Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Coming Up for Air - Sonya Gorelova

Ukrainian newcomer Sonya Gorelova sizzles in the sun for French Numéro's May 2014 issue with iconic photographer Han Feurer as her poolside accomplice. Feurer trains his lens on the Society Management NY-repped beauty for "Plein Soleil" as she sets pulses racing at Miami's Hotel Raleigh wearing an assortment of bold neon-hued bathing suits. The twenty-year old rising star showcases swimwear by Giorgio Armani, Plein Sud, Eres, and Chanel, paired with Louis Vuitton leggings and Christian Louboutin heels. Gorelova's kittenish baby blues, high cheekbones, and tempestuous pout are counter-balanced by a subtle androgyny highlighted by a strong wide-set jawline. Gorelova's  tomboyish allure and classic 80's supermodel va-va-voom make her a compelling proposition for casting directors and photographers. In recent months, the red alert has been placed on Gorelova via a series of high profile collaborations with photographer Mario Testino, Ben Hassett, and Hans Feurer for Vogue Brasil, W Magazine, French Numéro, and Testino's "Towel Series". Yet to make her international runway debut, the buzz surrounding Gorelova is likely to reach fever pitch leading up to the Spring/Summer 2015 collections in September.

Sonya Gorelova
French Numéro - May 2014
Photographer - Han Feurer
Source - glossynewsstand.com

French Numéro - May 2014
Photographer - Han Feurer
Source - glossynewsstand.com

French Numéro - May 2014
Photographer - Han Feurer
Source - glossynewsstand.com

French Numéro - May 2014
Photographer - Han Feurer
Source - glossynewsstand.com

French Numéro - May 2014
Photographer - Han Feurer
Source - glossynewsstand.com

French Numéro - May 2014
Photographer - Han Feurer
Source - glossynewsstand.com

Monday, April 28, 2014

Moroccan Dream - Maggie Jablonski

L'Officiel France takes its readers on a Moroccan safari adventure with American teen Maggie Jablonski and Norwegian photographer Stian Foss in tow. "La Captive du Desert" features the fifteen year old Major Model-repped newcomer on location at the Scarabeo Stone Camp situated in the sprawling desert landscape of Agafay, located 40 kilometres from Marrakech. Jablonski is dressed to brave the elements in khaki, light weight cotton, and heavy duty trench coats styled by Anne Sophie Thomas from the collections of Chloé, Givenchy, Lanvin, Tod's, Paul & Joe, and Bottega Veneta. Jablonski is a picture of calm serenity while nursing a baby goat, pitching her tent, laying by the camp fire, or taking in the magnificent Marrakech sunset. Since her stunning debut at Prada's Spring/Summer 2014 Menswear show, Jablonski has carved up the international runway circuit appearing recently at Chanel, Roberto Cavalli, Dsquared2, Proenza Schouler, and Alexander Wang during the Fall/Winter 2014 collections. Jablonski's star quality is equally incandescent in print with editorial appearances for Document, Jalouse, Odda Magazine, and L'Officiel France, and a Steven Meisel-lensed Prada Spring/Summer 2014 campaign under her lithe belt. Perhaps even more alluring is in spite of her All-American Tennessee roots, Jablonski's bloodlines are predominantly Polish which explains in part her distinctly European chic appeal.

Maggie Jablonski
L'Officiel France - March 2014
Photographer - Stian Foss
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

L'Officiel France - March 2014
Photographer - Stian Foss
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

L'Officiel France - March 2014
Photographer - Stian Foss
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

L'Officiel France - March 2014
Photographer - Stian Foss
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

L'Officiel France - March 2014
Photographer - Stian Foss
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

L'Officiel France - March 2014
Photographer - Stian Foss
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

L'Officiel France - March 2014
Photographer - Stian Foss
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

L'Officiel France - March 2014
Photographer - Stian Foss
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Art Imitates Life - Sasha Pivovarova

