When I requested an interview with Ford Men’s Ethan James it was with the knowledge that it would be on the same day that he was flying in from Paris. Not sure about you, but there’s at least a couple dozen things I’d rather do after an eight hour trans-Atlantic flight than speak on camera to the Ford Models Blog. Undaunted by the prospect of facing the agency’s in-house hack, Ethan, ever the consummate professional, duly accepted the interview request and answered with aplomb all that was asked of him.
Crystal Renn speaks with Damien Neva for this Ford Models Blog exclusive interview to discuss amongst other her work with
Last Friday we took a look at Mario Testino‘s “Gangs of New York” story from Vogue February 2011 that featured Ford’s Tao Okamoto. For that editorial the Japanese wore Rodarte, but today it is her feature for the Kenzo S/S 11 campaign by another Mario, Mario Sorrenti, that has caught this page’s attention. The campaign for Antonio Marras‘s Kenzo spring line extends the breathtaking landscape motif of recent campaigns by situating Tao and the other models along a rocky shore with crashing waves.
Juicy Couture is not slowing down. Any time soon. WWD reported Monday that the S/S 11 campaign by photographer Steven Meisel that features Ford’s Hanne Gaby Odiele is set to debut on a Sunset Boulevard billboard in Los Angeles followed by print adverts in March magazines.
It has been days since I spoke about Ford Men on this page, which is no doubt a lingering side effect of having blogged, tweeted, and breathed them during almost every moment of that heady week in Milano. Perhaps I needed some distance, that’s all. That ends today after having pulled the January issue of GQ Italia from my once carry-on luggage.
Late last Friday, minutes before I was to leave the agency for the weekend, a delivery arrived from our uptown office at 57 W 57 St. With less than a fortnight until the F/W 11 show season kicks off in earnest at Lincoln Center, the delivery, an unassuming white box, could be only thing, Ford Vol. II, Paul Rowland‘s second show package of his Ford tenure. Even before Mr. Rowland’s arrival to the agency in March of last year his show packages were always a highlight of any runway season and Ford Vol. II is most certainly no exception.
Dozens and dozens of magazines cross my desk at the Ford Models Blog each month — many still never even leave it. Few magazines, however hold a place in my black heart like Dazed & Confused does. Editor Rod Stanely‘s London-published monthly has a signature editorial style that can be identified squinting at fifty paces, which is no mean feat given the preponderance of periodicals in the johnny-come-lately world of fashion publishing.
With the clock running down on Carine Roitfeld‘s tenure at Vogue Paris the Ford Models Blog is going to savor every moment until full-time is called. There’s one more issue in the offing for the soon-to-be erstwhile editor-in-chief so I’ll dispense with any further eulogizing and instead call attention to the jewelry story featuring Ford’s Karmen Pedaru by photographer Paola Kudacki and fashion editor Véronique Didry.
The Ford Models Blog rarely ever reaches first for Vogue when it visits the newsstand. So long as Vogues Paris and Italia are staring down this page where it buys magazines in the West Village they simply cannot be resisted. That said, just like our very own, very small New York backyard Anna Wintour‘s monthly is not without its own unique rewards.
Apart from the usage fee, the acclaim, and the sheer nowness of a campaign, advertising offers another unique benefit, namely, the temporary reprieve from fashion’s impermanence. Say wot? The magazine editorial through the strictures of publishing is firmly anchored to a particular issue. That Sølve Sundsbø story was a brilliant shoot, but its sole foray into print at this point remains the December/January 2010-11 issue of Interview.