Friday, August 29, 2008

Belle Isabel Marant

A beautiful new shot from the Fall 2008 Isabel Marant campaign. If you brows back a few posts back you will see the first shot from the campaign.

Daria Werbowy for Isabel Marant Fall 2008
So far this is my favourite campaign of this season, if we are not including the David Yurman campaign video!

The First Issue of the Last Magazine

Beautiful shot for the first issue of this magazine! I'm hoping there is an editorial to go along with it!

The Last Magazine F/W 2008 (Premier Issue) : Daria Werbowy by Camilla Åkrans

Lignes et Attitudes

Daria in Lignes et Attidues
Vogue Paris September 2008
This was definitely a nice surprise to come back to! Although topping "Air Libre" in the June/July 2007 issue Vogue Paris as my favourite editorial of Daria's is an impossible feat, Lignes et Attitudes comes in a close second. 

This newest editorial of Daria’s in the September 2008 issue of Vogue Paris, by Inez & Vinoodh, is just as stunning. The editorial is a black and white studio editorial with a white canvas backdrop, just the photographer, the model and the interaction between the two. In my opinion the interaction between these two players is what most should be about - much like the conversational dynamic of Richard Avedon’s work that I adore.

Daria is ethereal in this! She manages to look so androgynous and yet you can’t ignore her feminine beauty. This is definitely the best editorial of the year – no exotic locations which turn out to be so tacky or excessive styling. Bravo Emmanuelle Alt and Inez & Vinoodh! The entire editorial is posted here at the fashion spot (just scroll down for the pictures).

David Yurman Fall Winter 2008 Video

Beautiful! Yet another perfect campaign video from David Yurman. This follows videos for both the Fall 2007 campaign and Spring 2005. This time its much sexier and much more rock and roll.

I’d take this Daria over any other period in her life. She seems so much more mature and beautiful than she was a few years back.
It definitely comes with physically maturing but I also think she is more secure in her job and place in the industry, and this newfound understanding shows in the quality of her recent work!

Update The video has been removed, but if anyone has access to it and is willing to share please let me know!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Mixed Feelings : Fashion Magazine September 2008

A few days ago I came across the Fashion Magazine interview from their September 2008 issue with Daria on the cover. It has the usual interview questions of Daria's charity work with Lancome, her sailing in the summer and the behind the scenes of modeling ... but it also contains some interesting text on what Daria thinks of the whole Walk of Fame ordeal.

The interview sheds an interesting light on how Daria feels about modeling and what it has done for her in life. At moments she is very critical of her job and at other moments she loves it for the opportunities it has given her. It's a really great read that touches on the dynamic that one faces when working for such a superficial industry.

In the end it is just posing for a picture and I think that gets to Daria sometimes. But its great to see that she uses her platform to get involved with charities and organizations, especially ones close to her heart like Centrao Especial and other art groups.

Fashion Canada September 2008
Daria Werbowy photographed by Derek Kettela

The only thing that really really bugs me about this editorial is that Fashion magazine gets ahold of one of the most requested girls in the business and they manage to publish one photo. Grr ... 

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Daria in Annabelle

Daria is on the cover of Annabelle, a German magazine, which features a photoshoot (shot by Derek Kettella - the picture from the last post is included) and an interview.

Daria on the cover of Annabelle October 2008
It seems like the picture I'm using below is quite a contradiction to what other people have gotten from the interview. Most people who have read it sensed some bitterness or hardness on Darias part - maybe they were more shocked to hear something of substance from a person they expect to be happy all the time because of her job.

Now, seeing as the only German I know is Auf Wiedersehen (thanks Heidi Klum!), I'm hoping someone can provide a translation. For now though, the article and photos can be seen here.

Update The rough translation and full interview is below. Thank you gina and carmelita for the translations!

