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Hannelore Knuts | Tar 5 Spring 2011 by Damien Neva

And finally, freedom, specifically Tar 5 Spring 2011 that takes the concept as its point of departure for such disparate contributors as the recently-freed Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei, Moroccan psychiatrist Rita El Khayat, and Centre Pompidou curator Christine Marcel. Oh, but Tar 5 is not only art and politics, nay, it also comes good with the fashion by way of an editorial by photographer Leonora Hamill and stylist Haria Norsa that features Ford’s Hannelore Knuts. Titled “Holy Hannelore” the story sees the iconic Belgian at her resplendent best beginning bedside wearing a Trussardi dress, bracelet with pendants by Brioni, golden bracelet by Sharra Pagano, and holding a Fendi clutch. She is breathtaking in particular for her fourth look, a white Yves Saint Laurent dress, Salvatore Ferragamo heels, Vhernier rings and earrings, and holding a Stella McCartney clutch, which allows her to especially stand out from her luscious surroundings. Not that Hannelore Knuts could ever be consumed by any backdrop no matter how busily it pursues its freedom for this Tar 5 freedom issue…she wouldn’t otherwise be known as Ultramegalore!

Credits include: Tar Issue N°5 Spring 2011; Title, “Holy Hannelore”; Photography, Leonora Hamill; Styling, Haria Norsa; Fashion editing, Coco Brandolini D’Adda; Hair, Simone Prusso for Greenapple; Makeup, Claudia Marchetti for Greenapple using MAC Cosmetics; Photography assistance, Carlo Piroli, Chiara Capuzzi; Styling assistance, Luca Galasso; Production, 2DM Milan; Image source, Fashion Gone Rogue.

Hannelore Knuts | Tar 5 Spring 2011 (Photography: Leonora Hamill)

Hannelore Knuts | Tar 5 Spring 2011 (Photography: Leonora Hamill)

Hannelore Knuts | Tar 5 Spring 2011 (Photography: Leonora Hamill)

Hannelore Knuts | Tar 5 Spring 2011 (Photography: Leonora Hamill)

Hannelore Knuts | Tar 5 Spring 2011 (Photography: Leonora Hamill)

Hannelore Knuts | Tar 5 Spring 2011 (Photography: Leonora Hamill)

Hannelore Knuts | Tar 5 Spring 2011 (Photography: Leonora Hamill)

Hannelore Knuts | Tar 5 Spring 2011 (Photography: Leonora Hamill)

Hannelore Knuts | Tar 5 Spring 2011 (Photography: Leonora Hamill)

Hannelore Knuts | Tar 5 Spring 2011 (Photography: Leonora Hamill)

Hannelore Knuts | Tar 5 Spring 2011 (Photography: Leonora Hamill)

Hannelore Knuts | Tar 5 Spring 2011 (Photography: Leonora Hamill)

Hannelore Knuts | Tar 5 Spring 2011 (Photography: Leonora Hamill)

Hannelore Knuts | Tar 5 Spring 2011 (Photography: Leonora Hamill)

Hannelore Knuts | Tar 5 Spring 2011 (Photography: Leonora Hamill)

Hannelore Knuts | Tar 5 Spring 2011 (Photography: Leonora Hamill)

Hannelore Knuts | Tar 5 Spring 2011 (Photography: Leonora Hamill)

Hannelore Knuts | Tar 5 Spring 2011 (Photography: Leonora Hamill)



Hannelore Knuts | “Natural Beauty” by Lernert & Sander by Damien Neva

Beauty and absurdity…at points there is very little daylight between the two. The former ultimately meets the latter by way of excess and superfluity. It is precisely this threshold that Dutch director/artist duo Lernert & Sander explore in a new conceptual art piece for video titled “Natural Beauty.” The piece is quite simple; it involves layering 365 consecutive applications of Ellis Faas Cosmetics over the face of Ford’s Hannelore Knuts. Filmed in collaboration with makeup artist Ferry van der Nat and his assistant Vanessa Chan over the course of nine straight hours Hannelore is taken through a series of looks that range from the natural to the beautiful to the utterly garish. No stranger to art let alone farce, Hannelore Knuts couldn’t make a fitting accomplice for navigating the boundaries between beauty and absurdity.

Please visit Nowness to see the entire “Natural Beauty” video by Lernert & Sander featuring Hannelore Knuts.

Credits include: Publication, Nowness 29 June 2011; Title, “Natural Beauty”; Direction, Lernert Engelberts & Sander Plug; Makeup, Ferry van der Nat at Unit C.M.A. using Ellis Faas Cosmetics; Makeup assistance, Vanessa Chan at House of Orange; Direction of photography, Ram van Meel at Umsjatka; Editing, Mathijs Kok; Music, All Shall Be Well; Set dressing, Hadewieg, Egbert Steenwinkel; Set dressing assistance, Derek van Egmond; Production, Jennifer Byrne at Blinkart; Post production, Condor Brussel.

