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July 28 2014

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Pirelli Buttons Up for Fifty

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A preview of the new Pirelli calendar

The annual Pirelli calendar—famed for showcasing saucy shots of supermodels in the buff—celebrates fifty this year with a megawatt lineup, including Helena Christensen, Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr, Alek Wek, Karolina Kurkova, and Isabeli Fontana. But judging by the series of tribute images —reportedly lensed not by the yet-to-be-revealed 2013 calendar photographer, but by Pirelli vets Patrick Demarchelier and Peter Lindbergh to build hype around the half-century milestone—the calendar’s stars are decidedly more dressed up than usual—well, by Pirelli standards, anyway. The catwalkers were snapped in black lingerie, as well as white shirts and their Skivvies. The full calendar, which has, in the past,been shot by the likes of Bruce Weber, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, Karl Lagerfeld, and Inez and Vinoodh (just to name a few), will be unveiled thisNovember—no word yet if the final images will be more, ahem, stripped-down.

Photo: Patrick Demarchelier

Seven Fresh Faces From the Elite Model Look Boot Camp

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Mary, Ross, and Ruth

For thirty years running, the Elite Model Look competition has given aspiring mannequins a chance to break into the industry. Past participants who beat out hundreds of thousands of beautiful people from more than sixty countries and went on to make it big include Gisele Bündchen, Isabeli Fontana, Constance Jablonski, Sigrid Agren, Dorothea Barth Jorgensen, Fei Fei Sun, and Cora Emmanuel, to name a few. After narrowing down this year’s U.K.-based contestants to eleven girls and eleven boys, the mega modeling agency’s London branch invited the finalists to attend a four-day boot camp, during which they received catwalk and posing training, confidence coaching, nutrition and fitness advice, styling tips, and—most important—met the bookers. Style.com asked Elite Model Look Process’s Amelia Trevette (formerly the head of image and special bookings for Elite London), who was judging and mentoring the fresh faces throughout the week, to call out her seven favorites. Learn all about the top up-and-comers and this year’s U.K. winners—May and Ruth Bell, and Ross Trevillion (above)—who will go on to compete in the international finals this November, below.

May and Ruth Bell (competing together):
“May and Ruth, our ethereal twins from Dover, are like porcelain dolls: flawless skin, ash-blond hair, and delicate features. They look almost otherworldly and are captivating both on the catwalk and in front of the camera.”

Ross Trevillion:
“Ross has an amazing look that is diverse enough to be commercial or editorial. At only sixteen, he has a maturity and presence that not a lot of his peers possess.” Continue Reading “Seven Fresh Faces From the Elite Model Look Boot Camp” »

In Paris, Superstars and Fresh Faces Made Model Magic

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Fashion saves the best for last, and Paris is usually where the magic happens—both in terms of creative collections and memorable modeling moments. This season, the city definitely delivered. Case in point: Kate Moss closing Louis Vuitton on the final day of shows. She’s done it before, and she’ll probably do it again, but a Moss runway appearance is always major. The rest of the Vuitton cast didn’t disappoint, either. Edita Vilkeviciute, Eliza Cummings, Georgia May Jagger, Isabeli Fontana, Jessica Hart, and Maryna Linchuk were a few of the other familiar faces on Jacobs’ catwalk. Earlier in the week, Riccardo Tisci brought in some of his favorite ladies, including Natalia Vodianova, Mariacarla Boscono, and Erin Wasson, to parade his electrifying lineup for Givenchy. Fall ’13′s freshman class of models also ended the month with a bang. Forget New York, London, and Milan. For newcomers looking to make an impression (read: land ad campaigns), Paris is the one city that really counts. Many of the girls we’ve had our eye on since the beginning kept the momentum going in France. Sam Rollinson finished out with sixty-two shows; Sasha Luss (lower left) ended with fifty-seven; Chiharu Okunugi totaled fifty-four; and Katya Riabinkina (upper left) did forty-seven. Amanda Murphy, who bookended Prada, turned it up a notch this week, too, walking nine top-tier shows, including Dries Van Noten, Lanvin, Dior, Stella McCartney, and Chanel. Meanwhile, we’ve also got our eye on Elise Smidt (upper right), who opened Chloé and Sacai and turned up at Valentino, Vuitton, and Miu Miu; and Elisabeth Erm (lower right), who started out relatively slow in New York but made all the right moves toward the end (Balenciaga, Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, Giambattista Valli, and Valentino). Keep an eye out for these faces in the coming months’ editorials. We have a feeling they’ll appear on more than a few pages.

