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October 20th, 2014 by models.com
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You might know Jeremy Kost (Jed Root) from his photographic collages, from his heavily-trafficked Instagram, or his signature hairstyle, but you definitely don’t know him from his latest work, a lush, powerful selection of multiple-exposure Polaroids now making their first appearance collected in his latest book, Fractured, out later this month. The new images, which blend Kost’s signature masculine nudes with gentle landscapes and harsh neon signage, have been edited down from a nearly four thousand photographs he took over the last three years as part of this secret project, which marks an audacious and bold step forward in his artistic development. The images are explicit, yes, but also intimate and raw, a byproduct of his mix of recognizable names like Garrett Neff (who contributes a personal foreword), Chad White, James Lasky, and Seth Kuhlmann with undiscovered guys cast from Instagram. In an exclusive interview with Models.com, Kost opens up about his aesthetics, his process, and the very personal meaning of his new body of work. (Interview by Jonathan Shia)

Kost will be signing copies of Fractured tomorrow at Bookmarc in New York.

MDC: How did you come up with the idea of doing multiple exposures?

Jeremy Kost: It really happened by mistake. Maybe three years ago, a Polaroid got stuck in the camera in the studio and I made the next frame immediately over it and serendipitously came up with this layered, beautiful image that I was really excited about. I started playing around and figuring out the process and how it worked and how to really push that process. As evident in the collages and different bodies of work that I’ve done, I’m really interested in pushing the Polaroid medium beyond what I’ve been doing from day one. That’s really where it started, and that’s part of the impetus for where it’s gone.

In the end, I’ve always thought about myself as an artist and not a fashion photographer. I never wanted to be a fashion photographer, and I get bored really easily. I can’t shoot in my apartment anymore because I’ve shot it to death, I can’t shoot in a studio because a white wall to me is completely uninteresting. So when that happenstance came about, it opened up a whole new world of possibility for me to reinterpret all those things that had been monotonous before. All these locations that I felt like I’d shot to death, all of a sudden, had a whole new life. It was really exciting, and I felt like people have done multiple-exposed images for years, but I’d never seen it done coherently as a body of work. So for me it felt like I could do something that was really fresh and was uncharted territory in a way.

MDC: Where did the title come from?

JK: Coming up with a title is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. We went back and forth with this one, and finally I landed on Fractured, which for me represents a lot of different things. First, it’s a really aggressive word, this aggressive, hyper-masculine sense of breaking. In a sense, it goes back to this idea of fractured dreams, fractured memories, fractured desires, fractured hopes, lust, whatever. At three o’clock in the morning, I could be the most inappropriate person on earth, but when I’m working, I’m really working. My hands are to myself, my comments are to myself, I’m hyper professional. As a result, the art really becomes about these fractured desires and this fractured distance. It becomes the closest I’m going to have to that interaction physically, for all intents and purposes. Specifically, it’s really about this identity of a broken facade, these disjointed memories, these disjointed desires, in a very visceral way.

Shayne Davis (IMG)

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MDC: How do you hope this new project changes the perceptions people have of you and your work?

JK: I hope that they start to see it as art, and not just pictures of dudes. The male as a subject for me has a lot of personal layering to it, both having been 250 pounds and closeted growing up in Texas, having been in denial to myself until after college, and then continuing to grow as who I am. I still have massive body issues and probably will until the day I die, no matter if I have a body like Garrett’s or I continue to struggle. Hopefully, when people look at this work and read the corresponding text in the book, they can perceive that there’s more to the work than simply what’s on the surface and that there are all these conceptual underpinnings that have nothing to do with the fact that it’s this beautiful naked guy, and that there’s more to it from both a conceptual place and a place of intimacy as a constructed image.

MDC: Speaking of Garrett, why did you pick him to write the foreword?

