Models on the cover of the Winter 2011/2012 issue of "V" magazine.
Photo: Terry Richardson/"V" magazine
If the 1990s is the age of the supermodel and the naughties were all about celebs on magazine covers, then what are the 20-teens? (The 2010s? We still have no idea what to call this decade.) Well, if it's up to stylist and former Paris Vogue editrix Carine Roitfeld, we are entering the age of the MODEL again. Not super, mind you, just MODEL, which is much more cool and minimal. In fact, Madam R has spearheaded the entire models-on-covers movement by placing not one, not two, but SIX models on FOUR different covers for the upcoming issue of V magazine, which marks the first time a model has been on the cover in the last two years. Shot by Terry Richardson (of course...gorge models...DUH) in vivid hyper-color, each duo wears designer ready-to-wear along with Hawaiian leis (because it's winter, obvs) while striking totally relaxed, smize-perfect poses that are innate to their kind (and have been meticulously attempted by celebutantes the world over for the past decade). On the yellow cover, Candice Swanepoel and Joan Smalls wear Balenciaga and VISORS while on the pink cover, Sui He and Hanaa Ben Abdesslem wear Celine while staring into your soul. It's as if they're all saying, "This is our territory, beeches, and we're TAKING IT BAAAACK," while sending out smoldering laser gazes from behind not only a giant V but a misleading cover line that says, "let's go Cruising!" It's all very intense and begs the question: Are celeb covers OUT and model covers back IN?
Photo: All images courtesy of photographer Rocky Schenck
Last week, the entire blogosphere stopped en masse to stare with wonder and exhilaration at a young woman named Frances Bean Cobain, who looked defiantly out of shots done by designer/photographer Hedi Slimane. Today, we received another batch of Frances Bean images, this time from Los Angeles photographer (and friend) Rocky Schenck. The shoots could not be more different: Slimane's are rough and stark, while Schenck's show Frances as a glamorous, slightly tortured beauty. Loosely tied hair, pouting lips, vintage outfits instead of ripped and torn T-shirts. Though not channeling her rocker history, these pictures are just as alluring.
Frances Bean, unlike her counterparts Jagger or Osbourne or Leon, is a relative unknown. Sure, there was her parents' infamy and the Kurt Cobain tragedy, but we don't see her in the Page Sixes and gossip magazines...as strangely familiar as her face may be. How did this young thing pass us by? Why did we not notice her blossoming into a beauty or get to ogle her awkward teen stage? And how did her mother, Courtney Love, the mistress of very publicly courting drama, shield Miss Cobain from the ills of fame?
Polly Bean on the catwalk.
Photo: Courtesy of Polly Bean
From Betty Boop to Jessica Rabbit, there has been no shortage of gorgeous, tantalizingly drawn female cartoons. They are the perfect model: they'll fit in what they wear, are able to exist in ridiculous proportions, and almost never fall down when walking the catwalk. But fortunately their real-life counterparts haven’t had to deal with the vastly superior 2-D renderings. Until now.
Premier Model Management has just signed Polly Bean, who is a skinny and droll doodle done by London-based cartoonist Neil Kerber. Kerber dresses Bean in the latest looks (we hear she gets them for free, lucky thing) and has been seen in Philip Treacy, Valentino, and custom (CUSTOM) Prada eyeglasses. And now that she’s got real, official representation, we’re sure she’ll land a campaign or two this fall. This is a stunning turn of events for all cartoons, and since Polly is all the rage, we’ve picked four other 2-D females who should get scooped by modeling agencies, stat. Once they’ve inked their own deals, we’ve picked the designer who we know will outfit them first.
Lottie Moss at older sister Kate Moss' wedding in Abingdon, England on July 1, 2011.
Photo: Getty Images
In an interesting turn of events, after days of build up to legendary super model Kate Moss's wedding to Jamie Hince, the most memorable part of the nuptial brouhaha one week later is *drumrollllll* Kate's fresh-faced younger sister Lottie! I suppose it's not that crazy seeing as the fashion climate is hungry for younger and younger faces (*cough* Hailee Steinfeld and Elle Fanning *end cough*). And real talk, if you've stumbled upon a babyface with SUPERMODEL GENES, well, game over, people. That's, like, the Golden Snitch* to literally any agency/designer/label on the planet.
Models walk the D&G menswear fashion show in Milan, Italy, on June 20.
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HOLLLLYYY SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS. Men. Lots of them. Shirtless. Coming DIRECTLY toward us. While we'd normally avoid mobs of 20+ ripped dudes at all costs, we literally cannot move. Like, we can't stop staring at their Ken Doll lines. Er, Brad Pitt in Fight Club lines. Er, muscle-y hip lines. WHAT ARE THEY CALLED? We need to lock down a name for this IMMEDIATELY because it's quite possibly the hottest. Thing. Ever. How does it happen? HOW DO THE HIPS GET SO RIPPED LIKE THAT? Also, why do we feel sooo naughty staring at them? It's like a big arrow pointing down to their, erm, manly bits. Too much? NEVARRRR.
Tyra Banks and André Leon Talley.
Photo: Courtesy of typeF
Tyra Banks and André Leon Talley have teamed up to make a series of 'Fa-Fa-Fa-Fashion' vids for Tyra's new fashion website/community typeF. The duo picks a topic that real people can relate to like skinny jeans or little black dresses or trench coats or whatever (you know Tyra, she likes to keep it real) and runs absolutely bananaswild with it for five minutes. ALT stations himself in a metal chair and really grounds the whole endeavor with a wealth of historical context (in this one he talks about the Victorian bustline and the Edwardian uni-boob), and Tyra sits on his lap, hamming it up to his every word.
