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.
Ford Women’s Edythe Hughes splashed onto the scene with an exclusive for Calvin Klein in the Fall 2007 shows. Since then she’s been snapped in Dazed and Confused, Teen Vogue, and L’Officiel and has walked for Alexander McQueen, Miu Miu, and Lanvin, to name a few. See what the 21-year-old from Ohio is planning to give to her nearest and dearest for the holidays.
THE EXPERT: Ford Media intern Crystal Burey
THE CREDENTIALS: Here at the office, Burey’s nails are a constant source of inspiration. Pressed for info on her killer manicures, she revealed that she creates the digital art herself. Such DIY spirit is perfect for the holidays, when time is tight and gift lists loom, so we charged her with creating the perfect nail for ringing in the new year. Inspired by the runway, Burey devised her take on Jen Kao’s cool ombré runway manicure.
THE HOW-TO: Apply two coats of Essie Licorice to clean, polish-free nails. Wait for the first color to dry, and then, starting at the middle of the nail, apply OPI Muppets Collection Fresh Frog of Bel Air from the middle of the nail to the tip. Continue to layer glitter, concentrating on the nail tips. Finish with a chip-resistant topcoat. Don’t forget to tip your manicurist.
Travis Cannata (Ford Men) and Harry Goodwins (Ford Men) made COACD‘s Top 10 Male Models of 2012.
Canadian-born model Jenny Wong (Ford Classic) believes in beauty from the inside out. In addition to championing juice cleanses (Organic Avenue’s delicious elixirs are on her gift list) and the occasional colon detox (she’s a certified hydrotherapist), Wong is a graduate of New York’s Institute of Integrative Nutrition. This January, she’ll be teaching mindfulness to elementary school students in low-income neighborhoods, and she’s working on a book of Photoshop-free portraits of women over 40. See all the good stuff she’s giving.