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November 11th, 2013 by Janelle
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Photos courtesy Vs. Magazine

Size remains an divisive issue within the world of fashion, but photographer Kenneth Willardt (Exposure NY) turns the debate on its head with an impressive new exhibition ‘Size Does Matter’ at Chelsea’s 558 Gallery. The exhibit featuring a series of nudes of Robyn Lawley offers an elegant, sensual and visually enticing representation of the female form. With richly saturated images and a touch of humor, Willardt challenges conventions while creating photos that are intrinsically tied to the tradition of haute fashion nudes. As always, Lawley is a dynamic presence in front of the camera, managing to look seductive even when covered in fluffy bunnies, or posing with an owl perched on her wrist.

Take a look at the images from the opening night event and See Size Does Matter from November 8 – December 8, 2013 at 558 Gallery – West 21st Street, New York, NY 10011

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Robyn Lawley and Kenneth Willardt (Exposure NY)

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Robyn Lawley in front of one of Willardt’s portraits

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Emily DiDonato and Robyn

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It isn’t a party without Scott Lipps

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The beautiful Candice Huffine

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November 8th, 2013 by Janelle
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Calvin Klein SS/14 Images by Betty Sze for Models.com

Though the line is known for its expressive minimalism, the Calvin Klein aesthetic has long been embraced by the street. Perhaps that is why designer, Kevin Carrigan looked towards metropolitian influences for Spring, crafting collections united by their youthful sensibility and crisp feel. As editors and insiders looked on an army of sculpted models posed against an all-white chain link fence that echoed the look of high school basketball courts – a fitting choice given the sporty vibe that moved through all three collections. Calvin Klein Jeans was filled with unique details – denim jackets with a crackle wash that felt like velvet, bleached pastel jeans created with frayed edges and faded colors reminiscent of ocean mist. White Label’s mix of perforated leathers and re-imagined basics like a sweatshirt merged with a sweater to create the ultimate easygoing pullover was compelling, especially the pieces which reflected what Carrigan dubbed “urban sophistication.”  When it came time for swimwear the focus was as always the body – which was front and center in matte lycra pieces that clung to every curve. All in all it was an impressive showing – one guaranteed to make its way back to the streets that inspired it.

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November 8th, 2013 by Kristen Bolt
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Victor Norlander is well known for his lithe editorial and runway look but his original passion came much before modeling. A classically trained ballet dancer, Victor reveals a different side for models.com through the lens of Dilia Oviedo. Filming Victor doing what he knows best, there is no doubt this Swede is more than just a pretty face.

Video/Photographer : Dilia Oviedo for Models.com
Music: Lakitu-N6el for Models.com

Production / Interview: Kristen Bolt

When did you begin dancing
When I was four years old

How does it influence your modeling:
Dancing helps me to be aware of my body and movement in front of the camera

What type of dance do you love most:
Lyrical Jazz, second choice – street dance

What dancers do you look up to:
Gene Kelly from Singing in the Rain – 1952

Favorite place to dance:
New York City

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November 6th, 2013 by models.com
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This week’s best dressed models went for texture, color and pattern to create a unique array of looks.

Fernanda Tavares in CHANEL

Chanel’s little black jacket exhibit has made its way to Sao Paulo and the opening night event brought out all our favorite Brazilian beauties. When it came to standout ensembles the stunning Fernanda was the leader of the pack in a charming black and white number that was equal parts elegant, casual and of course perfectly accessorized with a transparent Chanel bag.

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Image Credit | Getty Images South America


Hilary Rhoda in DOLCE & GABBANA

Hilary Rhoda sparkled in a crimson Dolce & Gabbana frock covered with crystal embellishments. On anyone else the look might seem overdone, but Hilary manages to make even the most complex pieces look easy to wear.

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Image Credit | Astrid Stawiarz/Stringer


Elettra Wiedemann in DOLCE & GABBANA

Another winner in Dolce was Elettra Wiedemann who took on the duo’s exquisite Byzantine influenced cocktail dress for a spin. When you have on a piece as richly detailed as this you don’t need much else, but Eletrra managed to find the perfect earrings and clutch to compliment the hand-beaded look. Granted we’re certain that Elettra could also pull off one of those Dolce F/W crowns but with or without she managed to look flawless.

