Alexa Needs a BFF

We’ll admit it: We’re in love with Alexa Chung, especially after reading Anita Bitton’s Girl Crush about the cheeky British model turned journalist. And with her new show on MTV, everyone is sure to share our sentiments.

Though we hear she’s having some trouble adjusting to the New York way of life—the huge sizes that are so prevalent, learning the hard way why city dwellers wear Wellies, and the fact that her accent is hard to understand. (That we don’t get because British accents are seriously to die for.)

So the Guardian took it upon itself to attempt to figure out just who Alexa will become BFF with now that she’s a New Yorker. And while we have to agree that she and Agyness Deyn would make fast friends, we have a few suggestions of our own.

  1. Poppy Delevigne: They’re both British so they can reminisce together, but Poppy’s also had experience in the fashion world on this side of the pond.

  2. Chanel Iman: Can’t you just picture the two of them Twittering to each other all the time? Nothing brings people together like social media. Plus there’s the added bonus that Chanel was also on MTV…

  3. Iekeliene Stange: A self-proclaimed lover of vintage, she could show Alexa the ropes around the second-hand stores of the East Village, Lower East Side, and Brooklyn’s Williamsburg.

  4. Kate Moss: The two are both huge fans of music festivals, so it’s only a matter of time before they run into each other and start talking style and music.

Jimmy Fallon Loves Modelinia

Not everyone equates Jimmy Fallon with models, but his show last night proved otherwise. Plus, apparently Jimmy reads Modelinia!

His “Target Demographic” for the show was models, based on his finding out from Modelinia that it’s National Model Month. So he studied his demographics, put together a slideshow of beauties, and even had supermodels Julie Henderson, Damaris Lewis, and Melissa Haro in the audience.

Love that you’re a fan of the site, Jimmy!

Modelinia Morning Reads

On Modelinia:

Get to know Coco Rocha ~ Modelinia

More style looks from the ever fashionable Kate Moss ~ Modelinia

Model street style across the ocean in Paris and Milan ~ Modelinia

Off Modelinia:

Fashion gets geeky with not only a comic book… ~ New York Times

…but also a video game dedicated to Fashion Week ~ Media Post

Anna Wintour spotted…eating a burger? ~ Racked LA

Isaac and His Golden Girl

Casting Director Jennifer Venditti recently sat down with Elite to discuss her experience in the industry, as well as her current work and aspirations for the rest of her career.

She also talked a bit about her new project with Isaac Mizrahi, which we’re thrilled about and can’t wait to see the final product. The designer’s idea behind the Liz Claiborne campaign was to portray a range of women in all demographics. One of the models chosen is Coco Rocha. “Isaac knows what he stands for and he voices that out…. He’s like this branded image,” said Jennifer. “And I see Coco as that in terms of the modeling world. She knows what she stands for…she wants to be portrayed in a certain image…. She’s smart and she is animated, and she’s physical in terms of her movements. I feel like she is a complete woman that represents what Isaac is about and what this brand is about. And it’s great to have girls in the industry that believe in something.”

The Jumping Doesn’t Stop with Trentini

It’s hard to beat the May 2009 issue of Vogue, but the editorials inside the newest edition are nothing short of amazing.

Lara Stone pairs with Morgan Freeman in an interesting spread which takes Bruce Weber and the duo down to New Orleans for “Takin’ It to the Streets.” “I was so nervous about working with Morgan because I’ve loved his work for forever! Turns out he’s the nicest guy,” said Lara of her experience with the actor. “He’s remarkably relaxed about everything.”

As always, there’s Caroline Trentini jumping in “Pieced Together,” alongside Chanel Iman, Anna Jagodzinska, Lily Donaldson, and Karlie Kloss, shot by Patrick Demarchelier. Karlie does double duty though, as she’s in “Hot Fuzz” by Craig McDean as well, Doutzen Kroes models for “Steal of the Month,” and Gisele Bündchen is in a green organic bikini by Loyale for “Style Ethics.”

But we’re kind of obsessing about Sasha Pivovarova’s spread. She replays her wedding to Igor Vishnyakov in “The Wedding Party,” shot by Arthur Elgort, which even stars members of her own family, including her sister Alyona alongside Jessica Stam, Hana Soukupova, and Irina Kulikova. How cute is her photographer hubby jumping! Did he have lessons beforehand?

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Cool in Khaki

Khaki has never been so cool.

Gap teamed up with the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists for the third Gap Design Editions, and this year it’s all about the khaki look. Alexander Wang, Albertus Swanepoel, and Vena Cava’s Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai each took the preppy staple and put their own twists on it. “I felt that after two years of doing white shirts, it was time to stay current and stay cool but also stay Gap and keep surprising the customer,” said Patrick Robinson, Gap’s executive vice president of design. “It’s pretty utilitarian,” he says. “But when you give it to such talent…it’s such a blank canvas.” The designers each created four looks, selling in the range of $39.50 to $88.

And now the looks are out, along with the chosen models for the campaign: Raquel Zimmermann, Anna Jagodzinska, Arlenis Sosa, and Coco Rocha were shot by Craig McDean, posing alone and with the designers in their creations. If anyone could promote the beige look, it’s these girls.

From the Lido with Karen and the Kaiser

It was only last week that models and editors sat on the Lido in Venice at sunset to see Karl Lagerfeld’s new creations for the Chanel Cruise 2010 show. But already the campaign images are out, starring Karen Elson and Baptiste Giabiconi, shot by none other than the Kaiser himself in a dark vintage-looking hotel room. In Venice perhaps? Though Karen didn’t strut on the boardwalk runway, she looks as if she went straight from the show to the photo shoot, with her short red curls and all.

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Modelinia Morning Reads


Image via foto_decadent

On Modelinia:

History of Models, Part III: The Awakening & Disco Revolution ~ Modelinia

Go shopping with Egle Tvirbutaite ~ Modelinia

Hear all about May Andersen’s model-turned-designer experience ~ Modelinia

Off Modelinia:

Marios Schwab is the new helm at Halston ~ WWD

Fashion’s Night Out will kick off Fashion Week in September ~ New York Times

Back in plaid for the iconic Burberry brand ~ Wall Street Journal

How to dress like Carine Roitfeld ~ Guardian