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March 20th, 2015 by Irene Ojo-Felix
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Giamba backstage with Annika Krijt, Amilna Estevao, Roos Abels, Paula Galecka and opener Noa Vermeer, photo by Kevin Tachman

Designer: Giambattista Valli
Casting Director: Maria Giulia Azario

Femininity can take a number of forms and for Giambattista Valli’s vision for his eponymous line and sister line, Giamba, his women for both are years, and sentiments, apart. Giamba has taken on a more youthful, modern feeling with a rebellious disposition and this season’s “Instagram Lolitas” were casted as such with casting director Maria Giulia Azario looking for characters that embodied that sprightly personality. Many relative new faces like Roos Abels, Amilna Estevao, Paula Galecka & Annika Krijt took on Giamba before graduating with ease to big-sister line, Giambattista Valli. This was Giamba’s first season for exclusives with four new faces Anisia Khurmatulina, Freja Sorensen, Sofie Schulz and Lieke de Jong walking for the brand.

The Valli woman on the other hand had more of an established attitude. She is a woman of confidence, naturally in tune to herself. Without the doubt that youthfulness might bring, she’s secure in her poise and models like Maartje Verhoef, Aya Jones, Annely Bouma took that feeling in stride.

Exclusive backstage images Kevin Tachman courtesy of Giambattista Valli

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Model board at Giamba F/W 15

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Annika Krijt photo Kevin Tachman

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Julia van Os photo Kevin Tachman

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Left: Giamba opener Noa Vermeer right: Elizabeth Davison photos Kevin Tachman

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Model board at Giambattista Valli F/W 15

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GBV opener Paula Galecka photo Kevin Tachman

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Valery Kaufman, Maartje Verhoef photo Kevin Tachman

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Amilna Estevao photo Kevin Tachman

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Vanessa Moody photo Kevin Tachman

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Annika Krijt, Alexandra Elizabeth Ljadov photo Kevin Tachman

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F/W 15 top walker Alexandra Elizabeth Ljadov photo Kevin Tachman

March 19th, 2015 by Jonathan Shia
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Street casting is a trend that’s tried and true, but few have done it with the edge and sense of purpose of Ian Jones and Tali Lennox, who embarked last summer on a project photographing homeless youths they found around their East Village apartment. The polished street kids landed in a full fashion editorial last fall in high­ end Grey Magazine and a citywide poster campaign sponsored by Diesel. Meant to highlight the rising homeless population in New York today, especially youths under twenty­-four, the Street Kids Project —which unites Jones’ photography with Lennox’s paintings—serves the dual purpose of both shedding light on an often­ overlooked group while also offering a sense of self ­worth to the subjects themselves. With MTV signing on Jones to produce a documentary on 2 of the subjects, expect much more this August. In an interview with Models.com, Jones and Lennox discuss their artistic process and the project that’s changed their lives. (All photos courtesy of Ian Jones)

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How did you first become interested in this project?

Ian: I had been photographing youth as a hobby, and Valentina, the editor-­in-­chief of Grey Magazine, reached out to me while Tali was painting her portrait one day. She heard about the work I was doing and a week later she called me into her office and was like, “Do you think you could begin a project about street kids that we could do like a journalistic story and make it really great and put it in a women’s high ­fashion magazine?”

I was blown away and I told her, “Of course I can do that!” The entire concept of the story was, from the street to the studio. After we shot the editorial, Diesel heard about what we were doing. I pitched this story to them along with the team at Grey Magazine, and Diesel came back a week later with a full budget and a plan to reshoot it in their clothes, sponsored by them, with events and wild postings throughout the city. It really raised the awareness to a whole other level that we couldn’t ever have imagined. But Tali and I did the casting process entirely together. We basically just hit the street for the entire summer, from C­Squat to soup kitchens to shelters. We really dug deep, we got dirty.

Tali: There is such a high level of homelessness here in the East Village at young ages— you can’t ignore it. When we got to know all of them, they feel like neighbors and it’s nice to feel a sense of community. And I think it’s reciprocal, because I’m sure in their eyes, it’s them against the world and the world against them, and so it’s really great to blend those lines.

