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July 22nd, 2013 by stephan
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This weekend we were saddened to hear of the death of the legendary John Casablancas from cancer, a true innovator whose revolutionary ideas have had lasting effect on the entire business. As the founder of Elite Models Casablancas revolutionized the modeling world by introducing sex appeal and ushering in the age of the supermodels. The list of modeling icons who began at Elite under Casablanca’s direction speaks for itself; Gisele Bundchen, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Stephanie Seymour, Claudia Schiffer and many more.  In addition to being one of the foremost champions of the supermodels, Casablancas was a unique public figure who became a star in his own right as one of the most visible spokespeople for the modeling industry. 

When asked about his legacy in one of his final interviews, Casablancas simply stated:

“I feel it’s rather presumptuous to speak about legacy in a profession such as model agent! But, if I have to mention what I think I brought to the business, I would say that I was creative, that I refused to bend to the rules established by a small group of fashionista dictators, that throughout my career I imposed a beautiful, healthy, natural woman with a sensual body (which does not preclude an elegant line), and a playful or intriguing personality, and I endeavored to live a life that reminded everyone that, even when you run your business professionally, fashion should be about fun, superficiality and sensuality, and not to be taken as seriously as some tend to do.” 

July 18th, 2013 by Janelle
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As one of the most respected names in fashion photography, Mario Sorrenti has earned a place for himself amongst the true visionaries of the industry. In his storied career he has produced countless memorable images in and out of the pages of glossy magazines. Draw Blood for Proof, a new retrospective book on Sorrenti’s work, combines outtakes, found materials and some of his most famous images in an engaging collage. What began as a personal project on the walls of Sorrenti’s loft expanded into a full scale exhibit with an array of images featuring some the business’ luminaries. Naturally, at the event for the book’s launch many of those top tier talents were attendance. Visionaire’s Cecilia Dean, W’s Stefano Tonchi, Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa made their way out to Dashwood Books in honor of Sorrenti’s pictorial biography.

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July 15th, 2013 by Janelle
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Alyssa by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

As one of the most visible faces in fashion, Alyssa Miller has made her presence felt in front of the camera, but it’s what she does on her off time that is remarkable. As one of global ambassadors of Stomp out Bullying, Alyssa works to help eradicate the nation’s bullying problem by raising awareness and spreading information. The anti-bullying cause has never been more relevant and for Alyssa it has a personal importance. In this MDC interview Alyssa explains how kids in need of support can find help via Stomp Out Bullying and just why this cause means so much to her.

Tell us a bit about your work with Stomp Out Bullying.

ALYSSA : I just started working with Stomp out Bullying which is awesome, I’m so excited to get to work with these kids. The Stomp Out Bullying site is a tool and kids can go to the website and see how to handle these situations best. If they’re being bullied or even if they feel like they are being a bully, it just guides you through each problem and helps kids figure out the best course of action.

How did you get involved?

ALYSSA : It happened by coincidence. They asked me if I was interested in helping them out and I was really drawn to it because I was bullied a lot as a kid. Growing up I was very awkward looking and socially awkward. I have a lot of siblings so we were each others best friends, but once I was thrown into the school situation I didn’t really know how to make friends. I definitely got bullied a lot so I can identify with what these kids are feeling. I wanted to do anything I could to support them.

What was your personal experience with bullying like?

In my instance I didn’t talk about it with my family. I wasn’t something I wanted to come home and tell my mom about. Until it got to the point where I was in junior high and I started to feel suicidal. I had no friends, I had trouble making friends – I didn’t know how to do that. I will always remember when I would wait for the bus, I would hide behind the trees until the bus pulled up and then I would run down the block to make the bus. I didn’t want to even go stand by the other kids because things had gotten so bad. I wish something like Stomp Out Bullying had been around when I was younger.

What kind of advice does Stomp Out Bullying offer kids?

ALYSSA : There are tons of different articles on their website and blog, dealing with everything from hazing, to cyber-bullying. It also gives information for parents since a lot of times parents don’t know the full extent of what is going on. Every situation is different so there are several scenarios they go through on the site. Someone can be bullied because of their race, their sexual orientation, whether or not they fit in with a certain group. Stomp Out Bullying tries to provide advice on how to deal with those situations, whether it means talking to an adult, getting a teacher involved.

I think what they do is very important, especially considering the way constant bullying can negatively impact kids. There have been so many suicides lately as a result of bullying, especially gay and lesbian teens. LGBT teens around the world are being harassed and many of them feel like they have no one out there to help them. Stomp Out Bullying lets kids know that things do get better and there are people who care.

 

July 12th, 2013 by Janelle
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The instantly iconic Givenchy campaign shot of Mariacarla and Marialucas by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

If the fall campaign season has a queen it has to be the luminous, Mariacarla Boscono. The perennial star has racked up an impressive array of campaigns for high powered brands like Dior, Giorgio Armani, Alberta Ferretti and of course Givenchy, cementing her status a beloved favorite of photographers and designers alike. Mariacarla continues to impress with her signature poses and affable, down to earth personality; ask any insider to list their favorite models and she is certain to be on the top of the list. MDC caught up with the Italian beauty to discuss her phenomenal season, collaborating with the industry’s biggest names and her newest adventure – motherhood.

What has it been like coming back to modeling now that you’re a mom.

MARIACARLA: Becoming a mother is the most beautiful thing in the world. I want to stay with Marialucas as much as possible, I only work on special projects but I still love my job. When I stop loving it you will know it right away because I will disappear…

You’re everywhere this campaign season – what was it like working with Mert & Marcus, Willy Vanderperre & Peter Lindbergh on these ads.

