Tag: karolina kurkova

editorialesque » karolina kurkova for vogue italia

represented by IMG models, karolina kurkova appears more subdued for the pages of vogue italia. photographically interpreted by steven klein, the spread focuses on the bold contrast of black & white as kurkova appears decked in all black with a black lip to match. appropriately titled, “black”, i love that the spread took an unexpected direction. most times, im expecting unending forms of glamour, over the top styling & an extreme representation of beauty- so it is nice to switch things up & play things down in opposition. discovered by miuccia prada, kurkova continues to thrive in her ranks as a supermodel icon thanks to her consistent track record & non-stop bookings. a bit of 90’s grunge felt here as well.

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fall prêt-à-porter, paris: jean paul gaultier

as a testament to his creative reputation, jean paul gaultier is a leader of the pack with an individualized perception of vision & fashion theatricality. this season, gaultier plays with the concept of age & interestingly so. as the world of fashion tethers between age appropriate styling & models on the runway as 15yrs. old- gaultiers takes it to the next level with his granny chic Fw11 collection. models frida gustavsson, karlie kloss, alana zimmer, sessilee lopez, karolina kurkova, jourdan dunn, coco rocha & joan smalls were amonst the cast  that walked the runway with grey bee hive wigs clad in gaudy print, chic coats, plaid & suede. overall, the gauliter collection pokes fun while truly representing more modestly aged designs. i would’ve like to see something more fresh & something a bit more refined- in terms of vision, the collection & direction are translated perfectly.

imagesource | vogue.fr

fall collections, new york: reed krakoff

as the creative director of coach, not many are aware of the designer known as reed krakoff. since my discovery of his namesake designer collection, based in new york, i’ve been consistently impressed with krakoff’s approach to design & admire his clean aesthetic. soft architectural lines were complimented to subtle use of print, metallics, satin, leather & fur. i love the collections coats & am very impressed by the new methods of construction within the set- innovation is matched perfectly to classical elements while both blend well perfectly. as a minimalist myself, i love this collection for it’s undeniable style. from elegant formal looks in the form of gowns to the chic casual styles presented in the form of knitwear; a wide range of looks is seen. with kasia struss closing & opening the show, jacquelyn jablonski, jourdan dunn, ajak deng, karolina kurkova, alla kostromichova, aline weber, anais mali, ming xi & sigrid agren were also among this season’s cast.

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fall collections, new york: altuzarra

urban refinement is how i would describe the FW11 collection presented by joseph altuzarra. luxurious use of fur was seen on the collections coats as models walked the runway in sheer tops, larger than life parkas, argyle & satin gowns. interesting design was seen in the collections dresses, it was chaotic but still sexy- very interesting. a wide range of basic colors was used for the collection palette as shades of grey, brown, red, white, neutral & black were seen with a bit of gold undertones. equipped with a red statement lip & catlined eye daphne groenveld opened the show as karolina kurkova, karmen pedaru, arizona muse, joan smalls, toni garrn, jacquelyn jablonski, jourdan dunn, frida gustavsson, karlie kloss, magdalena frackowiak, hanne gaby odiele, fei fei sun, jac jagaciak, ashley smith, constance jablonski, liu wen, sigrid agren walked leading to kasia struss, who closed the show. a beautiful collection of daring design that allowed sophisticated pieces to become urbanized through styling.

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fall shwpckg: img models, new york

one thing is known in the world of modeling & in the universe we know as fashion- IMG represents the big girls. & when i say big girls im not talking measurements. as the agency that represents living icons in their special bookings division; naomi campbell, gisele bundchen, trya banks, heidi klum & kate moss in particular- not many agencies will ever be able to attain the professional reputation or industry respect that has been earned by IMG models, internationally. with a global board of over 100 represented female models, 36 of those women currently rank within the top 50 models of fashion. females ajak deng, aminata, alek wek, barbara palvim, chanel iman, du juan, frida gustavsson, jac jagaciak, heidi mount, jessica miller, joan smalls, karolina kurkova & lily donaldson have all had noted success in the fashion industry through campaigns, editorial & runway bookings. of all the agencies in the world, IMG is the one to beat. just about every desired face working in fashion is on the IMG roster. while model favorites have never been kept a secret here, joan smalls is one special case that i am constantly in tune to on the runway & off; her rise to fame & seemingly overnight success is one of fashion dreams & im very happy to see that she has been warmly recieved by high end fashion. her bookings for the spring alone are inspiringly great as we’ve seen her appear for italian vogue, gucci, stella mccartney, roberto cavalli & is a regular in the prestigious american & french vogue editorial circuit. as the face of estee lauder, smalls will star in international campaigns this year & her star is definitely one of outstanding strength not just in new york but in every fashion capital around the world. these are the names & faces you know, love & admire. i wish every IMG girl success, not just in new york, but for the whole of show season. let the games begin!

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spring couture collections: jean paul gaultier

presenting pure punk regality with hard edge detail & provocative concepts, the haute couture collection presented by jean paul gaultier for the SS11 season was one of theatricality. an aspect i love about gaultier is his level of showmanship, he’ll take any direction & sway your perception whether focusing on silver screen women of cinema or taking a direction influence by spain; gaultier’s ability to tell a story through clothes has largely contributed to his status as a design icon. for this show, models you know affectionately; magdalega frackowiak, joan smalls, frida gustavsson, lyndsey wixson, kim noorda, jac jagaciak, karolina kurkova & liu wen all appeared for this over the top showcase of black gowns & mohawks. while i lean more towards the feeling of enchantment during couture show season, i admire the vision of gaultier & can do nothing but bow while on my knees to this all-star model cast. from elements that may not be noticed at first glance to concepts that grab you & require a second look- this set is powerful. overall, the vision is clearly translated & creatively pronounced over the course of the show; beauty elements of strong cat-eyed elements were matched to dark lips- a wide range of element were fused together for this collection. a strong showing for the house of gaultier, a house that i respect immensely.

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runway video: christian dior spring couture collection