Sunday, August 24, 2014

Who's that Girl - Edie Campbell

Arriving on the scene in 2005 when she was cast by British Vogue's Lucinda Chambers for an editorial lensed by star photographer Mario Testino, Edie Campbell by no means a newcomer is currently experiencing what can only be described as a bonafide modelling moment. The twenty-four year old British beauty is the 'model of the moment' appearing on the cover of American Vogue's September 2014 edition, Vogue Italia's August 2014 issue, and in Fall/Winter 2014 campaigns for Bottega Veneta, Lanvin, Alexander McQueen, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein ck One Fragrance, Sandro, and Zara. The doe-eyed model with the irresistible blonde shag hairdo has charmed fashion folk with her alluring combination of street chic and fine English pedigree (her mother Sophie Hicks being a former British Vogue fashion editor). In 2013, American Vogue's Anna Wintour joined the Campbell fan club stating emphatically, "Edie has the kind of quirky beauty that fashion types can't help loving,... and I won't be at all surprised if she has the kind of career like Stella Tenant's - someone whose looks and intelligence keep the industry enthralled for a long time to come." Campbell makes further inroads this month into fashion's inner circle appearing in 'Edie a Paris', a divine Paris Vogue editorial shot by Alasdair McLellan. Campbell is the embodiment of Parisian chic styled by fashion editor Suzanne Koller as she poses for McLellan along the River Seine while taking in the city's many magnificent sights.

Edie Campbell
Paris Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Alasdair McLellan
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Paris Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Alasdair McLellan
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Paris Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Alasdair McLellan
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Paris Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Alasdair McLellan
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Paris Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Alasdair McLellan
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Paris Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Alasdair McLellan
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Paris Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Alasdair McLellan
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Paris Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Alasdair McLellan
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Paris Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Alasdair McLellan
Source - thefashionspot.com

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

British Vogue's 12 Year Drought - Malaika Firth & Riley Montana

British Vogue's bumper September 2014 issue features a Bruce Weber lensed editorial showcasing a magnificent cast of black modelling talent. Supermodel Naomi Campbell returns to her native Brixton accompanied by stunning newcomers Malaika Firth, Riley Montana, and Alewya Demmisse. Entitled "Home-Coming", Campbell is captured by Weber in a series of intimate portraits as she catches up with an entourage of friends and family including designer Azzedine Alaia, stylist and fashion editor Juilia Sarr Jamois, and her mother and grandma Valerie and Ruby Campbell. The celebratory proceedings are marred however by the absence of Campbell and her coterie of rising black stars from the magazine's cover. Which makes little sense from a high fashion POV given Campbell's status as one of the most iconic supermodels of all time, and Firth and Montana's combined blue chip campaign clout for labels including Givenchy, Prada, Burberry, Valentino, Tommy Hilfiger, and Marc Jacobs. 

The cover slight against Campbell has drawn media ire towards British Vogue's seemingly "whites-only" stance towards its cover models. As reported by the Guardian's Tasny Hoskins, British Vogue has not featured a black model alone on its cover since Campbell's solo appearance in August 2002. More recently, British supermodel Jourdan Dunn appeared on British Vogue's November 2008 cover alongside models Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Eden Clark. When quizzed by the Guardian as to its editorial policy and the exclusion of black models in particular Dunn from its cover, British Vogue's press office responded with the statement, "We have put Beyoncé and Rihanna on the cover of Vogue and at least half of our covers do not feature models. We love Jourdan Dunn and she was the cover star of the last Miss Vogue which previously had featured Cara Delevingne." With Puerto Rican top model Joan Smalls, Egyptian Moroccan newcomer Imaan Hammam, and Chinese model of the moment Fei Fei Sun gracing the cover of American Vogue's September 2014 issue, IMA hopes that British Vogue will recognise the power and beauty of diversity in its cover candidates.

