The Real Measure Of A Model…What Kate Moss Knows

kate-moss-vogue-uk-december-2014-coverWith beauty certainly in the eye-of-the-beholder, what’s trending this month in the modeling/fashion world v.s. what might next month will be forever changing. Certainly certain designers stand the test of time, as do quite a few models keep right on modeling well into their 3rd, 4th or 5th decade. But a photographer/designer and hopefully a high fashion model should know that her/his very best asset, beyond their looks and building a brand round themselves, is to play on the eye-of-the-beholder paradigm and present him or herself, if possible, in as many different styles, cuts, colors and attitudes through their career as they can. And no one knows this better then Kate Moss.

The original ‘waif’ revealed to worldwide acclaim when working for Calvin Klein, Moss has been less about reinventing herself as she has simply un-budded the multiple pedals of who she is. The 40 year-old lady appears in the December issue of British Vogue sporting a dazzling ten different looks. Surely helped in her transformations by the talents of hairstylist Sam McKnight and make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury, still this is all one lady here managing chameleon like changes, changes that are the very heart of the real measure of a working model with a long career. From “Glasto Girl,” to “Sex Kitten” Kate and her team manage her moments to reveal the truth any model who wants to work for decades needs to know.

It also doesn’t hurt that a fashion photographer with the expertise of Mario Testino took the shots

One does not maintain a 25-year career, work with the likes of Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein and Bulgair (to name a few) and not be able to deliver. But what Kate Moss delivers in the end-of-the-year issue of Vogue is a truth all models should heed….having the ability to transform oneself, even within the span of one shoot, through a whole bunch of different ‘looks’ but still ‘be’ oneself, is the greatest strength of all.kate moss calvin klein

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Taylor Swift and British Vogue

taylor-swift[1]Music superstar Taylor Swift is looking out at us all from the November cover of British Vogue. In her pink Miu Miu, cable knit tank and shorts, the cover photo hints at the casual style Swift sports in the magazine for photographer Mario Testino.

The crossover of fashion and Hollywood and/or music celebrity has been happening to Vogue and many other famous fashion magazines for years, the Swift cover and interview is not the first of its kind nor will it be the last (Swift appeared on a US Vogue cover two years ago). And the 24 year old is certainly worthy of a cover given her simple good looks.

Known for her many high-profile dating attempts with equally high profile single celeb guys, Swift comes clean about her past as well as her style and new 5th album 1989…a release she hopes will untie her from those country music roots that made her so initially famous. In her interview with Jo Ellison in the mag, Swift explains the idea behind her new sound:

“Because with this album I’ve completely changed the sound of everything I’ve done until now. So it’s interesting to not be afraid of that. You know, I don’t want to hurt people’s feelings, I don’t want to betray Nashville, whatever, but essentially it comes down to challenging yourself as an artist.”

If the change in Swift’s music will mark a true change for her career or spark any debate in Nashville time can only tell. ‘Artist,’ superstar celeb, famous ‘arm candy’ Vogue ‘model’, whatever she might be or be considered one thing is for certain Taylor Swift smiling out from the cover of any magazine, from any country, is sure to sell issues. And selling is the name of the game for all of us in the fashion world, no matter if we sell magazines, hair products or alternative couture.

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Cara Delevingne & Vogue…Again

The fall issue of any Vogue is always a big deal. It has now been revealed one of the biggest models in the fashion world, Cara Delevingne is wearing Nicolas Ghesquiere’s first-ever Louis Vuitton collection on the cover of U.K. Vogue’s September issue. Vogue is boasting that this four hundred and sixty two page book is their biggest ever published, featuring the most fashion shoots they ever have. Supposedly all fashion designers’ (or at least the ones who matter) autumn/winter 2014 collections are in the magazine-a first ever-making the September issue the Vogue-to-go-to for what is coming for our wardrobes.

But it also seems Delevingne it seems is enjoying quite a relationship with Vogue of late.

The British supermodel has been photographed by Mario Testino in the inside pictures (an interview with the young woman appears in the magazine) with her shots reminiscent of the 60’s-influenced pictures she took for the July U.S. issue. In fact much is being made about the fact that Delevingne is wearing the same hair and makeup-and the same Vuitton styles-causing many to wonder if these ‘new’ pictures in the September UK Vogue aren’t from the earlier shoot (not such an unusual practice of course for other mags….but for Vogue?)

Twenty one year old Delevingne is well known for posting jet-setting pictures and video of her glamorous young life where she not only has managed two other Vogue covers (in the past year and half) but also fronts the upcoming campaigns for Topshop and Mulberry, to name a few

Just to be clear here and not to damn Cara for too many Vogue covers in too short a time, Kate Moss has 34 covers under her belt. And whether her September pictures have been hanging around a bit does not change the fact that Cara Delevingne wearing Nicolas Ghesquiere for Louis Vuitton in U.K. Vogue is a big deal.

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The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk at Barbican EC2

Jean Paul GaultierFashion couture certainly becomes fine art in The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk an exhibition running right now at the Barbican EC2 until 8/25.

Spanning a 30 year career in clothing designing as well as scene stealing Jean Paul Gaultier is certainly a man who not only deserves, but damn well relishes a show like this. Featuring mannequins sporting video projections that actually speak, attendees enjoy more than one hundred and forty Gaultier outfits: sailor ‘suits,’ corsets, Brenton tee’s, embroidered gowns, a tuxedo jumpsuit even . And there’s also sketches, more video footage and photography (or course) by such notables as David LaChapelle, Herb Ritts, Richard Avedon and Mario Testino.

Madonna’s infamous conical basque is here as are other pieces the man has rendered for the movies and song: costumes for Pedro Almodóvar, stage clothes for other pop stars.

As Gaultier says when asked to say which piece might be his favorite:“…each one is like a child to me,” and claims he always viewed exhibitions for dead artists…but still loves this show.Gaultier

“The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” is at the Barbican, EC2, from April 9 to August 25. See here

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