Saturday, November 18, 2017

Azzedine Alaïa:One of the Greatest designers Dead at 82!

Azzedine Alaïa, one of the greatest and most uncompromising designers of the 20th and 21st centuries, died on Saturday in Paris. He was 82.
His company said the cause was a heart attack.
Known as a sculptor of the female form, and worn by women from Michelle Obama to Lady Gaga, Mr. Alaïa was equally famous for his rejection of the fashion system and his belief that it had corrupted the creative power of what could be an art form.
He rarely hewed to the official show calendar, preferring to reveal his work when he deemed it ready, as opposed to when retailers or press demanded it.
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Instead he built his own system, and family of supporters, and since the turn of the millennium had become an increasingly important voice for the value of striving to perfect and explore a single proprietary aesthetic, and against giving in to the relentless pressure to produce collections.
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In where he was famous for holding free-flowing lunch and dinner gatherings, for which he often cooked, was his soapbox. There he would regale guests — who could include designers, Kardashians, the artist Julian Schnabel, the architect Peter Marino and seamstresses from his ateliers — long into the night with opinions, stories and exhortations.
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Short — at least compared to supermodels like Naomi Campbell, who called him “Papa,” and Farida Khelfa — he was always attired in a uniform of black Chinese cotton pajamas. He was famous for working long hours alone, bent over patterns and pieces of fabric, with National Geographic programs playing on the wide screen TV nearby.
He was also mischievous: He often lied about his age, once told a journalist that his mother was a Swedish model, and like to hide from his staff members and then startle them by jumping out with a whistle. Prone to hold grudges, he could also be extraordinarily generous.
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Mr. Alaïa dedicated his life to the belief that fashion was more than just garments; to him, they were as much an element in the empowerment of women and of a broader cultural conversation.
An exhibit of his work in 2015 at the Villa Borghese in Rome, where his gowns held their own among the Caravaggios and Berninis, suggested that he had achieved that goal.
Azzedine Alaïa was born in Tunis, Tunisia, on Feb. 26, 1935 (though some biographical sources list his birth year as 1939 or 1940). His father ran a wheat farm outside the city.
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Azzedine became interested in art and design at a young age.
“I was helping Madame Pinot, a midwife that helped in giving birth to my whole family,” he recalled in 2011. “I told her that I liked to draw. She gave me books, pamphlets to art exhibitions, and my first book of Picasso.”
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Soon she registered him at the School of Fine Arts in Tunis, he said, “against my father’s will.”
He also found a job in a small dress shop. “The owner was looking for someone to finish up the dresses,” he said. “My sister had learned sewing with the nuns, and she had a notebook with all the basics. That was my first real experience with fashion, and while I was in the shop, I improved dramatically.”
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He added: “Close to the boutique, there was a beautiful palace where two wealthy girls spent their days looking out the balcony. They saw me going in and out of the shop with cartons and fabrics, and finally, one day after school, they came up to question me about my work and invited me to their house that same night.”
There Mr. Alaïa met a cousin of the girls’ who wore Christian Dior and Balmain dresses, and through her he found work with a dressmaker who made copies of Balmain clothing.
From there, with help from a well-connected friend of the cousin’s, he went to Paris, to work for Dior, in 1957. Living in the “chambre de bonne” of Comtesse Nicole de Blégiers, he paid his rent by making clothes for her and babysitting her children.
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Word spread, and he became an inside secret of the great and good of French society; clients included the writer Louise de Vilmorin, Cécile and Marie-Hélène de Rothschild, of the banking family, and the actress Arletty. He opened his own maison in 1979.
Mr. Alaïa introduced his first ready-to-wear collection in 1980 and was soon hailed as “the king of cling” — though his garments were much more than that: He used leather and knits to shape and support the body, transforming it into the best version of itself.
Though his aesthetic fell out of fashion with the advent of deconstructed minimalism in the 1990s, Mr. Alaïa never allowed himself to be distracted by the trends of others, and by the year 2000 acolytes began returning to his atelier, a complex of buildings on Rue de Moussy in the Fourth Arrondissement, where he lived, worked and cooked.
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In 2007, Compagnie Financière Richemont bought a majority stake in the business, allowing it to expand at its own pace. A Perfume and store expansion planned, and by last year Mr. Alaïa had more than 300 points of sale globally. His closest collaborator was Carla Sozzani, owner of the influential boutique 10 Corso Como.
Beyond the runway, Mr. Alaïa created work for the ballet and the opera, began holding art exhibitions in 2004 in the space that also houses his showroom (regular programming began in 2015 with an exhibition by the Syrian poet Adonis) and was planning a bookstore.
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He is survived by his partner, the painter Christoph von Weyhe; and nieces and nephews.
In July after six years. In the audience were Jack Lang, the former French minister of culture; Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, former first lady of France (and one-time Alaïa model); Isabelle Huppert, the actress; Marc Newson, the industrial designer; and Fabrice Hergott, the director of the Museum of Modern Art in Paris.
Mr. Alaïa had become the equivalent of a national treasure, and everyone was there to honor him.
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Charles Bilgrien by Photographer Darren Tieste

