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6 posts tagged "Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin"

Rihanna Gets Under the Balmain Umbrella

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Rihanna for Balmain

Rihanna for Balmain

“It was heaven,” said Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing of shooting with Rihanna. The pop star is the face of the house’s Spring ’14 campaign, two images of which debut exclusively here. But Rousteing, who spoke to Style.com from Paris this morning, insists the ads weren’t the result of a PR push or a marketing strategy—rather, they were the product of he and Riri’s budding friendship. “I met her six months ago, when she came to the studio during her Diamonds Tour, and I just loved her,” the designer recalls. “She invited me to her concert, and I invited her to my show, and she started to become a good friend of mine. Obviously, we text all the time, and at one point, when I was working on the Spring collection, I told her she was the inspiration and that I wanted her in the campaign. It all started like that.”

Styled by Rihanna’s own stylist Mel Ottenberg and lensed by Inez & Vinoodh, the ads, which will hit magazines in January, were apparently shot to the tunes of Prince. “We listened to it super loud, and she was dancing in the clothes—but she really owned them. She tweaked everything. She chose what she wanted to wear, she had a great vision, and that’s what I love about her,” Rousteing said, stressing that he feels Rihanna is the ultimate icon for this generation. “I wanted the campaign to be about Balmain, but I didn’t just want a model—I wanted a strong, real woman in the clothes. For me, Rihanna is a power. And she pushes boundaries on everything.

“Sometimes,” Rousteing added, “fashion is all about a big machine. And we forget about emotions, and realness, and dreams. But dreams do come true, and this came from something really simple, and easygoing, and real.”

So what’s Rousteing’s favorite Riri song? “I have to be honest. I love the new one, “Monster,” but I think “Stay” is one of the best songs ever. I fell in love listening to this song. And that’s something I’ll always remember.”

Photo: Inez & Vinoodh

Can’t Sit Still

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Fact: GIFs have been around for 25 years. Only recently, however, has the world caught on to this moving picture format. (We admit, we have spent our fair share of time at Style.com toying around with them.) Needless to say, when we caught wind of a new digital GIF exhibition, we were intrigued. Starting today, Paddle8 and Tumblr are accepting GIF submissions via Tumblr (through November 17), to be judged by a panel of fashion and art experts like Johnny Misheff, Michael Stipe, the Rodarte sisters, Nicola Formichetti, Richard Phillips, James Frey, and Vinoodh Matadin & Inez van Lamsweerde. The chosen GIFs will be displayed at a physical exhibition, entitled Moving the Still, at Art Basel Miami in December. In the meantime, feast your eyes on original GIFS created by leading artists including Nick Knight, Casey Spooner, and Stipe, on view at MovingTheStill.tumblr.com. Here, an exclusive first look at the GIF created by Kate and Laura Mulleavy for the project.

Photo: Rodarte, 2012

I, Karlie: The World’s Oldest 20-Year-Old Opens Up

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, a picture of Karlie Kloss might be worth two thousand. When you add up the countless shots she’s been in all over the world—and especially now, in a banner year that’s included covers for W and British Vogue—the count gets dizzying. Kloss has earned her spot as one of the world’s top supermodels. In short, she’s kicking ass. Fittingly, she’s the face of Juicy Couture’s new Fall 2012 ad campaign and accompanying video, debuting exclusively here on Style.com (below), lensed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, which has #Girls Kick Ass its slogan (the brand has partnered with Step Up Women’s Network, which empowers teen girls). Kloss, who has just turned 20, is recently back from a family vacation in Denmark and says she’s ready to start a new phase of her life. Style.com spoke with Kloss about putting models back on magazine covers, texting with Ryan Lochte, and the best piece Lee McQueen gave her.

You just got back from vacation and celebrating your 20th birthday. How was that?
Yes, I was in Europe for the last few weeks. Yesterday, I was in Hamburg, where I was visiting my friend Toni Garrn for a few days. Since she is originally from there, we spent time in her hometown and it was so nice to travel somewhere without obligations—no working. Before that I was in Denmark; I flew my entire family over for ten days and I got to meet all these family members for the first time because we are originally from Denmark. The food there is just amazing—my family would put out a smorgasbord of food and the entire trip I just sat and ate. For my birthday, we went to the Tivoli Gardens—it’s like an amusement park plus really old, beautiful gardens—and then I rented a little convertible with my sisters, the whole Kloss clan, and drove across the country.

Happy belated birthday! Do you feel different as a twentysomething than as a teenager?
I do, I have to admit. It feels like a new chapter—a new phase of my new life. I feel so old; I feel like the oldest 20-year-old around.

You’ve been famous for almost all of your teenage years—that could help explain why. Do you think you’ve missed out on any of the normal teenage experiences?
I think it’s the opposite; it’s that I was lucky enough to balance the normal teen things and then also this high fashion career. I have gotten to travel the world and experience all these incredible things thanks to my career. I feel like in the last five years, I have lived five lifetimes—I have fit a lot in my 20 years, that’s for sure. I feel like this is a whole new phase and I am really looking forward to the next five years. In the last five years, quite a lot has happened.

I know you share a birthday with a few other big names, including Ryan Lochte, whom you worked with on a recent Vogue shoot. Did you guys wish each other happy birthday?
Yeah, August 3 is a very good day. It’s funny, actually, because I was supposed to go to London to watch him in the Olympics, but I didn’t make it, so I was rooting for him—and all of the Olympians I met on the shoot—from Denmark. I was texting with Ryan, though—such a sweet guy. We Leos are crazy!

What was your first meeting with him like?
It was in Miami, where we did the shoot, and we went out to dinner one night. Even though I am 20 and already have a career, I realize it is important to have normal friends and I think he is the same way. He is just a normal guy. He was really interested in fashion, actually; he wants to have his own line. I was surprised by how in the know he was. Actually, all the guys on the shoot were very in touch with what is happening on the runways and very big fans of Style.com.

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The Moss Gloss

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Kate Moss, object lesson in never taking a bad photo ever, on set at the Fall ’12 Mango ad campaign. (Inez and Vinoodh do the shutter-clicking honors.) Much more Moss arrives this Fall: A Rizzoli coffee-table tome of her Greatest Hits hits stores in November.

Inez And Vinoodh’s New Muse: LouLou

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Two of fashion’s favorite image makers, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, have always been different from most photographers in their approach to models: “They’re people!” van Lamsweerde told Style.com in an interview about their recent tome, Pretty Much Everything. “It’s an exchange of inspiration, of trust. You spend a day together and definitely anyone that poses for anyone is in a very vulnerable position. It’s not nothing to let yourself be photographed,” she explained. Some of their most trusting subjects are fashion’s biggest names: Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Raquel Zimmermann, and Shalom Harlow. And though the duo generally keeps its lens focused on famous faces of that caliber these days, they have recently found inspiration in a new, unknown face—meet 19-year-old French model LouLou (no last name).

“We saw LouLou on the cover of Treats! magazine and flew her over from Paris (where she studies) to New York to meet us,” the duo, who photographed her for the upcoming Sports Issue of V Magazine, tells Style.com. “Her face resembles a young Penélope Cruz and her body is like that of Kate Moss. Our work is so much about the girl in the clothes and she provides us with so many new inspirations.”

For the editorial, they shot their latest muse (styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele) in a studio and then had their technician drop the images into some of their most iconic images. Before V76 hits newsstands next month, Style.com has the exclusive first look at some of the photos, here. As for LouLou, look out for her in more I&V work soon: “We are shooting her for Bulgari at the moment, and next week we will post a new series with her on our site, InezandVinoodh.com.”

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