Modelinia Morning Reads

On Modelinia:

Read up on the CFDA nominees before the big event ~ Modelinia

Go to the gym the model way ~ Modelinia

You’ve seen the video, now shop Lucy Kemp’s closet ~ Modelinia

Off Modelinia:

Cartier shows off the love ~ WWD

Pop-up shops have officially gone overboard ~ Style File

Everyone is obsessing over the High Line, especially designers ~ Racked

Don’t forget to set your DVR for Alexa Chung’s new show on MTV ~ Wall Street Journal

Alber Elbaz brings his addiction to Damages to his clothing line ~ WWD

Spotted: Chanel Iman and Heather Marks at the Palace!

Image via Startraks

In a week of deplorable weather, the fashion gods smiled upon the boys of Wednesday night for their 3rd Annual Women of Fashion event. Held in the courtyard of the Palace Hotel—Gossip Girl jokes aside—it really turned out to be a perfect evening. And while there were no Lonely Boy, Chuck Bass, S, or B sightings, the night was full of models like Chanel Iman and Heather Marks, as well as fashion insiders and designers like Julie Gilhart, Philip Crangi, Richard Chai, Sean Avery, and Yigal Azrouël.

Not to mention the honorees for the evening! Though not everyone was in attendance, the lucky 25 women chosen were Milla Jovovich, Chloë Sevigny, Charlotte Ronson, Erin Wasson, Alexa Chung, Eunice Lee, Minnie Mortimer Gaghan, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Leigh Lezark, Pamela Love, Berrin Noorata, Harley Viera-Newton, Poppy de Villeneuve, Lesley Thompson, Ana Lerario Geller, Danielle Corona, Garance Doré, Rachel Roy, Chrissie Miller, Umindi Francis, Sophia Hesketh, Erika Bearman, Eugenia Gonzalez Ruiz-Olloqui, Frances Tulk-Hart, and Louise Roe.

Chanel hung out in the tent to the side with cohost of the evening Kanye West and lamented the lack of her name on the list. “Chanel Iman’s not on it?” she asked. “Oh, that sucks! One day, one day. In a couple years. I want to be somewhere on that list.”

While most mingled downstairs in the Palace Gate lounge, the after-party turned out to be on the roof, as Olivier Zahm was photographing all of the winners during the event. Garance and Scott Schuman had a mini photo shoot overlooking the new Burberry sign, Charlotte Ronson nursed her sprained ankle in the Alexander Wang heels that Dree Hemingway loves, and everyone indulged in mini desserts and a few glasses of champers.

For the CFDA’s, the Designers Get the Spotlight

While the most recognizable icons of fashion may be the photogenic ladies of the runways and magazine spreads, where would they be if it weren’t for the creative minds behind the labels that clothe them?
By Claudine Ko

Fashion deigners and CFDA memebers John Bartlett, Carolina Herrera, Nadja Swarovski, Diane von Furstenberg, Philip Crangi, Isabel Toledo, and Stan Herman attend the 2009 CFDA Fashion Awards Nominations at the Rooftop Gardens at Rockefeller Center on March 16, 2009, in New York City.

On Monday, June 15, the industry is taking a special time-out to honor the top designers at the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards.

Set to receive the Board of Director’s Special Tribute, Michelle Obama opted out of making a live appearance to accept the honor at this year’s ceremony, but plenty of fashion luminaries—from veteran winners to virgin nominees—are set to attend one of the industry’s biggest nights next week.

A few of the nominees include first lady favorites Jason Wu and Thakoon Panichgul, as well as venerable designers Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, and Narciso Rodriguez.

In addition, this year will mark the debut of the Popular Vote Award. According to Steven Kolb, the CFDA’s executive director, “This new award enables the public to really get involved with the awards and voice an opinion as to their favorite designer. Anyone can win this.”

Fans had up until midnight on June 9 to cast their votes from a list of 100 nominees, which included Erin Fetherston, Albertus Swanepoel, Band of Outsiders, and the president of CFDA herself: Diane von Furstenberg.

“American designers are together, and we are going to surf the tsunami together,” said Von Furstenberg, during her nomination announcement in March.

“It’s great that the Popular Vote category was introduced this year,” says Fetherston, who was a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist last year. “It’s really nice to let everyone participate in acknowledging their favorite design talents. I’m obviously honored to be included as a nominee.”

The CFDA Fashion Awards ceremony will be hosted by actress/comedian Tracey Ullman at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City.