Photo: GoRunway

Modelizing Milan

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Milan is notoriously regarded as a difficult city for new models. But it’s not hard to see why big-name labels like Versace and Gucci prefer to cast established catwalkers like Joan Smalls, Karlie Kloss, and Karmen Pedaru: Veterans simply know how to carry sexy clothes. That said, many of the rookies we’ve had our eyes on since the beginning of the season have proven that they can strut toe-to-toe with the big girls. Chiharu Okunugi, Sam Rollinson, Sasha Luss, and Katya Riabinkina, in particular, seem to be at the top of most casting directors’ lists this season. We’re also going to add Manuela Frey, a Spring ’13 Saint Laurent exclusive who opened Calvin Klein in New York and did turns at Dolce & Gabbana, Bottega Veneta, and Emilio Pucci in Italy. She’s kept up the momentum so far in Paris, with appearances at Dries Van Noten, Rochas, and Damir Doma.

Perhaps the best way to evaluate Milan’s crop of newcomers is to compare two of the week’s most hyped shows: Prada, which is cast by Ashley Brokaw, and Jil Sander, which is cast by Maida & Rami. Both are characteristically chock-full of unknowns, but there was more of an overlap than usual this season. Girls who walked both include past Balenciaga exclusives Juliane Gruner and Kirstin Kragh Liljegren (who actually opened Balenciaga last season). At Prada, they were sandwiched in between well-known faces such as Mariacarla Boscono, Liisa Winkler, Adriana Lima, Kirsten Owen, Jessica Stam, Iselin Steiro, and Esther de Jong (easily one of our favorite casts thus far), as well as a few more novices like Maartje Verhoef (above, left), Elise Smidt, and Jessa Brown, who also did Sander. As we move into the Paris shows, we’ll have our eyes peeled for these girls and a few others, including Amanda Murphy (above, right), who bookended Prada after opening Proenza Schouler, and then followed that up with appearances at Dries Van Noten and H&M today.

Speaking of, H&M turned out a cast of heavy hitters (you can chalk that up to a mega-budget and George Cortina’s styling), including Arizona Muse, Cara Delevingne, Daphne Groeneveld, Delfine Bafort, Edita Vilkeviciute, Isabeli Fontana, Joan Smalls, and closer Malgosia Bela.

Now Visiting: Brazil

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Ah, travel. That magical pursuit wherein one experiences the culture of another land, samples exotic delicacies, and, if traveling via Pirelli Calendar, sees a variety of top models in states of undress. At least, that’s the business as usual. But the Pirelli company unveiled its 2013 calendar in Brazil today, and while it stars a cast of beauties—Brazilians Isabeli Fontana and Adriana Lima, as well as Elisa Sednaoui, Hanaa Ben Abdesslem, Liya Kebede, Karlie Kloss, and Kyleigh Kuhn, among others—this year’s photographer, Steve McCurry, promises less cheesecake. “You can photograph nudes anywhere,” McCurry said at a press conference in Rio this morning. “But these models are clothed, and each of them has her own charity. They are purposeful and idealistic people. So I wanted to photograph them in a special place, and Rio was perfect for this.” (It’s a very different Brazil than was captured in Patrick Demarchelier’s 2005 calendar, also shot in the country, or Terry Richardson’s 2010 take.) Portraits of the models, as well as of Brazilian actress Sônia Braga and singer Marisa Monte, alternate with those of everyday life in the city.

Photos: Steve McCurry / Courtesy of Pirelli