December 31, 2013

Top 15 Models of 2013


My list of the best models of 2013!


15. Sasha Luss
Sasha Luss' modeling career went really took off  after she dyed her hair platinum blond (it's gorgeoussss!) since then walked 53 spring 2014 shows! I'm sure 2014 is going to be a great for Sasha!

14. Josephine Skriver


This year she also got to walk in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show for the first time! Like her bestfriend and now roomie Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Josephine recently walked Chanel's Metiers d'Art 2013 show in Dallas and ended the year with walking in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show for the first time!
I'm pretty sure we'll see more of Josephine in 2014, looking forward to it!


13. Caroline Brasch Nielsen
Danish model Caroline Brasch Nielsen was the talk of town back in September because of her runway jobs and ofcourse killer streetstyle! She recently walked Chanel's Metiers d'Art 2013 show in Dallas and ended the year with walking in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show for the first time!
I can't wait to see more of CBN in 2014!

12. Kate Upton
She got a Vogue US cover! There hasn't been a model on the cover since September 2011 (Kate Moss)!
That says enough right?!

11. Anja Rubik
Anja Rubik, one of my favorite streetstyle models!
She ranked no. 5 in Models.com's Industry Icons list, designed a capsule collection for Giuseppe Zanotti this year. Has had five Vogue covers this year and is now featured on Vogue Korea's January Cover 2014. Oh and besides that she is also the editor-in-chief of her own magazine, 25.

10. Gisele Bündchen
Again Gisele Bündchen was named number 1 Highest-Paid Model by Forbes this year!  Yesterday it was announced that she is now the ambassador of Pantone. She keeps proving that a modelling carreer doesn't need to end when you're in your late-20s . Btw, the Chanel campaign was amazing! 

9. Kate Moss
Just like Naomi Campbell and Gisele Bündchen, Kate Moss, is proving that a modelling career doesn't need to end after you're in your late-20s. This year she did countless campaigns editorials and campaigns. She was the face of Eleven Paris and was on the cover of Playboy's 60th Anniversary issue! She received Icon status!

8. Candice Swanepoel
Candice Swanepoel really prove this year she's worth having the 'Supermodel Status'. Candice did numerous covers, editorials and campaigns proving she also high-fashion worthy. Oh and she was also given the honor to wear the Victoria's Secret Fantasy Bra of 2013, The Royal Bra, worth 10 million dollars! 


7. Jourdan Dunn
When not walking in shows for great fashion houses, she's appearing in 3 music-videos, doing countless editorials and campaigns and ofcourse speaking speaking her min out about the racism in fashion. Supermodel Jourdan Dunn recently also got called ''Fashion's Tupac'' by GQ Magazine, ''People think that I'm against Fashion- or that I'm ghetto or a loudmouth. I'm not. But if speaking my opinion makes me that girl, fine. I'll take that crown.'' AMEN.
The year ended well for her, Beyoncé's surprise album came out recently and Jourdan is in two of videos, Yoncé with fellow models Joan Smalls and Chanel Iman and in XO with fellow model Jessica White and she walked in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013!

6. Cara Delevingne 
This face is everywhere! 2013 Was quite the year for Cara, not only has she walked tons of show and was featured on allot of covers, she also gained three tattoos this year! Oh and fun fact; Cara is the Most Reblogged Model of 2013! And with her 1.3 million (!) followers on twitter and her 3.6 million (!!!) followers on Instagram, you could say without a doubt that Cara is a real Social-Media Titan!

5. Liu Wen
One of China's biggest international fashionstars is now one off the first Asian models to be featured on Forbes' Highest-Paid Model List! And also the first to walk on the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and first Asian spokeswoman for Estée Lauder! Like Joan she was also dubbed one of ''The New Icons'' by H&M!


4. Karlie Kloss
Even though Dutch supermodel Doutzen Kroes had the most Vogue covers this year, Karlie Kloss is actually the only model with 7 covers, which of none are reprints nor shared covers. Early Karlie has earned the official Victoria's Secret wings, becoming the latest Angel for the lingerie brand. Besides that she also collaborated with the British denim brand, Frame Denim to create a capsule collection exclusively for the long-legged ladies. Karlie herself has 1.2m legs and obviously had a hard time finding pants in her size, hence why she created it exclusively for the long-legged ladies, the range is called, Forever Karlie.

