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November 6th, 2014 by Janelle
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Joan Smalls and Lil’ Buck – photography by Daniel Jackson for WSJ. Magazine, Styling by George Cortina

WSJ always puts a fresh twist on the fashion formula so it seems fitting that the magazine would salute the world’s premiere innovators with a special evening of art & fashion. Luminaries from Beats Electronics founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, to revolutionary dancer Lil’ Buck went home with trophies in honor of their contributions to culture, while well-heeled guests like Constance Jablonski, Tao Okamoto, Tabitha Simmons and Derek Blasberg took in the festivities at the Museum of Modern Art. The full set of honorees included artist Kara Walker, chef René Redzepi, architect Sou Fujimoto, designer Nicolas Ghesquière and Girls who Code founder, Reshma Saujani.

The corresponding issue of WSJ is no less impressive, with Lil’ Buck and Joan Smalls sharing the frontpage in a striking shot by Daniel Jackson. The mid-air leaps and intricate moves featured in the story make the most of Lil’ Bucks dance ability and the high flying choreography pushes Joan to new heights with her expressive poses adding another layer of excitement to Jackson’s images. Experience the editorial and the star-studded festivities below and read the full interview – complete with video of Joan & Lil’ Buck at WSJ.com


Charles ‘Lil Buck’ Riley & Joan Smalls / Image By: D Dipasupil / FilmMagic / Getty Images


WSJ Editor in Chief Kristina O’Neill, Lil’ Buck & Madonna


Italo Zucchelli & Constance Jablonski / By: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images Entertainment


Francisco Costa, Tao Okamoto & Joseph Altuzarra / Image By: Jamie McCarthy Getty Images Entertainment


Constance Jablonski, Derek Blasberg, Harry Brant, Lauren Santo Domingo and Tabitha Simmons / By: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images Entertainment


Jimmy Iovine, Liberty Ross, Nicole Young & Dr. Dre / Image By: Desiree Navarro / WireImage / Getty Images


Karlie Kloss / Image By: Desiree Navarro / WireImage / Getty Images


Nicolas Ghesquière & Jennifer Connolly / By: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images Entertainment


Photography by Daniel Jackson for WSJ. Magazine, Styling by George Cortina








All editorial images courtesy of WSJ


November 4th, 2014 by Janelle
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The night’s big winners at the CFDA Fashion Fund / Image Credit – Theo Wargo / Getty Images Entertainment

More than any other program the CFDA’s Fashion Fund shines a light on the stars of tomorrow. Now entering its 11th year, the fashion fund has served as a peerless launchpad for young design talent and over the years they’ve introduced labels like Proenza Schouler, Public SchoolAltuzarra and Alexander Wang to a wider audience. This year the top prize went to British-born accessories designer Paul Andrew, who honed his craft at brands like Alexander McQueen and Donna Karan before launching his eponymous label last year. Andrew’s quirky yet sexy wares have been popping up on well-heeled fashionistas since his collection hit stores and his win makes him a force to watch for the coming year. Superstar Joan Smalls accompanied Andrew to the show and looked phenomenal in one of his signature looks.


2014 CFDA Winner Paul Andrew & Joan Smalls / Image Credit – Theo Wargo / Getty Images Entertainment


Paul Andrew, Eva Fehren and Ryan Roche share a post show moment / Image Courtesy CFDA


Simon Miller designers Jake Sargent and Daniel Corrigan with Sasha Pivovarova / Image Credit – Theo Wargo / Getty Images Entertainment


Grey Ant’s Natalie Levy and Grant Krajecki with Grace Mahary / Image Credit – Theo Wargo / Getty Images Entertainment


Paul Arnhold, Frankie Rayder and Wes Gordon / Image Credit – Theo Wargo / Getty Images Entertainment


Joan Smalls, Lily Aldridge, Constance Jablonski & Alessandra Ambrosio / Image Credit – Neilson Barnard / Getty Images Entertainment


Sophie Theallet (Print & Contact) and Steven Francoeur / Image Credit – Theo Wargo / Getty Images Entertainment


Phillip Lim and Xiao Wen Ju / Image Credit – Theo Wargo / Getty Images Entertainment


Jason Wu and Karlie Kloss / Image Credit – Theo Wargo / Getty Images Entertainment


Joseph Altuzarra and Vanessa Axente / Image Credit – Theo Wargo / Getty Images Entertainment


Alexa Chung (Paris: Next Paris, New York: Next NY, London: Next London, Los Angeles: Next LA, Milan: Next Milan, Miami: Next Miami) / Image Credit – Andrew Toth / Film Magic

