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Scoop Du Jour: Hana S Splits for IMG

Hana Soupkova right at the very beginning. PH: Meisel : Vogue ItaliaHana Soupkova right at the very beginning. PH. Meisel: Vogue Italia

Lots of models criss-crossing agencies right at the end of the year. The latest defector? Hana Soupkova now firmly esconsed in the IMG camp. Wonder if Hana still has a taste for the daily life in the trenches of fashion. Did you ever see her engagement ring. It is said that about 14 innocent onlookers were struck blind by the brilliance of the bling. Lucky girl ...Then there was an interesting call from Katie Ford over to MDC today to announce that John Caplan was now "CEO of Ford". Madame Ford said the company had succeeded in securing new investors and was very excited to forge a new future. I really wanted to say "So my darling Madame Ford? Does it mean you got the $50 mill you were asking for?" But I kept it professional and then went back to the bloody business of counting models for a living. Fascinating trade, the modeling biz. I live for it.

A MOST BECOMING LEGEND

Naomi Campbel: IMG: Looking Ultra-Legendary!Naomi Campbel: IMG: Looking Ultra-Legendary!

I was in Atlanta this weekend (long story) and got cursed out by a certain casting director for Miss Naomi Campbell being at #13 on the MDC Icons list. "But it's SEASONAL" I bleated, "Not based on life long legacy. It says WORKING Icons not "Top 15 Icons Ever Of All Times Based On Their Compelling Fabulousness". Well with Ms Campbell's W cover this summer (featuring her very controversial, but undeniably legendary "Community Service" edit ), her Oct 07 ID cover+ her spot in the upcoming SS08 LV ads and now this jaw dropping Blackglama ad, I might just have to eat those words. This woman truly, truly is an incredible fashion model of historic significance. Look at the life force in those eyes. Whatever your moral stance on fur, this Blackgama image proves that Naomi actually belongs in the company of legends like Dietrech. Maybe it is time to dig up that Naomi Q+A I taped a while back but never ran. It was supposed to be in conjunction with an idea a friend of hers had about compiling a collection of Naomi's "20 Greatest Images Ever" to celebrate her 20th year as a model. The conversation started out a little tense because I could sense Miss C was a bit distracted but as it warmed up I found her to be actually incredibly funny and humble about the turn towards massive fame that her life had involved. Soon as I track it down (I never throw anything out) I'll add to this post. Stay tuned!

WHO's On First?

Raquel Zimmerman: V: Inez and Vinoodh Sasha Pivovora: Vogue Italia: MeiselRaquel Zimmerman: V: Inez and Vinoodh Sasha Pivovora: Vogue Italia: Meisel

There's an interesting showdown brewing over at MDC. General agreement among the clients and contacts feeding us info at the day job is Gemma Ward has pretty much transcended her No 1 slot on the Top 50 since she now behaves in that iconic way of working at her leisure. For that, you can't blame a girl who's been treading the mills from age 15 ! The big Q is who inherits her spot as No 1? My phones are lighting up with advocates for two frontrunners, IMG's artistic Russian Sasha Pivovora and the eternal Brazilian must-have, Raquel Zimmerman. Right now it is a deadlock so it would be fun to get some feedback from the commited modelwatchers out there. Here are the relative pros and cons of our two contenders.

ARGUMENTS FOR RAQUEL:
1. The girl, after working tirelessly for the last 7 years deserves No 1 by merit of her track record , her proven longevity and her body of work. In other words Raquel's 7 years beats Sasha's 3.
2.As a physical presence in both runway shows and in photo-shoots, Raquel looms as the better model in terms of emotional range, body type and editorial versatility.
3.Raquel connects to the entire idea of fashion, is a great backstage politician and by stint of her warm and charismatic personality has kept a wide range of clients , from Vogue to Fendi to Chloe to Valentino (SS08 if she's in the final edit) in the past 5 years

ARGUMENTS AGAINST RAQUEL:

A Return To Women

Diana Dondoe and Missy Raydar Rule Self Service's Winter IssueDiana Dondoe and Missy Raydar Rule Self Service's Winter Issue

The Club Kids Club Back!

Andre J +Carolyn Murphy /IMG: Vogue Paris: Nov 07: Bruce WeberAndre J +Carolyn Murphy /IMG: Vogue Paris: Nov 07: Bruce Weber

Fashion shall not live by fashion alone. It needs to eat art and music and the new bands and the new kids in the clubs if it is to stay current. Now that downtown denizen Andre J is riding the cover of November's Vogue Paris, will that clinch his long pending record deal? It's bound to go No 1 on the English charts, no? I hope Inez and Vinoodh will really do the video...But how did this whole subversion of what fashion is or isn't come about? It's all Joe McKenna's idea said Andre to style.com about a week ago. McKenna put Andre in touch with Bruce Weber, (it's an All Bruce All The Time editorial well this month ) Carine Roitfeld went... hmmmm and the rest is history..