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Image Credit | Astrid Stawiarz/Stringer


Cory Bond in J. CREW & CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION

Who can resist a well dressed man! The dashing Cory Bond always looks amazing, but never more so than in a sharp suit from Calvin Klein collection. Sporting a sleek black on slate suiting (shirt by J. Crew) and a big smile, Cory looks every inch the dapper gentleman!

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Image Credit | Getty Images for Ralph Lauren


Cecilia Mendez & Katia Kokoreva in RALPH LAUREN

Ralph Lauren always makes his muses look like old school movie stars so its no surprise to see two of the designer’s favorites looking chic in his creations. Cecilia and Katia capture the beauty and vintage vibe of the Lauren look while maintaining their own innate charm.

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Image Credit | Getty Images for Ralph Lauren


Jessica Stam in VALENTINO

No one can really compete with Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli when it comes to ladylike embroidered pieces that have the perfect mix of girlishness and glamour. Seeing the consistently chic Ms. Stam in one of their creations is a treat and the dress works so perfectly that we honestly cannot imagine anyone else wearing it better.

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Image Credit | Andrew Toth / Getty Images

October 30th, 2013 by models.com
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One of the staple events of every November is the New York City Marathon, with tens of thousands of runners crossing all five boroughs on their way to a triumphant finish in Central Park. Among the newcomers in this year’s race is superstar Garrett Neff, who is running to raise money for the Children’s Cancer & Blood Foundation (CCBF), a cause that has been very close to him since childhood. Neff’s philanthropy this year follows on his initial plan to run for the City Parks Foundation last year, a goal that was aborted when the marathon was canceled after Hurricane Sandy. But he is back on track this time around to take the course this Sunday, and you can help the cause by donating here. He spoke with Jonathan Shia earlier this week about his training regimen, his personal connection to the CCBF, what he did last year instead of running. (Instagram by Betty Sze for models.com)

MDC: How did you decide to run for the Children’s Cancer & Blood Foundation?
Garrett: I’ve always been pretty close to cancer research ever since a friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer in middle school. I visited him in the hospital and I developed a strong belief that cancer research can really pay off in a lot of ways. Running for a cause like CCBF is a natural choice now that I’m up in New York because they’re helping so many kids on an annual basis. This is actually the first project that we’re doing together, but I think it’s a relationship that’s going to last a long time.

MDC: I know that you had been planning on running the marathon last year to raise money for the City Parks Foundation before it was canceled. How did you get involved with them?
Garrett: The City Parks Foundation distributes money to different park programs around New York City in all five boroughs, so it seemed really appropriate for me to run for a cause like that because you’re running through all five boroughs. I learned a lot about what the City Parks Foundation does, and I think it’s remarkable. The money that they raise goes to all these programs for kids who can’t afford to play sports. I was always an athlete—I still consider myself to be an athlete—but luckily where I grew up there were lots of cheap options for sports. This gives back in a way that I think is meaningful for kids to develop not only athletic skills, but also relationship building and teamwork skills.

MDC: You’ve always been very active; you’re a lifelong tennis player, and you do lots of sports and activities. Is this your first marathon?
Garrett: Yeah, this is going to be my first. After the marathon was canceled last year, I decided that, instead of running on Sunday, I’d use all this energy that I had built up over the many weeks of training to go out to the Far Rockaways with MoMA and not only bring products that the people would need—like canned goods and toiletries and diapers—but also help pump their basements and clean up their houses that had flood damage. That was my plan, to just do that on Saturday and not run on Sunday, because the actual marathon had been canceled. But on Saturday night, a friend of mine who was also running said, “Hey, I don’t know if you want to do it, but we can still run tomorrow. We’ve done the training, we can still run the 26.2 miles.” The money still went to the charity, so I was like, Why not, let’s make an additional effort. We ran in the park, because there was some damage to the rest of the run. I had a pretty good time, 3:24:22, so this year hopefully I can match or beat that.

MDC: Is running a marathon something you’ve wanted to do for a long time?
Garrett: I was always training for specific sports when I was younger, and it was never about running a super-long distance at an even pace. It was always sprints for soccer and quick back-and-forth and agility for tennis. Over the last eight years since I started modeling, just from exercising regularly, my runs started to get longer and longer. Eventually I was sometimes—not very often—running sixteen miles and I was like, Wow, that’s surprising. I didn’t know why I’d ever want to do that, but once you’re in the middle of a run and the music’s right, you just keep going and going until you’re out of energy. That made me think I could probably do a marathon.