JK: He and I have known each other for seven years now. We met when we were both were starting out in our various lives, but we have maintained our friendship and have collaborated on a number of projects over the last couple of years. In my first book, the director of the Andy Warhol Museum wrote a text, and then Ladyfag wrote a piece, so I thought it was interesting to have somebody who was writing with a more critical perspective, and then somebody who’s in the work and has a more popular perspective. In the end, Garrett has a pretty decent portion of the book, and he’s also in some of the more personal images. Glenn O’Brien and Franklin Sirmans, who’s a curator at LACMA, also contributed texts, so it was nice to have three straight men writing about the work.

Zach Boyers (Two Management)

MDC: What was the casting process like? What were you looking for in the guys you selected?

JK: When I first started shooting guys in 2001, most of them were dudes whom I met in a bar or wanted to sleep with or whatever, but when I decided to start doing more, I started finding guys through Manhunt and MySpace and all these alternative casting sources. I have a very specific casting æsthetic, it’s very much the Bruce Weber boy next door. As I’ve been working more and more with agencies, I’ve lost some of that thing where it’s just two people making art, without a third person’s opinion or somebody flipping out or any sort of drama. It’s just two people making shit that they’re both excited to make and are both comfortable making. That’s preface to the question, but a lot of the guys come through Instagram. Some contacted me out of nowhere, most of them I contacted, but I really love using Instagram as a casting vehicle, because you can find exceptionally beautiful guys that don’t have the baggage and also, frankly, aren’t show ponies. They’re not trained, so actually you end up getting a more honest image rather than a character, which I think is really interesting too. Everyone that I shoot, we have a conversation about the work and the expectations. I tell them I’m going to make pictures that they can use for Instagram or whatever, but the art, the nude stuff, stays off websites until it’s in a more sophisticated context. I have that same conversation whether you’re with IMG or whether you’re from Instagram. For me, that consistency and transparency is super, super, super important, and what I try to do is lay everything out so that everyone involved can make an educated decision about whether it’s right for them.

MDC: How did the works with the neon signs come about?

JK: I made the first one about a year ago. I snapped a “We Buy Gold” sign on the Lower East Side and then I layered it with a guy I was shooting, thinking, “Maybe this could work.” It was a pure experiment, and it totally worked, and before I knew it, I started looking at text and language and seeing it everywhere. I like the contrast of these guys in these largely rural places with the neon, which is largely urban in context. I think that push and pull is really interesting, and it also asks the question of what it means to take language out of context. Some of it’s meant to be a bit funny, some of it’s meant to be a bit sexual. I’m really excited about them. There’s such a rich history of language in contemporary art, so it sort of has a dialogue with Jack Pierson and Bruce Naumann and Barbara Kruger, some artists that I really respect.

MDC: Some people might classify your work as having a “gay” æsthetic. What is your response to that categorization?

JK: Look, any time there’s a naked guy, it’s considered homoerotic, whether it’s made by a straight man, a woman, or a gay man. Everybody wants to put things in a box so that they can understand them. Fine, I’m not offended by it. If you want to put it in that box, by all means. I certainly don’t make it with that intention. Sure, it’s about the male gaze, there are equal parts desire and lust as well, but there’s a lot more to it about identity, facades, physicality, transformation, all those things that, for me, are equally important, if not more important, than the desire aspect of it. So if that’s how somebody wants to perceive it, I’m not offended. It’s not how I look at it, but it is what it is. So long as somebody’s considering the work, that’s what’s most important to me.

James Lasky

October 17th, 2014 by models.com
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Alexander Wang x H&M Fashion Show from models.com on Vimeo.

If there is one designer in New York who knows how to throw a party it is Alexander Wang so when the king of downtown paired up with H&M they couldn’t launch their collaboration with a simple cocktail party. Bigger is better and Wang took the fashion set way uptown to Armory on the Hudson for a larger than life bash. The track & field complex was transformed into a sport-chic venue for the athletic influenced collection that debuted with a top model filled fashion show. If that isn’t enough excitement for you Wang had one more surprise under his sleeve, the return of hip hop icon Missy Elliot to the stage for a special concert. Watch the show above and take a look at the gorgeous faces on the runway and in the front row as you get ready for the collection to hit stores November 6th.


