Saturday, June 30, 2012

Blown Away

American Vogue delivers a richly vibrant and sumptuous editorial starring two of the biggest names in modelling captured by tag team photographers Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott. The always delectable Lara Stone and golden girl Joan Smalls throw caution to the wind whilst decked out in Balenciaga, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent and Proenza Schouler amongst others. Smalls and Stone take power dressing to a new sophisticated level with bold splashes of colour, shiny glimpses of leather and gorgeous metallic accessories. Stone and Smalls are collectively putting the Super back into modelling's equation with their magnetic personalities, incredulous beauty, and their exceptional prowess on the runway and in front of the lens.

Lara Stone
US Vogue - July 2012
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - vogue.com

Joan Smalls
US Vogue - July 2012
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - vogue.com

Lara Stone
US Vogue - July 2012
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - vogue.com

Joan Smalls
US Vogue - July 2012
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - vogue.com

Joan Smalls
US Vogue - July 2012
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - vogue.com

Lara Stone
US Vogue - July 2012
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - vogue.com

Joan Smalls
US Vogue - July 2012
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - vogue.com

Lara Stone
US Vogue - July 2012
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - vogue.com

The Shock of the New

Photographer Steven Meisel forecasts modelling's trends with a hauntingly beautiful cover for the July 2012 issue of Vogue Italia. Just when you think you've seen it all, Meisel takes Vogue Italia readers on a gothic inspired trip to a concrete jungle playground with six of the standout faces of the Fall/Winter 2012 collections. Rising talents Vanessa Axente, Mackenzie Drazan, Julia Nobis, Elena Bartels, Erjona Ala and Lida Fox make their debut appearance on the Vogue Italia cover wearing Gucci gowns with styling by Karl Templer. The models look ominous as they stare menacingly at the lens whilst perched on a swing set and a uni-bicycle with tulle and gauze catching the wind. I only hope that Vogue Italia's gorgeously brooding cover is not a forecast for the European Summer season ahead of us.

Vanessa Axente & Mackenzie Drazan
Vogue Italia - July 2012
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - models.com

Vanessa Axente, Mackenzie Drazan, Julia Nobis, Elena Bartels, Lida Fox & Erjona Ala
Vogue Italia - July 2012
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - models.com

The Big Guns

Fashion pulls out modelling's big guns for the latest instalment of the Fall/Winter 2012 campaign offerings. In the saddle this time round are supermodels Kate Moss and Karmen Pedaru for Salvatore Ferragamo, Shalom Harlow for Jason Wu, Joan Smalls for Fendi, Iselin Steiro and newcomers Laura Love and Magda Laguinge for Etro, Candice Swanepoel for Versace Jeans, and Frida Gustavsson, Caroline Brasch Nielsen and Jac Jagaciak for Valentino. As always, it's wonderfully reassuring to see modelling icons like Moss, Harlow and Steiro leading the charge amidst the next generation of top models, bringing a healthy dose of diversity and interest to the deluge of campaigns in store for the Fall/Winter 2012 season.

Kate Moss
Salvatore Ferragamo - F/W 2012
Photographer - Mikael Jansson
Source - fashiongonerogue.com

Karmen Pedaru & Sean O'Pry
Salvatore Ferragamo - F/W 2012
Photographer - Mikael Jansson
Source - fashiongonerogue.com

Kate Moss
Salvatore Ferragamo - F/W 2012
Photographer - Mikael Jansson
Source - fashiongonerogue.com

Iselin Steiro & Miles McMillan
Etro - F/W 2012
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - fashiongonerogue.com

Iselin Steiro, Magda Laguinge & Laura Love
Etro - F/W 2012
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - fashiongonerogue.com

Candice Swanepoel & Dmitriy Tanner
Versace Jeans - F/W 2012
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - fashiongonerogue.com

Candice Swanepoel & Dmitriy Tanner
Versace Jeans - F/W 2012
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - fashiongonerogue.com

Joan Smalls
Fendi - F/W 2012
Photographer - Karl Lagerfeld
Source - fashiongonerogue.com

Joan Smalls
Fendi - F/W 2012
Photographer - Karl Lagerfeld
Source - thefashionspot.com

Shalom Harlow
Jason Wu - F/W 2012
Photographer - Willy Vanderperre
Source - models.com

Jac Jagaciak, Caroline Brasch Nielsen & Firda Gustavsson
Valentino - F/W 2012
Photographer - Deborah Turbeville
Source - models.com

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Seven From Heaven

As much as I enjoy paying recognition to past modelling greats, I also recognise the importance of looking towards the future and promoting new up & coming talent. So without much further ado, I'd like to introduce seven models who I am certain will be doing the rounds at castings in the lead up to the Spring/Summer 2013 collections in September. What these seven models possess is that indefinable "it" factor or a certain chutzpah which is innate, and sets them apart from the legions of pretty faces presenting at castings each show season.

