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What Makes a Model ‘Jolie Laide’? (Forum Buzz)

"Jolie laide" is French and translates to "pretty ugly." Not as in "quite ugly," but something described as pretty and ugly. Or pretty in spite of being ugly? TheFashionSpot forum members debated over this question when trying to apply the term to top models who don’t quite fit the criteria of being conventionally beautiful. According to some members, quirky beauties are a staple on runways and in editorials these days. But which ones of are actually 'jolie laide'?

Jamie Bochert @ Viktor + Rolf Fall 2014

image credit: IMAXTREE.com

Forum member modelista, who started the discussion on the forums, nominated Jamie Bochert (pictured above), Edie Campbell and Lily McMenamy as potentially ‘jolie laide’ models. 

“I personally don't mind the look, if anything I like it. These models tend to be more unique and stand out from the majority. Just look at Jamie [Bochert], she has been modeling for more than 10 years!” shared Firefly216 

Teaars agreed that there seems to be a tendency for these models to enjoy unusual longevity in the fast-paced modeling business. He wrote, “I kind of find that these girls also last the longest, Daiane [Conterato] started out in 2006 as a Prada exclusive and look at her now, seven years into her career and Miuccia [Prada] still loves her. Same goes for Jamie and her decade long career, and still booking all the same shows (and new ones) like no other.”

Mr-Dale offered another viewpoint: “For me, jolie laide counts as having absolutely nothing conventionally attractive/beautiful to your features but still possessing a poetic quality to your presence and bone structure. Androgyny or having harsh/uncommon features like some of the girls posted above is something different IMO. Girls like Sasha [Pivovarova], Irina [Lăzăreanu], Hanne Gaby [Odiele], Daiane [Conterato] and many, many girls from around the zeroes, I perceive them as jolie laide.”

TheBlueRider also had her own definition. She posted, “Jolie Laide models have something very asymmetrical and jarring as opposed to models that have a unique feature that is otherwise symmetrical on a symmetrical face. Charlotte Gainsbourg is a good example. Jolie Laide girls aren't the kind of models that are good for beauty campaigns.”

An interesting topic with so many different opinions being shared. How would you define ‘jolie laide’? Comment below or join the discussion here

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Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fashion World is Coming to Melbourne

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Kylie Minogue, Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Gemma Ward and Andrej Pejić — they’ve all played muse to Jean Paul Gaultier and they’ll all be featured in a special section of The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk when the exhibition lands in Melbourne this October.

Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria will be the only Asia-Pacific venue for the critically-acclaimed exhibition, which has so far done stints in Montreal, London and New York, drawing over 1 million visitors and becoming the most popular fashion exhibition in the world. Even more exciting is that the French enfant terrible himself will by flying in for the opening. Gaultier last visited Australia 20 years ago for Mardi Gras.

The exhibit will feature around 140 looks spanning the designer’s 40-year-plus career, curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot. Among the most recognizable are the conical bra and the corsets he created for Madonna’s Blond Ambition Tour, designs crafted for Lady Gaga and Beyoncé as well as collaborative pieces he designed with other luminaries, including Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman and Richard Avedon.

The Australian Muses section is obviously Melbourne-only. “As a long-time fan and admirer of Jean Paul Gaultier and his work, it was a great thrill to collaborate with him for my tour costumes,” Minogue said in a statement. “His skill at creating drama and fantasy are second to none.”

“I love your models, your actresses, and the music and cinema,” Gaultier said in turn. “You can feel all the youngness and creativity of Australia, which is not like France where we [live] under so much history and old values. Australia is fresh, spontaneous and happy, and I love the Australian sense of humour.”

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk will be on display at the National Gallery of Victoria from October 17th, 2014 through February 8th, 2015. 

 

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Soia & Kyo Celebrate a Decade of Style at Toronto Fashion Week Fall 2014

The countdown is officially on with only a week to go until the start of Toronto Fashion Week Fall 2014. I’m getting the feeling that this is going to be one of the biggest and best yet, which is only bolstered by news of all the amazing clothing we can expect to see in the coming season. That being said, if anyone is going to have their best Fashion Week ever, you can almost be certain it will be Montreal-based brand Soia & Kyo, currently celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Debuting the Fall 2014 collection on Thursday, March 20 at 8:00 p.m., Soia & Kyo will continue to move its brand forward through the beauty of contrast, the main inspiration and defining theme behind the new lineup entitled Quiet Storm.