3. Joan Smalls
Puerto Rican supermodel, Joan Smalls has been ranking no. 1 model in Models.com's top 50 models list since September 2012 and I believe she still earns that spot. 2013 has been a great year for Joan, with having done campaigns for  brands from H&M to Estée Lauder and  having walked shows for major houses such as Balmain, Chanel and Givenchy, she earned her spot on number 3. She was also dubbed one of ''The New Icons'' by H&M! Did I forget to mention she was also in Beyoncé's new videoclip; Yoncé with fellow models Jourdan Dunn and Chanel Iman!!

2. Malaika Firth
After Malaika Firth landed a Prada campaign, being the first black model to do so since Naomi Campbell in 1994 (!), she became one of those models to look out for. She walked in every major runway show and she topped the year off by walking in the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show for the first time!

1. Doutzen Kroes
With having 8 Vogue covers in 2013, which of 4 were September issue covers, Doutzen also had the privilege to work with the top notch of the photographers in the industry, such as Inez&Vinoodh, Mario Testino, Steven Meisel and more. She has done campaigns for Miu Miu, H&M, Emilio Pucci and more! Also, Doutzen was featured in 9 different editions of Vogue and 3 times in the French edition of Elle! And she is now on the cover of the Januari issue of Dutch Elle with 54 pages of Doutzen inside.
So there is no doubt about it, Doutzen Kroes earned the spot.

Who do you think should be number one?

Honorable Mentions:  Saskia de Brauw, Daphne Groeneveld, Irina Shayk, Edie Campbell, Naomi Campbell, Sara Sampaio, Grace Mahary, Chanel Iman, Jasmine Tookes and Anaïs Mali.

Fashion Highlights of 2013

Tonight we'll be counting down a new year. While you're probably prepping up for a party (or maybe already there), let's look back at the highlights of this year in fashion.

Samiya Cusman

December 30, 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013


Once again ''The Sexiest Night on Television'' has arrived! Just like last year's 'analyse' I want to ask you guys to hold back you rude comments (about the models). Ofcourse I'd love to hear your opinion but I hate it when people b**ch about that the models look ''skinny'' or need to eat.. These models are healthy, they're not ''too skinny'', they look amazing! So please no body shaming here.

Okay, back to the show. This years show, which is already the 16th, was held in New York, on the 17th of November. In the US the show aired December 4th but in The Netherlands it aired on the 24th, hence the late post. With 40 models (a record), 67 looks, 28 pairs of wings  and a 10 million dollar Fantasy Bra, this years show was supposedly the most expensive shtow ever.
Favorite segments are Birds of Paradise, Snow Angels and Parisian Nights. The wings in these segments are just killer. Especially in the Parisian Nights segment. Behati Prinsloo's wings in the British Invasion segment were also amazing! But it's not only the wings that catch my eye, besides the hot bods...


Everybody keeps talking about those (gorgeous) bodies and those wings, but has anyone ever paid attention to the beautiful heels the VS models/angels wear? Nicholas Kirkwood and Sophia Webster designed all of the shoe wear of this year's show.

Continue reading to watch the entire show and see all the outfits with the models!

Top 20 Best Magazine Covers of 2013

Let's take a look a back at 2013 with 20 of the best magazine covers!
Samiya Cusman

December 17, 2013

Rihanna for Balmain's S/S 2014 Campaign


After Lady Gaga for Versace and recently Erykah Badu for Givenchy, creative director Olivier Rousteing of Balmain decided that none other than Rihanna was perfect for the campaign of his Spring/Summer 2014 collection. The campaign images were shot by Inez and Vinoodh and Mel Ottenberg styled her in the two looks.

He posted some behind-the-scenes images on his Instagram page saying that she is '..more than an icon''. Not only is she his inspiration but also for an entire generation, I agree. To have Rihanna as his campaignstar is a dream come true for the young designer. "In front of the camera, she makes you feel like she is the only girl in the world," Olivier Rousteing told WWD. "When the woman that inspires you wears your creations, your vision feels complete!"