Following a stunning return to the catwalk at Chloé's Fall/Winter 2014 show, supermodel Sasha Pivovarova hightails it to Barcelona for a little R'n'R in American Vogue's May 2014 issue. Celebrity fashion photographer Mario Testino shadows the Russian beauty and singer-songwriter James Blake as the pair explore the sights of Barcelona in "Day Tripping". Fashion editor Tonne Goodman finds inspiration in the city's stunning architecture and vibrant decking out Pivovarova in versatile daywear embellished with bold patterned prints from the Fall/Winter 2014 collections of Carolina Herrera, Marni, Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta, Giambattista Valli, and Burberry Prorsum. Pivovarova slips into full holiday mode while taking in the spectacular sights of Barcelona from the rooftop of Antoni Gaudi's Casa Batilo, in the grounds of Park Güell, or while pausing for a Café con leche in the city's majestic Gothic Quarter. The twenty-nine year old veteran model is in her element having previously studied art history at the Russian State University of Humanities and being an artist in her own right painting and sketching in her free time. Pivovarova's illustrations have been featured in Paris Vogue, the New York Times, Vogue China, and in exhibitions at Mansion Grand in New York and in Paris. Speaking in a video for clothing brand Free People's January 2014 catalogue, Pivovarova reveals "I'm creative so I need to do something with my hands. I need to express myself but I try to find inspiration in everyday things."

Sasha Pivovarova
US Vogue - May 2014
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - thefashionspot.com

Sasha Pivovarova & James Blake
US Vogue - May 2014
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Vogue - May 2014
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Vogue - May 2014
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Vogue - May 2014
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Vogue - May 2014
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Vogue - May 2014
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Vogue - May 2014
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - thefashionspot.com

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Body Electric - Anja Rubik

Paris Vogue fuses the worlds of fashion, dance, and film for "Backstage", an editorial nod to 80's dance film classics Fame and Flashdance. Polish supermodel Anja Rubik and an entourage of trained dancers including identical twins Laurent and Terry Bourgeois are put through their paces while posing for photographer Mario Sorrenti in a magical display of athleticism, artistry, and pure emotion. Rubik looks primed for a high fashion dance-off in outfits styled Editor-in-Chief Emmanuelle Alt from the Haute Couture collections of Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Viktor & Rolf, and Zuhair Murad. The editorial delivers an element of fantasy, fun, and dramatic flair as Rubik demonstrates her prowess before Sorrenti's lens, modelling from the top of her cascading blonde ringlets to the tip of her leg warmer clad feet. The thirty year old industry veteran commands the stage whether straddling a ghetto blaster, leaning against a piano, or while caught swaying to the beat. The multi-dimensional model who is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of 25 Magazine, looks set to take her career into overdrive having recently changed representation to powerhouse agency IMG Worldwide.

Anja Rubik
Paris Vogue - May 2014
Photographer - Mario Sorrenti
Source - thefashionspot.com

