Meet Vlada (!)
During the bittersweet last days of summer, when mornings are cold then you get bitten by the overwhelming midday heat, we found an escape called nostalgia and decided to turn it into something brand new. Good old trick, golden recipe from the golden days of FDIB when every evening or so we had a post saying ''meet this model'' or ''meet that girl''. Was about time for a sweet remix, with this fruity taste of nice surprise: picking the unexpected face just to spread the love. The special one who gave us the kick to bring our ''meet'' series back to life is called Vlada (@ New Madison – great show package with the likes of Lia Pavlova and Nika Cole or our already-darling Ellinor). Old-school sensations have a bright future ahead of them.
Model Talking: Our Picks for the Season and Beyond (Part III)
Liene Podina may not be the newest face of the season, she's surely one of our standouts, first circle, and besides looking awesome both on digitals and runway pics, her editorial performances would easily rank her among all-time FDIB favorite models like Valerija Kelava, Aymeline Valade or Shannan Click. Representend by Fusion who has our favorite show package so far (which Liene designed herself), she also caught our attention several times in magazines like 10, V or Interview and... she's from Latvia – no bias but this just brings back some of the sweetest memories from ten years blogging on fashion and models.
Yasmin Wijnaldum, considered by some a the runway queen who has trouble making her marks in magazines. We beg to disagree and if you scroll down a little you may see why. We loved her in Vogue Italia and Dazed, we love her again on AnOther Magazine newest cover, eagerly waiting for the editorial inside and looking forward to seeing what's next for her while enjoying each of her catwalking gigs or each photograph from this V Magazine's story by Ben Toms.
Let's face it: impossible not to add Alanna Arrington to this list since she's in total tune with our aesthetics since we started writing here again at the end of last year. It had to happen and it happens the right time, the right way. Last season was already brilliant, this one starts how it should and editorials are as delightful as you can expect.
It's not on purpose even if we love this name but here comes the second Leila of the list. Women Management's Leila Nda was sure to land here as soon as we saw her most recent pola-sheet. Graceful and gorgeous, she's just that very kind whose beauty translates so well from runways to glossy pages.
This story without Chiara Mazzoleni would be like a day without tea: sounding bad, looking sad. She ruled our editorial world for the last nine months from Vogue Italia to Wallpaper to this awesome spread (cover included) from L'Officiel Italia. Needless to say each of her digitals is also a pleasure to watch and collect.
Icelandic newcomer Briet Olina was in many of our conversations these last few weeks among topics like ''when are we going to feature her on the blog''. Just done now, and timing seems perfect. Unusual beauty type meets eye-catching eyes (sorry for that but it's just the way it is) and you may just have trouble ignoring her.
Featured on FDIB some months ago, Luna Bijl captured everyone's attention after landing her first Vogue Paris cover this summer. Second one wasn't far as she rules the most famous french mag's october issue again. The process that makes a model a magazine's darling or a photographer's muse has always been one of our favorite things in fashion no matter how famous the people or publications are. Luna is doing it royal and we can't complain.
A face that is one in a million next to that dark mood and her melancholic gaze in editorials from Numéro (four spreads at least from two different editions): Hayett McCarthy became a favorite of ours for being able to keep us hungry for her next piece of work as soon as one story's out. And Numéro is far from being the only one to haven fallen for her charms: both brands and mags seem to agree with us she belongs to those who deserve to shine (in her very own dark manner).
Last but not least, and she's probably the model with the best body language of the moment according to her editorial portfolio: Lou Schoof. Still too rare on the runway, her very own way to move is equally thrilling when she walks in designers clothes. Talk about delicacy with a twist, subtlety and effortless elegance and put her signature hair on top of that and you've got us totally lovestruck.
Many others would have deserved a place here, from Sora Choi to Ebonee Davis (featured in our previous runway review without walking a show or almost) as well as all-time favorites like Mica Arganaraz or Anna Cleveland, newcomers we fell for in New York and London and of course girls we secretly hope to see soon, those who may have more wildcards than showcards. But time is not a friend of ours, running faster than we'll ever be able to so we've got to stop it here. Do we really? Who knows, who cares – we may not.