Talented photographer Darren Tieste shows an affection for the surfer look as he unveils the latest subject of his new series starring promising long haired newcomer, Charles Bilgrien.

Adrian Rafaell by photographer Frank Marando

Interview with: Frank Englund

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Elite Model Frank England stands at 6’2 and hails from Downingtown Pennsylvania. After attending James Madison University Frank was signed with Elite Model Management. Frank is making his rounds in the modeling industry and spent time from his busy schedule to answer a few questions on the guy behind the face. Photography shot by Fritz Yap, Tony Veloz, Caroline Simmons, Josh Filauri, and Joel Code.
  1. What do you love most about modeling?
There are a lot of things I love about modeling. First would be the traveling. I have an opportunity to travel the world and meet people from all different cultures and backgrounds, I’ve met so many amazing people already, I love it. Second, it’s an opportunity for me to really push myself physically and see what I am capable of accomplishing with my body. I always planned on being an athletic trainer or doing something within training, this is a chance for me to focus my training on myself and see what I can do. Third, there is no ceiling in the modeling industry.
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You can make absolutely no money as a working model, or on the flip side you can make ridiculous money, you just don’t know what kind of jobs are going to come your way. That both scares and excites me. And fourth I would say modeling is a great platform to positively impact people. Many models have huge social media followings; I see that as an opportunity to use your following in a positive way to help people.
  1. What keeps you motivated?
There isn’t a whole lot to keep you motivated in this industry outside of yourself. My family and friends are supportive which helps, but there are so many ups and downs in this industry. I see models quitting right and left because they can’t handle the stress of the industry. The thing that keeps me going is never being content. I know every day that I can be better, and I know agencies see that in me and I truly believe it will take me far in this industry. I also don’t compare myself to other people within the industry. A lot of models will say they aren’t as good looking, in shape, pretty, tall…etc as someone else and end up going crazy thinking that way.
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  1. What were the major milestones that gave you that “extra” motivational boost?
I am fairly new to the industry, so I wouldn’t say I’ve had a ton of “milestones” per say. Signing my first two international contracts were big, I signed in both Mexico City and Germany. The most recent milestone would have to be shooting with Mike Ruiz. He is a celebrity in the world of photography and has shot the very top guys in the industry as well as celebrities. Sean Opry, Lucky B Smith, Mike Ohearn, and Chris Hemsworth to name just a few, the list goes on. He chose me to shoot for his most recent project, it’s a true honor.
  1. What are your future goals, dreams and plans?
My immediate future goals are simple. I need to make my rounds in the three major US markets which are NYC, LA and Miami. I am currently in Miami now. I also need to spend some time in the European market. I just need to do all I can to get my name out there in the industry and let people know who Frank Englund is.
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  1. What does your current training split look like, and what do you like most abou it?
I change up my splits fairly regularly so my body never gets used to what I’m doing. As of now I’m doing a classic split of just isolating one body part per day. Cardio and diet are extremely important to keep me lean for modeling, so I do some form of cardio every day and dedicate two days/week specifically for cardio. An average week will look like this for me:

