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Antonella, Elyse & Veranika | V72 Fall Preview 2011 by Damien Neva

The leopardess may not be able to change her spots, but that’s not to say she cannot further accentuate them with a Christian Louboutin Kathena leopard-print clutch. Come again? Indeed and that is in fact the bold look put forth in the early pages of V72, “The Transformation Issue,” by photographer Gregory Harris and V fashion & marketing editor Catherine Newell-Hason. With no small contribution from Ford’s Antonella Graef, Elyse Taylor, and Veranika Antispava this head-to-total don’t is made an emphatic do. To that end Antonella wears dress and clutch by Salvatore Ferragamo, Elyse wears dress and iPad case by Dolce & Gabbana, and Veranika wears sweater, skirt, clutch by Marc Jacobs and gloves by Carolina Amato. Skin printing by William Lemon using Temptu either adds a cherry or tin lid to the overall look depending on your sartorial persuasion, but in either case Paul Rowland‘s girls keep the absurdity well at bay.

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Credits include: Publication, V72 Fall Preview 2011; Title, “Match Point”; Photography, Gregory Harris; Styling, Catherine Newell-Hanson; Hair, Akinori Shirakawa using Y.S. Park; Makeup, Karan Franjola at Marek and Associates; Skin printing, William Lemon at Bridge Artists using Temptu; Manicure, Rica Romain at See Management using Chanel; Photography assistance, Jake Jones, Michael “Smalls” Marquez; Styling assistance, Louise Hahn; Hair assistance, Tsuyoshi Harada; Makeup, Ai Yokomizo; Location, Fast Ashley’s Studios, Brooklyn; Retouching, The Realness. Image source, V.

Antonella, Elyse & Veranika | V72 Fall Preview 2011 (Photography: Gregory Harris)

Antonella, Elyse & Veranika | V72 Fall Preview 2011 (Photography: Gregory Harris)



Ming Xi, Tao Okamoto & Aiden Andrews | V72 Fall Preview 2011 by Damien Neva

V72, the self-described “Transformation Issue,” takes metamorphosis as its theme. To that end the Fall Preview 2011 issue is chock full of change, rebirth, and renewal courtesy of a like themed letter on page 24, a beauty makeover subscription card, and a Penélope Cruz cover story by Mert & Marcus. Mr. V loves him some Penélope! There is also a lovely 30th birthday greeting to Michael Kors on pages 80-81 that features Ford’s Ming Xi, Tao Okamoto, and Ford Men’s Aiden Andrews. When isn’t the perennially young designer who turns 52 next month not celebrating his 30th? Truly. But, alas it is his label is celebrating its pearl anniversary and with a classy Fall 2011 collection. “No matter what we do, no matter what changes in the world, every woman I know wants to look taller and thinner and sexier,” Kors explains. “That’s never gonna change.” No doubt Aiden aspires to the same. All the same, Michael Kors, happy birthday on what is the big 3-0.

Purchase your very own limited edition V72 blinking lenticular cover by clicking here.

Credits include: Publication, V72 Fall Preview 2011; Title, “Happy Birthday, Michael Kors!”; Photography, Terry Tsiolis; Styling, Jay Massacret; Hair, Esther Langham at Art + Commerce; Makeup, Yadim at Tim Howard Management using MAC Cosmetics; Manicure, Gina Viviano at ArtistsbyTimothyPriano.com; Digital capturing, Alex Verron at Milk Digital; Photography assistance, David Schultze, Sam Rock; Styling assistance, Olivia Kozlowski; Hair assistance, Charles McNair, Marcos Diaz; Makeup assistance, Paul Otero, Misuzu Miyake; Casting direction, Michelle Lee at KCD Inc.; Casting assistance, Kristina Kim; Location, Splashlight; Retouching, Dtouch.

Ming Xi, Tao Okamoto & Aiden Andrews | V72 Fall Preview 2011(Photography: Terry Tsiolis)

Ming Xi, Tao Okamoto & Aiden Andrews | V72 Fall Preview 2011(Photography: Terry Tsiolis)



Tao Okamoto | V71 Summer 2011 by Damien Neva

On Friday I turned attention Ming Xi‘s haute couture story by Nick Knight that features in V71 Summer 2011, but this morning I have another editorial in mind from the very same issue. Ford’s Tao Okamoto opens a Terry Tsiolis story titled “Girls on Top” on page 112 and thus bolsters the Asian quotient of the self-described “Asian Issue” with that three-headed figure on its cover. “The Lindas and Kates of the ’90s have morphed into the Liu Wens and Fei Feis of today,” declares the article, “Meet the four Asian supermodels laying the fashion world at their feet.” And meet we do starting with Tao Okamoto wearing a Jay Massacret-styled look comprised of a Hugo top and a David Yurman bangle that is complemented by NARS Cosmetics Cream Eyeshadow in wing and Duo Eyeshadow in pandora on the eyes and Bumble and bumble Gellac on the hair. For Tao’s second look she wears a knit dress by Stefanel, Mania Mania choker, and Laurence Dacade heels. On eyes and lips Tao wears NARS Cosmetics Eyeshadow in nightlife and Lipstick in belle de jour. With these two looks it isn’t difficult to see why Tao Okamoto most certainly is a girl on top.