Paris Vogue - May 2014
Photographer - Mario Sorrenti
Source - thefashionspot.com

Paris Vogue - May 2014
Photographer - Mario Sorrenti
Source - thefashionspot.com

Paris Vogue - May 2014
Photographer - Mario Sorrenti
Source - thefashionspot.com

Paris Vogue - May 2014
Photographer - Mario Sorrenti
Source - thefashionspot.com

Paris Vogue - May 2014
Photographer - Mario Sorrenti
Source - thefashionspot.com

Paris Vogue - May 2014
Photographer - Mario Sorrenti
Source - thefashionspot.com

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Power Play - Imaan Hammam

The French word "panoplie" meaning an impressive collection of things serves as the focal point for an editorial starring model of the moment Imaan Hammam in Paris Vogue's May 2014 issue. Photographer Terry Richardson trains his voyeuristic lens on the seventeen year old mixed Moroccan/Egyptian beauty as she grapples with a mannequin in series of power play poses. Hammam is decadently styled by Fashion Editor Marie Chaix in luminous black ensembles with brilliant flashes of red, turquoise green, and glimmering metallics. The Fall/Winter 2014 designs by Burberry Prorsum, Givenchy, Céline, Roberto Cavalli, and Proenza Schouler figure prominently providing the perfect accompaniment to Hammam's intoxicating exotic beauty as she writhes and wrestles with a nude mannequin. Hammam clearly comes out on top having confirmed her status as the newcomer most prescient in the minds of casting directors, designers, and fashion editors. Since causing a stir opening exclusively for Givenchy's Spring/Summer 2014 show, Hammam swiftly followed suit by logging a blistering blue chip trail at the recent Fall/Winter collections courtesy of 27 pristine show bookings. Equally impressive is Hammam's strong editorial presence with back-to-back bookings for American Vogue, and lens time with Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia in addition to this month's stunning Paris Vogue debut.

Imaan Hammam
Paris Vogue - May 2014
Photographer - Terry Richardson
Source - thefashionspot.com

Paris Vogue - May 2014
Photographer - Terry Richardson
Source - thefashionspot.com

Paris Vogue - May 2014
Photographer - Terry Richardson
Source - thefashionspot.com

Paris Vogue - May 2014
Photographer - Terry Richardson
Source - thefashionspot.com

Paris Vogue - May 2014
Photographer - Terry Richardson
Source - thefashionspot.com

Paris Vogue - May 2014
Photographer - Terry Richardson
Source - thefashionspot.com

Paris Vogue - May 2014
Photographer - Terry Richardson
Source - thefashionspot.com

Paris Vogue - May 2014
Photographer - Terry Richardson
Source - thefashionspot.com

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Exclusive Interview - Iana Godnia

Ukrainian beauty Iana Godnia was one of the key faces that IMA placed on high alert in the lead up to the Fall/Winter 2014 season. Modelling since 2009 after being scouted by a former model, Godnia has gained invaluable industry experience and insights which have led to her pivotal breakthrough success on the Fall/Winter 2014 runways. Switching representation to Major Model Management in late 2013, Godnia underwent an image overhaul which encompassed new test shots for her portfolio, a revamping of her casting wardrobe, and a clear high fashion focus for the Fall/Winter 2014 collections. With exquisite sculpted cheekbones, soulful brown eyes, and a svelte runway ready physique, Godnia attracted key interest early during the Fall/Winter 2014 season from casting directors with the most influence. Godnia's exclusive Fall/Winter 2014 debut at Calvin Klein set the wheels in motion for a landslide of blue chip bookings including Burberry Prosum, Jil Sander, Céline, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, and Alexander McQueen.

On the runway Godnia exudes a chameleon-like quality and sophistication that translates to an ability to morph seamlessly from goddess of grunge at Calvin Klein, to bohemian rhapsody at Burberry Prorsum, ultra chic girl about town for Bottega Veneta, and wild at heart feral beauty at Alexander McQueen. Godnia's modelling success is a testament to the merits of sound management, an unwavering will to succeed, and precise timing. No doubt Godnia's stunning physical presence, mature outlook, and appreciation of her newly anointed blue chip status will play a prescient role in the aftermath of the Fall/Winter 2014 collections. Godnia took time out from her post-Fashion Week schedule to chat exclusively with IMA about her most cherished Fall/Winter 2014 moments, her love of bad films, the importance of sharing a common vision with Major Models, and finding her groove in New York City. 

Iana Godnia
Photographer - Felix Wong
Source - thefashionspot.com


Inoubliable Model Army (IMA): Hi Iana, congratulations on a stunning Fall/Winter 2014 season and on making it onto IMA's Top 10 Newcomers List for the season! Were you stunned by the quality and the sheer number of shows that you booked, and at what point did your realise that this was your major breakthrough moment?
Iana Godnia (IG): I'm thrilled! After doing the Calvin Klein show in New York, I thought "Okay, this is really happening!?" Then after the shows wrapped up in Paris, I read a list of the shows I did and I was ecstatic!

