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January 31st, 2014 by models.com
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Designers: David Neville & Marcus Wainwright

New York Fashion Week got off to an early start of sorts on Tuesday, with a Rag & Bone men’s show that offered a clean, spot-on selection of contemporary classics with a bit of Fifties flair. Designers David Neville & Marcus Wainwright have pointed time and again to the twin lodestars of the tradition of English tailoring and the vibrant energy of New York street style as the dual starting points of their design process. For Fall 2014, that meant Félix Gesnouin’s high-waisted, pleated trousers paired with a soft work shirt, Laurie Harding‘s sturdy shearling coat, and Jacob Morton‘s pitch-perfect trench. There was a vintage appeal to the loose bowling shirts, like Race Imboden’s in bright pearl with a contrast collar, but the collection hit the young, urban, modern sweet spot that Rag & Bone has made so comfortably its own over the past few years. Neville and Wainwright eschewed the complicated backstories and overwrought “inspirations” of many other designers, instead turning out clothes that felt easy and were highly covetable. It would be hard to argue with perfectly precise pieces like Ian Sharp‘s cable-knit sweater or Jeroen Smits‘ sharp bomber jacket, even if they were perhaps not as adventurous as some of the label’s previous exercises. Still, as the guys—and a handful of girls—loped by the projected images and short videos of themselves all dressed up and looking ineffably at-home on the Meatpacking District’s busy side streets, it was easy to see why people keep returning to the brand for staples again and again.

Review by Jonathan Shia
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January 28th, 2014 by models.com
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Text by Jonathan Shia
Photos by Lea Colombo for Models.com
Model Sylvester Ulv Henriksen at Nathalie Models (Paris)
Styling by Rich Aybar
Style Assistant, Pascal Mihranian
Hair by Martin Christopher Harper
Makeup by Vichika Yorn
All clothing by Carven

If early indications are anything to go by, 2014 is going to be Carven‘s year. A standout Fall men’s show in Paris last week demonstrated a new side of designer Guillaume Henry, all rough edges and tough blacks, setting the stage for what is sure to be a whirlwind twelve months for the French house. The label first opened its doors in 1945 as a couture atelier under namesake founder Marie-Louise Carven, and designers have come and gone in the years since, but it was not until Henry took the reins in 2009 and made the shift to effervescent, quirky sportswear that editors and stylists began to show a renewed interest.

Henry, a veteran of Givenchy under Julien Macdonald and, later, Riccardo Tisci, brings a welcome charm and playfulness to his designs, like the colorful, whimsical designs for Spring seen here on the Hot List’s Sylvester Ulv Henriksen, shot exclusively for Models.com by Lea Colombo. Taking inspiration from the many artists who have flocked to the south of France to paint en plein air, Henry offered up a rich palette and strong shapes with a twist that will surely find many fans in the warmer months to come.

Those fans—at least those in the New York area—are now able to browse the rack’s at Carven’s first American shop, which opened in Soho last month. The new store, packed with small rooms lined with shimmering mirrors and a glowing red floor, has the sort of unique charisma one associates with the house. “When we started designing boutiques in 2010, I wanted them to look like a familiar place, nothing too intimidating or edgy,” Henry explains. “To be a place that you like without even realizing it, like a tube station, a café, or even a school. We tried to replicate what we do with our clothes in our boutique design, mixing common materials with richer elements.”

The store, which carries a selection of both men’s and womenswear, offers a spot of bright promise through the dead of winter, with its kicky, swirling, kaleidoscopic camouflage prints for the girls and crayon colors for the guys. As for the rest of the year, Henry is cagey about his plans, but promises a lot to come. “It is only the beginning,” he says. “2014 must be full of surprises.”

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January 24th, 2014 by Janelle
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Adriana Lima in Bibhu Mohapatra

Adriana’s gorgeous eyes are perfectly highlighted by this electric blue number which looks just out of an editorial. The attention grabbing dress has an elegant shape and eye-catching print that just screams supermodel.

