It says a lot about a magazine that as the editor of the Ford Models Blog I’m willing to hoof it (OK, take a cab) downtown to said magazine’s lavish HQ. That is precisely what happened Monday afternoon when I left the agency to visit the Mercer St. offices of Visionaire, V, and VMAN to relieve editor-in-chief Stephen Gan‘s men’s quarterly of one cellophaned VMAN 21.
Last week I announced this interview would go live Tuesday, but alas it has been pushed ahead one day early to accommodate an already congested Fashion Week F/W 11 schedule. No matter how rich or absurd it sounds for an agency’s own in-house blog to crow about landing an exclusive with its own model, the boast doesn’t sound as ridiculous when the model is revealed to be Crystal Renn.
Dazed & Confused is the gift that keeps on giving and none more so than in the February 2011 issue. A week ago this page looked at Ming Xi and Hyoni Kang‘s editorial by Will Davidson and Joanna Schlenzka, but today we turn our attention to Ford’s Daiane Conterato who appears in the same issue in a story titled “Tokyo Chorus.”
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.