Seventeen year old Annemijn Dijs has an arresting kind of beauty that stops you dead in your tracks. Her features are a unique combination of tough androgyny mixed with a sensual allure which will surely earn her accolades with casting directors and designers. Hailing from the Netherlands, Dijs measures in at 178 cm and possesses a penetrating gaze, razor sharp cheek bones and a tempestuous pout. This is one model that I will be looking out for as an "exclusive" in Milan or Paris.

Annemijn Dijs
Nationality - Dutch
Agency - IMG Model Management
Source - thefashionspot.com

Annemijn Dijs
Source - thefashionspot.com

French beauty Sara is one of Ford Europe's most promising new faces and possesses an nonchalant beauty that is very au courant in fashion circles. Sara's dreamy hazel green eyes, gorgeously symmetrical face, striking side profile and effortless chic will put her in good stead as she presents for castings at the Spring/Summer 2013 collections. I'm most excited about Sara as she is a real classic beauty but with an androgynous twist and has looks reminiscent of the nineties modelling sensation Anne Catherine Lacroix.

Sara
Nationality - French
Height - 177 cm
Agency - Ford Europe
Source - thefashionspot.com

Sara
Source - fashiongonerogue.com

Hailing from Amsterdam, twenty year old Maxime van der Heijden possesses a pristine kind of beauty that never goes out of fashion. Standing at 177 cm in height with flaxen blond hair, gorgeous baby blues and a complexion to die for, van der Heijden is quite simply a model agent's dream girl. In front of the lens, van der Heijden displays considerable modelling prowess and very few inhibitions. I'm looking forward to van der Heijden bringing that same fearless attitude to the runway.

Maxime van der Heijden
Nationality - Dutch
Agency - Ulla Model Management
Source -thefashionspot.com
Maxime van der Heijden
Source - ullamodels.com

Scarlet Pena Quezada is the latest in an impressive contingent of beauties to come out of the Dominican Republic. Represented by powerhouse agency IMG Model Management, Pena Quezada cuts a striking figure with her 178 cm slender frame and her gorgeous caramel complexion. Pena Quezada's face is a sublime combination of strong, refined features, soulful green eyes and a voluptuous, pillowy pout. I'm hoping that casting agents will be able to look past Pena Quezada's almost too beautiful looks to recognise her high fashion possibilities.

Scarlet Pena Quezada
Nationality -  Dominican
Agency - IMG Model Management
Source - models.com
Scarlet Pena Quezada
Source - models.com

Twenty-one year old Camila Costa is a Brazilian with a twist and comes with the prerequisite Brazilian swagger but also an elegant and oh so delicate refined beauty. Represented by IMG Model Management, Costa is a diminutive 175 cm in height with the face of an angel. Costa's soulful and enquiring gaze, imposing jawline, distinctive beauty spot on her cheek and in your face pout, make for a beauty that resonates. And when Costa smiles, she beams from within which will surely light up the room at casting calls.

Camila Costa
Nationality - Brazilian
Height - 175 cm
Agency - IMG Model Management
Source - thefashionspot.com

Camila Costa
Source - thefashionspot.com

I love a model with a strong face and Karolijn Zomer from the Netherlands certainly fits the bill. Equally striking is Zomer's 180 cm Amazonian-like frame and her engaging presence on the runway and in print. Zomer's elongated face, handsome nose and slightly off kilter mouth, make for a fascinating and imposing beauty. Zomer is certainly no newcomer having appeared at the Fall/Winter 2012 collections walking for Maison Martin Margiela, Mugler and Damir Doma amongst others. I absolutely adore Zomer's tough chic and one of a kind beauty, and am hoping for her breakthrough moment at the Spring/Summer 2013 collections.

