NYFW Kicks Off With a Model-Studded amfAR Affair

Like the Met Ball and Academy Awards, the annual New York amfAR gala is an event that we look forward to every year, and after witnessing last night’s red carpet lineup, it’s easy to see why.

Despite the freezing cold temperatures and mountains of slush, fashion’s top models and elite influencers turned out by the dozens for the black tie dinner held at Cipriani Wall Street on Wednesday night.  Michelle Rodriguez, Rosario Dawson, Donna Karan and Anna Wintour were all on hand for the stylish soiree, looking fabulous as expected, but forgive us ladies when we say that no one rocked the red carpet quite like the model crowd.

Essentially a fashion week show in itself, the models paraded (read: shivered) down the red carpet in one jaw-dropping look after the next.  Violet proved to be the big color of the evening with Naomi Campbell, Eniko Mihalik and Josephine Skriver among those opting for jewel toned gowns, while Kendall Jenner, Coco Rocha and Hailey Baldwin chose to make a statement in Valentine’s Day-ready red.

In terms of styles, it appears the models all got the same memo as  Karlie Kloss, Shanina Shaik, Lais Ribeiro and Jacquelyn Jablonski all wore slinky dresses showcasing some kind of a dangerous slit or plunging neckline. Well, if you’ve got model legs like Karlie, why not?

Click through the slideshow below to get the full look at what the models wore to last night’s star-studded amfAR Gala.

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Modelinia AM Reads: The Top 10 Fresh Faces to Keep an Eye on This New York Fashion Week

It’s getting harder and harder to keep up with Kendall Jenner!  The model-on-the-move is making another stunning magazine appearance, this time for Allure‘s March 2015 issue. Inside, the supermodel-in-training talks about the benefits of growing up on TV, launching her modeling career and why she just wants “the attention.” ~ Allure

The latest season of New York Fashion Week is upon us! To help set the mood, Marc Jacobs has put together the ultimate NYFW playlist featuring everyone from Robyn to Grimes and Everything But the Girl. While it’s not necessarily the playlist he’ll use in his runway show on February 19, it’s still a good peek into what’s inspiring the designer right now and (at the very least) what’s on his iPod. ~ WhoWhatWear

Fashion week is always a manic flurry of activity: dozens of shows per day; models, photographers, makeup and hair artists, editors, and designers dashing from one event to the next; multiple parties per night; and many, many miles traversed during the course of the week. To put things into perspective, here’s the NYFW season broken down into minutes, miles, dollars, and more. ~ Yahoo Style 

Back in December, Pantone named Marsala the official color of 2015.  As it turns out though, that wasn’t the only trendy hue they had their eye on.  On Wednesday, Pantone announced the full list of the top 10 colors of fall 2015: Dried Herb, Marsala, Biscay Bay, Reflecting Pond, Desert Sage, Stormy Weather, Oak Buff, Cashmere Rsoe, Amethyst Orchid and Cadmium Orange.  Which color will you be working into your wardrobe next season? ~ WWD

Prepare to witness the creepiest thing you might see all day.  For its March 2015 issue, W magazine tapped models Anna Ewers, Molly Blair, Lara Stone and Anja Rubik (among others) to step into a living nightmare for Mert & Marcus.  The results are truly bewitching. ~ Fashion Copious 

It’s that time of the year again! New York Fashion Week kicks off today and we can hardly wait to see the return of some of our favorite top models, not to mention the multitude of fresh faces ready to take the fashion world by storm! In anticipation of the rookies who are set to make a name for themselves this season, we’ve put together our own special facebook highlighting several of this season’s most buzzed newcomers.  From the Alexander Wang exclusive to the Paris Fashion Week favorite, here’s your guide to New York Fashion Week’s up-and-coming model faces. ~ Modelinia

Happy Valentine’s Day! Celebrate With 20 of Our Favorite Model Couples

Love is definitely in the air this week, and we aren’t the only ones who’re feeling it! Valentine’s Day is just three days away and what better way to honor the holiday of love and romance then with a look back at 20 of our all-time favorite model couples. From NFL sweethearts Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen to everyone’s favorite Grammy duo John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, here’s a look at some of our favorite power duos.

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Every Drop-Dead Gorgeous Look From the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Launch Party

Never mind the freezing cold temperatures, New York’s Marquee nightclub was the hottest place to be on Tuesday evening, as Sports Illustrated threw its annual Swimsuit Issue launch party, which saw everyone from Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Teigen to Gigi HadidSara Sampaio and of course, this year’s cover girl, Hannah Davis.

Dressed in a sparkly, chain-metal mini dress from Kaufman Franco, it was easy to see why Hannah was selected as this year’s cover star — just look at her shine!  While the model’s famous Yankee boyfriend did not walk the carpet alongside his lady love, Hannah didn’t seem to mind as she had fun posing with a copy of her “controversial” new cover.  Of course, if you ask her, the image is far from naughty. While speaking to The Today Show the day before, the Virgin Islands-born beauty defended her latest work, which had been censored by the show with the addition of a giant bow around her waist.