IMA: Would you mind sharing your personal backstory with IMA?
IG: I'm twenty-two years old and I was born in Uman, Ukraine. I got into modelling when I was seventeen, but it wasn't something I was doing full-time because I was still in school. I was discovered by a former model that does scouting in Kiev.

IMA: Domonick at Major Models predicted huge things for you in the lead up to the Fall/Winter 2014 collections. What do you feel were the contributing factors to your breakthrough success this season?
IG: It's hard to say. Sometimes things just click. I think the biggest contributing factor is that I don't get discouraged easily!

IMA: You've been appearing on Top Newcomers Lists everywhere however you have been modelling since 2009. Do you feel that your considerable industry experience and the fact that you weren't an 'overnight success' has enabled you to cope with the intense pressure and success of this past season?
IG: Not being an 'overnight success' has allowed me to fully appreciate how lucky I am. In terms of dealing with pressure, experience and maturity are  definitely helpful and I think clients notice that.

Bottega Veneta - F/W 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Calvin Klein
Photographer - Gianni Pucci
Source - style.com

Valentino - F/W 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Louis Vuitton - F/W 2014
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com


IMA: The Fall/Winter 2014 season began for you with a Calvin Klein exclusive followed by an overall tally of 24 show bookings including Louis Vuitton, Jil Sander, Burberry Prorsum, Alexander McQueen, Céline, and Valentino! What are your most cherished memories of the past season both on and off the runway?
IG: After working many hours with the team at Calvin Klein, Francisco Costa said to me, "You're inspiring and everything looks good on you." I have so much respect for his work so it was the nicest compliment I've ever received. The hair and makeup at Alexander McQueen was so special, it felt more like Hollywood than Fashion Week! Just being part of that was amazing. I also rode my first motorcycle taxi between the Miu Miu and Hermés shows on the last day of Paris Fashion Week!

IMA: There appears to be a growing trend in the industry of models hitting their stride professionally in their mid to late 20s. Do you feel that this is a mere coincidence or a reflection of the public's desire to see women as opposed to young girls mirrored on fashion's runways and in print?
IG: I don't think it's a coincidence. Models in their mid to late 20s are more likely to have the maturity and experience that makes them more capable professionals.

IMA: You've gone through a number of changes of agency representation before joining Major Models in 2013. What do you appreciate most about Major Model's management approach and philosophy? What key advice did your agents offer you in preparation for the Fall/Winter 2014 season?
IG: I feel that Major Models has a solid understanding of my career vision. That's really important. It's disheartening when you feel a lack of consensus on such a fundamental issue. I think the best advice I received was to remember to eat and to drink lots of water!

IMA: New York is a long way from your home town of Uman! Was it a culture shock when you first moved to the US, and has the time spent living abroad altered your perception of your own culture and homeland. What do you love most about New York and what do you miss most about home?
IG: The airport in Kiev was a culture shock coming from Uman! But yes, the experience has changed me. There's so much diversity in New York that I never experienced in the Ukraine. And that's my favourite thing about New York. It's an easy place for different people with different backgrounds to find their groove. An experience like that is transformative; it alters your perception about everything. But there are definitely things I miss about the Ukraine. First my family and more recently Crimea.

Iana Godnia
Photographer - Jacob Sadrak
Source - thefashionspot.com

Iana Godnia
Image courtesy of Major Model Management

Iana Godnia
Photographer - Felix Wong
Image courtesy of Major Model


IMA: What do you hope to achieve in the course of your modelling career, and are there any key industry figures that you find particularly inspiring and would love to one day collaborate with?
IG: My goal is to spend time working with inspiring people for as long as possible. My favourites from last season are Francisco Costa, Nicolas Ghesquiere, and Christophe Lemaire. I'd jump at any opportunity to work with them again.

