The Le Bon Closet of Dreams


Image via Telegraph UK

Amber Le Bon is one lucky girl. She has a supermodel for a mom, Yasmin Le Bon, and a rock star for a father, Simon Le Bon. At 19, she’s already begun modeling, signed with Model’s One, guest edited the Moschino Cheap & Chic online boutique, and plans to make her catwalk debut next season.

But she also has a huge archive of designer fashion just sitting around for her, thanks to her mother’s experience in the industry. “There is a trunk of Azzedine Alaïa in storage just waiting for you,” her mom has told her. Amber has already commandeered a few pieces from that collection, including a black dress, which she wore to a fashion show and shocked Naomi Campbell. “She took one look at her in this dress and was speechless. She was shocked because she has so many memories of me in this dress. I used to wear it every day with riding boots, it was my uniform,” said Yasmin.

What else does Amber have in her very own vintage “store”? A blue-and-white Pucci-print cotton sundress; a pink Comme des Garçons dress that Rei Kawakubo personally gave to Yasmin; a black leather biker jacket from the ’80s; an Antony Price sage-green lace prom dress; a full-length, balloon-sleeved, ivory Ossie Clark gown; and more than 100 pieces from Azzedine Alaïa. Jeal.

Fernanda Does Demin Right

In addition to trolling our favorite fashion and model websites, we’re beyond addicted to street-style sites like those of Scott Schuman and Garance Doré. And when we find a fashion site that adds in street style, we’re thrilled. Elle posted this image of Fernanda Motta yesterday, but we feel compelled to draw attention to the fact that not only does she have great style, but she’s an amazing model, too! Here, she’s dressed in a Tory Burch sweater, Levi’s jeans, and Converse sneakers with a Balenciaga bag. The mag must be in a serious Fernanda wave, as she’s also featured in the April 2009 issue of Spanish Elle, channeling a more cowboy vibe.

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Organice with Lonneke


Head to Organice Your Life, Lonneke Engel’s website. Right now all you’ll see is an apple and her e-mail address, but it won’t be that way for long. It’s well known that the supermodel is obsessed with all things healthy, so the space will soon serve as an opportunity for her to discuss all of her nutrition opinions. It will feature her thoughts on organic items like food and clothes, but also provide a place for her friends to talk, including her best friend who is a psychologist and will explain healthy behaviors.

The name of her site, however, is truly original. “Organice” comes from what Lonneke thinks are the two most important parts of an organized life: living organically (simple, clean, pure) and being nice (health, calmness, peace).

Into the Making of Vogue

Did you think the Vogue May 2009 issue obsession was over? Please.

The behind-the-scenes video is up, taking readers into hair and makeup with the models to discuss the making of the iconic issue. “Celebrating models is so special,” says Isabeli Fontana, “’cause normally now it’s all the actresses coming up in our business!”

Pay attention for quick shots of the rack of clothes, including those stunning Rodarte dresses, as well as makeup artist Pat McGrath making the girls even more stunning than they already are. “For me it felt like the first day back at school!” said Raquel Zimmermann of the shoot. She admits her “special feelings” for Steven Meisel, as he’s the one who really pushed her career. But Isabeli really sums up the experience perfectly, saying,  “[Vogue] is the best thing you could always do. It’s the bible of the historical world of fashion.”

Wedding Plans for Brooklyn?

Gisele, Adriana, Kristy, and now Brooklyn Decker. This weekend she will wed her tennis star, Andy Roddick. The celebration will take place in Austin, Texas, which is the groom’s hometown, possibly at the Westwood Country Club. But it seems the parties have already started as Brooklyn’s bachelorette bash took place over the holiday weekend in Chapel Hill. Rumored guests include Elton John, James Blake, and Mardy Fish, and we hear that Julie Henderson might be one of her bridesmaids!

Modelinia Morning Reads


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On Modelinia:

Inside the making of the April issue of Harper’s Bazaar ~ Modelinia

The fashions of models between the shows ~ Modelinia

Travel to Vietnam and Cambodia with Noot Seear ~ Modelinia

Off Modelinia:

Isaac Mizrahi, your new radio must listen ~ Fashionista

Stay eco-friendly with Tweezerman ~ Style.com Beauty Counter

A fashion closet full of skyscraping heels…and handcuffs? ~ The Moment

Secrets to the Topshop line ~ New York Post

Liya, the Wish-List, and the Wardrobe

Liya Kebede’s top five J.Crew must-haves this season.
By Bianca Posterli


Liya Kebede had the chance to try on a ton of J.Crew items, as she was the exclusive model for its April catalog. Modelinia figured that, out of everyone, she would know what the brand’s must-have pieces were this spring. We caught up with Liya and went shopping, and she picked out her fave five items…so you can steal her style.

1. “This cardigan I have is a great piece you can wear with anything.” Cashmere keepsake cardigan, $188.

2. “They have great T-shirts.” Tissue crinkle tie-dye tee, $29.50

3. “They have these beautiful pink summer sandals!” Metallic-leather twisted sandals, $98

4. “Also, I love the Converse shoes they sell, which I have now!” Jack Purcell® distressed sneakers, $65

5. “Their cut up jeans are fantastic.” Distressed vintage slim jean in antique destroyed wash, $148

The Godfather of Fashion, Steven Meisel

It wouldn’t be a Steven Meisel muse-obsessed issue without a feature on the master of photography himself. Aptly titled “The Godfather,” Mr. Meisel shot two epic group shots for the May 2009 issue of Vogue—and even posed himself for one—bringing together girls who helped create: Caroline Murphy, Liya Kebede, Kristen McMenamy, Coco Rocha, Jessica Stam, Stella Tennant, Agyness Deyn, Guinevere Van Seenus, Natalia Vodianova, Amber Valleta, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Karen Elson, Christy Turlington, Isabeli Fontana, Natasha Poly, Caroline Trentini, Lara Stone, Sasha Pivovarova, and Raquel Zimmermann.

The issue celebrates the photographer with an extensive interview and even displays some personal images, including a portrait of his parents and a ’90s shot of him alongside Linda Evangelista. There’s also a collage  of iconic Meisel Vogue moments over the years, showing an all-American Gisele Bundchen for the December 2001 cover, Coco Rocha in Vermeer style for the September 2007 issue, Stella Tennant in a Versace suit for the October 1997 issue, Naomi Campbell with Kristen McMenamy dressed in grunge for December 1992, and so many more.

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