Party Pics: Candice Swanepoel, Lydia Hearst and More Celebrate Maxim’s Hot 100 List

Candice Swanepoel showed the world exactly why she was named Maxim‘s Hottest Woman of the Year when she hit the red carpet at the Hot 100 party in West Hollywood last night.  Held at the Pacific Design Center, the Victoria’s Secret Angel —who smoldered in a black leather crop top and matching skin-tight pants— was joined by fellow Maxim hotties Lydia Hearst, Lisalla Montenegro and Samanatha Hoopes, along a number of VIPs including Drake, Sophia Bush, Paris Hilton and Chris Brown.

Meanwhile, back in New York, supermodel Karolina Kurkova joined Valentina Zalyaeva, Jamie Bochert and VS Pink model Elsa Hosk at the annual amfAR Gala held at the Plaza Hotel.  The Czech supermodel put on an elegant display,  gliding across the red carpet in a white floor-length design featuring a bow-tie collar, long-sleeves and a delicate train.  Not to be outdone, Valentina opted for a dazzling silver Ralph Lauren dress, while Elsa looked tres chic in a pair of white wide-leg pants and sheer gold blouse.

Downtown at the Curve Boutique in Soho, models Anais Mali, Cindy Bruna, Elisabeth Erm, Isabelle Sauer and Gabriela Fuentes joined VIPs Scott Lipss, Jonathan Simkhai, Brian Atwood and Leandra Medine at the opening of the new  ”CURVE Gallery” and it’s inaugural exhibition: “Donald by the Yard” — a large scale work by artist Donald ‘Drawbertson.’ Despite the gloomy weather that afternoon, the models turned out in style with Anais rocking a pair of killer thigh-high lace-up boots and denim cutoffs, and Isabelle and Gabriela wearing chic designs by ICB.

For the full look at the models’ late-night party looks, check out the slideshow below:

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Modelinia AM Reads: Doutzen Kroes Talks Maternity Style and Pregnancy Beauty

They don’t call it ‘the beautiful game’ for nothing! Jennifer Lopez dazzled in an embellished cut-out body suit at the World Cup Opening Ceremony on Thursday, as she turned the world sporting event into a full on dance party! ~ Daily Mail 

Does Instagram have the power to make the personal style blog entirely obsolete? ~ Fashionista

A former Glamour photo editor is launching a website with a pretty offbeat focus: The much-loved pets of the fashion industry! Fashion and puppies, what could be better? ~ WWD

Get ready— Versace’s Versus is teaming up with Superga on a colorful new collection of flatform shoes! ~ WWD

Jeff Koons is turning H&M’s largest store into a full on art museum, complete with his iconic balloon dog and topiary puppy! ~ The Cut

The Lion’s Brand, which boasts such famous models as Anne Vyalitsyna, Irina Shayk, Jessica Hart and Agyness Deyn, has relaunched with a new digital platform, designed by Jason Duzansky.  A definite must-see for us model-fanatics! ~ The Lions

Lisa Eldridge’s youtube channel is a treasure trove of beauty delights and today, she’s sharing the ultimate Alexa Chung makeup tutorial starring the ‘It’ girl herself! ~ Grazia UK

As we prepare to shower Doutzen Kroes with love this month, we caught up with the expecting mother herself to talk more about her new virtual baby shower, and how she’s preparing for the birth of her second child, including her latest cravings and maternity style tips! ~ Modelinia

The Models Agree – Pineapple is the Print Du Jour!

It may not be how you’re used to it, but there’s more uses for Pineapples than just Pina Colada’s!  That’s right, Summer 2014 is shaping up to be all pineapple everywhere in the world of fashion!  The tropical fruit is already a hit among top designers like Moschino Cheap and Chic, Zara, Topshop, Cynthia Rowley and Kenzo so it comes as no surprise that the pineapple craze is being seen on all of the models as well.

Across the tropical trend, Zoe Karssen’s pineapple print sweat suit seems to be a model-approved fav – having been seen on Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn, Georgia May Jagger, and the perennially trend-setting Rihanna.

From clothing to jewelry, check out our picks for the pineapple print trend below:

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Has a Wet Hot Summer

British model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is affectionately known as “Rosebud” to her friends due to her endearing disposition and yes, those lips. And yet, on the set of VIOLETGREY’s June Issue cover story, the supermodel radiates a very different kind of energy.

