Mario Testino’s 60th Birthday Bash Was Like a Who’s Who of Supermodels

When one of the world’s most famous fashion photographers is celebrating a milestone birthday, you can bet there will be a few supermodels in attendance.  And yet, even we were surprised by the number of famous faces that stepped out in honor of the lensmen in London last night.

Surrounded by a model army that included the likes of Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Lara Stone, Poppy Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse, Testino, who turns 60 today, took to the Chiltern Firehouse to host a flamenco-themed red, white and black party that reads more like a who’s who of the British A-list. Read the rest of this entry »

Modelinia AM Reads: Shop Cara Delevingne’s Polished Black and Blue Ensemble

Coco Rocha‘s new book, Study of Pose, may be a beginner’s guide to high-fashion posing, but as it turns out, she also has some valuable advice for Kendall Jenner (and other young models) on how to deal with bullies in the industry. ~ Vogue UK

Following in the footsteps of Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga before her, Miley Cyrus will be the 2015 spokesperson for MAC Viva Glam, the cosmetics brand announced Wednesday.  The Miley Cyrus x Viva Glam lipstick and Lipglass will be available in January 2015 and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the MAC AIDS Fund. ~ WWD 

Pasties as formalwear? Yup, Rihanna just made that a thing.  On Wednesday night, the singer hit the red carpet at the amfAR Inspiration Gala in L.A. wearing Tom Ford’s buzzed-about SS15 gown featuring sparkling confetti pasties and one very tantalizing slit. ~ The Cut 

Is Hilary Clinton getting another Vogue cover?  The former First Lady and editor-in-chief Anna Wintour were recently spotted “studying a rack of clothes” at Michael Kors’s midtown studio, thus hinting at a possible upcoming photo shoot. ~ The Daily News  

For her first act as Global Welcome Ambassador to the City of New York, Taylor Swift has announced that she will donate all of the proceeds from her incredibly divisive single, “Welcome to New York,” to the city’s public schools.  For the record, her new album is projected to sell one million copies this week alone! ~ Refinery29

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are singing a duet of “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) in H&M’s holiday commercial, set to debut on the retailer’s website November 25th. But is it just us, or does it look like Gaga’s hair might take up most of the frame in the video? ~ WWD 

After taking a breather from the fashion scene, Chris Benz is back at it, having taken on the role of creative director at Bill Blass Group LLC.   The designer has been tasked with reinventing the brand (which hasn’t shown a ready-to-wear collection since fall 2012) in order to attract a new generation of social, international customers. Congrats! ~ WWD 

Forget what you heard— black and navy blue is the color pairing of the season thanks to Cara Delevingne! The supermodel and recent BFA nominee made quite the scene stepping into a nearby Sephora store, where she impressed in a racy midnight blouse and tuxedo stripe leather trousers. Get a leg up on the trend by shopping Cara’s sexy party look here! ~ Modelinia

WATCH: How the Angels (and Angel Hopefuls) are Getting Fit for the VS Fashion Show

It’s that time of year again when the already toned Victoria’s Secret Angels begin to fine tune their flawless physiques in preparation for the brand’s highly-anticipated fashion show.  And, just like the previous two years, they have released a series of workout videos—  this time featuring Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio and Candice Swanepoel— aptly called ‘Train like an Angel,’ revealing their fitness secrets because let’s face it, who doesn’t want to get model-fit?

In the first of the three videos already released by the lingerie giant on its website, Adrian slips into a VS Ultimate Sports Bra for a hard-hitting core workout with her longtime trainer, and the man behind her insane post-baby body, Michael Olajide Jr.  Performing such moves as the ‘V’ crunches and something called a ‘Transformer,’ Adriana shares an up-close look at how she gets those killer abs. Read the rest of this entry »

12 Up-and-Coming Models Show Off Their Scariest Halloween Faces — in GIF Form!

Sure, sparkly ballerinas and Disney princess are always a viable (read: safe) option when it comes to dressing for Halloween.  But let’s not forget, All Hallows’ Eve is a night reserved for hair-raising, bone-chilling good fun.  That being said, we sought out 12 up-and-coming models to help us up the fright-factor on this year’s festivities with a look at their creepiest Halloween face captured here, in GIF form.  Scroll through our collection of terrifying GIFs below, but beware, these models know how to scare!

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UPDATE: BFFs Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn to go Head-to-Head for Model of the Year and Style Award

On Wednesday morning, the British Fashion Council announced the nominees for the 2014 British Fashion Awards.  Since 1989, the event has celebrated the creativity and success of British fashion and design, including emerging design talents, fashion superstars, and style icons.  Now, don’t get us wrong.  We love our fashion here at Modelinia, but it’s the “Model of the Year” award that we truly have our eye on!

The BFC honor — which celebrates the British model “who has contributed most to the international fashion scene in the past year,” — has named model BFFs Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn, and fellow catwalk regular Sam Rollinson on this year’s shortlist, following Edie Campbell’s big win last year. Although Cara and Jourdan will be going to head-to-head at the ceremony, the two models have actually made quite the team so far this year appearing side-by-side in ads for Balmain, Burberry and DKNY.

Separately, it’s been a big year for both Cara and Jourdan, both of whom have previously been nominated for the coveted award. Cara for one, has spent the better part of the year celebrating one major fashion collaboration after the next, including most recently the launch of her much-hyped Mulberry bag collection, a major Topshop campaign, and a limited-edition DKNY capsule collection.  Jourdan meanwhile has been busy fronting beauty campaigns for Maybelline New York,  lending her street style aesthetic to H&M’s ‘Icons’ collection and posing in her skivvies alongside Lara Stone for Calvin Klein’s Fall ’14 underwear campaign.

