Abbey Lee Kershaw, Dree Hemingway, Jamie Bochert… ManiaMania’s campaign cast lineup reads like a who’s who of the industry’s coolest. For its new collection Babylon, which takes its cues from lost film and fallen empires, they’ve swiped another of Marc Jacobs’ muses – Ruby Jean Wilson.
The campaign has Wilson delving into the mien of Theda Bara, the controversial femme fatale you probably don’t remember from lost silent films such as 1917’s Cleopatra. ManiaMania links creation and transformation of Bara’s character to mythical phenomena such as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, but in an ancillary way, it’s fitting for their casting choice. Last season, Ruby caused quite the buzz by reincarnating herself as controversial screen icon Edie Sedgwick.
The jewelry lookbook features morbid and exotic stills alongside shots of Ruby playing a silent film star in between costumes. It gives an intimate quality to a collection that’s otherwise pretty bold. Even the delicate pieces like the double-layered ring adorned with tiny crystals are joined with chains to suggest bondage undertones. Otherwise, there are vampirish chokers, giant biker rings with Egyptian scarabs and claws encasing quartz stones.
Get the full, slightly creepy effect over on ManiaMania’s website by way of some accompanying GIFs.
Last month, I profiled stunning up and coming model Jessa Brown, who has recently scored a string of gigs for the likes of Givenchy, Miu Miu, Ellie Saab and Balenciaga. Well, as the country that just keeps on giving, Canada can now call itself home to the current face of Italian Vogue, Dorian Reeves.
An Edmonton native, Dorian recently landed the cover of one of the world's top fashion magazines after a flustered call from his New York agent, followed by a meeting with Steven Meisel (best known for his work with U.S. and Italian Vogue and his photographs of friend Madonna in her 1992 book Sex).
Phone calls followed phone calls, before Dorian finally received the one he really wanted, informing him that he'd got the gig. "They said, 'You just booked the cover of Italian Vogue with (Brazilian model) Raquel Zimmermann,'" Reeves recalls to the Vancouver Sun. "I was like, 'Oh my god.' It was the biggest, most surreal moment of my life," he continues. "It was something I always wanted to do, but didn't think I could actually do it. I didn't even know what to feel. Even now, I'm still buzzing."
To put things into perspective, Italian Vogue books new faces less than 50 percent of the time, while this current issue features six different pullout covers featuring a bevy of international supermodels like Gisele Bundchen, Linda Evangelista and Tony Ward. That said, Reeves is also joined by fellow Edmonton model Megan Collison in the spread; her fifth time being featured by the magazine.
But back to the man of the moment. At 20 years of age, Dorian's off-cover image is of a typically relaxed surfer boy, blonde hair, blue eyes and even the leather OC jewelry to match. In the Vogue spread, he's transformed into a powerful, almost Vitruvian man, wearing little else but a pair of Versace briefs and boots straight from the Italian label’s fall collection.
Dorian, who has done everything from local campaigns for City Centre Mall and a runway show for Fashion With Compassion to walking exclusively in Versace's Spring 2013 show in Milan, pays homage to the Italian designer on the new cover, recreating images shot in the 90s by photographer Richard Avedon. You can check out the photos above, as well as the inside spread below and sound off in the comments about how unattainably hot Dorian looks…
Prince William and Kate Middleton with baby, image: WENN
There’s only one story dominating the headlines in the UK this week and that’s the birth of the royal baby. The nation was gripped as they awaited the baby’s arrival, and we even felt a tad sorry for the row of paparazzi, who’d set up camp around two weeks before Kate was even admitted into hospital, in crazy heat wave temperatures!
Kate and Wills finally welcomed an 8 pound, 6 ounce baby boy into the world on Monday afternoon after an estimated 11 hours of labour, and crowds flocked to see the age old traditional easel that was erected at Buckingham Palace to officially break the news.
Today, crowds were finally officially introduced to the future king of England, as the couple made an appearance at the entrance of the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s hospital in London. Kate appeared looking radiant, and it was hard to believe that she’d given birth within the past 24 hours! For her first appearance as a royal mummy of a baby boy, she opted for a rather fitting baby blue toned polka dot dress by British designer Jenny Packham.
Join in the eccentric British celebrations and steal her dotty style with this Dorothy Perkins blue Spot godet flare dress (£35) or River Island's equally gorgeous blue Polka dot cut out playsuit (£25).
Naomi Campbell's reality show, The Face, held open casting for its second season in New York City on Sunday morning. It was the middle of a heat wave, and by the time we arrived at Chelsea Studios, it was 11 a.m., an hour into the proceedings and the line extended past the end of the block. Outside, it was rowdy and restless, everyone was sweating and hot; the mood couldn't have been anymore different inside. In the waiting room, which represented the front of the queue, model hopefuls waited for their casting appointments, often with their mothers beside them, everyone sitting in absolute silence, their faces tense.
