29 January 2008

the showcard surprise

Angela Lindvall.

A late nineties super from the Midwest. 29. Two kids. 20+ show seasons. She's been on the cover of all the major Vogues (Australian, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, British, and American). She's been in virtually every single campaign from Calvin to Prada, Chanel to Versace, Chloé to Marc Jacobs, Cavalli to LV, Christian Dior to Valentino, everything.

After about four seasons with One, Angela made the switch to her one and only mother agency, IMG.

Let me point out something.

Take a look at Angela's SS08 showcard from One:

Now for her FW08 IMG showcard:

Click on the images so you can read her stats clearly. Notice something odd? One notes that Angela is 5'11". IMG says she's... 5'9"? Now I've always thought that Angela is 5'11", on the runways, next to other girls, she's clearly 5'11".

Now there are some differences in her other measurements but regarding her height, here's what her other agencies have to say:

Barcelona - Group, 5'11"
Berlin - Iconic, 5'11"
London - Independent, 5'11"
Milan - D'Management, 5'11"
Paris - IMG, 5'11"
Vienna - Stella, 180 cm ≈ 5'11"

And here's what IMG New York has to say... 5'9".

Either IMG NY is right, six European agencies are covering up Miss Lindvall's real height because she, um, lost bone mass in the past year AND she's now around Snejana Onopka's height OR IMG's interns aren't being very precise.

Such blatant (and careless) discrepancy in her height is completely laughable. Wonk, wonk, wonk.

Photo credits: Models.com, One, IMG

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28 January 2008

sale! sale! sale!

I'm so behind on everything!

My biggest disappointment is that I was behind on the Marc by Marc sale on Melrose.


Okay so here's your chance ladies! Fall 2007 dresses by my fave Asians at super discounted prices, think mostly below $500 at Shopbop.

Look #1 at Thakoon. Feather jacquard drop waist dress.
From $1,095 to $328.50!
Size 6 available.

Peter Som Elizabeth dress. It really is a raspberry shade, this photo does not display it correctly.
From $1,495 to $448.50!
Sizes 2 & 6 available.

Derek Lam draped asymmetrical dress. Satisfy your metallic craving!
From $3,590 to $1,077!
Size 6 available.

Photo credit: Style.com

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11 January 2008

model excitement #3: red, white and blue

Ali Stephens, 16
Salt Lake City, UT

Opening Chloé is a headliner. Doing the subsequent campaign solo is another. Back-to-back Vogues and an upcoming Numéro should be stellar. All she needs to do is broaden her range of looks and this x-country star should do just fine!

Courtney Smerski, 18
Aberdeen, WA

Nina Ricci campaign? Sold! I don't think this girl is heading for Grays Harbor College anytime soon, not with a momentum like this.

Karlie Kloss, 14
Chicago, IL

Teen Vogue all the way. Side by side with Courtney in the Nina Ricci campaign. Exclusive at Gucci in Milan. Exclusive at Calvin in NY. This ballerina channels her innate regalness even on the runways.

Ah, to be young, 5'11", and all-American.

Looks like Elite is bringing Americans back!

Photo credit: Marilyn

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08 January 2008

suddenly sebastián

Draped in a black sequined Chanel resort robe, with a J12 on his right wrist, and with that sexy, intriguing unibrow, Sebastián Faena could easily be mistaken for a model.

Paired with stylist Sophia Achaval, this young photographer and director first caught my attention when Angela Lindvall appeared in a V story entitled "Suddenly Buenos Aires".

The photographs portray Angela, an international popstar who is dating an Argentinean bolero singer named Cristian Ferrera, only to find out that he's been cheating on her with a woman named Dolores.

International superstar Angela arrives in town for her Blonde Venus world tour.

And to be with her man, a local bolero singer.

One night Angela watches Dolores perform.

Dolores had always been the other woman.

Until now.

Angela was suddenly abandoned.

And there could be no more self-deception.

All she wanted now was solitude in her despair.

And revenge.

The world wanted her and her alone, so none of the rest would ever matter.

Faena is also a filmmaker and his debut La Mujer Rota, is produced by Mario Testino.

Photo credits: V Magazine (V49 "Something About You" & V50 "Suddenly Buenos Aires"), Argentina Films

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07 January 2008

1841 to 2008

I was at the Getty this past weekend with a friend who's visiting from another state and in one of the rooms, there was this one painting that caught my attention.

I thought to myself, "she looks like a certain model."

A portrait of Louise-Antoinette Feuardent
Jean-François Millet, 1841
Oil on canvas
28 7/8 x 23 7/8 in.

Guess who.

Johanna Gene Stickland, who's been noticeably absent in the past show season. Hmm, I wonder what's new with her.

Photo credits (top-bottom): The Getty Center, Women

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02 January 2008

gelukkig nieuwjaar!

Here's to a fantastic 2008!

I have something to tell you but I'm going to hold off on the announcement until it actually materializes. I feel like I'm jinxing myself everytime I divulge the details to a friend.

I'm a little late again, but I'll try to beat the odds and do my best in publishing more posts this year!

Photo credit: Rodarte

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