Thylane Lena-Rose Blondeau is one of the the very few young-and-stunning ‘model sensations’ set to make an enormous name for herself. The thing is, she’s 10 years old. Born in the Ivory Coast in 2001, it seems she was genetically blessed with a quintessential ‘model face‘ – something extraordinarily reminiscent of Brigitte Bardot and Lou Doillon.
With such an extensive portfolio already in place as the incredibly young model hit double-digits, Thylane has been the center of both awe and controversy. While her prominent beauty is of no argument, the fact that she has been styled “seductively” in some shoots makes me uncomfortable. While a woman’s right to her sexuality is completely her choice, she is in no way close to being a woman. I believe this young girl has, to be cliche, a face that could launch a thousand ships. When these tiny beauties are still years away from puberty, though, let those of us in the industry keep them modelling as children and children only.
So, remember the George Condo‘s cover art to Kanye West‘s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”? The controversial (and much loved here at LL.com) mogul has turned them into scarves. With the help of Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag of M/M Paris, Yeezy produced 5 silk tweed neck beauties to be sold at $370. Though steep, only 100 of each scarf is being sold, meaning they are sure to sell out as soon as they are let loose this coming Monday.
You can purchase them through MMParis and Colette (in Paris, not that you didn’t already know). Make sure to save the stabbing scarf for me!
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.”
Elise Øverland happily embodies the concept of ‘go big or go home’. Why? The Fall/Winter 2011 show was – while the models were wearing 6 inch platform stilettos – set on a godforsaken ice rink. In addition to the models, professional figure skaters (also wearing Øverland) glided around the tumblicious beauties. Johnny Weir also humped (there is no better word) the ice in the freezing temperatures. It was all bonkers in a delicious way. While none of the attire would be beneficial in sub-zero temperatures, it was a collection of chiefly demiurgic style. See the top five looks below! View Post
This is the twenty-four minute behind the scenes video of Karl Lagerfeld’s shoot for the 2011 Pirelli calendar where all of our favourite models (and Julianne Moore?) portray ancient Greek and Roman gods. The kicker? Expansive views of Karl’s Paris studio, the walls of which are filled with so many books I am having mid-earthquake photoshoot fantasies. The calendar itself (where nudity is abundant) is not the tasteless, raunchy mess we have seen in the years previous thanks to – in the words of Abbey Lee Kershaw – “the Einstein of high fashion”. She and other model beauties such as Brad Kroening have a good amount of interview time to swoon over, as well.