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August 29 2014

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24 posts tagged "Milla Jovovich"

The Ultimate Cesar

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“To cookbook or not to cookbook?”

That was the question model Cesar Casier asked in a post on his blog in April of last year, and his answer came shortly after, when a publisher reached out to the 24-year-old Belgian (pictured) and decided to help make his dream a reality. “I have a bucket list of things I want to do in my life, like make a club hit, go to Sydney, go bungee jumping, etcetera, and also, make a cookbook,” said Casier, who has walked major runways including Saint Laurent, Dior, and Missoni, and appeared in the pages of Paris Vogue, Elle, and L’Officiel, to name a few. These days, Casier is perhaps most recognized as the current face of Armani Exchange. But that might soon change when he debuts his first cookbook Model Kitchen, featuring 75 eat-clean recipes (some of which are contributions from his top model pals) and gorgeous food and fashion photos, next month. “I have this great passion for food and for fashion. I left home for modeling and I didn’t want to go to all these fast-food restaurants, so I started to learn to cook,” Casier, who is now based in New York, explains. “So, I decided to make a cookbook about what models eat.”

And let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to know what models eat to stay looking so good? You won’t find any revolutionary stay-thin secrets in Model Kitchen, but you will, however, find healthy recipes that are easy and affordable to make, along with Casier’s favorite dining destinations in the major fashion cities. “They aren’t touristy places, they are where I like to go with my model friends for a great cup of coffee or a drink,” he says. (Think: Café Gitane or Peels in New York.) “We did so much research, and there isn’t a book like this out there—not even Heidi Klum has done it,” adds Casier, who did the book almost completely on his own in between shoots with Steven Klein or Carine Roitfeld, from creating the recipes to the food-styling to the photos. But he also got by with a little help from his friends, including Derek Blasberg, who wrote the forward, styling by Tom Van Dorpe, and contributions from 12 of his top model friends, Lily Donaldson, Milla Jovovich, Karlie Kloss, Lindsey Wixson, and Bette Franke among them. From Jovovich’s baked salmon with asparagus and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld’s chicken dish, to Casier’s juice cleanses and Skinny Dips (good for carrots, not chips, folks), it’s all in there. Here, Style.com has the exclusive first glimpse inside the book, along with his signature Cesar salad recipe, before the tome goes on sale in Belgium early next month. Look out for Model Kitchen in select stores in the U.S. shortly after.

Click to to get Casier’s Cesar salad recipe. Continue Reading “The Ultimate Cesar” »

The DVF Wrap Dress, Now In Mini Sizes

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After a busy New York fashion week schedule, Diane von Furstenberg chose Los Angeles for the worldwide launch of her new GapKids + DVF collection for girls. “Isn’t this fun?” the designer enthused, surveying the crowd of hot Hollywood moms, their tots, and the requisite fashion fanfare that gathered to toast her collaboration with the retailer, which launches stateside March 15 (worldwide March 28). Paring down her iconic wrap dresses into pint sizes and drawing upon her signature vivid prints and bold palette, the capsule collection seems a natural extension of the DVF brand. “I wanted it to have the essence of DVF, and I wanted every design to be comfortable and optimistic,” the designer explained. Pitch-perfect for spring, the line boasts functionality and wearability where it matters most. “It’s fun, but at the same time it can all work together. I wanted something that the mothers would like, but more importantly, really practical that the kids would really feel comfortable in.” And judging by the likes of Molly Sims, Milla Jovovich, and Jessica Capshaw in attendance, she seems to have found that enviable balance.

Photo: John Sciulli / WireImage / Getty Images

One Of Kate Moss’ Earliest Champions Speaks: “I Told Her She’d Do Giant Campaigns. And She Was Like, Wha-a-t?

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If you’ve never heard of Gene Lemuel, that’s partly by design. Back in the early nineties, Lemuel was on a fast track to the A-list of fashion photography—shooting for The Face, scouted by Italian Vogue, hip-pocketed by Helmut Newton’s former agent. Then Lemuel just about disappeared. His name is still a buzzword to a chosen and well-steeped few—Terry Richardson is reportedly a fan—but he’s stayed, by design, under the radar, spending the intervening years in his native California, surfing and taking photos (for himself, pretty much). Now he’s stepping back into the limelight, joining photographers such as Bruce Weber, Juergen Teller, and Mario Testino in The Kate Moss Portfolio & Other Stories, a show of shots of the super-duper super that opens at New York’s Danziger Projects tonight. Turns out, Lemuel was—along with Corinne Day—one of the first people to shoot Miss Moss, and the nine portraits of her he’s exhibiting at Danziger Projects represent a very small part of that never-seen series of photographs. Here, Lemuel talks to Style.com about the girls he’s championed (not only Kate, but Milla, too!), his unconventional path, and his nose for talent (it’s all in the aura).

The Kate Moss Portfolio & Other Stories opens tonight at Danziger Projects, 527 W. 23rd St., NYC, www.danzigerprojects.com, and runs through June 30.

