Model Behavior: Alexander Wang Backstage

Backstage, ALexander Wang's girls played up the kooky, gothy, grungy vibe of his fall collection. Photos by Sonny Vandevelde...

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Feb 16, 2015 13:35:00
Chanel couture spring 15

Model Behavior: Paris Couture Backstage

Backstage at the Paris couture spring 2015 collections: Dior, Chanel,
Versace, Giorgio Armani Privé, Giambattista Valli
Photos by Sonny Vandevelde

Dior

Dior

Dior

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Feb 01, 2015 21:15:00

Model Behavior: Paris Backstage

Backstage at the Paris fall men's 2015 collections: Givenchy, Louis Vuitton,
Dries Van Noten, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Juun J., Damir Doma, Kris Van Assche, Henrik Vibskov
Photos by Sonny Vandevelde

Givenchy

Givenchy

Givenchy

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Jan 28, 2015 08:07:00
Raf Simons fall 15

Model Behavior: Raf Simons Men's Backstage

A nerdy-dirty rave vibe pulsed through Raf Simons' fall collection, just as it did backstage. Photos by Sonny Vandevelde...

 

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Jan 24, 2015 20:02:00

Model Behavior: Rick Owens Men's Backstage

Rick Owens' male models let it all hang out on the runway, and it wasn't much different backstage. Photos by Sonny Vandevelde...

Jan 23, 2015 21:02:00

Model Behavior: Milan Backstage

Backstage at the Milan fall men's 2015 collections: Prada, Fendi, Calvin Klein, Versace,
N°21, Dolce & Gabbana, Bottega Veneta, Moncler, Vivienne Westwood, Neil Barrett, MSGM
Photos by Sonny Vandevelde

Jan 19, 2015 15:08:00
Mica Arganaraz for Givenchy

Mica Arganaraz

Mica Arganaraz was the surprise hit of the spring shows, where a slow burn over several seasons erupted into full Mica mania. Daringly, the floppy-haired Argentinian artist skipped the New York and London collections, and walked exclusively for Prada in Milan before resurfacing at a select number of shows in Paris. These included Céline, Dior, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Givenchy, the campaign in which she also appears. It's unclear whether that would have happened if Mica hadn't first appeared in Prada's fall campaign, the first model to fly solo in a Prada campaign since Sasha Pivovarova some years ago. Miuccia must be very smitten because she's also had Mica open Miu Miu in Paris three in a row. Could a lucrative beauty campaign be far off?

Jan 08, 2015 18:36:00
Joan Didion for Céline

Let Icons Be Icons: Joan Didion for Céline

Of all the silver-haired queens on the scene today, none is as surprising to bump into as Joan Didion in an ad for Céline. The reclusive novelist, screenwriter, emotional explorer, and literary beacon for scores of would-be essayists (who didn't want to write the next Slouching Towards Bethlehem?) is seen in her trademark oversized sunglasses and simple sweater, as well as a large pendant necklace seemingly heavier than the icon herself.

Didion was immortalized in the beatnik-chic ensemble by Juergen Teller — fittingly, given his predilection for superannuated subjects. In the same spring campaign, he also shot model Freya Lawrence and French dancer Marie-Agnes Gillot. Didion devotees will surely make the connection between the now-famous image of the author in her Corvette Stingray on the cover of her book The White Album and the car that Daria Werbowy, trusted multi-seasonal Céline muse, posed in for the recent cruise campaign.


Joan Didion's The White Album (1979), Daria Werbowy for Céline cruise 2015

That Joan Didion, especially at 79, couldn't give two hoots about fashion or glamour is exactly what makes the campaign so unexpected — and compelling. In a fashion advertising landscape littered with out-of-place Hollywood actresses and shill-anything reality-TV stars, Didion remains the very embodiment of depth, authenticity, and inspiration. Never mind that the giant wayfarers appear to be sliding off her face; it just adds to the charm.

Watch this video refresher created by Didion's nephew, Griffin Dunne, to help fund a Kickstarter campaign with the aim of finally making her definitive documentary. The goal of $80,000 was shattered in less than a day...

Jan 06, 2015 20:03:00
Jacob Bird @ Raf Simons

Jacob Bird

Probably to our detriment, we've never covered a male model in Model Mania. But, you see, Jacob Bird isn't any male model. Depending on his mood, he might even tell you he isn't male at all.

That's because, when the 21-year-old Londoner isn't walking the runway for the likes of Raf Simons, Walter Van Beirendonck, Robert Geller, and J.W. Anderson, he's donning a wig and slinking around town as Dinah Lux — his nom de drag — usually with Ben Jarvis, fellow model and boy toy. In fact, speaking of drag, Jacob was scouted at the opening of a Sephora shop in New York, waiting for none other than Amanda Lepore to warble a few of her hits.

And when Jacob isn't tickling pink, he's tickling the ivories. A pianist and composer, he studied classical music at Cambridge University and graduated with honors over the summer. Good timing, as the Tokyo spring '15 collections were beckoning. He walked Factotum and Discovered, among others — as Jacob Bird, this time.

We dug around his Instagram (@jmallinsonb) and found Dinah in rare form...

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Jan 05, 2015 14:26:00

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