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Sigrid Agren | Self Service N°34 Spring / Summer 2011 by Damien Neva

Digital and film do not compare. An image made on a digital system is not a photograph and an image made on film is a photograph. There’s got to be a point where people stop talking in a photographic vernacular about digital photography but I don’t think that means I have to go around calling myself something different…The two do not compare. — David Sims

Photographer David Sims articulates the difference between digital and film in the above quotation, which was taken from Self Service N°34 Spring / Summer 2011 from a conversation he had with editor in chief and creative director Ezra Petronio. Although both produce images, the digital and film processes couldn’t be more disparate. The latter is a chemical process, the former is not. Light particles refracted from a subject onto a plastic strip coated with an emulsion containing silver halide salts create a uniquely analogous image. This process is accelerated with Polaroid instant film through in situ development, which heightens an intimacy shared between the subject and the resultant photograph. As an object, a Polaroid retains a little bit of the subject’s aura not least by having been present at the moment of creation in a way that a digital copy simply never will. The blurred lines, the soft focus, the chance and imprecision of Polaroids also make the images intangibly richer — more artistic than autopsied.

The sympathies of Self Service on this subject could not be more pronounced than they are in the fifty-page Polaroid-only editorial by Ezra Petronio featuring Ford’s Sigrid Agren. This Polaroid story is a regular fixture of Self Service, which last issue featured Hannelore Knuts. The latest installment, however, appropriately titled “Polaroids by Ezra Petronio,” opens with Sigrid sporting flared-out hair by Didier Malige and wearing an oversize blue and white striped dress by Jil Sander. Sigrid goes on to command the next dozen pages, which include the below look comprised of a beige stretch turtleneck and beige jogging pants, both by Chloé, and clutch by Louis Vuitton. The color’s a bit off, the framing’s a bit crooked, but there is certainly more Sigrid present in these Polaroids than could ever be measured in megapixels.

Credits include: Publication, Self Service Issue N°34 Spring / Summer 2011; Title, “Polaroids by Ezra Petronio”; Photography, Ezra Petronio; Styling, Sabrina Marshall; Hair, Didier Malige at Bryan Bantry for Frédéric Fekkai; Makeup, Lucia Pica at Art Partner; Manicure, Edwige Llorent; Photography assistance, Lydia Gorges, Olivia Alfonso; Styling assistance, Anaïs Bouazzouni, Ray Tetauira; Hair assistance, Richard Blandwell at B4 Agency, Helen Bidart; Makeup assistance, Mayu Yamaji; Image source, Self Service.

Sigrid Agren | Self Service N°34 Spring / Summer 2011 (Photography: Ezra Petronio)

Sigrid Agren | Self Service N°34 Spring / Summer 2011 (Photography: Ezra Petronio)

Sigrid Agren | Self Service N°34 Spring / Summer 2011 (Photography: Ezra Petronio)

Sigrid Agren | Self Service N°34 Spring / Summer 2011 (Photography: Ezra Petronio)



Crystal Renn Interview Special by Damien Neva

Last week I announced this interview would go live Tuesday, but alas it has been pushed ahead one day early to accommodate an already congested Fashion Week F/W 11 schedule. No matter how rich or absurd it sounds for an agency’s own in-house blog to crow about landing an exclusive with its own model, the boast doesn’t sound as ridiculous when the model is revealed to be Crystal Renn. Shoehorning even the shortest of interviews into Crystal’s option-filled chart is no simple task, but all the same this was to be an interview of tremendous importance. Having enjoyed one of the most successful and exhilarating years of her career there was much that I had wanted to discuss with Crystal not least of which included her work with Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld, Vogue Paris and Carine Roitfeld, and the speculation surrounding her weight loss.

More than anything I wanted to invite Crystal to make use of the Ford Models Blog as a platform to speak truth to a public eager for answers. For some a thinner Crystal Renn has meant betrayal of the very foundations upon which she built her career as the most famous plus model in the world. On the face of it, these accusations appear founded, but do not hold up when subjected to further scrutiny. Lost in the discussion has been Crystal’s steady call for greater diversity in fashion and especially as it concerns size. In the interview Crystal makes plain the fact that were she now to maintain a larger size she would have to develop a binge eating disorder to do so. It is this same pressure on her size, Crystal argues, that lead to her developing anorexia in the first place. This is a pressure she says she will resist. Her body certainly has changed, but her message for diversity in fashion has not.