MDC: What was your training regimen?
Garrett: I’ve heard crazy stories, like there was a guy named Dean Karnazes who ran fifty marathons in fifty days, and to me that just seems impossible. I hear that, and I think, Oh, you could keep it up and you could run these long runs all the time, but I don’t think running that much all the time is really good for the body, I think it really takes its toll. My original goal was to do it once a year so I could keep up with the training, and about five weeks ago I started doing my longer runs again. I gradually worked up from sixteen miles to twenty-two, and then started tapering off over the last few weeks. I did fifteen miles last Sunday and then a couple days ago I did a twelve-mile run, and that’s the longest run I’m going to do until November 3.

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October 29th, 2013 by Kristen Bolt
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Jumpsuit: Michael Kors

Soo Joo Park is the California blonde of the moment, lending a new twist to the All American term. Born in Korea and raised in California, Soo Joo attended college in Berkeley and began modeling post graduation. Her style and demeanor are intelligent and laid back, and with Chanel and Tom Ford campaigns under her belt- there is no doubt Soo Joo has that special something which commands industry attention.

Photography by Hao Zeng
Styling by Laura Jones
Hair by Andrew Fitzsimons
Makeup by Sir John for Tom Ford Cosmetics

Interview by Kristen Bolt

What do you like to do when you are not working?
I do something I like to call ‘hardcore lounging’—which is quite self-explanatory—I play music, read books, or watch films, while trying not to get out of bed. It’s something I do to leverage out the days I spend on the road working. I also love cooking and hosting small dinner parties for friends; I’m a good cook, although I’m terrible at cleaning up.

What advice would you pass along to those starting out in the business?
Have patience and stay strong. Live for the moment, but know how to step back and see the full picture. Always pack your vitamins and passport!

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Top: Azzedine Alaia | Pant: Balmain | Shoes: Prada | Earrings: Lynn Ban

You have become successful for many reasons- what do you think the top few are?
My passion for fashion! And positive attitude. When I began shooting with Carine, she told me that I possessed presence whilst shooting, which was the highest compliment coming from someone I highly respect.

What is the ultimate goal of your career?
I want to make a name for myself and build an image that reflects strength and singularity.

What has been your favorite modeling experience thus far?
Walking in Chanel Couture as an exclusive earlier this year—it was the booking that launched my career to the next level. I will never forget it.

If you were stranded on a desert Island what would you bring?
LPs, record player, paint, ink, coffee, and whiskey. I’d be a great castaway character.

October 28th, 2013 by Janelle
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With galas, openings and events each night there is always a reason for a model to spend an evening out on the town. Take a look back on the best dressed catwalkers for the week that was.

JOAN SMALLS in ALEXANDER WANG

Less is more and Ms. Smalls pulls off this minimalist Wang look admirably. Runway watchers will remember this as the look that closed the F/W 13 show and was styled with one of those luxe fur toppers. Joan skips the fuzz and adds on a pair of sparkling heels for a look that is subtly chic.

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Image Credit – Randy Brooks / Getty Images

ALEXA CHUNG in LOUIS VUITTON

While she’s better known for her it-girl status and television hosting, Alexa Chung is also a seasoned model. At the 2013 Whitney Museum Gala Alexa showed off her style skills in a girlish number from Louis Vuitton.

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Image Credit – Paul Zimmerman / Getty Images

COCO ROCHA in JEAN PAUL GAULTIER

You can always count on Coco to go that extra mile! What better to wear to the opening of Jean Paul Gaultier’s Brooklyn Museum exhibit than a stunning couture creation from the designer himself. Coco has had plenty of memorable fashion moments while wearing Gaultier (who can forget her dancing down the runway) so seeing her in JPG is always a treat.

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Image Credit – Andrew Toth / Getty Images

Crystal Renn in GIORGIO ARMANI

Menswear inspired pieces have been especially popular the past few days, case in point Crystal Renn looking phenomenal at Giorgio Armani’s One Night Only party in a sleek bit of suiting and a whole lot of winged liner – the end result a fabulous and futuristic look.

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Image Credit – Andrew Walker / Getty Images Staff

Daria Strokous in GIORGIO ARMANI

You can’t go wrong with a LBD and Daria looks ravishing in her embellished Armani; when you’ve got amazing legs a dress like this is downright essential!