Here is a list of the categories and their nominees:

• For Womenswear Designer of the Year: Marc Jacobs, Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte, and Narciso Rodriguez

• For Menswear Designer of the Year: Michael Bastian, Scott Sternberg for Band of Outsiders, and Italo Zucchelli for Calvin Klein

• For Accessory Designer of the Year: Marc Jacobs, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, and Vera Wang

• For Swarovski Award for Womenswear: Thakoon Panichgul, Alexander Wang, and Jason Wu

• For Swarovski Award for Menswear: Patrik Ervell, Robert Geller, and Tim Hamilton

• For Swarovski Award for Accessory Design: Justin Giunta for Subversive Jewelry, Alejandro Ingelmo, and Albertus Swanepoel

Along with Michelle Obama, a slew of other VIPs will be receiving special honors: Anna Sui will be awarded the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, Edward Nardoza (EIC of WWD) will be receiving the Eugenia Sheppard Award, the International Award will be given to Marc Jacobs for his work with Louis Vuitton, and the Eleanor Lambert Award will be bestowed upon Jim Moore (creative director of GQ).

Micki Schneider of Elite Blogs for Modelinia – Part 3!

Yours truly feeding a hungry flamingo! (Photo by Elizabeth)

Hi Modelinia!

It’s been a fun two days, and as I sit on the American Airlines flight back to JFK and watch the sun dip into the horizon, I am already missing Aruba!

Saturday was a day off for the international scouts and we packed our schedule with sightseeing excursions, beach afternoons, and dinners among friends.

Sunday was packed and began with an early casting call with all the contestants. This is the moment where we see each and every person up close and get a sense of their personality. I have to say, it is my favorite part of the weekend. I get to ask one-on-one questions to see who each person is and what their dreams and goals are. It’s also the point where we judge the contestants on swimsuit, personality, and overall model potential. In essence, where we determine who is going to win AMS. The agents are excited; the models are nervous. It makes for the best environment to see who has the muster to make it in the high fashion world of New York City.

After our casting call the agents had a break and were able to unwind back at the beach before the grand finale. At dinner we all chatted about who we liked and our projections as to who the winner may be. Miss Mickey picked us up and we were off into the Arubian night, the energy in the packed van was palpable as we piled out and into the Aruba Entertainment Center with a packed crowd of spectators both in the audience and at home watching live on Telearuba, the islands national television station. During the two-hour live telecast we were greeted with dance performances, live music acts, and runway shows styled by Ronchi’s own label, Trash. (On a side note: If you are ever in Aruba you must stop by the store. It has an air of New York meets South Beach cool. I love it.) After winding down, the 40 aspirants to the top five male and female models the final announcement was made: Raquelle Reberg and Gregory Tromp won top female and male model, respectively.

Both Raquelle and Gregory were in my top pics for male and female model. Gregory is the epitome of what a male model should be: tall, slender, sleek, personable, plus he has a killer smile. Raquelle is tall, has a body to die for, and is a sweet and demure beauty. I think both these models have a lot of potential and can’t wait to see what lies ahead for them. My other favorite girls were Sjarlaine and Madelyn. Sjarlaine has the body of a top runway girl and the walk to match, the personality is divine, and she has a conversational wit that is so important for a top model. I liked Madelyn the most. Her personality took me in immediately and she was the one I most wanted to get to know—from my recollection, she has aspirations to be a surgeon!

The show was a fantastic success—Ronchi produced another amazing event. Each and every day brought new people and places and was filled with the beauty that only a Caribbean isle can boast. The talent this weekend was phenomenal, and I can’t wait to see who snags one of the spots for next summer’s five-year anniversary AMS 2010 competition! I want to send out a big Thank You to Ronchi and the entire team at AMS, especially Miss Mickey, Andrew, and Fernando.

The sun has set outside my airplane window as I settle into my seat and get ready to turn on the DVD I brought along (my advance copy of Coco’s new E! special—about to air on E! Canada this coming Monday, June 15. Canadian fans be sure to tune in!!!). Safe travels to all my Modelinia friends!

You’ll hear from me on my next adventure.


See Part 1 and Part 2.

I’m pretending to drive the boat with Steven and Matthew in tow! (Photo by Kwok)

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Five Minutes with Amber Valletta

By Susan Kirschbaum

Amber Valletta’s hard to miss. The golden girl of the nineties was the face of the Versace and Prada campaigns, and can now be found in David Yurman ads. For a beauty who got tons of free threads from designers, she’s incredibly unattached to material things. Amber’s been actively involved in charity work, from St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital for kids with cancer to raising funds for Doctors Without Borders. A few years back she emptied her closet, auctioning off her clothes for International Fund for Animal Welfare. She reflected pure Zen even then.

Wow, what are you wearing? The beige-striped sundress is darling.
The dress is Ladies of the Canyon and the boots are Ugg.