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Ian: When you read the story in Grey Magazine, you notice that we’re not telling you the story. It’s done through a personal narrative of these youths telling you what it’s really like. We realized the importance that this has on ordinary people, the fact that they’re telling their stories and people can relate to this. We were given the opportunity to put it in print, in black and white, and empower the lives of certain individuals that we felt needed to be heard, because there’s something there. With our backgrounds and experience, I think about giving back to the community. You can make all the money in the world, but if you’re not giving back, sometimes at the end of the day, you feel empty.

Tali: The way it was done was to really bring out their individual beauty, not to bring out their grit or hardship. It’s actually just highlighting them, it’s not about making it a sob story. It’s just about showing that you can find beauty anywhere. You can find beauty in unconventional places. You can find beauty in places of pain. They’re all at a pivotal time in their life because they’re all so young—they haven’t gone too far down the road. A lot of them have the potential to change things around, so it’s optimistic in a way.

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Can you tell me about the casting process? What did you look for in your subjects?

Tali: We wanted people who were younger and people who had an individual aura and style around them. We didn’t want people who you couldn’t talk to and who were hazed out. We wanted people who were good to communicate with, and as you can read in the story, most of them really have a message of something to say. We got to know all of them beforehand and they were all people that we felt inspired by as human beings.

Ian: We met twenty kids a day, sometimes thirty, forty. Some of them were a little defensive. You have to be very psychological when you’re approaching someone to take their picture, because for a lot of people—especially abused characters like we’ve been dealing with—they’re used to being taken advantage of. Sometimes when you want to take a person’s picture, they’re like, “Well, what do you want to take my picture for?” I had to explain the process. I brought the magazine around. I explained what we were trying to do and everything. There was a point when we just knew the ones when we found them.

We were like, “We have to have this one,” so we really just tried to let them trust us enough. It’s rough out there. It was a long process, and the fact that we put it all together the way we did is a miracle to me still to this day. It’s been a really emotional ride getting to know a lot of these kids and wishing I could do more, but I don’t know what to do.

That’s why we’re excited to see where it can go, because we really enjoy it. I’m beginning to notice more and more that that’s seriously the purpose of life sometimes. You got to pay the rent, do that sort of thing, but you have to ask yourself, “How am I fulfilling a purpose? What’s next?” So we use this as an outlet.

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Ian, how did you get started in photography? How did your previous work help you prepare for this project?

Ian: My stepfather is a photographer and I was always hanging around his studio growing up. When I came to New York after university, I started taking a lot of pictures on disposable cameras and I noticed that I liked the way they looked. They were interesting —some were kind of dark and had depth. I’ve had cameras over the years and I was always taking pictures, purely as a hobby, of probably a lot of whacked­out characters around the city, because the city is vibrant that way. Then the past four years I’ve been doing it on a consistent basis just to start something I enjoyed doing.

Tali: It takes a certain person to be capable of intense street photography. Ian’s got a very strong spirit and he does not allow negative energy to get him down in any way, so he can be in a really emotionally draining situation and feel fine. You have to be quite fearless. I think it’s just the ability to get your subject, even if it’s someone you haven’t even had a conversation with, to connect with you. You need to be that kind of person, you need to be approachable, which modeling definitely teaches you. You’re constantly working with new people—you have to be easy, you have to be outgoing, you have to connect with people, you have to connect to the camera.

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Tali, how did you get started in painting? Have you always been drawn to portraiture?

Tali: I’ve always done art since I was a child, but it’s really been in the last couple of years since moving to New York that I just needed to get more of that passion out. I needed balance—it’s a headspace thing. I’ve just been painting in oils for the past two years and it’s been building and I’ve become more comfortable in my style of painting. I’m self taught, and I’ve had a certain eye for people I like to paint. The more you do it, the more freedom you have within it. Then booking my exhibition at the Catherine Ahnell Gallery (more info here) has been great because I can take it up a notch and take it to a real professional level. It’s a nice feeling to say, “Once I have my show, I can call myself an artist now.” Yes, I have always been drawn to portraiture. It’s ironic in a way, because in modeling, you’re just used to people looking at your face, and in portraiture it’s all about completely taking in another person and completely focusing on them. I like my paintings not only to be a portrait, but to be the essence of that person, and I like the intense human connection of viewer and subject when you look at a portrait. It’s intimate, it’s uncomfortable sometimes, and with my paintings I like it to be a mix. I want it to be aesthetically quite beautiful, but at the some time I want it to be rough and I want it to be vivid and intense and dark and light at the same time, because that’s human.