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Image Credit -Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images

October 28th, 2013 by Janelle
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As one of the world’s most celebrated photographers, Deborah Turbeville created some of the most moving fashion & art imagery of the past few decades. Her distinctive photographs with their uniquely female perspective and atmospheric feel broadened fashion’s aesthetic standards and inspired an entire generation of photographers in the process. Turbeville who lost her battle with lung cancer on Friday, will be remembered as an innovative talent, respected artist who forever changed the fashion landscape. Whether her work turned up in the pages of Vogue Italia or on the walls of galleries it was consistently challenging, creative and inspirational.

Perhaps the most eloquent description of Ms. Turbeville’s work comes from the artist herself, when describing her aesthetic Turbeville quipped “I have an instinct for finding the odd location, the dismissed face, the eerie atmosphere, the oppressive mood. My muses are Kafka, Dostoyevsky, Andrei Tarkovsky, the list is endless. I like my pictures best when there is a sense of tension, an unfinished narrative, ambiguity. In these times aesthetic taste is dismissed as irrelevant. Well, I am perverse, for that very reason I´m more drawn to it than ever. I have been described as having style, of being a mannered photographer – it´s some people´s quarrel with my work and others´ fascination.”

To experience the full scope of Turbeville’s work, please visit her portfolio pages at Marek & Associates. 

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October 21st, 2013 by Janelle
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Few styles are more timeless or versatile than an updo. Everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Lady Gaga has done their own spin on the look and hairstylists never cease to find new ways to update the classic. On the SS14 runways variations on the look could be seen everywhere from Dolce & Gabbana where model’s coifs were adorned with fresh flowers, to Armani where girls sported pinned up hair in 80s era waves. Hair stylist Cash Lawless guides us through the trend step by step, creating three sky high variations on the look in the process.

PHOTOS Kristiina Wilson | HAIR Cash Lawless (The Magnet Agency) | MAKEUP Suzy Gerstein for La Mer (The Magnet Agency) | MODEL | PRODUCTION - Kristen Bolt for Models.com | MODEL – Shelby Benson (New York Model Management) | BEAUTY EDITORJanelle Okwodu


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RETRO

“This look is derived from many of the looks from the 40s but with a messier twist. You’ll need hot rollers, a brush, bobby pins and French pins. Set the hair with medium sized rollers. Once you’ve removed the rollers start by separating all of the hair that sits behind the ears from all the hair in front. Tease the base of the hair thoroughly. French twist the back and make it tight then grab all of the hair in the front and make a major comb over. Once all of the hair is over to one side pin it down flat to the top center of the head. Then start brushing the hair back over where it has been pinned to create a barrel. You can make it as big or small as your hair will allow. But keep it messy. Pin that barrel in place, and throw on a couple head bands to make it a bit more fun.”


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“This look is the most complex depending on how large you want to make it. It requires hot rollers, a brush, pincushions or rats, and pins. Start by setting the hair in hot rollers. Then separating the hair behind the ear, tease all of the roots. Make a French twist around a pin cushion or rat. Place it higher than you think you’d need to. Then pin the cushion or rat to the crown of the head. Then slowly start taking ribbons of hair from the front sides of the head and begin to pull them back and pin them covering the cushion. Leave the ends out. Take the top mohawk section of hair that has been teased and pin it back over the crown. Take a scarf or piece of fabric and be creative.”


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BRAIDS

“This look is fairly simple but can look really complicated. All you need is a comb, 3 small rubber bands and a couple of bobby pins. Start by making two pigtails in the back and then braiding them. Then pull all of the remaining loose hair into a really tight pony tail that sits on the crown of the head and then braid that as well. After that take the two pigtails and pull them over the top of the head in front of the ponytail and pin them to the base of the ponytail. Pin in any loose hairs from the ends of the pigtails. Start to pull the crown braid apart at its edges and really loosen it up. Once it’s nearly falling apart, wrap the braid around its base like you would a bun and pin. Be creative with what you do with the rest.”


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MASON PEARSON BRUSH – the standard for form and fuction.
REDKEN FORCEFUL 23 – a final touch for hold and shine.
L’OREAL ELNETT – A must classic addition in hair stylists kits.
ORIBE DRY TEXTURIZING SPRAY – Adding a casual touch via a touch of texture.
BUMBLE & BUMBLE THICKENING HAIR SPRAY – A little added volume never hurt an updo.

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