IMA: Modelling can at times seem like an all-consuming profession especially during Fashion Week! What do you do in your spare time to unwind and decompress from the world of modelling?
IG: I eat amazing food... I like cooking and discovering new restaurants. A little shopping, I watch some bad movies and occasionally a good one ;-). And I travel... anywhere warm, or scenic and authentic.

IMA: Beauty is very much in the eye of the Beholder. What is your definition of true beauty?
IG: When thinking of true beauty, my mind goes to nature before humans.

IMA: A model's sense of style plays a pivotal role at castings and off duty with the prevalence of street style photographers. How do you dress off duty, and was there an outfit that you wore on the runway this past season that you have been unable to get out of your mind since?
IG: I loved the pink dress I wore in my first look at Valentino! Off duty, I focus on being comfortable with a casual cool. It feels good hanging around in a bikini, but you have to mix it up and surprise people.

IMA: What makes you "Inoubliable" (Unforgettable)?
IG: Meeting me and talking to me, if I'm willing to let you get to know me ;-)

Iana Godnia
Photographer - Delwin Kamara
Image courtesy of Major Model


Special thanks to Domonick Hannosh and Delwin Kamara at Major Model Management and Julie Murat at Elite Model Management Paris. For more information on Major Model and Elite Model Management Paris, please log onto www.majormodel.com and www.elitemodel.fr

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Blonde Ambition - Ola Rudnicka, Sasha Luss & Maja Salamon

Among the deluge of newcomers to surface at the Fall/Winter 2014 collections were a battalion of platinum blonde beauties whose lightened locks cast an ethereal mood over runway proceedings. The blonde in a bottle brigade included newly anointed runway stars Devon Windsor, Nastya Sten, Harleth Kuusik, Maja Salamon, Sasha Luss, Ola Rudnicka, Irene Hiemstra, and Charlene Högger. Vogue Japan picks up on the recent insurgence of blonde runway renegades with an editorial featuring Ola Rudnicka, Sasha Luss, and Maja Salamon for its March 2014 issue. The grand master of light and shade photographer Paolo Roversi, contrasts the lightened locks of the trio with a stark grey back drop with slithers of dappled light casting shadows on the model's pristine features. The best of the Spring/Summer 2014 collections are showcased with stylist Nicoletta Santoro adding a mystical spin to standout looks by Céline, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Givenchy, and Alexander McQueen. Casting director Piergiorgio Del Moro demonstrates his casting prowess in assembling the trio of complimentary beauties. All bases are covered with the poetic romantic beauty of Rudnicka, the sharp angularity and icy death stare of Luss, and the androgynous neutral features of Salamon providing ample inspiration for Roversi's magical lens.

Maja Salamon & Sasha Luss
Vogue Japan - March 2014
Photographer - Paolo Roversi
Source - thefashionspot.com

Sasha Luss
Vogue Japan - March 2014
Photographer - Paolo Roversi
Source - thefashionspot.com

Ola Rudnicka
Vogue Japan - March 2014
Photographer - Paolo Roversi
Source - thefashionspot.com

Ola Rudnicka & Maja Salamon
Vogue Japan - March 2014
Photographer - Paolo Roversi
Source - thefashionspot.com

Sasha Luss
Vogue Japan - March 2014
Photographer - Paolo Roversi
Source - thefashionspot.com

Maja Salamon
Vogue Japan - March 2014
Photographer - Paolo Roversi
Source - thefashionspot.com

Maja Salamon & Sasha Luss
Vogue Japan - March 2014
Photographer - Paolo Roversi
Source - thefashionspot.com

Sasha Luss
Vogue Japan - March 2014
Photographer - Paolo Roversi
Source - thefashionspot.com

Sasha Luss & Maja Salamon
Vogue Japan - March 2014
Photographer - Paolo Roversi
Source - thefashionspot.com