“I think you’re making it look a lot naughtier than it really is to be honest,” Hannah said. “To be honest, I think SI always tries to do something a little different every year, and I think this year, it’s the year of the torso.”

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Modelinia AM Reads: How Gigi Hadid, Hailey Baldwin and Chrissy Teigen are Doing Date Night

Kate MossDaria Werbowy and Lara Stone star on three incredibly sexy covers for the March issue of Vogue Paris. The iconic models don the exact same sultry look: a sleek leather Prada coat with contrast stitching, sheer black thigh-high stockings and black pumps, inspired by Sharon Stone’s famous turn in the ’90s film Basic Instinct. Collect them all! ~ WhoWhatWear 

Editor-in-Chief and founder of Love magazine Katie Grand dishes on her success in the industry, Love‘s reputation and her latest issue featuring a Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and a whole lot of Miu Miu. ~ Business of Fashion

On Tuesday, Jon Stewart’s announcement that he will leave “The Daily Show” was met with a range of reactions: from shock and sadness, to appreciation for a man whose wit is legendary.  Here, celebrities from Mindy Kaling to J.K. Rowling share their reactions to Stewart’s shocking announcement. ~ Huffington Post

In his eight decades on earth, Karl Lagerfeld has designed everything from glassware to haute couture and Diet Coke bottles.  Now, for his latest gig he’s set to venture in territories unknown: childrenswear. That’s right, the 81-year-old designer has announced that he is launching a clothing line for children, to be unveiled in Spring 2016.  The collection will operate under the designer’s own line in collaboration with Groupe CWF, who are already responsible for the childrenswear extensions of Chloé, Burberry, DKNY and Marc Jacobs. ~ WWD

Following in the footsteps of supermodel Kate Upton, Victoria’s Secret model Josephine Skriver stars as the face of Sam Edelman’s spring 2015 campaign.  The ad, shot by photographer Zoey Grassman, features candid-style images of Skriver lounging around a private residence in Los Angeles and sporting some serious fringe.  ~ WWD

Valentine’s Day may still be several days away, but you wouldn’t know it looking at these latest photos of Gigi HadidHailey Baldwin and Chrissy Teigen. Arm-in-arm with their loved ones, the models hit the town this past week in what looked to be a pre-Valentine’s Day celebration from coast to coast — the photos of which we’ve rounded up today for your viewing pleasure (and date night outfit inspiration, of course). ~ Modelinia

How to Look Like a Model This New York Fashion Week

The runways aren’t the only place you’ll find style inspiration this week. With New York Fashion Week just two days away, we have our eyes turned to the streets where the runway’s most in-demand catwalkers will soon be giving a master lesson in off-duty dressing.  Whether you fancy yourself a Cara or a Kendall, we’ve studied the models’ fashion week street style long enough to know that their signature off-duty looks are all built around a few key pieces, which makes mastering their style a surprisingly easy task.  Scroll through the slideshow below to shop the top street style pieces that all of the models will be hitting the pavement in this season.  And as always, check back here daily to see our roundup of this week’s best model street style pics captured by our friends at ModelsJam exclusively for Modelinia!

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Models to Follow on Snapchat this NYFW

In just a few short days New York Fashion Week will be upon us, and while Instagram and Twitter are undoubtedly the social media stars, this year we’re excited to see a more in-depth behind-the-scenes perspective than we have in years past.  How will we get this exclusive inside access, you ask? Why, Snapchat of course! Read the rest of this entry »

Here’s What Really Goes on Inside a New York Fashion Week Model Casting

Every year, hundreds of aspiring and veteran models from around the world descend upon New York City for a chance to walk the runways of New York Fashion Week. The weeks leading up to the event are filled with chaos and excitement as the models roam the city attending the numerous casting calls that will ultimately decide which girls will walk and which ones will watch.  Over the past couple of days, we had the opportunity to stop by the offices of BCBGMAXAZRIA and ICB to take a peek behind the scenes and see what goes in to casting two of the week’s hottest runways, and the experience was nothing short of eye-opening.

First up: BCBG, where casting director Patrizia Pilotti was tasked with meeting with some 300 to 400 models over the course of two days.  One by one, the long-limbed models filled into the bright white showroom where they checked in, took a seat, changed into their heels and waited (sometimes for hours) for their 30-seconds with the casting crew.  The models were then called in groups of five to line up and wait to go into the casting room, where Pilotti sat at the head of table and watched as the models demonstrated their walk and, more importantly, their personality.

“A model’s presence and the way she carries herself are the qualities we’re focusing on today,” explained Pilotti. “I have to find something in the girl that makes me think she’s bringing something more to the table than the average model.  As for the walk, we’re looking for a sort of natural chicness to it.  A good walk should exude elegance.”

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