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What effect do you hope this project has on the subjects?

Tali: I think it’s giving people a sense of self value and a sense of feeling like they’re good enough. If you’re doing things that are self destructive, that’s because you don’t value yourself, so it’s about giving them a little bit of attention and having people telling them, “Actually, you are inspiring, you do have something that other people like about you, you can be on a poster all around the city.” It’s definitely about giving them a sense of self worth and empowerment.

What effect do you hope this project has on viewers?

Ian: I really want to shock people. I think that that’s where photography is headed in a sense that it should raise the level of awareness and have some wit to it. If you’re just looking at the images, you’re thinking to yourself, “These are beautiful, gorgeous models, they are very edgy models.” So here I put a spin on it, and we give you a fashion story, with fashion models, but look in between the lines, because it’s a journalistic story. Once you start reading about these kids, you’re like, “Holy shit, this kid sleeps on a bench, this kid struggles with heroin addiction, this girl is an orphan, this girl has been traveling the globe riding on top of trains,” and you’re like, “Wow, these aren’t models, these are real, gritty, street kids that we live amongst, that we all had the possibility of becoming had we not had that fork in the road.”

Tali: I think it’s just changing people’s perception of what’s beautiful, blurring social lines, blurring social barriers, making people feel a bit more humanity. Just changing stigmas. I’m always fascinated by New York and history and I love looking at old photographs or going to the Tenement Museum and learning about different social walks of life back in the day. We wouldn’t have that if someone wasn’t there to capture it. We wouldn’t have that if someone wasn’t there documenting it, so in a way it’s about doing that in a modern way, because no one else is capturing that right now and we’re constantly inspired by it. I walk home to my apartment and I see five men sleeping on my block, but no one’s capturing it, and I’m so fascinated by how it was back then, so you can only hope that in the future people will have the same fascination with what we’re doing. It’s an education, it’s giving social awareness. I’ve heard there’s more homelessness in New York now than there was in the Eighties. No one’s really talking about it that much. Everyone seems to ignore to it.

Ian, you’ve been a tireless promoter of this project to try to get the message out there and raising awareness of the topic. How does it feel to be working with MTV now?

Ian: I have selected two subjects and have been documenting them for the past 3 months, I am proud to say that we have solidified employment for the subjects and our only goal is to give them opportunity to get themselves out of homelessness. I’m very excited that The Fat Radish, MTV & #StreetKidsProject are coming to a TV near you this August!

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#StreetKidsProject star William starts his first day at The Fat Radish, MTV collaboration on our upcoming documentary about street kids in NYC

Check out Ian’s Instagram for more news

March 17th, 2015 by betty
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Photo credit: Nick Harvey/Contributor-Getty Images

The fashion and modeling industries suffered dual losses this past week with Manuela Pavesi and Wal Torres, both succumbing to long illnesses. The Italian creative Pavesi was widely known and celebrated as a photographer, stylist and longtime collaborator of Miuccia Prada. Pavesi’s role as fashion coordinator helped the house with establishing the brand with its uniquely feminine, unconventional and intellectual DNA; one revered worldwide for the influence it has today. Pavesi’s early styling work with some of fashion’s legends -Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin and Irving Penn- was followed up by her own formidable career as a photographer. Her work with Miuccia Prada and supporting creative talent such as Jonathan Anderson at the beginning of his career are reflections of a unique visionary; one who will be resoundingly missed by many of the most powerful players today in fashion.

Brazilian born, Milan raised Wal Torres founded the men’s division at Elite Milano a decade ago and was a powerhouse agent whose passion and enthusiasm for the business was renowned. Torres worked tirelessly behind the scenes in creating buzz around new faces launching the careers of in demand models such as Janis Ancens, Ton Heukels and Alexandre Cunha by working with top clients such as Jil Sander and Prada. His friends, many of the top modeling agents from around the world, expressed their extreme sadness at his loss; his kindness and mentorship of his young agents will be never be forgotten. His team at Elite Milan (Maria/Annie/Ruggero/Maria Teresa/Nils/Marta and Paola) writes “Wal will be extraordinarily missed and we will remember him not only for his talent at finding faces but for his huge generosity, creativity and free soul.”

We at models.com extend our deepest condolences for the families and loved ones of Pavesi and Torres.