Monday: Legs/Cardio
Tuesday: Chest/Cardio
Wednesday: Cardio/Core
Thursday: Back/Cardio
Friday: Shoulders/Cardio
Saturday: Cardio/Core
Sunday: light cardio/full body stretch and recovery
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  1. What are some of your best tips for someone who wants to break into the modeling world?
Control what you can control. There are a lot of good looking people out there, but your physique is what can separate you from the rest, and that is in your control. Network and be sociable. Clients may originally hire you for your looks, but if you are stuck up or have a dry personality you won’t get rehired. The people hiring you are just that, people. Nobody wants to work with people they don’t like.
  1. What’s the best advice you would give to someone wanting ripped or shredded abs?
The saying “abs are made in the kitchen” is 100% true. Get your diet in check before anything else.
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  1. What does your off-season bulking (eating) plan look like?
I don’t do an off season. I have to be cut and lean 24/7 365 days/year for this job. My diet and training stays consistent year round.
  1. What does your cutting (eatting) plan look like?
If I’m really trying to dial in for a shoot I know will be focused on my body Ill cut back calories slightly, but not much. The only thing I add into my training routine will be quick nightly HIIT workouts to get my metabolism firing before bed.
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  1. What are some of the biggest training mistakes you’ve made?
I’ve made every training mistake in the book. I was just as naïve as anyone when I first started. When I first started training I ignored the diet aspect completely. I was being stupid and as a result I didn’t yield any of the results I was looking for. You can’t out train a bad diet.
  1. What are some of your favorite supplements and why?
Every supplement I use is from a company called IDLife. They are the first to bring about customized nutritional supplements based on science to the market. All products are 100% natural, non GMO, gluten free, casein free, soy free, and lactose free. They are the only supplements I 100% trust to put into my body and know I’m not consuming anything harmful. That goes for both nutritional and training supplements.  All products can be ordered at
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  1. Favorite activites and hobbies you enjoy when away from the gym?
Away from the gym I love to be outdoors. Stand up paddle boarding and sailing two of my favorite activities. Other than that I spend a lot of time with family and friends.
  1. What newbie mistakes did you make when you first started modeling?
When I first started modeling I was “too muscular” for the industry. My agent told me that over and over but I ignored her because in my male brain I thought the more muscle the better. I finally listed to her and leaned out and what do you know…she was right haha!
  1. Any last advice for beginners or anyone looking to get into modeling?
Just do it. If it is something you want to pursue take digitals of yourself, send them into an agency and get some feed back. If they say no move on to a different agency. Have a personality when you meet with people, it goes a long way. And like I said before, control what you can control.
  1. Any upcoming projects you are working on?
I am very new to the Miami market. I’m currently working with my agency to build my social media platform and get as much publicity down here as possible. I’m excited for what Miami will bring.

Interview with male model Adam Loebbert

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19 year old, Swedish fashion model, Adam Loebbert, talks about his most memorable photo shoots and the pros of modeling in this new exclusive interview.
Agencies: Elite Model Management Stockholm, D’Management Milan, Sight Management Barcelona
Milestones: Fashion week Stockholm, Sthlm FW Magazine (Cover)
Current location: Helsingborg, Sweden
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How did you first get into modeling? And how long have you been modeling? 
It all started when I was in America as an exchange student at the age of 16. I was approached on the streets of Miami and Dallas from different agents who saw interest in me. At first I had no idea what they were talking about, although it intrigued me. I was there to go to school and play American football, and had no ambition of doing anything else. When I returned to Sweden, my family convinced me to apply to an agency. That’s when Modellink/Elitemodel took me in.
I’m 19 right now and have been modeling part time due to finishing school for the last two years now. I just graduated this summer and I’m now able to continue with what I want, work full time and have more freedom for traveling than ever.
What does your career do for you? 
Being a model helps me enjoy life like I want it. It has really given me lots of opportunities and makes me work even harder and set higher goals in life. To just be able to travel the world like this and explore new locations every time is truly an adventure for me.
It also strengthens me as a person in my social life.

