Like a zombie on a slow-moving treadmill, V74 previews go on and on…today’s sneak peek features Ford’s Valerija Kelava in a couture story by photography duo Daniele + Iango. Valerija is seen wearing an embroidered tangerine bustier dress with plissé floral jacquard underskirt, and shoes all by Giorgio Armani Privé. Haute!
Cool All Around
Maybe it’s the bright light of the Tuileries, but Ming Xi pulls off a look that shines while hardly wearing any color. The white-on-black contrast of her roomy tank (note the artful half-tuck) and skinny, faded jeans stays neutral, thanks to her washed vest and subtly blinged-out bag. But in our opinion, all of these standards are simply the foundation for Xi’s quad-tone frames. Blue, brown, peach, and pale yellow, they morph from cool to cooler with every glance.
Handpicked by Carine Roitfeld and the editors of V Magazine for their roundup of new-gen supes, Bambi Northwood-Blyth (Ford) covers the upcoming V74, the Model Issue, in a double portrait with Lindsey Wixson (Marilyn) shot by Terry Richardson. One word: hot.
Let it not be said that Ford Models doesn’t like a party, especially a masquerade. This year’s house fete—the fifth annual installment—brought out ghouls and goddesses alike, with a few (faux) firearms in the mix. Whatever the dress, standards were high, costume one-upmanship rampant. One detail-oriented reveler kept her blow-up hobbyhorse inflated with mini fans tucked discreetly inside, while a couple of “1 percenters” in fancy dress trailed loose bills, replenishing their coffers throughout the night.
Click through the slide show to see the festivities:
Hundreds of contestants, multiple rounds of auditions, and two very important assets. Wonderbra‘s highly contested search for its campaign face hinges on many variables, but one constant is that the chosen girl is practically destined to be a supe.
Paul Rowland‘s board can be described in many ways, but V captures it most succinctly with the term “powerhouse.” Such is the ferocity with which power flows through the offices in the 18th floor penthouse at 57 W 57 that it features in the forthcoming V74 along with a series of Polaroids by Salvatore Morale and a brief Q&A session. [V]
We’re all for over-the-top costumes (see our guide for scoring Cleopatra’s style), but for minimalists, a one piece guise can be perfect for identity swapping. We were inspired by these pics (snapped by Ford’s creative force Paul Rowland, with an honest to goodness Polaroid) of models in wild animal masks. Who’s who? Our lips are sealed.
Ford’s Julia Nobis features in the forthcoming issue of V as a part of story which speaks to four different designers about their model muses. In the case of Julia, her nomination by Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler is no surprise. In addition to having featured in past advertising for the pair, last month in New York the Australian closed the Proenza Schouler Spring 2012 show.
Ford’s Ming Xi opened the Vivienne Westwood Spring 2012 show in Shanghai. The massive show kicked off what is surely to be a momentous Shanghai Fashion Week and the English house couldn’t have chosen a more emblematic opener than they did in Ming Xi.