458349452_10 / Image Credit – Theo Wargo / Getty Images Entertainment

Jack McCollough + Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler and Anna Wintour / Image Credit – Theo Wargo / Getty Images Entertainment


Liu Wen and Zac Posen / Image Credit – Theo Wargo / Getty Images Entertainment


Emily Ratajkowski and Elder Statesman’s Greg Chait


November 4th, 2014 by Janelle
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Photo courtesy of Redken

Nothing thrills quite like a model getting a beauty contract but Redken‘s signing of Lea T as its latest muse is a gamechanger. As the first transgender woman to land a major beauty contract, Lea makes history. From Givenchy muse to Love Magazine covergirl and beyond Lea has always served as an enviably cool presence within the world of modeling so it’s no surprise that she’s breaking down barriers yet again. The campaign for Redken’s Chromatics hair color is set to debut in January, but the behind the scenes image is already chock full of hair inspiration. Expect to see Lea looking divine with a Guido Palau coif  in magazines very soon!

“Lea T is a true pioneer for beauty,” says Shane Wolf, Global General Manager of Redken 5th Avenue. “She reflects Redken’s vision of global beauty, and has a unique sense of self and a beauty that is undeniably her own.”

“We’re all people with our own personality, our own beauty, our own life,” says Lea T. “I love working with Redken because they appreciate all kinds of beauty. They believe in the individuality of the person, and I think that’s really important.”

In need of a supermodel fix? Linda Evangelista shares her best beauty buys and some of her personal style icons. We always knew Linda loved Old Hollywood glamour! / STYLE.COM

Who doesn’t want to know the secrets behind brand new Victoria’s Secret Angel Jasmine Tookes’ flawless skin and perfect hair / INTO THE GLOSS

Alex Kuczynski asks why the strong reaction to Renee Zellweger’s new face – aging, plastic surgery and double standards play a role. / NYTIMES

50 Shades of Grey makeup surprisingly involves very little grey – but a lot of lipgloss & blush.

Forget France! The biggest beauty powerhouse on the scene right now is South Korea / NY TIMES

Is blonde ambition over? Cara Delevingne is the latest to join the brunette brigade / REFINERY 29

October 30th, 2014 by Janelle
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Vita Sidorkina & Madison Headrick bringing the cute! / Photos by Masha Maltsava

Halloween is tomorrow but the beauties of The Society Management (New York) are one step ahead! Last night the girls got together for a good ol’ fashioned pumpkin carving contest. Using emojis as a starting point Bhumika Arora, Ashley Smith, JiHye Park, Louise Parker, Madison Headrick, Manuela Frey and Vita Sidorkina took to the cutting block to create unique jack-o-lanterns all in the spirit of holiday fun. Take a look behind the scenes of the ultra-cute event and head on over to Instagram to vote for your favorite!




Bhumika Arora


Ashley Smith


The girls at work!







Manuela Frey


JiHye Park


Madison Headrick


Manuela Frey


Face time!


JiHye Park


Ashley Smith


Louise Parker


The finalists!



Vita Sidorkina

October 30th, 2014 by models.com
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Be fierce this Halloween! #MDCGRAM directed by Kloss Films starring Dalianah Arekion

October 28th, 2014 by models.com
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Eian Scully @ Soul & Hugo Barbosa @ Wilhelmina / Photos by Casey Vange for Models.com

Some fashion shows are all about the outlandish clothes, while others provide over the top sets or a larger than life atmosphere – all well and good but sometimes you just want to see something focused entirely on the beauty of a perfect physique. Underwear label 2(x)ist gave fans of the male form something to cheer about last week with a stripped down fashion show that went back to basics. With rock hard abs and chiseled pecs on display everything else was an afterthought and that suited guests just fine. When there is a handsome guy looking his best in bright activewear or logo-printed skivvies who could ask for more?


Isha Blaaker @ Soul, Ronald Epps @ Wilhelmina, Deric Mickens @ Soul


Adam Caldera @ Ford



Bart Grzybowski @ Soul, Ronald Epps @ Wilhelmina


Eian Scully


Deric Mickens


Krit McClean @ One


Eme Chang Vergara @ Wilhelmina


Isha Blaaker @ Soul


Tobias Lewis @ Q


Emilio Flores @ Soul


Ronald Epps @ Wilhelmina


Deric Mickens @ Soul


Bart Grzybowski @ Soul / Ronald Epps @ Wilhelmina


Emilio Flores @ Soul


Deric Mickens @ Soul, Bart Grzybowski @ Soul


Josh Button


Francesco Brunetti @ One.1


Thor Bulow @ Soul


Kevin Sampaio @ Wilhelmina, Emilio Flores @ Soul / Photos Casey Vange for Models.com

October 27th, 2014 by Janelle
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A monochromatic splash of color on eyes and lips / Try Make Up Forever’s Aqua Cream in No. 8

The always alluring color is back in a big way with a variety of looks that expand on crimson’s capacity for chic. Eyes, cheeks and lips can all look exquisite with the right shade of red.