Malaika Firth & Riley Montana
British Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Bruce Weber
Source - thefashionspot.com

Alewya Demmisse
British Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Bruce Weber
Source - thefashionspot.com

Malaika Firth, Alewya Demmisse, Naomi Campbell & Riley Montana
British Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Bruce Weber
Source - thefashionspot.com

Naomi Campbell
British Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Bruce Weber
Source - thefashionspot.com

Naomi Campbell
British Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Bruce Weber
Source - thefashionspot.com

Julia Sarr Jamois
British Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Bruce Weber
Source - thefashionspot.com

Tinie Tempah & Naomi Campbell
British Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Bruce Weber
Source - thefashionspot.com

Maximum Coverage - Ophélie Guillermand

One newcomer who grabbed IMA's attention during the castings for Spring/Summer 2014 and has held it ever since is the impossibly divine Ophélie Guillermand. With her beguiling combination of French understated chic, light olive skin, and chestnut brown eyes, Guillermand was a comforting presence amongst the ubiquitous icy peroxide blondes infiltrating fashion's runways. Aged twenty and hailing from Verdun in the North-East of France, Guillermand debuted at the Fall/Winter 2013 collections however it wasn't until the Spring/Summer 2014 season that she truly made her mark with a stellar show list which included appearances at Alexander Wang, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Jil Sander, Nina Ricci, Valentino, and Balenciaga. Guillermand's mix of high fashion moxie and brooding sensuality have placed her on high alert with casting directors, designers and fashion editors culminating in a deluge of editorial and runway bookings. Photographed by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia's December 2013 cover and Prada's Spring/Summer 2014 campaign, Guillermand's blue chip status has been consolidated by ensuing editorial appearances for Intermission, Another Magazine, W, and the German, Japanese, British and American editions of Vogue. Guillermand continues her dream run this month with an only girl editorial for Russian Vogue. Photographed by Jason Kibbler, Guillermand poses in head to toe knitwear styled by Olga Dunina with the clear emphasis being on her alluring visage. 

Ophélie Guillermand
Russian Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Jason Kibbler
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Russian Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Jason Kibbler
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Russian Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Jason Kibbler
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Russian Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Jason Kibbler
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Russian Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Jason Kibbler
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Russian Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Jason Kibbler
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Russian Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Jason Kibbler
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Super Normal, Super Cool

W Magazine highlights the new breed of Supermodel sans artifice with a stellar cast of top models and emerging new talent. Supermodel Kate Moss leads the charge with photographic boy wonders Mert & Marcus capturing the motley crew cast on location; court side, shooting the breeze at the park, and for a series of informal studio portraits. Industry veterans Daria Werbowy, Raquel Zimmermann, Lara Stone, Meghan Collison, and Suvi Koponen are joined at the hip by models of the moment Amanda Murphy, Anna Ewers, Saskia de Brauw, and Mica Arganaraz. Fashion and style director Edward Enninful and Mert & Marcus capture the essence of "Super Normal Super Models" channelling the editorial shoots for Peter Lindbergh, Herb Ritts, and Steven Meisel from the early 90's but with a paired-back modern day spin. The cast of everyday supermodels pose while shooting hoops, communing with nature, and catching a few rays au naturel. Kitted out in tank tops, flannels, oversized sweaters, basic denim, and head-to-toe black ensembles the stellar line up of beauties are captured cavorting with male models Daan Van de Deen, Filip Hrivnak, and Steve Milatos. Each of the ten girls featured possesses her own distinct allure and memorable beauty harking back to an era when models were anything but banal.

