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6 posts tagged "Anja Rubik"

Breaking Out the Big Guns (and Not Much Else), Backstage at Balmain


karlie-kloss“The girls are booked for who they are, so it’s not about stamping a look on them,” explained hair pro Sam McKnight. When you have models like Angela Lindvall, Joan Smalls, Karlie Kloss, Anja Rubik, Jourdan Dunn, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley all in one room, do you even need hair and makeup? Add a swipe of lipstick and the Hôtel de Ville might just spontaneously combust from the overwhelming amount of beauty. Nevertheless, a little foundation, concealer, and brow powder never hurt anyone. And that’s about all maquillage master Tom Pecheux used backstage to create the “safari goddess” who would wear Olivier Rousteing’s high-octane clothes through the jungle. The only alteration he made was paling out the skin with a lighter shade of base. “It’s still the minimum of what you can do in terms of makeup, but it’s much more than last season,” Pecheux quipped.

An “unbrushed, lazy ponytail with a structured front,” was how McKnight summed up the strict center parts and textured tails that showed off the collared necklaces and door-knocker earrings created by the designer. To coax out natural wave, he spritzed strands with a combination of water and Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray after tying off the length with a string of elastic. As for who, of all the girls, has the “ideal” hair: Huntington-Whiteley, of course. Sigh. As if that face and body weren’t enough.

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde;

Anja’s Designer Amour



For super Anja Rubik, her heart belongs to one man: Anthony Vaccarello. And she’ll do anything in the name of love, even if it means stopping off in Paris to open his show (and his alone). “Although I promised myself that I would take it really easy—I only did a Gucci exclusive in Milan—I said I have to come because I missed him last season and I couldn’t forgive myself, and he couldn’t forgive me,” she says. And since the model offers her opinion on the collection from its beginning stages (Vaccarello sends her e-mails asking her for input), it’s only natural that she would want to walk the runway in the finished product. She says of her first look, a jacket with “slightly ridiculous” gold buttons: “It’s quite grotesque, and I like it.” The second thigh-baring dress, she admits, is her favorite. Rubik’s next project with Vaccarello: getting the designer to come out of his shell. “He’s still quite shy,” she notes. “But we’re working on that!”

Runway Photos: Marcus Tondo /

Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office



Model and EIC of 25 magazine Anja Rubik posed as a high-powered editrix (albeit a topless one) for another fashion glossy, Industrie (out September 5). Framed by a seductive swoosh of blond hair, the smoky cat-eye created by makeup artist Wendy Rowe inspires me to spice up my look for the office…except I’ll likely pair my pinstripes and penny loafers with a shirt.

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Arizona Muse Is Back, And So Is Her Bob


Once pleasantries are exchanged and hair and makeup looks discussed, the backstage chatter this season has more often than not turned to a readily repeated question: Where are all the big models? Fall’s familiar faces—Natasha Poly, Anja Rubik, and Anna Selezneva—have been few and far between for Spring, replaced instead by a host of newcomers from last season like Kati Nescher, Cara Delevingne, and Marie Piovesan. Rubik and Fall 2011 star Arizona Muse made a point to make their presence known right off the bat in Paris, though, as both models—joined by fellow bigs like Constance Jablonski, Karlie Kloss, and Jourdan Dunn—were backstage at Anthony Vaccarello. “It’s so nice to see you,” an elated Muse said to Rubik. It was the former’s first show all season. “I’ve been working but am really excited to be here,” the newly named Estée Lauder face explained of her absence; for Muse, who recently relocated to London full time, it was an easy train ride to the City of Light. As she left Tom Pecheux’s makeup chair and a flurry of photographers surrounded the Tucson native, we noticed something different about her; her bangs had grown out, or so it appeared. “These are extensions from a shoot! I had the pros do this [for me]. I’m growing them out but they’re at a weird length,” she elaborated of the controversial fringe she cut last season. “It’s back to the length and color it was when I first started modeling, too. I like the bob,” she said. Us too.

EXCLUSIVE: Point And Shoot: Christiaan Plays Shear Genius—And Shutterbug—For 25


After a splashy reveal in Cannes last month, Anja Rubik’s 25 Magazine is a week away from hitting newsstands—much to the delight of voracious glossy readers chomping at the bit to peruse the supermodel’s first editorial venture. Inspired by the now defunct seventies title Viva as well as old issues of Penthouse and Playboy of the era, Rubik describes the collectible read as a publication for “very strong-minded, ambitious women, who are very comfortable with themselves and their sexuality.” It’s also very much for fashion obsessives. “It’s been created from inside of the industry,” according to Rubik—and features the work of many of the biz’ biggest names: Inez van Lamsweerde, Ellen von Unwerth, and one Christiaan Houtenbos. “I have been working with Christiaan for many years. I call him my ‘hair whisperer,’ ” Rubik jokes of the man who gave her her short crop a few years back. “He is very unique; he has a very interesting view on things, and one of the reasons why I think he is such a great hairdresser is that he is more than hair. He possesses a huge imagination, loves art, does sculpture”—and is pretty handy with a camera. “I have always seen him clicking away in the studio, getting the coolest shots,” Rubik says of Christiaan’s photography habit, a pastime he rarely shares with others, until now. The first issue of 25 (which can be preordered at Colette) features a spread of intimate portraits snapped by the hairdresser as he jets from one shoot to the next, one country to another. Here, previews a selection of ten of these portraits for an inside view of the editorial process, from behind the hairstylist’s chair.

Photo: Christiaan for 25 Magazine