Brian Shimansky / Image Credit Randy Brooke / Stringer / Getty Images


Constance Jablonski / Image Credit Randy Brooke / Stringer / Getty Images


Tyson Beckford / Image Credit Randy Brooke / Stringer / Getty Images


Models strutting down the Armory during the show’s finale / Image Credit Randy Brooke / Stringer / Getty Images


Natasha Poly and Joan Smalls lead the pack / Image Credit Randy Brooke / Stringer / Getty Images


High flying acrobatics courtesy of parkour performers / Image Credit Randy Brooke / Stringer / Getty Images


Missy Elliott / Courtesy Image


Mary J Blige / Courtesy Image


Margareta Van Den Bosch & Alexander Wang / Courtesy Image


Kate Mara / Courtesy Image


Jessica Chastain / Courtesy Image


Justin Theroux / Courtesy Image


Dakota Fanning, Eddie Redmayne, Kate Mara / Courtesy Image


Dakota Fanning / Courtesy Image


Alexander Wang & Solange Knowles (Next Models NY) / Courtesy Image


Missy Elliott’s surprise performance thrilled the audience / Courtesy Image


Missy Elliott / Courtesy Image


October 16th, 2014 by Janelle
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In keeping with her habit of doing about 10x more than the average human, cat about town Choupette Lagerfeld launches her beauty collection with Shu Uemura this week / STYLE.COM

Perfume oils rise in prominence with lines like Malin & Goetz, Diptyque, Tom Ford and Byredo all jumping on the scented oil bandwagon / NY TIMES

In NYC? Need a beauty fix? Newly launched beauty label, Glossier’s pop up shop is at 123 Lafayette Street from now until November, stop in and get your beauty fix! / INTO THE GLOSS

Business of Fashion explores the branding strategy of Sephora, detailing the creation of Marc Jacobs’ beauty line and what LVMH has in store for beauty next / BOF

Ever wonder how zombies look so cute? Probably not but Allure’s rundown of makeup secrets from the set of The Walking Dead is downright fascinating and just in time for Halloween! / ALLURE

Everyone’s favorite model turned media mogul, Tyra Banks is branching into beauty with her eponymous line, TYRA, she speaks to the Daily News about her brand’s unique concept and her entrepreneurial spirit.

Fresh from the publication of her new book, How to Be Parisian Caroline de Maigret shares her makeup routine and why she thinks American’s are in love with the idea of Parisian beauty. / THE CUT

October 15th, 2014 by models.com
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Directed by Kloss Films starring Sean O’Pry

October 14th, 2014 by Janelle
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Karl Lagerfeld, Gisele Bundchen & Baz Luhrman at the Chanel Dinner Celebrating Baz Luhrman / All Images credit Joe Schildhorn / Billy Farrell Agency

Gisele + Chanel – a match made in heaven and the perfect combination to extol the virtues of the label’s classic No. 5 fragrance. Last night Karl Lagerfeld and crew gathered to celebrate director, Baz Luhrman a frequent collaborator and the mind behind Chanel’s latest film, “You’re the One that I Want.” Who better than the director of Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby to bring a bit of pomp and circumstance to the world of fashion film! Guests were treated to the film’s premiere as well as a performance by Lo-Fang who’s cover of the Grease classic You’re the One that I Want features throughout. Naturally the Chanel set came out in droves last night to pay tribute to Luhrman at the ultra-luxe private dinner, but with evening’s irresistible combination of Chanel, caviar and cinema who wouldn’t?