Saskia de Brauw
W Magazine - September 2014
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Maria Carla Boscono & Anna Ewers
W Magazine - September 2014
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Maria Carla Boscono
W Magazine - September 2014
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Anna Ewers
W Magazine - September 2014
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Daria Werbowy
W Magazine - September 2014
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Kate Moss
W Magazine - September 2014
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Daria Werbowy
W Magazine - September 2014
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Suvi Koponen
W Magazine - September 2014
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Raquel Zimmermann, Amanda Murphy, Saskia de Brauw, Maria Carla Boscono, Daria Werbowy,
Lara Stone, Meghan Collison, Suvi Koponen, Anna Ewers, & Mica Arganaraz
W Magazine - September 2014
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Daria Werbowy, Amanda Murphy, & Maria Carla BosconoW Magazine - September 2014
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Anna Ewers, Suvi Koponen, & Lara Stone
W Magazine - September 2014
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Suvi Koponen, Maria Carla Boscono, Daan Van der Deen, Anna Ewers,
Filip Hrivnak, & Steve Milatos
W Magazine - September 2014
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Anna Ewers, Meghan Collison, Daria Werbowy, Raquel Zimmermann,
Suvi Koponen, & Kate Moss
W Magazine - September 2014
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Steve Milatos, Suvi Koponen, Lara Stone, Saskia de Brauw, Maria Carla Boscono,
Daan Van der Deen, Daria Werbowy, Anna Ewers, Meghan Collison,
Amanda Murphy, Filip Hrivnak, & Raquel Zimmermann
W Magazine - September 2014
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Friday, August 15, 2014

Made in Heaven - Melina Gesto

The Fall/Winter 2014 collections resembled a United Nations Summit with fresh modelling talent from the world all over descending on the four fashion capitals. Amongst the Dutch, French, German, Danish, Brasilian, Chinese, Dominican, British, and Australian contingent were a smattering of Argentine beauties including the sensational Melina Gesto. Discovered at age seventeen by her mother agent Pink Models Management, Gesto has swiftly garnered industry accolades for her fine chiselled features, hypnotic blue eyes, and lanky 179 cm frame. Gesto's Fall/Winter 2014 exclusive for Miu Miu followed by a rapid succession of blue chip editorial bookings for Paris Vogue, i-D, SSAW, and Grit have placed her high on the radar of casting directors heading into the Spring/Summer 2015 season. This month, Gesto is in fine form for "Made in Heaven" captured by photographer Thomas Lohr for German Vogue. Replete with her trademark nose-ring, Gesto combines a delicate femininity with an effortless androgynous cool while modelling fur coats and mohair pullovers from the Fall/Winter 2014 collections of Marni, Roberto Cavalli, Prada, Delpozo, and Sportmax. With her bristling sensuality and air of cool indifference, IMA has Gesto firmly in its sights as a Top 10 Newcomer for Spring/Summer 2015.

Melina Gesto
German Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Thomas Lohr
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German Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Thomas Lohr
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German Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Thomas Lohr
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German Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Thomas Lohr
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German Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Thomas Lohr
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German Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Thomas Lohr
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German Vogue - September 2014
Photographer - Thomas Lohr
Source - thefashionspot.com

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Exclusive Interview - Lina Berg

Twenty-four year old Lina Berg was a breath of fresh air as she breezed into the castings for Chloé Resort 2015 held in New York by Elodie Yelmani Casting. The Berlin native's head-to-toe black outfit paired with Doc Martins were the perfect counter-balance to Berg's flaxen golden hair, lightly bleached eyebrows, and flawless fair complexion. Berg's strikingly angular bone structure, intense gaze, and compelling mix of femininity and androgynous cool, make her impossible to miss amongst any casting line-up. However it is Berg's personal backstory and character which make her more than just another pretty face and instead someone that you would want to kick back with over a beer and get to know. A former student of math and physiques, Berg's interest in people and what drives human behaviour may be attributed to her mother who is a practising psychologist. Within five seconds of entering the casting room, Berg had casting director Elodie Yelmani and IMA in the palm of her hand with her engaging personality, natural ease, and wicked Berliner humour.

Modelling for only two years, Berg's stint in New York during the Resort 2015 collections has catapulted her well and truly into the fashion limelight. Blue chip appearances at Calvin Klein, Balenciaga, Chloé, and Miu Miu, have industry heavyweights hailing Berg as the new Iselin Steiro. With her slender 178 cm silhouette, a chiseled jawline and spectacular cheekbones, and a runway death stare the would make grown men weep, Berg was a commanding presence as she stalked the catwalk for the fashion elite. Berg's recent test shoots with Matthew Priestley and William Lords, and editorial bookings for Vanidad, XOXO, and i-D, are a prelude to what will surely be a killer Spring/Summer 2015 season. Berg caught up with IMA while recharging her batteries in the lead up to Fashion Week, to discuss her love of travelling, the duality between modelling and acting, the importance of keeping an open mind, and her most cherished Resort 2015 moments.

