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MERT ALAS: A FASHION ICON INTERVIEW


By Lepo Navo

A lot of great pictures happen spontaneously, no matter how much you plan ahead, In fact our favourite pictures are those done with almost no preparation at all. Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

In the 2007 book “FACE OF FASHION”, photography duo Mert and Marcus were two of the five featured photographers.  The others were Corinne Day, Steven Klein, Paolo Roversi, and Mario Sorrenti.

“FACE OF FASHION”, was truly an amazing book for photography and fashion photography enthusiasts.  It was one of those bookmarks in my life that remind me how I wanted to be a better photographer, why I fell in love with photography, and why I lust for the art like little children do.

photo by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Source: NaiveBoy.com

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Mohamed Fajar

By Ann Binlot

The model agent Mohammed Fajar (Ford Models NY) isn’t impressed by conventional beauty. Rather, he said it’s the thrill of discovering a new special face that makes his job exciting.

“I love to make new stars,” Fajar said. “When you take a girl that’s fresh and you see something is happening to her, that’s amazing, because after a while they become big models.”

Crystal Renn - Source: Fashion Gone Rogue

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AVEDON through the eyes of Andrea Blanch

By Corey Scott Arter

“If a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it’s as though I’ve neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up. I know that the accident of my being a photographer has made my life possible.” -Richard Avedon

Artists are abundant, but game-changers are far and few between – and that’s what Richard Avedon was, a game-changer. He wasn’t just one of the most prolific photographers of the 20th century, he was a visionary that danced his way through life, charming each subject and capturing beauty in a completely original style.

In the 1940s, Avedon got his start with publications like VOGUE and HARPER’S BAZAAR, at a time when the entire fashion photography paradigm was centered on capturing stony, expressionless models.  Avedon defied the conventions of the era – he brought a breath of fresh air by showing models lively, animated, and energetic.

Avedon’s foremost protégé Andrea Blanch gave VIRGINE the honor of sharing her insights on her experience and mentorship with the late visionary, whom she lovingly refers to as ‘Dick’.  Blanch is largely regarded as “the woman who knows how to capture a woman.”  Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including Details, G.Q., 6 different editions of VOGUE (including American VOGUE), Elle, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, New York Times Magazine and Rolling Stone.

Photo by Andrea Blanch - Inside Andrea's Refrigerator, New York - Source: AndreaBlanch.com

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Rad Hourani

By Eric Waroll

Amid an environment where fashion tends toward a somewhat dusty ordinariness, Rad Hourani is the perpetual anti-conformist. Since the launch of his brand in 2007, the young fashion designer has been reinventing fashion by transcending and disrupting wardrobes. All his work is a reflection of his endlessly open-minded outlook, unlimited creativity, and preference for minimalist beauty. No doubt fate reserves him a radiant future.

Rad Hourani - Source: Panaru Pallasades

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Cover Story - Heather Marks

By Ryan Yoon and Laurent Altier

From Alberta, Canada, 22-year-old Heather Marks is one of the most accomplished models in the industry, having done shows and advertisements for such brands as D&G, Calvin Klein, Armani, Marc Jacobs, Christian Lacroix, and Kenzo, among others. After posing for the cover of this magazine, Heather gave us a chance to answer some of our questions.

Photography by Ryan Yoon


A hair story with Laurent Philippon

By Laurent Altier

One quiet morning, I’ve had the pleasure to interview world-renowned French hair stylist Laurent Philippon for us to get a better understanding of his career in hair-styling. Between Paris, LA and New York, Laurent has had the chance to work with the greatest photographers and designers in the fashion industry, which made him one of the leading hair stylists in the field today. Here are his thoughts:

Edgy Pompadour

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James Kaliardos

By Mikael Larsson

James Kaliardos, make up artist, actor and entrepreneur, founder of Visionaire and V magazine gave us the honor of coming to our studio to be photographed by our editor in chief Ryan Yoon and answer some of our questions about his life, his career and his passion for beauty.

V magazine issue 01

When were you first exposed to Fashion?

When I was seven I would do my mother’s make up by copying pictures from Vogue.  Of course, I didn’t know it, but I was copying Irving Penn pictures from Vogue on my mother that she would wear to the PTA meetings. I was mesmerized by that world, but I didn’t know who anyone was. I didn’t know the difference between advertisements and editorials and who the models were.

When I was older my friend Ed Rodgers went to Parsons while I was still in Michigan. When he came back home he opened up Vogue and said ‘This is an ad, this is an editorial, this is Iman’.  He showed me what it was all about.

I made a collage of all these fashion images as a kid. It was all Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Diane Von Furstenberg. I would go down to my basement and fantasize; it was my sanctuary. And the fantastic part is that almost everyone on that wall I have met and worked with. I think that visualizing those images really got me there. I haven’t taken it down; it’s still there in the basement of my home.
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All You Can Get

Photography by Ryan Yoon
Styling by Hissa Igarashi
Written by Corey Scott Arter

“Let me assert my firm belief, that the only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”  -Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The fashion industry has and continues to pride itself on innovation and tireless evolution.  So much of what fashion stands for is well intended: beauty, imagination, and determination to move forward.

The aughties (2000-2009) saw the rise of numerous fashion-inspired television shows and movies, from Sex and the City to Project Runway.  At least one thing became very clear:  fashion, along with technology, claimed center-stage.  As we begin to define the next decade, we can all be assured that there are some very large, perhaps uncontrollable, forces at play.
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Like A Virgin

Photography by Seiji Fujimori
Written by Corey Scott Arter

“Life, like art, is a collaboration, and I did not get here on my own — and why would I want to?”  -Madonna

Very few icons have had the scope of vision and longevity that Madonna has — and of those icons, even fewer are still relevant.  Over the greater part of three decades, going on four, the Queen of Pop has stayed at the top, breaking world records over and again with each successive year.  She is undoubtedly the most successful female pop artist of all-time; and she is arguably one of the most powerful women in the world.

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Fashion in Seoul

By Hyojin Jun

Seoul’s fashion scene is about to be shaken up. With the beginning of spring, change is coming, along with a whole lot of fashion news.

Scott Schuman from the Sartorialist visited Seoul not so long ago to take in the real style of the city (though it was a collaboration with brands). Soon the Robert Paolo exhibition will open at 10 Corso Como Seoul, as well as the “Art Lecture at Artsonje” at Sonje Art Gallery, sponsored by Tiffany Korea.

This year’s first hero is Jens Hoffmann, Istanbul Biennial Curator and Director of CCA Wattis Contemporary Art Institute. Gaia Repossi-designed accessories will be launched at Zadig-et-Voltaire and fashion icon Alexa Chung is in the news for DJing at the Mulberry Party on the 23rd of March.

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