Karl Lagerfeld, Baz Luhrman & Catherine Martin at The Chanel Dinner Celebrating Baz Luhrman


Baz & Gisele Bundchen at The Chanel Dinner Celebrating Baz Luhrman


Soo Joo Park at The Chanel Dinner Celebrating Baz Luhrman


Peter Brant & Harry Brant at The Chanel Dinner Celebrating Baz Luhrman


Vanessa Traina (Management + Artists) at The Chanel Dinner Celebrating Baz Luhrman


Karlie Kloss at The Chanel Dinner Celebrating Baz Luhrman


Jamie Bochert at The Chanel Dinner Celebrating Baz Luhrman


Pauline Hoarau & JiHye Park


Toni Garrn at The Chanel Dinner Celebrating Baz Luhrman


Lexi Boling at The Chanel Dinner Celebrating Baz Luhrman


Ming Xi at The Chanel Dinner Celebrating Baz Luhrman


Gigi Hadid at The Chanel Dinner Celebrating Baz Luhrman


Lily Aldridge at The Chanel Dinner Celebrating Baz Luhrman


Leigh Lezark at The Chanel Dinner Celebrating Baz Luhrman


Poppy Delevingne at The Chanel Dinner Celebrating Baz Luhrman


Julia Restoin-Roitfeld


Nadja Bender at The Chanel Dinner Celebrating Baz Luhrman


Catherine McNeil at The Chanel Dinner Celebrating Baz Luhrman


Sunghee Kim at The Chanel Dinner Celebrating Baz Luhrman


Giovanna Battaglia


Sigrid Agren at The Chanel Dinner Celebrating Baz Luhrman


Lily Allen (The Society Management) at The Chanel Dinner Celebrating Baz Luhrman


Caroline de Maigret at The Chanel Dinner Celebrating Baz Luhrman


Lily Donaldson at The Chanel Dinner Celebrating Baz Luhrman

October 8th, 2014 by Janelle
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Xiao Wen Ju by Brayden Olson for Glossier

Into the Gloss has long been an essential read for anyone interested in beauty, but with the launch of brand Glossier founder and CEO Emily Weiss pushes into exciting new territory. With an innovative take on the business of beauty and an accessible aesthetic guaranteed to appeal to the internet generation, Glossier emerges as a refreshing new force in beauty. With this week’s launch of the Phase 1 Set – a skincare meets color cosmetics combo of facial balm, tint, mist and priming moisturizer – Glossier is set to shake things up.

JO: What made you want to start Glossier?

EW: I think it was sort of a natural evolution. I wanted to go deeper. Into the Gloss is about exploration and learning. Hopefully it is me acting as sort of, a lightning rod for information ranging from our readers to people who I interview. I think Glossier was really born out of that. It’s sort of a response to women’s needs today both from a conceptual point of view in terms of the products we’re making and also in a distribution point of view because we’re selling online. So, it’s hopefully a really modern brand and it’s a brand that’s really born of the internet.

JO: When you first decided to create product did you base things reader feedback or did you set out to craft the products you were looking for personally?

EW: I think it was really more about what I was looking for and I don’t think that I’m that unusual! I’m a fan and I’ve always categorized myself as that. I’m a fan of makeup artists and a fan of models. I’m a fan of photographers and I’m a fan of women in general. I think I’ve always just sort of listened to my gut. Even just how do I feel in terms of being someone four years ago in my mid twenties, how am I feeling as someone who is nearing thirty, and someone who has now lived in New York for a decade. I kind of just try to be present and I think that’s what Glossier is hopefully all about. It’s operating in the present and being okay with wherever you’re at.


Glossier’s Phase 1 Set / Photo by Raymond Meier

JO: Tell me a bit about the products themselves, I know it all starts with a set.

EW: Yes! Well, I really was trying to think of Glossier as starting from the beginning. It’s all about rebirth and really putting thought behind what you’re using and why and when and how. Into the Gloss is really great about asking those questions, so how we came up with our product development strategy for Glossier is very much about starting from the ground up and rethinking beauty and rethinking what you need/how you use products in tandem with each other and alone.

