Lindsay Lohan Looks Amazing in First Fashion Editorial in Ages

Who among us doesn’t have a soft spot for Lindsay Lohan? Sadly, most of the actress’ attempts at staging a comeback have fallen short, but she’s looking better than she has in years, as shown in this editorial, lensed by iconic photographer Ellen von Unwerth.

The images, which feature Lohan in various states of undress, were shot for No Tofu magazinea little known title that’s about to get a lot of buzz thanks to the potent combo of Lohan and von Unwerth.

And while Von Unwerth’s photographs are generally flattering (thanks, primarily, to her tendency to shoot with a strong flash), what’s most notable is how vibrant and present Lohan looks. We haven’t seen this range of expression on the actress’ typically sleepy-looking visage in ages, and it begs the questions: Is Lohan ready to take another stab at acting? Are we on the cusp of the Lindsay Lohan comeback we’ve always pined for?

Perhaps it’s best to temper expectations, but these snaps are a promising start:

 

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Sex, Lingerie, and Murder, Because David Lynch

What isn’t influenced by David Lynch these days? Not that we’re complaining. And we’re definitely not complaining about incorporating Naomi Campbell into the Lynchian fold, and that is exactly what lingerie brand Agent Provacateur has done for their spring campaign. Here Naomi is, as the press release states, “a hit woman from whom no one can escape.”

The campaign’s team, though inspired by Lynch and also Brian de Palma’s thriller film Body Double, consisted exclusively of women. Agent Provacateur creative director Sarah Shotton brought Unwerth in for the shoot. Unwerth’s “fizzling sensitivity to female erotic power makes her the perfect artist to capture the adrenaline-fueled chase for our bodacious killer queen Ms. Campbell,” again, according to the release.

Naomi is gorgeous, and yes, “bodacious,” but has also known to be a bit terrifying. She’s seen in the campaign holding a shovel. We’d say the casting is perfect.

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Images courtesy of Agent Provacateur

 

Visual Xanax: Shake Off That Snow

Too dreary for you today?

When the clouds hang this low and icy rain threatens, the best retreat is one into complete and utter denial. Take a page from Drew and close your eyes… imagine the sun… relax… There, is that better? Stay as long as you like.

Photo: Drew Barrymore by Ellen Von Unwerth

Model Diary: Ellen Von Unwerth Does It Better

There are still some days at this job where everything feels surreal, not yet normalized or rendered unremarkable by me doing it. Tuesday was one of those days, when I shot the Hysteric Glamour campaign with Ellen Von Unwerth. For those of you who don’t know (I didn’t, my mom did), Hysteric Glamour is a Japanese streetwear line. My day began thusly: Jonathan, a camera and production assistant with a taste for experimental films, picked me and the other model, Sophie, up in the city to take us to the Clinton Diner in Queens, home of the famous diner scene in Goodfellas. We arrived to a big production. There was an RV in the parking lot, which housed a delicious breakfast, beverages, plus all the Hysteric Glamour clothes and everyone’s personal belongings. Inside the diner, three adorable children were getting their hair and makeup done, as they were shooting the campaign for the kids’ line. Since they were feigning a birthday party, the restaurant was replete with appropriate props: oversized ice-cream cones and burgers, a piñata, bags of candy, birthday cake–I should have been a child model! I mean, we do get some great catered meals, but these kids walked away with a candy loot comparable only to Halloween.

After the kids finished, and when Sophie and I had our hair and makeup just about done, the entire team moved to the second location: Beauty Bar in Bushwick, a bar that looks like a ’60s hair salon. The major source of inspiration for the shoot was the 1975 movie Shampoo, starring Warren Beatty as a heartthrob hairstylist (the movie was set in ’68). Our sexy shampooer was a model named Fray. Due to Ellen’s signature sexual innuendo (which she does so well), there was a lot of inappropriate use of phallic hairstyling objects, including a flesh-colored curling iron and a well-holstered hairdryer.

