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Anais Mali | Vogue August 2011 by Damien Neva

“Last, a brief word about this month’s fashion,” writes Vogue editor in chief Ann Wintour in her editor’s letter from the August 2011 “age issue.” She concludes that fashion is an endeavor teeming with surprise (see also Céline Resort 2012 and Givenchy Resort 2012). The previous three paragraphs of this opening letter, however deal with the aged, specifically the issue’s Sarah Jessica Parker cover story. The fashion that remains in the 229 page issue has value and none more so than an accessories story featuring Ford’s Anais Mali photographed by Raymond Meier. Titled “Mixed Media” the Elissa Santisi-styled story makes exceptional use of bold background colors to accentuate accessories in Lucite, alligator and python, glitter and suede. Making her fifth appearance for Vogue this year Anais opens the story with a Tod’s pochette bag slung over her left shoulder and wearing an alligator-and-python belt and clothing by The Row. Although there is nary an Azzedine Alaïa snakeskin handbag to be found, the story’s accessories on the balance are used to maximum effect. For example, take Anais’s final look, which is comprised of an amber python purse that absolutely pops against the green python dress and T-strap platform sandals, all by Gucci. Exceptionally blown-out hair by Kamo completes this trip down retro lane, which as ever Anais Mali takes in stride in both defiance of the issue’s theme of age and of course restrictions of the two-dimensional page.

Credits include: Publication, Vogue August 2011; Title, “Mixed Media”; Photography, Raymond Meier; Fashion editing, Elissa Santisi; Hair, Kamo for Mod’s Hair; Makeup, Lisa Houghton for Yves Saint Laurent at Jed Root, Inc.; Prop styling, Charlie Welch for Jed Root, Inc.

Anais Mali | Vogue August 2011 (Photography: Raymond Meier)

Anais Mali | Vogue August 2011 (Photography: Raymond Meier)

Anais Mali | Vogue August 2011 (Photography: Raymond Meier)

Anais Mali | Vogue August 2011 (Photography: Raymond Meier)

Anais Mali | Vogue August 2011 (Photography: Raymond Meier)

Anais Mali | Vogue August 2011 (Photography: Raymond Meier)

Anais Mali | Vogue August 2011 (Photography: Raymond Meier)

Anais Mali | Vogue August 2011 (Photography: Raymond Meier)

Anais Mali | Vogue August 2011 (Photography: Raymond Meier)

Anais Mali | Vogue August 2011 (Photography: Raymond Meier)

Anais Mali | Vogue August 2011 (Photography: Raymond Meier)

Anais Mali | Vogue August 2011 (Photography: Raymond Meier)



Azzedine Alaïa Fall 2011 Couture by Rachel Walgrove

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.

Karmen Pedaru | Azzedine Alaïa Fall 2011 Couture (Photography: Go Runway)

Karmen Pedaru | Azzedine Alaïa Fall 2011 Couture (Photography: Go Runway)

Sigrid Agren | Azzedine Alaïa Fall 2011 Couture (Photography: Go Runway)

Sigrid Agren | Azzedine Alaïa Fall 2011 Couture (Photography: Go Runway)

Sigrid Agren | Azzedine Alaïa Fall 2011 Couture (Photography: Go Runway)

Sigrid Agren | Azzedine Alaïa Fall 2011 Couture (Photography: Go Runway)

Kate King | Azzedine Alaïa Fall 2011 Couture (Photography: Go Runway)

Kate King | Azzedine Alaïa Fall 2011 Couture (Photography: Go Runway)

Alana Zimmer | Azzedine Alaïa Fall 2011 Couture (Photography: Go Runway)

Alana Zimmer | Azzedine Alaïa Fall 2011 Couture (Photography: Go Runway)



Hannelore Knuts | Grey Issue 04 Spring / Summer 2011 by Damien Neva

Back at Magazine Mountain stories patiently wait for their feature on this page after having weathered the editorial winter that was the most recent show season. One cover story in particular has been staring at me with eyes that seemingly follow me around my messy office…and down the hall…in my distant apartment…even in my dreams! The tension has reached such a fever pitch that in order to relieve it I must share with you that Ford’s Hannelore Knuts features on one of the five special edition Spring / Summer 2011 covers of the biannual Grey photographed by Yelena Yemchuk. The corresponding fourteen-page editorial buried deep inside the hardbound pages of Grey IV places the Hasselt, Belgium native in a 1:1 scale model of domestic bliss (or peril depending on your persuasion) replete with carpeting, shaded lamps, TV cart, and rotary telephone. Rather unsurprisingly there is a dearth of images from this story on the interweb, which likely has something to do with Grey‘s nearly $40 asking price on the one hand and on the other, my unwillingness to perform magazine vivisection on such a richly published volume to reproduce the shots myself. Suffice it to say that Hannelore looks her exquisite best wearing an opening look that includes a sheer silk plum blouse with a beige cardigan and skirt by Azzedine Alaïa and ostrich shoes from Robert Clergerie. To see the rest you’ll have to buy the issue, but until that time you can also enjoy the 82-second teaser clip at the bottom of this post. Or simply lock gazes with Hannelore whose eyes will follow you until you’ve finally bought the issue just as they have followed me in writing every sentence of this post down to the very last word.