How did you meet Kate Moss?
Well, it’s kind of a funny story, actually. The people at French PHOTO knew I had an eye for talent, and they’d asked me to look for faces for a new top-models story they were running. So I was looking all over for girls, and one day in London, at this casting, this little person walks in. I don’t even know how Kate got to that casting—every other model there was big, like, physically, and also, you know, more established, and as far as I knew she had never even been shot before. But I just looked at her, and instantly I knew—that girl’s going to be incredibly famous. I told her that, I told her she’d get shot by Bruce Weber and do giant campaigns. And she was like, wha-a-at? I think she figured I was crazy.

What did you seen in her?
It’s hard to say. Her smile. Her eyes—I mean, very vibrant, but with this kind of ancient gaze. She was pretty young and innocent at the time, but even then there was a knowingness, a cunning. It was compelling. And she had this unbelievable poise, too—when I shot her, I took some pictures of her getting out of a cab, and the way she holds herself, you’d figure she was already rich and famous. She just seemed like a star.

So, if she thought you were crazy, how did you wind up shooting her?
She was game. I’d managed to convince her mom to fly her out to New York or L.A.—I was like, she’s got to get seen by more people!—and in the meantime I was trying to get this agency in Los Angeles to fly her out, and they looked at her and they were like, eh. Too short. So I’m about to leave London, and Kate suggests we go out to this place she liked, in Chinatown, and we were just hanging out and it was sweet, you know? And I thought, I should just shoot her here, hanging out. I shot three rolls of film, 108 shots, nothing but natural light, and I’ve got to tell you there is not one picture that isn’t great. It wasn’t long after that, I heard she’d booked the Calvin Klein campaign. Continue Reading “One Of Kate Moss’ Earliest Champions Speaks: “I Told Her She’d Do Giant Campaigns. And She Was Like, Wha-a-t?“” »

This Year’s Cannes Do, R.I.P. Bijan, The Royal Dress Revealed (Maybe), And More…

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The Cannes film fest is close at hand. And if you’re headed for the sunny South of France, you’re not alone: Gwen Stefani, Patrick Dempsey, Milla Jovovich, Freida Pinto, and Michelle Yeoh will all be joining you. Style.com has learned exclusively that the quintet will be partnering with L’Oréal to host the star-studded after-party for amfAR’s annual Cinema Against AIDS gala and auction. See you at Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Rock (above). [amfAR]

A moment of silence for late Iranian-American designer and fragrance guru Bijan—just Bijan, please—who made his name on the luxest (and, he bragged, most expensive) menswear in the world. The designer is credited with turning Rodeo Drive into a destination with his Bijan showroom, as well as for his famous ads (in which he co-starred alongside Michael Jordan, Bo Derek, a few nuns, and a rabbi—though not all at the same time). [NYT]

Last we checked in with Fashion Girls for Japan, they were organizing a designer-stocked sample sale to raise money for earthquake relief. The Girls are back with a new T-shirt and tote line—printed with the Berger & Wild-designed I O NY logo—for sale on their Web site; proceeds will again go to earthquake relief. (And if you’re curious, the sample sale raised $270,000.) [WWD]

Lindsey Wixson went to her high school prom in cerulean Jason Wu. We don’t even want to tell you what we went in. [@LndsyWixson]

And the Huffington Post claims to know who’s designing Kate Middleton’s dress, for real this time—and it’s Libélula designer Sophie Cranston. Royalphiles, arm yourself with a grain of salt and read on. [HuffPo]

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/WireImage

Milla Jovovich: “Every Cool Person Should Want To Live In Berlin”

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This season, Milla Jovovich took over spokesmodel duties for the Mercedes Benz-sponsored Berlin fashion week from fellow catwalker Julia Stegner—ergo, the Miles Aldridge-shot ads of her all over town, lounging on a Benz in a kooky spiked Philip Treacy hat. As Jovovich told us in Berlin, she loves a good fashion week…especially since her adopted hometown of L.A. apparently isn’t always the hottest of spots. “There is nothing more interesting than fashion week,” she told us in Berlin. “I love being reunited with the fascinating, kooky, and brilliant people I’ve known for over 25 years working in fashion. I live in L.A. and I almost never go out. L.A. offers either the Oscars or some party at a local school. There is really nothing to do. I look to fashion weeks as a way to catch up with my friends.”

Jovovich, as it turns out, is a Berlinophile. “I lived here for six months when I filmed Resident Evil,” she continued. “I love it. I think every cool person should want to live here. I see all the celebrities wanting to come here eventually. My one problem with it was that we were working the whole time. We spent most of the time in the underground tunnels. It was very surreal and dark. But what I saw of the city, I love. It is just really young and full of creative energy.” About those underground tunnels—there are actually two highly competitive, slightly nerdy societies that research their history, like rival gangs of academics. Jovovich laughs: “I guess that as Berlin fashion week’s spokesmodel, I represent them, too.”

Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images