The shoot was a lot of fun. Ellen is such a great director that the posing and acting came so easily. As we were wrapping, she told Sophie and myself that she was having a party that night for her Crazy for Eva video launch, and that we had to come. I’ve never worked with such a great photographer who was also so nice and friendly and encouraging. I knew working with Ellen Von Unwerth was going to be a great honor, but the whole experience surpassed my expectations.

Model Diary: A Thanksgiving Update

Happy Thanksgiving, dear reader. I’m Canadian myself, so I have no real sentiments about the holiday, but I am currently with my parents in Connecticut to eat and drink with our American cousins. I just finished several long days of shooting, so I am very much looking forward to five days free from heavy makeup, teased hair, tights, heels, contact lenses…the oppressive elements of “beauty” that become quite burdensome when doing them every day. Here’s an update in the meantime, while I’m eating turkey.

Remember the other day when I gushed about my awesome casting with Steven Sebring? Well I guess he liked my enthusiasm because we shot together this past Sunday. It was just a spec, but it was the craziest, most innovative spec I’ve ever done (and one which he seems to have plans for–it’s all very hush-hush). It was a very long day, but my favorite shot was the last one we did: six models (four girls, two guys), partially naked, draped in fur, intertwining limbs in some orgiastic fashion statement.

On Monday I shot for Joy Magazine (based out of Germany) with Dirk Bader at the Standard Hotel. It was my first time at the hotel, and I was very excited to witness the space in all of its trendy glory. Call time, however, was 7 am, which was a little too early for me to appreciate the Standard’s postmodern aesthetic. I did enjoy the Stay-Puft marshmallow man’s cameo in the elevator. We shot all the photos in the hotel room, with clear views of the city in the background (the room had floor-to-ceiling windows). Bader remarked that the magazine really insisted on having prominent representations of the city, as New York provides a specific, romantic narrative that appeals to European readers (sort of how American magazines often use Paris as a narrative). The cityscape doesn’t reveal the details of New York life, but it does have the skyscraper visual that isn’t common in European cities.

We finished shooting at 2:30, and then I ran across town to a casting for the Hysteric Glamour campaign, which was being shot the next day by Ellen Von Unwerth. I was a bit nervous (I’m a big fan of hers), but I put on my heels, and when she took my photo I didn’t just stand there like a bug-eyed child, but actually posed and performed. I left the casting feeling pretty good (while I was there, I was the only girl who tried on clothes), and tried to come down from the adrenaline of having met Von Unwerth by posting our meeting to Twitter (I got an account a few days ago to engage in minimal communication with friends back home, and hell, to feel cool). Despite my positive feeling about the casting, I refused to get my hopes up, so I went home and focused on my Crystal Renn post. Two hours later I got a call from my booker telling me I got the job!

But that story is for my next post, because it stands on its own, and I have to start getting ready for my first ever American Thanksgiving. Pumpkin pie is for dessert. YES!

Industry Insiders: Erin Fetherston, Dreamy Designer

Ever since bidding bon voyage to the Parsons School of Design in Paris, Fetherston has been making a splash among the New York fashion set. Her Autumn/Winter ’09 show took place at the Fashion Week tents on February 15 and wowed spectators with super-feminine mini frocks, amazing gravity-defying teacup skirts, two-toned tights, lace gloves, flowing dress layers, rhinestone bows and accents, floral capes, and glittery mouse masks. The new collection is every girly girl’s über fantasy.

What was your inspiration for Autumn/Winter ’09? I wanted to do something that felt very polished for the season, and I wanted to have more structure. With the economic climate and what’s going on in the world, it felt right to do a collection that really fit together. It’s more respectful and buttoned up. I looked at different things for inspiration, in particular, I looked at large images from Ballet Rouge. I’m very involved with images of the ballet and dancers.One of the other things that I really was in love with in the inspiration stage is an old black-and-white German film by a filmmaker called [Ernst] Lubitsch, named The Doll. The story is that there is this man who needs to get married in order to inherit his family fortune. He doesn’t want to get married, so the toymaker in town tells him, “I’m going to make you a life-sized doll, and you can make it your wife.” But really the toymaker makes up his daughter as the doll. So, she marries him and plays a doll playing a girl. I’ve always thought about living dolls in working on my collection.