Crystal’s resolve is all the more remarkable given how closely she follows not just the press, but also comments appearing on blogs. I can tell you with certainty that she reads them all and has been alarmed by some of what she has seen written. Accusations of hypocrisy and intimations of conspiracy have sought to make Crystal’s body and its size the guarantor of her message. In doing so these comments have unwittingly extended the very sizist agenda they purport to refute. Crystal’s present size places her somewhere between plus and straight. Crystal is on both on Paul Rowland‘s image board and the Ford+ board. This in-between status, which is uncomfortable to so many seeking clear definitions of straight size and plus size, serves to move the discussion beyond size and back to the model’s performance on the page. Crystal is an incredible model no matter her size and should be celebrated as such. I am not sure this will be the final word on the issue, but so far as this page is concerned this Crystal Renn interview draws a line under it.

Credits include: Publication, Ford Models Blog; Title, “Crystal Renn Interview Special”; Subject, Crystal Renn; Interview/text, Damien Neva; Video, Damien Neva; Music, from Returnal by Oneohtrix Point Never.

Crystal Renn | Chanel Resort 2011 (Photography: Chanel)

Crystal Renn | Chanel Resort 2011 (Photography: Chanel)

Crystal Renn for Chanel Reopening Sep. 2010 (Photography: Karl Lagerfeld)

Crystal Renn for Chanel Reopening Sep. 2010 (Photography: Karl Lagerfeld)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris mai 2010 (Photography: Steven Klein)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris mai 2010 (Photography: Steven Klein)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Aug. 2010 (Photography: David Sims)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Aug. 2010 (Photography: David Sims)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Oct. 2010 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Oct. 2010 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Oct. 2010 (Photography: Terry Richardson)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Oct. 2010 (Photography: Terry Richardson)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Déc/Jan 2010-2011 (Photography: Tom Ford)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Déc/Jan 2010-2011 (Photography: Tom Ford)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Déc/Jan 2010-2011 (Photography: Terry Richardson)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Déc/Jan 2010-2011 (Photography: Terry Richardson)



Valerija Kelava for Jil Sander Navy S/S 11 by Damien Neva
10 January 2011, 16:55
Filed under: Campaigns, News | Tags: , , , , ,

If ever there were a model born for campaigns, then Ford’s Valerija Kelava is just that model. The Slovenian carries her fine fall campaign form with her into this season for the Jil Sander Navy S/S 11 campaign by photographer David Sims. Jil Sander Navy is the diffusion line for the label designed by Raf Simons and according to The Cut it will be sold in Jil Sander stores worldwide starting this weekend.

Please visit The Cut to read more about the Jil Sander S/S 11 campaign by David Sims.

Credits include: Client, Jil Sander; Line, Navy; Campaign, S/S 11; Designer, Raf Simons; Photography, David Sims; Image source, tFS.

Valerija Kelava for Jil Sander Navy S/S 11 (Photography: David Sims)

Valerija Kelava for Jil Sander Navy S/S 11 (Photography: David Sims)

Valerija Kelava for Jil Sander Navy S/S 11 (Photography: David Sims)

Valerija Kelava for Jil Sander Navy S/S 11 (Photography: David Sims)



Julia Saner for Valentino S/S 11 by Damien Neva
8 January 2011, 23:36
Filed under: Campaigns, News | Tags: , , ,

To call the first week back from the holiday break congested would be an understatement. Bringing this page out of his musician-heavy holiday stupor, however hasn’t prevented the Ford Models Blog from picking over the bones of the last five days for a tasty morsel. To that end it doesn’t get much more scrumptious than the Valentino S/S 11 campaign by photographer David Sims featuring Ford’s Julia Saner. According to Style.com, their “exclusive” preview of the campaign was shot in the Valentino’s Place Vendôme home in the 1er arrondissement of Paris. Creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli believe the campaign reveals the collection’s “airy atmosphere and captures the brand’s lifestyle.” No disagreement there — the campaign preview is breathtaking. Incidentally the look Julie is wearing is the very first look she wore when she opened the Valentino S/S 11 show in Paris last October. If that isn’t prescient, then what is?

Please visit Style.com to read more about the Valentino S/S 11 campaign by David Sims.

Credits include: Client, Valentino; Campaign, S/S 11; Creative directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Pier Paolo Piccioli; Photography, David Sims; Images source, Style.com.

