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November 28, 2009

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They come in pairs

October 29, 2009

Numéro Korea May ’09

Abbey Lee & Karmen Pedaru ph by Mariano Vivanco


L’Officiel Singapore October ’09(2nd Anniversary issue)


Frizzy red hair, Burberry coats, double the fierce models… can you see the similarity? Rip-off or just plain inspired… between two different magazine empires?

[images:, l'officiel Singapore facebook]

Dyed black

October 28, 2009

Just two weeks ago Vogue Paris stirred up controversy for colouring Lara Stone’s skin into a dark, near brown tan for an editorial ph by Steven Klein (see full spread here).

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It’s a misstep on Carine’s part that the spread is linked with racism, if they would like to feature a black model for a supermodel issue, they could get Naomi or Liya any time. However, there is not a singlre black model for this issue. But seeing this from an artistic vision, they are probably trying to do something different with Lara because she already had one entire issue dedicated to her and theref0re a fresher, newer look had to be used for Lara’s future spreads if they were to feature her again and again, something team Vogue Paris love to do. For example, she went brunette for the September main story.

Darkening a model’s skin tone is one of Steven Klein’s trademark. Remember this Vogue US 2008 September issue spread he shot, where Caroline trentini was dyed black?




And check this out, power model twins Donna and Gwen Loos in a spread together for Dutch Glamour (not by Klein though), Donna (or Gwen?) is in black.




Depending on how people see it, colouring a model’s skin tone is quite a risky thing to do right now, no?

[images: TFS scans]

Track RTT

October 27, 2009

These have been set up for quite a while, but not really hugely publicized so fyi, here are the several ways to track Rock The Trend — events, updates, news, videos and unseen photos will be constantly uploaded to the following places:


Facebook group
Facebook page


A new look/layout is coming your way (I know, I get bored of things pretty easily…) so stayed tuned to this space.

In the mood for Cruise

October 27, 2009

V magazine, as early as ever, is already featuring Cruise ’10 pieces in editorials. Coming up right this minute is the sneak preview of ‘Pin Me Up, Pin Me Down’ featuring Victoria Secret babes Miranda Kerr and Ana Beatriz Barros as postmodern pinups under Willy Vanderperre’s (who shoots all the Jil Sander campaigns) sleek, high contrast photography.

Miranda has been doing quite a lot of high fashion cross-overs lately. First it was her turn at the Balenciaga runway earlier this month which sent shock waves around model watchers, and now add a V editorial to the list. Don’t you love unexpected model choices like this?

V #62 will be out 3rd November, more sneak preview coming up.








Blackmarket Manifesto

October 25, 2009

Excuse my blurry phone camera pictures, but here’re a few snaps of Max Tan’s all-white collection.



The pictures obviously don’t do the collection any justice, see the full show video here.

Max Tan’s pieces were a clear standout on Friday. Well, Gian Romano’s was close second (if not for the similarity to Rick Owens + Rad Hourani…), but the minimalist aesthetic of MT is just spot on for me. It seems like he has an obssession with the white shirt, manipulating it into different forms and silhouettes, all of which are totally wearble and feels totally Spring-y. One entire collection of white is a statement by itself. There is this one-shoulder single sleeve white dress that looks like half of the shirt had been slashed, but the result is almost dream-like, rather sweet.

ETA: pictures by Fadli Rahman


Runway remix.3

October 25, 2009

Versace Spring 2010

Amanda Blank – DJ


Karl sans shades

October 21, 2009

Found this picture of the Kaiser in 1983 in the latest Teen Vogue (Nov ’09), doing a fitting for Inès de la Fressange.


You can hardly find a picture of him without his signature shades on these days… no?

Enough Karl talk, the news of the Spring ’10 Chanel campaign is out courtesy of WWD. The cast: Freja Beha Erichsen, Baptiste Giabiconi and Claudia Schiffer. Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Imagine what he’s got to do with the farm/country theme at Argentina with The Trio.

As for Christian Dior, Galliano has chosen Karlie Kloss, apparently Karlie is his new favourite model now that she has even went on to open both the Dior and Galliao show for Spring ’10.

Dior campaign at 17, enough said.


[image: scanned from teen vogue,]