Photos by Julia Chesky for Models.com
Model Jasmine Sanders at The Society Management (New York)
Hair Isaac Davidson at Wilhelmina Artists
Makeup Paul Venoit
Production Kegan Webb
Beauty Editor Janelle Okwodu


The deepest reds provide a touch of gothic beauty especially in creamy textures / Try Lipstick Queen’s Made It, a deep wine


The classic glossy red lip is especially modern when worn with a fresh face and little else / Tom Ford’s Crimson Noir is the perfect cream


Matte is back! Nothing says vintage glamour than a cherry matte lip / Illamasqua Lipstick in Maneater packs a punch



The ideal vintage matte – Illamasqua Lipstick in Maneater packs a punch / The edgy all-purpose crimson – Make Up Forever’s Aqua Cream in No. 8 / The gothic red – Lipstick Queen’s Made It / The ultimate red experience – Serge Lutens’ Lip Palette in Red

October 21st, 2014 by Janelle
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Perfect skin and a subtle rosy shade on the eyes / Try Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Emerveille

If there was one look that reappeared again and again on this season’s runways it was the no-makeup look. Though looking fresh scrubbed and bare faced is appealing, it is also easier said and done. Though some truly roll out of bed flawless there are a million tips, tricks and products out there to help create (or fake) perfect skin. As theses striking images of Hélène Desmettre by Pablo Ravazzani illustrate, this modern, minimal look is perfection.

Photographer: Pablo Ravazzani
Make-up & Hair: David Tibolla at Celestine Agency for Chanel Beauté
Model Hélène Desmettre at IMG (New York)


Pristine skin like Helene’s is often the result of good genes, but skincare, diet and exercise can make a world of difference.


The sheerest wash of metallic color on the lids is all that is needed / Try NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Himalaya



Dr. Jart Pore Medic Cleansing Bubble
$32 at Sephora $32 at Sephora

Good genes help, but the right cleanser can make a world of difference. Right now we’re feeling the bubbly, paraben-free version from esteemed Korean brand, Dr. Jart. The deep cleaning foam Good genes help, but the right cleanser can make a world of difference. Right now we’re feeling the bubbly, paraben-free version from esteemed Korean brand, Dr. Jart. The deep cleaning foam

Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant
$40 at Dermalogica $40 at Dermalogica

Traditionally exfoliants scrub away dead skin with micro-beads or other gritty substances, but Dermalogica takes a different approach using Lactic and Hydroxy Acid to unclog pores and remove residue left behind from makeup. Traditionally exfoliants scrub away dead skin with micro-beads or other gritty substances, but Dermalogica takes a different approach using Lactic and Hydroxy Acid to unclog pores and remove residue left behind from makeup.

Bobbi Brown Lip Balm

$19 at Bobbi Brown $19 at Bobbi Brown
Who better than fashion’s queen of the nude lip to create the perfect lipbalm? Bobbi Brown’s formula is creamy without ever feeling greasy and that classic silver tin adds a bit of vintage glamour to the utilitarian balm. Who better than fashion’s queen of the nude lip to create the perfect lipbalm? Bobbi Brown’s formula is creamy without ever feeling greasy and that classic silver tin adds a bit of vintage glamour to the utilitarian balm.

Verso Night Cream
$100 at Barneys New York & Sephora $100 at Barneys New York & Sephora

A restorative cream as thick and rich as befits a luxury line, but its the collagen boosting properties that keep us coming back for more. Verso’s paraben and sulfate free skincare is great for even the most sensitive skin and the Stockholm based brand backs up every product with a double-blind research.

Shiseido Urban Oil Free UV Protector
$30 at Shiseido $30 at Shiseido
Everyone ought to be applying sunscreen of some form to protect themselves from UV rays and Shiseido’s option is especially chic with its glossy white packaging and pocket sized proportions. All that style doesn’t make for a lack of substance – the SPF 40 formula goes on smooth and provides maximum coverage. Everyone ought to be applying sunscreen of some form to protect themselves from UV rays and Shiseido’s option is especially chic with its glossy white packaging and pocket sized proportions. All that style doesn’t make for a lack of substance – the SPF 40 formula goes on smooth and provides maximum coverage.

