Category: Fashion

Girls On Film/Girl Panic

Also personifying the 80’s, Duran Duran. They were the picture of sleek, stylish superficiality. They weren’t the exact apotheosis of mindless prettiness – that would have been the boys of  Wham!. Eventually, the grunge revolution would vilify the glossiness of bands like Duran Duran and Wham!. It would come to seem that bands who put so much thought into their dressing and blow drying were just ciphers with nothing real to say and no message to offer. But not delving too deeply into emotional terrain or thinking very hard about a message isn’t a crime. It’s still held that highly produced, highly commercial pop artists are less important than serious minded emo/poetic types, and in many cases that’s a point I agree with. But credit should be given to the value of an extremely effective pop sensibility like Duran Duran. They were a pop band through and through, and at that they excelled and their hits remain indelibly, durably appealing long after their fluffy hairstyles entered fashion extinction. Duran Duran were probably the best major pop band of the 80’s; in their heyday the were leaders in misguided fashion, teenybop idols, tabloid fixtures and, of course, chart-toppers. So fashion were they, that they not only earned a reputation for their cutting-edge videos, which they filled with comely models in various states of undress, but went so meta as to write songs about videos and the models in them. You might think it’s dumb, but I think a band known for their videos writing songs about videos to engender more videos is actually a pretty neat joke. I’m also pretty sure Girls On Film isn’t a parody and contains no signs of irony or self-awareness. They just honestly think filming girls for videos is the neatest thing. And they’re still up to it. Though their relevance in the wider world faded somewhat after grunge rendered hairspray and man-rouge obsolete, they never stopped making their videos and casting them with every supermodel they could find. In fact Duran Duran sowed the seeds for the supermodel phenomenon, being one of the first bands to cast models in their videos, combining fashion and pop music into a single glamorous fantasy. In 1997 their kinky video for Electric Barbarella, starring Myka Dunkle, Sophie Dahl, Devon Aoki and others, looked like an anachronism. Today the pendulum has swung back in favor of shiny, glamorous pop. Duran Duran’s most recent video, Girl Panic is an orgy of self-reference, starring Naomi Campbell as Simon Le Bon, alongside Cindy Crawford, Eva Herzigova, and Helena Christensen. They don’s sound a day out of Rio, and they sound like the next big thing.

Model of the Week: Jessica Miller

Jessica Miller is a classic American face. She started out as Calvin Klein’s fit model and jumped from fitting room to runway to print, in an amazingly swift trajectory. She’s got that plasticity that a long career requires – the ability to swing from sweet to feral, wholesome to femme fatale and anywhere in between. And speaking of models, check in with my new Tumblr – ladygarfunkel.tumblr.com, which is all about models, movie stars, rockers, art and just anything I think is beautiful and glamorous.

Jessica Miller - Photo - Fashion Model

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Jessica Miller - Photo - Fashion Model

Wild Orchid / June 2011 in Harper's Bazaar UK

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Model of the Week: Tiiu Kuik

Tiiu Kuik - Photo - Fashion Model

Guess what, another Estonian! Tiiu Kuik has been around a bit longer than Karmen Pedaru. She might be familiar to you for her signature beauty spots and  wispy, swan-necked elegance. How come she never smiles? Hello! She’s from Eastern Europe. Grinning like a monkey isn’t believed in over there.

Tiiu Kuik - Photo - Fashion Model

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Model of the Week: Karmen Pedaru

A Blueprint On Glamour / March 2011 in Vogue Japan

After the stunning success of Carmen Kass, flocks of model hunters flew to Estonia in search of more wispy, steely blondes. Not in vain, it turns out. The similarly named Karmen Pedaru is a rising star. She has a similar effect of looking both brittle and strong that Kass has. It must be an Estonian thing – Tiiu Kuik has it too. Sometimes I complain there’s too many similar looking Eastern European girls out there taking up space on the runway. But we need them. Nobody does sullen like an Eastern European. Because we’re tough, strong, sullen bitches.

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Ocean Colour Scene / March 2011 in Vogue UK

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Karmen Pedaru - Photo - Fashion Model

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Learn Your Supermodels: Coco Rocha

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Coco Rocha (real name Mikhaila) is one of a younger wave of models who are firmly on the way to ‘super’. She’s been on top since her runway debut in 2005, and she’s become an ubiquitous face. She’s one of the few truly recognizable ones.  Her face is unmistakable, she’s dynamic, she’s adorable, she’s funny, she always appears to be having a good time, sometimes she has red hair. Her hobby is Irish step-dancing. She’s super.

