Friday, 10 August 2012

Heather Graham Back for 'Hangover Part III'

Heather Graham is returning to the Hangover franchise.
The actress is reprising her character, the lovable stripper named Jade, in The Hangover Part III, being made by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.

The movie, which shoots this fall, reunites the three stars – Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms - plus brings back Ken Jeong, the scene stealer who appeared in the first two installments.
Graham did not appear in the second, Bangkok-set movie.

The actress most recently wrapped About Cherry, a porn and drug-laced drama that also stars James Franco and Ashley Hinshaw.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Is There Life After Modeling?

Karolina Kurkova, Angela Lindvall, and Coco Rocha plot the future of their relevance.

Karolina Kurkova
(Photo: Ben Hassett; Styling by Ludivine Poiblanc; Hair by Akki; Makeup by Alice Lane for Jed Root Inc.; Manicure by Tracylee for Tim Howard Management. Kurkova wearing Uniqlo turtleneck, available at Uniqlo, 666 Fifth Ave.

High above New York on the 21st-floor balcony of the Cooper Square Hotel, German television is filming Karolina Kurkova teaching ten aspiring models how to walk a runway. “It literally looks like we’re walking on skyscrapers!” the Czech native, 27, says in enthusiastic English that later will be partially dubbed over in German. The girls, plucked from a Deutschland-wide search, at least pretend to understand.

Angela Linvall
Battling stiff winds and language barriers, Kurkova demonstrates three runway walks: high fashion, couture, and “show,” which basically means pretending to wear giant Victoria’s Secret wings—a technique in which Kurkova is quite expert. Then, to the delight of the Teutonic producers, she gets her heel stuck between floor slats. Her fumbling to free herself is a moment that, along with the many times she bursts into tears eliminating girls, will be played on repeat in stridently dramatic European promos.

The show, called Das Perfekte Model (The Perfect Model), is Kurkova’s first step toward building the kind of career that keeps a model in the spotlight after shoots have dried up. The greatest post-modeling successes in the past decade have been Heidi Klum and Tyra Banks. And not surprisingly, Kurkova and her producers are billing Das Perfekte Model as a toned-down, “documentary-style” counterpart to Klum’s second-best-known TV-hosting gig: the megahit Germany’s Next Topmodel (itself derived from Banks’s Top Model juggernaut).

What Becomes of a Legend Most?

Looming in the background of every model’s career, even one as thriving as Kurkova’s, is the inevitable fear: aging out. The thirst for fresh faces in modeling is so intense that the Council of Fashion Designers of America has issued a plea for designers and modeling agencies not to let girls under 16 walk at New York Fashion Week. Not everybody complies.
So what’s a woman shunned from a girl’s world to do? Try acting (Milla Jovovich, Amber Valetta, Charlize Theron, Cameron Diaz, Tyra Banks), play music (Karen Elson, Irina Lazareanu, Banks again), become a photographer (Helena Christensen, Banks again), start a beauty line (Miranda Kerr), start a yoga line (Christy Turlington), start a clothing line (Kate Moss, Erin Wasson), start a jewelry line (too many to count), start a furniture line (Cindy Crawford), get a bachelor’s in comparative religion and Eastern philosophies (Turlington again), run a charity (where to begin), run for Estonian Parliament (Carmen Kass), marry rich (Stephanie Seymour, Christie Brinkley), or become the First Lady of France (Carla Bruni).
Coco Rocha

In dance, another industry ruthless in spitting out its genetically gifted workers, there’s actually a foundation for “career transition” funded by the Newhouse family. Modeling has no such safety net. “You’d be stupid not to think you have a shelf life,” says Iman, 56, who now runs a $25 million Cosmetics Company. “I knew I had to become a brand. And that brand was me.”
But the trick for Kurkova and two other models who are thinking hard about their futures—Coco Rocha and Angela Lindvall—is how to build a populist brand without screwing up their still-active careers as high-fashion models.

Put another way: Can a QVC line ever coexist with the cover of V?