Dressed in a black leather trench coat, scarlet red lips and matching elongated nails, Rosie takes center stage in the online magazine’s latest cover story, “Wet Hot Summer,” which launched online earlier today.  Shot on location at the Palm Desert home of Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub, Rosie proves she’s ‘no sugar, all spice,’ posing in a high-cut bodysuit and a vintage chiffon gown with her blonde hair gleaming in the desert sun.  Though she appears to be the same drop-dead gorgeous bombshell of her Victoria’s Secret days, the British beauty is somehow clouded in an air of mystery and intrigue, drawing us in with each snap of her bee-stung lips.
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Style Spotlight: Candice Swanepoel Gets Hit With World Cup Fever

She may hail from South Africa, but it appears that Candice Swanepoel may be cheering for another team in this month’s World Cup.

The Victoria’s Secret Angel and Maxim Hot 100 star appeared to have been hit by futbol fever on Wednesday, as she was spotted showing off her team spirit with a pair of special-edition Brazil-emblazoned Beats headphones arriving to New York’s JKF airport.  As always, the blonde stunner looked  perfectly put together, pairing the festive accessory with a simple striped t-shirt, high-waisted skinny jeans, brown leather booties and retro-inspired tortoise shell sunglasses.

Of course, it’s not surprising that the Candice was spotted in Brazil’s colors, as she’s previously admitted that the South American country holds a special place in her heart.  “I was 17 years old, and my first memories were the freedom, the energy in the people and in the culture,” said Candice of her first trip to Brazil in a 2012 interview with Derek Blasberg.  ”I went with my boyfriend. We had started dating a few months before, and he had come with me to South Africa to meet my parents, and then we went to Brazil to meet his family. They have a good idea of what life is about.”

“In New York, we base people on what they do, how much money they have,” she added. “No one knows anything about the fashion industry in Brazil. They don’t care what you do. They just want the beach and the sun and the fun. I feel the freest and the happiest there. There, I can just be the normal Candice.”

Judging by today’s influx of World Cup themed Instagram posts, we’d say she’s not the only model who feels that way.  A number of fashion’s top girls— Brazilian-born and not— have been turning to the photo-sharing app this week to show off their team spirit ahead of today’s kickoff game between Brazil and Croatia.  See who some of your favorite models are rooting for today after the jump!
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Modelinia AM Reads: How Adriana Lima Maintains Her Heavenly Figure

Big news: Fashion darling/actress Diane Kruger says she is “about to create a new handbag with Jason Wu.” It will be called the “Diane” and chances are, it will be fabulous. ~ Elle

While you’ve been busy slaving away in a cubicle for minimal pay, a growing number of style bloggers have been out enjoying the fashion world and making millions to boot.  And according to the latest reports, those heafty paychecks are only expected to soar form here! ~ WWD

John Galliano might have been ousted as creative director of Dior and his own label following an anti-Semitic outburst in 2011, but the designer isn’t giving up on reviving his career. In fact, he still claims the best is only yet to come! ~ Telegraph

There are secret kittens in ready-to-wear accessories ALL over!  I repeat: kittens have taken over! ~ Fashionista

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is definitely into fashion, and it appears sports fans aren’t the only ones picking up on it.  Barneys New York has teamed up with the NBA star to launch a line of sportswear and accessories that is expected to hit stores this July. ~ WWD

As it turns out, we’re not the only ones who find these never-ending fashion seasons confusing.  Designers and industry heavyweights admit they too are having a hard time understanding this whole resort, pre-spring, pre-fall conundrum. ~ New York Times

Looking to kick your workout into high gear this summer? We recently caught up with Adriana Lima to get the scoop of her grueling boxing work out, her favorite summertime activities, and more!  See our exclusive interview with the tough-as-nails Victoria’s Secret Angel here: ~ Modelinia

Shop the Look: Gigi Hadid’s Breezy Summer Dress

Looking for a signature summer look that’s breezy, laid-back, with just a hint of runway appeal?  Behold, Gigi Hadid’s effortless summer in the city look!  The supermodel-in training beat the heat in style, pairing a breezy button-up shirt dress with a pair of black leather ankle booties and tortoise shell shades.  Seeing as how we don’t have the model’s bombshell tresses (at least not naturally) we threw in a stylish beach hat for safe measure, but feel free to swap it for a classic fedora or baseball hat.  Just be sure to cinch your frock at the waist with a skinny belt so as not to lose your shape under all of that summer dress perfection!

Ready to invest in the one dress you’re going to want to wear all summer long?  Scroll through the slideshow below for our top picks!

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How Well Do You Know Your Brazilian Models?

The World Cup officially kicks off in Brazil tomorrow, and while we’re no doubt excited about cheering on our favorite football teams (Go Team USA!), we’re even more excited by the prospect of seeing some of our favorite supermodels at the games.  In anticipation of the eagerly-awaited world sporting event, we thought it would be best to brush up on our Brazilian model knowledge in the hopes of catching one of the beauties in their native colors this month.  See how well you know your Brazilian bombshells by scrolling through the slideshow below:


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