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.
Ford’s Crystal Renn features in Refinery 29‘s “1 Girl, 4 Looks” series with four winners comprised from designers that include amongst others Chanel, Dries Van Noten, and J Brand. Which is your favorite?
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.
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.
A shock of citron looks fresh in a pair of voluminous wide-leggers with a hint of slouch. With a base this bright, the outfit’s extras look best when they stay perfectly cool. Daiane Conterato’s slinky black tank and a sculptural necklace in deep cerulean blue provide the perfect balance.
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.
Every month W answers the who, what, where, when, and why of the world of style or at least that’s what it announces along the upper edge of the cover to the right of its italicized one-letter title. Leading off the November issue’s what section is a story photographed by Sharif Hamza and styled by Giovanna Battaglia that features Ford’s Alana Zimmer, Hannah Holman, and Ming Xi. Titled “Reverse Commute,” the story poses a question by asking “who says the suburbs are boring?”