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Friday, December 31, 2004

WISHING A HAPPY 2005 TO ALL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is one of my fave pics, I post it once a year or so - it's from 1996 or early 1997.
In the middle, one of the finalists of Model Look 1996, Fabi Loef - left, a very young Ana Beatriz Barros, and on the right, even younger (only 13 yo at the time) Isabeli Bergossi Fontana.

Ana Beatriz from the same V mag editorial, by Ellen V Unwerth - interesting (un)dress suggestion for the reveillon...

Izabella Tavares and Tati Rossi. Tati has some very big fans...

The dude looks good, but Yasmin Jordao and Sylvia Missagia look even better !!!

Cintia Dicker (on the right) with friends, anyone knows where the pic was shot?

I am not sure who the other girls are, probably Marilyn Brazil mods, but Constantini on the left is instantly recognizable...

Ahhhhh...Raica...just the excuse to jump on a flight to Rio...

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Petra Nemcova injured in tsunami disaster

Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model Petra Nemcova was injured and her photographer boyfriend (in the pic) is missing after the pair were caught up in the Asian tsunami disaster.
Petra Nemcova told the New York Daily News that she survived the tsunami, which has killed at least 33,000 people, by clinging to a palm tree for eight hours, despite a broken pelvis and internal injuries.
"This huge wave just pulled us out of the house," Nemcova, 25, told the Daily News last night from her hospital bed in Thailand. "It was so powerful I couldn't get up. I couldn't get out of it."
"I heard people screaming and I looked out the window and people were jumping out of the way, jumping into the pool," said Nemcova, who lives in New York and London and was on the cover of Sports Illustrated's 2003 swimsuit issue.
"I was screaming, 'On the roof! On the roof!' I tried to go on the roof but I got sucked away," Nemcova said.
Before she and Atlee could react, a wall of water shredded their wooden bungalow and sent them sprawling into a churning sea of debris that swallowed Atlee without a trace.
She kept her head above the floodwaters and was able to grasp a palm tree before she could be swept out to sea - but had to clutch it for eight hours, watching bodies float past in a scene of unimaginable devastation.
"I just tried to survive and tried to think positive," Nemcova said.
Rescuers in Phuket, Thailand, took her via stretcher to a local hospital. She was eventually airlifted to a hospital in Hat Yai, 150 miles southeast of Phuket.
"I was so broken, I couldn't walk," Nemcova told the Daily News. "There were so many people with horrible injuries, with blood everywhere. It was like a war movie.
"There might be pieces of bone stuck to my organs."
Nemcova's publicist, Rob Shuter, told the New York Post that his client is "very lucky to be alive."
Nemcova, who appeared on the 2003 SI swimsuit cover, and her boyfriend, British photographer Simon Atlee, had been vacationing in Phuket when the waves swept over them Sunday.
"I can't find Simon," Nemcova told the Daily News. "It was horrible. I'm very lucky, but I can't find Simon."
Atlee's agent, Eve Stoner, said British authorities had no information on Atlee's fate.
"We are just very hopeful," Stoner said. "As time goes on we are getting quite frantic and stressed about it. Our thoughts are really with Petra and Simon's family at the moment."
In addition to her SI cover and fashion spreads, the Czech-born Nemcova, 25, has appeared in magazines such as Marie Claire and Vogue, and also has modeled for Victoria's Secret.
Atlee, 33, is a well-known fashion photographer who recently shot the pictures for Nemcova's 2005 calendar.
Nemcova told the Daily News that a huge wave pulled her and Atlee from the bungalow they were staying in at Phuket.
"It was so powerful I couldn't get up. I couldn't get out of it," Nemcova told the Daily News from her hospital bed in Thailand.
"People and kids were screaming all over the place, 'Help, help.' And after a few minutes, you didn't hear the kids anymore."
Fashion designer Jamison Ernest told the Post that Nemcova and Atlee had been dating for two years. Ernest spent 15 hours trying trying to locate Nemcova before finally reaching her.
"She sounded beat-up," Ernest told the newspaper. "She was in terrible pain and obviously very distressed.
"She said she doesn't know what happened to Simon. She started crying when she mentioned his name."
Family and friends have been calling hospitals in Thailand in hopes of finding information about Atlee.
"I have spoken to his sister in England and his family is just frantic," Ernest told the Post. "They have heard nothing and they are going out of their minds with worry.
"Simon is a lovely guy, and we are just hoping and praying for the best.

