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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)



Anais, Hyoni, Tao, & Ming | Vogue Feb. 2011 by Damien Neva

The Ford Models Blog rarely ever reaches first for Vogue when it visits the newsstand. So long as Vogues Paris and Italia are staring down this page where it buys magazines in the West Village they simply cannot be resisted. That said, just like our very own, very small New York backyard Anna Wintour‘s monthly is not without its own unique rewards. Take, for example, the extensively cast story by photographer Mario Testino and fashion editor Grace Coddington titled “Gangs of New York.” The story focuses on seven designers and their “distinctly American” spring collections, two of which concern this page as they feature Ford’s Anais Mali as well as Hyoni Kang, Tao Okamoto, and Ming Xi. The “gangs” rather predictably breakdown by along vaguely ethnic, mainly phenotypic lines so that Anais, French, is grouped with darker skinned models from the United Kingdom, United States, Dominican Republic, and, Australia to present the stylings from the Rodarte spring line. The editorial concludes with an Asian coda with Hyoni, Tao, and Ming from South Korea, Japan, and China respectively presenting looks from the Proenza Schouler spring collection. It’s all a bit of an ethnic melting pot on a very narrow scale for this story, which very much puts the American in what we like to call American Vogue.

Credits include: Publication, Vogue February 2011; Title, “Gangs of New York”; Photography, Mario Testino; Fashion editor, Grace Coddington; Hair, Orlando Pita for Orlo Salon; Makeup, Linda Cantello at Joe Management for Giorgio Armani Beauty; Production design, Colin Donahue.

Anais Mali | Vogue Feb. 2011 (Photography: Mario Testino)

Anais Mali | Vogue Feb. 2011 (Photography: Mario Testino)

Hyoni Kang & Tao Okamoto | Vogue Feb. 2011 (Photography: Mario Testino)

Hyoni Kang & Tao Okamoto | Vogue Feb. 2011 (Photography: Mario Testino)

Ming Xi | Vogue Feb. 2011 (Photography: Mario Testino)

Ming Xi | Vogue Feb. 2011 (Photography: Mario Testino)



Valerija Kelava | Vogue Sep. 2010 by Damien Neva

Ford Models would like to welcome Valerija Kelava, the most recent model to join Paul Rowland‘s Ford division. Ranked #20 of MDC‘s Top 50 Models the 5’9½” (177 cm) Slovenian features in a Vogue Sep. 2010 editorial photographed by Steven Meisel with fashion editing by Grace Coddington and Edward Enninful. Titled “On the Town” the introductory text by Robert Sullivan previews the second annual Fashion’s Night Out, the fashion retail carnival cosponsored by CFDA, NYC & Company, and Vogue, which is set to include even more industry party people than last year. Seated at benches on a carefully manicured lawn the FNO notables prove provocative subjects insofar as they are anything but for an excellent photographer with a reputation for the risqué. Valerija first appears wearing Rodarte and the arm of Phoenix-born artist Ryan McNamara and secondly on the lawn with purple hair wearing Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière in what looks to be but a warm up for FNO and her forthcoming season. And with that, welcome, Valerija.

Please visit MDC to see the complete profile of Valerija Kelava including her latest campaigns and editorials.

Further credits include hair by Julien D’Ys; makeup by Pat McGrath; production design by Mary Howard; produced on location by Sarah Maxwell for PRODn.

Valerija Kelava | Vogue Sep. 2010 (Photography: Steven Meisel)

Valerija Kelava | Vogue Sep. 2010 (Photography: Steven Meisel)

Valerija Kelava | Vogue Sep. 2010 (Photography: Steven Meisel)

Valerija Kelava | Vogue Sep. 2010 (Photography: Steven Meisel)



Alana Zimmer | Vogue Italia by Damien Neva
12 April 2010, 16:26
Filed under: Editorials, News | Tags: , , , , ,

Alana Zimmer appears in this Vogue Italia editorial photographed by Greg Lotus with makeup by Stephen Dimmick and hair by Antoinette Beenders. We’ve been waiting to share this brilliant editorial that MDC reported earlier today via their Daily Feed. The color palette of browns, bronzes, and gold effortlessly unifies figure and ground. No one quite does editorials like Vogue Italia and this story that sets the ever stunning Alana against a dramatic canvas of sandstone is no exception.

Alana Zimmer | Vogue Italia (Photography: Greg Lotus)

Alana Zimmer | Vogue Italia (Photography: Greg Lotus)

Alana Zimmer | Vogue Italia (Photography: Greg Lotus)

Alana Zimmer | Vogue Italia (Photography: Greg Lotus)

Alana Zimmer | Vogue Italia (Photography: Greg Lotus)

Alana Zimmer | Vogue Italia (Photography: Greg Lotus)

Alana Zimmer | Vogue Italia (Photography: Greg Lotus)

Alana Zimmer | Vogue Italia (Photography: Greg Lotus)

Alana Zimmer | Vogue Italia (Photography: Greg Lotus)

Alana Zimmer | Vogue Italia (Photography: Greg Lotus)

Alana Zimmer | Vogue Italia (Photography: Greg Lotus)

Alana Zimmer | Vogue Italia (Photography: Greg Lotus)

Alana Zimmer | Vogue Italia (Photography: Greg Lotus)

Alana Zimmer | Vogue Italia (Photography: Greg Lotus)

