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Karmen Pedaru Takes Us Inside Michael Kors’ Jet-Set Shanghai Experience

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Karmen PedaruMichael Kors staged a “Jet-Set Experience” at Shanghai’s Hongqiao International Airport on Friday, complete with a runway show of one-off pieces designed to convey the designer’s glamorous style and a crowd that included house favorites like Freida Pinto, Hilary Swank, and Camilla Belle. The collection was divided into three very Kors-ian groups: big city, mountain retreat, and beach resort, each of which was accompanied by high-def video projections on multiple surround screens. To drive home the jet-set message and heighten the immersive experience, there was a private jet parked smack-dab in the middle of things. (The plane belonged to John Idol, chairman and CEO of Michael Kors Holdings Ltd.—talk about high-flying.) The evening followed a Thursday night party for Kors’ recently opened Shanghai flagship in the city’s Jing An Kerry Centre; it is the brand’s largest to date in China and brings its tally there to about forty. Sixty more are planned for the next five years. Model Karmen Pedaru, who wore the show’s finale gown, a slinky plunge-front number in cherry red with a matching fox fur stole, shares some photos from the Shanghai event. Click for a slideshow of her snaps.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

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.

Modelizing Fall ’13 Thus Far

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With the London shows wrapping today, and editors and models jetting off to Milan, it’s time to reflect on the catwalking highlights from the past two weeks. More so than any in recent memory, this season has been dominated by fresh faces. Nearly every new girl on our top-ten list from Spring, like Marine Deleeuw, Irina Kravchenko, Manon Leloup, and Esther Heesch, had majorly successful sophomore outings. But the Fall shows have brought in an additional crop of noteworthy rookies in demand.

Let’s begin with the handful of former Balenciaga exclusives, whose takeoffs were all but inevitable. Sam Rollinson (above, top left), who starred in a Burberry ad back in 2010 and was handpicked by Nicolas Ghesquière last season, had a strong NYFW. (She opened Reed Krakoff and walked Jason Wu, Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, Proenza Schouler, and Narciso Rodriguez, among others.) With a hometown advantage, the British brunette—whose cheekbones could cut glass—kept it up across the pond, scoring spots at Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders, and Giles. Two other Balenciaga favorites—Kremi Otashliyska and Chiharu Okunugi (above, lower right)—are also becoming runway regulars. The former hit catwalks at 3.1 Phillip Lim, Altuzarra, Proenza Schouler, and Marc Jacobs, while the Japanese stunner took turns at Rag & Bone, Rodarte, and Marc Jacobs in New York, and Erdem and Giles in London.

Opening the Alexander Wang show is usually a surefire way to go straight to the top, but this season, the second girl out—Tess Hellfeuer (above, top right)—is getting all the buzz. The model finished New York by closing Marc Jacobs, then emerged as a clear favorite of Michelle Lee in London, where she opened Jonathan Saunders and walked in Christopher Kane. Mijo Mihaljcic has also been making all the right appearances in London. Her tomboy appeal landed her spots at Burberry Prorsum, Jonathan Saunders, and Richard Nicoll. Continue Reading “Modelizing Fall ’13 Thus Far” »

Gap’s New Group

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In the past, Gap has roped in top models ranging from Bar Refaeli to Caroline Trentini to Karmen Pedaru to Liu Wen to front its ad campaigns. But for Fall, the retailer took a different route, this time opting for a cast of up-and-coming musicians and dancers to be the faces of its “Shine” campaign.

In the images, the group, including Seth and Scott Avett from the Avett Brothers, San Francisco Ballet star Yuan Yuan Tan, and dancer Lil Buck (who just completed a project with Natalie Portman’s husband, Benjamin Millepied), sports the label’s Icon Redefined collection—read: updated Gap classics. “In the late eighties and early nineties, Gap is what all the cool girls were wearing,” singer-songwriter Nicki Bluhm, who is also in the campaign, told Style.com last night at an editor preview in New York. “Obviously, they still are.” Of the shoot, the modeling rookie added, “I’ve never modeled before and Yuan Yuan had her shoot just before mine. She was unbelievable, doing these insane high kicks and leaps across the room, and I thought, ‘Oh my God, what am I going to do that compares to this?’ ” Apparently, the jeans have a lot of stretch to them, but we don’t suggest trying Tan’s tricks at home. Here, get a first look at Tan and Bluhm in the newly unveiled shots.

Photos: Courtesy of Gap

Ewan McGregor Joins The Belstaff

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For those not in the know, Belstaff was first launched back in 1924 and established itself as the go-to brand for waterproof sporting garments. Back in February, Belstaff’s new chief creative director, Martin Cooper (formerly at Burberry), debuted a re-energized look—a collection (heavily inspired by the machine age, when the wealthy all aimed to have motorbikes and motorcars) that strikes a balance between the label’s strong British heritage and modern sophistication. To show off the luxe offerings, the brand enlisted none other than Ewan McGregor to hop on a motorbike (he’s a lifelong motorbike rider himself), along with models Karmen Pedaru, Ymre Stiekema, Maud Weizen, Ben Hill, John Pearson, and Janis Ancens, for the Craig McDean-lensed campaign. “I started wearing Belstaff motorcycle jackets about ten years ago,” McGregor tells Style.com. “I feel like I’ve always known about them from photos of old motorcycle heroes and legends, as they are often wearing Belstaff.” Here, Style.com has a behind-the-scenes look at McGregor at work on the campaign shoot (styled by Karl Templer and creative-directed by Trey Laird), which took place at Lord March’s Goodwood estate in the U.K.—fittingly, the location of the annual Festival of Speed auto race.