V Magazine Lets Go Cruising

Bambi Northwood-Blyth and Lindsey Wixson


V Magazine has put quite a smile on my little fashion face, today. For their latest issue – on stands November 8th – they have used actual models! Four covers worth! For the first time in two years!

Obviously, this kind of decision – after two years of celebrity covers – wasn’t going to take place without tagging some big names onto the shoot; infamous photographer Terry Richardson was on lens, while styling was handled by Carine Roitfeld. Each cover duo was brilliantly chosen, and included six of my current favourite models – Candice Swanepoel and Joan Smalls; Daphne Groeneveld and Saskia de Brauw; Sui He and Hanaa Ben Abdesslem, and Bambi Northwood-Blyth and Lindsey Wixson.

“These eight girls are unique, not one is like the other. Candice is the only blonde and blue-eyed of this new generation of supermodels. Joan is black, Sui He is Asian, Hanna is North African. It’s their diversity that makes each of them, to me, truly modern. They bring a new energy to fashion. […] It’s a big moment of change in fashion. In some cases, you feel like it’s the end of an era. I have been feeling this with cover subjects, and especially models.”
Carine Roitfeld

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Joan Smalls Grafitti
I absolutely adore this vivacious October 2011 cover of Elle UK. “The Model Issue“, as it is otherwise being offered, is fronted by the always-effortless Joan Smalls who appears to have graffitied “Girl Power” onto the wall in one way or another. Her Alexei Hay-lensed, velvet-heeled stance just screams all the sorts of fierce that Tyra Banks tries to drill into the Next Top Model wannabes.

La Isla Bonita Vogue
Goodness gracious, Edward Enninful. You and Grace Coddington hold the stylist power of Vogue in your pricey pockets. Anyone else would have stacked the vertically challenged Bruno Mars on anything they could find to ‘look manly’ next to Amazon-heighted beauty Joan Smalls. For “La Isla Bonita” in Vogue US’ June issue, Enninful and photographer Peter Lindbergh have created a natural and realistic romance on gloss. It’s a fashionable depiction of talent, beauty, and reliance. Just gorgeous. View Post

Perfect Body

Joan Smalls


The “major models” – Raquel Zimmermann, Joan Smalls, and Daria Werbowy – of Vogue’s Shape issue (out again this month) are apparently here to talk candidly about body, brains, and the secret to killer confidence. While these video-bytes tend to be an outlet for famous beauties to tell you how often they don’t work out, Vogue have done it a little differently.

“Women are their hardest critics, and we need to learn how to accept ourselves, how we are,” says Smalls. “Some of the models, you’d be surprised backstage, that their body isn’t perfect either. It depends also on how you dress, how you present yourself, but don’t be fooled by models being perfect specimens because we’re far from that.”

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Prabal Gurung Fall Winter 2011
Prabal Gurung was the show covered in multi-coloured highlighters and gold stars for my Fall/Winter 2011 agenda. For a reason. The model lineup alone was spectacular – Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, Liu Wen, Mirte Mass, Jourdan Dunn, Constance Jablonski, etc. Gurung is one of the dexterous few that can match eccentricity and elegance. By washing silk faille, dip-dyeing fur, braiding organza, and throwing ostrich feathers where it counted, the collection was ‘personality‘ defined. Take a note from Prabal if you’re looking to work some prestigious comfort. See the top five looks below. View Post