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Crystal Renn | Interview June / July 2011 by Damien Neva

In film production circles the color red is synonymous with excellence, not so much for the halo of ambition that often accompanies the primary hue, but for the state of the art DSMC™ (Digital Still & Motion Camera) system that goes for roughly as much as Brown University sets back parents for their kid’s first year in ethnomusicology — expensive as hell in other words. The Red Epic Camera is the sort of precision optical device more commonly associated with NASA space programs than magazine editorial shoots, but when photography master Steven Klein is tasked to shoot actor Alexander Skarsgård and Ford’s Crystal Renn for Interview, then optically speaking almost nothing short of the Hubble will do. In actual fact Klein has made exceptional use of the Red Epic for the Interview June 2011 cover story that is styled by Karl Templer.

Crystal enters the story kneeling on all fours atop a bed frame to the True Blood star’s left and wears a collar by The Leather Man, Louis Vuitton cuffs, Falke stockings, and Christian Louboutin heels. The power central to the story’s theme of domination inevitably shifts to Crystal as evidenced below in the second shot where she can be seen insouciantly puffing away on a cigarette held in an Isabel Marant gloved hand. The story’s final frame sees the Swede lying on a bloodied floor wearing an Alexander McQueen trench in the domineering shadow of Crystal’s Tom Ford heel. As far as the story’s casting goes, Crystal Renn couldn’t be a better foil to a male lead that has as fanatic a following as her own. Red epic indeed!

Interview June / July 2011 hits newsstands Tuesday, 7 June, but in the mean time this story can be viewed here.

Credits include: Publication, Interview June 2011; Title, “Alexander Skarsgard”; Photography, Steven Klein; Styling, Karl Templer; Hair, Anthony Turner at Art Partner; Makeup, Mark Carrasquillo at Art + Commerce; Casting, Michelle Lee at KCD; Set design, Stefan Beckman at Exposure NY; Production, North6; Printing, Box; Digital and equipment, Stills and motion captured in 5k with the Red Epic Camera provided by Red Digital Cinema and B2pro; Styling assistance: Karen Kaiser; Special thanks, The 1896 Studios and Stages.

Crystal Renn | Interview June 2011 (Photography: Steven Klein)

Crystal Renn | Interview June 2011 (Photography: Steven Klein)

Crystal Renn | Interview June 2011 (Photography: Steven Klein)

Crystal Renn | Interview June 2011 (Photography: Steven Klein)

Crystal Renn | Interview June 2011 (Photography: Steven Klein)

Crystal Renn | Interview June 2011 (Photography: Steven Klein)



Jacob Dekat | Vogue Italia Maggio 2011 by Damien Neva

A month ago Ford Men’s Jacob Dekat featured as the Models.com Model of the Week for 18 April 2011 fresh on the heels of his editorial debut in the pages of Numéro Homme by Greg Kadel. In his Model of the Week feature, the 21-year-old Colombian-born photographer and DJ mentioned having shot with Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia, the May 2011 issue of which is now on newsstands in the City. With copy in hand the twenty-eight page Karl Templer-styled story is something to behold. In it Jacob below can be seen on the far right of the frame, reclined in an office chair, wearing denim shorts (shorts di denim) by either Levi’s or Diesel, unsure which as the caption is rather imprecise notwithstanding it being written in Italian. For all that this storied piece of real estate on 23 St. has witnessed over the years, the editorial avoids recreating its truly notorious acts and keeps it decidedly PG-13. Messy quarters, “unkempt” hair, and more summer looks than at which you can waggle a Sid Vicious pocket knife is pretty much how this editorial rolls. And thankfully Jacob Dekat is on hand to make sure the 12 PM check out is flagrantly disregarded.

Credits include: Publication, Vogue Italia Maggio 2011 N°729; Title, “Chelsea Hotel”; Photography, Steven Meisel; Fashion editor, Karl Templer; Hair, Guido Palau for Redken; Coloring, Josh Wood, Wella Professionals Global Creative Director; Makeup, Pat McGrath for Dolce & Gabbana The Make Up; Manicure, Jin Soon for Jin Soon Natural Hand & Foot Spa.

