10 posts tagged "Iman"
The Pirelli Calendar turns 50 in 2014. To celebrate, the tire company execs have decided not to create a new edition. Rather, they’re releasing a previously unpublished version, originally slated for 1986, shot in Tuscany and Monte Carlo by none other than the prolific Helmut Newton.
First, some backstory: The calendar has become a mainstay marketing tool for a company that would otherwise have no real link to the überglam sphere of fashion photography (think: Herb Ritts’ 1991 edit, photographed in the Bahamas with the likes of Cindy Crawford and Kate Moss, or Norman Parkinson’s 1985 datebook with Iman in Edinburgh).
It’s with some irony, then, that Newton’s commission was the first to feature direct Pirelli product placement. Prior to 1986, the only connection to the company’s goods was vague (tire tracks seen in Uwe Ommer’s 1984 calendar, for example). When tasked to feature Pirelli’s wheels front and center, Newton eagerly embraced the challenge. The images are chock-full of horsepower.
Pirelli didn’t stop there. The brand commissioned former Pirelli sharpshooters Peter Lindbergh and Patrick Demarchelier to snap a “celebratory” lineup of such models as Karolina Kurkova and Alek Wek, and organized a retrospective, which will be held in the company’s HangarBicocca venue in Milan. The latter will showcase the work of the thirty-plus photographers who have contributed to the calendar over the years.
Coco Rocha essentially took this season off in terms of the runway, walking exclusively for Zac Posen in New York and Giorgio Armani in Milan. But Rocha was far from out of service during fashion month. She’s been hard at work putting the final touches on her forthcoming documentary Letters to Haiti (making its New York City debut next month at Milk Studios) and crafting a line of jewelry for Senhoa, due out tomorrow on Senhoa.org. The collection ($65 to $995), which benefits victims of human trafficking in Cambodia by giving them job opportunities, is all handcrafted by a survivor of exploitation. “Once I heard the extent of the problem with human trafficking in Cambodia I knew I had to help,” Rocha told Style.com.
To show off her range of gunmetal and Swarovski necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, Rocha enlisted pal Behati Prinsloo to model alongside her in a new cinemagraph campaign by Jamie Beck, debuting exclusively here on Style.com. (For her print campaign, she also brought her friends into the picture—Iman and Caroline Trentini both appear with her in the Nigel Barker-lensed photos.)
“I first met Behati at a Louis Vuitton after-party in 2006 and we were instant friends,” Rocha says. “We feel like we went to model high school together so it’s always like a happy reunion when we get together.”
Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, Hilary Rhoda, Coco Rocha, Ataui Deng—with all of these top catwalkers in the same room just hours before the shows at Lincoln Center begin, you wouldn’t be off the mark if you thought they were at a last-minute casting call or fitting. But these girls, along with supes Christy Turlington and Doutzen Kroes, were at the Dream Downtown this morning for a reason more altruistic than peddling designer duds. They came out to support Iman, who is raising awareness for the ongoing famine in East Africa.
Iman (originally from Somalia), who was wearing her new Thakoon Masai plaid scarf, told Style.com: “It’s heartbreaking to hear about mothers who have to choose which of their children to save and which to leave behind in their search for food.” The legendary model decided to take action and created a bracelet, benefiting Save the Children, with the help of Modelinia and Noir jewelry.
“The easiest way to make an impact is to use your voice,” explained Turlington (who also supports Africa with her maternal health organization Every Mother Counts). “Making yourself heard is something we have the ability to do in the U.S. that many other women around the world don’t have.” Showing off her new bracelet, Kloss promised Iman (who is a “huge fan of Karlie”), “We’ll all be wearing these backstage this week.”
Modelinia Beautiful Friends Forever bracelets are available at www.noirjewelry.com, $35 each.