What’s your most memorable shoot? 
There has been both some weird and exciting shoots that are very memorable. Some shoots are very manly but others challenge my feminine side. One of my most memorable shoots was also a breakthrough for me. Two gay guys dressed me in very feminine clothes with a lot of fur, flowers and big hats. It was pretty weird at first and I didn’t have very high expectations but the result turned out to be good and got me thinking differently. One of the photos actually made the cover of Stockholm Fashion Week Magazine.
What are the pros of being a model?
The industry is huge, there is so much to experience and it gives you an opportunity to travel the world, which is something a lot of people want to do. I just think it’s something fun that you can enjoy, even if it’s tuff work and not everything might be fun but everything is definitely an experience that you can learn from. That is something that I like very much, I want to know the world and travel to all the cool places, meeting new people and learn everything I can from it, and modeling gives me that. I’ve learned a lot from doing what I do.
What’s the biggest misconception about the male modeling industry?
That it’s not just a photo, it’s not just looking good, it’s hard work. Models have to train hard and eat healthy to be able to work. We can’t just eat a pizza when ever we want or drink a bunch of beer if we want to get the jobs. There are sacrifices to do in every job, even in modeling which people don’t understand. A lot of people also think it’s very gay, at least from what I herd in the beginning but when they see you on billboards or in magazines they wanna know you and if they don’t, heaters gonna hate.
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What are your other passions outside of modeling? 
I’ve always been in to sports, ever since I was little I wanted to become a sports star. Love playing American football, snowboarding, longboarding, riding my motorcycle and do the extreme things in life. I love adventures and hanging out with my friends.
What do you do to stay in shape? 
I work out at least 5 days a week, sometimes two times a day, either at the gym or running in the woods. I am always very active and can’t sit down for too long without doing anything. When it comes to food I get all crazy and tired if I don’t eat every few hours.  I eat very healthy, but sometimes it feels like I’m shoveling food down my throat every minute. This gives me the energy to work out and keep my body in form. I like to experiment with different kind of juices and shakes because finding a balance between healthy and taste can be difficult sometimes. But I do pretty good with that actually! 😉
What are the top five items every man should have in his pantry? 
I like to have juice, fruits, muesli/oatmeal, chocolate and water, because these things make me feel goooooood! I know it only says five items… but I have to add popcorn!!!
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What are your favorite hang out spots in the city you currently live in? 
Just north of my hometown Helsingborg a place called “Mölle”. In Mölle there is a small mountain called Kullaberg, where one can find big cliffs by the sea. Cliff diving, climbing or just find a nice exclusive spot with friends or a date, are some of the things one can do up in Kullaberg. I like to just chill and enjoy the view and atmosphere.
What do you think MODELLIST-ID can do for the model community?
From what I’ve seen and understood, I think it can really help models get around easier and know more about what to do and not to do, since we all can share our experiences we can help each other and new models will easier get in to the industry and get noticed by others. I really think it’s a very good creation and I’m glad that Celine wrote to me so that I can also be a part of this.
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What is your advice to aspiring models? 
I still consider myself as an aspiring model but my advice would be to never forget who you truly are and don’t let the media and others change that in a bad way. Stay mentally strong and believe in yourself. Confidence in yourself can make up for a lack of experience.
Any specific plans for the future? 
I usually get many big ideas and I’m very spontaneous which I like about myself cause it makes life so much more interesting, although, one of my biggest goals is to become an actor.
Where can we follow you?
Instagram, adamloebbert
Facebook, Adam Loebbert
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GQ’s Male Model of the Year: Antonio Navas!!