October 20th, 2014 by models.com
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You might know Jeremy Kost (Jed Root) from his photographic collages, from his heavily-trafficked Instagram, or his signature hairstyle, but you definitely don’t know him from his latest work, a lush, powerful selection of multiple-exposure Polaroids now making their first appearance collected in his latest book, Fractured, out later this month. The new images, which blend Kost’s signature masculine nudes with gentle landscapes and harsh neon signage, have been edited down from a nearly four thousand photographs he took over the last three years as part of this secret project, which marks an audacious and bold step forward in his artistic development. The images are explicit, yes, but also intimate and raw, a byproduct of his mix of recognizable names like Garrett Neff (who contributes a personal foreword), Chad White, James Lasky, and Seth Kuhlmann with undiscovered guys cast from Instagram. In an exclusive interview with Models.com, Kost opens up about his aesthetics, his process, and the very personal meaning of his new body of work. (Interview by Jonathan Shia)

Kost will be signing copies of Fractured tomorrow at Bookmarc in New York.

MDC: How did you come up with the idea of doing multiple exposures?

Jeremy Kost: It really happened by mistake. Maybe three years ago, a Polaroid got stuck in the camera in the studio and I made the next frame immediately over it and serendipitously came up with this layered, beautiful image that I was really excited about. I started playing around and figuring out the process and how it worked and how to really push that process. As evident in the collages and different bodies of work that I’ve done, I’m really interested in pushing the Polaroid medium beyond what I’ve been doing from day one. That’s really where it started, and that’s part of the impetus for where it’s gone.

In the end, I’ve always thought about myself as an artist and not a fashion photographer. I never wanted to be a fashion photographer, and I get bored really easily. I can’t shoot in my apartment anymore because I’ve shot it to death, I can’t shoot in a studio because a white wall to me is completely uninteresting. So when that happenstance came about, it opened up a whole new world of possibility for me to reinterpret all those things that had been monotonous before. All these locations that I felt like I’d shot to death, all of a sudden, had a whole new life. It was really exciting, and I felt like people have done multiple-exposed images for years, but I’d never seen it done coherently as a body of work. So for me it felt like I could do something that was really fresh and was uncharted territory in a way.

MDC: Where did the title come from?

JK: Coming up with a title is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. We went back and forth with this one, and finally I landed on Fractured, which for me represents a lot of different things. First, it’s a really aggressive word, this aggressive, hyper-masculine sense of breaking. In a sense, it goes back to this idea of fractured dreams, fractured memories, fractured desires, fractured hopes, lust, whatever. At three o’clock in the morning, I could be the most inappropriate person on earth, but when I’m working, I’m really working. My hands are to myself, my comments are to myself, I’m hyper professional. As a result, the art really becomes about these fractured desires and this fractured distance. It becomes the closest I’m going to have to that interaction physically, for all intents and purposes. Specifically, it’s really about this identity of a broken facade, these disjointed memories, these disjointed desires, in a very visceral way.

Shayne Davis (IMG)

Matt Williams

MDC: How do you hope this new project changes the perceptions people have of you and your work?

JK: I hope that they start to see it as art, and not just pictures of dudes. The male as a subject for me has a lot of personal layering to it, both having been 250 pounds and closeted growing up in Texas, having been in denial to myself until after college, and then continuing to grow as who I am. I still have massive body issues and probably will until the day I die, no matter if I have a body like Garrett’s or I continue to struggle. Hopefully, when people look at this work and read the corresponding text in the book, they can perceive that there’s more to the work than simply what’s on the surface and that there are all these conceptual underpinnings that have nothing to do with the fact that it’s this beautiful naked guy, and that there’s more to it from both a conceptual place and a place of intimacy as a constructed image.

MDC: Speaking of Garrett, why did you pick him to write the foreword?

JK: He and I have known each other for seven years now. We met when we were both were starting out in our various lives, but we have maintained our friendship and have collaborated on a number of projects over the last couple of years. In my first book, the director of the Andy Warhol Museum wrote a text, and then Ladyfag wrote a piece, so I thought it was interesting to have somebody who was writing with a more critical perspective, and then somebody who’s in the work and has a more popular perspective. In the end, Garrett has a pretty decent portion of the book, and he’s also in some of the more personal images. Glenn O’Brien and Franklin Sirmans, who’s a curator at LACMA, also contributed texts, so it was nice to have three straight men writing about the work.

Zach Boyers (Two Management)

MDC: What was the casting process like? What were you looking for in the guys you selected?