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Erin Wasson

Erin Wasson has a history of showing up to awards shows in attention grabbing ensembles, but this year she eschewed the transparent and shredded in favor of a simple white shift. With center parted hair, minimal jewelry and a simple pair of black strappy sandals, Wasson was a picture of demure minimalism.

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Lydia Hearst in Cushnie et Ochs

The little black dress has never looked better than on Lydia! This simple Cushnie et Ochs number’s cutouts are in all the right places and create a look that is sexy but also sophisticated. Lydia pulls it all off perfectly, pairing the show-stopper dress with a suitably sleek gold clutch.

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Miranda Kerr in Emilio Pucci

The peekaboo trend continues with Miranda serving up just the right amount of skin on the red carpet post Golden Globes and giving those Hollywood stars a run for their money! No one works a thigh high slit quite like the sultry Ms. Kerr and this Pucci creation highlights her every curve.

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Naomi Campbell in Michael Kors

This silvery Kors number was nice  on the runway, but on the back of Naomi it becomes phenomenal. The skintight silhouette, the smoky eyeshadow, the perfect hair – it all works together perfectly to create a look that is just right for one of the world’s most glamorous women.

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January 23rd, 2014 by models.com
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Check out the latest street style from Europe on some of our favorite models and editors braving the cold, images by Melodie Jeng for Models.com

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January 21st, 2014 by models.com
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Images by Gianluca Santoro

The relationship between photographer and model is one of the most complex and interesting in fashion. With the proper exchange of inspiration and interaction great art can be created and in rare instances a truly dynamic relationship can be formed. One of fashion’s best loved image-makers will always be Helmut Newton, his sensual and evocative photographs continue to influence and his legacy looms large over the current generation of photographers. One of Newton’s most well known muses was Sylvia Gobbel, an enigmatic beauty with whom Newton shared a deep understanding and genuine rapport. In this special interview, Sylvia Gobbel looks back on her collaborations with one of photography’s masters and the enduring power of those now classic images.

When did you first work with Helmut Newton?

SYLVIA: The first time I worked with Helmut Newton was for French VOGUE for a haute couture shoot. We were four girls dressed in haute couture (YSL, Dior, Chanel) on the left page and we took the same picture for the right side, same position, but completely nude…That was a revolution, the first time that VOGUE published nudes….some people were shocked, others understood the meaning: strong women are as confident dressed or nude….

What was his process like as a photographer?

SYLVIA: Helmut was a perfectionist. He put you in a very strong position for the shoot and you didn’t have to move for hours. He always had a very fine sense for make-up, hair and styling. Make-up with dark shadowed eyes and red lips, always high heels for the style. He didn’t like suntanned skin, he preferred perfect light skin for his black and white pictures.

He always surrounded himself with a crew, that completely understood what he wanted. He had a great sense of humor and if something went wrong, he preferred to joke about it.

Why do you think the two of you worked so well together?

SYLVIA: Helmut and I had our mother language (German) in common; we also both spoke English and French together. He could direct me in those three languages and I understood immediately what he desired. There was never a misunderstanding between us. He also liked my way that I moved and expressed myself in front of the camera. He liked strong women, who knew what they wanted and never were an object for men and were rather… dominating men.

What would you say is Newton’s legacy today?

Helmut’s legacy today for photography and fashion, is what we call today “porno chic”. Sexy and strong women in fashion photography without being vulgar.

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What are some of your proudest accomplishments as a model?

SYLVIA: My proudest accomplishment as a model was the shooting for the AMICA campaign, “the seven deadly sins” where I had to express myself in seven different ways, almost like an actress. Helmut wanted to book for that shooting the Italian actress Ornella Muti or me. So that was the finest compliment someone could tell me….

What was your favorite shoot or image with Helmut?

SYLVIA: My favorite picture of me taken by Helmut is the nude in front of the mirror with June sitting in front of me, watching and Helmut reflecting himself in the mirror while taking the picture. If I would have to keep just one picture, I would keep that one.

Tell us a bit about some of the other great photographers you worked with – Guy Bourdin, Oliviero Toscani, Peter Lindbergh, etc.

