Hundreds of contestants, multiple rounds of auditions, and two very important assets. Wonderbra‘s highly contested search for its campaign face hinges on many variables, but one constant is that the chosen girl is practically destined to be a supe.
Paul Rowland‘s board can be described in many ways, but V captures it most succinctly with the term “powerhouse.” Such is the ferocity with which power flows through the offices in the 18th floor penthouse at 57 W 57 that it features in the forthcoming V74 along with a series of Polaroids by Salvatore Morale and a brief Q&A session. [V]
We’re all for over-the-top costumes (see our guide for scoring Cleopatra’s style), but for minimalists, a one piece guise can be perfect for identity swapping. We were inspired by these pics (snapped by Ford’s creative force Paul Rowland, with an honest to goodness Polaroid) of models in wild animal masks. Who’s who? Our lips are sealed.
Ford’s Julia Nobis features in the forthcoming issue of V as a part of story which speaks to four different designers about their model muses. In the case of Julia, her nomination by Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler is no surprise. In addition to having featured in past advertising for the pair, last month in New York the Australian closed the Proenza Schouler Spring 2012 show.
Ford’s Ming Xi opened the Vivienne Westwood Spring 2012 show in Shanghai. The massive show kicked off what is surely to be a momentous Shanghai Fashion Week and the English house couldn’t have chosen a more emblematic opener than they did in Ming Xi.
Designers breathed new life into a staid menswear staple this season. The loafer, long-beloved by academics, granddads, and men in smoking jackets, is having a renaissance among the fairer sex. Pumped up on platforms or teetering on stilettos, the new shoe is more sexy than scholarly. If you want to stay low, slip into McQueen’s skull-emblazoned pair or a shiny set from Louboutin for a witty take on the trend. Whatever your level, click through for the best of Fall’s cool shoe.
A Cleopatra micro-trend emerged on Spring’s runway, proving that the sway of history’s sultriest sovereign on fashion has in no way decreased since 46 BC. At Lanvin, Alber Elbaz twisted bejeweled snakes around his hourglass frocks, and the models at Topshop Unique worked gilded hair and hieroglyph nails (not to mention a reverential sweatshirt). The violet-eyed beauty most associated with Cleo is having a mini-moment herself: Strong-browed girls à la Elizabeth Taylor stormed the catwalks, and Kate Winslet channeled the starlet on the cover of V.
Ford’s Crystal Renn features in Refinery 29‘s “1 Girl, 4 Looks” series with four winners comprised from designers that include amongst others Chanel, Dries Van Noten, and J Brand. Which is your favorite?