I think rather than deciding that we were going to launch a complete line of… 50 colors of that and 30 colors of this… 5 different mascaras… all of these different offerings that traditionally beauty brands will roll out, we wanted to do it a lot smaller. Both on a conceptual point of view because I think it’s important to start with a great canvas. That’s something I’ve definitely learned over the years from all of the women I interviewed. With makeup artists, witnessing how their process works, models off duty and products they usually reach for.

Also because we’re a brand new company, right? It started in a really similar way to Into the Gloss with mood boarding and then the big difference is that product development is very complicated. It’s really a serious endeavor, so that’s something we invested a lot of time and energy into. Especially in hiring the product developer from MAC who has been there for a decade and working with a world class chemist. All of our partners came together to make this happen, it’s been pretty wild.


Adesuwa Aighewi by Brayden Olson for Glossier


The Priming Moisturizer / Photo by Raymond Meier

Speaking of which, tell us a bit more about the incredible team that you put together!

EW: Of course! Well, there’s Alexis who is really world-class, again product developer for Mac for a decade and worked on collaborations at MAC ranging from Heatherette back in the day to Rihanna.

JO: Oh god, you’re taking me back with the Heatherette thing.

EW: Haha, yeah! You’ll see evidence of that and in terms of in house we have a fantastic graphic designer from Bumble and Bumble. We worked with a wonderful COO from Index Ventures and Stanford Business school who is really the business brain behind this and brings with him incredible savvy and insight with regards to e-commerce.

Also, our fantastic editorial team who continue to evolve Into the Gloss and also are creating content for gIRL Blog which is the blog associated with Glossier.

JO: What would you say is your favorite product from the line, I know it’s hard to choose, but if there’s something?

EW: It’s actually impossible to choose! The whole idea behind it, going back to this idea that it’s not about proliferation, it’s more about a pre-curated approach to product development which is pretty unique. For me, everything we’re putting out is a hero product in every sense of the word. We’ve spent a lot of time deciding and thinking about every element, from the packaging to the formulas and the colors… everything! They’re all meant to work together and you’re really building into your Glossier.


Coco Baudelle by Brayden Olson for Glossier

Photo by Raymond Meier

JO: The campaign looks phenomenal – how did you make the selection for that?

EW: All four of the Glossier girls who are Adesuwa, Xiao Wen, Coco, and and Annie who is our editorial director here, were chosen because of the free spirit they show on Instagram. In fact, when I met Adesuwa, it was because I found her on Instagram and I told her that. She was dying laughing saying, “Really? My Instagram is so ratchet!” I thought, “That’s exactly why I love it! You’re hired!”

In this day and age we’re so hung up with, and myself included, our internet personas. Each platform is sort of, who you want to be and what you want to show, what you want to reveal, how you want to sound. There’s a lot of editing that goes on and I think that all four of these girls really embrace the off moments and aren’t so much about posing or posturing, at least it doesn’t seem like it, that they’re not taking 30 pictures and picking the best one. It seems really just one picture and I think that’s really fresh.

Going back to girls right now and casting, I’ve always really loved models and I don’t even look at the portfolio these days, I just ask them for their Instagram handles! That’s who you’re really getting. More than ever you want to get to know their personality, you want to see what is their editorial voice, for lack of a better word, who are these girls? So, I’m super inspired by the realness or perceived realness of Instagram and getting more and more real. I think these four girls are pretty badass.

JO: What has been the most exciting part of this journey?

EW: I love building things and I always have. Yesterday was the launch and it’s really the beginning of a new chapter for us. What is unique to this company and this situation is that we’re building something that has never existed before. This is a beauty brand that is built online and inspired by digital. I think in that way, that’s been really exciting to think about how people want to be communicated with and how you communicate now, what is real?