JK: When I first started shooting guys in 2001, most of them were dudes whom I met in a bar or wanted to sleep with or whatever, but when I decided to start doing more, I started finding guys through Manhunt and MySpace and all these alternative casting sources. I have a very specific casting æsthetic, it’s very much the Bruce Weber boy next door. As I’ve been working more and more with agencies, I’ve lost some of that thing where it’s just two people making art, without a third person’s opinion or somebody flipping out or any sort of drama. It’s just two people making shit that they’re both excited to make and are both comfortable making. That’s preface to the question, but a lot of the guys come through Instagram. Some contacted me out of nowhere, most of them I contacted, but I really love using Instagram as a casting vehicle, because you can find exceptionally beautiful guys that don’t have the baggage and also, frankly, aren’t show ponies. They’re not trained, so actually you end up getting a more honest image rather than a character, which I think is really interesting too. Everyone that I shoot, we have a conversation about the work and the expectations. I tell them I’m going to make pictures that they can use for Instagram or whatever, but the art, the nude stuff, stays off websites until it’s in a more sophisticated context. I have that same conversation whether you’re with IMG or whether you’re from Instagram. For me, that consistency and transparency is super, super, super important, and what I try to do is lay everything out so that everyone involved can make an educated decision about whether it’s right for them.

MDC: How did the works with the neon signs come about?

JK: I made the first one about a year ago. I snapped a “We Buy Gold” sign on the Lower East Side and then I layered it with a guy I was shooting, thinking, “Maybe this could work.” It was a pure experiment, and it totally worked, and before I knew it, I started looking at text and language and seeing it everywhere. I like the contrast of these guys in these largely rural places with the neon, which is largely urban in context. I think that push and pull is really interesting, and it also asks the question of what it means to take language out of context. Some of it’s meant to be a bit funny, some of it’s meant to be a bit sexual. I’m really excited about them. There’s such a rich history of language in contemporary art, so it sort of has a dialogue with Jack Pierson and Bruce Naumann and Barbara Kruger, some artists that I really respect.

MDC: Some people might classify your work as having a “gay” æsthetic. What is your response to that categorization?

JK: Look, any time there’s a naked guy, it’s considered homoerotic, whether it’s made by a straight man, a woman, or a gay man. Everybody wants to put things in a box so that they can understand them. Fine, I’m not offended by it. If you want to put it in that box, by all means. I certainly don’t make it with that intention. Sure, it’s about the male gaze, there are equal parts desire and lust as well, but there’s a lot more to it about identity, facades, physicality, transformation, all those things that, for me, are equally important, if not more important, than the desire aspect of it. So if that’s how somebody wants to perceive it, I’m not offended. It’s not how I look at it, but it is what it is. So long as somebody’s considering the work, that’s what’s most important to me.

James Lasky

October 17th, 2014 by models.com
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Alexander Wang x H&M Fashion Show from models.com on Vimeo.

If there is one designer in New York who knows how to throw a party it is Alexander Wang so when the king of downtown paired up with H&M they couldn’t launch their collaboration with a simple cocktail party. Bigger is better and Wang took the fashion set way uptown to Armory on the Hudson for a larger than life bash. The track & field complex was transformed into a sport-chic venue for the athletic influenced collection that debuted with a top model filled fashion show. If that isn’t enough excitement for you Wang had one more surprise under his sleeve, the return of hip hop icon Missy Elliot to the stage for a special concert. Watch the show above and take a look at the gorgeous faces on the runway and in the front row as you get ready for the collection to hit stores November 6th.


Brian Shimansky / Image Credit Randy Brooke / Stringer / Getty Images


Constance Jablonski / Image Credit Randy Brooke / Stringer / Getty Images


Tyson Beckford / Image Credit Randy Brooke / Stringer / Getty Images


Models strutting down the Armory during the show’s finale / Image Credit Randy Brooke / Stringer / Getty Images


Natasha Poly and Joan Smalls lead the pack / Image Credit Randy Brooke / Stringer / Getty Images


High flying acrobatics courtesy of parkour performers / Image Credit Randy Brooke / Stringer / Getty Images


Missy Elliott / Courtesy Image


Mary J Blige / Courtesy Image


Margareta Van Den Bosch & Alexander Wang / Courtesy Image


Kate Mara / Courtesy Image


Jessica Chastain / Courtesy Image


Justin Theroux / Courtesy Image


Dakota Fanning, Eddie Redmayne, Kate Mara / Courtesy Image


Dakota Fanning / Courtesy Image


Alexander Wang & Solange Knowles (Next Models NY) / Courtesy Image


Missy Elliott’s surprise performance thrilled the audience / Courtesy Image


Missy Elliott / Courtesy Image


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