In economic circles the acronym BRIC refers to Brazil, Russia, India, and China, four nations which are at a similar stage of advanced economic development and are poised to assume an unassailable position of global dominance in the coming years. BRIC countries are a juggernaut in other words. One quarter of this big four, Brazil, in recent years has started coming into its own economically, but for decades has boasted a cultural cachet of beauty, music, and sport. The former, beauty, is thoroughly evidenced in the two volume, fourth issue of Made in Brazil Magazine featuring Evandro Soldati, Fabrício Bach, Francisco Lachowski, and Rafael Lazzini, all of Ford Men.
In August of this year there was a Vogue服饰与美容 story by photographer Hedi Slimane that solely featured Karmen Pedaru (Ford). Such is Slimane’s acute mastery of lighting in all its nuance and complexity that the editorial stood out like a Caravaggio amongst a hall of Florentine Mannersists.
Karmen Pedaru (Ford) for the second day running earns a top billing on this page, this morning for her hand in the Gucci Pre-Fall 2012 presentation, which has splashed her across the front cover of Wednesday’s WWD. The Gucci Resort 2012 campaign model presented looks by designer Frida Giannini, who is quoted saying, “This collection of nuances and subtleties strikes a modern balance between strong and soft.”
Blame it on the popularity of Isabel Marant’s one-two punch, the Gatsby pump and Dicker ankle boot, or perhaps the Lady of the Canyon vibe so many designers referenced for Fall 2011. Whatever its origin, suede has been on our radar of late. Get the look yourself with Alexander Wang’s updated biker jacket and a pair of groovy Goldsign flares. Not quite ready for a head-to-toe commitment? An ASOS clutch and a Jil Sander ballet flat will have you channeling Joni Mitchell in a perfectly modern way.
Karmen Pedaru (Ford) rounded out Vogue‘s Top 10 Models of 2011 list compiled by Fashionista. The 21-year-old Estonian model enjoyed a banner year for the Condé Nast franchise with numerous appearances in British Vogue as well as Vogues Italia, Paris, Japan, China, Portugal, and Greece.
In the dying days of 2011 a bit of 23rd hour accounting is inevitable. Just as finding a bank record of a forgotten charitable donation on the eve of tax day brings unexpected joy so too does this Dansk 26 Autumn / Winter 2011 editorial featuring Delfine Bafort (Ford) photographed by Kate Orne.