Thursday, July 29, 2010

Mrs. Bloom shoots Vogue... and Numéro, Again

In brocade Balmain for Vogue Spain

Finally!! I know this is probably my tenth post on Miranda this month, but it can't be helped- this girl is on fire. Australia's best-known model has finally landed the holy grail of magazine covers; Vogue. She took a break out of her honeymoon (bless her) to head back to LA's Milk Studios for an editorial for Vogue Spain, and it can now be confirmed, will be appearing on the September cover. This confirmation comes via the shoot's hair stylist, Ben Skervin, who took to Twitter (where else in this social media obsessed day and age?!) announcing "Miranda Kerr sept Spanish Vogue cover and story!!!!" Miranda herself even tweeted yesterday that she "had to come back to LA for a one-day shoot with Vogue." It's not the first time she's worked for the mag, having featured in spreads for American Vogue and Vogue Russia, but it will be the first time she's landed a cover. Yay!

Just when you thought it couldn't get any bigger or better for the rapidly rising star, apparently, it can. After my post on her new campaign for Jil Sander's Fall 2010 collection, she was snapped by Sebastian Kim in a consecutive religious-themed spread (sporting a crown of thorns, no less) for Numéro #115, after appearing in a nun-inspired get up in issue #114 by Greg Kadel. (I'm willing to bet she'll snag a Numéro cover before the year is out.) This Vogue cover rounds out what has been a huge week for our favourite model export (sorry Abbey Lee, we still love you), which also included a secret wedding and a confirmed pregnancy.  All these high fashion gigs are responsible for the fact she has now crept up to number 15 on's list of top 50. This ranking places her ahead of big high fashion names such as Hanne Gaby Odiele, Magdalena Frackowiak, Karmen Pedaru, Anna Selezneva, Sigrid Agren and Caroline Trentini. Where's her Vogue Australia cover I hear you ask? Hmm...
Miranda's latest editorial for French mag Numéro #115, shot by Sebastian Kim, styled by Charles Varenne

photos via The Fashion Spot

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Morebid-ly obsessed with: Magdalena

One of my all-time favourite models, the gorgeous Polish-born Magdalena Frackowiak features (largely leather-clad) in the latest issue of Numéro lensed by by Greg KadelStyled by fashion editor Brian Molloy, she features in daring but dishevelled ensembles by Balenciaga, Givenchy and Christopher Kane. I can't get enough of Magda's chiselled face and edginess, but at the same time love how she can be soft and romantic and also fun (à la Karl in Lagerfeld's mini-movie "Remember Now")

Day 5: Vanessa Coyle

With fellow expat Yasmin Sewell, Chief Creative Consultant of Liberty London.

Melbourne expat is playing for the big leagues. After jumping the pond and freelancing in Europe for a couple of years, Vanessa Coyle snagged her current job as Senior Fashion Editor of UK Harper's Bazaar in 2007. Although her style is quite laidback, there's nothing boring about it. After looking at her thread over at The Fashion Spot, this girl gives meaning to the term "fashion forward." Double denim, aviator shearling jackets, classicly tailored blazers paired with graphic prints or tees... and all in 2008. Even though she has all the shoes she could possibly want at her disposal (and in keeping with the editor tradition) she favours her perfectly beatup suede YSL ankle booties, teaming them with... everything. With her penchant for menswear (read: buttoned-up shirts, tailored blazers, loose fitting pants), paired the right bag, shoe, or simply her attitude, she always carries it off. Love her edgy style.

Heat Wave: Carmen Kass in Alexander Wang overcoat and Celine wooden wedges for June 2010 UK Harper's Bazaar

photos: The Fashion Spot

Monday, July 26, 2010

Day 4: Natalia Alaverdian

Sasha Pivovarova wearing Givenchy Haute Couture, styled by Natalia Alaverdian for Harper's Bazaar Russia

Fashion Editor of Harper's Bazaar Russia, Natalia Alaverdian is relatively new to my radar. Even if, like me, you didn't know her so much for her street style (until now), her work for Russia's HB is amazing and and I've definitely looked twice when I've (unknowingly) spotted an editorial on Fashion Gone Rogue. Her face reminds me a little bit of Giovanna Battaglia (fash ed of L'Uomo Vogue), but the similarities end there. She isn't afraid to shake things up, mixing textures like fur and denim and lace, but at the same time knows when to keep it simple. Sometimes a navy striped tee paired with denim cutoffs is the perfect outfit for a lazy day wandering the streets (and sitting front row at fashion week, no less) of Paris.

Loving her Alaïa wedge platforms paired with white lace D&G number and laidback military parka. Major shoe envy.

Photos: The Fashion Spot

Friday, July 23, 2010

Mirand-a for Jil Sand-a

As hinted a few weeks ago by the newly married Mrs. Bloom (yes, her and pirate-beau Orlando yesterday tied the knot) in an interview with Modelinia, she's nabbed herself yet another high-fashion get, this time with the latest campaign for Jil Sander. Also featuring int. runway regular Kasia Struss, the streamlined campaign was lensed by Willy Vandeperre, who also shot Miranda for i-D and V's summer issues. Although I think Miranda makes the transition from smiley VS model to edgy super quite seemlessly, not everyone does. One reader in particular disagreed with my sentiments, saying she looked more like Clark Kent. Hey, she mightn't please everybody in the high-fashion stakes, but at least one thing is agreed upon, and that is the link between herself and supermanmodel.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Day 3: Emmanuelle Alt

Initially I'd planned not to double up on editors from the same country, much less the same publication. But it just can't be helped when Parisians (more specifically, Paris Vogue staffers) are so damned stylish. Emmanuelle Alt, fashion director of Paris Vogue, right-hand woman to Carine Roitfeld, is certainly no exception.

With two of 2009's best editorials (as voted by to her name - she styled Game Girl with Daria Werbowy for May and Graffi Couture with PV favourite Raquel Zimmermann for November - 2010 has also been a stellar year for the stylist, as both her work and personal style clearly shows. She's responsible for some of my favourite editorials this year; styling super Natasha Poly in the latest swimwear looks for May as well as the moroccan-inspired Comtesse Natasha in April, Kate Moss and Raquel Zimmermann for June/July, Iselin Steiro in the unforgettable Balmain-themed Commando shoot... the list goes on. And that's just her work for Vogue. Outside the magazine she's responsible for styling the last three Balmain RTW shows and fall '09 campaign, as well as numerous campaigns for Gucci and Isabel Marant. And with almost all her outfits containing a piece by at least one of these labels, her work for these clients continues way past styling their campaigns.

 Daria Werbowy in Game Girl for Paris Vogue's May 2009 issue, voted best-styled shoot by for the year 2009.

Iselin Steiro in Commando for Vogue Paris March 2010, wearing Balmain Spring 2010 crocodile leather jacket.

 Gucci F/W 2009 campaign, shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, styled by Emmanuelle Alt.

Alt's another who can easily wear the same thing over and over and still look amazingly fresh and new. It's not so much what she wears (Balmain, Isabel Marant, Balmain again), but how she wears it. She doesn't wear it because it's perceived "cool" or "on-trend"; she wears it because she can, with an attitude that says she really doesn't give a shit what anyone thinks of her style. With an otherworldly knack for interpreting runway pieces for everyday wear, her look is angrogynous but chic, nonchalant but confident and - most importantly - never overdone. Her uniform of a sharp shouldered blazer, deconstructed tee, slick leather pants or skinny jeans teamed with boots or strappy sandals never fails. Some would say she needs to mix it up, but when you look as amazing Alt, why would you want to?

Photos:, The Fashion Spot, Jak&Jil and The Sartorialist