On The Stands: Vogue Hommes International: Fall-Winter 2007-2008

James Franco: Ph: Terry Richardson: Vogue Hommes International Winter 07-08James Franco: Ph: Terry Richardson: Vogue Hommes International Winter 07-08

Does the designer think it's more exciting, more fun, if he puts bags everwhere? Is he trying to tell us that he's very good with accessories? I don't get it!
Calvin Klein in VHI #6 Fall/Winter 07-08

The New VHI hits the stands yesterday and it is champion. When Carine Roitfeld assumed the editorial chair skeptics tsk, tsked as if to say runnning both Paris Vogue and Vogue Hommes was a case of overextension. Last laugh goes to Madame because she is turning out one of the freshest and frankest men's mags on an overcrowded market. The James Franco cover is a sell. The "Fur Men" edit by Carine and Testino features all the skin the happily superficial will need. David Sims and Joe McKenna collaborate on a beautiful story titled "Ray Of Light" , an ostensible tribute to legendary stylist Ray Petri that ends up looking oddly like an early 90's Meisel sitting w. the great male model Sean Bohary. Hottie Lara Stone prances around with no pants on for Sorrenti. The video of Lara bouncing uncontrollably at the SS08 Prada is hilarious. Cleavage! That has not been seen on a directional runway in a decade.

The Prada Praxis

Adina/IMG: Girl 1 Prada SS:08Adina/IMG: Girl 1 Prada SS:08

Well its finally over..that ne plus ultra of Spring 08 shows. The Prada army wheeled down the catwalk some six hours ago and who was Girl 1? None other than IMG's mysterious Adina Forisz, a girl both seen and unseen over the past month. In the entertaining battle of the new faces IMG answered back with 6 newbies on Madame Prada's catwalk for a grand total of 14 girls in the cabine. My inbox at MDC is full of exclusive videos so check out my homebase tommorow morning for a clear look at IMG's new generation? Very well! Now we can turn our thoughts to Paris and the last big "make or break " on the calender, The Balenciaga.

Prada's New NouveauPrada's New Nouveau

I got a text this morning that said “What did you think of the clothes?” . Weirdly enough, I didn't have an opinion then. My mind was totally thrown. All I could think to text back was “Flashback Prada”. But I finally got a chance to think about it and so this is my true two cents.

Lara Stone Phone Home!

Lara Stone for CK Beauty: Photographed by David SimsLara Stone for CK Beauty: Photographed by David Sims

The kids at TI's sister site frillr.com just posted this hot to death shot of Ms Lara Stone profiling for the CK beauty line. How jealous are we of that scoop. TI loves Lara Stone. Not just for the modeling thing but because she's so...not worried. A friend of mine who worked the door at The Box told me about the night Lara showed up in typical "whatever" style." Whatever " jeans, "whatever" T-shirt. Scuffed kicks. Lank hair. Very East Village 1994. But its Lara Stone, so of course he sweeps her in. One of the managers stomps up to him seconds later and yells " Who was that grungy chick? Why'd you let her in!" My friend answered "Go stand at the corner of Lafayette and Broadway and look up at the CK Jeans billboard . That might give you a clue" . Classic Lara. There are girls who have been working for all of two years who are already calling from the back seat of their cars commanding that they're not into shooting today and could the car please turn around and take them back home. But not Lara. She knows what it is like not to be most wanted. She commits to the camera each and every time. Runway is another question but she's the first to tell you it is not a great love of hers. We Q+A'd her for Spur this summer and she kept it so real. Here are some choice moments of Lara's dry dry humor.

WS: How long have you been modeling Lara?
LS: Too long (laughs).For about seven years now starting from 2000.

Modelspotting, Art Barons and The Face Of The Zeroes

Gemma Ward : In the Days When She Walked ShowsGemma Ward : In the Days When She Walked Shows

At Haru while having lunch with the nicest model manager you could imagine, the following happened. As usual, the talk had turned to agency gossip. Not malicious, or particularly competitive but just...idle. " Yeah and Gemma Ward's been looking particularly happy these days". he said in a fairly loud voice, "Cause as we all know she's not always the happiest camper" I sat facing the door, so I could see, literally as he spoke the approaching figure of...Gemma Ward, in these little denim hot pants and a totally non-descript tank top with that model staple, an army coat thrown over it. She looked great, tall and slimmer than the last time we glimpsed her with long tousled blonde hair, looking very much like a beautiful teenaged tourist. She was with her IMG agent. I completely blanched and my lunch companion followed my eyeline to its conclusion. At that point we burst out laughing.If this were a scene in a movie, the audience would go..."Yeah Right!" Poor Gemma probably felt over scrutinized at this point and whether under the weight of our gaze or by pure chance, Maja and Gemma soon elected to take an outside table. I waved hello as they went by and left it at that.

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