Filed under: Editorials | Tags: akinori shirakawa, antonella graef, catherine newell-hanson, elyse taylor, fast ashley's studios, gregory harris, karan franjola, paul rowland, rica romain, the realness, v magazine, v72, veranika antsipava, william lemon
The leopardess may not be able to change her spots, but that’s not to say she cannot further accentuate them with a Christian Louboutin Kathena leopard-print clutch. Come again? Indeed and that is in fact the bold look put forth in the early pages of V72, “The Transformation Issue,” by photographer Gregory Harris and V fashion & marketing editor Catherine Newell-Hason. With no small contribution from Ford’s Antonella Graef, Elyse Taylor, and Veranika Antispava this head-to-total don’t is made an emphatic do. To that end Antonella wears dress and clutch by Salvatore Ferragamo, Elyse wears dress and iPad case by Dolce & Gabbana, and Veranika wears sweater, skirt, clutch by Marc Jacobs and gloves by Carolina Amato. Skin printing by William Lemon using Temptu either adds a cherry or tin lid to the overall look depending on your sartorial persuasion, but in either case Paul Rowland‘s girls keep the absurdity well at bay.
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Credits include: Publication, V72 Fall Preview 2011; Title, “Match Point”; Photography, Gregory Harris; Styling, Catherine Newell-Hanson; Hair, Akinori Shirakawa using Y.S. Park; Makeup, Karan Franjola at Marek and Associates; Skin printing, William Lemon at Bridge Artists using Temptu; Manicure, Rica Romain at See Management using Chanel; Photography assistance, Jake Jones, Michael “Smalls” Marquez; Styling assistance, Louise Hahn; Hair assistance, Tsuyoshi Harada; Makeup, Ai Yokomizo; Location, Fast Ashley’s Studios, Brooklyn; Retouching, The Realness. Image source, V.
Filed under: Editorials | Tags: abi walker, aiden andrews, ben spence, ben talbott, daniel lea, david white, dorothy burns, emma broom, henry thomas, jenny forsyth, jeremy maneval, laura holmes, lauren parson, nowness, sharif hamza, syd hayes
And finally for some Nowness…from Wednesday of this week, which late on a Friday sounds more like thenness, but nevertheless involves Ford Men’s Aiden Andrews, which is more like foreverness. The short and long of this Sharif Hamza petit masterpiece for video titled “Hydropower” is seeing Aiden a part of a men’s crew team. The only way this video that was shot at the London Regatta Center, Docklands, London could be improved would be for Aiden to be doing everything shown, but with cats. Now that would be some serious nowness.
Pop over to Nowness to see the entire video by Sharif Hamza.
Credits include: Publication, Nowness 6 July 2011; Title, “Hydropower”; Direction, Sharif Hamza; Production, Laura Holmes Production; Photography direction, Ben Spence; Editing, Jeremy Maneval for Consulate Ltd.; Original scoring, Daniel Lea; Strings, Jamie McCarthy; Coloring, Gabriele Turchi for Consulate Ltd.; Casting direction, Henry Thomas; Wardrobe, John McCarty; Production design, David White; Hair, Syd Hayes; Makeup, Lauren Parson; Wardrobe assistance, Abi Walker, Jenny Forsyth; Hair assistance, Ben Talbott; Makeup assistance, Emma Broom; Art department assistance, Gabriella Wyer, George Beleznay; Production assistance, Dorothy Burns; Production running, David Farago.
Filed under: Editorials | Tags: aiden andrews, alex verron, esther langham, gina viviano, jay massacret, kcd worldwide, michael kors, michelle lee, ming xi, penelope cruz, tao okamoto, terry tsiolis, v magazine, v72, yadim carranza
V72, the self-described “Transformation Issue,” takes metamorphosis as its theme. To that end the Fall Preview 2011 issue is chock full of change, rebirth, and renewal courtesy of a like themed letter on page 24, a beauty makeover subscription card, and a Penélope Cruz cover story by Mert & Marcus. Mr. V loves him some Penélope! There is also a lovely 30th birthday greeting to Michael Kors on pages 80-81 that features Ford’s Ming Xi, Tao Okamoto, and Ford Men’s Aiden Andrews. When isn’t the perennially young designer who turns 52 next month not celebrating his 30th? Truly. But, alas it is his label is celebrating its pearl anniversary and with a classy Fall 2011 collection. “No matter what we do, no matter what changes in the world, every woman I know wants to look taller and thinner and sexier,” Kors explains. “That’s never gonna change.” No doubt Aiden aspires to the same. All the same, Michael Kors, happy birthday on what is the big 3-0.
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Credits include: Publication, V72 Fall Preview 2011; Title, “Happy Birthday, Michael Kors!”; Photography, Terry Tsiolis; Styling, Jay Massacret; Hair, Esther Langham at Art + Commerce; Makeup, Yadim at Tim Howard Management using MAC Cosmetics; Manicure, Gina Viviano at ArtistsbyTimothyPriano.com; Digital capturing, Alex Verron at Milk Digital; Photography assistance, David Schultze, Sam Rock; Styling assistance, Olivia Kozlowski; Hair assistance, Charles McNair, Marcos Diaz; Makeup assistance, Paul Otero, Misuzu Miyake; Casting direction, Michelle Lee at KCD Inc.; Casting assistance, Kristina Kim; Location, Splashlight; Retouching, Dtouch.
Filed under: Fall 2011 Couture | Tags: alana zimmer, azzedine alaïa, fall 2011 couture, karmen pedaru, kate king, paris, sigrid agren
Ford’s Karmen Pedaru, Sigrid Agren, Kate King, and Alana Zimmer featured for the Azzedine Alaïa fall 2011 couture collection by Azzedine Alaïa on Thursday in Paris.
