The world of modeling...reality TV gravitates compulsively towards it, but really, this milieu is the stuff that made 80's nighttime soap operas so sensational.
Submitted by Wayne on Wed, 2013-10-30 22:34.
You know who gets cast these days? The girl they can remember after she's left the room and then she's on the board, as a part of the puzzle that is the certain taste of the strongest designers in the business. Why do they remember her? Because to paraphrase the immortal Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele..."she brought something to the situation."
Submitted by Wayne on Sat, 2013-09-14 02:17.
A great story behind the story that was the freshly concluded SS14 session of #NYFW was the response posted to the call to arms issued by Bethann Hardison and Iman in Eric Wilson's Aug 7th article in the NY Times. Titled "Fashion's Blind Spot", it was a redux of the brouhaha that exploded 5 years ago on the subject of black models in fashion, with the customary shifting of responsibility where clients blamed the agencies, and the agencies damned the clients for imposing a "quota" system on the use of "models of color".
What was new and what made the issue freshly relevant was Iman's use of the "B" word...as in boycott. “It feels to me like the times need a real hard line drawn like in the 1960s, by saying if you don’t use black models, then we boycott. If you engage the social media, trust me, it will hurt them in their pockets. If you take it out there, they will feel the uproar...” , Iman passionately stated in the article.
Submitted by Wayne on Sat, 2013-08-31 03:43.
"Ten of the most influential players open up about their lives at the intersection of beauty and business, their own paths to glory and why the job isn't just about flying around the world in search of fresh faced girls, steering the careers of monoymous überwomen , and going to extravagant parties."
David Colman in Interview Sept 13.
Submitted by Wayne on Mon, 2013-08-12 18:59.
That September Details cover featuring IMG's Tyson Ballou with fellow babe Emily DiDonato gives it hope. Jason Kanner at Soul has been hash tagging #thereturnofthesupermodel. The House of Calvin Klein has been doing due duty keeping beautiful boys like Matthew Terry and Sean de Wet at Ford in the mass market spotlight. And of course the almighty beauty of Major's Rob Evans has shone oh so brightly on platforms ranging from those blue chip camps to the reality TV stardom benedicted by Miss Banks (with an extra-sexy Madonna video on the side).
But truth be told, while the fashion mags have been doing a sustained sell-through of the ideal of new gen female supermodels, (Joan, Karlie and Cara are stepping up for their candidacy), the beautiful boys of modeling have been a touch lax when it comes to working a moment. True, social media has launched a feeding frenzy of beautiful boy Tumblrs where every freshly shot test of a new male model gets replicated across the net in record time. It provides a whole new spectrum of visibility. But where are the new boys with the 2mil Instagram followers? Do these kids realize how much power resides in that glower? And how many millions of Robert Pattinson-ed out tweens are waiting for something new to love?
Given my daily occupation, I do get a fair amount of email/FB/Twitter messages from young gentlemen asking for feedback on becoming models. Or that strangely innocent question, "Do you think I have what it takes?"
As a community service then, TI is happy to drop some tips on ...How To Be A Really Ridiculously Amazing Male model.
Submitted by Wayne on Sat, 2013-07-27 20:59.
"Grace was a big part of the in crowd in London. I don't recall plucking her eyebrows and if I did hers were the only eyebrows I ever did pluck. She was marvelous and a really great model but she cut off her hair. It was way too short, in my opinion. That I do remember. Grace has had a great career and she is a great editor. One of the best, actually. I never doubted her greatness. I did however, doubt her short hair."
Eileen Ford on Grace Coddington
Submitted by Wayne on Wed, 2012-10-10 18:18.
There is a certain clever big brand agency that has owners who admonish their staff to stay relevant when it comes to global financial news. That staff is required to be aware of all that dull matter as seen in the gray margins of...”The Financial Times”…“The Wall Street Journal” ..”Bloomberg News” .
Submitted by Wayne on Wed, 2012-08-08 16:12.
As Copenhagen Fashion Week SS 13 cycles up today for its 6 day spin, TI's spotlight swings towards 2pm, The Copenhagen based management company founded in 1999 by Peter Damgaard and Michelle Jensen. On my visit earlier this summer I had wound my way to the courtyard offices of 2pm and found it an oasis of thoughtfulness crossed with great taste. During an al fresco lunch with Peter and his team of managers I was struck by the entirely holistic bent of 2pm's enterprise. There was something clean and fresh and modern in the merger of commerce and conscience that struck me as being so timely as to signal a future way of managing the new ideas emerging around fashion itself. After 10 years of being completely entrenched in the New York City way of model management, I was really moved by the display of critical intelligence welling up on a mother agent level. The true story, as Peter communicated , was not centralized, but thoroughly globalized and as such I followed up a few weeks later with the lingering questions our initial meeting triggered. This is what Mr Damgaard had to say.
Submitted by Wayne on Tue, 2012-02-14 21:38.