Famous for seducing designers, editors, photographers, et al. with her curves, Crystal Renn (Ford+ and Ford) has become a red-hot editorial star and campaign staple. She’s smoldered for Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana, posed for Steven Meisel and Craig McDean, and appeared in American Vogue, French Vogue, Vogue Italia, W, Glamour, and many more. But Renn’s most enduring contribution to the industry may be her refusal to play by its rules. Allowing her body to change (she’s been a size 12, but at press time, she was closer to an 8) while always embracing her shape, she has transformed the industry’s collective eye and upended expectations of what a model should look like. Click through for Renn’s picks on what’s best to give for the holidays.
As a 20-year veteran of the modeling industry, Ford Direct’s Monica Watkins has a Dior campaign to her name, a longstanding relationship with Dolce & Gabbana, and most recently, a Nivea commercial to add to her portfolio.
For most, that would be enough to stay busy. But Watkins has a deep commitment to philanthropy, and through the Art in Motion foundation she started in 2008, the model has worked with orphans in Haiti, fought back against domestic trafficking in New York, and brought the work of at-risk artists to a global audience. Next up? Back-to-back Art in Motion shows at Art Basel Miami Beach and the Emmanuel Fremin Gallery in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood.
These days for whatever reason Vogue服饰与美容 is a rare commodity in the City. The Chinese glossy is even less common on newsstands than an American fashion magazine with a model on its cover. Rarity in this case, however should not be construed as a byword for oddity. On the contrary, exquisite is the term that comes to mind for this December 2011 beauty story featuring Ming Xi (Ford) photographed by Daniel Jackson.
Art Basel Miami Beach 2011 began this week and fordPROJECT art gallery managing director Rachel Vancelette is on hand. Throughout the annual art gala Rachel will be snapping smartphone pictures and along the way filing them as dispatches on this page.
Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2012 has arrived and in doing so ostensibly pulled back the first tab of the Pre-Fall Advent Calendar. Behind the tiny paper panel labeled “December 2nd” viewers will find not a diminutive piece of milk chocolate, but in fact Julia Nobis (Ford), Hanne Gaby (Ford), Erjona Ala (Ford) wearing smartly refined menswear-inspired looks with a Southwestern flair.
A perfect hat-trick in world football (soccer) is described as a trio of goals scored by one player using the left foot, right foot, and head. In the case of magazine publishing, then a perfect hat-trick could be said to be a trio of solo editorials in a single issue with three different models represented by a single agency. Got that? To illustrate the point, Muse 28 features three stories with models from Ford, the final of which focuses on Sigrid Agren (Ford) photographed by Karry Hallihan.
Interview speaks with Ondria Hardin (Ford) in their “Who’s That Girl?” Q&A that was conducted on set during the Prada Fall 2011 campaign model’s shoot with with Mikael Jansson for the December / January 2012 issue.
Sartorially speaking, nothing channels the holiday season quite like velvet. But banish any memories of those stiff family-portrait frocks, because this year the fabric is significantly more cutting-edge. Think Proenza Schouler’s Ziggy Stardust-esque printed trousers, or Bottega Veneta’s acid-orange update to the label’s classic intrecciato clutch. Want something a little more basic? We suggest a pair of navy Vans lace-ups or a ruby-red ASOS ballerina. Click through to find something crush-worthy.