BALENCIAGA FW12 – COLOUR IN CASTING

Despite donning the most colour-infused looks of the collection, Jeneil Williams (at Nathalie) and Liu Wen (at Marilyn) represented all the colour for their counterparts during the Balenciaga FW12 show, being the only two girls of colour to walk in the sky high office space. A trend I’ve noticed, specifically with Ashley Brokaw, top casting director who’s clients include Balenciaga, Prada, Proenza Schouler, Tommy Hilfiger, and Rag&Bone, is that her casting for Balenciaga is limited to one black girl, who changes every season, and the invariable Asian girl, Liu Wen, for the girls of colour – that’s it. The rest, a vanilla sea mixed with newcomers and the established. See for yourself:

FW12 – Jeneil Williams | Liu Wen

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LOUIS VUITTON SS12 CAMPAIGN – SUGAR, SPICE, AND ICE CREAM IS NICE

Campaign season is now upon us – hayy! The SS12 collections have already made their way into the glossies (see Nyasha in “Always a Woman”, serving a heavy scoop of Vuitton  for Vogue‘s new year-opening issue, at end of page (eek, it’s happened! – see why I shriek)),  and likewise will their accompanying campaigns. Louis Vuitton helps open the season with a very campy and whimsical campaign set in an ice cream parlour. Continuing with the fresh-faced momentum from last season, Vuitton cast 27 year old German newcomer Kati Nescher (left), who walked 29 shows this season, including LV, Givenchy, Prada, and Miu Miu,  and was ranked #6 on Style.com/Print‘s “Top 10 Newcomers” list. Opposite Nescher, and platinum blonder than ever (I like), Daria Strokous, who’s no stranger to blue-chip campaigns, being a Jil Sander regular and all, completes the cast.

Lensed, again, by the great Steven Meisel (sidenote: – I’ve never actually seen a photo of him…), the mood this season  Continue reading

BLACK ON BLACK ON BLACK

My blog is quickly, and unexpectedly, becoming a shrine in honour of my girl, Nyasha Matonhodze (left) – can you blame me? She’s on the rise and taking names, Balenciaga-clad to boot. This shot from W Magazine‘s January 2012 story titled “Best in Class”, lensed by Emma Summerton and featuring a clique of British top models including Nyasha, Lily Donaldson, Cara Delevingne, and Jourdan Dunn (right), is inexplicably beautiful. Once news broke last week that confirmed Nyasha wasn’t named as a face for Balenciaga’s SS12 campaign, I was somewhat baffled, but not completely surprised. At least Edward Enninful, famed stylist-extraordinaire who styled this editorial, recognized Nyasha’s beauty and closing statement in the SS12 show, and showed Ashley Brokaw, who casts for Balenciaga, what she missed out on for the campaign.

Nyasha Matonhodze & Jourdan Dunn in "Best In Class" for W Magazine Jan 2012

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NYASHA X NUMÉRO – TRIPLE THREAT

There’s only one song that can accurately express my sentiments towards Nyasha Matonhodze  (click here – sidenote: this song goes out to one my #T’s, @RyCatney, since he dedicated his BBM profile to yours truly – haha). Apart from her flawless complexion, posing, and statuesque regality in this Paco Rabanne feature for Numéro 129, what really gives me serious fever is that she was cloned twice – triple the chocolate scoop. How the fuck is she only 17? When I was 17… well, I don’t really remember what the hell I was doing at 17, but I surely wasn’t gracing the pages of high fashion editorial glossies and being compared to a budding Naomi (as much as I would’ve like to). Pardon the digression, but she’s killing it/me. Lensed by Rene Habermacher and styled by Rebecca Bleynie, who also styled Nyasha’s November story, the shot brilliantly embodies the drama and evolution of the (re-launched) Paco Rabanne woman, with the beloved London showman Manish Arora at the creative helm of womenswear.

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NYASHA MATONHODZE’S AMERICAN VOGUE DEBUT

My girl, we’re getting there! As you may or may not know, Nyasha Matonhodze is my current “it” girl, and will likely hold this coveted title for quite some time. Shot by Norman Jean Roy, for American Vogue‘s “Steal of the Month” feature in their December 2011 issue, Nyasha makes her first ever appearance in the U.S. version of the glossy.

This is somewhat of a big deal, as this could potentially equate to an editorial story come next year. Or, perhaps she’ll become a Vogue-regular?? Well, let’s not jump the gun, but all signs are pointing in that direction, considering her blue-chip Vuitton campaign, stellar SS12 show season (47 shows total, of which she closed 2, one of which was Balenciaga), slew of captivating editorials (Numéro x 2, W, Vogue Japan, LOVE Magazine, etc.), and shmoozing with Anna + the Voguettes at DVF’s Parisian apartment, to name a few credentials.

Only time will tell (fingers crossed), but in the meantime, this is a moment to savour. Seriously, how sensational does she look? #lessismore

Photo: models.com