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Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 by Damien Neva

There are certainly worse ways to make an editorial debut than in a 40+ page exlcusive by Hedi Slimane for Man about Town. However, that is just what Ford Men’s Brennen Steines has done with his feature in Man about Town Spring / Summer 2011, which is guest edited by the former Dior Homme creative director. Titled “California Boys,” the Clare Richardson-styled editorial was shot on location in Palm Springs in March of this year and features illustrations drawn especially for this story by Brennen himself to complement Slimane’s quietly surreal portraits. Unique to Slimane’s treatment of Los Angeles is the fact that his stories in the issue aren’t spoiled by over production. “Slimane’s cinéma vérité shows LA in all its gritty, unvarnished glory,” explains editor in chief Philip Utz, “its protagonists were shot as they came, the portraits weren’t retouched and there were no publicists hovering around picking at our questions.” This is daring, yes, and clearly also a credit to the photographer and his subjects. The story begins in a shady backyard with Brennen casually wearing a pair of blue denim Levi’s. The no-fuss styling runs throughout the story and is perhaps best typified by Brennen’s second look, which is comprised of a green suede jacket with navy blue sleeves by Band of Outsiders, white cotton tank top by Acne, and blue denim trousers by Calvin Klein Jeans. Having been discovered through Ford’s online scouting submission page and later placed with the Ford Chicago office, Brennen has certainly made a right good go at modeling and thus has been duly rewarded. Expect to see more, much more from this very talented boy and until then, please enjoy this Hedi Slimane story featuring Brennen Steines.

Please also visit Fordmodels.com to view the official Ford Men portfolio of Brennen Steines.

Credits include: Publication, Man about Town 8 Spring / Summer 2011; Title, “California Boys”; Photography, Hedi Slimane; Styling, Clare Richardson; Hair, Didier Malige for Frédéric Fekkai; Fashion assistance, Lisa Bae, Kelly Ann Hughes, Ronald Burton; Production, Kim Pollock; Set design, Peter Klein; Coordination, Yasuko Austin; Illustration, Brennan Steines.

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane)

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane)

California Boys | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane)

California Boys | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane)

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane)

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane)

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane)

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane)

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane)

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane)

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane)

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane)

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane)

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane)

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Illustration: Brennen Steines)

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Illustration: Brennen Steines)

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane)

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane)

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane; Illustration: Brennen Steines)

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane; Illustration: Brennen Steines)

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane)

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane)

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane)

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane)

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane)

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane)

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane)

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane)

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane)

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane)

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane)

Brennen Steines | Man about Town S/S 2011 (Photography: Hedi Slimane)



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)



Luke Briggs & Bobby Nicholas | Man about Town A/W 10 by Damien Neva

Don’t know about you, but the Ford Models Blog is dubious about editorial photo captions that make mention of intangibles — fragrances, lotions, hair products, etc. Who is to say these phantoms were in fact present at the time of the portrait like a clearly visible knit sweater and heel were? Yes, yes, we too work in this industry and know why these products are mentioned, but all the same it’s but another thing in fashion for which we must temporarily suspend our disbelief. Which brings us to a story that drops all such pretense and instead rather cannily goes whole hog with the æther. We’re of course talking about the fragrance story “Clearing the Air” that appears in Man about Town A/W 10 featuring Ford Men’s Luke Briggs and Bobby Nicholas photographed by Terry Tsiolis.

“Clearing the Air” explicitly takes the notion of clean as its point of departure for a story that features not a fiber of clothing. First up Luke Briggs, 2010 VMAN winner, is pictured cleanly in black and white against a clear sky along with a caption mentioning “Dior Homme” and “Eau Sauvage Extrême” by Christian Dior perfumer Olivier Polge. The latter fragrance was first introduced in 1966, the former is a legend in its own right, and when taken together perfectly suits the man about town. Next up Bobby Nicholas provides a visual for a fragrance befitting the son of Zeus and Maia, “Voyage d’Hermès” by Hermès naturally. Perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena has created a fragrance for Hermès that the story’s author Lee C. Wallick describes as being tied to no place or flower in particular, but instead “works as a sort of fresh, invisible cloth that touches on crisp, green citruses, warms to the peppery and then pleasantly rests.”