After Rihanna visited Olivier's studio in Paris a few months ago, I was actually expecting a collaboration or something between the two. Rousteing admires her, so I saw this coming and I think it's perfect! Her wavy c

So what do you think, is Rihanna a good fit for Balmain's campaign?

Samiya Cusman



December 15, 2013

Models in Music videos

Now that Beyoncé released a new album with 17 (!) videos as a surprise early this Friday, two of them which include some of my fave models, Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls and Chanel Iman, I decided to share my favorite music videos with supermodels.From the supers like Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford, to the new generation of supermodels such as Joan Smalls and Jourdan Dunn, continue reading to see my favorite music videos off all time with supermodels in it..

December 13, 2013

BEYONCÉ

As soon as her first song after two years, since her album 4 (2011), 'Bow down', now called ***Flawless, came out fans were wondering if a new album was coming out. And early today Beyoncé suprised all her fans by releasing her fifth studio album, 14 songs and 17 videos including collaborations with Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Drake, Chimamanda Ngzoi Adichie, Pharrell and many more! This isn't just a new album, it's her first visual album. After four studio albums, B decided not only to release something new, but also to release it in a new way. 

Beyoncé  decided to leave the old way of announcing a new album, previews, releasing singles and might risk getting it leaked anyway. Instead, in the middle of her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, she managed to record an entire album, shoot 17 music videos and keep it a secret! Nothing was announced.

Caroline Brasch Nielsen as Mrs. Beckham

 
For the Vogue Paris holiday issue, editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt stepped aside for none other than the striking Victoria Beckham, to be the guest editor of that issue. Caroline Brasch Nielsen, my fave model ever since I've seen streetstyle shots of her stars as Mrs. Beckham. Everything is perfect, she really played her role very well, the way she holds the bag and has her hand near face, perfect!

Continue reading for all the images..

Samiya Cusman

Beyonce - Yoncé


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Beyonce just released her fifth studio album as suprise today! Yay! The visual album is exclusivelya available on iTunes and contains 14 songs and 17 videos. 

Yoncé is one of those videos and at the moment my fave!! The video includes, besides B's new alter-ego Yoncé, also supermodels Jourdan Dunn, Chanel Iman and Joan SmallsJourdan Dunn is also in the XO video!

Watch the sexy video above, read more about the album here and get it here.

Samiya Cusman

December 10, 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013!

In just a few hours - not sure when, timezone (ugh) - Americans are glued in front of their television for the Sexiest Night on Television! This year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013 will be aired only on CBS, 10/9c. 

As usually i post an entire 'analyse' of the show, but because I live in The Netherlands I'll be able to watch the show in a few days, on the 24th of December on Net5 to be exact. The show will be presented by VS Angel, Doutzen Kroes!

In the mean time you can tune in on CBS, 10/9c, watch the pre-show here, 9/8c. And reminisce back to last year's show here. Enjoy the show!

Samiya Cusman

December 9, 2013

Doutzen Kroes by Michael Beauplet

Once Doutzen Kroes has shared an image of a shoot she did with French photographer, Michael Beauplet, I had to look for the rest of the shoot! It looks like an intimate shoot in a sick-looking apartment, whether this is for a magazine, or for personal use, I do not know... However, I really like the vibe of these pictures.  Beauplet has shared the images on his website. See the rest after the jump.

Samiya Cusman

Doutzen kroes

SHOT BY mICHAEL bEAUPLET | hAIR BY dOMINICK pUCCIARELLO | mAKE-UP BY mEREDITH bARAF | STYLED BY KETEVAN GVARamadze


December 7, 2013

Vogue Paris' Guest-Editor, Victoria Beckham

Cover Reads; '' Guest of honor, Victoria Beckham. Her passion, her fashion destiny, her private life, her beauty secrets with David Beckham, Diana Ross, Marc Jacobs..
For this years holiday issue, editor-in-chief, Emmanuelle Alt stepped aside for none other than, Victoria Beckham. Victoria is the guest editor of Vogue Paris' Holiday (Dec./Jan.) issue. This issue gives a peek into  'the world of the Beckhams'. 

