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LIVING CURRENCIES ( PART ONE )

"Opinions are not numbers. Numbers don't lie.""Opinions are not numbers. Numbers don't lie."

I just finished reading Robert Lacey's wry biography of Eileen Ford. Once you stop to consider what this woman and her husband did, which is to build what we know as the modern modeling industry from scratch, it's as if their lives coalesce into a kind of cultural destiny.

"Model Woman: Eileen Ford and the Business of Beauty", is a must read of a life history that justifies the Vogue Paris, NY Times and Vanity Fair tributes that poured in upon Mrs. Ford passing last year. But the book begs the question of what would an Eileen Ford make of the industry, if she were operating within its limits today. Reality TV reality, social media celebrity, Instagram metrics..how would her calculating mind reconcile these variables to her business practice.

I was at Le Petit Four on Sunset Plaza circulating the idle hiss about a former Gucci model who had relocated to LA in a smart act of rebranding, when I got immersed in a dialogue about management LA style, ( where such an occupation takes on life and death proportions.) The fashion driven but market conscious manger was updating me that he was swiveling his strategy away from the "blank manques" to the "slashers". For the details of that I go to the i-Phone transcript…

TI PREVIEW: MODERN MATTER: THE PHOTOGENIC ISSUE

Organic, fluid and free, Modern Matter  is all the things we revel in these days.Organic, fluid and free, Modern Matter is all the things we revel in these days.

Modern Matter flies a flag for New London with its Mark Borthwick photographed cover featuring the actress

BIG IN 15 : AMY SALL (@amy_sall)

Amy and her flawless style  at Galerie Perrotin.Amy and her flawless style at Galerie Perrotin.

This young woman is a total aesthetic, head-to-toe, interior/exterior

BIG IN 15: TOKYO'S KOZUE AKIMOTO

This girl can throw proportions with the best of them.This girl can throw proportions with the best of them.

This alumni of MTV Japan's Shibuhara Girl reality series has transcended her "daughter-of" standing

BIG IN 15: PARIS' MARINE VACTH

Marine Vacth photographed by Meisel for Miu Miu Spring 15.Marine Vacth photographed by Meisel for Miu Miu Spring 15.

She's next in the line

BIG IN 15: SHISEIDO and THE CORPORATE SELFIE

The lady unleashed 50 selfies that have acted as the centerpiece for the Japanese beauty brand's ad campaignThe lady unleashed 50 selfies that have acted as the centerpiece for the Japanese beauty brand's ad campaign

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