Jacob Dekat | Vogue Italia Maggio 2011 (Photography: Steven Meisel)

Jacob Dekat | Vogue Italia Maggio 2011 (Photography: Steven Meisel)



Tao Okamoto & Crystal Renn | Interview March 2011 by Damien Neva

The other week deep in the fog of the show season this story arrived in my inbox. Amidst a forest of exclamation marks and ASCII smileys it was apparent from the message that this was not just any Mert & Marcus masterpiece, nay, it was several hygrometer percentages sultrier. There is no shortage of bare flesh in the supposedly clothing-centric field of fashion photography (see also Purple Spring / Summer 2011), but that doesn’t necessarily translate into imagery that could be construed as even remotely seductive let alone artistic. Such failings, however do not befall the peerless Mert & Marcus for their latest editorial outing in Interview March 2011 that features Ford’s Tao Okamoto and Crystal Renn. Titled “China Girls” the Karl Templer styled story transports readers to the intersection of 1970s glam and 1920s decadence by way of a steamily sapphic opium den.

I immediately identified Tao Okamoto from the opening page, she’s holding an anthurium flower and wearing earrings and ring by Erickson Beamon, but missed Crystal, chameleon that she is, on the first look at the story. As it turns out Crystal later appears at the bottom of page 168 wearing shoes by Yves Saint Laurent with her arm wrapped around Fei Fei Sun. As one of the story’s central protagonists Tao commands much of the story, but also shares a striking portrait with Crystal on page 177. In that shot Tao wears pants by Akris, earrings by Erickson Beamon, Lynn Ban cuff, Hwa Park cummerbund, and Louis Vuitton shoes. Crystal wears Haider Ackermann briefs and also Louis Vuitton shoes, Erickson Beamon earrings, and Lynn Ban necklace. Needless to say this is an intoxicating story borne of pipe dream the likes of only Mert & Marcus could conceive and Tao and Crystal realize. Now, where again did I leave my dog-eared copy of the Kubla Khan… .

Credits include: Publication, Interview March 2011; Title, “China Girls”; Photography, Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott; Fashion editor, Karl Templer; Hair, Paul Hanlon at Julian Watson Agency; Hair color, Tina Outen; Makeup, Charlotte Tilbury at Art Partner; Manicure, Lorraine Griffin using Chanel 2011 Spring Collection, including Black, Pearl, Vamp, and Rouge Fatal Nail Color; Casting, Michelle Lee at KCD; Set design, Gerard Santos at http://www.themagnetagency.com; Production, Layla Land; Retouching, Dreamer Post Productions; Styling assistants, Elin Svahn, Kerry Buckley, Chi-San Wan; Hair assistants, Keisuke Terrada, Corey Tuttle; Makeup assistant, Ninni Nummela; Manicurist assistant, James Mok; Image source, tFS.

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto & Crystal Renn | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto & Crystal Renn | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto & Crystal Renn | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto & Crystal Renn | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)



Bo Ackerson for ck one Fragrance S/S 11 by Damien Neva

It’s been a minute since I last spoke about Ford Men’s Bo Ackerson, but this afternoon the Kansas City native gives me good reason to interrupt this interminable F/W 11 show season. What could possibly trump yet another half dozen sets of runway photos? A massive ck one Fragrance S/S 11 campaign, that’s what. Conceived by creative director Fabien Baron of Baron + Baron working in association with CRK, Calvin Klein, Inc.‘s in-house advertising agency, this global “experiential, integrated” (read, massive, bloody everywhere innit) campaign surfaced last week with this 30 second spot and is set to reach just about every magazine, mobile, and mind on the planet. The campaign draws on the industry’s top talent including photographer Steven Klein, stylist Karl Templer, hair stylist Guido Palau, and makeup artist Pat McGrath. The campaign also features no small number of modeling talent, thirty to be precise, including Bo Ackeron as well as Ford’s Valerija Kelava.

Please get intimate with this campaign by watching a video treatment of Bo Ackerson because in another five years this campaign is likely to be standard media studies curriculum. And Bo…who can say no to Bo? ck one Fragrance couldn’t and I reckon neither can you.

Credits include: Client, ck one Fragrance; Campaign, S/S 11; Photography, Steven Meisel; Creative director, Fabien Baron at Baron + Baron; Fashion editor, Karl Templer; Hair, Guido Palau; Makeup, Pat McGrath; Manicure, Jin Soon Choi; Casting, Jennifer Starr; Image source, ckone.com.