We were ushered into one of the studios to meet the wonderful Devyn Abdullah, last season's winner.
Image: Massimo Campana/Pottle Productions
Earlier today we jumped on a conference call with fashion publicist and TV personality Kelly Cutrone. Even if you skipped The Hills and The City and Kell on Earth (the reality shows that brought her national fame), you probably know Cutrone's basic schtick: powerful lady who founded the immensely successful fashion PR firm People's Revolution; has strong opinions, not afraid to use them.
She made herself available to take questions on her judgeship situation on America's Next Top Model's twentieth cycle, which premieres on August 2 at 8 p.m. For the first time in the show's epic history, both male and female contestants will participate. Or as the teaser spot put it: "The women of America's Next Top Model will face their biggest challenge yet: MEN."
Of course, the men have their own big challenges. They are, after all, aspiring male models in the fashion industry, one of the only areas where the traditional wage gap is reversed. Male models typically earn significantly less than their female counterparts and it's rare that a guy becomes a household name like Kate or Naomi or Gisele.
Cutrone does not necessarily see it the same way:
"There are plenty of male models who become supermodels," she said, citing Marcus Schenkenberg. "Of course, women's advertising and women's beauty are huge. Women do make more money than men in fashion, it's one of the only industries where that's true and we celebrate that. But you know, when you have a hot male model and you're doing an ad for Dolce & Gabbana, any brand, the combination of male and female model can really push a brand's reach."
For aspiring models, Cutrone offers solid, sensible advice: "Don't quit your day job, go to a reputable agency. Do NOT listen to people in the shopping mall who promise they'll get you work after you spend $1,000 on a modeling portfolio. [She runs through a list of well-known agencies — Elite, Wilhelmina, Next, Ford, etc.] Go to them and say, 'I'd like to be considered for your agency. At that point, you'll be asked for a photograph, you should make it as natural as possible. Hair down, light makeup, jeans, a T-shirt, no nipples showing. Sometimes when people think fashion they think, DONE, but really you want to be as minimalist as possible, a blank canvas that people can project lots of different looks on to."
But some people should just stay home: "If you're 5'6", just stay home. Don't pretend you're 5'8" or 5'9". If you want to be a beauty model, I guess that's fine, you can do glamour, but you're not going to do runway. If you're over 29 — 26 even — I would suggest you work regionally and not try to work nationally. These are the things no one ever wants to say, because they're mean, but it's true. "
Later on in the conversation, Cutrone returned to fashion's rigid body standard, explaining why there's a difference between swim and general fashion models: "It's really about the breasts. Fashion models are a size 34A or 34B, and their hips are the same, 34 [inches], so essentially you're looking at a very straight body. So for swim, a girl who's more curvy or more busty, a 34C — a full C — that's really what we look for. Someone with ample curves."
Elaborating on thinness in the fashion industry, Cutrone says, "Most fashion models do not look good in bikinis, because they're too thin. Society has a hyper emphasis on thin and that trend comes from the consumers — it does not come from the fashion industry. The fashion industry needs to make money, that's what we do. If people said, 'we want a 300 pound purple person,' the first industry to do it would be fashion. You look at the Dove campaign in Times Square — it sticks out like a sore thumb. Those girls in the white T-shirts and underwear, next to Calvin Klein [and all the other fashion ads]. As a consumer, it doesn't make me want to buy Dove. I'm all for the real look, but as a consumer it doesn't make me want to buy clothes."
Alexa Chung wears Valentino for mytheresa.com
Aspirational style icon Alexa Chung
has fronted more than her fair share of fashion campaigns, and this season sees her lending her immaculate fashion sense to yet another. Designer emporium, MyTheresa.com, is currently evoking upon a campaign that’ll see an array of our favourite style icons share some of their fashion advice, and Alexa is just the first of a select few.
The campaign features a mix of portraits, films and exclusive interviews which aim to teach us some unknown facts about their enviable dress senses. A quote that really does stand out from Alexa’s interview is: "I don’t let other people’s opinions dictate the way I dress. I really don’t care what other people think." Could this be the ultimate secret to being an international acclaimed style icon who can seemingly do no wrong? Maybe the real key to possessing an effortless dress sense is to be fearless and wear whatever you feel like, that way you set your own fashion rules and others are just naturally inspired to adopt your new trends.
Alexa’s photo shoot for MyTheresa took place in New York and she was styled in some of her favourite designers from Saint Laurent to Valentino, with each look naturally encompassing her own signature look. Alexa explained that her favourite outfit from the shoot was the pastel blue and pink scallop edge Valentino dress (shown right) which isn’t currently available to buy online or in their store, but rest assured, it’s set to arrive soon.
If you want to read Alexa’s interview and pick up a few of her style tips or shop the collection, head over to MyTheresa.