transfer to a foreign agency, which makes the Chinese agencies keep doing “passive” management. Therefore, when I find a new face, I am always excited to help them find recognition. I think I have a good talent in selecting models and through different means of styling, backed up by various kinds of shoots to create different feelings about particular models. And that model at that time should only belong to GQ. I select these better models mainly by castings. For selecting models for GQ Style, I tend to choose new faces that haven’t been over exposed. I start with one particular style to match his unique personality. There are quite a lot interesting stories behind the method of styling and selecting the right models. The last few castings have given me some hope in the Chinese modeling industry as I saw more boys born after the 90s had different characteristics and spirits.

Chinese fashion and fashion magazines are moving forward faster than ever. As the fashion director of GQ Style China, what is the magazine’s perspective and what kind of role does the magazine play in men’s fashion in China?

GQ Style China obviously mainly translates Chinese trends, but it also grasps international perspectives and has always acted as a leader in the industry in China. The magazine constantly attempts to find new ideas and talents from within, since China has so many rich resources. GQ Style China has kept close ties to its Chinese roots while fulfilling its responsibilities as an international fashion media brand.

Give us some behind the scenes tidbits about the current issue of GQ Style?

For this issue, we used a cover introducing rising young face, Jeremy Wu. For this issue, we worked with Armani as one of the key brands of this issue. Jeremy was the very lucky new face chosen by Mr. Armani himself, and is on the printed cover of this issue. Another great new face is Jin Dachuan who made his debut in Europe in the Prada show last June. Since then, he walked for Prada again as well as Louis Vuitton, Kenzo, Jil Sander, Bottega Veneta, and Roberto Cavalli. This has made him one of the most brilliant Asian faces to recently emerge onto the market.

Our cover shoot took place in Melbourne, a nice sunny city in the south globe. We combined fashion with a sporty theme to translate different characteristics and spirits of urban young people.

Another highlight of this issue includes our fashion feature shoots named The Sexy Ones. We featured Liao Fan, the new best actor of the Berlin Film Festival, Zhu Zhu and Zhou Dongyu, two famous actresses in China and glamourous faces of different industries in China to combine the Chinese way of “sex appeal” with fashion.

We also invited Anders Solvsten Thomsen, the Fashion Director of Love and new vigorous photographer Felix Cooper to present us an edgy grooming story, Men in Canvas. They used a sophisticated method that illustrates how the attitudes of young artists are timeless.

In addition, photographer Marcelo Krasilcic (Serlin Associates) and stylist Haidee Findlay-Levin, who have been working with us for a long time, created a fun fashion well story that focuses on the color of clothes.

Chinese Photographer Fan Xin has contributed an editorial with a powerful and unconstrained style of pictures that transmit the unruly spirit of young people in the surroundings of different luster and textures.

We also worked with Photographer Li Zi to achieve a fashion story named Spoiled. This story created a contrast between the coquetry of flashing materials and the quietness of masculinity.

Photographer Trunk Xu locked his camera lens on the new rising British band Coastal Cities and recorded one day of their lives. Members in the band, Sean Semmens and Declan Cullen, walked recently for Hedi Slimane in Saint Laurent.

All behind the scenes images of GQ Style China S/S 14 below, courtesy of Dan Cui.

Jeremy Wu by Yuan Gui Mei, cover shoot

Yuan Gui Mei shoot: Behind the scenes


Yuan Gui Mei shoot: From the issue


Trunk Xu shoot: Behind the scenes

Trunk Xu shoot: From the issue

Blair Getz Mezibov shoot: Behind the scenes

Blair Getz Mezibov shoot: From the issue

Li Qi shoot: Behind the scenes with the Luu Brothers

Li Qi shoot: From the issue with Hao Yun Xiang on left

1. 告诉我们关於你的背景。


2. 你是如何进入时尚圈?

我回国开始从业的时候,中国的时装设计行业且处于发展非常初期,并没有成熟的形态露出,也甚少独立设计师的发展平台及空间,所以我并没有选择涉入设计行业。恰巧的一个机会,朋友介绍去《Marie Claire》面试时装编辑,本着对时装媒 体行业的憧憬,自幼又喜欢琢磨杂志细微末节,好奇时装视觉的形成来由,以及喜欢文字和评论性等等多样的期许,我顺利成章地面试成功。经由努力和好的机会,入职第三年被提拔为时装总监,这时GQ China计划创刊,经过长时间的考虑,我决定再做挑战,进入了男装媒体的领域。

3. 你最喜爱的设计师有哪些?