For the first time the Ford Models Blog does not feel dirty like it does when it reads about fragrances surreptitiously mentioned in fashion editorials. This dedicated and frank treatment of the subject deserves praise. In other words, with the air having been cleared we are now free to simply admire the richly tangible features of Luke and Bobby.

Credits include: Publication, Man about Town 7 Autumn / Winter 2010; Title, “Clearing the Air”; Text, Lee C. Wallick; Photography, Terry Tsiolis; Hair, Didier Malige for Frédéric Fekkai; Grooming, Pep Gay at Streeters; Photography assistants, Jake Jones, David Schulze, Jimmy Trimm; Casting, COACD.

Luke Briggs | Man about Town A/W 10 (Photography: Terry Tsiolis)

Luke Briggs | Man about Town A/W 10 (Photography: Terry Tsiolis)

Bobby Nicholas | Man about Town A/W 10 (Photography: Terry Tsiolis)

Bobby Nicholas | Man about Town A/W 10 (Photography: Terry Tsiolis)



Tao Okamoto & Ming Xi | Vogue China Sep. 2010 by Damien Neva

This cat’s been out of the proverbial periodical bag for the better part of ten days, but the Ford Models Blog would be remiss for not posting it. Ford’s Tao Okamoto and Ming Xi feature in the cover story of Vogue China September 2010 photographed by Peter Lindbergh. Styled by Nicoletta Santoro the shoot set on what appears to be an inland lake offers a number of variations on the theme of black, thus the title, “Black on Black.” Add a dash of rising vapor from the pebbly shore and the looks are not difficult to imagine on the steamy streets of Shanghai or for that matter Manhattan. The Ford Models Blog still has yet to get its hands on the either the Lindbergh or Daniel Jackson cover issue, but until that time we will admire the pictures we thus far have.

Further credits include hair by Didier Malige and makeup by Stephane Marais.

Tao Okamoto & Ming Xi | Vogue China Sep. 2010 (Photography: Peter Lindbergh)

Tao Okamoto & Ming Xi | Vogue China Sep. 2010 (Photography: Peter Lindbergh)

Ming Xi | Vogue China Sep. 2010 (Photography: Peter Lindbergh)

Ming Xi | Vogue China Sep. 2010 (Photography: Peter Lindbergh)

Ming Xi | Vogue China Sep. 2010 (Photography: Peter Lindbergh)

Ming Xi | Vogue China Sep. 2010 (Photography: Peter Lindbergh)

Tao Okamoto & Ming Xi (both seated) | Vogue China Sep. 2010 (Photography: Peter Lindbergh)

Tao Okamoto & Ming Xi (both seated) | Vogue China Sep. 2010 (Photography: Peter Lindbergh)

Tao Okamoto & Ming Xi | Vogue China Sep. 2010 (Photography: Peter Lindbergh)

Tao Okamoto & Ming Xi | Vogue China Sep. 2010 (Photography: Peter Lindbergh)

Ming Xi | Vogue China Sep. 2010 (Photography: Peter Lindbergh)

Ming Xi | Vogue China Sep. 2010 (Photography: Peter Lindbergh)

Ming Xi | Vogue China Sep. 2010 (Photography: Peter Lindbergh)

Ming Xi | Vogue China Sep. 2010 (Photography: Peter Lindbergh)

Tao Okamoto & Ming Xi | Vogue China Sep. 2010 (Photography: Peter Lindbergh)

Tao Okamoto & Ming Xi | Vogue China Sep. 2010 (Photography: Peter Lindbergh)




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