Visual Xanax: Deshabille Wednesdays

It’s not really caring whether or not you’re fully clothed that makes all the difference in what you’re wearing. So carry onward… the week’s halfway over (then it’s back to duvet dressing.)

Image: Shalom Harlow for Helmut Lang fall winter 2001

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Gisele Bundchen Struts the Runway for Alexander Wang

While she might not make the best Super Bowl commentator, Gisele Bundchen is a world-class model.  Following last week’s outburst in defense of her husband Tom Brady, she made an unexpected strut down the mirrored catwalk at Alexander Wang yesterday along with  Shalom Harlow and Karolina Kurkova.  Supermodels are back.

Wang’s show was darker than in past seasons and full of black and white and lots of leather. He canceled his usual Fashion Week party and now it’s clear to see why.  All the money that would have been used to throw the bash was spent on these pretty, albiet half-covered faces.  Worth it. 

Gisele Bundchen


Shalom Harlow


Karolina Kurkova

Christy Turlington for YSL, Shalom Harlow Keeps Busy

YSL’s latest ads are out, and they follow suit with the brand’s supermodel-centric spreads from seasons past. For FW09, Stefano Pilati once again enlisted the help of photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin as well as famous face Christy Turlington. Seeing as in the last few years YSL’s ads have featured the likes of Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, and Claudia Schiffer, it appears the French fashion house has officially been bitten by the supermodel comeback bug. However, rather than feeling dull as a result of the familiarity of the mannequins in question, the pared-down ads are charming as ever.


Also still hard at work despite competition continually being staged by younger, fresher faces: Shalom Harlow. The mannequin looks better than ever in a new editorial entitled “This Side of Hollywood” in Vogue Nippon. To her credit, the supermodel even manages to make a sequined robe work while making out with a stone statue.

Vincent Gallo Poses with “Too Skinny” Models

Vincent Gallo joins Eva Herzigova and Shalom Harlow in a series of new ads for H&M. Outfitted in the Swedish mega-retailer’s Spring 2009 line, Gallo and the two supermodels pose alongside and, occasionally, inside oversized triangles, circles, and rectangles in a setting more befitting Old Navy Kids’ ads than H&M. But that’s not to say the demure ads aren’t stirring up their own bit of controversy.

Thanks to a new billboard featuring an image from the ad campaign on Lafayette Street in SoHo, passerby are raising the question of whether or not Herzigova and Harlow appear “too skinny.” While both models are surely stick-thin, there’s also the issue of H&M’s airbrushing them to the extent that their skinny-ness is partially the result of excessive tweaking, not the de rigueur model eating disorder. Check out this photo of Harlow and Gallo from the same campaign, for instance. Is it just me, or has some re-toucher done a very poor job of slimming down Harlow’s already extremely thin right thigh-to-knee region? (Not to mention Harlow’s left mid-calf region looks like it’s been poorly cut into as well.)