Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Strike A Pose

Vogue China celebrates its 8th Anniversary with a bumper September 2013 issue featuring 8 solo cover choices. Photographers Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin are enlisted to showcase the beauty of Vogue China's favourite models of the moment including homegrown talents Liu Wen, Sui He, Fei Fei Sun and Xiao Wen Ju. European models Doutzen Kroes, Kati Nescher, Daria Strokous, and Sasha Pivovarova round out the illustrious cast. The "Lucky 8" appear to be taking the mickey out of the fashion bible's namesake by striking over the top poses which lean more towards the Tyra Banks school of modelling. Perhaps most disappointing though is the notable exclusion of any black models amongst the line-up of cover candidates. Editor-in-chief Angela Cheung sheds light and disarming clarity on the selection process in the Editor's Letter; "For Vogue China's 8th Anniversary, we chose to feature 8 Chinese and Western models on 8 individual covers. Not only are each of these girls achieving great success in their careers, but they all embody in some way the Vogue spirit we wish to promote."

Liu Wen
Vogue China - September 2013
Photographer - Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
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Kati Nescher
Vogue China - September 2013
Photographer - Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
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Fei Fei Sun
Vogue China - September 2013
Photographer - Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
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Daria Strokous
Vogue China - September 2013
Photographer - Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
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Sui He
Vogue China - September 2013
Photographer - Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
Source - facebook.com/chungkitblog

Sasha Pivovarova
Vogue China - September 2013
Photographer - Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
Source - facebook.com/chungkitblog

Xiao Wen Ju
Vogue China - September 2013
Photographer - Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
Source - facebook.com/chungkitblog

Doutzen Kroes
Vogue China - September 2013
Photographer - Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
Source - facebook.com/chungkitblog

Monday, July 29, 2013

Prime Time of Your Life

American Vogue embraces popular music culture with the über cool pairing of supermodel Karlie Kloss and the French electro-house music act Daft Punk for an editorial in its August 2013 issue. Photographer Craig McDean braves the bustling streets of New York City with Kloss and the dapper looking helmeted musical duo. Musicians Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Hohem-Christo slip right into character with glistening robotic-like headwear and Saint Laurent suits by Hedi Slimane. Not one to ever be overshadowed, Kloss gets her groove on thanks to an electrifying crimped shoulder length bob and elaborate party looks worthy of a night out on the town. Fashion editor Tabitha Simmons' selection of shimmering frocks from the Fall/Winter 2013 collections of Alexander McQueen, Chloé, Gucci, Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana, and Marc Jacobs amongst others are sure to bring out the party animal in even the most reserved American Vogue reader. With the "Get Lucky", Daft Punk and Pharell William's recent collaborative effort being hailed as the song of the Summer party season, American Vogue clearly has its finger firmly on the pulse of what sets minds and hearts racing.

Karlie Kloss
US Vogue - August 2013
Photographer - Craig McDean
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US Vogue - August 2013
Photographer - Craig McDean
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US Vogue - August 2013
Photographer - Craig McDean
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US Vogue - August 2013
Photographer - Craig McDean
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US Vogue - August 2013
Photographer - Craig McDean
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US Vogue - August 2013
Photographer - Craig McDean
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US Vogue - August 2013
Photographer - Craig McDean
Source - thefashionspot.com

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sweet Treats

Love Magazine enlists five of its current favourite muses to channel Disney character Minnie Mouse for the  magazine's 10th Anniversary issue. Entitled the "Sweetie Issue", Editor-in-chief Katie Grand was inspired by photographer Herb Ritts' 1987 shot of Madonna in which the iconic singer dons Minnie Mouse ears replete with a polka dot bow. "There was something about that look - knowing, but genuine, and genuinely sweet - that got me thinking. And I've always been a fan of Minnie's style and that polka-dot bow. So we set about getting my favourite girls in Minnie Mouse ears that had been enhanced by the likes of Miu Miu and Jake and Dinos Chapman for Louis Vuitton." explains Grand while speaking with Disneybymark.com. Models of the moment Cara Delevingne, Edie Campbell, Georgia May Jagger, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, and the surprise inclusion of Japanese newcomer Chiharu Okunugi round out the cast of cover models. Photographic boy wonders Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott capture the unique individual qualities of each model from Delevingne's expressive goofball antics, to Huntington-Whitely's simmering sensual allure, and Okunugi's oh so sweet demure prettiness while injecting each image with a healthy dose of good old fashioned Disney fun.

