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Wednesday October 26, 2011 7:55 am

Designers breathed new life into a staid menswear staple this season. The loafer, long-beloved by academics, granddads, and men in smoking jackets, is having a renaissance among the fairer sex. Pumped up on platforms or teetering on stilettos, the new shoe is more sexy than scholarly. If you want to stay low, slip into McQueen’s skull-emblazoned pair or a shiny set from Louboutin for a witty take on the trend. Whatever your level, click through for the best of Fall’s cool shoe.

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Tuesday October 25, 2011 2:00 pm

A Cleopatra micro-trend emerged on Spring’s runway, proving that the sway of history’s sultriest sovereign on fashion has in no way decreased since 46 BC. At Lanvin, Alber Elbaz twisted bejeweled snakes around his hourglass frocks, and the models at Topshop Unique worked gilded hair and hieroglyph nails (not to mention a reverential sweatshirt). The violet-eyed beauty most associated with Cleo is having a mini-moment herself: Strong-browed girls à la Elizabeth Taylor stormed the catwalks, and Kate Winslet channeled the starlet on the cover of V.

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Monday October 24, 2011 1:35 pm

Video interviews have all but become standard fare on this page. The medium makes complete sense when it comes to framing what models do best, look beautiful. Still, though different assignments require different media, which was the case when I approached Ford’s Delfine Bafort for an interview. The Belgian sat down with me and my vintage cassette recorder at a café near the agency in late August to discuss her playing opposite actor and filmmaker Vincent Gallo, modeling on Paul Rowland‘s board, and life at this thrilling moment in her long career.

Monday October 24, 2011 10:30 am

It is perhaps not surprising that a video campaign that panders to populism by featuring models dancing awkwardly to a nearly three year old radio hit would be rated so highly in the first Fall 2011 wrap-up of its kind, but this is the interweb “2.0” world in which we live. Nevertheless, it is heartening to see the excellent video treatment for Prada Fall 2011 by Steven Meisel featuring Antonia Wesseloh and Ondria Hardin not to mention Gareth Pugh‘s arresting use of Crystal Renn for his Spring 2012 pre-runway show video also make the top ten billing.

Friday October 21, 2011 4:41 pm

That the title of the above video “Who Says Models Can Only Pose?” is a rhetorical question does not also mean the subjects contained therein do not deign to answer it. In fact, over the course of nearly five minutes 15 models from Ford Models Los Angeles New Faces don’t so much answer the question as make a bold statement of intent about their depth and breadth of talent.

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