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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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Jenny Mörtsell

By Panama Harris

Jenny Mörtsell is a pale Scandinavian beauty with blue eyes and plaited brown hair. A recent transplant to Gotham, Mörtsell originally hails from Stockholm, Sweden, where she studied printmaking and graphic design. Dressed to the nines in her gray Wayfarers and marinière tank top, she seems to fit right in here in New Yorker. One almost wouldn’t suspect that she’s one of the more talented illustrators in print today.

Lindsey Wixson - Source : Jenny's Portfolio

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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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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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The Postelles

By Mikael Larsson and Laurent Altier

A chilly March afternoon in Williamsburg, we had the fortune to sit down with the New York-native band The Postelles in our studio for an interview.

The four friends – Daniel Balk (vocals), David Dargahi (guitar), John Speyer (bass), and Billy Cadden (drums) – have been together since high school. For the past two years, they have played all over the United States and England, alongside powerhouse musicians including Interpol, Kings of Leon, and Chuck Berry. Co-produced by Albert Hammond Jr. from The Strokes, their upcoming debut album, “The Postelles,” touts what could be called a “stylish freshrock” style. The band’s classic Nuevo Rock music and their fun “house party” stage presence have been key to their success.

The Postelles: Debut Album

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Jed Root

Interview By Ryan Yoon
Article By Alexander Patino

His namesake could be read as providential.

When Jed Root moved to New York City back in 1981 he didn’t know being a fashion mogul would be part of his cosmic trajectory. These days glitz-laden shows like Sex and the City and Gossip Girl are the driving forces behind giant diasporas of twentysomethings looking to break into the world of fashion. For Root in the 80s, it was a simple matter of escaping the small town blues of Springville, Alabama. What eventually led to Jed Root becoming an omnipotent fashion powerhouse were equal parts talent, personality and happy circumstance. His boyfriend at the time was Kevyn Aucoin, the legendary makeup artist and author of the now iconic fashion tome “Making Faces”. While Aucoin’s plans to make it in the beauty industry were set and unwavering, Root found himself in a professional, even existential crossroads. This is where that happy circumstance comes in.

Jed Root, Inc. - Website

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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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Ana De La Reguera

By Rony Shram

After wrapping his photo shoot with the Mexican actress and CoverGirl spokeswoman, our photographer trades his camera for a pen and paper as he sits down with his subject to probe below the surface.

Charlie Sheen has been all over the news with all his various rants and theories. Many believe they are just seeing the live version of the character he’s played all these years. I always felt that many actors play some sort of version of themselves; would you say any of your roles are an extension of Ana?

Certain things are an extension of you, because sometimes you improvise a little bit and many things come from your life. I’ve been very lucky to play very different characters. I’ve played the love interest many times, but I’ve played different roles. You put a little bit of yourself in every role and you develop that. Sometimes when you play a role that is close to something in life, it works very well. Sometimes I get a role that has nothing to do with me, and those are the hardest roles, because you feel a little bit lost. You ask where shall I go, and you work it out with the director and do a lot of research.
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