Overnight Sensations sailing against The Wind, Inc.
While currently finalizing the third (and last?) part of our Model Talking series, we took a little break (that is no real break) to drop a note on Anique Jozsi, Alexander Wang's opener at his latest show. She remained the mystery-girl during all New York fashion week or almost with that mysterious scent floating in the international air from her gorgeous face and name to her unusual beauty type (her mother agency A Models Amsterdam's specialty – remember Dilia last season). And we must say we would not be against facing an unknown one more often, the kind that's hard to find information about, at times when social media craze leaves almost no room for hidden jewels to appear on stage. Everybody knows about everyone else and you know everything on a model's favorite meal or pet before she gets her first 'real' editorial or runway appearance. You may already know we're not Instagram's best friends and may have noticed we're currently not able to update our Facebook page due to some nipple drama (while hatred is allowed there, female breasts aren't – is that a world we wanna live in, raise your question marks). You may guess we love the ones coming out of the blue for the win.
Model Talking: Our Picks for the Season and Beyond (Part II)
The show has begun and the frenzy's on (though we say this from the sofa, comfortably sitting and watching the game), Katie Moore went blond for Wang while the opening slot of the same collection went to a gorgeous Anique nobody seems to know (lovely surprise). Meanwhile Ellen Rosa steals the spotlights everywhere she walks. We're still doing our list(s), still picking our favorites, being picky, gathering our own gang of obvious favorites and personal sweeties with potential. And today we start our second round with newbie from Elite Jordan Moon. The photograph above says enough on why she's here and she's now.
Redheads have always had their special place on FDIB and Gucci-girl Sophia Friesen belongs to our current copper-haired favorites, also for her editorial abilities besides totally refreshing the ginger appeal.
There'd be no full review without Leila Goldkuhl, who jumped from her trademark blond hair to some brunette look that suits her too well to be skipped here. Though, she rocks as a bluehead too on that heart-melting picture from W by Patrick Demarchelier. As a sidenote, there are those who complain about her having B-list shows on her list and others who rejoice to know she started the season off with Tom Ford. We guess we belong to the latter.
She's moving like a quiet storm, powerful in subtlety and her Harper's Bazaar NL issue was our best buy from Amsterdam this summer. Ellen de Weer has a rock-solid editorial book and has yet to pop up somewhere but such a soft beauty with a twist should have no issue finding her way to her very own limelights.
Last but not least, as we're closing this chapter (third one coming soon): Rhiannon McConnell. Our love for her looks has grown quite high since last season and not about to turn tedious. Seriously, who could resist to party pictures that could have been published in the most selective magazines.
Model Talking: Our Picks, For the Season and Beyond (Part I)
Here comes september (everywhere comes september) and it was about time to take a pen again and put together a piece of pictures and paragraphs on the models we look at, we love to look at and would love not to stop looking at for the weeks to come and far beyond. Way too many names and as many beauty types has led us to divide this story in a few parts. Here comes september and with it golden leaves and showtime, here is the first chapter of our ''picks for the season'' starting with Amilna Estevao, already a favorite of FDIB for a while and our enthusiasm hasn't fade away a single bit.
Featured here for the first of may, Jay Wright remains on the top of our list(s) especially when it comes to editorial performance. Devil-may-care, as graceful as laid-back, relying on her unforgettable face as much as on a very personal sense of style, the young and strong beauty from Next (and Mother Management, yes, another one from their incubator is about to taste her slice of success) has got the look and the book.
We don't have enough time, place and rhyme to drop a note on each beautiful baby we love and would love to promote a little more. That's how and why we also love combos and this one is the one, rocking editorial after editorial, side by side or on their own. Natalie Westling and Vittoria Ceretti appeared together for the first in Vogue Italia's main story by Steven Meisel (no less) and the epic duo striked back for Interview, portrayed together again (and very together) by Collier Schorr. If there are garments that are large enough for two, we hope to see them hit the runway like this too.
Latest addition and newest addiction, Supreme's new face Nina Serebriakova joined our list while we were already processing the writing. One photograph was enough (see above) but the whole book from early test pics to her bunch of digitals is worth a long look. In tune with our tastes, at the moment and beyond, she may still fit into the diamond-in-the-rough category. But rough or not, the gaze under her fringe is precious and powerful.