Bo Ackerson for ck one Fragrance S/S 11 (Video still: Steven Meisel)

Bo Ackerson for ck one Fragrance S/S 11 (Video still: Steven Meisel)

Bo Ackerson for ck one Fragrance S/S 11 (Video still: Steven Meisel)

Bo Ackerson for ck one Fragrance S/S 11 (Video still: Steven Meisel)

Bo Ackerson for ck one Fragrance S/S 11 (Video still: Steven Meisel)

Bo Ackerson for ck one Fragrance S/S 11 (Video still: Steven Meisel)



Ethan James Interview Special by Damien Neva

When I requested an interview with Ford Men’s Ethan James it was with the knowledge that it would be on the same day that he was flying in from Paris. Not sure about you, but there’s at least a couple dozen things I’d rather do after an eight hour trans-Atlantic flight than speak on camera to the Ford Models Blog. Undaunted by the prospect of facing the agency’s in-house hack, Ethan, ever the consummate professional, duly accepted the interview request and answered with aplomb all that was asked of him. Chief of interest to me were his working relationship with Dior Homme‘s Kris Van Assche as well as the recent Interview editorial by Mikael Jansson and Karl Templer.

The Grand Rapids, Michigan native signed with Ford Men when he was seventeen-years-old and spent a couple years developing on the board in relative obscurity. Ethan has since grown into his own after living in New York for a couple years, which he admits has done him a world. A couple weeks shy of his twenty-first birthday Ethan is brimming with confidence and eager for all that lies ahead in his developing career, which in the last year has started to ignite. In June 2010 Ethan opened for Dior Homme S/S 11 and just last month closed its F/W 11 presentation. His association to with the minimalist menswear line also has extended into an editorial cover story for L’Officiel Homme China.

The Interview story has also been a major development for Ethan, who during my interview betrayed a hint of surprise that he features as prominently in the story as he does. During the first half of the shoot Ethan was mostly situated in the background of the steamy set, but during the second half of the shoot photographer Mikael Jansson moved him to the fore. Thankfully for Ethan the shots from the second half of the shoot went to press and judging by their strength it’s not surprising they were winners. Judge for yourself, but I reckon he steals the show.

Beyond modeling Ethan enjoys photography and counts Sarah Moon amongst his favorites not least for the other-worldliness of her fine art portraiture. As an early teenager Ethan was given his grandfather’s 35mm Miranda, which he used to take portraits of friends and some of the more model-like girls in his high school. When Ethan joined the Ford Men he actually tested a few models on the women’s board. As his career has taken off Ethan hasn’t had nearly as much time to devote to his own photography, but is eager to return to the craft. Given all Ethan has experienced on photo sets in last year we look forward to his work. In the mean time, however we will continue to enjoy his blossoming modeling career.

Credits include: Publication, Ford Models Blog; Title, “Ethan James Interview Special”; Subject, Ethan James; Interview/text, Damien Neva; Video, Damien Neva; Photography, Damien Neva; Music, from Chrome Box by Chrome.

Ethan James / Ford Men (Photography: Damien Neva)

Ethan James / Ford Men (Photography: Damien Neva)

Ethan James / Ford Men (Photography: Damien Neva)

Ethan James / Ford Men (Photography: Damien Neva)

Ethan James / Ford Men (Photography: Damien Neva)

Ethan James / Ford Men (Photography: Damien Neva)

Ethan James / Ford Men (Photography: Damien Neva)

Ethan James / Ford Men (Photography: Damien Neva)

Ethan James / Ford Men (Photography: Damien Neva)

Ethan James / Ford Men (Photography: Damien Neva)

Ethan James / Ford Men (Photography: Damien Neva)

Ethan James / Ford Men (Photography: Damien Neva)



Anais Mali | Vogue Italia Gennaio 2011 by Damien Neva

There are few better places to find a sprawling thirty-two page editorial than in an issue of Vogue Italia. Whatever the gallery may think about photographer Steven Meisel the simple fact remains that his regular contribution to the Condé Nast monthly from editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani will be a discussion point whether or not it spits oil. And for good reason. Take for example Meisel and fashion editor Karl Templer‘s editorial titled “The Power of Glamour” appearing in the January issue of Vogue Italia that features Ford’s Anais Mali. Drawing inspiration from Yves Saint Laurent‘s 1970s era atelier this story is told through a series of portraits taken at jaunty angles, reflected in mirrors, and flickered over CCTV to give it a certain vérité immediacy. Anais’s opening look, a well-known Louis Vuitton S/S 11 dress, is made look to all the more arresting through its unmediated presentation before a stand-in designer and coterie of white-coated assistants. This is in part what makes the editorial stand out from the stacks and stacks of excellent editorials sitting the desk of the Ford Models Blog, namely to make the familiar unfamiliar. To that end Steven Meisel succeeds and thankfully not without the help of Anais Mali.

