Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet couldn't refuse posing naked for "magician" Mario Testino. Winslet paid tribute to the legendary fashion photographer's ability to present women in the nude for shoots, and his ability to make them feel at ease with their bodies.
"You know that his biggest strength without fail is making women look beautiful. When Mario turns to you and says, 'It's beautiful, but I think it would work better naked, no?' How can one refuse? No matter what insecurities about oneself a subject may have, Mario makes them go away like a magician. One moment you are in the hair and makeup chair fully clothed and wishing you had smoother skin, longer legs and smaller feet and then Mario comes in and in that charming way he takes you by the hand and says, 'Don't worry it's going to be amazing,'" Kate said, presenting the photographer with a Lifetime Achievement award at the El Museo del Barrio gala in New York last week.
Fashion photographer Terry Richardson teams up with Riccardo Tisci's assistant-turned-model Lea T in Rio for Blue Man's Spring/Summer 2012 ad campaign. Although Lea has modeled nude and for Givenchy, this marks her first swimsuit shoot. While the bathing suits themselves aren't much to get excited over, Lea looks great! Check out more behind the scenes photos after the jump -- rumor has it that the gay kiss seen on the beach will appear in the ad campaign.
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Can't shop at a retail store that doesn't publish its own
catalogue fashion magazine? Me either. Thankfully, Topshop has jumped on that trend trade and finally published 214, which has landed in select stores.
"SELECT STORES?!" asks the U.S. customer. Don't worry, they want your money, too, which is why they've made the Spring/Summer 2011 issue available online!
The main editorial, "Shades of Summer," -- photographed by Saga Sig and styled by Anna Trevelyan -- highlights all the bohemian meets '70s products in the line. Check out the front cover photo after the jump.
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Zac Efron's girlfriend High School Musical actress Vanessa Hudgens is the newest celebrity face for Candie's. Fashion photographer Tony Duran shot the 22 year-old's Spring campaign for the brand, which is sold exclusively at Kohl's.
"It’s such an honor to be a Candie’s girl... We had a blast shooting the campaign, one of my favorite sets was using the diner countertop as a runway, it’s definitely not every day I get to do that," Hudgens said of the shoot.
Billboards and ads for the campaign are expected to launch in March.
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Jean Paul Gaultier's Spring/Summer 2011 campaign preview is out, photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. The photos star Karolina Kurkova and Andrej Pejic -- can you tell who's who?
I could be casting off the images because Love beat them to the punch with their Lea T/Kate Moss cover, but I just don't think that Gaultier's version is as interesting, considering they're creating the illusion of a gay couple. Well, I suppose it wouldn't be an illusion to those who have no idea Andrej is a male model. On a different note, I understand that Gaultier needs his logo in there somewhere, but does it have to be so blatant and distracting?
For a better look at Andrej's feminine face, check out the other photo after the jump.
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-- Natalie Portman is stunning in her Christian Dior ad for the fragrance Miss Dior. Knowing that she's an animal rights activist, I can't help but feel reminded of the "I'd Rather Be Naked" campaign...
-- Sasha Pivovarova returns to Miucci Prada's fashionable arms in her Miu Miu Spring/Summer 2011 ads, shot by Mert and Marcus.
-- Take that, Blake! Not to be outshined by her Gossip Girl co-star's Chanel gig, Leighton Meester strikes a pose for Missoni. When there's a will to do high fashion, there's a way.
-- Lindsey Wixson gets in front of Terry Richardson's lens for Opening Ceremony's Spring/Summer 2011 lookbook. Apparently, Terry can do cute and adorable without being sleazy.
-- Speaking of Richardson, Paris Hilton (remember her?) posted a picture of the two on her Twitter, propagating the news that she's going to be in a Vogue editorial -- Vogue Turkey, that is.
Leah Wood wants to appear in a Pirelli calendar. The 32-year-old model - daughter of Rolling Stones star Ronnie Wood and his ex-wife Jo Wood - is keen to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Penelope Cruz by starring in the annual publication, which in the past has been shot by Karl Lagerfeld, Annie Leibovitz, Terry Richardson and Nick Knight.
"I would still love to be in a Pirelli calendar. I also want to work with David LaChappelle, and to be in a movie," Leah said when talking about her ambitions.
The calendar is renowned for its limited availability because it is not sold and is only given as a corporate gift to a restricted number of important Pirelli customers and celebrity VIPs.
As well as wanting to appear in a Pirelli calendar, last month, Leah modelled for Blue Moon Beer's Living Exhibition - a display made up of unique print designs, which adorned people rather than walls - and she loved every minute of it: "The project is very artistic and I love painting. Artists had created exclusive designs for the Living Exhibition and were very hands on throughout the night. Guests could choose which design they wanted on a T-shirt and then watch the whole live screen printing take place."
While 2010 was a great year for Crystal Renn, 2011 is already looking extremely promising for her, considering her new gig as the face of Jimmy Choo.
Photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Renn is absolutely beautiful -- despite the fact that she's set against backdrops that resemble American Apparel two-toned stockings. The plus-size model seems to have shed weight, but looks like she's down to a normal, healthy size (or could this be more handy work from a thinspired individual?).
Check out the rest of the photos after the jump.
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"Only because I know he would push it a little bit more, in a way that would be very naked and I know that I wouldn’t go there probably. So that’s why it was stupid to accept the challenge because I thought I wouldn’t be capable. And you think...how it’s going to come out, because he has a different kind of take of that, a little bit more on the edge of, you know, I don’t want to say vulgar but on the very, very slight edge of it. There were supposed to be a lot of girls and he likes to shoot a lot of girls with girls and I just didn’t think I’d feel comfortable, that’s why."
-- Model Anja Rubik, who appears in Karl Lagerfeld's 2011 Pirelli calendar, on why she turned down fashion photographer Terry Richardson's Pirelli calendar the year before.
(Make sure to check out other notable quotes.)
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While perfume sales may not be up there for some celebs, fashion designers like Marc Jacobs and Dolce & Gabbana seem to fare better. Not surprisingly, Jimmy Choo has released its own fragrance, with its co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, Tamara Mellon, taking over modeling duties.
"We've transitioned into a lifestyle luxury brand, and it seemed like the next natural step for us... Fragrance is such an important accessory for women -- I think it will have a very broad reach. Our customer is every woman," Mellon explained.
Mellon worked closely with fashion photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for the campaign (pictured above).
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