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Monday March 21, 2011 10:21 am

Late Friday scans of these handwritten messages in English and Japanese from Tao Okamoto arrived in my inbox. Tao’s message could not have been any more poignant given the grave misfortune that has befallen her native Japan in the wake of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami of Friday, 11 March. The ongoing problems with the Fukushima nuclear plant have only exacerbated an already precarious situation. At present Tao is considering her next steps in aiding the recovery effort and would like you to do the same as the need for help is very real and urgent.

Monday March 21, 2011 8:59 am

When saddled with the responsibility of making conversation with strangers, weather is a much abused topic. It touches everyone on the planet and even those off it — astronauts in near earth orbit can only land, weather permitting. However, just because everyone experiences weather does not make the topic any less banal, in fact quite the opposite is true. Nevertheless fashion is after all a seasonal industry and with today’s vernal equinox upon us like a wet paper bag I cannot help but talk about, forgive me, the weather.

Friday March 18, 2011 3:43 pm

For this week’s closing story I would like to turn to the publishing world of Hearst. Some 340 pages into Harper’s Bazaar March 2011 there is a colorful editorial by photographer Daniel Jackson and fashion editor Brana Wolf that features Ford’s Anais Mali and Rose Cordero. Titled “What’s Bright Now” this otherwise routine spring 2011 editorial is made to pop by opening with Anais who wears a Calvin Klein Collection dress, Patricia Underwood hat, and Prada shoes (yes, those again).

Friday March 18, 2011 11:49 am

A fortnight ago I mentioned the ck one Fragrance S/S 11 campaign featuring Ford Men’s Bo Ackerson. If you haven’t heard of the campaign, then you have either been an unwilling guest of the Potomac River resort in Quantico, Virginia or you’re not a regular reader of this page. The truth is that campaign is as massive as its “global” billing suggests and benefits in no small part from the role played by Bo and a cast of twenty-nine other distinctive men and women including Ford’s Valerija Kelava.

Thursday March 17, 2011 9:26 pm

Previously I have said that London is New York Fashion Week‘s first casualty. In actuality there are dozens of casualties, many of whom hold the dubious honor of being constituents of Magazine Mountain. Not least of those esteemed publications includes V, which tends to hit newsstands right around the same time the show seasons begin and thus rather unfairly slip from this page’s grasp. It most recently happened in January during the menswear shows. At the time I rather naïvely brought the gorgeous oversized bimonthly to Milano with every good intention of featuring it, but failed miserably to ever do so.

Thursday March 17, 2011 9:45 am

…and look forward to seeing more of Sigrid Agren, but will save that for another post.

OK, that other post is this post. Ford’s Sigrid Agren follows her Numéro Mars 2011 №121 story with a chaser in the form of this Numéro Tokyo April 2011 №45 cover story by photographer Alex Cayley. Numéro Tokyo might not be as expansive as its more famous French forebear, but that doesn’t preclude it from making its own meaningful contribution to the fashion publishing world. Moreover, so long as editor in chief Ako Tanaka‘s monthly is doling out covers, consider us choir. Titled “Faith in Spring” the Joanne Blades-styled story opens with Sigrid wearing a flowing white ensemble by Maison Martin Margiela that includes those wonderful, deep-scooped heels that were first shown in Paris last October.

Wednesday March 16, 2011 5:10 pm

The last time Sigrid Agren featured in Numéro I was made to admire the shots through the shop window — she wasn’t yet a model at Ford. That story by Ben Hassett in Numéro №118 was striking not only for the photographer’s exceptional use of high contrast black & white, but also clearly for the arresting beauty of the 19-year-old French model. The story’s excellent departing shot of Sigrid’s tear-stained cheeks running with eyeliner will likely stay with readers for a long, long time.

Wednesday March 16, 2011 12:48 pm

The email arrived a little after 4 AM on the Sunday during the week of the Paris shows — routine daily show confirmations. I skimmed the list, made notes, and then paused to reread the names underneath the all caps GIVENCHY heading. Karmen, yes, Tayane, yes, Valerija, yes, Lydia (exc.)…Lydia…hang on a minute, Lydia? Who was that? An email exchange ensued and I was told to keep an eye out for look #37, a redhead. By the time the show images surfaced there indeed was a bespectacled redhead wearing look #37, but what was her story?

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