Credits include: Publication, Vogue Italia Gennaio 2011; Title, “The Power of Glamour”; Photography, Steven Meisel; Fashion editor, Karl Templer; Hair, Guido Palau for Redken; Makeup, Pat McGrath; Manicure, Jin Soon Choi for Jin Soon Choi Natural Hand & Foot Spa; Set design, Mary Howard; Production, PRODn at Art + Commerce.

Anais Mali | Vogue Italia Gennaio 2011 (Photography: Steven Meisel)

Anais Mali | Vogue Italia Gennaio 2011 (Photography: Steven Meisel)

Anais Mali | Vogue Italia Gennaio 2011 (Photography: Steven Meisel)

Anais Mali | Vogue Italia Gennaio 2011 (Photography: Steven Meisel)

Anais Mali | Vogue Italia Gennaio 2011 (Photography: Steven Meisel)

Anais Mali | Vogue Italia Gennaio 2011 (Photography: Steven Meisel)

Anais Mali | Vogue Italia Gennaio 2011 (Photography: Steven Meisel)

Anais Mali | Vogue Italia Gennaio 2011 (Photography: Steven Meisel)

Anais Mali | Vogue Italia Gennaio 2011 (Photography: Steven Meisel)

Anais Mali | Vogue Italia Gennaio 2011 (Photography: Steven Meisel)



Ethan James | Interview February 2011 by Damien Neva

Ford Men’s Ethan James isn’t having an awful 2011 by any stretch. The Michigan native has been in Paris for the previous fortnight during which time he walked for Kris Van Assche, Yigal Azrouël, and closed Dior Homme by wearing a stunning solid red number with black hat and shoes. But, Ethan’s prowess isn’t confined to the runway, nay, he’s also well versed in the arts of the magazine editorial — L’Officiel Hommes China cover story, anyone?! Well, if you didn’t pick up that issue in Beijing last fall, then Ethan’s done all of us Stateside a favor by landing a peach of a story that appears in Interview February 2011 by photographer Mikael Jansson and stylist Karl Templer. Simply titled “Bare” the story sees Ethan wear very little save the odd Hanro brief in the steamy baths interior fashioned by set designer Stefan Beckman. But then again, if Sam Doerfler‘s Polaroids of Ethan taught anything, then it’s surely to keep this model shirtless. As it so happens even master stylist Karl Templer has taken heed by not deviating from this winning formula. If this starring editorial role in an excellent issue of Interview that also features Tom Ford doesn’t convince anyone of Ethan’s rising star, then watch this page closely because there is plenty to come that also will be laid bare.

Credits include: Publication, Interview February 2011; Title, “Bare”; Photography, Mikael Jansson; Styling, Karl Templer; Hair, Eugene Souleiman for Wella Professionals / Streeters; Makeup, Mark Carrasquillo at Art + Commerce; Casting, Michelle Lee at KCD; Set design, Stefan Beckman at Exposure NY; Production, North6; Styling assistant, Karen Kaiser.

Ethan James | Interview February 2011 (Photography: Mikael Jansson)

Ethan James | Interview February 2011 (Photography: Mikael Jansson)

Ethan James | Interview February 2011 (Photography: Mikael Jansson)

Ethan James | Interview February 2011 (Photography: Mikael Jansson)

Ethan James | Interview February 2011 (Photography: Mikael Jansson)

Ethan James | Interview February 2011 (Photography: Mikael Jansson)

Ethan James | Interview February 2011 (Photography: Mikael Jansson)

Ethan James | Interview February 2011 (Photography: Mikael Jansson)

Ethan James | Interview February 2011 (Photography: Mikael Jansson)

Ethan James | Interview February 2011 (Photography: Mikael Jansson)

Ethan James | Interview February 2011 (Photography: Mikael Jansson)

Ethan James | Interview February 2011 (Photography: Mikael Jansson)

Ethan James | Interview February 2011 (Photography: Mikael Jansson)

Ethan James | Interview February 2011 (Photography: Mikael Jansson)




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