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March 4th, 2014 by Janelle
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When it came time for Oscar night, Hollywood stars weren’t the only ones dressed to the nines and out for a good time. This year more models than ever were in attendance and they brought their A-Game adding a touch of runway chic to the red carpet.

ROSIE HUNTINGTON WHITELEY in Cushnie et Ochs

Rosie could teach a class on how to look as glamorous as possible and she does not disappoint here at the Vanity Fair Oscar party. In pale blue Cushnie et Ochs the dazzling Ms. Huntington gets points for eschewing the usual Armani/Versace/Cavalli favored by most partygoers and her dress’ combo of transparent panels and pearl detailing is the perfect combination of classic elegance and daring sex appeal.

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Photo by Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images Entertainment


KAROLINA KURKOVA in Elie Saab & ANGELA LINDVALL in Mikael D

A superstar double header at the Elton John Aids Foundation gala! Karolina and Angela’s outfits couldn’t be more in sync if they planned them out together. Their  black and white  lace gowns hit one of the evenings big trends and the statuesque beauties pull off the looks beautifully, accessorizing with little more than a pair of box clutches.

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Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images Entertainment


LIBERTY ROSS in Versace

A crimson moment with just the right amount of skin on display, Liberty looks every bit the superstar at the Vanity Fair Oscar party pulling out a Versace classic from F/W 1992. This red hot look is proof that some things never go out of style!

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Photo by Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images Entertainment


KARLIE KLOSS in Azzedine Alaia

How about a little peakaboo! Karlie hits the red carpet in a revealing vintage look from the master himself, Azzedine Alaia. If this jaw-dropping number looks familiar you may have seen it once before – on the back of fellow catwalker Daria Werbowy at the Met Gala.

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Photo by Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images Entertainment


MIRANDA KERR  in KaufmanFranco

Wham! Bam! Thank you Miranda! In sparkling silver KaufmanFranco the gorgeous Miranda dazzles, making almost everyone else look dull by comparison – a true showstopper gown worthy of Oscar night.

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Photo by Jon Kopaloff / Film Magic / Getty Images


CHRISSY TEIGEN in Naeem Khan & John Legend

Earlier in the evening Chrissy hit the red carpet in a floral Monique Lhuillier gown which looked pretty, but we’re partial to her sleek look from Naeem Kahn. Dressed in all black and accessorized with oversized emerald earrings, Chrissy coordinates perfectly with husband John Legend making them the best dressed pair of the evening.

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Photo by Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images Entertainment

March 4th, 2014 by models.com
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March 3rd, 2014 by Janelle
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Photographs by André Herrero / Maiken @ Silent, Laine @ Silent and  Nadja @ Trump

Casting is only one element of what makes a fashion show work, but the right cast can speak volumes about a brand’s identity and message for the season. One of the most intriguing lineups of NYFW belonged to rising line, Eckhaus Latta whose first runway show boasted a diverse and dynamic cast. The brand complimented it’s first runway show with an inspired mix of models, musicians and boundary breakers. We caught up with designers Mike Eckhaus & Zoe Latta and casting director, Hari Nef to talk about the show’s vision and the development of this exciting label.

What was the theme / inspiration behind the fall collection?

Eckhaus Latta: We tend to stray away from tangible sources or concrete concepts of inspiration. Collections develop out of conversations we have with one another and the belief that most ideas work better uncoined.

What did you want to convey with the casting?

Eckhaus Latta: Casting has always been important to us. We always use a diverse group of models. This season it was especially important for us to convey a certain kind of fluidity within the cast. We wanted to evoke questions like “is that a man or a woman?” ” are they black? white? hispanic? Asian” “how old are they?” and then to rest in the answer of “oh- none of that matters….”

Hari Nef: With Eckhaus Latta, I feel like it’s more about family than about “fashion” or anything like that. We wanted to work with people we felt connected to, even if we had just begun to discover that connection at a go-see. A fashion show also puts designers, stylists, and casting directors in a position of great responsibility when it comes to beauty ideals; we wanted to represent one that embraced myriad intersections of race, age, and gender, etc. I think our casting walked a line between celebrating and transcending individuality. If designers tamper with notions of beauty and luxury in design, shouldn’t their cast do the same?