Most featured model on FDIB this year, Katie Moore is about to start her second season with bright red hair and has gathered a brilliant collection of editorial sheets since her appearance at Alexander Wang in february. Freshest materials available to illustrate our love for Moore (one more time) comes from Office magazine, shot by Jeff Henrikson. ''Toy with me'' the title says, and she seems ready to play another round. We seem too.
She's one of these models we wanted to feature, more than just once and never got the right opportunity, so, let's create it today. Greta Varlese's die-hard momentum is turning into a rock-solid career made of plenty of breathtaking photographs – just like these from CR Fashion Book by Rory van Millingen. The more she shoots, the more she scores and the better she models, for the greatest pleasure of our hungry eyes.
Closing the first part of our fall fashion tale is no other than Damaris Goddrie and we thought the best way to celebrate her beauty and talent was to choose a picture from her second collaboration with Sarah Moon, quite one of these winning teams we do adore, when the photographer and her model share that kind of magical connection leading to equally magical visuals. Let her keep on spreading this sort of witchcraft everywhere else now.
Fashion Does It Better (than politics)
Tina Veshaguri for L'Officiel Manila. We love her for ages and her new look perfectly meets the way she moves.
Indiah Lavers – she's got a card, we hope for some lovely debuts in New York City this fall. And we wish we were able to do this intro in a happier mood.
Had a special meal for breakfast today: an article on Trump Models, and that wasn't a few enraptured lines to say how much the author was electrified by Katie Moore's newest digitals (as we are) or how mesmerizing are Tina Veshaguri's poses and gazes (as we are too, above from Numéro China). That was about Donald and his eponymous agency, as if we weren't already drowning in a sea of written pieces on him, his so-called ideas, his personality, his past, present and potential future. Let's put it simple, we see him as an obnoxious mogul gone dangerous politician and have zero love for who he is, what he represents and what he says he's gonna do (by the way, we're no supporters of Mrs Clinton either, being a woman doesn't mean being progressive by any mean – see our homebred Mrs Le Pen in France). But trying to shoot silver bullets at Trump's modeling agency a few days before a new seasons start is plain stupid and mean. We didn't know Oyster magazine wanted to be a fashion equivalent of The Sun or Bild, shame as we do love many of their editorials. And our question is: who do they wanna hurt? Trump himself couldn't care less, but the hopeful models and hardworking agents? Are the practices described in the article the prerogative of Trump's agency, an isolated case and everyone else is vertuous? If you want to read it, go google it, we do not link to low-level foamy stuff here.
Loving tender and smiling true unlike the baby sucking his very first lemon slice
We love Interview's short stories, maybe more than its main ones lately despite the high quality of those. Agnes Sokolowska's laundrette pictures were our highlights and delights some weeks ago, a twisted swimsuit series bringing to the table a new view on sweet summer sweatdrops. We may just praise this bedtime tale with the same might, on a day that calls for closed shutters at this time of the year everyone is warmly waiting for the night to fall or the storm to wash away their sunny gloom.
Yap, the fact it stars Katie Moore does a lot too but the bright-haired lil'miss does have more than these five photographs going on at the moment and if it was just a matter of prestige and giving her more exposure, we could have gone for some other stuff instead. But you have to count on other ingredients here, besides Moore's performance: Hans Neumann holding the camera (while Tallulah Harlech took care of the clothes or the smart lack of garments in some cases), a motel room, the pale pink blanket and tender lighting of that very same motel room. Loving this and smiling true, and having nothing more to add might be the best about it.
Droplets of Perfection
We are always bloody subjective when we open our eyes and grab the pen, you know we are, and from the bottom of our subjective hearts, we may have to send thanks or chocolates to Dazed & Confused for the moment of perfection. We may have to praise Viviane Sassen's work again too for revealing Yasmin Wijnaldum's full power to our eyes. And, while many of Wijnaldum's previous photographs ticked all the boxes to be called still lives, this cover and edit combo is full of emotion and captivating, not just for the brilliant use of bright colors (Robbie Spencer's styling).