Additionally, both Cara and Jourdan have nominated this year’s Style Award, along with 18 other men and women including Kate Moss, Rita Ora, Amal Clooney, Helen Mirren and Emma Watson.  The award is the only one for which the public is allowed to vote, and will go to the nominee who best embodies the spirit of British fashion. Previous winners include Alexa Chung and Harry Styles.

The annual British Fashion Awards, in partnership with Swarovski, will be hosted by British comedian, actor, author and television presenter, Jack Whitehall, at the London Coliseum, on Monday, December 1— you can see the full list of BFA nominees below. We wish the best of luck to this year’s panel of judges in picking just one of these British beauties for the final prize!

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Is Suki Waterhouse Set to Make Her Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Debut?

Let the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show casting rumors begin!

With the annual VS Fashion Show just over a month away, Suki Waterhouse has sparked rumors that she may be the latest addition to the brand’s model army.  The model/actress posted a picture of herself to Instagram on Tuesday wearing an elaborate feathered headpiece and wings with an embellished bodysuit featuring some serious cut-outs.  While no mention of the hotly anticipated runway show was made — “Top of the Pcoks” was all she wrote in the photo’s caption — we can’t think of any other job where such a costume would be necessary.  Unless of course she just landed a role as a Vegas showgirl, in which case, we’re equally as intrigued.

Of course, with just two days to go until Halloween, the photo may just be a hint at this year’s show-stopping costume.  Still, considering the fact that Suki is one of Britain’s top models and a budding Hollywood actress— not to mention Bradley Cooper’s girlfriend — it seems highly plausible that Victoria’s Secret would consider adding her to the roster.  And with the show moving to London for the first time ever this year, what better time to initiate another gorgeous Britt into the Angel family?

As for right now, casting for the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is still a couple weeks away, so we’ll simply have to wait to see what role Suki will play— if any— in this year’s show.  In the meantime, while the Angels prepare to take their gorgeousness across the pond for the wold’s most spectacular runway show yet, we’re left day dreaming about what the brand’s first London show will look like (hopefully).  From the all-star model cast, to the star-studded front row and the exclusive performances, we’ve imagined what we consider to be the ideal Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, but with a exciting London twist (obvious Harry Styles reference included).  VS execs take note— THIS is what we’re hoping to see on runway come December!

Chanel Iman and A$AP Rocky Have Called It Quits!

We’d never have guess it back in May when Chanel Iman and A$AP Rocky strolled hand-in-hand down the red carpet at the annual Met Ball, but E! Online reports that the stylish couple have officially called it quits!

“They are no longer together,” a source told  E! News. “This happened a few weeks ago. It was just not working out with both of their busy travel schedules. Time away from each other played a big part in the break-up.”

The couple were pictured together at Coachella in April and were rumored shortly after to have gotten engaged. More recently, the two were photographed by Mikael Jansson for a Dirty Dancing-inspired spread in Vogue’s September issue, in which Chanel modeled the season’s “best date-night dress.”

In the end, the pair holds no grudges as they enter a new chapter in their lives.  ”They don’t have any hard feelings,” the source added. “[They] only want the best for each other in the long run.”

In the wake of their split, we’re taking one final look back at the couple’s finest fashion moments to date.  We for one are going to miss seeing these two together on the red carpet.

 


See the full slideshow on modelinia.com

Modelinia AM Reads: Heidi Klum’s Over-the-Top Halloween Costumes Through the Years

Congratulations are in order for Kendra Spears— or as she’s now known, Princess Salwa Aga Khan.  The model princess is expecting her first child with her husband of over a year, Prince Rahim!  Get ready for Royal Baby Watch part 2! ~ Vogue UK

The Kardashian-West family have already earned the seal of approval from Vogue‘s Anna Wintour, and and now André Leon Talley, the publication’s contributing editor, has hopped on board the KimYe train dubbing them the “new” First Family of fashion! ~ Zappos Couture

Diane Von Furstenberg’s spring 2013 show is memorable primarily for the fact that the designer sent her models down the runway wearing Google Glass.  But in her new memoir, “The Woman I Wanted To Be” the designer reveals that the wearable tech moment was little more than a play for attention— it “saved” her from what she considered a weak collection. ~ Fashionista

In honor of its ongoing partnership with artist Jeff Koons, H&M  is once more offering a limited-edition bag, this time picturing Balloon Dog (Magenta), to coincide with the launch of the artist’s upcoming retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. ~ WWD

Elisa Sednaoui and Christian Louboutin are teaming up with the website MyGoodness.com — a Kickstarter-type program for the nonprofit sector— this season to auction off a luxury weekend in Paris with both her and the beloved shoe designer to benefit her eponymous foundation.  A weekend in Paris with a famous model? Count us in! ~ Vogue

On November 19, Franca Sozzani will take the stage to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at The New York Ball benefit hosted by the European School of Economics.  The Vogue Italia EIC will be honored for her continued contributions to the fashion industry, along such fellow honorees as Stevenn Klein, Baz Luhrmann and Tommy Hilfiger. ~ WWD

Is it possible to think of crazy celebrity Halloween costumes without thinking of Heidi Klum? With just 2 days to go until her annual Halloween party takes over New York’s Tao Downtown nightclub, we’re taking a look back at each and every one of her insanely cool Halloween costumes from years past— from the scary to the hairy! ~ Modelinia