Saturday, December 25, 2004


Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Unless J-Lo's people botch yet another great PR opportunity, the following news item guarantees the presence of Ana Beatriz on NYC catwalks in February. She is already promoting everything with the J-Lo brand on, including watches (just grabbed a promo A4 size glossy print from a store)

JENNIFER LOPEZ wants a piece of the catwalk action. The singer, actress and fashion designer will showcase the latest collection of her JLo by Jennifer Lopez album at New York Fashion Week in Manhattan's Bryant Park in February. This will be the first time Lopez, who herself has played model for Louis Vuitton, will experience the shows from behind-the-scenes. (December 21 2004, AM)

More weird news - not only is US Vogue sporting lingerie and swimsuit editorials (horror, horror !!!) but the sensual Melania Knauss will also be featured in the mag. Her relation with D Trump has nothing to do with it, of course - AW just likes attractive, sexy women.
J-Lo is on the January Vogue cover - Botox Wintour still doesn't like her, but she appreciates her advertising dollars.

The sophisticated Elena Rosenkova, who is predictably as well known in NYC as Diane Heidkrueger was before "Troy", appears in the 2005 Campari calendar, which I believe can be found in the Italian edition of MAXIM - pics here.

Adriana Lima's latest TIM Italia TV ad was shot in Miami in November - some pics from WireImage, here.

Trashmeister Karl Dept:
From a London Telegraph interview - on fat Americans, and more...

"...At 66 – or is it 71? – Karl Lagerfeld is still the world's most prolific fashion designer. But what he really wants is to dress The Queen in black, writes Olga Craig

...Mr Lagerfeld is the designer who, to the astonishment of the haute couture world, recently designed a collection for H&M, the Swedish high street label which sells dresses to the masses for an average price of £60 - significantly less than the cost of an haute couture buttonhole.

Days after the launch he berated the company for committing the cardinal fashion sin: making his clothes in sizes large enough to fit all their customers.

"What I didn't like was that certain fashion sizes were made bigger," he said afterwards. "What I created was fashion for slim, slender people." Vowing never to work for the company again, he sniffed: "The incomprehensible decisions made by the management in Stockholm have removed any desire I had to do something like that again." Since the average British woman is a size 16, H&M was horrified and asked Lagerfeld to apologise. He did not.

"...Mr Lagerfeld seems unruffled, although he admits that being fat is "not nice".

"Those who are undisciplined become fat. There is something distasteful about their inability to control themselves. To be thin takes control and rigour," he says.

... Last Monday, the Tommy Hilfiger Corporation, the brash, sporty American clothes label that used to be ridiculed by the fashion elite in the 1990s, announced it had acquired the trademarks of Karl Lagerfeld.

Although neither will disclose what Hilfiger paid for the trademarks - Karl Lagerfeld, Lagerfeld Gallery, KL and Lagerfeld - Lagerfeld had been searching for a buyer for two years. So think plenty of cash.

...The Lagerfeld labels never disclose their turnover, so there is no way for outsiders to know their worth.

He will, he says, be leaving the business side of things to Hilfiger's executives. "I can design an empire-line dress, but not an empire," he explains.

Didn't he feel that he might, shall we say, debase his reputation by linking his brand to Hilfiger?

"Do you mean did I burn my fingers with H&M?" he smiles. "No. And in doing it I proved that I can do both sides - haute couture and, um, um, this type." He doesn't say down-market but I assume it's what he means.

He insists the marriage will not affect his work as chief designer for Chanel and Fendi. "And America is buzzing at the moment, I love its creative energies," he says.

Big market, I agree, but also big people.

