13 posts tagged "Liya Kebede"
Every year, the crème de la crème of the film industry get glammed up to hobnob and vamp for the paparazzi at the Cannes Film Festival. While A-listers such as Jessica Chastain, Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Carey Mulligan, and Zoe Saldana have made an impressive showing thus far, they’ve arguably been eclipsed by the contingent of top-tier catwalkers who have flocked to the red carpets en masse. Yesterday, in particular, was a model-watcher’s paradise, with the likes of Joan Smalls, Petra Nemcova, Barbara Palvin, Chanel Iman, Jessica Hart, and Erin Heatherton posing for the cameras like the pros that they are. Milla Jovovich, Liya Kebede, and Doutzen Kroes were snapped multiple times earlier in the week, and Yasmin Warsame and Irina Lazareanu made some memorable cameos, too. Presumably, even more runway regulars will turn up at the amfAR blowout on Thursday—we’ve got it on authority that Liu Wen and Karolina Kurkova are already in town. Sorry, starlets. When it comes to posing and strutting in borrowed gowns, models simply do it best.
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” »
Model Liya Kebede is in a new French children’s film, Sur La Piste du Marsupilami (On the Trail of Marsupilami), based upon a Belgian comic book series. In the film, which debuted in Paris last night (officially opening April 4), Kebede plays the beautiful Queen Paya. [Telegraph]
For its first time ever, Tumi has joined forces with an outside designer, Dror Benshetrit, for an ongoing collection. The first round includes 11 pieces ($195 to $895) and hits stores nationwide April 1. [WWD]
Rizzoli is releasing a new tome, entitled Stars in Dior ($65), about the French house’s famous wearers. The book, due out in France in May and in the U.S. in September, includes images of Charlize Theron, Marilyn Monroe, and Marlene Dietrich. [The Hollywood Reporter]
In other Dior news, Marion Cotillard is the face of Dior’s new Lady Dior campaign. In the Peter Lindbergh-lensed ads, due out next month, the actress is carrying one of the label’s crocodile and raffia handbags. [Grazia Daily]
Fourteen new stores in Asia by year’s end is just the beginning of Alexander Wang’s expansion plans. Style.com got an exclusive sneak peek at his new eight-piece lifestyle collection, OBJECTS, which will make its debut in goody bags gifted to lucky editors, buyers, and celebs in the front row at his show on Saturday. “I’ve always had a fascination with home, but wanted to take it step by step,” Wang said over the phone in between fittings. “If I can’t start with a couch, at least I can start with a coaster.” In addition to the black mock croc coasters, there’s a matching embossed leather lighter, letter box, junk box, and playing card case, as well as a smoked glass ashtray and a leather-bound notebook with metal corners. The line’s hot ticket, though, is a blackened steel bike chain with a mock croc-covered brass lock. All-weather it’s not, but it’s undeniably cool. The line retails from $29 to $150 and will be available at Wang’s Grand Street store and on his Web site come Monday.
In another bit of other news, Wang’s Spring 2012 campaign video will have its own debut this Saturday as an installation under the High Line on 24th Street between 10th and 11th avenues. Directed by James Lima, starring Liya Kebede, and featuring music by Azealia Banks, it’s meant, the designer says, to evoke “arcade video games and car crashes.” The cool factor here is that it will be projected not just on walls but on specially designed windshields and windows on cars parked on 24th Street. We’ve got a teaser here.