Julia Saner for Valentino S/S 11 (Photography: David Sims)

Julia Saner for Valentino S/S 11 (Photography: David Sims)



Hannelore Knuts for Lanvin for H&M Fall 2010 Preview by Damien Neva

FTW…it’s Hannelore Knuts for Lanvin for H&M Fall 2010 Preview! After a very upside-down 24 hours the Ford Models Blog is very pleased to see one of its favorite Belgian models land this equally unique campaign that pairs the exclusive designs of Alber Elbaz with the mass market reach of the Swedish big box clothier giant. There have been no shortage of high and low pairings of recent, but this collaboration is tremendously intriguing and none more so than for its campaign preview photographed by David Sims and styled by Camille Bidault-Waddington. This stunning portrait, however is but a preview for the line that will reach stores just in time for the holidays on 23 November.

Please visit Vogue.fr to read more en français about the Lanvin for H&M Fall 2010 campaign preview. Also see more of Hannelore Knuts in Vogue Italia Oct. 2010 and her exclusive Ford Models Blog interview special.

Credits include: Client, H&M; Campaign, Lanvin for H&M Fall 2010 Preview; Photographer, David Sims; Styling, Camille Bidault-Waddington; Hair, Guido Palau; Makeup, Lucia Pieroni.

Hannelore Knuts for Lanvin for H&M Fall 2010 Preview (Photography: David Sims)

Hannelore Knuts for Lanvin for H&M Fall 2010 Preview (Photography: David Sims)



Paolo Anchisi for Zara Young F/W 10 by Damien Neva

Ford Men’s Paolo Anchisi features in the Zara Young F/W 10 campaign photographed by David Sims and styled Beat Bolliger. This marks the first fall 2010 campaign for the 6’0″ (183 cm) American after having done fantastic damage in the S/S 10 season on no fewer than five campaigns for Benetton, Yves Saint Laurent, Uniqlo, DKNY Jeans, and Versace. Paolo is a veritable campaign machine, but of course also cuts a striking editorial figure as he did in that memorable video “The Boys from Milan” that was featured on MDX in late June. We’re looking forward to seeing Paolo for the coming show season.

Images come courtesy of The Fashionisto.

[Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly called Paolo Brazilian, when he is in fact American.]

Paolo Anchisi for Zara Young F/W 10 (Photography: David Sims)

Paolo Anchisi for Zara Young F/W 10 (Photography: David Sims)

Paolo Anchisi for Zara Young F/W 10 (Photography: David Sims)

Paolo Anchisi for Zara Young F/W 10 (Photography: David Sims)

Paolo Anchisi for Zara Young F/W 10 (Photography: David Sims)

Paolo Anchisi for Zara Young F/W 10 (Photography: David Sims)

Paolo Anchisi for Zara Young F/W 10 (Photography: David Sims)

Paolo Anchisi for Zara Young F/W 10 (Photography: David Sims)

Paolo Anchisi for Zara Young F/W 10 (Photography: David Sims)

Paolo Anchisi for Zara Young F/W 10 (Photography: David Sims)

Paolo Anchisi for Zara Young F/W 10 (Photography: David Sims)

Paolo Anchisi for Zara Young F/W 10 (Photography: David Sims)



Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Aug. 2010 (cont.) by Damien Neva

A week ago we made mention of Crystal Renn‘s Aug. 2010 Vogue Paris story photographed by David Sims and styled by Emmanuelle Alt and Carine Roitfeld. With magazine now in hand it is apparent that this editorial is massive at 64 total pages, more than a tenth of which are given to Crystal. Dark, moody, and always sultry it’s David Sims through in through with Crystal realizing at every turn F/W 10 looks by Loewe, Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Alberta Ferretti, and Martin Margiela. Buying the issue in the States will set you back some dollars, but this breathtaking editorial featuring Crystal is a value for the money.

Scans courtesy of Thefrenchy at The Fashion Spot.

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Aug. 2010 (Photography: David Sims)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Aug. 2010 (Photography: David Sims)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Aug. 2010 (Photography: David Sims)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Aug. 2010 (Photography: David Sims)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Aug. 2010 (Photography: David Sims)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Aug. 2010 (Photography: David Sims)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Aug. 2010 (Photography: David Sims)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Aug. 2010 (Photography: David Sims)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Aug. 2010 (Photography: David Sims)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Aug. 2010 (Photography: David Sims)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Aug. 2010 (Photography: David Sims)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Aug. 2010 (Photography: David Sims)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Aug. 2010 (Photography: David Sims)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Aug. 2010 (Photography: David Sims)




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