"Yes, it is true, America is a country full of big fat people," he concedes.

...At Christmas he will have his usual fare, no unwanted festive calories.

"It is a Saturday, a working day. It will be like no other. Christmas is for children, and I don't like children," he says.

"Other people's are fine. But not for me. I have never felt the need to be part of a family unit. Also, imagine if I had a child and he was mediocre. I would hate that. Then again, if he was better than me I might hate that too."

...He does not like his weight to drop below 60 kilos (nine stone) "because my face caves in, I look too old". It is understandable why, in the youth-obsessed world of fashion, Lagerfeld should yearn to look younger. He says he is 66 but if a German newspaper, which claims to have checked his birth certificate, is to be believed, he is actually 71.

No matter, he still looks younger than his years. "This morning I was 59 kilos," he says.

"I weigh myself most mornings. It is right that we should all look after ourselves. Women these days go to so much more trouble, quite rightly, to look after their appearance. If they want cosmetic surgery, why not?"

Would he consider it?

"Oh everyone said I had liposuction, but I didn't. Nor have I had a face-lift." His hand moves to his powdered white hair, pulled back in his trademark ponytail. "Anyway, with my hairline, a lift would show," he declares.

...He was the son of an elderly industrialist who made his fortune introducing condensed milk to Europe, and a somewhat eccentric mother who specialised in criticism. Usually of Karl. She once tore up his diaries, saying that the world did not need to know how stupid he could be.

...Lagerfeld is clearly obsessed by his looks. That he should want to control his appearance, even after death, does not surprise me. I was informed before our meeting there was absolutely no chance of bringing a photographer to the interview.

Instead Caroline, his private assistant, has a selection of pictures. In many of them Lagerfeld can be seen holding his right hand tightly at waist level. This is because he takes the pictures himself, in a mirror. Then the tiny camera he is holding is airbrushed out on a computer. Photography, he explains, is an abiding passion, his second career.

....He is currently working on his March collection which, he says, will centre on 18th-century gowns. "Not the big dresses, though," he tells me....

Saturday, December 18, 2004

Ana Beatriz from the Dec issue of French PHOTO - thanks to Rodolphe for the pic

Friday, December 17, 2004

Mega Tic Tac model contest

The winner of the Mega Models fashion model contest in Brazil was Roberta Martins, 17 yo, 1m76 who looks somewhat like Carmen Kass.
The other finalists were Karen Nuernberg and 13 yo Manuela Tessari.
Click on the links in this page for polaroids and styled shots of all 18 contest finalists.

The only remaining contest for the year is Ford Supermodel. Info on the Russian leg of the contest here - the Russian Ford contest wasn't even close to the quality of the Elite Look contest in the 90s, but the Elite affiliate in Moscow disintegrated after 2001, and the Ford contest is now run by a new agency, Renessans. The jury included the top dogs from Beatrice Milan and Models One in London. Pics from the 2004 Russia/Belarus contest here, and from the 2003 one, here.
The 2003 Russian winner was Daria Smolka, a rather impressive 1m80 tall mod from Krasnodar, who is reportedly working in NYC.
Any info on her?
Ukrainian Nataliya Gotsiy won the 2003 international final - she is the face of YSL Baby Doll perfume for Japan.
The 2004 winners, here, will participate in the international final in NYC, on January 12th.

"ALEXANDER MCQUEEN, Stella McCartney and Balenciaga must turn a profit within three years, Robert Polet said yesterday, though he failed to elaborate on what would happen if they didn't.
The 49-year-old ex-CEO of the frozen foods division of Unilever, who took over as head of Gucci Group after Domenico de Sole left in April, criticised his predecessor's "one size fits all" approach to the acquired brands which saw them all opening stores with heavy investment before they showed any sign of making a profit, and said that Gucci would continue to invest in them for just three years

The Gucci Group owners lost a lot already, while YSL will keep losing money for at least three more years - but Botox Wintour and her minions profited handsomely.
Judging by recent Covergirl news, it seems there are still plenty of suckers willing to use "A-list" queens and Meisel's operatives, despite the dreadful financial state of Versace and most of the hippest high fashion brands using their "services".
In an interview, the Gucci man says that the YSL stores "were too dark" - but he doesn't mention anything about the advertising impact on poor sales.
The buyers probably loved Gemma and Co in the YSL ads, but got scared when they entered the "dark" YSL shops - right.
I guess saying anything that would infuriate AW and her cronies is like a death wish for many of these spineless "executives" - so they choose to blame the interior designers instead.