There are models you'd call explosive, you'd rename Fireworks on their setcard, and others who may just deserve the title of quiet storm. Looking at most pictures of Natasha Poly, you can just imagine her enter the room, strike a pose then – bam – every eye gets blown away by the high energy oozing from her, from head to toe. Body language does a lot and some girls are rather chatty when they let their long limbs talk to the camera. At the other end of the rainbow stand those who express with their eyes, create the mood from their pouty lips, nothing moves except your heart when you get caught because you just can't escape. You get hit and kicked and feel so thankful for the honeytrap. Yasmin's face is one you can't really run away from, the contrasts of colors, darkness meets pastel, the beauty of its lines and shapes is all you wanna treasure in your memories (and in your collection of magazines). But would you expect to be moved that way by her work thinking she's only standing in the middle of the image, standing straight and maybe stiff, not even trying to give a slight smile to the cam, not even ready to lift a lid. Still everything happens and by everything we mean every little possible thing while staring at a mag's cover or editorial.
Fashion: youth culture and cult of youth, a teaspoon of faux punk and DIY appeal done by somebody else. Young is to some magazines what glamour is to Vogue and in both cases hearts often fail to find a balance between geniune and gimmicky. And pretty ironical is how youth is so much of an obsession while so few young creatives get a real chance. Models are young, yeah, sometimes too green and we'd love them older, while photographers tend to get old while the younger ones are either starving shooting test images in their parody of living room or shooting shit to please and survive. That's it: everyone seems to want to stay young (but not wild and free) and no one wants those who really are to emerge. Two options left: laugh loudly or talk about anything different. We woke up today picking the second.
Not in the mood to chew thoughts on facts we all know and don't care, not in tune with the common winds blowing these days but undecided whether it's better to resist and fight against them or just sail away to sweeter shores. The pictures are from Interview and feature Agnes Sokolowska by Stas Komarovski. It's not related to what was said on paragraph one and that's why we think both are relevant together. Because our message if there is any left alive isn't about how right or wrong one approach can be. Perhaps it would be there is no worthy approach or point of view, perhaps we just wanna claim we dislike the smell of powder and gunsmoke – in for a thrill but steering clear of any kind of fight. The weather's way too warm to waste our time on topics such as nepotism, merit or the perverted perception of perfection (youth and co.). Dare to care to disagree it's much more exciting to get excited by sweet sweat and go bonkers for a bunch of bikinis while remembering rushing to the laundry is on top of your to-do-list for next week.
Let's String Together
We've always been fond of photographer/model combos that work as if both were born to collaborate together, especially those that are less obvious or less expected than Meisel and Viktoriya or Jansson and Daria. Unique creative connections for one day or a lifetime resulting in fashion bedtime stories handmade with love to get ready for the sweetest dreams – think of Chadwick Tyler with Ashley Smith or Ali Michael, David Sims with Alexandra Tomlinson for Vogue Paris, nearly ten years ago but hard to remove from visual memories. It's not everytime made of groundbreaking innovations in terms of photography or modeling, not necessarily the most original images you've ever seen. It's often, first of all, a matter of feeling. Something that oozes, something you perceive and can hardly explain.
On one hand is Thanassis Krikis, photographer who enjoyed the perks of being a fashion designer then editor before handling the camera and who regularly contributes to these less-coveted-than-Vogue publications we more than often enjoy much higher (various editions of Numéro, Marie-Claire and Harper's Bazaar, Ozon etc.). On the other is an up-and-coming model, Eva Klimkova; enrolled in fashion via the Elite contest (at its highest levels). For those who had the chance to witness Klimkova's first steps and professional evolution, her strengths as a model were quite clear from day one – a natural beauty, naturally poised and elegant. Perhaps that's exactly where Krikis shoots and scores: kicking her out of her shell (it's still too early to talk about comfort zone). Eva by Thanassis steps away from the still image of flawless poise and understated beauty. It's time to raise the flag, even when it's down to black and white, time to spread around some vivid and viral emotions, to unveil, to reveal. Maybe their two roads won't cross again but since our eyes got caught by Strings, the story from Schön! Magazine featured here (styled by Kay Korsh), we may look at its main characters work differently from now on.