Who is the Erin Fetherston girl? The Erin girl is really her own person, and she’s got her own style. What she wears is a reflection of her personality, her interests, her taste. She has a sense of originality. My clothes are definitely fun and playful, and the girls who gravitate to that, want those clothes, because the clothes help them tap into ideas of themselves.

Which celebrity are you dying to dress? Drew Barrymore. I feel like her whole personality is really right on with my collection. She is a free-spirited girl, and I like that she’s always smiling and always happy. There is a poppy and upbeat point of view in my collection, and I really respond to someone who is on the red carpet smiling and laughing instead of always giving that catty stare-down. I also like that Drew is really animated and adorable. So I would love to dress her. I think she would look great in my clothes.

Who are inspirational figures in your life? I take inspiration from people who are close to me. There are a handful of girls who are meaningful to me in that way. It’s always good to have real people in mind when you’re designing clothes. One example is my good friend Sophie Flicker. I really think she’s a brilliant muse, in a way. She has so much charm and vibrancy from what she’s wearing to what she’s doing to how she’s living. I love Christian Lacroix. I think he’s amazing. I think in terms of career, obviously, what Marc Jacobs has accomplished — in a relatively short period of time — is really phenomenal.

Your Target collection was a huge hit. What was different about designing for that project? I love that collection, and I loved working on it. I really just wanted it to be me, and it wasn’t very hard to be me and make it democratic. I wanted it to remain a quality fashion product. I didn’t want it to be too watered down, because then I feel like, well then, what’s the point? I think it’s exciting to offer a quality product at that price point as well. I tried to focus on signature elements for my collection in general to work those into the clothes. If you look at the Target collection, it is still going to be relevant to the feeling of my collection then, now and moving forward. I just wanted it to all be very signature.

What are some of your favorite places in New York? I really like Broadway East, Cookshop, Balthazar, Pastis, Rose Bar. I like the Greenwich Grill — they have a great sushi bar downstairs. I like the East Village as a neighborhood. There are great vintage shops there. I also like Bouley Market. I do like Giorgione.

What are some positive trends you’ve seen in the fashion industry? The level of consciousness of being green is being championed by the fashion industry. I think that’s incredibly positive.

How did you come to collaborate with Ellen von Unwerth? I met Ellen in Paris during the five years that I lived there. I met her at a party, and we kept bumping into each other socially around Paris. We just naturally became friends. Very shortly after we met, we decided to do this short film together called “Wendybird.” Doing that partnership together was a bonding experience, and I would say that project really brought us together. She has become a very strong person in my life, a really good friend, and she’s a big influence.

What do you miss most about Paris? Everything. In terms of lifestyle, we have really good friends there, and I miss them. I miss taking your dog for walk and having your dog come in with you for lunch. It’s so quiet there. Everything in Paris has a sense of design. From the food to the pastries you eat, design is very integrated into everything. Obviously, I am a design-oriented person, so that makes me feel good. Even frozen vegetables are packaged in a really chic way.

Where are your favorite places in Paris? My favorite restaurant is in the 1st arrondissement, very close to rue de Rivoli. It’s called Toraya. I wish there was a Toraya in New York. I smuggle their green tea back through customs whenever we visit. It’s really quiet and charming. Anahi is great, it’s an Argentinean restaurant. Le Martel is a French brasserie we love. It’s really like a hole in the wall, because it’s in a very random neighborhood. There is this amazing taxidermy place called Deyrolle. All of the museums are so amazing in Paris. I love the Musée des Arts Décoratifs — they have the best bookstore there.

Finally, what are some things on your radar right now? I like the film that came out a few years ago called, The Squid and the Whale. I’m also really excited that MTV is re-launching House of Style.