So what are you donating to charity? There’s a ton here: bustiers, skirts, dresses, tops by Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Jil Sander, Victor Alfaro, Jeremy Scott…
I wish I had the gift of style. These lace-up copper Versus boots looked amazing in the show, but when I got home I was lost. I couldn’t figure out how to wear them. Now they’re just taking up space.

What are you thinking about the transparent chartreuse Prada blouse?
It’s difficult to wear and I’m funny about sheer things. You need the perfect bust and cleavage—which I don’t have. And confidence is a whole other can of worms.

You’ve put some gold Manolo strappy sandals in the give away, too? Aren’t they classics?
These babies got a lot of wear. You’ve got to turn over clothes!

[She pulls out an orange-and-taupe paisley by Thea Porter, a gold and violet number by Jude the Obscure, and one flowing white wrap.] What are these?

Keepers. They are works of art. The wrap would be cool to wear over a slip dress to get married in.

You’re going to hold onto the black ABS halter gown?
You know when you’re not feeling good about yourself and you go shopping? I got this when I had excess baby fat after giving birth. It was simple, inexpensive, and looked good.

Is it true that Jil Sander—who never gave models free clothes—made an exception for you?
Yes. It was unheard of with Jil Sander, so I was really touched by that. I will keep this [black evening gown] out of respect.

What would you never throw out?
Years ago, Karl Lagerfeld just told us to “go crazy” at Chanel. We were like kids in a candy store. All his pieces are wearable even today, like this black suit with gold buttons or the black overalls. And if I ever have a daughter, I can pass them on to her.

Live Like Supermodel Elle Macpherson

So we’ve shown you the inside of Daria Werbowy‘s gorgeous brick-exposed NYC apartment, Helena Christensen’s multi-inspirational spot in the West VillageDaisy Lowe‘s Brooklyn digs that she shares with her boyfriend, and Angela Lindvall‘s massive space in California.

Now it’s time to head to London with Elle Macpherson.

Though it’s currently on sale, here are a few images inside her Notting Hill home, which she shares with her two children, Arpad Flynn and Aurelius Cy. Her expansive home is actually a Victorian design, which dates back to the 1850s and includes six bedrooms, five bathrooms, and a huge kitchen. We’re kind of obsessing over just how large her kitchen actually is, which leads into a dining room with a massive table—perfect for dinner parties the supermodel may have. So if you’re in the market for a new place in the U.K. and have the money to spend, here you go!

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From Lucy’s Closet to Yours

By Danielle Alvarez

Modelinia understands that you want to know what your favorite models are wearing when they’re off duty. With our “In Her Closet” series, we got personal with the girls that inspire us to dress our best. They welcomed us into their homes to show off their must-have pieces, and we compiled a list of their treasures so you can add their fabulous looks to your wardrobe, too.

Lucy Kemp

With elements from Down Under and the ’80s, the contents of Lucy’s closet are more than unique. Then again, this down-to-earth bike rider also knows the importance of American basics. Imitate her undefined model style with these top pieces from her collection.

Betsey Johnson Patent Dream Charm Necklace

Lucy absolutely loves her charm necklace, which her boyfriend had specially made for her. And why wouldn’t she? They’re a lifetime of memories around your neck.

Organic Resin Bangle Bracelet

Lucy considers her wide, chunky bangle (which she “borrowed” from her mom) a go-to piece in her closet. Bangle bracelets are an easy way to immediately add exotic spice to your wardrobe.

J.Crew Embossed-cotton piazza dress

This simple dress has model-worthy versatility…wrap it up with a classic black belt for instant style-icon status. Cole Haan Women’s Aerin Classic Belt.

Neon Zebra Tee

The supermodel takes her T-shirts from day to night, and you can, too. After all, nature prints from the ’80s are brilliant cult items today.

Tucker Smocked Collar Blouse

This is the perfect vintage print blouse to wear anywhere and everywhere, even for a Facebook profile picture—just like Lucy. Watch the video to see for yourself!

Flip-Flops the Model Way

Alek Wek and Naomi Campbell’s design

Everyone’s favorite Brazilian flip-flops (with the exception of Gisele’s brand, of course) is pairing with designers and models to create a customized pair of shoes for summer.

Selfridges brought Havaianas and notables together, including models Alek Wek and Naomi Campbell, as well as designers Manolo Blahnik, Paul Smith, and Matthew Williamson. Each pair will be auctioned off for the charity CLIC Sargent, which aids young cancer patients. Beginning on July 15, the shoes will be on display in Selfridges’ Oxford Street window and auctioned on their website. The bidding will end July 26.

The designs range, but of course, leave it to Naomi to create a high-heeled flip-flop!