New York Fashion Week: Men’s is over and last night, Wilhelmina models helped wrap up the week with a bang. The agency held a shindig at Marquee in honor of its male models, AKA the Wolf Pack and, of course, the place was filled with gorgeous guys and glamorous gals. Laverne Cox, RJ Mitte and Carly Cushnie were just a few of the beautiful people on hand (selves included), but when we spied sibling modeling duo Armando and Fernando Cabral, we just had to pull them aside for a short chat.
The pair stars in Balmain’s Fall 2015 campaign with the likes of Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Joan and Erika Smalls and Gigi and Bella Hadid. The campaign images just dropped yesterday to every fashion nerd’s excitement and we had to get the scoop on their Balmain moment. “This is our second campaign together so it was nice that we could be together again. We always have so much fun,” Armando told us. “Fernando knows his craft and after 15 years, it’s become easy. We just try to give the client what they asked for, but there’s definitely some chemistry because he is my brother. It makes it a lot easier.” Spoken like true professionals.
Through the party, we naturally couldn’t help but have flashbacks to that epic show package Wilhelmina put out that blessed us with images of gorgeous shirtless guys getting all primal as they slathered on glow-in-the-dark paint. The vibe of the party matched the video. We noticed the artwork of Eddy Bogaert, who also did the art for the video itself, around the venue.
“It’s one of those serendipitous moments in life where you put something together that you really believe in and you have tremendous amounts of talent, from the videographers to the producers, the art director to the marketing people to the talent that participates,” Wilhelmina Models brand officer Melissa Wilhelmina Cooper said about the video. “Everybody brings elements to an idea that then takes off and transcends into something completely different. I think it’s that elemental nature that makes Wilhelmina models unique. They’re willing to put that out there, that creative spark. They’re willing to give something of themselves that is more than just a photo or a video. They embody whatever it is they’re doing and I think the guys in the wolf pack video really did that.”
It certainly did just that – and more – for many of us. “They were hot!” Ms. Cooper exclaimed. We could only wholeheartedly agree.
Cara Delevingne is a woman of many talents. She can play the drums, sing, model, act – and she’s also quite a good beatboxer. Delevingne has showed off her skills in the past, but she gave last night’s Jimmy Fallon audience a treat when she delivered an epic freestyle beatbox. As usual, her effort was quite impressive and her beats were so sick that The Roots’ Tariq Trotter hopped in with a freestyle over Delevingne’s rhythm. And you can tell: Cara knows she’s dope.
Watch the model/actress/beatboxer do her thang in the clip above.
Beloved Latin singer Selena is getting her own makeup collection. M.A.C cosmetics is honoring the late crooner, who was shot by her fan club president Yolanda Saldívar in 1995, with a dedicated makeup collection due out late next year. It seems that fan support was a deciding factor, as M.A.C mentions in an Instagram post announcing the forthcoming range. “Like the legend herself, Selena Quintanilla’s fans are an inspiration to us all for their love and enthusiasm. It’s happening!”
M.A.C’s creative director James Gager sounds quite excited for the collection. “We have heard the passion and enthusiasm from her fans and wholeheartedly agree that her legacy embodies M.A.C’s philosophy.” According to Selena’s sister Suzette Quintanilla, starting a makeup line was a dream of the singer’s, so this tribute collection posthumously fulfills one of Selena’s dreams. “Helping to create this collection brings me back to all those late-night conversations on our tour bus when she spoke of having her own makeup line one day. If Selena were here she would be beyond ecstatic to have this happening. History is being made.”
We can’t wait for the collection to drop. We’re expecting to see a color for Selena’s signature red lip and perhaps a lot of pretty neutrals and certainly a brow pencil to help create her deeply pigmented slender brow.
If there’s one thing we learn when the advertising campaigns roll out, it’s that not only Prada, Gucci and Louis Vuitton can knock out show-stopping imagery. Kurt Geiger‘s Fall 2015 campaign is proof that lesser-known brands are high contenders, especially when tapping the likes of Lara Stone, who works the lens of Erik Torstensson like there’s no tomorrow. U.K. Vogue‘s August cover girl appears as though she just stepped off the set of a Robert Palmer music video back in the 80s, sporting a dramatic makeup look complemented by a platinum shade of blonde, which works beautifully with the dark atmosphere.
The campaign was an instant hit. “Love this! Has that harsh 70s makeup and lighting look to it,” described justaguy.
“Wow, she looks very harsh and fierce in these shots! Somehow it actually works,” Benn98 confessed.
In agreement over how fabulous the images are was perhydrol: “I usually don’t like Lara, but she looks really hot here and it’s not fake. Her look sells those accessories, everything is eye-catching and I like this direction for the brand because it works. Just fabulous.”
Forum member simon showed the campaign some love too, admitting, “Lara looks incredible.”
“That makeup is all sorts of wrong (the angle of the contour is just wrong) but somehow, in a very weird way, Lara pulled it off. She looks hot,” declared MON.
See the campaign in all its glory inside the thread and be sure to leave us a comment here.
Our forums are notorious for complaining about the same old, same old, yearning for something new and innovative. But Etro has just unveiled a campaign for Fall 2015 that proves change isn’t always better. In what’s most likely to be the shock of the season, Kate Moss becomes the new face of the Italian luxury fashion house. Etro’s previous campaigns have been slandered for being static and unoriginal. The brand is set to lift the curse after tapping the British supermodel, who was photographed doing what she does best while lying on a bed of busy prints for Mario Testino.
Our forum members continue to express their genuine amazement. “I like the styling and the change for Etro is good — great campaign,” raved a delighted testinofan.
“When I read the thread title I was hoping that Kate would save Etro by Testino of being boring and using the same-old and indeed, I quite like this. It has a [Roberto] Cavalli vibe but still… I like the textures,” admired an impressed kokobombon.
Also pleasantly surprised with the result was Chanelcouture09: “I really love the freshness! Kate brings her effortless, bohemian aesthetic to this perfectly and I would not have thought this was by Mario,” he confessed.
On our forums, Vogue Russia is considered to be very hit or miss. Its past two covers featuring Catherine McNeil and Lindsey Wixson seemed to successfully raise the bar in terms of creativity, but its latest issue appears to have taken four steps backward. The magazine welcomes Daphne Groeneveld back on its cover, marking the Dutch model’s second appearance. Photographed by Jason Kibbler, the Tom Ford favorite brought some drama and movement to the cover shoot styled by Olga Dunina, but the end result falls flat.
Forum members ripped into the cover the moment it dropped. “I don’t get Daphne. She’s not sexy nor does she look like a grown up woman to justify these kind of poses we always see her making. The cover looks too dark and busy,” condemned anlabe32 right away.
“I adore Daphne but when they do these type of photos with her it doesn’t appeal to me, just seems forced,” TeeVanity added.
In a state of shock was Creative: “So you are telling me that a so-called fashion professional said yes to this. OK.”
Also unamused was justaguy, who ranted, “Love me some Daphne, but this cover is a mess. Trying too hard to make her look sexy.”
RickO even went so far as to declare, “Worst Vogue cover of the year!!!!”
“To be honest, as long as Victoria Davydova is still seated at the helm of Vogue Russia, all the other under performing Vogue EICs need not worry about their jobs. Y’all can still sleep at night!” laughed MON.