SYLVIA: I had the chance to work with some of the best photographers in the world. Gianpaolo Barbieri who loved to work with me, he is a real gentleman and we shoot very sophisticated pictures where I was often made up as a movie star, looking like Rita Hayworth. Guy Bourdin, great photographer too, not very easy to work with because he was a little superstitious. He could send a girl home because she didn’t have the right star sign. Oliviero Toscani was very nice, we took pictures together quite often for French ELLE magazine, easy to work with. I also loved to work with Peter Lindbergh, who put another eye on me, less sophisticated, more natural. I had the chance to work here with Gianluca Santoro, who is a great photographer and sure one of the fastest “guns” in the business. he knows exactly what he wants and as soon as the picture is in the “box”, it’s done. No hesitations, no questionings, he’s got “the eye” of the photographer, no doubt about that.

January 20th, 2014 by models.com
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We’re loving the textured jackets and clever layering worn by the men at the F/W 2014 shows; designer, editors and models alike! Gentlemen, take note.

Images by Melodie Jeng for Models.com

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January 8th, 2014 by Janelle
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Photos Dag Bennstrom for Models.com

The start of a new year is always about change and some of our favorite catwalkers are reinventing themselves in exciting new ways. Since the start of her career Toni Garrn has epitomized classic beauty, but with her fresh haircut she showcases another side of her allure – edgy, fashion forward and completely modern. We caught up with the girl on the go to talk style evolutions, her red hot career and her plans for giving back.

The cut looks great – what made you want to switch things up?
TONI: Thank you, it’s still very new to me. I’ve washed it like twice and had one shoot since. It’s a little weird since I was always a long haired girl and this is like my first haircut ever but I like it. I like it most of all because it feels normal again. It was like a nest; so dirty and broken because of work. I had to cut it and then French Vogue was like great, we’ll do a story with you! I said, awesome, let’s do it… but the change still takes getting used to. It feels weird because I’m so used to having a built in scarf basically my whole life, but I love it.

Which hair stylist created the look?

TONI: Damien Boissinot, he’s a sweetheart. Gilles Bensimon shot the story and Damien cut the hair short. Damien got a manicure for the picture when we shot it.

You had a great year in 2013, but what made it special for you?

TONI: That I can keep it going and the job is just as exciting as it was 5 years ago is crazy to me. I work just as much but I have a little more time for fun things. I get to go to different events and I can be a little pickier, balance work with personal events too. Of course Victoria’s Secret was fun. I’m super strict for a whole month before that. I haven’t even shot with them or told them about this (hair) yet but I hope they like it.

 

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What can we look forward to in the upcoming year?

TONI: I guess more of me with short hair! I’ve been thinking about what kind of charity work I can get involved with. In Germany people approach me more and more because I help with different projects where I can. I’ve been thinking about getting my girls together here in New York to do a little something special. I’ve been talking to Karlie about this since we were started at 15. As a model you get so many things that are amazing and beautiful but you just don’t wear it because it’s too crazy or wild. Remember how Tao did that charity for the tsunami that hit Japan? She got all the girls together to donate clothes – I though that was such a great idea and I’d really like to organize something similar to that. It’s just one project and it might take up a lot of time in order to do it right, but I’ve talked to Anais, Karlie, Constance about getting together and doing something big. My closet is exploding!

How would you describe your style? 

T: It is very casual. I just got back two days ago from a ten city trip, so when I’m working and I’m on planes I just think, okay how am I going to be the most comfortable?  When I go out I dress “properly” but still very comfortably and simply. I guess that is very New York. For me my style is always more about accessories; shoes, bags, jewelry and then pair those with a simple basic like jeans.

That is very New York, keep it simple and then you have one key piece. And your new hair works with everything.

T: It does, I feel like I need more earrings now because this is so short!

 

December 19th, 2013 by Janelle
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The beginning stages of a model’s career are always an exciting time, but for some the story behind the debut is every bit as interesting as the debut itself. With her elegant beauty and engaging personality Riley M has emerged as one of the moment’s stars. Featuring in a Mert & Marcus helmed Givenchy campaign is an accomplishment by any standard, but it is even more impressive when it’s your very first booking. When speaking with the affable, Detroit native it’s easy to understand why she’s impressing insiders, but it’s her commitment to giving back that makes this newcomer truly special.