How did the amazing Le1f become a part of your cast?

Eckhaus Latta: He’s a friend. We admire his work and the way he holds himself and carries himself as a performer.

Hari Nef: We knew we wanted to cast a good number of our artists in our show, or “nodels” (not-models) as we lovingly refer to them. Le1f came up really early in our nodeling brainstorm session. He’s really beautiful, really talented, and an amazing friend.

I know you guys both went to RISD and began the line without having the traditional formal training – do you think that impacts your work as designers?

Eckhaus Latta: There is a lot of room for growth and exploration stemming from our backgrounds …. we’ve learned so much in the 5 seasons we’ve been doing this and we think the positivity and satisfaction of that kind of growth shows through the collections.

You have a reputation for doing really inventive shows – why do you feel it’s important to do something creative with the show itself as opposed to just the standard NYFW runway show?

In doing a runway this season it allowed us to distill our thoughts into something a little more straight forward.

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Laine @ Silent

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Nora @ One

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Adesuwa @ One and May Hong

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Le1f and Juliana Huxtable

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Paloma @ Next

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Vinca@ Jewels and Jing @ Wilhelmina

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Michael Bailey Gates and Laine @ Silent

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Cole Mohr @ Re:quest and India Meneuz

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Cole Mohr @ Re:quest | photo by Morgan Palmer

March 3rd, 2014 by models.com
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Catching up with some of our favorite models in between shows!

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February 28th, 2014 by models.com
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Quality trumps quantity any day of the week. Alisa Ahmann began her season by opening Calvin Klein, then headed straight to Milan for a JIl Sander exclusive. The classic blonde beauty’s Paris fashion week is off to a phenomenal start with an appearance at Dior and given her selective lineup of shows she’s sure to leave her audience wanting more. Where will she turn up next? Only time will tell, but you can rest assured it’s going to be good.

February 28th, 2014 by models.com
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February 28th, 2014 by Janelle
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Edward Bess & Emma Ostilly by Ruven Afanador

As one of the business’ rising stars Edward Bess is at the forefront of what’s chic in beauty. With high profile fans like Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston and Grace Jones use his eponymous line to create their signature looks, as do countless regular women for whom products like the Ultra Slick Lipstick and Compact Rogue have become staples. We catch up with the model turned makeup artist and mogul to discover his philosophy on beauty, what it’s like to work with legends and which essentials every girl ought to have in her beauty bag.

Did you grow up wanting to work in beauty?

Edward Bess: I’ve always loved makeup. I grew up in South Carolina, and from an early age as a young boy I would tell my mom and my three sisters what to wear, especially when it came to makeup; ‘don’t do this, don’t do that’ and they listened, funny enough, and so I think that gave me the confidence to think that maybe my vision might just resonate with women everywhere.

Now you used to model, when were you discovered?

EB: I was studying theater, I moved to New York from South Carolina to study theater at The Professional Performing Arts school. I auditioned as a theater major, read a monologue and got in, and my parents were very supportive and let me relocate for that purpose. So there I was studying theater and randomly a filmmaker took black and white photos of me on a rooftop, and those landed in the hands of my agent which led to me modeling. The first gig right off the bat after I signed with Click was a shoot with Scavullo. It was pretty crazy.

Wow, what was it like working with him? Legend.

EB: My phone I think was just off at the time and they were like, ‘You don’t understand…Francesco Scavullo. Learn it. Show up to the studio. Be there.’ It was just amazing. Amazing lighting as you could imagine. He was lovely. It was really a magical time.

That’s an only in New York kind of story.

EB: Only in New York, who would’ve thought it, you know?

So when did you start with the actual line? When did that happen?

