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39 posts tagged "Jen Brill"

Modelizing the VFiles Way

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It’s back. VFiles’ satirical look at the modeling world, Model Files, returns for its third season today, and in its premiere, the mocumentary-meets-reality show’s host, casting director Preston Chaunsumlit, manages to tackle some pretty heavy topics—with his signature lighthearted approach, of course. “Not only is it really funny, but it touches on important fashion-world issues like racism and size-ism,” VFiles founder Julie Anne Quay said of the series. “You are going to love the second episode, when Preston collaborates on an über-secret project for a major international pop superstar,” she later teased.

In episode one, dubbed “The Asiancy,” Chaunsumlit addresses the lack of diversity in the modeling biz with the help of Humberto Leon, Jenny Shimizu, Jen Brill, and Quay. Sit back and watch his antics, above, and be sure to check out future episodes, airing every Tuesday, on VFiles.com.

Cole Haan x Jen & Oli’s Electro Metropolis

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The latest Cole Haan x Jen & Oli collection hits stores tomorrow (it’s also available online now), and in order to showcase their new spring wares, Jen Brill and Olivia Kim enlisted artist Jo Ratcliffe to create a futuristic short film. Set to a toe-tapping electro score by artist-cum-musician-cum-DJ Brian Degraw, the video explores a techno-pop fantasy land tailor-made for Brill and Kim’s playfully hued sandals and peep-toe platforms. As Brill puts it, the artists “created the city of [their] dreams—modern in every way, [with] eye candy for miles.” Watch the short (and listen to its catchy track) in its exclusive debut (above) and take a peek at Jen & Oli’s new collection (below).

On Our Radar: Jen Brill & Olivia Kim for Cole Haan

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Fashion loves a guest star. The latest industry types dropping in for a cameo appearance are Jen Brill (downtown mainstay, creative consultant, Chanel ambassador) and Olivia Kim (Opening Ceremony’s guru of creative), who were tapped by Cole Haan for a capsule collection of heels. We especially like the two-tone peep-toes above, though a multicolored cage heel and a tasseled bootie are in the mix, too. The shoes ($528-$548) hit Cole Haan and Opening Ceremony stores September 10.

Photo: Courtesy of Cole Haan

Fashion And Art Converge At The Whitney

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It had all the fixings of a standard fashion show—front-row fixtures like Michael Stipe and Jen Brill, makeup by James Kaliardos for MAC, hair by Bumble and Bumble, and in-demand models from agencies like IMG and Ford, but K8 Hardy‘s Untitled Runway Show at the Whitney Museum on Sunday was anything but typical. The multimedia performance artist, known best for her cult zine FashionFashion, put together a collection of over 30 looks as part of her exhibition for the 2012 Biennial. For Hardy, the presentation was a way of creating a dialogue about commercialism and the way fashion affects society’s views on women rather than a vehicle for showing off her design chops.

The crowd of art enthusiasts waited patiently for about half an hour before the first model stepped out onto the wood and steel runway set, installed for the occasion by fellow Biennial artist Oscar Tuazon. Walking to amped-up reggaeton beats mixed up with Neutrogena radio ads and high-pitched nail art tutorials that had some audience members covering their ears, each model affected her own signature strut based on Hardy’s instructions. “I used to love the shows where models would dance down the runway,” Hardy told Style.com after the show. Some shuffled slowly with a moribund limp, others did ballet-like pliés and leaps, and one girl even staged a convincing runway stumble and tumble. Each catwalker wore teased-to-the-max wigs and face paint that resembled another spoof on the now-famous Tanning Mom.
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Every Girl’s Fantasy: Sadistic Revenge, Plus A Handbag Or Two?

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Many fashion films are merely commercials by another moniker. Not so with New York accessories label Reece Hudson’s smoky, mysterious new vignette Thirst, made in collaboration with Bullett magazine. The film, which was made to introduce the designer’s Fall ’12 collection, left guests like Alexandra Richards and Genevieve Jones tingling. “We did something different by actually telling a narrative,” said director Jenna Elizabeth at a celebratory dinner at Niko, hosted by the film’s star, Chanel Iman. “And I wanted to portray women in a strong, sexually confident light, not under the male gaze or hunched over behind a handbag. ” Instead, Iman catches her lover with another woman and poisons him. “The Fall collection has darker undertones, and Jenna’s work conveys that perfectly,” explains designer Reece Solomon. “And I think, for women, who doesn’t have that kind of sadistic revenge fantasy?”

Iman, for her part, proved up to the task of creating such a character, even if, as her director revealed, she’s nothing like her. “She’s such a good girl in real life,” Elizabeth said. “She’d never even smoked a cigarette.” Good thing she wasn’t sitting too near Chrissie Miller, who puffed surreptitiously behind her sake with pals Annabelle Dexter-Jones and Jack Donoghue. “I just quit,” admitted Jen Brill. She might not be carrying cigarettes in her Reece Hudson bag anymore, but she explained that “it’s a beautiful little olive green bag, the perfect size for my lipstick, cards, keys.”

Photo: Courtesy Photo