Previously I have said that London is New York Fashion Week‘s first casualty. In actuality there are dozens of casualties, many of whom hold the dubious honor of being constituents of Magazine Mountain. Not least of those esteemed publications includes V, which tends to hit newsstands right around the same time the show seasons begin and thus rather unfairly slip from this page’s grasp. It most recently happened in January during the menswear shows. At the time I rather naïvely brought the gorgeous oversized bimonthly to Milano with every good intention of featuring it, but failed miserably to ever do so.
OK, that other post is this post. Ford’s Sigrid Agren follows her Numéro Mars 2011 №121 story with a chaser in the form of this Numéro Tokyo April 2011 №45 cover story by photographer Alex Cayley. Numéro Tokyo might not be as expansive as its more famous French forebear, but that doesn’t preclude it from making its own meaningful contribution to the fashion publishing world. Moreover, so long as editor in chief Ako Tanaka‘s monthly is doling out covers, consider us choir. Titled “Faith in Spring” the Joanne Blades-styled story opens with Sigrid wearing a flowing white ensemble by Maison Martin Margiela that includes those wonderful, deep-scooped heels that were first shown in Paris last October.
The last time Sigrid Agren featured in Numéro I was made to admire the shots through the shop window — she wasn’t yet a model at Ford. That story by Ben Hassett in Numéro №118 was striking not only for the photographer’s exceptional use of high contrast black & white, but also clearly for the arresting beauty of the 19-year-old French model. The story’s excellent departing shot of Sigrid’s tear-stained cheeks running with eyeliner will likely stay with readers for a long, long time.
The email arrived a little after 4 AM on the Sunday during the week of the Paris shows — routine daily show confirmations. I skimmed the list, made notes, and then paused to reread the names underneath the all caps GIVENCHY heading. Karmen, yes, Tayane, yes, Valerija, yes, Lydia (exc.)…Lydia…hang on a minute, Lydia? Who was that? An email exchange ensued and I was told to keep an eye out for look #37, a redhead. By the time the show images surfaced there indeed was a bespectacled redhead wearing look #37, but what was her story?
Introducing Lydia Willemina Collins, now represented by Ford Models. Please visit fordmodelsblog.com to see pictures of and read about Lydia
With all due respect to that crooning lad from Ontario, his fans don’t have anything on those of Ford Men’s Francisco Lachowski. Such is the baying excitement that no sooner than I make mention of our agency address at 291 Geary St, is our Twitter flooded with a dozen inquiries about the 6’2″ (188 cm) boy from Brazil. Is he in town? Does he like his fans? What’s his girl’s na–People, that was San Francisco, relax! Despite Chico being a couple miracles shy of canonization, Francisco’s fans are undiminished in their support or number of fuckyeah reblogs.
Rare is the day when a thick envelope from Edizioni Condé Nast S.P.A. arrives on my desk and not someone else’s. Rarer still is the same day in which said thick envelope arrives that I post its contents on this page. I have seen enough Fall / Winter 2011 shows (48 to be precise), however to know that when the first name “Julia” is followed by the surname “Saner,” then I had better stop what I am doing and immediately get on whatever Ford’s Julia Saner has already done.
If anything, Thom Browne is persistent. The American menswear designer previously tried his hand at an acting career in Los Angeles years ago prior to his now increasingly successful foray into the world of fashion. His seasonal presentations are not without their own unique theatricality — diminutive plaid suits paired with Apollo-era space helmets and colonial-era powdered-wigs coupled with Ben Franklin spectacles have been two recent runway approaches taken by Browne.
The Monday morning following the restoration of daylight saving time is a dizzying enough experience, but the loss of one hour combined with a triple shot of Crystal Renn editorials was enough to knock me off my feet. Three new editorials in one morning?! Yes! Crystal teamed up with StyleCaster to create an ambitious week-long editorial triptych of videos and still images called “Crystal Renn: Identity” by film and video photographers Dusan Reljin, Cameron Krone, and Jason Last.
The last time I saw Ford Men’s Paolo Anchisi it was at Milk Studios last month on a cold Tuesday morning during New York Fashion Week. The occasion was the presentation of the RAD by Rad Hourani Collection #3. The styling logistics of outfitting the models with their first looks could not have been more complicated. Pouring even a lithe Paolo Anchisi into a pair of unforgiving black tights, the collection’s foundational garment, seemed to require the proverbial two men and a boy.