In this installment about "Shapewear" (basically corsets and spanx and prosthesis-looking binding crap that goes from your knees all the way up to your boobs) there is a point where Ms. T is wearing nothing but flesh-colored (like, anglo "flesh-colored") support underwear and walking around like a mummy to indicate how binding all of it is. Obviously the best and only way to illustrate this point...
Solange Knowles, Cassie, and Selita Ebanks at the Carol's Daughter Spokesbeauty & Monoi Repairing Collection Launch at Sephora in New York on May 24.
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We stopped by Sephora last night to celebrate the announcement of the new Carol's Daughter spokesbeauties (yep, that's what they're ACTUALLY called) Solange, Cassie, and Selita Ebanks. And first off, whoa. These ladies are so unbelievably FLAWLESS up close, it's insulting to the rest of us who have to walk around planet Earth not being any of them. Singer (and Beyoncé's little sis) Solange oozed confidence with her fresh face and dapper vintage pale yellow suit. Model/Kanye West music video superstar Selita Ebanks' gravity-defying cheek bones practically left us speechless and her "exotic Barbie" (her words, not ours) look was cute to boot. Singer Cassie KILLED IT with dramatic eye makeup, a perfect pomp, and body-hugging nude dress, so we caught up with all three to ransack their beauty secrets...
Hayden Panettiere at LAX in Los Angeles on April 26, Eve at Girls Night Out at Webster Hall in New York City on April 14, and Alessandra Ambrosio shopping at The Grove in Los Angeles on April 22.
Photo: Courtesy of Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images/Wetherly Fashion Group
Ultra-dyed denim is hardly new, and we all know there's nothing like a pop of color in those weeks between spring and summer when the nights are a tad nipply and you didn't necessarily intend to stay out for 22 hours after you left your house yesterday morning. But, well, heck if you don't finally deserve a bit of fun and excitement after a hard, bitter winter, so everyone stop passing judgment that you're still wearing the same clothes. At least your clothes are cute.
See, the thing about colored jeans is you can definitely overthink them. Will you get enough mileage out of green jeans? Red seems to be the safer bet, especially these skinny J Brands, but oooooh, is red played out blablablablabalbala? STOP. Look it, if Hayden, Eve and Alessandra are evidence, ANYONE can wear them ANYPLACE. Think of the vastly differing physiques/personal styles/events we've got going on in these pictures. These three ladies run the gamut, and all look very, very fetch. The thing that you have to realize is that a) It's spring, and the entire world is way too egocentric about their own wardrobes to give a pshaw about what you're wearing and b) It's spring, and you should ONLY concentrate on having as much sunshiny fun as humanly possible. You can wear ANY color, and you can wear them on multiple days a week. Get 'em a little dirty. Wear them with heels. Or flats. Or clashing colors. Or NEON color blocks. Nighttime. Daytime. Early morning after a little "nighttime." Do whatever. Yes, this IS a PSA. Now go play outside. Responsibly. With sunblock. Maybe a big hat. OH! And last, of course you have free reign on complementary articles of clothing, but we would definitely advise AGAINST wearing the same colored denim jacket. Unless you can pull it off on a suiting tip because you have an impossible body with buttloads of charisma. In that case, carry on and send us a photo.
Snooki at a photo shoot, wearing a T-shirt which benefits the Ali Forney Center.
Photo: Courtesy of Snooki's Facebook
First Sammi starts looking like Kim Kardashian, and now Snooki's taking on a new look? Our favorite guidette posted a pic of herself surrounded by four HEAVILY MUSCLED men who were also glistening (deathly important style detail!). The Snookster was specifically glamour-shot ready for this photo shoot that was held to benefit the Ali Forney Center, a not-for-profit that helps get homeless LGBT youth off the streets and integrated back into society. The spirals of glossy curls, her exquisitely executed smoky eyes...everything about this made us do a double take and wonder whether this really is the same girl who asks, "Is my kooka showing?"
What do you think? Do you like Snooki better glammed up or are you missing the around-the-way girl with the hurr bump? WE DON'T KNOW!!??? I mean, she looks amazing here, right?
Sammi and Deena were in on the action and went with very old-Hollywood glam looks too, with flowing curls and gorgeous doe eyes.
BONUS: Not to leave you without a yoked up male model yourself: Grab the tee, which is designed by celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz and features a bare-chested hunk showing it all off. Profits support the Ali Forney Center! Sammi's tee, Deena's tee, and more can be found here.
Olivia Palermo at a photo shoot in New York on March 8.
Photo: Getty Images
Oh swooooooooonsies. Doesn't Olivia Palermo look gorgeous here? Maybe it's the hair or the lush lashes or the flack jacket or just the all around breezy ease but there's something oh so Jackie O. about this windswept look. Plus, and we are slightly stunned about how viscerally we're hit by this, we maybe desperately want some bell-bottoms? Perhaps it's jeggings fatigue (likely it is because they're comfortable but way-too-everywhere), but give us some throwback trousers. Remember waistbands and structured crotches (#retro)? Blessedly, the runways are super promising for some trickle-down, price-point goodness later this year.
Models walk the runway in the Chloe Autumn/Winter 2011/2012 Paris Fashion Week show on March 7, in the Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 New York Fashion Week show on Feb. 15 and in the Burberry Prorsum London Fashion Week show on Feb. 21.
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