Credits include: Publication, V71 Summer 2011; Title, “Girls on Top”; Photography, Terry Tsiolis; Styling, Jay Massacret; Hair, Esther Langham at Art + Commerce; Makeup, Yadim using NARS Cosmetics; Manicure, Gina Viviano, Tatyana Molot both at Artists by Timothy Priano; Photography assistance, David Schulze, Sam Rock, Sam Crawford, Murray Hall, Paola Ambrosi de Magistris; Styling assistance, Olivia Kozlowski; Hair assistance, Charles McNair, Marcos Diaz; Makeup assistance, Raul Otero, Misuzu Miyake; Digital capturing, Alex Verron, David Damico both at Milk Digital; Casting, Michelle Lee at KCD; Casting assistance, Kristina Kim; Production assistance, Fauve Iannizzi; Location, Root (Brooklyn); Retouching, Dtouch; Special thanks, Splashlight.

Tao Okamoto | V71 Summer 2011 (Photography: Terry Tsiolis)

Tao Okamoto | V71 Summer 2011 (Photography: Terry Tsiolis)

Tao Okamoto | V71 Summer 2011 (Photography: Terry Tsiolis)

Tao Okamoto | V71 Summer 2011 (Photography: Terry Tsiolis)



Ming Xi | V71 Summer 2011 by Damien Neva

When one thinks of haute couture, the physical garments themselves that are meticulously sewn by hand (petites main), the mind almost immediately conducts these thoughts on egg shells lest a hem snag or a stitch loose in the process. The thousands of hours that go into creating a single gown especially for one client are almost too staggering to even countenance. Still, though every pleat of tulle, every sewn embellishment is carefully executed without the use of machinery so that the final product becomes an extension of its patron’s body. As the apotheosis of fashion haute couture often suffers from its own exalted status with photographers and houses preferring instead to present the works of art in a static way. This no doubt aids in the apprehension of a garment’s precision detailing, but it only does so at the cost of its overall spirit. Seeing a garment in motion, embodied if you will, is to truly see a garment. Haute couture is no exception and especially not as it is so sumptuously presented by photographer Nick Knight for an editorial in V71 Summer 2011 featuring Ford’s Ming Xi.

Titled “Ode Couture,” this Jonathan Kaye-styled story sets in motion an haute couture study in seven parts that include looks by Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci, Valentino Haute Couture, Dior Haute Couture, Atelier Versace, Chanel Haute Couture, Gaultier Paris, and Giorgio Armani Privé. These arresting photographs are deliberately blurred by the orchestrated movement of Ming, who instils a certain dynamism in every portrait. The fifth look by Chanel Haute Couture might as well be the editorial’s thesis: a silk chiffon dress embroidered with flowers of feathers; top embroidered with pink, turquoise, and gold pearls and sequins; matching sleeves and train. In motion, the delicate dress resembles champagne being poured into a flute. The movements are fleeting, but when captured with a slower shutter speed endeavor to make the silhouette all the more permanent. With haute couture so masterfully presented in this manner it is easy to understand why Ming Xi says in a SHOWstudio interview, “every girl has a princess in her heart.”

Please buy various special editions of V71 by visiting VMAGAZINE.com. Also be sure to pop over to SHOWstudio to watch videos that detail every look, see an interview with Ming Xi, and read the complete credits for this story.

Credits include: Publication, V71 Summer 2011; Title, “Ode Couture”; Photography, Nick Knight; Styling, Jonathan Kaye; Hair, Sam McKnight at Premier using Pantene; Makeup, Petros Petrohilos at Streeters London for NARS Cosmetics; Manicure, Adam Slee at Streeters London using Rimmel London; Photography assistance, Zoe Hitchin, James Robotham, Roo Kendall, Laura Falconer, Alex Lockett; Styling assistance, Raquel Franco, Max Ortega; Makeup assistance, Sofia Bermudez; Hair assistance, Cyndia Harvey; Casting, Michelle Lee at KCD; Casting assistance, Kristina Kim; Digital capturing, Joe Colley at Passeridae Ltd; Digital production, Tom Wandrag at Epilogue Imaging Ltd; Image source, tFS.