Chiharu Okunugi
Love Magazine - Issue 10
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
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Rosie Huntington-Whitely
Love Magazine - Issue 10
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
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Georgia May Jagger
Love Magazine - Issue 10
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
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Edie Campbell
Love Magazine - Issue 10
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
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Cara Delevingne
Love Magazine - Issue 10
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
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Saturday, July 27, 2013

This Girl Is On Fire - Amanda Murphy

American beauty Amanda Murphy makes a sizzling Paris Vogue debut in the August 2013 issue captured by intrepid photographer Alasdair McLellan. Murphy gives her best blue steel look straight down the barrel of McLellan's lens, decked out in the Fall/Winter 2013 season's toughest chic looks styled by fashion editor Marie Chaix. The twenty six year old is being hailed as one of the most exciting newcomers of the recent Fall/Winter 2013 collections, which is not bad given that Murphy has been in the modelling game since as early as 2008. Represented by power house agency IMG Models, Murphy's tenacious spirit was finally rewarded with blue chip runway bookings beginning with the Pre-Fall 2013 Calvin Klein show followed by turns on the runway at Proenza Schouler, Prada, Dries Van Noten, Chanel, Lanvin, Christian Dior, and Miu Miu during the Fall/Winter 2013 shows. Murphy's powerful presence and unflinching beauty has model aficionados drawing comparisons to modelling legend Linda Evangelista. In the aftermath of the show season, Murphy has wasted little time in amassing up an impressive list of achievements including dual bookings with Steven Meisel for the Prada's Fall/Winter 2013 campaign and for Vogue Italia's July 2013 cover, and editorial appearances in American Vogue, Dazed & Confused, and Interview posing for industry heavy-hitters Patrick Demarchelier, Craig McDean, Mario Sorrenti, and Mikael Jansson. Watch out for Murphy to continue her blue chip assault at the Spring/Summer 2014 collections in September.

Amanda Murphy
Paris Vogue - August 2013
Photographer - Alasdair McLellan
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Paris Vogue - August 2013
Photographer - Alasdair McLellan
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Paris Vogue - August 2013
Photographer - Alasdair McLellan
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Paris Vogue - August 2013
Photographer - Alasdair McLellan
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Paris Vogue - August 2013
Photographer - Alasdair McLellan
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Paris Vogue - August 2013
Photographer - Alasdair McLellan
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Paris Vogue - August 2013
Photographer - Alasdair McLellan
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Paris Vogue - August 2013
Photographer - Alasdair McLellan
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Paris Vogue - August 2013
Photographer - Alasdair McLellan
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Destiny's Child - Kirstin Liljegren

Scoop Model Management's Kirstin Liljegren is being primed for greatness in the lead up to the Spring/Summer 2014 collections with a smattering of red alert editorial and campaign bookings. The blond haired Nordic beauty with dreamy turquoise blue eyes displays stunning versatility in editorials for the August 2013 editions of W Magazine, Danish Elle and Cover Magazine. Liljegren flits seamlessly between editorial appearances from college chick to too cool for school Indie bombshell to sophisticated Wall Flower with the ease of a seasoned veteran. The hype surrounding sixteen year old Liljegren has been steadily building momentum since she was plucked from relative obscurity before even having set foot on an international runway, to appear in Balenciaga's Spring/Summer 2012 campaign shot by Steven Meisel. Liljegren backed up her riveting campaign debut by opening exclusively for Balenciaga's Spring/Summer 2013 presentation and by scoring a consecutive slot in the label's Fall/Winter 2013 campaign. At the recent Fall/Winter 2013 collections, Liljegren's blue chip status was amplified ten-fold by runway appearances at Prada, Jil Sander, Louis Vuitton, and Miu Miu. Venerated Italian fashion label Missoni selected the ingenue to front its Fall/Winter 2013 campaign lensed by Vivianne Sassen. With an editorial lensed by Patrick Demarchelier soon to surface, Liljegren is certain to be the name on every casting director's lips  as the preparations for the Spring/Summer 2014  season get underway.