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When Antonio Navas was handing out flyers on la Rambla in Barcelona 2 years ago he was approached by a New York photographer asking him if he would please come join him and his colleagues for a drink, to talk about the possibility of Antonio to go to New York and sign with a model agency there. Antonio who at that time never even thought one second about the possiblity of modelling told his mom about this encounter. She told him to go to the best model agency for male models: Sight Management, and see whether there was a chance of him becoming a model. There they took a good look at him, took some polaroids of his face and body and sent them out to potential clients and with success, a few days later he was on a plane for his first job as a model.
Now we are 2 years, numerous campaigns, catwalks and editorials further and he just received his first award: The GQ Model of the Year Award!
Congratulations Antonio!
– Thanks so much! It’s truly an honour to have received such a prestigious prize, I’m very happy with it!
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What were these things that you had to get used to in your carreer?– Well, you need to be able to act any mood and atmosphere that they want you to. You have to show yourself a lot, and you can’t be shy and timid. They create a story and you are the main character. Also, you are your own marketing manager. If a client likes you and liked working with you, they will book you again. If they didn’t like and if you can’t bring the story alive that they wanted you to, they won’t book you again. Also you need to learn to be alone, and to be available whenever they call you for a job. Luckily I’ve met a lot of really nice people and I’ve made a lot of friends. These make e.g. the Fashion Weeks a lot of fun, because you can hang out with friends backstage, do the shows together and enjoy the time together in different cities. The travelling I get to do because of this job is great. I’ve been to places I never imagined going and have shot on amazing locations.
What were these things that you had to get used to in your career?– Well, you need to be able to act any mood and atmosphere that they want you to. You have to show yourself a lot, and you can’t be shy and timid. They create a story and you are the main character. Also, you are your own marketing manager. If a client likes you and liked working with you, they will book you again. If they didn’t like and if you can’t bring the story alive that they wanted you to, they won’t book you again. Also you need to learn to be alone, and to be available whenever they call you for a job. Luckily I’ve met a lot of really nice people and I’ve made a lot of friends. These make e.g. the Fashion Weeks a lot of fun, because you can hang out with friends backstage, do the shows together and enjoy the time together in different cities. The travelling I get to do because of this job is great. I’ve been to places I never imagined going and have shot on amazing locations.
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How are photo shoots generally directed?– It depends on who the shooting is for and what the style of the shooting is. For an editorial they have a clear idea of what they want to achieve, but both the photographer and the model(s) always have space to take it into another direction and play around with the initial set up. For campaigns and catalogues you have to be more strict to what the clients wants.
Shoots or shows? – Shows of course  Like I said, it’s a lot of fun because you do the shows with people you know and backstage you can have fun together. You put on different outfits, walk back and forth and that’s it. Of course the castings and the fittings can be very time consuming. You can be there with 50 other guys waiting to show your portfolio and do a test walk. But when you have done a certain show before and they liked you, it also happens that they book you without having to come to the casting. One thing that can be a bit frustrating is when several clients book you for their show, but the shows are either at the same time or so close to one another that you can’t do both, so you end up missing out on jobs.
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Put these factors in order of importance for becoming a successful model: The right looks, hard work, luck– 1. Luck   2.The right looks   3. Hard work
It doesn’t matter how hard you work if you aren’t lucky or  don’t have the right looks. Nobody likes your look until you do a certain campaign and all of sudden they see you in a different way, which is why you have to be lucky to get the right jobs at the right time.

How do you experience working closely together with other models in shoots? – You do it as your job, so it’s all about acting and creating the atmosphere that the client wants. You just have keep in mind that it is a job you have to do together, nothing more or less.
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Lastly, what do you think of
– It’s good as an aspiring model to get yourself in front of as many interested parties as possible. I would advise these aspiring models to actively contact model agencies through as well and find out what they could do, whether you have the right looks and sizes to become a ‘fashion’ model or otherwise become a ‘people’ model. Don’t sit back and wait for someone to contact you. Be active and make a lot of effort to show yourself to them. The good thing about exposure online is also that you can reach people from all over the world. I was lucky enough to be discovered on the street, and I never even thought about modelling as a possible carreer, but for those people that already know that they want to become a model, make people see why you have what it takes, because if not, there are a lot of others out there that will take your place instead.
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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Aaron Carter Guest Star on "Will & Grace"!

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It’s just days since Aaron Carter came out as bisexual on social media. Just incase you were M.I.A, here’s a re-cap:
“There were years that went by that I thought about, but it wasn’t until I was 17-years-old, after a few relationships with girls, I had an experience with a male that I had an attraction to who I also worked with and grew up with.”
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Since then, he’s lined-up – not on a toilet cistern – but a string of upscale gigs, including Hamburger Mary’s in Florida. The event is ‘almost sold out’ according the Carter’s Instagram. And at $10, entry will cost you less than a meal! Bargain. Wonder if he’ll run round and grab tips like the drag queens. (Or will it be the shameless queens running up and grabbing him).
But he’s not stopping at quarter pounder concerts, Carter has his eye on a cameo on Will & Grace. We’d say we need to see some acting credentials first, but that didn’t stop Britney Spears. Image result for Aaron Carter