16 posts tagged "Jourdan Dunn"
There’s something to be said for the home-field advantage. When Hugo Boss-—based in Germany—elected to show its Hugo collection at Berlin fashion week, they went for broke, inviting 1,000 guests (including Hilary Swank, Eric Bana, and Ryan Kwanten) for a fashion show, dinner, and party at the Museum Island in the city’s center. Designer Eyan Allen looked back to the future for Spring. He called the collection Poetic Tailoring, but he seemed more to be channeling Star Trek with the sharp, clean lines, and stark palette of starship silver, glacial blue, white, and flame red. Silver lamé leggings and flowing dresses over second-skin white trousers gave a hint of the sixties.
Afterward, the catwalkers of today had no trouble imagining themselves in the goods. Georgia May Jagger, wearing a dress and lipstick in the same arresting red shown on the catwalk, cooed with Leah Woods over a sharp pantsuit worn by Jourdan Dunn. They both congratulated Allen on his bracing palette, too. A different opinion came from a model old enough to remember the sixties the first time around: Veruschka. “I love that Hugo’s clothes are wearable,” she said. “But I would rather wear the menswear, especially the apronlike coverall jackets, because I can’t see many men wearing them and someone should. I especially love how Hugo reduces it to one strong color, whether ice, silver or red. But really, I mostly wear what I bought 30 years ago. When something is strong, it stays worth keeping.” Or, you might say, reinterpreting.
The Office actress and writer Mindy Kaling is one of our favorite writers—and Twitterers. The fashion-world tweets she cooked up for Harper’s Bazaar are fictional, the mag cautions—but we’re willing to believe there’s a grain of truth buried in there somewhere. If not truth, at least wisdom. To wit: “At Betsey Johnson, in a tutu and fauxhawk. Have decided Helena Bonham Carter should play Betsey in The Betsey Johnson Story. #NYFW 4 hours ago.” Why didn’t we think of that? [Bazaar]
Cathy Horyn takes to the Times to discuss Mugler and the cult of Nicola Formichetti—and comes out with a fairly spirited defense of the collaboration. It’s worth a read this afternoon. [NYT]
Models—they grow up so fast! Just a minute ago, it feels like, Karlie Kloss was a 16-year-old newbie. She’s still all of about 18 years old, but she’s looking rather adult posing in the buff with pal Jourdan Dunn for i-D‘s Exhibitionist Issue. [Fashionologie]
And speaking of top models, they (and the rest of the rich and famous) have got a powerful new ally in British businessman and magnate Sir David Tang. He’s created a new Web site, ICorrect that allows high-profile members to publicly refute anything written about them (or purportedly written by them) in the press. Kate Moss paid the thousand-pound fee to clarify that she has no Twitter account, despite many claiming to be her; and Naomi Campbell wants you to know that she is not glad that Russia won the right to host the 2018 World Cup over England. (For what it’s worth: “”I have never ever expressed any opinion either way about whether FIFA made the right choice for where the 2018 World Cup should be held—I wouldn’t do that, not least because I don’t know enough about the technicalities or process.”) [Vogue U.K.]
The gridiron faceoff was fierce yesterday for Super Bowl Sunday, but so was the catwalk competition at ACW Worldwide’s model call for the casting agency’s Fall 2011 New York shows. The lithe and the leggy arrived to try for a spot on the New York runways (ACW casts Thakoon, Y-3, and Jen Kao, among others), and even past success is no guarantee of a good placement. “I was very lucky,” said Kat Hessen (above left), who had a knockout debut Spring 2011 season walking Alexander Wang, Rodarte, Prada, and Miu Miu. “But the second season, you never know. You no longer have novelty on your side. It’s almost like you have to prove yourself.”
“There’s so many new stunning girls each season, but you want somebody that’s not a robot,” explained agency founder Andrew Weir of the process. (Those who want to go deeper into the casting world can also check out his newly launched blog, Weirdiary.com.) “They mostly start so young; many of them have nothing to say yet. But sometimes you’ll meet a young girl who has this amazing style at an early age.” Iris Egbers (Supreme) and Alex Yuryeva (Silent) were two newbies that caught his eye.
There were, of course, catwalk veterans like Rose Cordero (above right), Jourdan Dunn, Eugenia Mandzhieva (above center), and Sophie Srej, too. It was also nice to see a concerted push toward more diversity in the field. Compared to years past, there was a noticeable uptick in young Asian and black models (Li Ming and Melodie Monrose stood out). “That is something that is really exciting,” Cordero enthused. “There used to be certain clients who never hired black models. But ever since Italian Vogue started casting us, it’s been amazing. It really started with that.”
For all the exotic names and new faces, there was only one that created something of a frenzy. Crystal Renn, with her notorious curves (or purported lack thereof), had the casting practically at a standstill. The Ford model, who was game even for an impromptu photo shoot with the press, stopped to chat. “In modeling, there’s not much freedom,” Renn said of her not plus-size but not stick-thin frame. “If you started with a size 35 hip, you’re expected to stay that way. I made a decision in my career to let my body be where it wants to be. I know they say that this industry is all about looks, but the key thing is what I have on the inside. It’s what sets me apart.”
Band of Outsiders’ range of polos is called, per usual Sternbergian antics, “This Is Not a Polo Shirt.” Okay. But this is a new e-commerce site where you can buy them and have them shipped right to your door. [Blackbook]
Roger Vivier brand ambassador Inès de la Fressange (pictured) is writing a chic guide to Paris, after years of being hounded by journalists and friends for the best salon/restaurant/shop/anything else in her city. Finally, a Lonely Planet for the Chanel backpacking set! [WWD]
Mommie chic-est—Jourdan Dunn is back on the LFW runways a mere ten weeks after giving birth. [Vogue U.K.]
And today in unnecessary brand extensions: Jason Wu has put his name on a line of GE digital cameras to be sold on HSN. Jason, if you’re looking to fritter away the last of that MObama-accrued capital, this is probably a good way to go. [DVice via Racked]
London + New York = Lonny. The brainchild of a former Domino editor, Lonny is a new online shelter mag dedicated to both metropoles. The best part about its Web-based format? Click-to-buy home wares, of course. [WWD]
Twilight Fashion Week. It’s true, but it doesn’t mean you have to tweet about it. [The Cut]
Jourdan Dunn is loving the pregnant life. In fact, “daytime telly” and “eating” might even be better than walking the runway. We’ve always suspected this, but now we can fully embrace our own life choices. [Fashion Week Daily]