曾经着迷于Comme des Garcons 和Viktor & Rolf、John Galliano、Jean Paul Gaultier、Alexander McQueen、Martin Margiela等等,后又一样欣赏Dries Van Noten、Nicolas Ghesquiere、Miuccia Prada、Alber Elbaz、Raf Simons、Phoebe Philo、Thom Browne等。可能也是从事本行业的缘故,心头好比较多,不再存在单一偶像,时时会拿辩证与冷静的眼光去看待,更多只能以某设计师当季状态为判断吧。最近又有新喜好Alexandre Mattiussi,所以本期GQ Style还找到他做了采访。

4.在每一期的GQ Style China里,总是有少数中国新面孔男模被重用在杂志内页大片及封面,你是如何选择这些男模?在你眼中他们需要具备什麽样的条件?

其实是一件令人兴奋但同时苦恼的事情,我一直在期待中国新一代的年轻人会带来不同的面貌与气息,我们当前年轻人大部分都还是从一个诉求大同的时代走来,家庭教育,社会环境等等条件使得个性符号非常缺失,或者是个性表达不充分,再加上行业环境层次比较单调,大部分经纪公司并没有非常自主性,或者是说没有权威度来梳理中国的模特状况,或者是说缺少伯乐,即便偶尔挖掘到宝物,却不知道如何收藏维护,使之发光,只能拱手送给国外的经纪公司,自己推却到被动性经纪。所以当我发现一个新的面孔,注定是非常兴奋地想要找到认同,当然我也对自己在模特上选择的口味有“莫名天生”的自信。通过造型手段,通过一整本杂志的不同风格的拍摄手段和造型手段,以及各种强调的方法,让大家知道这个人,当然这个人在那一时段只属于GQ,选择他们大部分还是经纪公司前来面试,从一堆 人里面挑出相对好的。对于GQ Style的选择,我一般是选择没有过什么曝光的新面孔,然后从一个特定造型入手是非常对的,或者是说他的个性非常鲜明,但是塑造手法以及如何背后选择有很多有趣的故事,多是各种机缘巧合。当然,从最近的很多casting来看,我倒是看到了更多希望,当下的90后年轻人倒 是越来越多的个性表达,不同面目出来。

5. 中国时尚和杂志正以飞快的速度在进步。身为GQ Style China的时装总监,可否與我们分享这本杂志的视角理念和其在中国男装界所扮演的角色?

GQ Style China大部分采用本土力量,但同时把握国际视角,一直在中国担任着行业引领者的角色,用丰厚的资源和强有力的表达方式不断在挖掘中国的新生力 量,不仅仅是模特,还有艺术家、演员,以及所有具有鲜明个性的社会角色,一 直坚守着最出色的本土化道路,也履行着作为一个时装媒体的责任。

6. 关於這一期的GQ Style China有哪些是读者们可以特别期待的?

首先,GQ Style与Emporio Armani的合作当属亮点,由Mr Armani钦点一位面孔成为GQ Style的封面模特,这也是让我们非常兴奋的一次合作。Jeremy Wu成为这个幸运儿。另一位值得注目的是从Prada的秀场走出来的金大川,从去年春夏Prada秀场的第一次亮相开始,包括Prada、Louis Vuitton、Kenzo、Jil Sander、Bottega Veneta、Roberto Cavalli等等一线品牌的亮相,使金大川成为当前男装领域最瞩目的亚洲新面孔。封面拍摄是于南半球的墨尔本为场地,以运动化的时装姿态诠释了众多带有阳光气息的不同年轻人面貌。亮点还包括以中国式性感为命题的专题拍摄,集结了包括新科柏林影帝廖凡、当红性感明星朱珠、演员周冬雨等等各个领域的中国出色面孔,以中国式的性感手段来表达当季时装的新意。本期还邀来Love的时装总监Anders Sølvsten Thomsen与新锐摄影师Felix Cooper亲自操刀创作的一组《画中人》,以极致的手法演绎了跨越年代、跨越性别的艺术少年。另外长期与GQ Style合作的摄影师Marcelo Krasilcic和造型师Haidee-Findlay Levin打造了色彩衣装的趣味大片。中国摄影师范欣贡献了天马行空的新青年画面,在当今纸醉金迷的各式质感光泽中表达了年轻人不羁的面目。摄影师栗子也在巴黎操作了一组《骄傲》的时装大片,将媚态的闪光材质与静谧的男性化气质对比成趣。摄影师Trunk Xu的镜头锁定了伦敦的新晋当红乐队Coastal Cities,记录了他们的一日,其中的Sean Semmens和Declan Cullen曾为Hedi Slimane的SaintLaurent走秀。

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