Lina Berg
Photographer - Matthew Priestley
Image courtesy of Fusion Models NYC


Inoubliable Model Army (IMA): Hi Lina, thank you for chatting with IMA! Super congrats are in order for a stunning debut at the Resort 2015 collections with appearances at Chloé, Calvin Klein, Balenciaga, Miu Miu, and Opening Ceremony. How are you feeling in the aftermath of the Resort 2015 shows?
Lina Spangenberg (LS): Hey hey, thank you so much for your congrats and this interview! I'm super excited about how my debut in New York turned out. I really didn't expect it to be that amazing! Before I came to New York, I thought I will just enjoy the new city and build up my book a little ;-). But I guess unexpected things are always the best and you can enjoy them even more!

IMA: Would you mind filling in IMA's audience on your personal backstory?
LS: Of course! I'm 24 years old and come from Berlin. I first started modelling almost two years ago but really started travelling around one year ago when I first met Tuomas Ahonen, my lovely booker from M4 Models, my mother agency.

IMA: When we met at the castings for Chloé Resort 2015, IMA was struck by your composure, quiet confidence, and natural charisma. Do you find the casting process nerve-wracking and how do you approach castings in general?
LS: I like doing castings, every time and again it's interesting how clients react, what they want you to do and most importantly it's always a new chance ;-). I don't think a lot about castings beforehand. I just walk in and be myself. The only preparation that is important for me is to do sports (I love to go running to free my mind)  whenever I can, to eat healthy and drink lots of water. Also getting a good night's rest is important to feel fresh and full of vitality.

IMA: Given that you've been modelling for some time already, what factors do you feel have fallen into place recently to allow for you to finally breakthrough to modelling's elite level?
LS: That's not easy to say, maybe it's just my relaxed and natural appearance, my grounded personality, my strong expression and facial features, but in the end I guess I was just in the right place at the right time ;-)

Balenciaga - Resort 2015
Image courtesy of Balenciaga
Source - style.com

Calvin Klein - Resort 2015
Photographer - Dan Lecca
Source - style.com

Miu Miu - Resort 2015
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

Lina Berg & Irina Sharipova
Chloé - Resort 2015
Photographer - Neill Seeto
Casting - Elodie Yelmani & Neill Seeto


IMA: You're a fellow Berliner! IMA was based in Berlin for three years and loved it there. What do you love and miss most about your home city and what have been your impressions so far of New York?
LS: Right now everything is so new and interesting here in NYC so I haven't reached the point of missing Berlin yet. I have always been a person who wanted to discover the world and not stay in one place for too long. Travelling has always been a part of my life, as my parents went on holidays a few times a year with me and my younger brother. Through the way I was raised, I guess I grew up to be an independent and strong person so homesickness and self-crisis haven't touched me yet, at least for now ;-). The only thing that I will miss for sure is my friends and my cute little apartment in which I don't have to fight with "little monsters" who leave dirty dishes all over the place and steal my underwear, haha!

IMA: Backstage at the Chloé Resort 2015 Presentation, you mentioned that you had a studying background in economics and physiques acquired at the University of Dusseldorf! What were your career aspirations before modelling interceded and what have you found most surprising about modelling and the industry itself?
LS: I actually studied maths and physics. My original plan was to study psychology but then things didn't quite work out the way I was hoping. Most surprisingly was perhaps my own feelings that it felt so natural and good to pose for a camera and to walk down a catwalk.

IMA: You've appeared in stunning editorials for i-D, Bullett Magazine, Vanidad, and XOXO Magazine, and recently tested with photographers Matthew Priestley and William Lords. Do you enjoy the print component of modelling and are you able to feel the moment on set when all the factors are perfectly aligned to produce a killer image?
LS: To create a killer image, it's super important that the teamwork is good and everyone is giving 100%. If that's the case and there is some cool music playing, I love the Stones but also funky 80s music or 90s hiphop. It's fun becoming a different character in front of the camera. I love to develop new characters, for me there are no rules once I am in front of the camera, I just want to let go and strike a pose ;-). The other day when I was on set, I received the biggest compliment when someone said, "Lina you are an actress!", I loved hearing that because for me this is also an integral part of my job.

