Doing Double Duty

Do we have another Coco Rocha on our hands? Jessica Stam led MTV News around backstage at Anna Sui during New York Fashion Week, showing them the hair and makeup team, as well as talking to the designer. And she looks just as comfortable on camera as Coco! She’s chatty, cool, and collected, even joking about how she won’t fall during rehearsal because she’s in flats – though she does slip! Models took over the celeb status during the shows, will they take over on-camera action as well?

The Source: Fashion / Behind the Doors of No. 6

Karin Bereson and Morgan Yakus of No. 6, 6 Centre Market Place, NYC, phone: 212 226 5759

by Lisa Germinsky

Tucked away near NYC’s Chinatown, on the teeniest of blocks, is the retail treasure No. 6. Opened by stylist Karin Bereson and vintage collector Morgan Yakus in 2005, the blacked-out windows keep tourists at bay, but models seek out the address daily.

For Karin and Morgan, it was love-her-look-at-first-sight when they met in 1995. And now models descend upon their stylish store for its effortless mix of vintage, emerging designers, and No. 6’s eponymous label. “The vintage drives the personality of the store,” notes Karin. “It fills in the blanks.”

At this vintage-meets-new-designers boutique, they’ve got your number.

But models also want modern from their vintage. Meaning, they prefer to resurrect past trends and make them fresh again. “Now they’re asking for Whitney Houston ’80s dresses,” Morgan says. (Read: backless Lycra sheaths in candy pastels.) Other current model must-haves at No. 6: flippy floral dresses, cropped leather jackets from Paris, and size-10 ankle boots in burnished gold.

Regulars like Anouck Lepere and Jessica Stam rely on the duo’s expert eyes for that “extra” item—like a rare Chanel cape. “The idea is to mix vintage with new,” Yakus explains. As for the new, their model base is loving lines Stine Goya, Electric Feathers, and Von Sono.

Something secretive swirls about No. 6. When pressed for more boldface clients, Bereson and Yakus are protective, but reveal, “We have some original supermodels.” Most want to keep No. 6 to themselves, but now the word is out. You’re welcome!

No. 6 Model Clientele: Adriana Lima, Anouck Lepere, Caroline Trentini, Elettra Wiedenmann, Jessica Stam, Josie Maran, Julia Stegner

From Bling to Brilliance

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And now, a note from our Fashion Correspondent at London Fashion Week, Camilla Morton:

My blogging might have taken a pause, but the pace didn’t slacken up for a moment. From Erdem, it was a race to find a taxi to head over to Julien MacDonald.  The Welsh designer remains one of the biggest names in London, and has a glamorous following of devotees from pop starlets to red carpet regulars.  But don’t judge a book by its cover. 

Showing on Whitehall – just opposite 10 Downing Street, the English Prime minister’s official residence – seemed a strange venue for the King of Bling, but not so, as this season he showed technical glamour and understated elegance.  

Opening with Stella Tennant, his mum and dad nudged each other as the show began.  New backer, new attitude, and Julien MacDonald showed not only why his name has endured but also why his name is still relevant. The party girls might have taken him as their own, but this was a collection that went back to his root.  It showed his skill, the intricate knits that shot him to fame, and his ‘80s biker rock that made Mugler, Montana, and even today’s silhouettes from Balmain to Balenciaga look like imitations of MacDonald.  In a season when designers must be worried about the economy, Julien pulled a masterstroke – he wasn’t flashy, he was brilliant.  For the bling, though, he remains a best seller with his diffusion line ‘Star’ at Debenhams.

Modelinia Morning Reads

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On Modelinia:

Beauty secrets from Cindy Crawford ~ Modelinia 

Traveling with Marisa Miller ~ Modelinia

A peek inside Daisy Lowe’s apartment ~ Modelinia

Off Modelinia:

The scams of Fashion Week ~ New York magazine

Who’s taking Kate Grand’s place at Pop? ~

New hires at the Gap ~ Fashionista

Want to listen to Marc Jacob’s favorite music? ~ WWD

Camilla’s on the London Fashion Week Beat!

Are you missing your London Fashion Week coverage? Never fear, our fashion correspondent Camilla Morton will be back tomorrow with all the details. Here’s a quick picture and note from Camilla on her fashion travels:

From high couture to charity shops. This wedding dress stood sadly in the window of the charity shop opposite my flat.  From the finale of a runway show, to a window, and waiting for its next adventure up the aisle…Fashion can be a very fickle game.
Geranium, Charity Shop, South London, February 23, 2009

In the meantime, have you read Camilla’s “How to Survive Fashion Week” series? Check out Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, and Episode 4

For the Good of H2O

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She may be a huge international supermodel with the new cover of Sports Illustrated, but Bar Refaeli is still all about the good deeds and charity work. She just signed on as the face of the Israel Water Authority campaign and will replace actress Renana Raz. The new images will be released this summer with the hope of raising awareness of the water crisis in Israel.

Bar has agreed to a modest sum for her work at only several tens thousands of shekels, proving that she’s really very dedicated to the cause and her place of origin. The precise amount is unknown, but one shekel is less than a quarter in dollars, so you do the math. She also previously worked with the water company May Eden.

Twiggy Moment of the Day

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If you read one thing today, make it the WWD article on Twiggy. The paper took a look back in time at the iconic model, and lucky for us, added a few images from her past.

Our favorite part of the whole article? The fact that she’s so nonchalant about her status, as she told the paper, “I came in backwards by accident. I never planned to do any of this — to be a model, sing or dance or appear on Broadway.”

Accident, maybe, but it was certainly a happy one for all of her fans, including Sir Laurence Oliver, who wrote her a note, saying, “What a sweet joy it was to meet you last night, having adored you from afar.” Swoon.

Now excuse us as we add a little more black liner to our rims and change our outfit to include a head scarf.

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Head-y Double Takes

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We did a minor double take this morning reading through the Pipeline blog. There’s a new photo ‘zine coming out soon, with a March issue, but that’s not the part that grabbed our attention. There’s a person featured in one of the images with a huge tiger head, which immediately made us think of Erin Wasson. Why you wonder? Remember the images of her apartment on The Selby? And those huge Mickey Mouse heads? Where does one get these heads? And why are they so popular?

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