The wind was blowing south-west heavily this morning and chasing the clouds over the skies of New York.
On that morning the wind is blowing heavily to south-west and hunts the clouds over the sky of New York. Through the window the sun is glaring into the studio - Daria Werbowy's eyes blink, she holds her hand in front of her face. A summerday that seems to be created just for this little something that makes him to this special day: heading over to the sailing boat in rubber boots and a warm fleece jacket, tacking the mouth of the Hudson River until it begins to dawn.

Other supermodels spend their free time in pilates classes or go shopping until all the boutiques have closed. Daria Werbowy does those things too, sometimes, but her passion is sailing - the only thing that gets her going time and time again is being on the boat.

Recently she was asked in Munich (by a journalist) if she was happy, in general. Whereupon she had no real answer to give: “What a tacky question” she complained.“Who asserts to be happy, lies. But people think because of a model's ability of being rich and beautiful she can`t have problems. Absolute bullshit. I am not more or less happy than other people [pause] Except for when I am sitting on my boat and hanging on my sail. Then the world is totally ok for me.”

Well instead of diversion on the Hudon River today a workday for Daria Werbowy: letting herself photograph. The capital of a model are her skin, teeth, hair and body. No doubt Daria Werbowy is one of the most successful models of the last six, seven years. She has stopped long ago to count her magazine covers. And she holds even two world records: In 2003 she ran on over 80 catwalks and 2003 she appeared 6 times on the cover of the Italian “Vogue” – the best-of-that-breed for eternity. Does this success mean that Daria Werbowy owns the straightest teeth and the most elegant back of the world?

From my place on the sofa in the corner of the studio I would claim: yes. On those teeth there´s nothing to criticize, and wanting to find somewhere a more appealing back than hers seems absolutely impossible. Indeed not too thin because she takes 3 full meals daily. Daria Werbowy looks very very healthy, her skin gleams in polish-ukranian pallor in the headlights.
And the observers glance speechless on this feat of a back that was formed by good nutrition and yachting.

Annabelle: Daria Werbowy are you happy?
Daria Werbowy: [Laughs] Please, let's not start with complicated questions. We'd better have a chat. But while I am thinking about it: What should it mean at all this "being happy"? Why is everyone striving for happiness nowadays? Its a dumb, unreachable aim. Isn't it enough that we aren't "unhappy" all the time?
That would be enough for me. And in all the years a few minutes of real happiness for change – no one minds that. If you have just fallen in love being happy can even last for one or two weeks. Arguably for one, two days. We want to stay realistic.

Daria Werbowy, who is turning 25 in November, started to gave regularly interviews aged 17, and therefore learned early what reporters expect from a supermodel: an egocentric, spoiled view on the environment, vain absence of humor and a constrictive fortune of expression. The clicheé that clouds over her profession goes like this: Since their puberty these girls don`t do anything other than looking pretty, so the conversations have to take place on a lowest level.

On the sofa, on the opposite of me, there is a young woman that works since she has been 14 full- time as a model; and would have every reason to talk lengthy about her existence. How she coiled through Europe, aged 17, and no one wanted to book her; how she was astonishingly discovered in New York with 19, meets well-known people and earns a vastly amount of money since then.
Though Daria Webowy, and this is not at all exaggerated possesses a brain of a chess grand master or at least of a distinguished poker player. You notice it by her gossamerly laughter at silly jokes- and how she tactical ably obviates operating uneducated. She is well versed in Ukrainian policy, geography and world economy, so she biases the conversation on the weak dollar and what consequences the recession has for her insets in the US- banks, or could emerge in her Ukrainian fatherland. “The evolutions are very joyless”, she determines.

How huge the quota of mind on the success of Daria Werbowy actually takes, is hard to snap. Here a theory: Without her cleverness and almost indifferent attitude towards the modelling business she wouldn`t have worked out a world career. Let`s ask the expert Jen, Daria Werbowy`s person in charge at her modelling agency IMG models. Jen smiles at us and says: “Looking beautiful isn`t enough in order to have a career like Daria`s. The girl has to trigger connotations on the observer. Intuitively he has to descry a personality. That works with Daria, because she really owns a personality. What does also help is if you are just liked by photographers and bookers. Everyone likes Daria, because there are just a few who are that uncomplicated like she is. “ Daria Werbowy herself can`t explain her success. Or she just has no delight for it: “ Why me of all people? No clearing reason overran me. I was lucky.”

