Part Dutch and part Scottish, Saskia de Brauw found modeling fame early, at 16, before dropping out to attend art school in Amsterdam. Now, in her early 30s, she's finding modeling fame again, as well as finding objects on her travels that she transforms into artwork.
The second stop of Saskia's exhibit of found objects, The Accidental Fold, has opened at the National Museum of Scotland (as part of Edinburgh International Fashion Festival). In it, scraps of paper, pieces of plastic, and bits of thread from all corners of the world are given new life — mirroring Saskia's own unusual, willful path.
The Accidental Fold, National Museum of Scotland, through July 26, 2014
If you were Kate Moss's little sister (ok, half-sister), wouldn't you have a go at modeling? Meet Lottie Moss. Earlier this year, the dewy 16-year-old signed with Storm Models, Kate's famed alma mater, and now finds herself the face of one of her big sister's greatest legacies, Calvin Klein Jeans.
In a shrewd move, Calvin Klein Jeans is reviving its halcyon heyday, that of a brooding, muscle-rippling Marky Mark and an alluring, doe-eyed Kate Moss. Remember the duo's billboard domination of 1993? Thus, the label has launched the Re-Issue Project, a capsule of nine denim staples of that era — i.e. the jeans jacket, the short shorts, and the 'boyfriend' jeans worn by Moss in the 90s, as well as "cK" sweatshirts and tees — sold exclusively on Mytheresa from July 15, 2014.
An earlier Calvin Klein classic by at least a decade, Brooke Shields (sans underwear), was immortalized by Richard Avedon, so it makes a good deal of sense that his grandson, Michael Avedon, would photograph Lottie, looking every bit as waifish as her big sis.
Right this minute, male models are zigzagging around Milan and Paris as they rush to castings and fittings in preparation for the men's spring collections, which have already begun in London. But there's one model who's bypassing the arduous process. Because Andrej Pejic, who's walked both men's and women's runways and who prefers the female pronoun, is stepping up her game and headed to the film business.
Reportedly, the andro-genius Australian model-turned-actor has been cast in Sofia Coppola's forthcoming, live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid, originally written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1837 and brought to the big screen in Disney's animated classic of 1989. The 22-year-old will play Sister #4, which may not sound very exciting, but remember that all five sisters are pivotal characters. Where Disney stuck on a happy ending, the story is quite dark and the sisters are responsible for telling the central mermaid, a mer-princess, the ways of the human world and that she'll never attain immortality, as humans will in heaven.
The film's screenwriter, meanwhile, is Caroline Thompson, whose credits include Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, and The Corpse Bride, as well as The Addams Family — another reason Coppola, already well-versed in stories of existential crises, will likely look to the dark side.
Oh sure, Holly Rose Emery can do runway — easily. But the Kiwi cutie, with her preternaturally expressive eyes and lips like cloud banks, is really more of an editorial girl. In the last couple of months alone, she's scored stories in Numéro, Love, i-D, Jalouse, Vogue Germany, and the nearest Vogue to home, Australia. The 17-year-old, who moved to New York from her native Auckland six months ago, has been described as a cross between two quirky bombshells, Lindsey Wixson and Lara Stone. We couldn't agree more.
Naomi Campbell may be a flame-throwing, phone-chucking, lipstick-disapproving horror in heels, but give the diva credit where credit is due. At the 2014 GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles over the weekend, the supe — in full fro, no less — voiced her support of transgender people in fashion, particularly transgender models.
"I encourage even more diversity in the fashion world, and that includes welcoming trans models to the runways," she said, name-checking Lea T and Carmen Carrera. "The truth is, LGBT culture and fashion go hand in hand. They flourish in light of making bold and brave statements."
It's been a good few weeks for the trans community. Earlier this month, Geena Rocero came out as a trans model in a moving TED talk.
You might still be stumbling out of hibernation on this, the 8th day of April, but Hedi Slimane is releasing his pre-fall campaign for Saint Laurent. And it stars only one girl, Grace Hartzel, who opened and closed the house's fall 2014 collection. According to tweets from Saint Laurent at the time, every look in the show was fitted to her measurements.
The Indianapolis native has been increasingly selective with her runway walks of late. For fall, only Saint Laurent and Chanel made the cut. In previous seasons, she clocked appearances at Dior, Marc Jacobs, and Louis Vuitton, plus a smattering of smaller labels. She can be found in the current issue of Love magazine.
Grace is also the face of Saint Laurent's Permanent collection for fall 2014 — a line of signature pieces like Le Smoking tuxedo, Chelsea boots, and leopard-print shirts — and can be seen in this new video from Saint Laurent music collaborator Curtis Harding...
The TED conference has taken an unexpected but welcome liking to fashion models. Following Prada girl Cameron Russell's talk to the tech-minded academic crowd a year ago comes Filipina-American model Geena Rocero. In a moving speech on Monday, she described what it felt to be born male but identify as female, get her start in beauty pageants at the age of 15, undergo gender-reassignment surgery in Thailand, and in 2001 move to the States, where she was given her first ID card with the gender box marked 'F.'
In the talk, which so happened to fall on Transgender Visibility Day (March 31), Rocero wasn't just telling her trans story. She used the platform to come out as transgender "to help others live without shame and terror." She said until taking the stage, she herself withheld her trans status from several close friends and her agent at Next Models.
Rocero also announced the launch of Gender Proud, a global awareness campaign fighting for trans rights. It's the latest rallying cry in what's already been a good year for trans models, who appeared exclusively in Barneys' spring catalog. The photographer, Bruce Weber, told Hint, "I was so lucky to be able to photograph these transgender men and women for Barneys. They have more courage than any football player, explorer or astronaut combined."