Cover Magazine - August 2013
Photographer -
Source - thefashionspot.com

Elle Denmark - August 2013
Photographer - Oliver Stalmans
Source - thefashionspot.com

Elle Denmark - August 2013
Photographer - Oliver Stalmans
Source - thefashionspot.com

W Magazine - August 2013
Photographer - Paolo Roversi
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Balenciaga Babe
Style.com - S/S 2013
Photographer - Alasdair McLellan
Source - thefashionspot.com

Missoni - Fall/Winter 2013
Photographer - Viviane Sassen
Source - thefashionspot.com

Balenciaga - S/S 2013
Photographer - Steven Meisel
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Leader of the Pack
Balenciaga - S/S 2013
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Balenciaga - S/S 2012
Photographer - Steven Meisel
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Exclusive Interview - Kate King

Mississauga native Kate King was one of the most intriguing newcomers that IMA encountered throughout the Spring/Summer 2013 show season. King's hybrid mix of cultures lends her a look that is distinctly unique and one which keeps the fashion world and her fans guessing as to her ethnic roots. Scouted at age thirteen whilst on vacation in New York, King kept her modelling aspirations at bay for a few years to focus instead on her higher school learning. Blessed with divine almond shaped eyes, a luscious pout, and a lanky 178 cm frame, King was an instant hit during her debut outing at the Fall/Winter 2011 collections appearing at Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Yves Saint Laurent, and Louis Vuitton amongst others. In the midst of the pressure boiler atmospherics of the shows, King displays a disarming air of normalcy and a sense of calm that provides a welcome respite from the chaos of fashion week.  Indeed it is King's hard to place beauty coupled with an inquisitive mind, eloquence and a maturity beyond her years which allows the nineteen year old to pierce through the haze of newcomers vying for the approval of casting directors and designers. IMA caught up with King as she took a breather between modelling assignments to chat about her whirlwind year, her fashion week emergency survival kit, and what it means to be truly Unforgettable.

Kate King
Photographer - Gustavo Papaleo
Source - thefashionspot.com


Inoubliable Model Army: Hi Kate, it's been almost a year since we met at the castings for Altuzarra during the Spring/Summer 2013 season! What have you been up to over the past year and are you looking forward to the upcoming Spring/Summer 2013 collections?
KK: This past year has been a really exciting one for me. Workwise I have gotten to experience so many firsts! Some I can't even detail just yet!

IMA: Would you mind sharing a bit of your backstory with IMA's readership?
KK: I am 20 as of December 3rd and have been modelling for just short of three years. I was initially discovered by a woman on the streets of New York whilst on vacation when I was thirteen after exiting a Broadway show. However I did not start modelling until much later via another route.

IMA: Had you previously harboured modelling ambitions prior to being scouted?
KK: Well, my Aunt was a model so the idea was not so foreign to me as it is to many girls being as I was always tall and thin. Although I never gave modelling too much thought until I was approached by someone in the industry.

IMA: You possess one of the most distinctive and hard to place faces in modelling today. Where do you hail from and what are your ethnic origins?
KK: I was born and raised in Canada, in a suburb of Toronto. My mother is from Guyana with roots in Portugal, India, Sudan, and Ireland. My father is 100% Scottish.

i-D Magazine - December 2012
Photographer - Richard Bush
Source - models.com

V Magazine Spain - S/S 2011
Photographer - Terry Tsiolis
Source - rygradfashion.wordpress.com

Vogue Italia - January 2013
Photographer - Tom Munro
Source - thefashionspot.com


IMA: During your debut season at the Fall/Winter 2011 shows, you landed on Top 10 Newcomers lists for IMA, models.com, and COACD. Did the industry's overwhelming positive response came as a surprise and what factors do you feel have contributed to your meteoric rise through industry ranks?
KK: Success especially in the beginning is always a welcome surprise. Running around to castings, you see hundreds of other girls, my expectations were realistic but my experience surpassed my expectations tremendously.

IMA: At the S/S 2013 pre-castings for Altuzarra, you exhibited and inner calm and quiet confidence. How do you approach the casting process and is there a secret to wowing casting directors and designers?
KK: I don't think there's a secret to winning over casting directors. I think you have to be yourself and hope that they respond positively to that.