Givenchy Campaign looks amazing – what was that experience like?

It was surreal, it was my first job so it was just incredible. It was amazing to work with icons, people I’ve been researching and learning about since I started modeling.

I heard you went to college before starting modeling?

I have my associates degree and I want to get back into school; I just started on this journey so I’ll resume later on. I have plans for my future, I’d like to have my own business. I really want to have a platform so I can help others. I can’t just do the modeling for myself, I have brothers and I have sisters and I want to help them. I definitely have a purpose behind things.

That makes the work so much more valuable.

That’s why I have fun doing it. I’ve struggled all my life so it is nothing to struggle to get to where I want to be. I’m having the time of my life right now and it is crazy.

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What’s your favorite part of the job?

When I get in front of the camera, I can have fun and be somebody else. I was insecure when I was younger so it’s amazing to get to play another part and do the stuff I’ve always admired, things I’d watched and realize that I’m actually doing it. That is the most fun part for me.

You’re off to an incredible start, where you do see your career going?

I want to open a non-profit organization. I was in foster care when I was younger so I didn’t have the luxury of doing a lot of the things young girls get to do. I want to give back and have young girls come in and just feel good about themselves.

I’m not doing this just for the pretty pictures, or so I can get nice clothes. I’d like to show people that you can do something with your life, no matter what you’ve been through you can still be somebody. I want to give back to them and give them what I didn’t have. We can show young girls that they can just go for it – live their dreams and not worry about what obstacles society puts up. Don’t let anything hold you back. What I’m doing nobody believed it would happen, but I’ve gotten this far. Even though I’m at the beginning of my career, I feel so motivated. When people tell me that I’ve inspired them it makes me feel so good, because I’ve only started and I want to keep going to give them something to really admire me for.

Who did you look up to growing up?

I didn’t see myself being a model at first, I wanted to be a singer. I used to love music, my mom would play Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, Barry White, Whitney Houston – I’ve been listening to that music since I was a baby. After Whitney Houston passed away I lost a little of my passion for it – I had always dreamed that I would sing for her one day. I still love music, but I don’t really see myself doing that. Modeling is what I think about every day and I dedicate myself to it. Sometimes I just look through magazines to learn and study what is going on in the fashion. Instead of writing songs, I really try to perfect what I’m doing as a model – it’s become my passion.

Speaking of which, did you get to meet Erykah Badu during the Givenchy shoot?

Oh my gosh, I met her and she was so nice. She was making little jokes on set and I would hear her singing while she was there and mind you, I had grown up listening to her so it was just a wow moment. My mother would always play her music, she was just obsessed with Erykah Badu and I know she’s smiling down looking and saying “my baby is with Erykah Badu.”

December 13th, 2013 by Kristen Bolt
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Eric Ramos, Request Model Management NY is no stranger to the streets of NY. Before he started modeling he was a break dancer earning his money by performing in places like Central Park and Times Square. Fast forward a year and Eric is walking the runway for Givenchy, demonstrating a little street cred goes a long way. See below as Eric shows off some of his non-modeling moves.

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Music: Ramdom Shit by Dam! Beer

How were you discovered?

I was approached as I was performing on 14st union sq with my crew.

If we were to find you break dancing in NY where would it be?

If you want to find me break dancing in NYC come to Central Park, Battery Park, or 42st Times Sq.

Has the world of break dancing style influenced your own?

Break dancing actually saved me from many things, it is a way of expressing myself and I found my personality as I learned new moves. It was exciting to show my friends that I was a fast learner and extremely flexible- some said I have an old soul. But it wasn’t easy- took a lot of practice, effort and dedication, as I got better I realized this is my passion.

What rules of break dancing do you apply to modeling?

When I started modeling I had the idea that this should be a piece of cake, because I already knew how to move my body, face, chin down as photographers say. But it wasn’t that easy. I noticed when I became better at dancing how much time and patience it took, I said to myself maybe it’s the same thing as dancing. I just have to be patient and not forget where I came from cause that’ll separate me from the others.

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