Alana Zimmer | Vogue Italia (Photography: Greg Lotus)

Alana Zimmer | Vogue Italia (Photography: Greg Lotus)



A Look back with Sunny Griffin by Damien Neva
6 April 2010, 15:35
Filed under: History | Tags: , , , ,

Occasionally we sit down with models from decades past to look back on their modeling careers. With the help of Patty Sicular, of the Ford Models’ classic division, we will bring you the story of the models that made history with Ford Models. ‒ Ford Models Blog Editor

Sunny Griffin modeled for Ford Models between 1962 and 1980. The Maryland native had always wanted to be an actress and after graduating university she went to New York in search of work. In the final year of her undergraduate studies she was selected by Glamour magazine as one of the ten best dressed college girls in America in 1962 — the previous year’s top ten included one Martha Stewart. Once in New York Sunny scheduled an appointment at the Ford Models agency and by the time she made it into Eileen Ford‘s office one late afternoon, she was made to wait an hour whilst Mrs. Ford took a call from model Suzy Parker. When Mrs. Ford eventually ended the call, however she told Sunny to go into the next room to meet booker Jane Halloran. Once there Sunny was asked to fill out cards with her name, phone number, and sizes and told to phone the agency every morning, noon, and night for bookings. Long story short, Sunny was now a Ford Model!

Over the years Sunny worked with a number of photographers during her career including Jimmy Moore, Bill Helburn, Francisco Scavullo, Neil Barr, Joel Brodsky, Bob Richardson, Norman Parkinson, and more. She recalls fondly the editorial shoots she did for Harper’s Bazaar as well as campaigns for Kayser, Celanese, DuPont, Jack Winter, Russ, Virginia Slims, Kay Windsor, Clairol, and Avon. Sunny also starred in the 1969 motion picture John and Mary alongside Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow.

Today Sunny has a natural botanical skincare line called Astara Skin Care. She is the mother of two children and lives with her husband of six years in Telluride.

Sunny Griffin

Sunny Griffin

Sunny Griffin | Harper's Bazaar March 1966

Sunny Griffin | Harper's Bazaar March 1966

Sunny Griffin | Harper's Bazaar June 1966

Sunny Griffin | Harper's Bazaar June 1966

Sunny Griffin | Harper's Bazaar November 1965

Sunny Griffin | Harper's Bazaar November 1965

Sunny Griffin | Harper's Bazaar November 1965

Sunny Griffin | Harper's Bazaar November 1965

Sunny Griffin | Harper's Bazaar 1966

Sunny Griffin | Harper's Bazaar 1966

Sunny Griffin | Vogue Pattern Book April/May 1967

Sunny Griffin | Vogue Pattern Book April/May 1967

Sunny Griffin | Good Housekeeping 1964

Sunny Griffin | Good Housekeeping 1964

Sunny Griffin | Celanese Acetate

Sunny Griffin | Celanese Acetate

Sunny Griffin

Sunny Griffin

Sunny Griffin

Sunny Griffin

Sunny Griffin | Family Circle 1972

Sunny Griffin | Family Circle 1972

Sunny Griffin

Sunny Griffin | Avon

Sunny Griffin | Avon

Sunny Griffin | Avon



Crystal Renn | Vogue.it by Damien Neva
24 February 2010, 14:00
Filed under: Editorials, News | Tags: , , , ,

We make no secret of our admiration for Crystal Renn nor will we ever. There is a gorgeous new video interview with Crystal Renn on Vogue.it that you must see. A couple months ago Delfina Pinardi interviewed Crystal for Vogue.it at the Standard Hotel perched above the High Line. In the video shot in rich color by Tommaso Cardile Crystal discusses her love for modeling, her book Hunger, and dreams as a future clothing designer.

Please visit Vogue.it to watch Crystal Renn’s video in its entirety.

Crystal Renn | Vogue.it (Video still: Tommaso Cardile)

Crystal Renn | Vogue.it (Video still: Tommaso Cardile)

Crystal Renn | Vogue.it (Video still: Tommaso Cardile)

Crystal Renn | Vogue.it (Video still: Tommaso Cardile)

Crystal Renn | Vogue.it (Video still: Tommaso Cardile)

Crystal Renn | Vogue.it (Video still: Tommaso Cardile)



A Look back with Renée Simonsen by Damien Neva
23 February 2010, 10:38
Filed under: History | Tags: , , , ,

A couple times per month we will be sitting down with models from decades past to look back on their modeling careers. With the help of Patty Sicular, of the Ford Models’ classic division, we will bring you the story of the models that made history with Ford Models. ‒ Ford Models Blog Editor

Renée Simonsen of Denmark began her modeling career with Ford Models when in 1982 she won the Face of the Eighties model search, the predecessor to the Supermodel of the World competition. What began with an otherwise fortuitous entry into the international model search rapidly developed into a successful modeling career in print, runway, and television. Renée went into modeling with the hopes of earning enough money for university and achieved it by considerable distance. Covers of Vogue, magazine editorials, campaigns, Renée did it all throughout the decade. She left modeling at 24 and continued her studies. Today, mother of four, Renée is educated as a psychologist, works full time as a writer for magazine and newspapers, and has published over thirteen books mostly for children.

Look through Renée’s pictures, her countless Vogue covers, and even a Roxy Music album cover (The Atlantic Years: 1973-1980) and you can truly see the face of the 1980s.

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen




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