Monday, January 31, 2011

Sports Illustrated's High Fashion Spin

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is about to get a decidedly high fashion spin. Fashion editorial models, Shannan Click, Izabel Goulart and Alyssa Miller will be making their debuts in the swimsuit issue this year. With the much anticipated edition due to hit news stands on the 15th of February, rumours are abuzz as to which models will make it into the issue, and more importantly onto the cover. 

I can confirm that the rookie models will be joined by; Brooklyn Decker, Jessica Gomes, Julie Henderson, Irina Shayk, Jessica White, Anne Vyalitsyna, Hilary Rhoda, Cintia Dicker, Damaris Lewis, and Christine Teigen. With only a few spots left to round out this year's model selection, let's hope that Bar Refaeli and Dominique Piek will also make the final cut.

Twenty year old Alyssa Miller is an LA native of German, Irish and Native American extraction. Standing at 174 cm in height, Miller has shot high fashion editorials for Numero, Harper's Bazaar UK, French Elle, L'Officiel, Italian Flair, Vogue Italia, Vogue Russia,  and has appeared on the covers of German and Italian Vogue, and French Revue de Modes. Miller is represented by Marilyn Agency in New York.


Italian Marie Claire - April 2009
Photographer - Jock Sturges

US Elle - March 2007
Photographer - Max Cardelli

Vogue Germany - February 2006
Photographer - Indelkofer & Knoeppel

Photographer - Unknown
Source - thefashionspot.com

French Revue de Modes - Unknown
Photographer - Thierry Le Goues

Vogue Italia Beauty Supplement - August 2005
Photographer - Alex Cayley

California girl, Shannan Click has been modelling since 2002 and got her big break when she was cast in the Guess Spring 2003 campaign. Click has since landed campaigns for Prada, Alberta Ferretti, Sport Max, Levi's, Pepe Jeans, the GAP, Tommy Hilfiger and Emporio Armani. Click is a runway veteran, having tread the catwalk for the likes of Gucci, DSquared, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino and most recently, Victoria's Secret. Represented by Women Model Management in New York, twenty seven year old Click has been featured in editorials for US Vogue, i-D Magazine, Numero, Vogue Italia, W Magazine, and Allure,


Prada - S/S 2005
Photographer - Steven Meisel

US Vogue -  May 2008
Photographer - Raymond Meier

Muse Magazine - April 2008
Photographer - David Vasiljevic

Numero - October 2008
Photographer - Camilla Akrans

Shannan Click
Photographer - Tony Kim
Source - thefashionspot.com

Woman Magazine - May 2010
Photographer - Hunter & Gatti

Shannan & Max
Photographer - Hugh Lippe

Dolce & Gabbana SS07
Photographer - Steven Klein


Brazilian bombshell, Izabel Goulart has been modelling since 2004 and has appeared in fashion editorials for Marie Claire France, Vogue Italia, Vogue Paris, Vanity Fair, Love Magazine, V Magazine, Hercules, and Numero. Goulart is a seasoned fixture at the shows having walked for Oscar de la Renta, Bottega Veneta, Chanel, Balenciaga, Valentino, Diane Von Furstenburg and Alexander Wang. Goulart recently made a return to the catwalks of Milan and Paris when she walked for Givenchy and Dolce & Gabbana at the Spring/Summer 2011 shows. Goulart is known in the industry for her incredible physique and has been a Victoria's Secret Angel since 2006. Represented by Women Model Management, Goulart has appeared on the covers of French Marie Claire, Vogue Brazil, Esquire, GQ, Rolling Stone and Vogue Nippon.


Photographer - Unknown
Source - thefashionspot.com

Paris Vogue - September 2005
Photographer - David Sims

Numero - June 2006
Photographer - Unknown
Numero - October 2005
Photographer - Vincent Peters

Dolce & Gabbana SS11
Photographer - Steven Klein

DT Magazine
Photographer - Unknown
Source - thefashionspot.com

A/X Armani Exchange SS08
Photographer - Tom Munro



Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sleeping Beauties

The February edition of Russh Magazine features Elite Model's Bambi Northwood-Blyth, Lisanne de Jong, and Hannah Holman in a series of languid bedside poses. The editorial shot by Benny Horne appears to be centred around a sleepover with the three besties decked out in ensembles by Preen, Missoni and Phillip Lim. The models look super comfortable and relaxed accompanied by styling which emphasises the youth and natural beauty of the trio. All three girls look like babes in the woods but it is Holman, sporting shoulder length golden locks, whose image leaps off the page.


Bambi Northwood-Blyth, Hannah Holman
& Lisanne de Jong

Left Image - Hannah Holman & Lisanne de Jong
Right Image - Bambi Northwood-Blyth & Hannah Holman

Hannah Holman & Bambi Northwood-Blyth

Lisanne de Jong & Bambi Northwood-Blyth

Lisanne de Jong & Hannah Holman

Bambi Northwood-Blyth

Bambi Northwood-Blyth, Lisanne de Jong,
& Hannah Holman, with Abbey & Meag.

Room for Two

Emerging models Anais Mali and Melodie Monrose are proving that there is room for more than one top black model at any given time, within the highest echelons of the modelling world. Both models have made significant headway since their impressive debuts at the Spring/Summer 2011 shows in September. Mali appeared in 22 shows, whilst Monrose logged a staggering 49 shows.

