Vogue Italia - October 2014

Earlier this week I posted my latest Italian Vogue editorial with Steven Meisel, now here’s the video in all its “shape shifting” glory. Love these models and this styling by the great Karl Templer. Shout out to the beauty dream team of Guido Palau and Pat McGrath! 

SHAPE SHIFT

Photographer: Steven Meisel

Stylist: Karl Templer

Hair: Guido Palau

Make-up: Pat McGrath

Models: Coco Rocha, Karlie Kloss, Lexi Boling, Sasha Pivovarova, & Aymeline Valade

Jean Paul Gaultier -Prêt-à-porter printemps-été 2014

For Jean Paul’s summer 2014 presentation at the Paradis Latin, Gaultier created his own version of Dancing with the Stars. Blanca Li, who choreographed the show (and also some of my Longchamp videos), Rossy de Palma and Tanel Bedrossiantz were the judges of this extraordinary casting.

Watch the video above for my best John Travolta in Grease impression, Karlie Kloss striking a pose voguing and Hannelore Knuts performing a tango. The soundtrack is tops!  "It will be murder on the dancefloor!" promised Jean Paul Gaultier after joining Blanca Li for the frenzied finale.

PARIS via INSTAGRAM (Part One)September 26th to 30th

In this installment of Life via Instagram, I make my way to Paris for another Fashion Week. When I wasn’t fawning over the clothes I was running into familiar faces!

  1. Guess who’s back? (at Place de l’Opéra)
  2. What’s that jacket, Margiela? With my girl Karlie at the Paris Fashion Week MILK MADE party last night.
  3. Bumped into Anna Dello Russo at Maison Margiela! #PFW
  4. My view of Maison Margiela!
  5. Always a pleasure to bump into this wild one.
  6. Karlie Kloss, Edward Enninful and I at the W Magazine & Craig McDean book launch in Paris! #PFW

 NYFW via INSTAGRAM (Part Two) - September 4th - 13th

  1. Pat McGrath tells me the inspiration for the beauty look at #MaxFactorVB is clean, fresh, architectural - an almost no makeup look with a twist of color.
  2. Mother Pat McGrath is not only a master of makeup, but a master of the photobomb! Backstage at #MaxFactorVB.
  3. One of the looks at Victoria Beckham SS14. Simple, clean and fresh like the makeup. Pat says Max Factor’s “Always Delicate” will be one of the lip colors to look for next year. You heard it here first!
  4. How fantastic is Lady DvF? Today, yesterday, always! Such an honor to come to this show. 
  5. Master makeup artist, editor and modern day renaissance man James Kaliardos and I have practically the same do! Backstage at DVF.
  6. Amazing cast of girls at DVF. Love seeing Karen Elson and Joan Smalls stomp the runway. 
  7. Who’s ready for the Zac Posen show? Crystal and I are!!! 
  8. Opening Zac Posen tonight. Regram from my friend Terron Schaefer. 
  9. My girls Hilary Rhoda and Karlie Kloss walking the beautiful Carolina Herrera show this morning. 
How Supermodels Took Over the World (Again)by Mike Albo For GLAMOUR MAGAZINE

