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SPUR JAPAN's SNAP PERFECT MODELS

As long as there is fashion, there will be models.As long as there is fashion, there will be models.

Well that Japanese way of putting words together…it sometimes summarizes the sentiment in lyrical ways everyday English won't. I loved working with the Spur team on the 100 page booklet that essentially archived the magazine's 25 year history of model coverage. From the early days of off duty 90's supermodels like Linda, Nadja and Naomi, it was funny to see how on-duty that ideal of off-duty was.

And then it was especially odd to see my 7 years of Spur It-Girl archives encapsulated in this one booklet. The magazine's editors assured me there is a generation of young Japanese women who grew up reading that column, which can only make you appreciative of the clarity of time . And its perspective, as well as future business potential. There they were, starting from Agyness Deyn at the height of her cultural impact, all the way to Issa Lish, now at the rise of her cultural impact. In between there were Freja and Irina, Coco and Hilary, Anja, Suvi, Catherine, Kasia, Lara, Meghan, Abbey, Toni, Malgosia, Karmen, Fei, Fei, Lindsay and Arizona. That those girls have forged lasting careers is not only a testament to brilliant management on the part of great agents, but also to the tenacity and resilience of those girls in keeping their value in a tough, tough industry.

TI FLASHBACK: MODELSPOTTING, ART BARONS AND THE FACE OF THE ZEROES

Gemma Ward : In the Days When She Walked ShowsGemma Ward : In the Days When She Walked Shows

At Haru while having lunch with the nicest model manager you could imagine, the following happened. As usual, the talk had turned to agency gossip. Not malicious, or particularly competitive but just...idle. " Yeah and Gemma Ward's been looking particularly happy these days". he said in a fairly loud voice, "Cause as we all know she's not always the happiest camper" I sat facing the door, so I could see, literally as he spoke the approaching figure of...Gemma Ward, in these little denim hot pants and a totally non-descript tank top with that model staple, an army coat thrown over it. She looked great, tall and slimmer than the last time we glimpsed her with long tousled blonde hair, looking very much like a beautiful teenaged tourist. She was with her IMG agent. I completely blanched and my lunch companion followed my eyeline to its conclusion. At that point we burst out laughing.If this were a scene in a movie, the audience would go..."Yeah Right!" Poor Gemma probably felt over scrutinized at this point and whether under the weight of our gaze or by pure chance, Maja and Gemma soon elected to take an outside table. I waved hello as they went by and left it at that.

SCOOP DU JOUR: THE ULTIMATE MODEL MOMENT OF THE SEASON

Kids r hissing that this shoot was like the Black n White Ball of fashion edits. Kids r hissing that this shoot was like the Black n White Ball of fashion edits.

A big book can certainly cause ripples with a model driven September issue.

EVENT PUBLISHING: INTERVIEW MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2014

Nicole Kidman photographed by Steven Klein for Interview Sept 2014.Nicole Kidman photographed by Steven Klein for Interview Sept 2014.

I remember sitting in an airport waiting lounge in Barbados a few years back, when a clever young editor made a comment that has always stayed with me. It was that namely, magazine people really make magazines for other magazine people and instead of aspiring to be "stars", or simply "rich", now everyday people in our culture aspires to be media themselves.

SPRING 15 SWEEPSTAKES: SAY HELLO TO JESSICA AT JILL MODELS

Jill in Antwerp has one of the best aesthetics on the mother agency grid.Jill in Antwerp has one of the best aesthetics on the mother agency grid.

SPRING 15 SWEEPSTAKES: SAY HELLO TO ANIKA AT FRESH MODELS

Now if this girl ends up being fit-perfect, crowds will part.Now if this girl ends up being fit-perfect, crowds will part.

Come Back Sebastian Cardin... All Is Forgiven

Detachment. She had it down ! Sebastian at Mugler.Detachment. She had it down ! Sebastian at Mugler.

In the late 80's/Early 90's Sebastian Cardin captivated Paris with a long lithe body, a boy beauty and a sang froid so chilly it impressed even...the French. Lagerfeld liked it. As did the New Turks, Mugler and Gaultier who used Sebastian's boy/girl fusion to maximum effect. That apparent indifference, that supreme lack of desperation...it served her well on the pages of Elle when that Early 90's Elle with it punchy, color-driven layouts, put the fear of God in the Grand Lady glossies.

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