EB: I launched in 2006 at Bergdorf Goodman and it was my first collection, Lip Wardrobe. So that was my first foray with lip colors. I chose them really because that was where I noticed most women were wearing the wrong shades of lipstick and figured that was a perfect segue into me sharing my teardown approach to beauty. It was compiling these very edited 10 lipsticks and 5 lip glosses that I got to really establish what I’m all about really- looking like yourself, but better.

Could you tell me a little bit about how you went to create the formula? Because the formula is really incredible, it’s so smooth, so light— it’s really the best out there, so how did you get that perfect mix?

EB: Thank you so much. I guess I have an instinct for what I like. You know, when I see something, I get an inclination to ‘oh make it this way’ or ‘oh make it that way’ when it comes to photography, packaging design, but with the product being key- that is number 1, the most important thing for me. Just knowing that I want not only timeless shades that never go out of style from beige to red but that I wanted them so delectable and so creamy with no glitter and no shimmer; it really was a constant quest going back and forth with the chemists telling them ‘no it’s not creamy enough, no it’s not creamy enough’ until we really arrived at that perfect formula that’s just developed a cult following.

Now you spoke a little about mistakes that you noticed women making can you tell me a little bit about that – what’s your philosophy when it comes to makeup?

EB: It really comes down to wearing less makeup than you think you actually need, so of all people to be saying this it’s funny because it shouldn’t be me- but I’m saying wear less makeup. I guess the most common mistake I see a woman making is wearing too much makeup and perhaps trying to cover and conceal to look like someone else. She really should be highlighting her best features so that she looks like the best possible version of herself.

Absolutely, that’s great advice. I think people definitely need to know to work with what they’ve got.

EB: From supermodels to the everyday woman, those rules apply. Certainly, supermodels don’t always wake up looking like supermodels, I’m sure you know that! That happens with everyday women too. You know, the schoolteacher has to make her best effort.

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Definitely. Can you tell me a little bit about the other products in the line—the eye shadow is beautiful, the lip gloss, the essentials that every woman should have from your collection…

EB: The lips for sure, that’s the biggest way to my heart for a woman to open her makeup bag and let me see my lip colors in there- I love that. But everything that I’ve done since- eye color, face color, skincare, fragrance, it’s so minimal and so subdued. I’m particularly fond of my Black Sea Hydration Cream because it is all inspired by this remote region along the Black Sea coast. I made a face cream and a serum just for myself and now they’re really popular in the line.

I want to try that that sounds absolutely phenomenal!

EB: I do make a bronze sun kissed look and make really beautiful bronzers. I like to pair the shades with sunlight and afterglow; it’s really nice because anyone can look like they were away all of August. Just swab on some of it!

Now you’ve also just launched your first fragrance?

EB: Yes, Oh La La was my debut fragrance and it was a fragrance that I made first and foremost for actually, Oprah Winfrey. I knew that I was seeing her and I didn’t want to show up empty handed, it was something that I whipped together knowing that she loved gardenia and she was so especially touched that I had done that for her, and I guess she made it one of her favorite things.

I mean, if there’s one person on earth whose endorsement you can get… that’s the one. Now what would you say is next? Because you have this phenomenal line that’s very popular, is there anything that you haven’t done yet in the line?

EB: Recently for me, I’ve just launched on the QVC channel on TV, so that’s been really wonderful being able to reach so many women at one time; it has been a thrill. It’s very exciting to turn that corner and try something new because before, my line was exclusive, not everyone could get their hands on it- it was only sold at Bergdorf’s, Neiman Marcus and select Sephora stores, between NY and LA. Now with QVC, it really makes my product available to women everywhere. A product that’s been really well received is the mood foundation inspired by the success of my Black Sea skin care line. I’ve married the anti aging ingredients of the Black Sea region with my expertise in makeup. The product is really phenomenal.

I heard so much about QVC being a turning point for so many brands, because it introduces you to a whole new audience basically.

EB: Exactly. It can make anyone a household brand.

Are there any products coming out that you really think are necessary?