Have you been happy today because you went to work?
I am a professional I go to work whether I want or not.

But it doesn`t necessarily count to your job to give an interview on the set.
Well today it`s about Lancome. We have created a series of cosmetics together that will also come on the Swiss market.

Please tell us something exciting about your cosmetics series.
My friend Vik Muniz is an artist in Rio de Janeiro and runs a project called “Centro Especial Vik Muniz”. He gives art lessons for the kids in the Favelas. It may sound queer, but with those courses he salvages the lives of many teenagers. Because he shows them a totally different, new perspective.

Laudable. In what way is that concerned with cosmetics?
The colors I have chosen are inspired by Brazil and the works of the children brown, green, blue- I have conceptualized the palettes together with Odile Roujol, the president of Lancome. She was zesty when she noticed that I have discovered a project my heart beats for. Discovering how the cosmetics industry works was fun.

What do the children get from it?
A part of the money goes in favor of the project. And I visit Vik regularly to help him with the lessons.

In 1983 Daria Werbowy was born in the Polish Krakow as a daughter of an Ukrainian engineer (father) and an Ukrainian teacher (mother). Four years later the family settled to Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto, where Daria Werbowy spent an “inconceivable happy childhood”, like she says. Whenever she talked English she earned a little cuff on her occiput: The engineer and the teacher consisted on table conversations in ukrainian or polish. Now the daughter possesses those two language nearly perfect- and two, three other languages also.

Daria Werbowy is one of those kind of girls that sooner rollicks on the sports ground with some boys than changes make up tipps. “ I play Basketball, Rugby, Beachvolleyball and Ice Hockey. As soon as there was snow I went Snowboarding, but most of the time I was sailing.” On the Ontario river Daria Werbowy drove sailing regattas a short while ago, where she even won some. At home in Toronto the goblets stand in the garage: “ I am proud of every victory.”

Daria Werbowy`s youth was determined aged 14, when a neighbour that worked at a Canadian Modelling agency discovered her at a gardenparty. In Toronto at first the business started well, but when she won a modelling competition and her agency sent her abroad, Daria Werbowy had to learn to handle with disappointments. The New York Fashion Week 2001 where her international debut was planed, sampled out because of the attacks on 11.September. After that she went a half year to Paris and 3 months a time in Hamburg, London and Milan: “ Probably that was the most important time of my career. I have manacled a fat fur. When someone deprecates me I don`t matter anymore.” Finally she head back to Toronto, gave up modelling and started her art study.

A year later Daria Werbowy visited a friend in New York, who argued her to participate in a casting. Two days later Marc Jacobs has booked her for his campaign and Prada for the shows in Milano. Until today she doesn`t really understand what has happened, but she is happy for every day she can spent as a supermodel. “ Because I know that millions of girls are dreaming of it, and chance is not going to help them like it did with me.” Until further notice she wants to practise her profession, but she feels that her euphoria slips, that photo shootings bore her more often.

What have you learned during the past ten years?
I have met a lot of people that showed me how I don`t want to become – and a few people that inspired me a lot. I have understood one, two things and even more about the modelling industry. The most important cognition: Everywhere in the world – and I have visited a lot of countries- the TV program is crummy. (those sentence above is printed huge under the main article)
I assert our world would be a more pleasant place if there were no TVs.

What did you not learn in that time?
Too much. We shouldn`t start with listing it. The biggest problem in my job: I am rarely more than 3 days at the same place. When I start something I can`t finish it. My study for example, or the pictures I am painting.

She can make up for it, she will make up for it- in the recent future. Long ago she has earned enough money to do with the rest of her life whatever she wants. Make the pilot`s licence? Salvage Orange- Utans from extinction ? When 19 she explained in an interview that she wants to save her money and build a company for interior design. Today she plans to open a gallery. Or maybe bandy to acting?

