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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Just In: Daslu's Eliana Tranchesi Sentenced

In a major scandal rocking Brazil, Eliana Tranchesi, owner of Daslu luxury store in Sao Paulo, was sentenced today to 94.5 years behind bars for fraudulent importing, organized crime and tax evasion stemming from her arrest almost four years ago. In July 2005, more than 300 federal agents raided the store and its offices in Operation Narcissus, arresting Tranchesi and her brother Antonio Carlos Piva de Albuquerque on claims they intended to burn documents related to smuggling and fiscal fraud. Later that year, nearly $1 million worth of Chanel and Gucci bags with adulterated tags were apprehended at the Guarulhos airport. According to police, Tranchesi and other Daslu employees purchased luxury goods abroad while trading offices forged documents declaring a much lower price, in effect creating a criminal network. Eliana's lawyer are requesting home imprisonment as she is in treatment for lung cancer and needs chemotherapy and daily health care.

—André do Val

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Made in Brazil

For his first trip to Brazil, Marc Jacobs swooped into São Paulo last week to celebrate his newest boutique, in partnership with Natalie Klein of NK Store. Of course, that wasn't all on his agenda. Newly engaged to Brazilian boy toy and ad exec Lorenzo Martone, Marc also met with his future mother-in-law over dinner at the swanky Fasano Hotel. This was followed by a day of gallery-hopping (while showing off matching left-hand rings) and another party Saturday night at a secret bar where Madonna and Michael Stipe threw parties recently, but which actually has no name. The night before, Marc and Lorenzo, along with Marc's business partner Robert Duffy, headed to cruisy gay club Cantho in an area known for its, shall we say, colorful transvestites. They stayed for about an hour and a half, sipped caipirinha and mugged for an endless parade of paparazzi, but left the Brazilian fashion flock to dance all night with go-go boys. At one point Marc told Folha magazine that he met Lorenzo in a darkroom, but we're not buying it—Marc's deadpan surely got lost in translation. Surely!

An emotional moment happened at a VIP lunch when Lorenzo's former boss, Cris Bicalho (seen here), gave a speech that ended with: "Life is short," sending Marc into tears. Aaaawww. After São Paulo, the clearly happy couple will spend a month in Rio de Janeiro and Bahia. “Not to work, just for pleasure,” Marc said at a press conference, where, to a room of excitable Brazilian journos, he also talked about having good calves and ignoring the global economic crisis. When he wasn't mesmerized by Marc's calves, our ANDRE DO VAL took notes...

Do you get annoyed with the media frenzy about your relationship?
Marc Jacobs: No! I love attention! I'm an attention whore. I love it.
Are you fond of Brazilian people?
The Brazilians I have met and had the opportunity to work with, like Raquel Zimmermann, Gisele Bündchen, Daiane Conterato, Aline Weber and all the model girls I know, they have warmth, energy and a kind of innate sex appeal that I find desirable. It really rubs off. When I'm around them, I just feel the flirtation and sexuality. I wouldn’t generalize by saying all Brazilians are like this, but this has been my experience.
You are a North American superstar!
Yes, a worldwide superstar! How do you do it?
I don’t know. I guess through hard work. We work very hard. And we’re not like the new kids on the block. We’ve been around for many, many years. We had our own company, worked for Perry Ellis, now Louis Vuitton. Our place in the world of fashion, North American or any other kind, is an evolution that we built. It's something acquired.
Why this crush on kilts right now?
Because I have good calves and I want to show them off.
What comes to your mind when you think of Brazil?
(Laughs.) I'd rather not to say it. Never mind.
Are you in touch with any Brazilian fashion designers?
Not a specific designer. I think there’s a swimwear designer, Rosa Chá? They worked with my friend Naomi Campbell. And then Alexandre Herchcovitch, whose work I don't know very well, but I know him through a photographer friend. That’s it.
Do you have special products for each regional market?
We work very hard making collections we believe in. Whether it's the Marc Jacobs collection or Marc by Marc Jacobs, it's for the world. We do one collection and what each market buys is up to them. They can edit as they please.
Was the reduction of your show in New York a response to global economic crisis?
Robert Duffy: It was a necessity. But we're continuing to expand and hiring more employees. Our responsibility is with the people we work with and that is where I wanted the financial resources to go.
MJ: Creatively I try to ignore the crisis. I have the job of making beautiful things that I believe our costumers will enjoy and love. That’s my responsibility.
Why come to São Paulo?
RD: Well, Brazil has the strongest economy in South America. I’ve been to most countries in South America, and I like coming to Brazil. I feel the energy of it, I think it's the right time. Marc is on his first trip, but I think he is going to like it, too.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Modelizer: Agyness Deyn

After her surprise Sao Paulo Fashion Week appearance walking for Ellus last January, Agyness Deyn spared a day to shoot for Plastic Dreams, the new magazine from crazy-cool plastic shoe label Melissa, who you'll remember from their collaborations with Vivienne Westwood and Zaha Hadid. We caught up with Aggy on set...