IMA: The show season is an intense rush of emotion, stress coupled with sleep deprivation, jet lag, and being pulled at from head to toe. How do you prepare for the onslaught of the shows?
KK: I prepare by making sure that a few weeks before I step up my game a bit in the wellness aspect of my life. I go to the gym more frequently and try to eat as well as I can. Also, I will put together a little"emergency kit" that contains plasters, blister treatments, pain killers, caffeine etc., all the good stuff that keeps me going in the craziness of what fashion week can be.

Alberta Ferretti - S/S 2012
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Hervé Léger - S/S 2012
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Prada - S/S 2012
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com


IMA: You're resumé includes lucrative campaign appearances for Dolce & Gabbana, Chloé, and Top Shop amongst others. Have you gotten used to seeing your image in magazines and emblazoned across billboards?
KK: At the beginning, seeing myself in magazines or on billboards was quite strange. I would shy away from it a bit. Now however, I embrace it more openly than before. I am proud to be a part of the projects I have been involved in and it's amazing to see the final product.

IMA: Editorial appearances in a diverse array of publications including Vogue Italia, Russh, Dazed & Confused, American Vogue, 032C, Another Magazine, Russian Vogue, and Dansk, are an indication of your versatility in front of the lens. How do you get into character for a shoot and how important is the synergy on set with the photographer and crew to the overall creative process?
KK: It is a different process for every shoot. So I take each job as it comes, usually there are inspiration pictures or I get inspired by the hair and the make up or by what the photographer has to say or the set we are working on. Every shoot inspires me differently. I try to listen and absorb what the vision is for the shoot and do my best to emulate what it is the photographer, art director, or client wants.

IMA: What are the most valuable life lessons that you have acquired as a result of your modelling experiences?
KK: I have learned and continue to learn so many things from my job. It is an industry where you have to grow up quickly, you have to learn how to communicate with people much older and with much more experience than you. That can be a difficult thing, but it is nevertheless a very important skill set. The travelling and the congregation of girls from various backgrounds and countries brings to light different cultures and ideas which is extremely eye-opening.

Kate King & Julia Nobis
US Vogue - September 2011
Photographer - Karim Sadli
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Kate King & Karmen Pedaru
Chloé - S/S 2012
Photographer - Glen Luchford
Source - thefashionspot.com

Kate King, Bianca Balti, Monica Bellucci & Andreea Diaconu
Dolce & Gabbana - F/W 2013
Photographer - Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana
Source - models.com


IMA: The life of a model can be a lonely one with lots of time spent travelling, on planes and in hotels abroad. How do you manage this aspect of modelling life?
KK: I am extremely close with my family and luckily have the privilege to have them come visit often and to travel with me on occasion.

IMA: How has your sense of style evolved as a result of your exposure to the industry?
KK: My style continues to evolve, I mean this is an industry based on trends and I really enjoy fashion and love being part of it and to be able to evolve with it.

IMA: What do you hope to achieve in modelling and what would you be doing otherwise if you hadn't pursued modelling as a career path?
KK: Well, I am nineteen so if I wasn't modelling I would be in school majoring in social science I'm sure.

IMA: Imagine you're on the cover of British Vogue shot by Peter Lindberg as per the original five Supers - Christy, Linda, Cindy, Tatjana, and Naomi. If you could choose, who would you most like to share the honours with?
KK: Katlin Aas, Nadja Bender, Andreea Diaconu, and Hanne Gaby Odiele.

IMA: What makes you "Inoubliable" (Unforgettable)?
KK: I am always trying to better myself, to be kinder to people, more open to different ideas, and to learn about the world.

Russh Magazine - June 2011
Photographer - Benny Horne
Source - models.com

Elle Canada - February 2012
Photographer - Leda & St Jacques
Source - thefashionspot.com

Kate King, Kremi Otashliyska & Juliana Schurig
T Magazine - F/W 2012
Photographer - Tyrone LeBon
Source - thefashionspot.com

Vogue Japan - March 2012
Photographer - Tommy Ton
Source - models.com

Kate King, Anais Pouliot & Ming Xi
Vogue Russia - February 2012
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - thefashionspot.com

Twin Magazine - Issue 5
Photographer - Paul Wetherell
Source - thefashionspot.com