On Monday Tao Okamoto shared her thoughts on the devastation that has befallen Japan since the earthquake and subsequent tsunami of Friday, 11 March. Tao’s words certainly resonated with this page’s readership as well as her fellow model colleagues including Ford’s Alana Zimmer. This Saturday between 11 AM-4:30 PM Alana Zimmer and Britt Maren of Women will host a brunch to benefit the Japan Society‘s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund at the Fat Radish at 17 Orchard Street.
Magazine Mountain wasn’t formed in a day nor did it reach its dizzying heights by me being downloading electronic files to one of those daft tablet-come-latelies. Nay, the summit has climbed higher and higher still by purchasing magazines by the dozen. Not that I require any special inducement to do so, but when the magazine, Marie Claire Italia marzo 2011, features on its cover Ford’s Julia Saner photographed Thierry Le Gouès, I can’t help but snatch it up for the strip mine in reverse that is Magazine Mountain. Italian magazines, however aren’t always what they seem.
When I read the Vogue China March 2011 editorial title, “The Attitude: 70s Once More,” my thoughts immediately flashed with images of Nixon’s visit, the death of Chairman Mao, and the subsequent arrest of the Gang of Four. When I turned to page 226, however it was clear the attitude being reprised was not in fact those 70s. Nevertheless if the “Me Decade” had to be once more revisited, then it let it be done through Ford’s Ming Xi playing Marty McFly to Vogue China’s Delorean.
High above the timberline of Magazine Mountain lie untold mysteries. With the spring thaw comes not only a torrent of fresh water, but also editorials that long ago should have featured on this page were it not for the glacial presence of the F/W 2011 show season. If there is one photographer whom should never be made to wait, then it is Paolo Roversi.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Ford Men’s Bo Ackerson speaks with Damien Neva of the Ford Models Blog. Please visit fordmodelsblog.com to see pictures of
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.