Are you officially the new face of London fashion?
I'm always around London designers like Christopher Kane, Gareth Pugh, Jonathan Saunders and Henry Holland, who I'm really close with, so I guess I am. They're all good friends and I'm happy if we get to work together.

How often do you see the BF (Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes)?
Not much! We travel a lot. It's hard to be apart, but at least we never get fed up with each other. We're stuck together like glue when we do see each other. [Editor: um, this was before the recent breakup.]

Do you plan to take on the music business?
I've been playing music since I was sixteen. I had my own band, Lucky Knitwear, but it was just for fun. I don’t want to be a rock star.

What have you been listening to?
This band from my hometown, Manchester, called Maupa, and The Postal Service. I couldn't tell you why I like it, but I definitely recommend it.

Tried any Brazilian food yet?
I've had a lot of seafood, but I'm dying to try feijoada. I just have one day off and that's the only thing I want to do before I leave!

—André do Val

photo by Miro, styling by Dani Ueda, make-up by Robert Estevao

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Hint Gallery: Claro Rio Summer

Natalia Vodianova, hubbie Justin Portman and their three kids just spent a weekend in Rio for the first annual Claro Rio Summer, the beach collections of Brazil’s hottest labels, masterminded by advertising exec Nizan Guanaes. It was also a model-lover's paradise as homegrown babes Isabeli Fontana, Michelle Alves, Fernanda Tavares, Izabel Goulart, Fernanda Motta, Ana Claudia Michels, Daiane Conterato, Barbara Berger and Viviane Orth stalked the runways. Even the front row was also a gift for the hysterical local press, with Valentino, Hamish Bowles, Hilary Alexander and Colette's Sarah Leffer hitting most of the shows and glittering dinner parties...

Valentino / Lady Gabriella Windsor

Ana Claudia & Isabeli @ Totem / Fernanda @ Isabela Capeto / Barbara @ Osklen

Hilary Alexander

Renata & Rojane @ Triya / Alex @ Carlos Miele

Daiane & Barbara @ Carlos Miele

Isabeli & Natalia / Michele @ Salinas

Natalia Vodianova & Hamish Bowles

Marcelle @ Rosacha / Isabela Capeto

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Hurricane Hussein

André do Val rides on the gale-force winds of Hussein Chalayan's spring show...

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008


André do Val...

It was after Steven Klein's photos of him in Italian Vogue, then Steven Meisel's photos, also in Italian Vogue, followed by Numéro and Another, that the fashion world took notice of Henzo Hülle. But the more-cake-than-beef surfer and skateboarder from Espirito Santo, a little town just north of Rio de Janeiro, insists he's just a regular guy.

In Italian Vogue (left) and Key magazine

What was the worst thing that's happened to you on a shoot?
Well, once you start being a model you learn that you need to be ready for anything. Any make-up or outfit they give you is not to be ashamed of, because you don't want it to affect your personality. But there have been some funny situations, like when Steven Klein shot me for Italian Vogue in New York. I had my body all tanned by a sticky cream and I had to wear tiny swim trunks in the middle of a park. All week it had been cold and rainy, but that day it was warm and sunny, so everybody was out and about. No one wears trunks that small in real life.

What’s the funniest make-up you've ever had to wear?
It was for New York magazine. They threw sand on my face and then tried to put some make-up on. It didn’t quite work, but it was funny in the end.

Do you wear any of the designers you model? What's your personal style?
I’m a simple guy, so it depends on the occasion. In general, I wear dark jeans, a nice T-shirt and a jacket to look more fashionable. At home or at the beach I like surfer shorts and a sleeveless top.

Do you prefer to work on men's shows only, or mixed?
Both are great, but it's always more fun when there are girls with us.

Is it true you're going out with Daiane Conterato?
No, not true. I’m single and very happy.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008


André do Val cuts to the chase...

After gracing the cover of Brazilian Vogue too many times to count, Barbara Berger appeared on the runway of Givenchy's last couture show as a stripy version of Daryl Hannah in Blade Runner. The next day the Blonde Runner walked for Jean Paul Gaultier. Did we mention she radically cut her hair recently?

Did you have butterflies in your stomach before your first show?
I always have butterflies before a show, especially if a like the brand. At Givenchy I got tense even at the fitting, because it is something I always dreamt of! The backstage was really warm and the air-conditioning was not fully working. But just before I reached the catwalk I remember Riccardo Tisci grabbing my hand and saying, “I know it’s really hot inside this outfit, but think it's worth it because you look gorgeous!” After that the butterflies were all gone. Jean Paul Gaultier is a very witty person. He makes you feel like the most beautiful woman on earth.