MARIACARLA: Each of them have a real special place in my heart, they all work in a different way and you can see it in their pictures. They are icons of talent and it is such an honor and an inspiration to work with them.

What keeps the job exciting for you? 

MARIACARLA: Working with the people who inspire me. Taking on new projects and knowing that we are going to create something cool, new, fresh. Knowing we are all searching for the perfect result. I love to be involved in the creation of a project, of an image. I love to talk. I talk a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But not only about business, I love to talk and exchange opinions on the facts of life. At the end we have one life only, right?

Please tell us about making that Givenchy ad last season with your daughter – what was that shoot like?

MARIACARLA: When Riccardo told me that the concept of the campiagn was ”his family” and asked if Marialucas would shoot with me I had no doubt saying yes. She was only 3 months old and it was her first time in a studio. She was so good during the whole day, I was really nervous but she stole the show at the end! She was naturally the star. The Team and I had to feed her on the set because she didn’t want to leave it!!!!

What is next for you!

MARIACARLA: Resting all summer with the family and waiting for Marialucas to take her first steps. Thinking about new projects but whatever I will do in the future has to give me the same emotions that fashion gave me at first and still gives me!  Otherwise I will be a normal housewife, but I’m not sure I can picture my outfits for that role!!

 

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Mariacarla by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott for Giorgio Armani

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Mariacarla for Givenchy Beauty

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Mariacarla by Peter Lindbergh for Alberta Ferretti

July 11th, 2013 by models.com
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July 9th, 2013 by models.com
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Couture is no place for hand me downs- unless they happen to be vintage Chanel. These ladies know how to strut the street as they attend fashion’s finest for 2013, Paris.

Images by Melodie Jeng for Models.com

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July 8th, 2013 by models.com
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July 8th, 2013 by models.com
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As guests filed their way into the Tennis Club de Paris for the Spring 2014 Dior Homme show, they were greeted by a maze of mirrors, all sharp edges and perfect corners, glinting beckoningly under the afternoon sun. It was an apt setting for the collection, which was all stark lines and clean shapes, mining the vein of progressive modernism that Kris Van Assche has been tapping so successfully during his years at the house. The story at his own show a few days earlier was the rich, eye-popping hues, and the palette here, though more muted, was equally vivid, with gorgeous shades of navy and maroon adding a little energy to the sleek sportswear. There was a bit of a Bauhaus feel to many of the looks, with geometric forms in various fabrics making perfect right angles, the sole decoration in the characteristically minimalist collection. Van Assche worked with a variety of intriguing materials, adding a sturdy heft to Yannick Abrath’s baseball jacket and a soft shimmer to Ian Sharp’s lightweight anorak. The boys wended their way back and forth among the shining mirrors before taking their positions in the labyrinth, offering a crisp, pristine vision of an impeccable purity for next year.

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July 8th, 2013 by models.com
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One of the most successful fashion revivals of the past few years continued in epic style with Kenzo‘s Spring 2014 show, set in a soaring circus school just past the northern edge of Paris. Designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim pulled from their own personal histories for the creative, charming collection, working off their memories of growing up in the sun-kissed, surf-sprayed American Elysium of southern California. That meant rich blues, scribbled wave prints, and a casual, carefree attitude that the pair honed with careful precision. Coats and trousers were oversized, and neoprene made an appearance in rough-edged t-shirts and slick boots. Against a soundtrack by Mike D. of the Beastie Boys, the collection had an ease with a bit of a hard edge, as in the strong graphic clash of Guerrino Santulliana’s coat and shorts, or the shiny black bars that seemed to swim across Freddie Stoker’s pullover. There was a cleanliness to the pieces as well, even with all their brash energy, like the stark black-and-white purity of Samuel Roberts jacket. As the models returned to line up in a circle around the central ring, the music thrummed and the spotlights flared, offering a fittingly appropriate finale to a collection that saw Leon and Lim moving defiantly in a new direction at a house that has regained vibrant life under their watch.

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July 8th, 2013 by models.com
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Those who took note of the flower power coming out of the Spring 2014 men’s collections might have been reminded of the dark floral print that bloomed across Anders Hayward’s t-shirt and trousers at last summer’s Lanvin show, but anyone expecting a reprise this time around would have been sorely mistaken. Designers Lucas Ossendrijver and Alber Elbaz are, after all, never ones to rest on their laurels, and their latest collection had all the typical gorgeous luxury of the house, but with a new purity to streamline the diversity of looks that had been so successful for Fall 2013. The soundtrack pounded, but there was a softness to the pieces, from the slim jackets to the short shorts, in a rich array of vibrant colors and materials. Miles Langford joked backstage before the show that his blazer seemed to get tighter every time he tried it on, but the end result was a perfect cut, even as it served as only one option among a plethora offered up by Ossendrijver and Elbaz. There were a number of looser, flowing silhouettes that looked easy and relaxed, from loose tank tops banded with different materials to a curving belted trench in effervescent hot pink. The colorful sneakers Lanvin is perhaps best known for did not make an appearance, but the loafers slashed diagonally with stripes of color made a very convincing argument for a more adult look. The closing looks were an engaging study of texture, with a crinkly, three-dimensional houndstooth running into a smoothly shimmering metallic, a fitting cap on a glorious demonstration of the powers of understatement and a certain restraint.

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