Andrej Pejic and her Galore collab t-shirt.
Photo: Getty Images/Courtesy of Galore/Prince and Jacob
The world of fashion collaborations isn't limited to pop stars and rappers. Not if Andrej Pejic has anything to do with it. The androgynous model has teamed up with Galore magazine's Prince Chenoa and Jacob Dekat for the collaborative tee she wore to the Galore Fashion Week party earlier this week, kicking off what Pejic has told us will evolve into a full line of t-shirts. "I've definitely always wanted to launch something in fashion," Pejic explained, "This t-shirt with Galore is just a warm up, actually, since I plan to start my own line of t-shirts. I'm launching it with my website that will be up in a month. I decided I needed to be more interactive with my fans since nobody knows my fans better than I do. I want to be able to communicate with them so it'll feature a blog and news updates." Exciting!
Models hang out and relax in Bernard Smith's Modellounge.
Photo: Courtesy of Modellounge X Microsoft
Is it too early in the week to play a little word association? *pauses for response* Am I still going to try it even if you object because I can't actually hear you over the whirr of my desktop computer? YUP! *prepares to shove ice-breaker game down readers' throats* What do you picture when you think of models off-duty? Is it street style shots of loping gazelles of women walking expertly on stiletto Louboutins across cobble stone streets? Seemingly impossible cheekbones hovering over effortless high fashion ensembles? While that's still all pretty true, there's a totally other side that we don't typically get to see — models just being regular girls, hanging out, practicing their walks, and playing video games and stuff — and there's actually a place in NYC where all that off-off duty action goes down: Modellounge X Microsoft.
Fashion Week is upon us, you guys! And whether this means lugging your clothes to the dry cleaners so you'll have something to wear to shows or just prepping your PJs to livestream the collections on your couch, here's one thing EVERYONE should do: start following LOVE magazine on Instagram, because Cara Delevingne has officially taken over. This season's model MVP, new British VOGUE cover girl, and pro-Instagrammer is documenting her New York fashion week adventures for the masses. So far she's mostly 'gramming kissy pictures with Kate Moss, Karl Lagerfeld or her own LOVE cover, but we know it's only a matter of time before more of her trademark funny faces make their way into our feeds.
In addition to being one of our totally incredible House Of Style hosts, Joan Smalls is so major in the modeling world that sometimes we simply can't believe that she's a real human. How did she do it? We ask ourselves, and want to look at her under a microscope to see if she's made of something different than we are. Well, now we don't have to do anything weird and totally creepy to find out how Joan Smalls became one of the most featured models in Vogue last year, because MTV's This Is How I Made It are doing that for us. Airing this Saturday at 12/11 Central, the episode explores Joan's childhood in Puerto Rico, how she first got into modeling, and the journey that she's been on since then. We have a sneak peek of the episode, with a clip in which Joan talks about following her passion for modeling, no matter what her family thought. Unwilling to completely go against her father's wishes, though, Joan figured out a way to become the model she is without sacrificing the thing her father thought was most important: a college education. And the really amazing part? Not only did Joan GO to college and finish super quickly, but she also graduated magna cum laude. How is this woman human? Watch the video after the jump and tell us what you think!
Photo: Getty Images
We've always known that our House of Style co-host has killer hair, but now it's official! In a story that ran this morning, The New York Times proclaimed Karlie Kloss to have THE haircut of the year, and who's going to argue with that? The supermodel surprised everyone when she debuted her new 'do backstage at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in November, trading her long locks for a swinging chop. But although it seemed like a spontaneous decision back then, turns out Karlie's cut was a long time coming. NYT reports that VOGUE had approached hairstylist Garren Defazio about doing a special style for an upcoming story, and he immediately knew that he wanted the 20-year-old to showcase his new shape. Inspired by '60s icons like Jane Birkin, the just-below-chin-length cut would let the model's damaged hair become healthy again AND give her a cool new edge. In an industry where long hair lends to a "blank canvas" look, Defazio says “I gave her a personality by cutting it.” Mission accomplished, don't you think?
Charlotte Free and Lenny Kravtiz in the new Eleven Paris campaign.
Photo: via Eleven Paris Facebook
French label Eleven Paris has always had a thing for coupling up models and musicians in its ads; while this isn't exactly a radical concept (Burberry, John Varvatos, and Gap also tend to throw these pretty people together), the new kind of power duo is clearly a formula that works. We first obsessed way back in August over Iggy Pop and Daisy Lowe's adorably goofy grins for Fall/Winter, but the brand's newest pair MIGHT just be the best one yet. Behold, Charlotte Free and Lenny Kravitz chilling hard and looking predictably gorgeous in the Spring/Summer ads, photographed in Miami and celebrating the company's 10th anniversary. Charlotte's working her trademark pink locks, but this time around her hair is laced with streaks of blue and yellow, all piled up into a messy high bun. It's a tousled beauty look that perfectly complements the collection's effortless downtown vibe, proving that it's pretty much IMPOSSIBLE to get any cooler than this...unless you happen to be Lenny K.
Kate Moss and Simon Cowell get chummy at an event in 2009.
Photo: Getty Images
We hate to keep adding man-power behind this Kate Moss X Factor rumor mill (LOL ermmm, NOT. We loooove rumors! CHURN. BABY. CHURN.), but this conversation is just too good to keep ourselves away. According to Grazia Daily, the supermodel MIGHT be in talks with Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment to have a major fashion part in this, the OG UK singing competition's 10th anniversary season.
Karlie Kloss and Joan Smalls cover Vogue.
Photo: Vogue UK/Vogue Australia
In 2012, House of Style co-hosts Joan Smalls and Karlie Kloss became bonafide mainstays on the pages of the fashion’s heaviest-hitting publications. Karlie and Joan are individual powerhouses, but this year they really became a gruesome twosome. We'd like to think that House of Style solidified their BFFL status, but other iconic moments together included storming the runway at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and landing individual covers for W Magazine's July issue. With a glowing (and growing) CV, it comes as no surprise that BOTH Karlie and Joan ranked among Vogue's top 10 featured models for 2012.
Uniqlo Spring 2013.
Photo: via Uniqlo Facebook
Google "Chloe Norgaard" and prepared to be bombarded with a technicolor rainbow wave of MAJOR HAIR ENVY. The model, DJ and music festival fixture has been working her My Little Pony locks like no other the past few months, showing them off for Terry Richardson, Dossier, and Harper's Bazaar. Now the native New Yorker's doing her thing for Uniqlo in the Japanese clothing giant's new Spring 2013 campaign, bringing a burst of much-needed candy color into the winter blahs.
Karlie Kloss for Donna Karan New York and Cara Delevingne for DKNY spring campaigns.
Photo: via DKNY PR Girl Tumblr
Donna Karan, are you reading our minds? Not that we're complaining or anything, because the New York designer has cast not just one but TWO of our favorite models in her spring campaigns! Double whammy, much? This season Karlie Kloss reprises her role as the face of the uber-elegant Donna Karan New York label (she repped the Resort 2013 line as well). Walking barefoot along the ocean and clad in an embellished pink spaghetti strap dress, the ex-dancer looks every bit the part of a beachy ballerina in this gorge campaign. And hey, matching pretty evening wear to the sunset and seawater doesn't hurt, either....
Meanwhile, Cara Delevingne's got the city slicker thing down on lock in the ads for the cool sister label DKNY. The model might be from London, but if you ask us, she totally nails the part as a New Yorker in these '90s-inspired shots.