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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 | 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



Hannelore Knuts Interview Special by Damien Neva

In July the Ford Models Blog had an opportunity to interview Hannelore Knuts in her Brooklyn loft. A lot has happened between then and what is now October, not least of which was a dizzying show season, and today we are happy to give this iconic Belgian model the proper introduction we promised in June. Hannelore’s career began in earnest with the Yohji Yamamoto S/S 1999 campaign and flourished throughout the noughties during which she worked closely with designers Jean Paul Gaultier, Azzedine Alaïa, and Haider Ackermann and with photographers Juergen Teller, Inez & Vinoodh, and Philip-Lorca diCorcia. And, we hasten to add, so many more that she curated in Belgium this spring an epic exhibit called ULTRAMEGALORE spanning a decade of her career in fashion and modeling. The massive show took the better part of two years to organize with favors being generously paid in the form of loaned clothing and prints by designers and photographers alike to the model who has been their muse.

Hannelore’s Brooklyn loft is not unlike her storied career — a vast expanse richly populated with pockets of color and flourishing centers of activity. A select wardrobe hangs in the open — the rest we are told is in her home back in Belgium. A snake taxidermy, antler, brass bird statuette, and candles gather along the baseboard loosely suggesting ritual, memory, or perhaps flea market bounty. An inspiration board collage creeps along the wall of the breakfast nook. Art albums, ULTRAMEGALORE exhibit catalogs, and music fill a bookcase. Piñatas dangle tantalizingly from ceiling. A single stem yellow (Hannelore’s favorite color) rose rests atop a coffee table. The parallels to her career are not limited to the space alone, but also extend into a warmly inviting personality that bubbles with story after entertaining story. Ever the gracious hostess Hannelore served chilled mineral water with freshly squeezed lemon and a drop of mint oil — the perfect salve for a hot July afternoon.

Hannelore Knuts is clearly no passenger and after all these years of modeling she boasts experience, wisdom, and passion that belie her occupation as a model — we wouldn’t be talking about her if the opposite was true. Curator, artist, designer, she’s been all of them, but she is most comfortable in her role as a model. With handful of runway appearances this season for Kenzo, John Galliano, Emanuel Ungaro, Zero + Maria Cornejo, VPL, and editorials in Vogue Italia, Dazed & Confused, and Harper’s Bazaar UK, Hannelore looks to be laying the foundation for a follow-up in all but name to ULTRAMEGALORE. In the meantime, watch the short interview in which Hannelore speaks with Damien Neva of the Ford Models Blog about her exhibition from this spring and her first encounter with photographer Juergen Teller.

Credits include: Publication, Ford Models Blog; Title, “Hannelore Knuts Interview Special”; Model, Hannelore Knuts; Interview/text, Damien Neva; Video, Damien Neva; Photography, Damien Neva; Music, POPO c/o Mad Decent.

Hannelore Knuts poses inside her Brooklyn loft (Photography: Damien Neva)

Hannelore Knuts poses inside her Brooklyn loft (Photography: Damien Neva)

Hannelore Knuts poses with snake taxidermy (Photography: Damien Neva)

Hannelore Knuts poses with snake taxidermy (Photography: Damien Neva)

Hannelore Knuts grins from behind an antler (Photography: Damien Neva)

Hannelore Knuts grins from behind an antler (Photography: Damien Neva)

Select wardrobe of Hannelore Knuts hangs in the open (Photography: Damien Neva)

Select wardrobe of Hannelore Knuts hangs in the open (Photography: Damien Neva)

Inspiration board creeps along wall (Photography: Damien Neva)

Inspiration board creeps along wall (Photography: Damien Neva)

Media is well important to Hannelore (Photography: Damien Neva)

Media is well important to Hannelore (Photography: Damien Neva)

Piñatas hang tantalizingly from ceiling (Photography: Damien Neva)

Piñatas hang tantalizingly from ceiling (Photography: Damien Neva)

Custom cap (Photography: Damien Neva)

Custom cap (Photography: Damien Neva)

Yellow is Hannelore's favorite color (Photography: Damien Neva)

Yellow is Hannelore's favorite color (Photography: Damien Neva)




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