Karolijn Zomer
Nationality - Dutch
Agency - IMG Model Management
Source - thefashionspot.com

Karolijn Zomer
Source - thefashionspot.com

Amalie Gassman is IMG Model Management's latest ingenue and possesses the kind of hard to place beauty that I find particularly fascinating. I know little about Gassman's background but judging by her features she appears to be a hybrid mix of cultures, perhaps Asiatic and European. Gassman's face is a divine combination of exotic allure mixed in with an All-American wholesome appeal. Standing at 175 cm, Gassman has a slight frame that would look exquisite in couture and on the runway. With designers looking to appeal to global markets, Gassman's multi-ethnic look will no doubt set her apart from the sea of homogenous faces at the Spring/Summer 2013 shows. 

Amalie Gassman
Nationality - Unknown
Agency - IMG Model Management
Source - thefashionspot.com

Amalie Gassman
Source - thefashionspot.com

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Global Beauties

Growing up as a child, I was fortunate to have been surrounded by inspirational and beautiful women from a variety of cultural backgrounds. My mother is Chinese-German, her two best friends were Welsh and Egyptian, whilst my nanny, who was more like my older sister, was native Papua New Guinean. My best friend Mishkaa, whom I have known since the age of six and remains to this day one of the true real beauties in my life, happens to be Welsh-Chinese. During my adolescence, I therefore found it perplexing as I scanned through my mother's fashion magazines, to note the very clear absence of non-caucasian models in advertisements and on the covers.

In 1987, I recall vividly flicking through Mademoiselle magazine at the newsstand and catching sight of a Revlon ad featuring four ravishing beauties in an image shot by the late great Richard Avedon. The models featured were Tatjana Patitz from Germany, Somalian Iman Abudlmajid, Talisa Soto from New York via Puerto Rico and the sassy Texan Jerry Hall. And hence, began my life-long interest in  models, as it was one of the first times that models were allowed an identity as their names and country of origin were figured prominently on the ads.

Revlon's iconic "The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon" campaign ran from 1987 till 1991 and was shot in its entirety by Avedon, featuring the leading models of the day in the most elaborately composed shots with big hair, gorgeous make-up and glamourous outfits and accessories matched according to theme. The campaign was so expressive and wondrously beautiful, and it encapsulated the essence of global beauty with models from all four continents appearing throughout its run. For a young kid growing up, it had a lasting impact as it was one of the first campaigns of its kind to truly adopt an all-inclusive and diverse appreciation of beauty.

Tatjana Patitz, Iman Abdulmajid, Talisa Soto & Jerry Hall
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - derclubhaus.blogspot.com

Linda Spierings, Rebecca Ghiglieri, Estelle LeFebure & Kathryn Redding
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - paperpursuits.blogspot.com

Kara Young, Laurence Treil & Christy Turlington
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - superqueen.wordpress.com

Claudia Schiffer, Rachel Hunter, Paula Abbott & Rachel Williams
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - paperpursuits.blogspot.com

Rosie Vela, Patti Hansen, Renee Russo & Beverly Johnson
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - paperpursuits.blogspot.com

Kersti Bowser, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford & Paulina Porizkova
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - thefashionspot.com

Beverly Johnson, Louise Vyent & Iman Abdulmajid
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - thefashionspot.com

Frederique, Karin Lund, Kim Alexis & Claire Hoak
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - paperpursuits.blogspot.com

Jerry Hall, Rachel Williams, Patti Hansen & Estelle LeFebure
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - thefashionspot.com

Cordula Reyer, Fabienne Terwinghe, Michaela Bercu & Carré Otis
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - superqueen.wordpress.com

Gail Elliott, Cindy Crawford & Iman Abdulmajid
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - paperpursuits.blogspot.com

Lauren Helm, Tara D'Ambrosio, Rebecca Ghiglieri & Hunter Reno
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - superqueen.wordpress.com

Michelle Brooks, Nastasia, Linda Evangelista & Sandra Zatezalo
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - paperpursuits.blogspot.com

Susan Miner, Maki & Janice Dickinson
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - thefashionspot.com

Alexa Singer, Sandra Zatezalo & Milla Jovovich
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - superqueen.wordpress.com

Monca Bellucci & Carmen San Martin
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - superqueen.wordpress.com

Cara Leigh, Lisa Kaufmann, Annie Morgan & Ashley Richardson
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - paperpursuits.blogspot.com