"we entrusted the editor's chair for this issue to a woman who revealed herself to be the absolute opposite of her public image while we were working together. spontaneous and full of humor, she's modest, with a healthy dose of ambition. and like all those who are truly passionate about what they do, victoria is a perfectionist." - emmanuelle alt

Guest-editor Victoria and husband David are also on the romantic covers, shot by Inez and Vinoodh. The issue is full of Beckham approved holiday gifts, a personal photo-album and Victoria shares her memories of the early days of being a Spice Girl.

Besides peeking into their private live, Victoria sits down with Valentino and Marc Jacobs for an intimate interview. I can't wait to get my copy, this issue is now on newsstands.

Samiya Cusman

Beats by Dre. X Alexander Wang


Alexander Wang teamed up with Beats by Dr. Dre to design a collection of limited-edition products. It's a three-piece range consisting of matte black Beats Studio headphones ($449), Beats Pill ($299) and Urbeats ear-buds ($149) with Wang's signature gold touches. Each pieces comes with its own black case with a gold zipper and clip.

The collection is expected to hit the shelves December 15, you can sign up here to be notified when the collection becomes available.

Samiya Cusman



December 6, 2013

Sh*t Bloggers Wear


''A collection may have many looks but all the hot fashion bloggers have 'the one' item.''

November 12, 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion 2013: The Musical Guest

One day left for this years Secret Fashion Show!
Today Victoria's Secret announced their musical guest with a picture on Instagram. 
Fall Out Boy, Taylor Swift, A Great Big World and Neon Jungle will perform at this years show. 
After all the big stars VS has had the previous years I actually expected Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and maybe Justin Timberlake. 
Oh well, we'll see how they'll do at the show in just a month!

Samiya Cusman

November 4, 2013

Nicolas Ghesquière

We've all saw the ending of Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton coming a while ago. And when Jacobs officially resigned hearts of fashionistas worldwide were broken. Soon after rumors were twirling all over the web, especially about Nicolas Ghesquière.
And so the former executive director of Balenciaga, Ghesquière, really became the new artistic director of Louis Vuitton's women collection.

Spirit Animal

Anais Mali in Vogue Paris November 2013 - Esprit Safari

H&M Holiday 2013 Campaign

Yesterday the campaign video for H&M's Holiday 2013 got released.
To be honest I, personally, love holiday campaigns, the clothing, the music and all those people together it just gives a warm feeling inside.
And especially when they include hot male model like Sean O'Pry, Erik Andersson and Ryan Burns.

The H&M campaign video starts of Sean O'pry and a little boy brushing their teeth and then Doutzen comes in and takes one of the of the presents.
And so on the video continues with all the models running hectic trough the mansion/villa.
By the way, I need the pants Liu and Cora were wearing and the jacket Christy was wearing!

Take a look above at video!

Samiya Cusman


October 17, 2013

The Fantasy bra 2013; 'The Royal Fantasy Bra'


This years Victoria's Secret Fashion Show will air on the 10th of December, that's just one month, 3 weeks and 2 days away!
Oh time flies by so fast!
But what's most exciting, besides the show itself duh, is when they announce the artists who will be performing and which lucky angel gets to wear the Fantasy Bra, which was announced yesterday.

After the supers like Gisele, Heidi, Karolina, Tyra, Adriana, Miranda and last years Alessandra Ambrosio, it's now the time for Candice Swanepoel to strut down the glittered runway wearing this years Fantasy Bra.

The 'Royal Fantasy Bra' is worth $ 10 million and designed exclusively by jeweler Mouawad. 
Candice will wear the one-of-a-kind Dream Angels Demi Bra paired with a matiching belt.
The set is adorned with over 4200 rubies, blue and yellow saphires and diamonds handset in 18-karat gold.
That's not all.. The highlight of the fantasy bra is the 52-carat pear-shaped ruby drop centerpiece!
I'm really looking forward to show, but for now, we have be satisfied with the first looks of sketches and the fantasy bra.

What do you think of this year's Fantasy Bra and who do you think will perfom this year?
Let me know below.'

Samiya Cusman

Update:
The bra looks even better in the video above than it does in the photo! I'm in love with this years 'FB'.
Watch above how Candice meets the Royal Fantasy Bra!

