6 posts tagged "Carmen Kass"
It’s not very difficult to be mesmerized by supermodel Carmen Kass, but Asa Mader has just made it even easier. The filmmaker cast the face of Chloé, Versace, and Kenzo in his new experimental film Ray of Life, in which Kass (pictured) floats ethereally through the atmosphere in a sequined romper and a feather dress made by Jay Ahr’s artistic director Jonathan Riss. The film is now showing in Florence as part of Pitti Immagine Uomo and Firenze4Ever. [Nowness]
Isaac Mizrahi is also taking his turn in film. The designer will be the first to curate a short for the debut of New York in Film, a series at the W New York Downtown. Mizrahi has chosen Bob Fosse’s Sweet Charity, which will be privately screened at the hotel’s lounge Tuesday night. Spike Lee’s pick will be next. [WWD]
J.W. Anderson and James Long have it coming for them. As the two British names in the running for the International Woolmark Prize, the designers will have to face a panel of judges made up of some major names in fashion, including recently announced addition Alber Elbaz. Lanvin’s creative director will join Dsquared²’s Dean and Dan Caten, Giles Deacon, and Style.com’s own Tim Blanks. [Vogue U.K.]
Is J.Crew headed to London town? It appears that the U.S. label has plans to open up its first store outside of North America. Chairman and chief executive officer Millard “Mickey” Drexler was spotted scouting out locations across the pond while on his way to this week’s Pitti Immagine Uomo in Florence. Stores could reportedly open as early as next year. [WWD]
Director Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama bin Laden film has been under wraps for what seems like forever. But details are emerging about the cast, which reportedly includes Jessica Chastain and Mark Duplass. The movie will paint a broad picture of the decade-long quest to find bin Laden and the efforts put forth by the intelligence and national security communities. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Alexander Wang has made it his business to launch models’ careers. Britt Maren circa Spring 2011, Aymeline Valade for Fall ’11. But this February, he turned to the pros, enlisting the likes of Frankie Rayder, Carmen Kass, Gisele Bündchen, and Shalom Harlow to walk his Fall 2012 runway at Pier 94. Harlow is the star of Wang’s latest Confessional video. “It goes without saying that Shalom is an icon,” the designer told Style.com. “Usually we feature new faces in our Confessional, but given the fact that her last show was in 2007, we felt she deserved to tell her story.” In the clip, directed by Peter Szollosi, Harlow recalls her arrival in New York in the early nineties. The city “had a pretty electric energy then,” she said. “There was a lot of really fun, theatrical types designing and the runway became this stage for all of these mega model personalities to flaunt their stuff.” You can watch her video exclusively here on Style.com. For more behind-the-scenes footage of Wang’s show, visit Alexanderwang.com/studio.
The latest Spring campaign debut: Mario Testino’s new shot for Michael Kors Spring 2011. For the season, Kors veered in a new direction, choosing Estonian-born beauty Karmen Pedaru and Simon Nessman in place of his usual campaign favorites, Carmen Kass and Noah Mills, and moving from the streets of Manhattan to a sunny California backdrop to enhance the collection’s white, hemp, and pebble palette. “I love the sporty, sexy chic of Karmen and Simon,” Kors told Style.com. “They’re both youthful and elegant all at once—which makes them so very Michael Kors.”
After Dsquared², we caught a bespectacled, dressed-down Carmen Kass sneaking out from backstage and took advantage of the five captive minutes a smoke break provides for a quick chat with the still gorgeous super. She’s mostly retired from the runway and has diversified her portfolio a little more than most models we know, taking an ownership stake in energy, property, and trading companies. If that seems unmodel-ish, well, so’s her chosen homes. “Places like New York are just too intense, too much about money, too much about ambition; it’s all too superficial for me,” she told us of her choice to divide her time between Estonia and Germany.
Given that she spends more time now in the office, we wondered about her staying power on the catwalk—it’s no slouch to open a major Milan show. “Everybody tells me it’s in the cheekbones, but I think that growing up in a cold climate sort of preserves the skin,” she told us, though she did admit that in these leaner times some “prestige” editorial shoots had not only asked her to work for free, but requested that she pay her own traveling expenses. We’re a long way from the Linda Evangelista “we don’t wake up for less than $10,000″ days, but a girl’s gotta have some standards. “Are they crazy? I get paid to work; I don’t pay to work.” We’re willing to bet Dsquared² wasn’t a pro bono arrangement.
Some of my favorite moments from the fashion week that was were seeing so many old-school supermodels back on the runway: Tasha Tilberg, Hannelore Knuts, Natasa Vojnovic, and Trish Goff at Alexander Wang; Diana Dondoe and Jamie Bochert at Marc Jacobs (Bochert surfaced at Rodarte, too); and Carmen Kass, who opened Michael Kors, followed by Frankie Rayder and, later, Caroline Ribeiro. I asked Douglas Perrett, a New York-based casting agent who chronicles his placements on cult-fave site
Confessions of a Casting Director, if he thought we might be harking back to pre-recession faces for nostalgia’s sake. “Totally,” he said, adding that Ana Claudia Michels is having a Givenchy moment right now, and Jenny Shimizu will be a judge on Bravo’s Make Me a Supermodel. “We are indebted [to] the nineties right now,” noted Perrett. Earlier in the week, I caught up with Tilberg, who said she can’t help but be flattered by the attention. “Alex [Wang] said such nice things to me,” she recounted, “so it was fun to come back to New York and do another show—but one or two is enough. I don’t miss all that chaos.” Perrett doesn’t think the trend will continue in the next few weeks, however. “I think Europe will be all about the new faces,” he predicts. What do you think, Style Filers? Do you want to see more old-school supes in the weeks to come?