They tweet. They post selfies. They have more fans than many of Hollywood’s biggest celebs. So how exactly did Karlie, Coco, Cara, and company do it? Like this.
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This past May the entire fashion galaxy convened at the annual Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute gala in New York City. All the usual A-listers were there, of course: Gwyneth, Madonna, Beyoncé, and more. But many of the world’s top models were there too, drawing as much red-carpet attention as the Hollywood crowd—and sharing the whole scene with the world.
Canadian model Coco Rocha, the 24-year-old coach of the modeling competition show The Face, quickly took a selfie in the graffiti-bedecked bathroom and posted it for her million-plus followers. Fashion favorite and new Victoria’s Secret Angel Karlie Kloss, 21, posted a shot of a friend’s tattooed knuckles that read PUNK THIS, and her 259,000 Instagram fans fist-bumped back. Twenty-two-year-old runway pro Chanel Iman photographed a moment with Taylor Swift. And, not to be outdone, no-holds-barred British It Girl and model Cara Delevingne, 21, snapped herself kissing actress Sienna Miller, wearing a matching spiked dress. By the next morning that lip lock had amassed 60,000 likes on Instagram. “Cara is a stud,” proclaimed @jabber1174.
Check your iPhone, laptop, or television. After several years of silence, supermodels are, well, super again. Runway staples like Delevingne, Kloss, and Rocha are now legitimate media stars, many with TV shows and allwith ardent followers who, say, watch the live-streamed Burberry or Calvin Klein show and then congratulate the girls on Twitter. And guess what: This new crop of supermodels is talking back—and that’s making them more real, more relatable, more likeable.
“This generation knows how to start the conversation and build a career,” says Ivan Bart, senior vice president and managing director of IMG Models, who manages the careers of the entrepreneurially minded runway stars Kloss and Gisele Bündchen. “I think this is the greatest time in the history of modeling.”
First, a little history…
Back in the eighties and nineties, the original supermodels— Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, and Christy Turlington—created a global sensation. They dated rock stars and dominated the magazine newsstand. “You saw a model even in silhouette on the runway and knew exactly who she was,” recalls Tyra Banks, the mega mogul, talk-show host, and creator of America’s Next Top Model, who came on the scene in the nineties. Women everywhere loved them (and maybe hated them a little too).
Yet models of the era say it was easy to be seen in those days— but not easy to be heard. “Your job back then was to show up and put clothes on and show those clothes as best you could,” says Crawford. The irony was that, although she and her crew exuded power and beauty, they recall being discouraged from breaking any actual new ground. Crawford, a five-time Glamour cover girl, says her agents told her that hosting MTV’s House of Style would be a waste of time. That was 1989. “There was no fashion on TV back then,” she says.
Crawford did host that show, but it took decades for her entrepreneurial spirit to catch on. For years—save for Banks, Bündchen, and Kate Moss—models were almost anonymous, with a fresh crop every year. “Girls weren’t popping,” says Banks. “They were famous in Paris only. I think it’s important for someone in the middle of America to know your name and face, and it wasn’t happening.”
Newsflash: Models are people.
Now they’re unique and known. “Karlie is this six-foot-one- and-a-half giant gorgeous alien,” Banks says, assessing the new stars. “Cara is the naughty girl next door. Coco is beautiful but approachable. They are all distinct and themselves. Models used to be silent movie actresses, but not anymore.”
Banks herself deserves a lot of the credit for this trend. Dubbed the “model mogul” by the Wall Street Journal, she transformed herself into a brand, complete with television shows and a book deal. Following Banks’ lead, the average model these days takes her off-the-runway career seriously: Floridian bombshell Kate Upton built her own fan base on YouTube before getting the cover of Sports Illustrated. Kloss and model Joan Smalls are cohosting the new House of Style reboot. Rocha’s got The Face with Campbell and Karolina Kurkova. (For any of you model-IQ doubters, Rocha is also a contributing editor for PC Magazine.) And our cover girl, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, has recently gone the model- turned-actress route. “You no longer have to be defined by one thing,” she says.
Wait: we like them now?
Truth is, models used to be easy for women to resent. They were seen as gorgeous, pouty giraffes who, as Evangelista once famously said, didn’t “wake up for less than $10,000 a day.” Actresses, on the other hand, were shorter and maybe even freckled. Relatable. That’s changed: These days many Hollywood stars guard their privacy carefully, while models come off as less cautious, more real. You can smile along with Joan Smalls as she posts yet another cute photo of her childhood outfits for #throwbackthursday; you’re right there when a bird poops on Delevingne’s bushy brows (true story!) or when Kloss photobombs Steve Carell at the MTV Movie Awards.
“Nowadays, personality counts just as much as looks,” says Lorenzo Martone, a New York City–based manager and publicist. Author and fashion blogger Derek Blasberg agrees: The new supes have to be relatable. It might even be a part of their job. “Yes, people still want gorgeous models with a traffic-stopping walk,” he says. “But a girl today needs to have a big laugh, a big heart, and a good story.”
They’ve found their voice.
Rocha figured out her story five years ago. “It was during the backlash of the supermodel,” she remembers. “You didn’t know our names, and we all kind of looked alike.” So she started a blog. “I thought I was just going to mention mundane things to colleagues and friends. Then I noticed I was getting traffic. I realized I had to have personality. I didn’t want to just be known for my cheekbones. I have a voice.” (In one much-read post, she criticized the industry for its body- image issues: “I’m six inches taller and 10 sizes smaller than the average American woman. Yet in another parallel universe, I am considered ‘fat.’ ”)
Rocha’s blog graduated to a Twitter handle. Then she added a Tumblr page. Now she’s got a Vine identity and a global brand boasting more than 4 million followers on Chinese social-networking sites. “Social media helped my career,” Rocha says. “People would say, ‘We want that girl. She’s got sparkle.’”
Then there’s rising star Delevingne, who drives the tabloids wild by hanging with Rihanna or spilling out of a car with Harry Styles. The most candid of the group, she labels herself on Twitter a “pro- fessional human being” and will post photos between shoots or talk directly to her best friend, pop star Rita Ora, whom she calls “wifey.” In a recent interview Delevingne explained that her followers make her feel “less alone.” Modeling, she says, can be “a really lonely job.”
Ultimately, what many models want today is the right to control their own future: Kloss is launching a new line of jeans for tall women; her charity project Karlie’s Kookies gives money to FEED, to fight hunger. Others are using their clout to shake up their industry for the better. (Watch model Cameron Russell’s TED Talk.
The “genetic lottery” winner had this advice for young women: Don’t try to model; instead, “be the next president.”) But sometimes these women are just looking out for their fans. “You guys are hysterical!” Delevingne responded recently to kids who tweeted her from school. “Get back to work. I will not be blamed for doing badly in exams!”
What’s next? Pretty much anything, says Banks. “It’s their time,” she shrugs. “The choice to do more is in these girls’ hands.” No doubt their decision will be posted.