Where would you wear the looks you wore in the show?
Givenchy’s boots were adorable, as well as the coats. Good for the winter. And I'd wear the Gaultier dress to a fancy party because of the back cleavage.

Who decided you should have a haircut?
It was Ford agency in New York, together with Ford Brazil. Their fault! I needed something to make me look different and the haircut was perfect for that. The only thing I asked was that it not be ordinary. The first week I felt weird, especially going through old pictures. I couldn’t believe! I even kept a bunch of hair that got cut, but then I threw it away. What could a possibly do with that?

But did it help get work? And boys?
For some clients it was a shock. Some didn’t even recognize me before I said my name. In Brazil they never thought I would actually do it, but I think they liked it. About the boys, I think they prefer long hair, especially in Brazil, where the ideal woman is sexy and gorgeous. But I don’t mind. My boyfriend loves it and that is what truly matters.

What's next for you?
I’m in New York and still don’t know how is it going to be. I’m going to Paris to work and in August my family will come to spend holiday with me. I can’t wait!

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008


André do Val grills Daiane Conterato...

Ever since walking in Prada’s fall '06 show in Milan, Daiane Conterato has worked with Steven Meisel, Steven Klein, Juergen Teller, David Sims, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin for the best rags around—think Italian Vogue, French Vogue and Numero. She's known for her angular face and stick figure, but Daiane insists she's the queen of the barbecue. We guess that makes sense, considering she's from Porto Alegre, Brazil, land of bloody meat and gauchos...

Backstage at Neon, Alexandre Herchcovitch and Redley during São Paulo Fashion Week

Did you manage to have some days off before fashion season?
Thank goodness for that. It was lovely. I spent a month at home with my family. That was exactly what I needed. And I ate so much. That was before Rio and São Paulo fashion weeks in June, right before I go to New York for the castings and everything starts again.

So you have been eating a lot, huh?
I always do! I love barbecues. My father does it really well. I really stuff myself with meat and potato salad and all that mayo that goes with it.

Is there something you don’t eat?
Don’t ask me to eat tomato salad. I don't mind healthy food, it's just that I hate raw tomatoes.

Have you found any fancy foreigners to go out with in your travels?
I think I still prefer Brazilians. They are tender and careful. And I don’t have very much time to go out with boys anyway.

Who do you go out with then?
Mostly my friends are gay, so I normally go with them to gay clubs to dance. It's better because I can actually have fun and relax, and the boys don't stalk me.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008


"Who's that Gucci Girl?" asks André do Val...

Martha Streck is the flame-haired Brazilian girl who burst on the modeling scene when she stalked Gucci's fall catwalk. Then came Dior's resort '09 collection. She's currently working the runways back home in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Chatty and quick-witted, she says she only decided to work in fashion for the stamps in her passport. Want more nuggets? Keep reading...

Walking for Gucci, backstage at Alexandre Herchcovitch in São Paulo

What got you started in modeling?
I was really craving to travel, but my father wouldn't let me because I had just started law school, after studying theater. I wanted a job that would take me all over the world, so I began modeling. Problem solved.

Do you like it?
There’s a lot of girls trying to be models in my city, but I never liked the idea. Now I'm used to it, but it's not exactly what I planned for my life. I still want to finish law school.

And have you been traveling?
Yes! My first trip was to Milan in May of 2007, then London, Istanbul and Berlin. I don't have a particular destination I want to visit. I could be taken anywhere in the world and it's okay for me.

Do you bring the contents of your house with you?
Yes, I'm such a snail. I bring everything with me all the time. As a model, I don't know exactly where I’m going and how long I’m staying, so I need to be prepared for warm and cold weather. It's heavy, but useful.

Can you sleep on the plane?
I can sleep anywhere. Right after take-off, I completely knock out. I’m the person who needs to be woken up after everybody else has gotten off. And I always ask for five more minutes.

—André do Val

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

André do Val takes in the sights and sounds of Paris...

With the Eiffel Tower sparkling outside, the blue glow of Hussein Chalayan's runway had people fumbling for their seats at the Musée de l’Homme on the Place de Trocadero. The obscure ambience—designed by lighting guru Philippe Cerceau, with set direction by Alexandre de Betak—was to be the designer's fashion interpretation of the Big Bang, articulated by a crystal-encrusted dress of expanding lights orbiting the body.

"What should I say if they ask us if we are sisters? Should I just pretend I don't speak English and keep walking?" asked Carol Pantoliano (below right) of her model friend Daiane Conterato—both Brazilian—on the way out of Dries Van Noten's show. “Just smile. People ask me that every day. I think I'll just say yes," answered Daiane.

—André do Val

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