Also what’s been really interesting to me is just collaborating with a team of people and with having a blog you can see immediate results. You can take pictures and write the copy and put up a post all by yourself if need be. With launching Glossier it’s a whole different ball game and it’s been a labor of love from not only our in house team but also our vendors and collaborators around the world from illustrators in Paris to chemists in California to warehouse in Connecticut, there are so many people that go into building it so that to me is really exciting.


Annie Kreighbaum by Brayden Olson for Glossier


Perfecting Skin Tint / Photo by Raymond Meier

October 8th, 2014 by Janelle
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Stephanie Seymour by Mario Sorrenti (Art Partner) for Estee Lauder

Cosmetics contracts are the crown jewels of a model’s portfolio and have become just as big a deal for the increasing number of actresses taking on the role of spokesperson. Though these high profile contracts represent a milestone for the recipients, beauty contracts typically go to women 35 and under; think 26 year old Freja Beha for Maybelline, or 24 year old Sui He as the face of Shiseido. Twenty-somethings serving as the face of major brands is nothing new, but the current drive for a more inclusive, representative vision of what beauty is- has resulted in a series of exciting appointments that challenge the industry’s obsession with youth.

The most recent women selected to represent beauty’s cutting edge lines have all been over 40. At 45 Stephanie Seymour joins Estee Lauder‘s illustrious line up with a special campaign befitting her supermodel status. Shot by Mario Sorrenti (Art Partner) the stylized ads reflect Seymour’s reputation as a bonafide beauty icon. When asked what led to Seymour’s selection, Estee’s global brand president, Jane Hertzmark Hudis nodded to her accomplishments in and out of fashion and ability to connect with modern women. Similarly when Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana selected supermodel Linda Evangelista as the face of Dolce & Gabbana beauty’s latest offerings the fashion crowd took notice. Models starring in ads is exciting but MAC Cosmetics took the movement one step further, enlisting Brooke Shields to collaborate on an expansive makeup collection inspired by the original full-browed beauty’s timeless appeal.

Celebrated actresses (and former models) Charlotte Rampling and Jessica Lange have gotten in on the game too, making headlines after being named the faces of NARS and Marc Jacobs Beauty respectively. While both women have been heralded for their enduring influence on fashion as a whole, this marks the first time either has headlined beauty ads. What this trend means in the long run remains to be seen, but it represents an encouraging step in the right direction.


Linda Evangelista by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott (Art Partner) for Dolce & Gabbana Beauty


Brooke Shields for MAC by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin


Jessica Lange by David Sims for Marc Jacobs


Charlotte Rampling for Nars Cosmetics by Francois Nars

October 7th, 2014 by models.com
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Vogue China Editor in Chief Angelica Cheung, Phillip Lim, & Kim Kollar, director of fashion and special projects for BLITZ

Phillip Lim’s ultra-chic collection of bags has been a favorite of fashionistas for years now, but for all the incredible variations Lim has made over the years the designer has never delved into exotics – until now. For the first time Lim has crafted his signature handbags out of crocodile as part of an exclusive collaboration with Blitz, Lane Crawford’s . The limited edition collection (fewer than 20 pieces globally) will be exclusively available at Lane Crawford so it makes sense that the superstore fêted Lim’s luxurious creations with an all-star bash at the Palais Royal’s Joyce Gallery in Paris. With top tier editors in attendance and an array of fashion superstars on hand Lim introduced the new collection to the world. Judging by the robust turnout and upbeat crowd the chic collection seems destined to sell out any moment now.


Ryder bag in crocodile


Elie Top & Catherine Baba


Caroline Issa and Phillip Lim


Anders Madsen, Phillip Lim, & Holly Shackleton


Mini-Ryder in Jade


Mini-Ryder in Black




Virginie Muys, Laetizia, Saubesty


Tiffany Godoy


T-Styles, Jason Rider, & Malina Joseph Gilchrist


Phillip Lim and bloggers


Leaf Greener


Lucien Pages, Jason Rider, & Malina Joseph Gilchrist


Holly Shackleton, Anders Madsen, & Marika Nanni



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