Hannelore Knuts | Natural Beauty (Video still: Lernert & Sander)

Hannelore Knuts | Natural Beauty (Video still: Lernert & Sander)

Hannelore Knuts | Natural Beauty (Video still: Lernert & Sander)

Hannelore Knuts | Natural Beauty (Video still: Lernert & Sander)

Hannelore Knuts | Natural Beauty (Video still: Lernert & Sander)

Hannelore Knuts | Natural Beauty (Video still: Lernert & Sander)

Hannelore Knuts | Natural Beauty (Video still: Lernert & Sander)

Hannelore Knuts | Natural Beauty (Video still: Lernert & Sander)

Hannelore Knuts | Natural Beauty (Video still: Lernert & Sander)

Hannelore Knuts | Natural Beauty (Video still: Lernert & Sander)

Hannelore Knuts | Natural Beauty (Video still: Lernert & Sander)

Hannelore Knuts | Natural Beauty (Video still: Lernert & Sander)



Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 by Damien Neva

One of my abiding memories of New York Fashion Week F/W 11 was witnessing Yohji Yamamoto arrive by car at 82 Mercer Street an hour before the Y-3 show. As you might expect, his arrival wasn’t a red carpet affair. A car pulled up, a man got out, and walked inside a building. End scene. It was quite a departure from the more lurid (read tacky) scenes from the week, but one thoroughly in keeping with the master’s minimalist approach to clothing design. New magazine Ponystep [yes, another new magaz…zzzz, ahem, it’s actually quite good — ed.] takes Yohji Yamamoto as its subject for an editorial that features Ford’s Hannelore Knuts photographed by Paul Wetherell. Titled “Knuts about Yohji” the Clare Richardson-styled story presents the iconic Belgian wearing a series of looks drawn from the Japanese’s S/S 11 womenswear and menswear collections as well as some vintage pieces. The editorial’s accompanying text by Emily King draws from Yamamoto’s coauthored monograph My Dear Bomb, which amongst other things narrates a connection between his 1943 birth in Imperial Japan and his oeuvre. Yamamoto’s deep ambivalence if not outright hostility to fashion is arguably one of the distinguishing attitudes that have shaped the creation of his meticulously-tailored and yet, at the same time, utilitarian clothing lines. The casting of Hannelore for this story could not have been more incisive — one of the first shoots she ever did was for a Yohji Yamamoto catalog by Inez & Vinoodh. Hannelore has a decidedly more playful attitude when it comes to plying her trade in the fashion industry — I reckon she even likes it — but when allied with her striking beauty all the same complements the spare designs of Yohji Yamamoto and even makes the story’s title sensible. Knuts!

Credits include: Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11; Title, “Knuts about Yohji”; Photography, Paul Wetherell; Fashion editing, Clare Richardson; Text, Emily King; Hair, Sam Hillerby; Makeup, Petros Petrohilos; Photography assistance, Chris Miller, James Anastasi; Fashion assistance, Kelly-Ann Hughes, Victoria Higgs; Hair assistance, Keiron Roberts; Retouching, Provision Studios; Special thanks, Coralie Gauthier, Noriko Chikamori, Prolighting, the Wrapping Project.

Knuts About Yohji | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Knuts About Yohji | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)

Hannelore Knuts | Ponystep Magazine Issue One SS 11 (Photography: Paul Wetherell)



Introducing Cailin Hill by Damien Neva

For an endearingly irreverent, 5’9″ (175 cm) girl with a predilection for spontaneous wardrobe modification by way of bleach, cheese grater, and even coffee grounds (yes, coffee grounds), modeling would seem a safe career path until, say, daredevil bespoke tailoring performance art becomes a more viable option. Meet London, Ontario native Cailin Hill, one of the latest models to join the Ford Women board that includes fellow Introducing Ford Models alumni Allaire Heisig and Emily Carter. Since coming to Ford earlier this year Cailin has settled in nicely having featured in the Calvin Klein Fall 2011 presentation in March. In the Models.com MDX feature for that presentation Cailin can be seen in the opening shot standing shoulder to shoulder with River Viiperi (Soul) and another five models away from Ford Men’s Ethan James, which well suited her, longtime admirer of all things ck. Most recently Cailin shot a forthcoming lookbook for Alexa Chung for Madewell and as of last night was on a flight to Miami to shoot for Marie Claire. Suffice it to say Cailin is well adjusted and busy, which is exactly what models expect when they join Ford.