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Learn Your Supermodels: Heidi Klum

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Now that Heidi Klum has become famous as an annoying TV person, it’s easy to forget that in her youth she had a stellar modeling career. Today Klum is known as one of the people on Project Runway, which is a show on television, and she has some kind of stupid Germanic catchphrase that she’s known for, and there’s lots of pictures in all the  magazines of her and her husband Seal and their adorable children, so apparently she’s known for that too. But before that she was known for having the kind of approachable sex appeal that sits with equal comfort on the covers of both men’s and women’s magazines. And she had a real knack for wearing bikinis.

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partying with Nina Hagen

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Model of the Week: Anne Vyalitsyna

Anne Vyalitsyna – Anne V. for short – has become known as a new generation pinup. She got the kind of high-fashion sex-bomb career once enjoyed by the likes of Heidi Klum. She’s definitely known as a body. Not The Body – that nickname’s retired – but still an outstanding body. It’s not that she’s got a substantially better physique than other models, but she’s so exuberantly, vividly athletic, just so darn healthy that she makes everyone else look wan. But she not just in the bikini business – serious fashion loves her too. She can really swing it from high to low and back again.

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Veinte Diosas / March 2011 in Harper's Bazaar Spain

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Anne Vyalitsyna - Photo - Fashion Model

Anne Vyalitsyna - Photo - Fashion Model

Glam Me Up! / December 2009 in Elle France

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Anne Vyalitsyna - Photo - Fashion Model

Soft Focus / January 2008 in Harper's Bazaar UK

 

Model of the Week: Iekeliene Stange

What Comes Around Goes Around / May 2009 in L'Officiel Singapore

I think Iekeliene’s last name might be missing a letter? Wouldn’t Strange be better a name? Iekeliene’s is a face to remember, and she’s usually in strange photos; with that extra little r in there she could launch herself into the public consciousness. The potential for branding opportunities is limitless. Don’t you want to buy whatever an Iekeliene Strange is selling? Anyhow, with bones that could cut diamonds and those eerie eyes, she’s got a clear path to follow. She could be the new avant-model on-the-edge and of-the-minute.

Iekeliene Stange - Photo - Fashion Model

 

Iekeliene Stange - Photo - Fashion Model

Beneath The Evening Star / March 2011 in Elle UK

Key Looks For Spring / April 2011 in How to Spend It - Financial Times

Art / December 2007 in Dazed & Confused

Something Unique In New York / February 2011 in Dazed & Confused

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Model of the Week: Julia Stegner

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Nobody makes kinky blondes like the Germans do. Nadja, Claudia, Julia oh my. Ok, it’s totally an unfair stereotype that German women lead sexy Helmut Newton lives, though that’s what fashion magazines would have us believing. But let’s do take a minute to appreciate the Teutonic badassery of Julia Stegner. She’s got that kitten-with-a-whip thing going on, doesn’t she? And maybe it’s me being delusional, as I tend to be about people I’m fond of, but doesn’t she look just like the doe-eyed young Jean Shrimpton? And another thing about those naughty Germans; they’re not shy about their boobs at all. Ok, ok, I’ll stop. We all know Claudia Schiffer never ever shows off her lady-bits. But she’s the exception that proves the rule. What I’m trying to say is, scroll down for boobage.

Julia Stegner - Photo - Fashion Model

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with Daria Werbowy & Elise Crombez

Kraft-Stoffe / May 2011 in Vogue Germany

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with Hilary Rhoda

Julia Stegner - Photo - Fashion Model

Julia Stegner - Photo - Fashion Model

Model of the Week: Du Juan

One thing I noticed about the recent runway shows – the increasingly diverse roster of models. There’d been grumbling in the industry for a few years about runways being too blonde, too white, too generic. Now we’re seeing so many more young models from all over the globe. Including, increasingly, more Asian faces. A couple of years ago I wrote a post about how disproportionately underrepresented in fashion Asian women have been. White faces still predominate, and it will be a long time before that changes, but the number of models with roots on the Asian continent has skyrocketed. Among them, Shanghai native Du Juan has been building a name for herself for about five years now, making her among the most established Asian models. Du began modeling after being told she was too tall to continue the ballet career she’d been pursuing. Since then she’s walked countless shows for top designers, appeared in all the top magazines and became the face of L’oreal’s Chinese marketing.

Du Juan - Photo - Fashion Model

Du Juan - Photo - Fashion Model

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with Raquel Zimmermann

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Viaggio A Xitang / April 2011 in flair Italy

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Les Voyages Extraordinaires / April 2011 in West East Magazine

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with Coco Rocha and Chanel Iman

Du Juan - Photo - Fashion Model

Du Juan - Photo - Fashion Model

Du Juan - Photo - Fashion Model