September 20, 2013

Inside Chanel

Gabriel 'Coco' Chanel has created an imperium, Chanel, it's famed all around the world.
But how did it all began, who was this extraordinary person?
Chanel shows us the history of the luxury house, by releasing chapters of their history portraying a big moment in its success.
N°5, Marilyn and N°5, The Diamond, The Jacket, Coco, Mademoiselle, Gabrielle Chanel, Coco by Karl and CHANEL by Karl are the 9 chapters released at the moment.
The illustrations in the videos are amazing!!
I love it!!

Watch the first chapter above and the other eight here.

Samiya Cusman

Check-up

Hey guys, I haven't posted a blogpost in a while. 
I've been so bussy with everything -and nothing, dont judge. 
But i've been updating the Facebookpage and my Twitter so follow me to stay posted.
This btw my first post form my iPhone- yay. 
Also there are new posts coming up soon!

XO

August 22, 2013

September Issues 2013!

Yes people, it's that time of the year again. The September Issues are out!!
"September - as said by Candy Pratts Price in 'The September Issue'- is the January in Fashion. "
For me the ''September Issue Excitement'' only began last year, maybe it's because the first Vogue NL September Issue came out last year..
However, I'm already a bit disappointed with their covers.
I don't feel inspired or get excited seeing the covers, with some exceptions.
With that being said, well, written, there are also two things that bother me, which I like to point out.
The fact that you see more celebrities on covers, back in the days only models graced the covers of fashionmagazines.
I want to see models wearing the latest and greatest looks of the runways.
Besides, the only non-Caucasian models I've seen on a cover were the three Asian models, Liu Wen, Sui He and Fei Fei Sun on Vogue China's 8th anniversary issue. (Please correct me if I'm wrong)
To be honest I figured Joan Smalls would have least been on one cover..
Furthermore, where are the non-Caucasian models who normally brings 'some' diversity to the catwalks?
Please comment your thoughts about that below.

Last year I listed some of my favorite Vogue covers.
But there were some gorgeous covers of other magazines I had to share!
See them after the jump.

Samiya Cusman

Will Heard ft. Cara Delevingne - 'Sonnentanz' (Sun Don't Shine) Acoustic Session

Cara Delevingne, recorded with the singer/songwriter Will Heard.
Will and Cara have been friends since they were 14/15 through mutual friends he says.
He recently had a big success with his version of Klangkarussell's 'Sonnentanz (Sun Don't Shine)'.
And now he made an acoustic cover of it, with Cara D harmonizing.
The song is in my opinion amazing, I fell in love with it!!
Will's husky voice with Cara's sounds great together.
I hope to see, well, get to listen to more of Cara and since (a source claims) she was in the studio with Pharrell Williams, I'm expecting more!
Enjoy the song above.

Samiya Cusman

August 18, 2013

Pirelli Calendar 2014 Previews

The renowned Pirelli Calendar is famous for it's images of nude fashionmodels.
But last year American photographer Steve McCurry, who is known for his ''Afghan Girl'' has approached it differently than his predecessor, Mario Testino.
For the Pirelli Calendar 2012, 12 models striped such as Kate Moss, Joan Smalls and Lara Stone stripped for Testino.
Steve McCurry was inspired by Brazil. He shot the images in Rio de Janeiro.
He wanted to show that women can be sexy even if they're fully-clothed.
Besides models, that calendar included the regular Brazilian person and their street art.
All the models that were featured had in common that they all are involved in humanitarian or charitable work. Click here for those images.

For the Pirelli Calendar 2014 photographers Patrick Demarchelier and Peter Lindbergh teamed up to shoot a handful of supermodels.
This 50th anniversary calendar will feature famous models.

July 21, 2013

Marc jacobs Beauty

Marc Jacobs Beauty full collection info
For over a year Marc Jacobs announced his first beautyline with Sephora.
And the line is coming closer and closer. Jacobs has been revealing images of the collection on the brands Instagram-page.
The collection is pretty massive, the 122 products are divided in four different categories;
Smart Complexion, Blacquer, Hi-Per Color and Boy Tested Girl Approved are the names of the categories.
You can find the images of the products after the jump.