16 posts tagged "Eva Herzigova"
“I Thought, Well, If We’re Going to Use Models, Why Don’t We Use Supermodels Whom We’ve All Known for Many Years?”
Duran Duran’s much-blogged-about video for “Girl Panic!” went live on the Internet today. In the nine-minute clip directed by Jonas Akerlund of Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” fame, Simon, John, Nick, and co. are played by the supermodels they partied with way back when: Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Eva Herzigova, Helena Christensen, and Simon’s wife, Yasmin LeBon, lip-synch, strum guitars, pound on drums, and vamp for the paparazzi just like the boys did in their 1980s heyday. Style.com spoke with Nick Rhodes via phone from London about the new video and the band’s longtime love of fashion. They were sitting front-row at Versace’s Fall show in February, but they’ve been palling around backstage with the likes of Azzedine Alaïa for decades.
Tell me about genesis of the project.
Awhile back I had an idea to have some models play Duran Duran in a video, to get look-alikes and to style them like we were when we started out. But then I thought, Well, actually if we’re going to use models, why don’t we use supermodels whom we’ve all known for many years? I thought it was fitting that we all came up through the same period. There’s a little bit of an eighties feel to ‘Girl Panic!’ It references some of the sound we had back then, it just all seemed to marry very well. And when I brought the idea to the band, there wasn’t even a heartbeat, everyone said, ‘Yes, perfect!’ We started on a crusade to get the right girls. That’s where it got more complicated. They all have very busy schedules, and we also had fairly busy schedules. The director [Jonas Ackerlund] has a phenomenally busy schedule, and trying to coordinate it all was a task as complicated as anything that we’ve ever done.
So, did you handpick Eva Herzigova to play you in the video?
Mine was the last one to fall into place, actually. The beautiful irony is that Eva was on our very first list. We put Eva down, but she was unable to do it because she was pregnant. But because it took another six months to organize the video, she had had the baby. It was really quite fortuitous how long it took.
How did the supermodels do representing you?
We didn’t want to do a remake of the Robert Palmer “Addicted to Love” video, with the girls in the Alaïa dresses with the red lips. We wanted it to look like they were really delivering the song. That’s asking a little bit more from girls who aren’t natural musicians, but they were all so up for it that they wanted lessons. Eva was fantastic. Helena chose drums. Cindy wanted to do the bass. I have to say, with all the reputations, there’s a reason they’re so super. They’re so professional, so patient, and easy to work with.
In the making-of video that Style.com launched last week, Naomi Campbell remembers waiting for the band outside of the BBC. Do you have any early memories of her?
We met Naomi very early, when she was about 17. She was with the same agency as Yasmin [LeBon, Simon's wife], she came out to a dinner. And how on earth can you forget a face like that, and a bubbly personality and determination to match? I was hardly surprised she became so enormously successful. She’s very much the same now as she was then. I remember all of the girls from the Alaïa shows and the Versace shows. We used to see a lot of those shows. Azzedine is as clever as you get, knows how to make women look beautiful.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by how much you know about fashion, but I am.
We’ve always had a real admiration for fashion and style, so a lot of my personal friends are within the industry. I always watch the Central Saint Martins graduation show when I can. We’re getting our energy back in London. We used to have Vivienne [Westwood], McQueen. There was a time when fashion week felt much more significant; we lost it again. A lot of the American editors stopped coming over, but I feel that we are really starting to get a grip on it again. Other cities are more driven by the commercial. The ideas here are much more modern.
Do you have a favorite Duran Duran video? Will you make another video for a single on All You Need Is Now?
This is as good as any video we have ever made; it has great humor and style. And it’s very sexy, I have to say. But “Wild Boys” has held up very well, “Save a Prayer,” and “All She Wants Is” won a lot of technical awards—it was shot a frame at a time. We weren’t planning on doing a lot of other videos for this album, but we’ll see what kind of impact this has, what kind of response we get. Working with Jonas on this one was pretty extraordinary. We’d have to do something very different.
The eighties gave us supermodels, and they gave us Duran Duran. Fast-forward to 2011 and they’re all making headlines again. The band recruited five über-supers for a video for “Girl Panic!,” its new single off the album All You Need Is Now, released earlier this year. In the nine-minute clip directed by Jonas Akerlund (the Grammy Award winner behind Lady Gaga’s “Telephone”) and made in collaboration with Swarovski Elements, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Eva Herzigova, Helena Christensen, and Yasmin LeBon play Simon, John, Nick, Roger, and an “anonymous guitarist,” while the real members of the group appear as bellhops, waiters, chauffeurs, and paparazzi. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana even make cameos as Harper’s Bazaar U.K.‘s guest editors during a photo shoot scene, images from which can be found in that magazine’s actual December issue. “It’s all daft stuff, but it’s fantastic daft stuff,” says John Taylor in a “making of” video that Style.com is debuting exclusively here. Check back on Tuesday, November 8, for our interview with Nick Rhodes and the complete music video.
Today we published a preview of Carine Roitfeld’s new book Irreverent, which Rizzoli is releasing in mid-October. Roitfeld watchers will recall many of the images we’ve posted. There’s Carine as arch provocateur, staging a portrait of the luminous Eniko Mihalik with an octogenarian’s hands, and another with a nude model sipping from an enormous bottle of Chanel eau de cologne. And then there’s Carine in career-maker mode. We’ve included her first shoots with Crystal Renn and Lara Stone, both of whom owe no small part of their fame to the visionary editor in chief of Paris Vogue. “I love how she’s almost naked here,” Roitfeld says of the Terry Richardson-lensed shot of Stone. “It seems like a good beginning.”
To my eyes, the most striking shots depict Roitfeld combining both instincts. I’m talking about Eva Herzigova playing a butcher for a Mario Testino portfolio in The Face circa 1997. Nothing says man-eater quite like a gorgeous blonde with a bloody pile of gnawed bones in her lap. Roitfeld has included a thank-you note from the model alongside the spread. “The ‘Butcher’ story we did gave me the chance to be seen and understood as a model with a much vaster potential…” writes Herzigova. “I had this pin-up label attached to me for so long that it seemed impossible to shed it. Thanks to your and Mario’s imagination you helped me to be liberated from this.”
Which images resonate with you? Let us know below.
The first uncensored pic of Lanvin’s collection for H&M is ready for dissection. Will you go for Elbaz’s signature one-shoulder frock, a sleek tux top, or (who are we kidding) the whole lot? [Fashionologie]
The First Lady wore—who else?—Donna Karan at a fundraising party last night in the designer’s Central Park West pad. Unaffiliated designers, take note. [WWD]
Eva Herzigova is expecting her second child. Given the current yen for nineties supes and all models’ abilities to look better with a baby bump, she may also be due for a new campaign. [People]
Tween alert #1: Lyric analysts have been quick to point out that Taylor Swift’s newest single is most likely a brokenhearted diatribe to John Mayer. To which we say: Ew. [Jezebel]
Tween alert #2: Willow Smith, progeny of Jada and Will, is primed to blow Bieber, Cyrus, Gomez, et al. out of the proverbial pop star water. And she’s only nine. [People]