Having spent the better part of an hour with Cailin yesterday I was impressed by many aspects of her not least of which included a distinctive personal style, the succinct articulation of which I associate with Hannelore Knuts, Hanne Gaby Odiele and Christian Brylle. Cailin cheekily describes her DIY aesthetic as “Tompkins Square Park homeless chic,” which she achieves through a pastiche of methods from sewing to distressing. In a casting room full of beautiful models, personal style can be a selective advantage. To that end Cailin’s board has been incredibly supportive in permitting her to express herself in ways that merely wearing, say, an in-season dress would not. Expression is not limited to clothing, but in fact extends into other social media substrata including Tumblr and Twitter. Cailin’s voluble contributions to Tumblr by way of her Model Burnbook have complemented her modeling career to such an extent that last week she was featured on the Fashionista. Catching Fashionista‘s eye is no mean feat, but is one to which Cailin Hill is equal just as she is to her blossoming new career at Ford Models.

Until her next feature on the Ford Models Blog, please enjoy the below video portrait and digitals of Cailin Hill.

Credits include: Publication, Ford Models Blog; Title, “Introducing Cailin Hill”; Model, Cailin Hill; Division, Ford Women; Interview/text, Damien Neva; Video/photography, Damien Neva.


Introducing Cailin Hill / Ford Women (Video: Damien Neva)

Introducing Cailin Hill / Ford Women (Photography: Damien Neva)

Introducing Cailin Hill / Ford Women (Photography: Damien Neva)

Introducing Cailin Hill / Ford Women (Photography: Damien Neva)

Introducing Cailin Hill / Ford Women (Photography: Damien Neva)

Introducing Cailin Hill / Ford Women (Photography: Damien Neva)

Introducing Cailin Hill / Ford Women (Photography: Damien Neva)

Introducing Cailin Hill / Ford Women (Photography: Damien Neva)

Introducing Cailin Hill / Ford Women (Photography: Damien Neva)



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



Paris Prêt à Porter Automne-Hiver 2011-2012 Review by Damien Neva

Before I can truly call full time on the F/W 11 show season I must first push this Paris review out the door. New York Fashion Week felt like a lark after the way Milano Moda Donna made me (not to mention the models!) feel. There is something about cramming all those Milano shows into what are essentially four days rather than the six on the calendar that is downright brutal. Paris is an entirely different animal and accordingly spreads the shows over a leisurely eight days, which allowed Sigrid Agren (25) and Karmen Pedaru (21) to break that all important twenty show benchmark. For two models who didn’t even walk in London they featured in sixty-four (64) and fifty-three (53) shows respectively.

Alana Zimmer featured in seventeen (17) shows in Paris and a total fifty-seven (57) for the season once her eight (8) London shows are added including two openings for Jaeger London and Nicole Fahri. Julia Saner featured in sixteen (16) shows in Paris, forty-eight (48) overall, and in the French capital opened Paul & Joe, and closed another in Christian Dior where she supplied arguably one of the most enduring images of the season by blowing a kiss to the audience. Hanne Gaby Odiele featured in fourteen (14) Paris shows, of which she opened Cacharel and closed Akris to bring her season total to forty-seven (47). Daiane Conterato featured in twelve (12) Paris shows and thirty-six (36) overall, where during the final week she also opened Haider Ackermann and opened and closed Ann Demeulemeester.

All told Paris proved to be an incredible eight days as did the entire show season for our girls. I now invite you to geek out on the below show lists. As ever any errors, omissions, mistakes are strictly my own and will be corrected if brought to my attention in the below comments section. Au revoir, Paris, see you in another six months.

