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July 30 2014

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28 posts tagged "Helena Christensen"

Wasson To The Rescue

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Earlier this month, Erin Wasson (pictured) was hitting the red carpet to promote her first big acting role in the grindhouse flick Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and last night, the model-designer-turned-actress was back at it again. This time around, the Alexander Wang muse was downtown at the Soho Grand Hotel, along with the likes of Helena Christensen and Girls actor Alex Karpovsky, to toast her performance in a new short film by Vs. Magazine for jeweler and luxury lifestyle brand Georg Jensen. “It’s easy to get lost in a fantasy,” she said of acting in the Jenna Elizabeth-directed film, titled The Heimlich Maneuver. “And jewelry and women go hand in hand.” In the short, Wasson quickly snaps out of fantasy and into reality when her dinner companion (played by model Lydia Carron) starts choking and she steps in to do the Heimlich. Click here to watch the video in full and find out what happens.

Despite her foray into acting, Wasson made it clear that she is not quite ready to leave the fashion set behind. As for her next steps, she played it cool. “Life is going to show me what I want and what I need,” she said.

Photo: Matteo Prandoni / BFAnyc.com

Salmon Fishing in NYC

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If you think Emily Blunt gets steamy with co-star Ewan McGregor in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, well, you’re wrong. “I didn’t have a sex scene with Ewan,” the actress told Style.com at the Cinema Society’s unveiling of the film in New York last night. “Oh, god, we just swam,” she clarified. And lo, the screening proved her right. Lasse Hallström’s romantic tale about making an unlikely pursuit succeed in an unusual place) is, in the end, more sweet than sweaty.

And the title is no metaphor. McGregor plays a persnickety government fisheries expert enlisted by an Arab sheikh (and his investment associate, played by Blunt) to bring the mogul’s favorite sporting pastime to the Middle East. “I didn’t know much about fish, and I had to learn how to cast a fly rod,” McGregor explained at the screening, which was sponsored by Grey Goose and Opium Yves Saint Laurent. He added that he learned in Scotland, where guides are called gillies, from a man named Billy: “Billy the Gillie.”

Blunt (who wore Miu Miu) stayed longer after the screening than McGregor did, getting into extended conversations at The Crosby Street Hotel’s basement lounge with both Helena Christensen and Patricia Clarkson. There was salmon there, too: smoked and placed on blinis.

Photo: Matteo Prandoni / BFAnyc.com

Duran Duran, Super-Sized

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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.

Rag’s Riches: Kurkova, Kerr, Murphy, Muse, And More For Rag & Bone’s D.I.Y. Campaign

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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.”

Photos: Helena Christensen/Courtesy of Rag & Bone

An It Girl Guide To The New, Shoppable Thakoon.com

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Thakoon Panchigul is the latest designer to jump on the digital bandwagon. As of today, fans of the designer’s eponymous label will be able to get their hands on the signature printed dresses with the click of a button at his new e-commerce site, Thakoon.com, designed by the fashion-favorite Web gurus at Tony King‘s King & Partners—handy if you don’t have the designer on speed dial, like some of his biggest fans, Michelle Obama and Amanda Brooks among them. But it’s more than just First Ladies and retail honchos who love the Panichgul. Models-cum-It-girls Elisa Sednaoui, Constance Jablonski, and Helena Christensen are devoted Thakoonites, too. In honor of the e-tail launch, Style.com caught up with them to find out what their favorite looks are.

Sednaoui, who appeared in the designer’s Tasaki ad campaigns, is a front-row regular at his shows. “He knows how to cut pieces to flatter women, always with grace, yet in his choices in fabrics and patterns you see his young side coming out,” she said. Her favorite piece available now on Thakoon.com? A long-sleeved maxi dress from the designer’s Fall Addition collection, with a slit up the side to keep things interesting (above left). “I feel like it was designed for me,” she said. “I have dreamed of this dress.”

Jablonski picked a similar silhouette in a black and white, “eye-catching” print, also from Addition’s Fall range (above right). “The cut reminds me of the popular long French dresses of the eighties that every stylish girl in Paris was wearing back then,” said the model, who met the designer during her second New York fashion week season. “We immediately connected and he chose me to open his show,” she added.

Helena Christensen, for her part, has made the designer part of her red-carpet arsenal. Her pick? A knit top and bubble skirt look from the Fall 2011 mainline collection (left). “It reminds me of Scandinavia,” she says. “I would wear it with leggings and a pair of bright-colored high-heels.”

Since these are not being offered at Thakoon x Target prices, visitors can enter to win a $1,000 gift certificate on the site. The lucky winner will be announced in August.

Photos: Courtesy of Thakoon