EB: I’m biased- I love them all; but one in particular is very inspired by the debut collection. I’m coming out with a new lip palette called ‘Edward’s Best‘; it’s all about my best selling lipstick shades. That’s what I’m most excited about.

Would you say, this is going back to your theater and modeling, has any of that stuck with you or helped you with your career in beauty?

EB: Yes, very much so. So much with my experience modeling, and still the culture of casting models and seeing what models are popular now and keeping up with trends; all of that greatly influences what I do now. While my line is very timeless and not really based on trends or seasons, I certainly am inspired all the time by experiences I’ve had modeling myself. My partner is photographer, Ruven Afanador; so you could imagine the rich source of inspiration there. So that’s just so much inspiration to be handed. I’m greatly influenced by surrounding myself with photography, surrounding myself with these beautiful supermodels. Even to know women that I grew up admiring- that they should become a fan of my makeup- is kind of the ultimate moment.

That’s truly great, I feel like a lot of the younger people that start modeling don’t necessarily have another plan or vision for their future, they just sort of fall into it… to see people who have taken the things that they’ve learned within the industry and then transform it into incredibly successful careers, it’s really very inspiring.

EB: Yes, and I was lucky too, that my experiences modeling really shaped a lot of my beauty ideals. I moved to London and modeled with Storm over there. My agent was super stylish and has always been very chic and she opened my eyes to a lot of not only what was going on in the modeling world ten years ago; but to what I needed to know what was going on in the 60s and 70s… She opened my eyes to all of that and I’m very fortunate to have that to train my eye, what I should be looking for.

February 28th, 2014 by Janelle
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Katya Riabinkina in the total look backstage at Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung‘s spirited fall collection was centered on the natural beauty of the kingdom of Mustang in Nepal, so it’s only fitting that the collection’s corresponding beauty interpretation would be regal & serene. Makeup artist Diane Kendal created a sculpted face focused on strong brows and peachy cheeks. In keeping with the season’s affinity for minimal makeup, Kendal focused on the dual inspirations of “Women in the Nepalese village and paintings by Cecily Brown” which led to an unadorned yet artistic look. Hair was kept simple with Paul Hanlon opting for a stick straight, center parted style that was unfussy and sleek. Even with the understated coiffure, the biggest strand statement backstage belonged to Natalie Westling, her cherry red locks commanded attention and matched monochromatic runway look perfectly.

Makeup by Diane Kendal for MAC Cosmetics
Hair by Paul Hanlon for CHI
Nails by Jin Soon Choi for Sally Hansen
Photos Billy Rood for Models.com

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Ming Xi gets her brows prepped pre-show.

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MAC’s Face & Body Foundation was applied all over the skin for an even finish (seen here on Mijo Mihaljcic) and then dabbed onto lips to dull the natural lip tone.

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Cheeks were given a touch of Hush Cream Color base for the peachy tone and then accented with a bit of Creamsheen lipstick in Partyline for the glow you see on Malaika Firth.

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Megan Thompson and Sophie Touchet show off those flushed, bright cheeks

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Brows were the star of the show with a focus placed on creating a thick, natural shape – think Brooke Shields or Ophelie Guillermand

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Every season the team at Sally Hansen creates a color collection specially for Prabal and this time around the look was all about a nude nail (Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Himalaya) with a single stripe in brand new shade, Rupee Red.

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Tian Yi sports the ultrachic striped polish.

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Statement hair returns on Natalie Westling!

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Sam Rollinson sports the full look on the runway.

February 26th, 2014 by models.com
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February 26th, 2014 by models.com
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Image Courtesy of The Society Management (New York)

With a face fit for a fairytale and an ethereal presence on the runway, Sophie Touchet came to conquer fashion month. So far every brand from Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone, Burberry, Fendi, Christopher Kane, Dolce & Gabbana and Jil Sander has been captivated by the Québécois beauty and her momentum just keeps building. It’s only a matter of time before photographers utilize Sophie’s unique beauty for exquisite editorials and more.

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