She got one advice from a woman that spent her years of youth similar her`s: Isabella Rossellini was a model on 36 “Vogue”- Covers and became very late in her life an actress and artist. About her first profession she said the following: “ I have never earned that much money as I did in my modelling career. You can sell nothing quite as expensive as beauty. As a model you have to stay in the business as you can stay the taradiddle. Afterwards the real life is even more fun.”

A credo that Daria Werbowy took seriously. She stands at the window of the photo studio and tries to spot the Hudson River, that you can nearly see from here. A last soundly look at her face. It`s almost mortifying to write that: she is indescribably beautiful. Daria Werbowy´s eyes shimmer turquoise like the Ocean in front of the Statue of Liberty; a wide awake face that is laughing most of the time and casing the surroundings like a detective. Her high cheekbones and the narrow eyes make you presume that Daria Werbowy`s forefathers had been Mongolian warriors.

On the other side of the river, in New Jersey, is a little marina where Daria's father is preparing the family's sailing boat. In summer their journey starts - father, daughter, brother and 3 friends will cross the Atlantic Sea. “There`s nothing I am looking more forward to than our trip” she says. “Of course, I am bit afraid of the open sea, but if I vanish then I'll live to see true beauty.”

Back (Again) in Black

I went to H&M a few days ago and saw new billboards of Daria in the store. The full set of the H&M campaign has been posted online at the website. They are quite pretty but nothing too exciting, so I'll leave you with one of the better shots below.

H&M Fall 2008 Campaign

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Jean Paul Gaultier Fall Winter 2008

The Jean Paul Gaultier ads we previewed so long ago are finally out! Out of all the three released, I really like the first one below. Personally, I have grown to love this campaign. Usually I prefer Daria in her tomboy role (as exemplified perfectly by the Isabel Marant fall campaign) but I love the JPG persona as well. The heightened composition and movement are very inspiring.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Fashion Magazine September 2008

I had a feeling this was coming... along with her charity work with Lancome and new walk of fame star this Fashion cover is fitting at the time. FASHION is a Canadian magazine and like most of Daria's previous issues with the magazine it will probably feature a photo shoot along with an interview. The cover is actually quite pretty (is it a surprise that Daria is in Versace? After all, she did make her runway return on the FW 2008 Versace runway.) The image is by Derek Kettela who has shot Daria quite often over the years, including her article in Glamour UK and Italy of this year.

Fashion Canada September 2008

I've also found this stunning picture on Derek's website - it flashes just before the sight opens. It reminds me of Irving Penn's work - not quite as striking but it is very sombre yet alive at the same time. Beautiful shot! I don't know if it's part of the Fashion article or not but I think it might have been a seperate shoot.

Photoshoot with Derek Kettela

Friday, August 8, 2008

The Case of the Disappearing Nose

Just a few days ago we got news of Daria starring in another Lancome campaign and now we have our first preview of the campaign.

This campaign is for the Lancome Oscillation Mascara, a new wand that vibrates upon application. Yeah, I'm typically a "lipbalm as lipstick" kind of girl so I'm still kind of skeptical of the whole idea.

On the other hand if you want to lose weight try the new photoshop diet! Lancome manages to airbrush two pounds off of Daria's nose ... maybe the weight loss comes with the mascara?

The Making of the Pirelli Calendar

Pictures from behind the scene were posted at tFS a few days ago - I'm sorry again for not being able to post them right away :( From the looks of these picturs it will be a very exciting campaign to look over. We'll just have to wait and see!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Quick Updates

Sorry for the lack of updates but I don't have access to my personal laptop but rather a really horrible one... so bear with me! Some new Daria news
  • Daria's nabbed the David Yurman fall 2008 campaign. Again.
  • The remainder of her Dior ad campaign was posted online ... I must say, this campaign is growing on me
  • Candid shots from someone who worked on the H&M Summer 08 campaign. Just sift through
  • Daria also lent her eyes to the Dior eyewear campaign (below)