Ming Xi | V71 Summer 2011 (Photography: Nick Knight)

Ming Xi | V71 Summer 2011 (Photography: Nick Knight)

Ming Xi | V71 Summer 2011 (Photography: Nick Knight)

Ming Xi | V71 Summer 2011 (Photography: Nick Knight)

Ming Xi | V71 Summer 2011 (Photography: Nick Knight)

Ming Xi | V71 Summer 2011 (Photography: Nick Knight)

Ming Xi | V71 Summer 2011 (Photography: Nick Knight)

Ming Xi | V71 Summer 2011 (Photography: Nick Knight)

Ming Xi | V71 Summer 2011 (Photography: Nick Knight)

Ming Xi | V71 Summer 2011 (Photography: Nick Knight)

Ming Xi | V71 Summer 2011 (Photography: Nick Knight)

Ming Xi | V71 Summer 2011 (Photography: Nick Knight)

Ming Xi | V71 Summer 2011 (Photography: Nick Knight)

Ming Xi | V71 Summer 2011 (Photography: Nick Knight)



Karmen Pedaru & Anais Mali | V70 Spring 2011 by Damien Neva

Previously I have said that London is New York Fashion Week‘s first casualty. In actuality there are dozens of casualties, many of whom hold the dubious honor of being constituents of Magazine Mountain. Not least of those esteemed publications includes V, which tends to hit newsstands right around the same time the show seasons begin and thus rather unfairly slip from this page’s grasp. It most recently happened in January during the menswear shows. At the time I rather naïvely brought the gorgeous oversized bimonthly to Milano with every good intention of featuring it, but failed miserably to ever do so. Apologies, Mr. V. Tonight, however I want to put things right by sharing this V70 Spring 2011 story (the Ford bits anyway) by Mario Testino featuring amongst others Ford’s Karmen Pedaru and Anais Mali. Titled “Glam Slam” the story runs the models through the styling paces of Andrew Richardson to achieve a Studio 54 meets S/S 11 flair replete with “acid colors [and] electric prints.” To that end, Karmen’s first look, a dress by Stella McCartney and heels by Pierre Hardy, ignites against a heavily saturated sea of yellows. Blown out hair by Rudi Lewis in that shot ensures there is no mistake about the disco-dominated decade being referenced. A couple pages later Anais grooves in a look comprised of a top, skirt, and flower belt by Marc Jacobs. Requisite white lace by Dolce & Gabbana for Anais’s second look provides a softer, after hours look perfect for any Tuesday morning after a night of fevered dancing. All told, “Glam Slam” is a sparkling story that features exceptional talent photographed by a master, which is just what you would expect from V.

Now that I’ve finally mentioned V70, thereby reversing its casualty status, I would also like to encourage you to buy the issue. Its cover is unmistakable — it’s Britney, bitch!

Credits include
: Publication, V70 Spring 2011; Title, “Glam Slam”; Photography, Mario Testino; Styling, Andrew Richardson; Hair, Rudi Lewis at Management Artists for Bumble and bumble; Makeup, Linda Cantello at Joe Management for Giorgio Armani Cosmetics; Manicure, Singleton at Art Department; Photography assistance, Ivan Shaw, Alex Franco, Benjamin Tietge, Sam Johnson; Styling assistance, Connie Berg, Anna Stokland; Hair assistance, Allen Wood, Albert Vasquez, Wren Grondzik; Makeup assistance, Tracy Alfajora at Joe Management; Set and prop styling, Sebastian Sergeant; Catering, Better Being and Noz Catering; Location, Canoe Studios, New York; Retouching, R&D.

Karmen Pedaru | V70 Spring 2011 (Photography: Mario Testino)

Karmen Pedaru | V70 Spring 2011 (Photography: Mario Testino)

Anais Mali | V70 Spring 2011 (Photography: Mario Testino)

Anais Mali | V70 Spring 2011 (Photography: Mario Testino)

Anais Mali | V70 Spring 2011 (Photography: Mario Testino)

Anais Mali | V70 Spring 2011 (Photography: Mario Testino)

Karmen Pedaru | V70 Spring 2011 (Photography: Mario Testino)

Karmen Pedaru | V70 Spring 2011 (Photography: Mario Testino)

Karmen Pedaru | V70 Spring 2011 (Photography: Mario Testino)

Karmen Pedaru | V70 Spring 2011 (Photography: Mario Testino)



Delfine Bafort | V68 Winter 2010/2011 by Damien Neva

There are any number of qualities that make what could otherwise just be an average editorial something more, something extraordinary. It could be an inspired model who brings the clothing to life. It could also be down to fine styling that opts for maturity instead of mania. A clever premise can also be the clincher in making the story memorable long after the magazine has been harvested for tear sheets. When all of these elements combine with an excellent photographer and production personnel, then a very special story such as “The Land of Fairy” featuring Ford’s Delfine Bafort results.

