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August 21 2014

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17 posts tagged "Natasha Poly"

Scads of Supermodels (and Harry Brant, too) on Day 3 of PFW

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Model Mania

We can always count on Paris for high-wattage casts, but we never expected to see so many supermodels this early in the week. None other than Gisele Bündchen kicked things off today by closing Balenciaga (the last time she set foot on a runway was Alexander Wang’s Fall ’12 show two years ago), where she was notably joined by familiar faces Mariacarla Boscono and Natasha Poly. Several hours later, Balmain continued to raise the bar with a lineup full of A-listers, including Angela Lindvall, Anja Rubik, Emily DiDonato, Izabel Goulart, and closer Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (who also walked in the label’s Spring show). Compared to those all-stars, the other major girls in the mix—Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn, and Edie Campbell—all but faded into the background. And then leave it to Rick Owens to throw a wrench into the works. Following his step dancers last season, the designer turned heads again by interspersing old-school veterans such as Kirsten Owen and Diana Dondoe with real, mature women (many of whom, we’re happy to say, were not sample size). But this was no street-casting job. Rather, Owens’s casting directors, Angus Munro and Noah Shelley, told Style.com that “most of the ‘women’ were part of the Owens organization.” Owens kept it fresh by keeping it in the family. Speaking of keeping it in the family, we were pleasantly surprised to see Harry Brant follow supermodel mom Stephanie Seymour when he made his runway debut at IRFE. Sadly, his older brother, Peter Brant Jr., didn’t make the cut. There’s always next season, Peter.

Photos: IndigitalImages.com; Getty Images

Hot-Rodding With Prada

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Steven Meisel shot the Spring ’12 Prada ad campaign in the most sensible place for the hot-rodding, fins-and-taillights collection: a gas station. Now here’s your first look at the accompanying video campaign, with Natasha Poly, Elise Crombez, Guinevere Van Seenus, Meghan Collison, Ymre Stiekema, and newcomer Katryn Kruger all strutting their stuff. Baby, you can drive my car.

Natasha Poly And Daria Strokous For Jil Sander Spring ’12

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Natasha Poly is on a roll with Spring campaigns. The Russian-born model scored a coveted spot in Steven Meisel’s Prada ad and is the star of this season’s Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott-lensed Dsquared² campaign. She’s also the face of Proenza Schouler‘s just-released Spring ’12 campaign, featuring their forties-inspired collection. Now, add Jil Sander to the growing list. Raf Simons enlisted Poly and Daria Strokous (who also appears in Louis Vuitton’s candy-coated campaign) for the brand’s new Willy Vanderperre-shot images (pictured). Here, the two look like they are in a horror film, but it’s a very stylish one, to say the least.

Photo: Courtesy of Jil Sander

Calendar Girls

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When shooting the 2012 Pirelli Calendar, Mario Sorrenti lived out a fantasy most men would kill for: He spent a week in Corsica photographing 12 of the world’s most beautiful women, including Kate Moss, Joan Smalls, Natasha Poly, and Lara Stone. Naked.

“It’s different [from editorial] because you don’t have the restrictions of clothes,” Sorrenti said at a press conference teasing the calendar—aptly titled Swoon—this morning. “My inspiration was to try and capture natural beauty and do something sensual and not over-the-top. There were times where it was very intimate, just the model and myself, taking pictures.”

Intimate may be a polite word for what it was. Certainly the subjects seemed to feel in the mood. “Hanging out naked, having your picture taken—it’s so sexy,” said Lara Stone (who doesn’t need much help in that department anyway). “He adores women, he really loves the female form and everything about it,” said Moss in the “making of” video screened at the event. And the love is mutual: “He makes you feel comfortable—he’s the only person I would take my clothes off for,” said Milla Jovovich, who has known Sorrenti since they were both teenagers.

Both Jovovich and Moss were two of the first girls Sorrenti photographed, because, as he explained, “I started with the girls I am closest to and work with all the time. Kate I have known for 20 years or so—I can’t do this without her, she has to be a part of it.” He later photographed some of the newer girls, like Japanese actress Rinko Kukuchi and Margareth Made. The results of their labor are in the form of 25 pictures, 18 black-and-white and seven in color, presented in a canvas portfolio (a new format for the 2012). “I couldn’t figure out what girl should be what month, so we just let that go,” said the photographer. The months, after all, aren’t the important part of this calendar anyways.

Photo: Mario Sorrenti / 2012 Pirelli Calendar

Fresh Crop

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Noticed in Milan: The cream of the crop, both on and off the runway, is doing bold, belly-baring looks. If you don’t have a well-toned stomach like Natasha Poly or Karlie Kloss, the abundance of crop tops, like the sexpot lace numbers at Pucci or the red-hot tops at Dolce & Gabbana, might serve as motivation to put in a few extra gym hours before spring hits. Tommy Ton caught a few catwalkers on the street who are already wearing the trend.

Photos: Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com (Dolce & Gabbana); Tommy Ton (street style); Monica Feudi / Feudiguaineri.com (Emilio Pucci)