XOXO Magazine - October 2013
Photographer - Gülüm Erzincan
Source - thefashionspot.com

Lina Berg
Photographer - Matthew Priestley
Image courtesy of Fusion Models NYC

Vanidad Magazine - March 2014
Photographer - Juan Aldabaldatrecu
Source - thefashionspot.com


IMA: In terms of recent casting trends, there appears to be a level playing field with models of all nationalities converging on fashion's runways. Casting directors are looking instead for girls with personality and a distinct individuality more akin to the supermodel aesthetic of the early nineties. What are your thoughts on this casting trend and do you feel that the current generation rising stars have what it takes to inject the Super back into modelling?
LS: I think the supermodel era was a time unto itself but it's great to see that clients like to book models with character again.

IMA: A model's sense of style plays a key role when presenting to clients and also off-duty due to the rise of street style photographers and bloggers. How would you describe your own personal style and what are your current wardrobe essentials?
LS: I would describe my style as easy and comfortable. I love to combine black basics with some more outstanding pieces like colourful shoes or other accessories. I couldn't be without my black skinny jeans, doc martens, and a cool jacket.

IMA: Travelling is part and parcel of a model's daily existence. What have been some of your favourite travel destinations and would you mind sharing some insider Berliner travel tips?
LS: New York would definitely rate as one of the tops but I also loved being in Istanbul a lot, the city is so inspiring and different. I had some great shooting locations, beaches, dessert, and I really found the different cultural aspects interesting. 
When you go to Berlin you should simply hangout in the streets of Kreuzberg. There you can find everything; restaurants, bars, parks, exhibitions, you name it!

IMA: Management plays a vital role in a model's career trajectory. How has your agency Fusion Models NYC prepared you for the New York market and what do you value most about Fusion's management philosophy?
LS: That is so true. I am super happy to be placed with Fusion in New York. They are a boutique agency so not too big and they do care a lot about every single model, and give me the feeling that they are interested in me as a person!

i-D Magazine - Pre Fall 2014
Photographer - Daniel Jackson
Source - thefashionspot.com

Photographer - Matthew Priestley
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Photographer - Matthew Priestley
Source - thefashionspot.com


IMA: What are the most valuable life lessons that you have acquired as a result of your modelling experiences?
LS: That I just have to be open-minded towards new people and situations and that I will benefit a lot even from bad experiences. You just have to try to enjoy every single second and what each different market has to offer. Being able to see the world isn't something everybody gets to enjoy with their jobs. "Don't think about everything" that was something I had to learn in the beginning.

IMA: What were some of the key highlights of the Resort 2015 collections that you will cherish forever?
LS: There are a lot of things I will never forget about. First of all to meet the designers, who I only knew from press and the internet beforehand. The way Alexander Wang welcomed me backstage was amazing, he is super nice with a cute character and handsome ;-). At all of the shows the work backstage was super professional, well organised, I met some people again who I haven't seen in a while like other models but also Duffy, the famous hairstylist who I knew form Berlin. Really crazy to me was the way I got to meet the "Chloé Family", everyone welcomed me with open arms (including you) and I even got invited to the official dinner after the show. That was a huge honour for me! Thank you so much!!

IMA: What makes you "Inoubliable" (Unforgettable)?
LS: That I am just myself, a bit quirky and strange sometimes, an honest character with a lot of thoughts and talent to inspire others. Well, when it comes to my appearance, people tell me that they love my hair colour and structure, my deep expression in the eyes, and the easy and delicate way I move my body. I really enjoy meeting new people and I look forward to each adventure.

Lina Berg
Photographer - Elodie Yelmani & Romain Aissa Dermouche
Image is property of Inoubliable Model Army


Special thanks to Jody Gordon at Fusion Models NYC. For more information on Fusion Models NYC, please log onto www.fusionmodelsnyc.com