The exotic beauties are both French, with Mali hailing from Toulon, and Monrose from the French Caribbean island of Martinique. Mali's feline like features and impossibly high cheekbones are a product of her African and Polish heritage. Mali was scouted on the streets of Paris at the age of sixteen and has  recently moved to New York where she is represented by Ford Models. Monrose was introduced to an agent by a friend, and was signed swiftly by Wilhelmina Models before being whisked off to New York for the SS11 shows.

Mali and Monrose were photographed by Solve Sundsbo for an editorial in Interview's December 2010 issue. The editorial entitled "Double Vision" captures Mali and Monrose entangled in a series of electrifying and sensual poses. Both models compliment and play off each other to best effect. Mali has since been photographed by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia, and Mario Testino for US Vogue. Monrose's luminous beauty has been captured by the likes of Hugh Lippe for Dazed & Confused, Danielle Duella and Iango Henzi for V Magazine, and Emma Summerton for Vogue Italia.

I am so excited at the modelling prospects which await these two newcomers. Both models possess an innate love of fashion and exude an air of elegance and sophistication. I adore Monrose's melancholic eyes, which light up in an instant when she flashes her exuberant smile. Mali's look may be exotic but she is a versatile beauty with a runway swagger to rival the most seasoned veterans.


Melodie Monrose & Anais Mali
Interview Magazine - December 2010
Photographer - Solve Sundsbo

Melodie Monrose
Photographer - D P Benson
Source - thefashionspot.com

Melodie Monrose
V Magazine - January 2011
Photographer - Danielle Duella & Iango Henzi

Anais Mali
Vogue Italia - January 2011
Photographer - Steven Meisel

Anais Mali
Photographer - Unknown
Source - bellazon.com

Melodie Monrose
Photographer - Unknown
Source - Melodie Monrose Facebook Fanpage

Melodie Monrose
Photographer - Unknown
Source - thefashionspot.com

Anais Mali
Vogue Italia - January 2011
Photographer - Steven Meisel

Anais Mali
Photographer - Unknown
Source - thefashionspot.com

Anais Mali & Melodie Monrose
Interview Magazine - December 2010
Photographer - Solve Sundsbo
Source - fashiongonerogue.com



Strength in Numbers

The February 2011 edition of US Vogue features a mammoth cast of thirty five of modelling's current and newest faces, in a sublimely beautiful editorial lensed by Mario Testino. The editorial entitled "Gangs of New York", showcases a diverse selection of models sequestered in groups according to hair colour, country or continent of origin and ethnicity. Wearing fashions by Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Proenza Schouler, Ralph Lauren, and Rodarte, the images beautifully convey the individual aesthetic of each collection. The end result is an editorial which is whimsical and delightful, whilst  celebrating diversity and beauty in all of it's guises. 


Patricia Van der Vliet, Mirte Maas & Nimue Smit
Photographer - Mario Testino

Jana Knauerova, Hannah Holman, Britt Maren, Abbey Lee Kershaw
 & Kasia Struss
Photographer - Mario Testino

Joan Smalls, Ajak Deng, Arlenis Sosa, Chanel Iman, Anais Mali,
Jourdan Dunn & Sessilee Lopez
Photographer - Mario Testino

Julia Saner, Anna de Rijk, Frida Gustavsson & Jac Jagaciak
Photographer - Mario Testino

So Young Kang, Hyoni Kang, Tao Okamoto, Fei Fei Sun & Ming Xi
Photographer - Mario Testino

Arizona Muse, Jacquelyn Jablonski, Kendra Spears & Karlie Kloss
Photographer - Mario Testino

Kate Somers, Julia Hafstrom, Julia Johansen, Luisa Bianchin,
Chantal Stafford-Abbott, Donna Loos & Gwen Loos
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - fashiongonerogue.com





Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Still Super

An exhibition featuring the Supermodels of the 70s and 80s is due to open on the 28th of January at the Steven Kasher Gallery in New York. The exhibition features ten portraits of legendary supermodels shot by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. The images of models; Christie Brinkley, Carol Alt, Cheryl Tiegs, Lisa Taylor, Beverly Johnson, and Nancy Donahue amongst others, were taken in 2009 whilst Greenfield-Sanders was working on a project for Vanity Fair magazine.

In an interview for stevenkasher.com, Greenfield-Sanders pays tribute, "These women, now in their fifties, were once the reigning queens of American beauty. As ultimate icons of world-wide marketing, I knew their stories would be extraordinary, and I wanted to hear what they had to say." By photographing these icons of beauty, Greenfield-Sanders hopes to draw attention to "how we deal with ageing in our hopelessly youth oriented society."

The portraits of some of modelling's most famous faces, provide a moment to reflect on our perceptions of beauty and the ageing process, and illustrate that the two need not be mutually exclusive. 


Lisa Taylor

Christie Brinkley

Beverly Johnson

Kim Alexis

Cheryl Tiegs

Carol Alt

Karen Bjornson

Esme

Nancy Donahue

Dayle Haddon
All images courtesy of stevenkasher.com