The youngest of the three is Rocha, age 23, who’s big enough she got a shout-out in a Kanye West song; Tyra Banks has called her “the queen of posing.” Rocha thought “modeling was just going to be a summer thing and then I’d go home,” she says. “Then I went to Asia. Then I worked with Steven [Meisel].” Now she even has friends like Karlie Kloss, 19, arguably the most famous face of her generation, joking that girls in Rocha’s class (“the old-lady crew,” as Rocha calls them) have stuck around too long. Yet Rocha is convinced she’s found modeling’s holy grail for longevity: social media. “Once I started making noise, I thought, I’m not going anywhere.”
Making noise certainly worked for Heidi Klum, 38, who started her career in 1992—too late to be a supermodel and too curvy to be a waif. Clothes “would get stuck on my boobs,” Klum says. She wound up doing catalogues until she “nagged and nagged and nagged” Victoria’s Secret. She got a publicist, who helped her get Sports Illustrated, which led to Leno, which proved she could do TV, which led to Project Runway and her becoming far more influential in fashion than she ever was as a model.
It also worked for Cindy Crawford, 46. Against her agents’ advice, she took an unpaid job as the first host of MTV’s House of Style, which gave her a new, large, male fan base that led to a huge campaign with Pepsi. “I definitely made a choice to go more all-America,” she says. “I felt that was my brand.”

Les Robinson, Men’s Clothing Salesman and Student

“I study American history. That’s what I’m passionate about.” 

(Photo: Danny Kim)

What’s going on?
I’m on my way to work, but can we talk about something exciting? Like, the Catskills? I just got back from hiking in the Catskills.
Sure. We can talk about whatever you want.
I study American history. That’s what I’m passionate about.
What’s your favorite era?
The 70th. That was the last time the working class was growing and getting stronger.
Also, you look like the seventies!
That has occurred to me on occasion.
Aren’t you hot in that suit?
Very. I love suits, but I’m not a small man, so once it get this hot, I shouldn’t wear them. Today, though, I really felt like a white linen suit.
And that hair can’t help.
Yeah, it’s like wearing a winter hat year-round.
Have you always had long hair?
No, I’m a reformed investment banker.
Yeah, I was always trying to get out, so when I finally got the chance to get paid out four years ago, I took the money and ran.

Carine Employs GIFs, Graveyards for CR Fashion Book

The latest from Carine

Dribs and drabs of Carine Roitfeld's new magazine, CR Fashion Book, have been fed to the press over the past few months, including a behind-the-scenes video and several detail shots aired on the publication's website. Today, Roitfeld released the first full image from the debut issue, which features model Juliet Ingleby walking through a graveyard with a sheer purple shroud over her head. Like everything else we've seen from the magazine so far, it's shot by Sebastian Faena and styled by Roitfeld herself. In other news, Roitfeld made a GIF version, which shows the shroud fluttering in the wind! The future has arrived.
But perhaps most exciting of all: WWD confirms that Roitfeld will host a party to celebrate her new publication — which drops September 13 — sometime during New York Fashion Week. And as we all know, Carine never does her fashion parties by halves.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Alessandra Ambrosio’s Dog Wore Pink

Alessandra Ambrosio

Alessandra Ambrosio was spotted out in West Hollywood yesterday wearing a black-and-white striped tank top and cutoff shorts. She accessorized with a Celine bag, red bedazzled boots, an armful of bracelets, and her dog, whose pink dye job seems to be in need of a touch-up.
This is a look that very few people (and dogs) could pull off, but does Alessandra? Or is this an outfit that no one should try?

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Street Style: From London’s Graduate Fashion Week

Amina Jones-Roach and Kyle lo Monaco,
students at Barnet College

Prince Kongo, student at Hackney College

Suit From Berwick Street Market
Kyle lo Monaco, student at Barnet college
From Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, and Vivienne Westwood to the more experimental looks of club kids, punks, and mods, Britain consistently produces some of the most interesting fashion in the world. And each year, more than 30 universities and fashion programs from all over the United Kingdom convene in London to present their top graduates' work at a four-day runway-show extravaganza. Students compete for the gold medal (this time, it went to Bath Spa University's Chloe Jones) and in categories like womenswear, textiles, knitwear, and accessories. We sent a photographer to capture some of the street fashions outside of the festivities. Click ahead to see a fair amount of acid wash, tons of unidentifiable vintage, animal bags, spiky baseball hats, and more.