Soia and Kyo

“Our newest collection shows the progression of the Soia & Kyo aesthetic, as we remain dedicated to creating beautiful styles for our customer,” says Creative Director Ilan Elfassy. “For Fall/Winter 2014, we adopted a new approach in order to achieve oversized silhouettes, cocoon shapes and dropped shoulders that serve both form and function.”

The collection combines sharp men’s tailoring with a strong feminine undertone to create modern, effortless outerwear, while the juxtaposition of grainy wools with soft leathers amplifies the disparities featured throughout. Brushed down coats and tweed wool jackets offer a casual yet polished alternative to mass market outerwear, while I love the cool palette of ivory, nude, tan and soft gray, which provides a refreshing alternative to the typical Canadian winter uniform of all-black.

It goes without saying that this Fall 2014 show isn’t one to miss as the company celebrates 10 years of sublime styling, but should we come bearing gifts of tin, aluminium or diamond? What’s the traditional material for marking a truly fashionable decade?

Images via www.soiakyo.com

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Link Buzz: Arizona Muse on Being a Teen Mom; What’s the Law on Moschino’s McDonald’s Collection?

  • Image: Lia Toby / WENN

    Image: Lia Toby / WENN

    Arizona Muse "opens up" about modeling and young motherhood. [Telegraph]
     
  • Swishing olive oil around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes might have AMAZING health benefits but I think this fad is not for me, thanks! [BellaSugar]
     
  • Moda Operandi's co-founder is launching a new e-commerce site which brings lets users customize luxury items. 50 labels (along the lines of Marchesa and Rodarte) have signed on. [WSJ]
     
  • Where do lesbians and queer women fit into fashion and what does the phrase "girl crush" have to do with it? [Fashionista]
     
  • Greenpoint vintage boutique Fox & Fawn (<3) has figured out a way to sell stuff using Instagram. [NYTimes]
     
  • So, if you were curious about the legal/trademark dimension of Moschino's "fast fashion" collection, I have a link for you. [TheFashionLaw]

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Edita Vilkeviciute is Vogue China’s April Cover Girl (Forum Buzz)

It seems like just two days ago the March issue of Chinese Vogue arrived and now we're already onto April. Daniel Jackson photographed Lithuanian model Edita Vilkeviciute wearing Christian Dior for the April 2014 cover of Vogue China.

IMAGE CREDIT: WEIBO/VOGUE CHINA

IMAGE CREDIT: WEIBO/VOGUE CHINA

TheFashionSpot forums are divided in their opinion regarding this particular cover. "Although I don't think it is a good shot, but it's far better than the horror image of last month," wrote LRlovesDaria.

Starry commented, "Very simple cover but still very nice! Edita is beautiful!"

"She's a boring model and so is this cover," wrote Bertrando3.

Egoiste was ecstatic over the cover and Edita's presence, "I just…. My goddess Edita. Stunning as always, finally another Vogue cover for her. Absolute perfection."

The resemblance to Japanese Vogue was not lost on littlekiki, "She looks great. So happy it's her! Although it looks like a Vogue Japan cover." Gossiping agreed, "Wow stunning cover, just like others said, looks like Vogue Japan — it's probably why I love it so much."

Personally, I look forward to seeing if there is an accompanying editorial to complement the cover shot because I love Jackson's work.

You can join the discussion here.

 

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Welcome New Fashion Title Vamp Magazine, from the Founders of Hercules

It's always a pleasure to welcome a new magazine into the mix. Vamp Magazine, from the founders of Hercules, is the latest publication for fashion lovers. The magazine believes in featuring profiles of strong women and fashion stories photographed by up-and-coming photographers. Fashion spreads will resemble aesthetics from American magazines during the 70s and 80s.

For its premiere issue, Vamp has created six covers with models Emily DiDonato, Andreea Diaconu, Liya Kebede, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Karmen Pedaru and Carolyn Murphy. All of the covers were photographed by Argentinian photographer Paola Kudacki.

IMAGE CREDIT: BUSINESSOFFASHION.COM

IMAGE CREDIT: BUSINESSOFFASHION.COM

I, for one, welcome Vamp with open arms. They've given us some very stimulating covers for the first issue and are already off to a very good start. I look forward to seeing the evolution of this particular title (as well as Diaconu).

Stay tuned for more content and get involved in the discussion here.

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