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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)



Ming Xi & Hanne Gaby Odiele | Vogue China April 2011 by Damien Neva

There is an unspoken story order to magazines that places beauty before fashion. That’s eyebrow pencils before pencil skirts, just to be clear. Debate the merits of that hierarchy — ’tis better to be an aperitif or the main course — if you like, but I say any monthly worth its bath salts includes both. Vogue China does, but then again what right-thinking Condé Nast volume bearing the five letters V-O-G-U-E doesn’t? Yeah, me neither. The April 2011 issue of Vogue from the People’s Republic carries a formidible beauty story by photographer David Slijper that features Ford’s Ming Xi and Hanne Gaby Odiele. Titled “Asia Exposure,” the story showcases the cosmetics nous of Lisa Houghton, who opts for both a strong eye and a strong lip in various spring shades that complement that rare few garments to appear in the frame of these beauty portraits. But, if you wanted fashion, moda, or what have you, then you’ll have to skip several hundred pages to the end of the glossy phone book that is Vogue China. But, that is for another post on some other day of some other week. Until then, simply admire the beauty of Ming Xi and Hanne Gaby… .

Credits include: Publication, Vogue China April 2011; Title, “Asia Exposure”; Photography, David Slijper; Fashion editor, Ida Wang; Hair, Kevin Ryan for Recession Tools; Makeup, Lisa Houghton at Jed Root using YSL; Manicure, Sunshine Outing; Set design, Amy Henry at CLM; Production, Nicole Bomer at CLM; Fashion assistance, Clare Richardson; Image source, tFS.

Hanne Gaby Odiele & Ming Xi | Vogue China April 2011 (Photography: David Slijper)

Hanne Gaby Odiele & Ming Xi | Vogue China April 2011 (Photography: David Slijper)

Ming Xi | Vogue China April 2011 (Photography: David Slijper)

Ming Xi | Vogue China April 2011 (Photography: David Slijper)

Hanne Gaby Odiele | Vogue China April 2011 (Photography: David Slijper)

Hanne Gaby Odiele | Vogue China April 2011 (Photography: David Slijper)

Ming Xi | Vogue China April 2011 (Photography: David Slijper)

Ming Xi | Vogue China April 2011 (Photography: David Slijper)

Hanne Gaby Odiele | Vogue China April 2011 (Photography: David Slijper)

Hanne Gaby Odiele | Vogue China April 2011 (Photography: David Slijper)

Hanne Gaby Odiele | Vogue China April 2011 (Photography: David Slijper)

Hanne Gaby Odiele | Vogue China April 2011 (Photography: David Slijper)

Ming Xi | Vogue China April 2011 (Photography: David Slijper)

Ming Xi | Vogue China April 2011 (Photography: David Slijper)

Ming Xi | Vogue China April 2011 (Photography: David Slijper)

Ming Xi | Vogue China April 2011 (Photography: David Slijper)



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



Carmen Dell’Orefice | V68 Winter 2010/2011 by Damien Neva

The Ford Models Blog has two framed pictures on its walls, both classics. The first is a limited edition concert bill for The Jesus Lizard, the legendary rock outfit fronted by David Yow. The second is of Carmen Dell’Orefice, the genuinely iconic model who started modeling as a teenager for the agency founded by Eileen Ford and her late husband Jerry. In both can be found a timelessness unique and unshared with their contemporaries past and present. Unlike The Jesus Lizard, however Carmen continues to ply her trade and features in V68 Winter 2010/2011, “The Who Cares about Age Issue,” photographed by Glen Luchford.

Titled “Four Women” the story styled by Beat Bolliger opens with Carmen, 79, wearing a Dolce & Gabbana shirt, Chanel Watch, and rope necklace by Lynn Ban. For her second look Carmen models a coat by John Galliano, Mango turtleneck, Lynn Ban cuff (her left), Cartier love bracelet (her right), and Wolford tights. Truly gorgeous! Voice is given to the legend with the inclusion of the quotation, “Don’t ever try to be someone else. You have to be creative and understand yourself.” These words would sound trite if they weren’t spoken from a position of immense experience that Carmen possesses. The Ford Model Blog couldn’t agree more with the sentiment and has to look no further than up at its own walls for the sort of inspiration that has sustained a career over as many decades Carmen’s.

Credits include: Publication V68 Winter 2010/2011; Title, “Four Women”; Photography, Glen Luchford; Styling, Beat Bolliger; Makeup, Lisa Hougton at Jed Root; Hair, Kevin Ryan for Rsession Tools at Art + Commerce; Lighting technician, Jack Webb; Manicure, Alicia Torello at The Wall Group; Digital technician, Aron Norman; Photography assistant, Lance Cheshire; Styling assistants, Delphine Danhier, Karen Wisdom; Location, Splashlight SOHO, New York; Retouching, House.

Carmen Dell'Orefice | V68 Winter 2010/2011 (Photography: Glen Luchford)

Carmen Dell'Orefice | V68 Winter 2010/2011 (Photography: Glen Luchford)

Carmen Dell'Orefice | V68 Winter 2010/2011 (Photography: Glen Luchford)

Carmen Dell'Orefice | V68 Winter 2010/2011 (Photography: Glen Luchford)




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