How Supermodels Took Over the World (Again)
by Mike Albo For GLAMOUR MAGAZINE

They tweet. They post selfies. They have more fans than many of Hollywood’s biggest celebs. So how exactly did Karlie, Coco, Cara, and company do it? Like this.

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LIFE VIA INSTAGRAM - April 11th to 22nd

In this installment of “Life Via Instagram” I catch up with my redhead big sister Karen Elson at the Roger Vivier book launch, host a very special event with The Model Alliance at Columbia University and check out the James Houston Natural Beauty exhibit at Milk Studios.

  1. Heading to the Roger Vivier book launch at the French embassy. Such an important figure in women’s shoes!!
  2. Just watched my dear friend Karen Elson play at the French embassy in New York. She had us enraptured.
  3. With Karen Elson at the Roger Vivier party.
  4. I joined the The Model Alliance for a very special workshop at Columbia University!
  5. In addition to hosting the MTV Movie Awards pre-show, Miss Karlie Kloss made sure James and me have our cookies for the week!
  6. My third campaign with Longchamp was shot in the legendary TWA building at the JFK airport. Check out these throwback pics of the landmark from the 1960s - it still looks futuristic fifty years later!
  7. Lookie what came in the mail!! Who else was excited for this year’s PUNK: Chaos To Couture-themed MET Gala!?
  8. Taking Dannijo’s “Eddie The Earring” with me to dinner at Milk Studios.
  9. It’s me!! At James Houston’s Natural Beauty exhibit at Milk Studios.

Very kind and wise words from fashion legend Iman on Refinery29.

Do you think supermodel means the same thing today, as it did when you first became famous? 

"No, First of all, I think the only sacred ground that’s left for models is the runway. If the celebrities could figure out a way to get on the runway, they would. But they don’t have the bodies for it. Models have lost everything else. They’ve lost the beauty accounts, the covers. But the thing that’s also a shame is that they don’t have a voice. 

"But social media, like especially the way Coco Rocha is doing it — that’s where you can actually create your own content and your own voice. And young models have to stop being treated like hangers for hire and take control of that. Because they can. Trust me, young girls and boys who are out there in their teens who want to be in this industry whether as a designer, a makeup artist, or a stylist, they aren’t looking at Kim Kardashian, they are looking at Karlie Kloss

"It’s that connection to fans that models don’t have to be given, now. They can have a voice. They can video blog. They can Tweet. They can create. And that’s what they really should do."

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House of Style: Music, Models, and MTV 

A few months back, MTV asked me to join a group of models, designers and musicians in talking about how the iconic show “House of Style” presented and indeed changed the fashion landscape. The show is such an amazing time capsule and looks at the time when the supermodel reigned supreme. It really was the first of its kind, long before fashion made a splash on the small screen. When new models try to claim supermodel status or announce they are bringing back the supermodel I have to laugh - that time period will never be repeated, but at least we can look back on all the fabulousness of it thanks to MTV.

COCO’S INSTAGRAMS - March 18th to April 9th, 2012.

  1. “Don’t cry for me Argentinaaaa!” About to watch EVITA with my buddy Andrew Bevan (Teen Vogue). Ricky Martin is in it - so excited!!
  2. How cute is this group of Irish dancers doing their best Coco Rocha?! Makes me miss the good old days!
  3. Behind-the-scenes shot for The Room: http://youtu.be/nIiHz-scfrA
  4. With my girl Heidi Klum on the set of last week’s Germany’s Next Top Model.
  5. I’m at an antique store in upstate New York. Sir, do Karlie Kloss & Hillary Rhoda come with the frames?
  6. Leaving Canada via Porter Airlines on a little island facing downtown Toronto.
  7. Behind-the-scenes of yesterday’s Canada’s Best Beauty Talent wearing an amazing Zac Posen skirt. Loved this look!
  8. You know what’s cooler than a million dollars? Facebook buying Instagram for a billion! Congrats to Instagram’s dozen or so employees!
  9. Loving this Zac Posen Barbie doll. Wait, is that me!?!

PARIS FASHION WEEK - via my Instagram
March 5th, 6th & 7th 2012 

  1. The Opera House at Midnight.
  2. The wooded scene at Paul & Joe, my Wilhelmina agents patiently standing by!
  3. My two looks, walking through the woods for Paul & Joe. 
  4. Sharing all the Paris Fashion Week news with my old friend, Jean Paul Gaultier.
  5. My swinging London look at Miu Miu.
  6. The eye makeup for Miu Miu was amazing - here’s a detail shot.
  7. Karlie and I after Miu Miu by Lewis Mirrett.
  8. On the final day of Paris Fashion Week the sun finally decided to come out over the Louvre gardens.
  9. One last kiss in Paris before heading back to NYC for the weekend.