26 April 2008

jumping joe!

It's my favorite North Carolinian and jump rope champion in a Ford Models/VMan promo!

Have you ever SEEN him jump rope?

Talk about sexy.

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19 April 2008

a serious case of mmm

Mistaken model identity!

The folks over at Virgin Media have made some pretty funny mistakes. I remember the time when Bryanboy posted Does Style.com have new interns?

Siri Tollerød became Agyness Deyn.
Agyness Deyn became Edita Vilkeviciute.
Bruna Tenorio became Sheila Marquez.

And so on and so forth.

Virgin Media charted the highest earning supermodels and, well, here goes:

#5 on the list is Alessandra Ambrosio!

Coming in at #4 is Adriana Lima!

And taking third place is Heidi Klum!

Seriously? Come on now.

Photo credit Virgin Media

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16 April 2008

crazy in love

If you can't tell, I'm thoroughly obsessed with Tim Hamilton's clothes!

They're very youthful, straightforward and anything but fussy. From the grey cardigan on Blaine to the striped blazer, to the grey persuasion on Jamil, all the way to that delightful orange, white, and grey layering, I can't complain. In all seriousness, this is the business.

Where to buy in LA:

8825 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(310) 274-8800

Douglas Fir
8311 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 651-5445

Special thanks to Michael of Tim Hamilton for directing me to Maxfield and Douglas Fir because now I have some clothing options for a Northern Californian spring/early summer.

P.S. The FW08 collection is bananas-apples-oranges crazy too-cool-for-school insanely covetable. Check it out as well!

Photo credit: Arnaldo Anaya Lucca for Tim Hamilton

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15 April 2008

vingt cinq ans de beauté

Model shelf lives become lesser and lesser as time goes on, but there's a certain something about the following three models who despite starting out at the older-than-usual model age range, have gone on to become definitive, exceptional and iconic.

In early 2006, Han Hye Jin made a quiet start on the NY and Paris runways, subsequently blasting through the major Vogues including in her home country, South Korea. As any other model, her beauty is widely debated but with her poise and pensive presence, she has set the bar along with fellow South Korean Hye Rim Park for younger upstarts like Hyoni Kang. Brilliance.

Laura Hollins, yes, Laura Hollins with the outrageous style, explosive personality, and one-of-a-kind looks. Agyness Deyn has become one of the proponents of the reemerging London fashion scene. There is so much to say about her. Ben Reardon hasn't really said it so much as he has portrayed it by putting Aggy on six different covers of i-D's May 2008 issue. Nonpareil.

There are a few dancers turned high fashion models but no one has transitioned as well as Du Juan. In an industry that still lacks diversity, repping China and in extension, Asia, is a task of monumental proportions. The "one-girl-at-a-time" syndrome still permeates modeling but thank goodness, her visibility doesn't require being flanked by Gemma and Sasha on either side anymore. She is, after all, worthy of being the only girl on the cover of Chinese Vogue, and they have done just that for February 2008. Grace.

What do they all have in common? As of April 15, 2008, they are all 25 years of age.

Puzzling and sensational, no?

Photo credits: (top-bottom) French Revue de Modes, i-D & dna models, Vogue China & IMG

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