Despite what you may be reading in Conde Nast-friendly publications like WWD or the NYT, US Vogue is doing pretty miserably on its own and against the competition - PIB data for 2004, through November (compared to 2003)

Pub-----2004 $$------2003 $$---- % CHG --2004 pp---2003 pp-- % CHG

VOGUE...289,428,497 265,471,566 [9.0] 2,752.89 2,761.91 [-0.3]

ELLE.....163,779,641 134,907,395 [21.4] 1,674.45 1,490.15 [12.4]

BAZAAR..113,472,854 82,033,699 [38.3] 1,359.78 1,064.04 [27.8]

INSTYLE.315,733,697 261,164,545 [20.9] 2,979.35 2,728.70 [9.2]

US Vogue is DOWN (-0.3 percent) in ad pages !!!!!!
In November, it was DOWN 6.5% !!!!

InStyle whips AW's ass once again, for the fourth (?) year in a row - in every respect, including total ad revenue.

Mysteriously, InStyle has disappeared from certain circulation lists, and has been replaced by (Conde Nast's) Lucky !!!!!

Lucky is now a "fashion" mag, while Cosmo, MC and InStyle aren't !!!!!

One interesting fact is that Elle has cought up with Vogue in subscription copies - for the first six months of 2004, Elle had 783,000 to Vogue's 801,000

InStyle had 848,000 sub copies in the same period, and destroyed Vogue in the single copy dept with 933,000 newsstand copies sold against Vogue's 474,000 !!!!!!!!!!!

All the tricks won't hide the fact that US Vogue and its editrix are taking another beating, even if her NYC cronies pretend they've noticed nothing - and if they finish the year in the minus column re the ad page count, it will be a major disaster for AW's rag.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Helena Christensen, still looking better than some other (heavily botoxed) 90s supermods, along with a cheerful Natalia V, in a NYC charity event

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

A small-size scan of the cover of the December issue of French PHOTO
Ana Beatriz from her J-Lo lingerie campaign

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Gisele, Vida, Leo diCrapio and their weird world...

The whole enchilada here

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Presidente awards Ana Beatriz...

Ana Beatriz reportedly receives an award for "best model" on Friday (?), from Brazilian president Lula - or so says Joyce Pascowitch.
Is her J-Lo contract worth over a million dollars?
December 6 2004:
"Ana Beatriz Barros tem um encontro muito importante nesta sexta-feira. A top está agitadíssima já que vai receber o prêmio de melhor modelo do ano das mãos do presidente Lula. Até agora, ela já mudou o figurino da noite pelo menos umas cem vezes."
In pidgin english:
"Ana Beatriz Barros has a very important meeting this Friday. The Top Mod is agitated coz she is about to receive the prize for "better model of the year" from the hands of president Lula. So far, she already changed her night dress at least one hundred times"

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Ana Beatriz and Patricia Barros - the one in the middle looks like the third Barros sister

Saturday, December 04, 2004

While you were asleep Dept
The 2004 final of the Elite Model look contest took place in Shangai, China - the top winner was Dutch, with a US and a Danish girl in the other two top spots, pics here

An ancient pic of John Casablancas with the Dutch winner of the 1990 contest, Wendy Veldhuis - that final took place in Sao Paulo and effectively kick-started Brazilian fashion modelling - here, also details of other Dutch winners over the years.
Wendy on the cover of UK Cosmopolitan in 1996.

There are rumors again that Tom Ford may be interested in Versace. Giorgio Armani will be showing Couture designs for the first time, in Paris.