Visual Xanax: Under the Sweater Again

So much for the sneak of spring — it looks like it’s back to sweater weather for us. If sweaters it is, at least we should know we’re in good company. See: Lara Stone for how it’s done.

Photo: Lara Stone photographed by Nico for Madame Figaro, October 2013

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Visual Xanax: Monday in the Park

Pretend for a moment that the ponds and lakes of Central Park have taken to thaw, the sun shines golden, and there’s a young gent who would like to row you to the middle of the lake…

Photograph: Lara Stone and Edita Vilkeviciute styled by Alex White and photographed by Mert and Marcus for magazine, September 2009.

Visual Xanax: Assets and Amenities

In my book, the day after Thanksgiving is best spent lounging on the sofa making something of the leftovers and drinking wine by the fire. And really, who better to serve the wine than a one Ms. Lara Stone?

Without a doubt, whatever your preference, service like this is bound to lift your (wine and) spirits.

Photo: Lara Stone styled by Charlotte Stockdale, photographed by Tyrone Lebon for i-D Magazine spring 2013.

Dutch Supermodel Lara Stone Stars in the New Mercedes-Benz Key Visual

Now that the fall/winter 2012 season of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is nearly a month away (seriously, where does the time go?), Mercedes-Benz has revealed their latest "Icon of Style" campaign, shot by photographer Alex Prager. The key visual will debut during MBFW, and stars two very attractive subjects: Dutch supermodel Lara Stone, and the luxury vehicle manufacturer’s new SL Roadster.

Known for her thought-provoking cinematic imagery, Prager created a 21st century version of a classic film noir scene by having Stone pose as a Hitchcock blonde that overcomes fear as she outpaces a tornado. Stone dons a dress designed by Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Collection that is meant to reflect the same timeless elegance as the subject’s getaway vehicle. See more images and bonus behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot here.

A Chat with Lara Stone & Alex Prager at the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge

Yesterday, Dutch supermodel Lara Stone (pictured) and visionary photographer Alex Prager graced the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge to toast the launch of their Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week key visual. The striking image features a Calvin Klein Collection-clad Stone posing alongside the brand’s new SL Roadster amidst a surrealist setting akin to an Alfred Hitchcock film. Given that this is one of our favorite MBFW key visual’s yet, we sat down with Stone and Prager to learn more about the collab.

BLACKBOOK: Lara, were you familiar with Alex’s work prior to this project?
LARA STONE: Coincidentally, right when we started talking about this job, I received a catalog in the post about a photography auction and Alex’s photos happened to be in it. I was like, "Oh my god, that’s the same person!" It made me even more excited to work with her.

It was meant to be! Alex, what inspired the Alfred Hitchcock theme?
ALEX PRAGER: I feel like the ideas came together organicially. When I found out that Lara was going to be the model, my mind instantly went to Hitchcock because Lara has a strong presence and beauty that embodies the classic lead woman."

Did you have any involvement in selecting the Calvin Klein Collection looks?
AP: We had alot of people involved in selecting the clothing, but I definitely got in there to express my opinion. I thought certain shapes were really important to incorporate and tie into the story we were going for. I wanted dresses that would look beautiful when lifted up and blown into the air, so thankfully Calvin Klein has lots of different shapes to choose from." 

Lara, did anything crazy happen to you on set?
LS: Actually, during the ending bit I got quite sick from being spun in the air too much. I was saying "Oww stop!" but nobody could hear because the wind machine was so loud. [Laughs] So yes, I got spun around a bit too long, but in the end it was worth it because the images turned out really great.

FashionFeed: Nina Garcia Joins Moda Operandi, Leo DiCaprio Snags Erin Heatherton

● Marie Claire style director and Project Runway judge, Nina Garcia, has officially joined the advisory board of Moda Operandi. [The Cut]

● After dating Gisele Bundchen, Bar Rafaeli, and Blake Lively, Leonardo DiCaprio has now moved on to Victoria’s Secret model, Erin Heatherton. How does the man do it? [Telegraph]

● Supermodel Lara Stone thinks young models should at least finish high school before they dive into the business.  [Styleite]

● If you have one last person on your gift list, rounded up a great last-minute list of fashion coffee table reads to pick up at a bookstore near you today. [Style]

● Business of Fashion just released a list of their top 10 articles of 2011, which features this controversial profile on Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist. [BoF]

● Carine Roitfeld on no longer talking to her former Vogue Paris colleagure, Emmanuelle Alt: "Maybe this was not supposed to be a friendship […] I am very happy, in the end, because I am the winner.” Burn! [NYT]