Paris Prêt à Porter Automne-Hiver 2011-2012 Review
Alana Zimmer: Dries Van Noten, Rochas, Rue du Mail, Zac Posen, Ann Demeulemeester, Rick Owens, Christian Dior, Lanvin, Pedro Laurenço, Haider Ackermann, Jean Paul Gaultier, Akris, Hermès, Emanuel Ungaro, Paul & Joe, Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton
Alexandra Tretter: Anne Valérie Hash, Undercover, Tsumori Chisato
Anais Mali: Mugler, Nina Ricci, Christian Dior, Loewe, Stella McCartney, Emanuel Ungaro, Chloé
Andie Arthur: Miu Miu
Crystal Renn: Zac Posen
Daiane Conterato: Damir Doma, Dries Van Noten, Rochas, Undercover, Ann Demeulemeester (O, C), Yohji Yamamoto, Haider Ackermann (O), Hermès, Kenzo, Vanessa Bruno, Moncler Gamme Rouge, Miu Miu
Delfine Bafort: Balenciaga, Maison Martin Margiela, Haider Ackermann
Emily Senko: Guy Laroche, Undercover, Ann Demeulemeester, Lanvin, Pedro Laurenço, Andrew Gn, Vanessa Bruno
Erjona Ala: Balenciaga
Hanne Gaby Odiele: Dries Van Noten, Rue du Mail, Rick Owens, Nina Ricci, Pedro Laurenço, Cacharel (O), Akris (C), Kenzo, Emanuel Ungaro, Giambattista Valli, Paul & Joe, Chanel, Valentino, Miu Miu
Hannelore Knuts: Jean Paul Gaultier
Janice Alida: Felipe Oliveira Baptista, Barbara Bui, Vivienne Westwood, Andrew Gn, Vanessa Bruno, Moncler Gamme Rouge
Julia Saner: Rochas, Balmain, Barbara Bui, Nina Ricci, Christian Dior (C), Lanvin, Jean Paul Gaultier, Akris, Costume National, Giambattista Valli, Vanessa Bruno, Paul & Joe (O), Chanel, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Elie Saab
Karmen Pedaru: Hakaan, Dries Van Noten, Rue du Mail, Balenciaga, Balmain (O), Rick Owens, Nina Ricci, Christian Dior, Lanvin, Pedro Laurenço (C), Haider Ackermann, Viktor & Rolf, Céline, Hermès, Givenchy, Stella McCartney, Chloé, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton
Kate Kosushkina: Nicolas Andreas Taralis, Felipe Oliveira Baptista, Undercover, Barbara Bui, Nina Ricci, Andrew Gn, Costume National, Vanessa Bruno, Léonard, Comme Des Garçons, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Arzu Kaprol
Katsia Zingarevich: Stella McCartney, Gareth Pugh
Lydia Willemina Collins: Givenchy (exclusive)
Ming Xi: Hakaan, Guy Laroche, Rochas, Mugler, Zac Posen, Rick Owens, Roland Mouret, Lanvin, Loewe, Costume National, Emanuel Ungaro, Schiatzy Chen, Louis Vuitton, Elie Saab
Sigrid Agren: Hakaan, Dries Van Noten, Rue du Mail, Balmain, Rick Owens, Nina Ricci, Roland Mouret, Christian Dior, Lanvin, Pedro Laurenço, Haider Ackermann, Viktor & Rolf, Cacharel, Loewe, Hermès, Kenzo, Stella McCartney, Chloé, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Elie Saab
Tayane Leão: Guy Laroche, Yohji Yamamoto, Cacharel, Hermès, Givenchy, Giambattista Valli, Moncler Gamme Rouge
Valerija Kelava: Dries Van Noten, Rue du Mail, Balenciaga, Lanvin, Viktor & Rolf, Cacharel (C), Céline, Hermès, Givenchy, Chloé, Alexander McQueen, Miu Miu

O: Open; C: Close

Julia Saner (C) | Christian Dior F/W 11 (Photography: Matthew Kristall)

Julia Saner (C) | Christian Dior F/W 11 (Photography: Matthew Kristall)



Jean Paul Gaultier F/W 11 by Damien Neva

Ford’s Alana Zimmer, Hannelore Knuts, and Julia Saner featured in the presentation of the Jean Paul Gaultier F/W 11 womenswear collection Saturday evening at the 325 rue Saint-Martin in Paris.

Please visit Vogue.co.uk to see the entire Jean Paul Gaultier F/W 11 collection.

Alana Zimmer | Jean Paul Gaultier F/W 11 (Photography: GoRunway.com)

Alana Zimmer | Jean Paul Gaultier F/W 11 (Photography: GoRunway.com)

Hannelore Knuts | Jean Paul Gaultier F/W 11 (Photography: GoRunway.com)

Hannelore Knuts | Jean Paul Gaultier F/W 11 (Photography: GoRunway.com)

Julia Saner | Jean Paul Gaultier F/W 11 (Photography: GoRunway.com)

Julia Saner | Jean Paul Gaultier F/W 11 (Photography: GoRunway.com)

Alana Zimmer | Jean Paul Gaultier F/W 11 (Photography: GoRunway.com)

Alana Zimmer | Jean Paul Gaultier F/W 11 (Photography: GoRunway.com)

Hannelore Knuts | Jean Paul Gaultier F/W 11 (Photography: GoRunway.com)

Hannelore Knuts | Jean Paul Gaultier F/W 11 (Photography: GoRunway.com)

Hannelore Knuts | Jean Paul Gaultier F/W 11 (Photography: GoRunway.com)

Hannelore Knuts | Jean Paul Gaultier F/W 11 (Photography: GoRunway.com)

Alana Zimmer | Jean Paul Gaultier F/W 11 (Photography: GoRunway.com)

Alana Zimmer | Jean Paul Gaultier F/W 11 (Photography: GoRunway.com)




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