Please visit Vogue.co.uk to see the entire Azzedine Alaïa fall 2011 couture collection.
Filed under: Introducing Ford Models | Tags: alexander wang, damien neva, florida, ford men, jon paul, kai z feng, rachel clark, tom van dorpe, vman, wellington
Last week I was asked to write a portrait for one of our boys who was to be named VMAN model of the week. Disclosure, I hadn’t even met the lad, but was no less charmed to pen the rhetorical equivalent of playing a film in reverse. In this rewinding picture a young man is crowned model of the week by VMAN and seven days later (or film’s equivalent of 168 hours) he is seen jauntily moonwalking across the 16:9 screen to the Ford Models Blog for his introduction. And so, without further ado, meet Jon Paul, 6’1″ (187 cm) 18-year-old Wellington, Florida native and recent Ford Men signee. If you have kept even a lazy eye on our Facebook or Twitter, then you will have already learned of Jon Paul’s not inauspicious beginnings with the agency. Jon Paul’s story is the stuff made of legend, all of which quite rightly inspired me to write what I have come to learn is a true portrait.
Having left Florida, Jon Paul was making his way to Los Angeles, where he was to meet up with a prominent record producer and begin in earnest his career in music — he’s a bit of a precocious talent on bass guitar, mind. What started with a routine layover in New York, however has resulted in a promising young career in modeling after having taken heed of Ford’s Rachel Clark‘s advice to send his pictures to Ford Men. After receiving encouraging words from the agency, Jon Paul met his future agents and within two hours was sent on an Alexander Wang go-see. Jon Paul went on to actually meet the 2008 CDFA Fashion Fund Award winner with whom he got on famously and was personally invited the following day to shoot a new menswear lookbook. Jon Paul has since shot with VMAN for a forthcoming editorial. All this is the result of a casual suggestion from a long time friend. With the garden’s path having been forked to fashion instead of music, Jon Paul is embracing this wholly unforeseen career in all it fortuitous brilliance.
Jon Paul’s refined features have already made him a favorite with Tom Van Dorpe and others at VMAN. Dark blonde hair, striking blue eyes, and freckled skin make for an ideal blank canvas for any client. As a musician growing up in Florida it might not otherwise have been the case. Many of Jon Paul’s peers already at this age are covered in tattoos and piercings. Either through patience in waiting for the perfect tattoo or a modicum of skepticism about the permanence of skin art, Jon Paul managed to avoid being tatted up and decoratively punctured like his mates. The result leaves Jon Paul with clear skin and endless possibilities for work in print. Of course plenty of successful models have tattoos, but no one would argue the value of being handsomely unadorned. Also crucial to Jon Paul’s early success is a charming personality borne of his craft as a performing musician. Suffice it to say that on top of looks and personality Jon Paul also boasts CV that includes everything he needs to be a smash hit in fashion…VMAN ← Alexander Wang ← Ford Models Blog.
Credits include: Publication, Ford Models Blog; Title, “Introducing Jon Paul”; Model, Jon Paul; Division, Ford Men; Interview/text, Damien Neva; Video/photography, Damien Neva.
Introducing Jon Paul / Ford Men (Video: Damien Neva)
Filed under: Editorials | Tags: alex méndez, alexis rayas, beatriz cisneros, eddie james, elle méxico, gustavo garcía-villa, hearst, luciana curtis, maru borja, paul rowland, rolex, santiago sierra
Were you to only read the Ford Models Blog, then you could be forgiven for thinking there were only a handful of magazines in the world and all but a very few didn’t have Paris or Italia in their title. Inconceivable, I know, but one North American market has been quietly making a case to the contrary. México, USA’s patchily befenced neighbor to the south, already this year has given us a Crystal Renn cover (Vogue México Abril 2011) that has heightened expectations about this nation’s contribution to the world newsstand. This month Hearst delivers the goods in the shape of an Elle México cover featuring Ford’s iconic Brazilian Luciana Curtis photographed by Santiago Sierra. The inside story, titled “Look 2099” and styled by Gustavo García-Villa and Pamela Ocampo, does something intriguing by showcasing looks designed by the twelve finalists of the Elle México Diseña 2099 competition. The resulting story, which is set at the port of Veracruz, shines in its own brilliant manner and thus avoids blithely repeating the editorials that are being published in New York, Milano, and Paris. As far as the story’s model is concerned, Luciana, whom readers will recognize as the face of Rolex, smolders with a classiness that is all her own. It is not surprising, then that Luciana Curtis has cemented her own place on Paul Rowland‘s board and quite possibly also México’s on the world newsstand. ¡Arriba!
Credits include: Publication, Elle México Año 17 N°7 Julio 2011; Title, [Cover]; Photography, Santiago Sierra; Fashion editing, Pamela Ocampo; Hair, Eddie James for Green Label Salon; Makeup, Beatriz Cisneros for MAC Cosmetics; Production, Elle México.
Title, “Look 2099”; Photography, Santiago Sierra; Fashion editing, Gustavo García-Villa, Pamela Ocampo; Makeup & Hair, Alex Méndez; Photography assistance, Alexis Rayas; Fashion assistance, Maru Borja; Production, Elle México.
Filed under: Fall 2011 Couture | Tags: fall 2011 couture, kate king, maxime simoens, paris
Ford’s Kate King featured for the Maxime Simoens fall 2011 couture collection by Maxime Simoens on Wednesday in Paris.
Please visit Vogue.co.uk to see the entire Maxime Simoens fall 2011 couture collection.