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Wal Torres image by Boris Rado courtesy of Elite Milan

March 13th, 2015 by Irene Ojo-Felix
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Portraits by Melodie Jeng for models.com

Every once in a while a wonderful and unexpected new face comes from nowhere. Such is newcomer’s Lineisy Montero sudden rise into the runway spotlight. The Dominican rookie’s debut season left us all in awe with her statuesque frame, mesmerizing eyes and mini-fro. With an exclusive for Prada and a handful of Parisian design heavyweights from Givenchy to Céline including her into their lineups, this natural beauty gives us an interview on how she captured the attention of the power players by just being her charming self.

Where and when were you discovered?
I was discovered in an amusement park in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic when I was 13 years old. A scout and stylist of my mother agency, Ossygeno Models, asked me if I would like to be a model.

Were you always interested in fashion?
I always loved fashion but my true dream was to be a great fashion designer. I never thought of being a model – but absolutely love it!

What have been your favorite experiences modeling so far?
Getting to Europe – Paris, Milan! I have never been in an airplane. When I got to Paris, my bags were lost; it was cold. I thought of just going back home. The next day I just realized that I had gotten there by the grace of God and the destiny he had for me.

Are there any designers that you really like to wear? How would you describe your style?
I was born watching the designs of Oscar de la Renta. I love the elegance and classic styles his designs always had.

What was it like walking the Prada show?
It was an unbelievable experience. It still feels like a dream. It was my first runway show, I can’t even describe it. After the show, so many people were congratulating me and saying I looked beautiful, it was really something I will never forget.

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How have you been enjoying the experience of fashion week overall?
I have discovered that this is what I love and what I want to do in my life. Every day I am more excited of this experience that I have had the opportunity of living.

What is your dream modeling job?
To be on the cover of a very important magazine.

What do you like to do during your personal time?
I like to enjoy with my family. I am very close with my mother and grandmother. When I am not working I really love spending time with them.

What inspires you?
My country and the beaches there. I believe it is the best hidden paradise.

Are there any career goals or aspirations you have right now?
I want to have a clothing line after I have my modeling career. Right now, I just want to work hard, have financial security and be able to help my family.

Who do you admire the most fashion or otherwise?
I admire my mother the most. She raised us without my father’s help, and worked so hard to be able to give us an education. She is almost graduating from accounting. She is my true inspiration.

Tell us a little bit about your beautiful hairstyle.
I love my natural hair, I cut it right before the shows, and when I look in the mirror I love it!

Special thanks to Next London (London) and Next Paris (Paris)

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March 12th, 2015 by Mitch Ryan
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March 10th, 2015 by Holly Miller
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Sometimes beauty is a mood unto itself, Sebastian Sabal-Bruce captures Katrin Thormann‘s timeless allure and the captivatingly bare look of spring’s best cosmetic finds. When paired with minimalist fashions and accessories this deceptively simple look is completely modern.


Photography: Sebastian Sabal-Bruce (Red+)
Styling: Liz Rundbaken
Make Up: Mark Edio @ Seemanagement
Hair: Colin Yeo
Model: Katrin Thormann @ Supreme


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March 9th, 2015 by models.com
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Today our favorite Chinese fashion label MO&Co. officially launched their 40 sq. meter corner store at the Galeries Lafayette in Paris following a pop-up shop that went up in February. It’s also their first overseas shop. The Chinese brand’s 2015 Spring collection themed “Blooming in Fantasy” mixes French and Chinese aesthetics to create modern essentials. The wardrobe incorporates vibrant pastels with playful elements of street-culture and athletics. Keeping in mind a new generation of those who love to stand out and lifestyles that reflects the future their 10-year-old line has evolved to its current self: describing its spirit as boy-girl chic. During Paris fashion week MO & Co. installed their store’s window display with the concept of “Hello Tomorrow” designing blue neons and white clouds to compliment easy going attitude of the clothes. Blossoms, blue skies and a touch of humor is the approach to keep things fresh. The brand plans to set up shops gradually throughout Paris and Europe’s high-end department stores from 2015 onwards.

The store is located on the 2nd Floor of Galeries Lafayette in Paris and the Window Display on Haussmann Street.

MO & Co.’s official E-shop website is www.mo-co.com

March 9th, 2015 by Holly Miller
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