Appearing in V68 Winter 2010/2011, the self-described “Who Cares about Age Issue,” the story by photographer Sebastian Faena and stylist Katie Shillingford places the 31-year-old Belgian model in a fantastic tale anchored by two timeless passages from William Butler Yeats‘s “The Land of Heart’s Desire” and “The Stolen Child.” Fantasy, then both arrests aging and regains paradise in ways that are made manifest in four masterful compositions that owe as much to the eye of Sebastian Faena as to the brilliant set design of Bryn Bowen. Each of the portraits depict Delfine in an actual water setting courtesy of ingenious rigging rather than some schlocky digital post-production gimmick.

Styling by Katie Shillingford employs no small amount of sheer garments, jewelry, and the odd latex glove and stocking combo to achieve a fairy-like effect. In the first shot Delfine rises from the waters wearing a John Galliano dress, gold and crystal necklace (worn as headpiece) by Dsquared², white beaded necklace by Erickson Beamon, latex gloves and stockings by Atsuko Kudo, and Chanel boots. The second look pictures Delfine as if floating just above the waters at dusk holding a glowing element and wearing a jacket by Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière, sheer dress by Ann-Sofie Back, sheer skort with flowers by Isabel Czernin Fishlock, Soho Hearts earrings, and Dsquared² gloves. For her penultimate look a suspended Delfine wears a Dolce & Gabbana dress, tulle underskirt vintage from Beyond Retro, latex sleeves and stockings by Atsuko Kudo, and John Galliano boots. The final shot of the story Delfine lies supine over the face of the water in a Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci Resort 2011 dress, Jean Paul Gaultier for La Perla briefs, paper crowns and bracelets with flowers by Meadham Kirchhoff, Lucite cuffs and metal bangles by Alexis Bittar, blue plastic bangles from Prada Resort 2011, LaCrasia gloves, and latex socks by Atsuko Kudo.

All told “The Land of Fairy” has captured the Ford Models Blog‘s imagination through its inspired casting, impeccable styling, an imaginative premise, and bold staging. Full marks, V, let us all now take to the waters and the wild with a fairy, hand in hand, for the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand… .

Credits include: Publication, V68 Winter 2010/2011; Title, “The Land of Fairy”; Photography, Sebastian Faena; Styling, Katie Shillingford; Makeup, Francelle for NARS Cosmetics; Hair, Esther Langham at Art + Commerce; Manicure, Rica Romain at See Management; Photography assistant, Aubrey Mayer; Styling assistants, Jessica Bobince, Jonathan Hamilt, Jeremy Wood; Lighting technician, David Diesing; Digital technician, Aurelie Graillot; Set design, Bryn Bower; Producer, Helena Martel; Production assistants, Leo Zaia, Audrey Rudolf, Ali Madigan, Romina Fernandez; Location, The Log Cabin; Equipment rental, DRIVEIN24; Videographer, Martin Landgreve; Retouching, View Imaging; Catering, Noz Catering.

The Land of Fairy by Sebastian Faena | V68 Winter 2010/2011

The Land of Fairy by Sebastian Faena | V68 Winter 2010/2011

Delfine Bafort | V68 Winter 2010/2011 (Photography: Sebastian Faena)

Delfine Bafort | V68 Winter 2010/2011 (Photography: Sebastian Faena)

Delfine Bafort | V68 Winter 2010/2011 (Photography: Sebastian Faena)

Delfine Bafort | V68 Winter 2010/2011 (Photography: Sebastian Faena)

The Land of Fairy by Sebastian Faena | V68 Winter 2010/2011

The Land of Fairy by Sebastian Faena | V68 Winter 2010/2011

Delfine Bafort | V68 Winter 2010/2011 (Photography: Sebastian Faena)

Delfine Bafort | V68 Winter 2010/2011 (Photography: Sebastian Faena)

Delfine Bafort | V68 Winter 2010/2011 (Photography: Sebastian Faena)

Delfine Bafort | V68 Winter 2010/2011 (Photography: Sebastian Faena)



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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