15 posts tagged "Candice Swanepoel"
Many people did a double take when Prabal Gurung’s Spring ’12 campaign, featuring a barely recognizable Candice Swanepoel, made the rounds earlier this week. Gurung’s go-to team, stylist Tiina Laakkonen and makeup artist Hannah Murray, transformed the South African model for the sensual shoot with photographer Daniel Jackson, showing off the designer’s Nobuyoshi Araki-inspired collection. Here, an exclusive Style.com behind-the-scenes look at how it happened.
Candice Swanepoel’s tightrope walk between capital-F fashion and Victoria’s Secret stardom continues. The gorgeous South African is the latest model to take the reins (and the camera) for Rag & Bone’s ongoing DIY campaign, joining the ranks of Lily Aldridge, Sasha Pivovarova, Miranda Kerr, Edita Vilkeviciute, and Abbey Lee Kershaw. For her assignment, Swanepoel shot in Brazil and Bora Bora—frequent destinations for editorial favorites, perhaps, but less-visited locales for many of the rest of us. The brand is offering this consolation, at least: It’ll seem a little balmier in Manhattan when the campaign, which launches digitally tomorrow, hits Rag & Bone’s Houston Street billboard this week.
“To walk the Victoria’s Secret show is obviously every American girl’s dream. I feel pretty lucky to have crossed that one off my bucket list at such a young age,” 19-year-old Karlie Kloss (above) said yesterday after her Angel debut, at the VS after-party at the Dream Downtown. “I got to dance with Adam Levine and Kanye, and wear a pair of wings. Onstage, I felt on top of the world, it was wild.” She wasn’t the only catwalk veteran to make her VS debut last night. Joining her—both on the catwalk and at the party—were Karmen Pedaru, Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Sui He, and Joan Smalls. Naturally, all the established Angels made winged appearances, too. Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel, and Anne Vyalitsina have all been around the VS block many times before. But according to Anne V. (who high-fived her boyfriend, Adam Levine, during his Maroon 5 set during the show), the spectacular ups the ante annually—and demands that the girls do the same. “This year was particularly competitive…like getting our bodies ready and really getting into the workouts,” she told Style.com. Those long hours in the gym paid off. “Everybody looked over-the-top amazing,” she gushed.
PLUS: For more from the Victoria’s Secret show, check out Tommy Ton’s backstage shots here.
If there’s one thing a top model knows, it’s how to work it in front of the camera—and so for its guerrilla ad campaigns, Rag & Bone has made a specialty of handing the girls the reins and getting out of the way. For the first round of the D.I.Y. Project, as Rag & Bone’s David Neville and Marcus Wainwright called the project, the designers had Lily Aldridge, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Sasha Pivovarova, and Edita Vilkeviciute snap themselves wherever the mood struck—on the beach, in the shower, over tequila shots. “The first time around we didn’t really know what we were going to get, but we ended up with truly compelling photographs from each girl; all very raw, beautiful, and at the same time quite distinct from one another,” Neville said. “The essence of the project is really flipping the traditional photo shoot on its head. We have turned the creative control over to the models and allowed them the freedom to capture themselves as they see fit. That is the glory of the whole thing; we get to see a very specific point of view, exactly how they wanted to be reflected in the images.”
The next round, debuting September 6, brings a new group of models into the fold. Miranda Kerr, Karolina Kurkova, Carolyn Murphy, Arizona Muse, Joan Smalls, and Candice Swanepoel are in front of the lens for the Rag & Bone/JEAN collection. Fellow supe Helena Christensen shot Kurkova (above) for the project in the fishing village of Ischia, Italy, where the two were for the Ischia Film and Music Festival. “It was a magical time,” Kurkova told Style.com. “We watched films on an outdoor movie screen just off the sea at night and during the day went sailing, kayaking, swimming in the ocean with my family. It was a perfect place to shoot as it’s a fishing village with lots of charm, character, beautiful views, and salt-of-the-earth people.”
Can you ever get too much Carine Roitfeld? Not if she has anything to do with it. Since her February departure as editor in chief of Paris Vogue, the French powerhouse has worked with the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Terry Richardson, and Mario Sorrenti for Barneys’ upcoming catalog and advertising campaign (she’s even a model in it), all while working on her forthcoming 400-page tome and a 72-page cover story for V magazine‘s heroes-themed September issue.
“The theme is Elizabeth Taylor, trying to capture her glamour and her mystery in fashion shoots,” V‘s Stephen Gan tells Style.com.
Roitfeld, who collaborated with her close friend Mario Testino on the project, told Style.com about their huge undertaking months ago in New York before jetting off to London and Paris for the rest of the shoot.
The issue doesn’t hit newsstands until September 8, but today, Style.com has the exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of Carine, Mario, and Stephen at work with models Candice Swanepoel, Ian Mellencamp, and Anais Mali and makeup artist Tom Pecheux.