Credits include: Publication, Grey Issue 04 Spring / Summer 2011; Title, “New York – Sunday 07.11.10”; Photography, Yelena Yemchuk; Fashion editor, Valentina Ilardi Martin; Hair, Ashley Javier at Art + Commerce; Makeup, Lisa Houghton at Jed Root; Photography assistants, Juan Dreyfus, Jason McDonald; Fashion assistants, Karen Mai; Digital operator, Aaron Ohrt; Production, Cheyenne Vesper; Set design, Louis Asaro at 11th Street Workshop; Location, 11th Street Workshop.

Hannelore Knuts | Grey Issue 04 Spring / Summer 2011 (Photography: Yelena Yemchuk)

Hannelore Knuts | Grey Issue 04 Spring / Summer 2011 (Photography: Yelena Yemchuk)


Video teaser featuring Hannelore Knuts for Grey Issue 04 Spring / Summer 2011



Hannelore Knuts Interview Special by Damien Neva

In July the Ford Models Blog had an opportunity to interview Hannelore Knuts in her Brooklyn loft. A lot has happened between then and what is now October, not least of which was a dizzying show season, and today we are happy to give this iconic Belgian model the proper introduction we promised in June. Hannelore’s career began in earnest with the Yohji Yamamoto S/S 1999 campaign and flourished throughout the noughties during which she worked closely with designers Jean Paul Gaultier, Azzedine Alaïa, and Haider Ackermann and with photographers Juergen Teller, Inez & Vinoodh, and Philip-Lorca diCorcia. And, we hasten to add, so many more that she curated in Belgium this spring an epic exhibit called ULTRAMEGALORE spanning a decade of her career in fashion and modeling. The massive show took the better part of two years to organize with favors being generously paid in the form of loaned clothing and prints by designers and photographers alike to the model who has been their muse.

Hannelore’s Brooklyn loft is not unlike her storied career — a vast expanse richly populated with pockets of color and flourishing centers of activity. A select wardrobe hangs in the open — the rest we are told is in her home back in Belgium. A snake taxidermy, antler, brass bird statuette, and candles gather along the baseboard loosely suggesting ritual, memory, or perhaps flea market bounty. An inspiration board collage creeps along the wall of the breakfast nook. Art albums, ULTRAMEGALORE exhibit catalogs, and music fill a bookcase. Piñatas dangle tantalizingly from ceiling. A single stem yellow (Hannelore’s favorite color) rose rests atop a coffee table. The parallels to her career are not limited to the space alone, but also extend into a warmly inviting personality that bubbles with story after entertaining story. Ever the gracious hostess Hannelore served chilled mineral water with freshly squeezed lemon and a drop of mint oil — the perfect salve for a hot July afternoon.

Hannelore Knuts is clearly no passenger and after all these years of modeling she boasts experience, wisdom, and passion that belie her occupation as a model — we wouldn’t be talking about her if the opposite was true. Curator, artist, designer, she’s been all of them, but she is most comfortable in her role as a model. With handful of runway appearances this season for Kenzo, John Galliano, Emanuel Ungaro, Zero + Maria Cornejo, VPL, and editorials in Vogue Italia, Dazed & Confused, and Harper’s Bazaar UK, Hannelore looks to be laying the foundation for a follow-up in all but name to ULTRAMEGALORE. In the meantime, watch the short interview in which Hannelore speaks with Damien Neva of the Ford Models Blog about her exhibition from this spring and her first encounter with photographer Juergen Teller.

Credits include: Publication, Ford Models Blog; Title, “Hannelore Knuts Interview Special”; Model, Hannelore Knuts; Interview/text, Damien Neva; Video, Damien Neva; Photography, Damien Neva; Music, POPO c/o Mad Decent.

Hannelore Knuts poses inside her Brooklyn loft (Photography: Damien Neva)

Hannelore Knuts poses inside her Brooklyn loft (Photography: Damien Neva)

Hannelore Knuts poses with snake taxidermy (Photography: Damien Neva)

Hannelore Knuts poses with snake taxidermy (Photography: Damien Neva)

Hannelore Knuts grins from behind an antler (Photography: Damien Neva)

Hannelore Knuts grins from behind an antler (Photography: Damien Neva)

Select wardrobe of Hannelore Knuts hangs in the open (Photography: Damien Neva)

Select wardrobe of Hannelore Knuts hangs in the open (Photography: Damien Neva)

Inspiration board creeps along wall (Photography: Damien Neva)

Inspiration board creeps along wall (Photography: Damien Neva)

Media is well important to Hannelore (Photography: Damien Neva)

Media is well important to Hannelore (Photography: Damien Neva)

Piñatas hang tantalizingly from ceiling (Photography: Damien Neva)

Piñatas hang tantalizingly from ceiling (Photography: Damien Neva)

Custom cap (Photography: Damien Neva)

Custom cap (Photography: Damien Neva)

Yellow is Hannelore's favorite color (Photography: Damien Neva)

Yellow is Hannelore's favorite color (Photography: Damien Neva)




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