Thursday, May 5, 2011

First Face

Long time, no see! Just popping in briefly to let you know (in case you weren't already aware) that fashiontv has released their First Face Countdown for the Fall/Winter 2011 season, and Caroline finished fourth! I wasn't really expecting her to be on the countdown at all this season, but was pleasantly surprised to see her there. There are a lot of sweet moments here, and it's great to see that she's starting to get a bit more comfortable with being interviewed.

We have two editorials for Vogues in Russia and Japan for May, which I will be reviewing in a timely fashion, as well as one for Numero. Still no news on the campaign front, but hopefully that will change soon!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Louis V

EDIT: Caroline has NOT booked Louis Vuitton. False alarm!

Well, I wasn't expecting this at all! The Brasch has booked the Fall/Winter 2011 Louis Vuitton campaign!

The news broke on tFS about 3 hours ago, and I'm still waiting on official confirmation, but if this is true, I am completely blown away. If you remember, Kate Moss closed the LV show in Paris last month in a very emphatic fashion, and everyone was quite certain that she had the campaign in one of those famed brown bags. But somehow, it seems that Moss is now completely uninvolved with the project.

Word on the net is that Caroline will be featured alongside Vogue Paris favorite, Daphne Groenfeld, as well as Fei Fei Sun, Zuzanna Bijoch, and Anais Pouliot. An interesting cast, not least because the majority of the girls are quite young, and the shoot will likely be on the raunchy side. It is Marc Jacobs though, and he's never been one to shy away from controversy in that area (I don't think I need to remind anyone about his BANG fragrance ad).

Interestingly, Jacobs also got a bit of flak from fans when Caroline was featured in the Spring/Summer 2011 campaign for the designer's eponymous line, in which she wore a transparent camisole that exposed her breasts (this was the same outfit she wore for the show; in fact, the shoot was done backstage at the show itself). As Caroline was sixteen when the ads were shot, this was seen as somewhat tasteless.

Either way, I'm eager to see what the result will be of the Louis Vuitton version of the collaboration, if it is, in fact, true. More on this later!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Bits and Bites

Just a couple of tidbits that have popped up in the last week!

Caroline walked in the Runway to Green fashion show on March 29th, part of the Bid To Save The Earth campaign. A plethora of designers, including the likes of Marc Jacobs, Nicholas Ghesquière, and Alexander Wang, all designed clothes for the event, which are currently being sold exclusively at Caroline had one look in the show, and I was really quite surprised she was involved with the event as it was very much focused on drawing in as much attention as possible, which means big name models like Coco Rocha, Karolina Kurkova, and Jessica Stam. But our girl was trekking along with the lot of them, which might be an indication of her rising profile in the industry. Caroline wore Rachel Roy's cocktail confection.

Another image has emerged from Caroline's shoot for Vogue Nippon's March 2011 beauty supplement. Still not sure if there are more photos in this or not, but I will keep you all posted as usual, and do a full review if no more are forthcoming!

I also have some excellent news on the cover front: The Brasch is on the cover of Vogue Portugal for May 2011! It is a reprint from her Vogue Nippon April 2011 editorial (interestingly, one of the two shots I picked as my favorites yesterday). Generally speaking, reprints aren't big news, but where Caroline is pretty much starved for covers, I'll take what I can get. I doubt there will be new editorial content in the magazine, chances are that the editorial will just be reprinted in full, but sometimes outtakes from the original are used. Congratulations on nabbing a cover Caroline!

As a parting note, The Brasch is nominated for Best New Danish Model at the 2011 DANSK Fashion Awards! You can vote for her at the official website under the eleventh category Årets Nye Danske Model – Dame. She is nominated alongside fellow newbies Juliane, Caroline C., Ida, and Josephine. Get over there and vote folks, after the last two seasons, the girl deserves it! Also of interest is that her Fall/Winter 2010 campaign with Designers Remix is nominated for Best Danish Campaign (category six).

Photos courtesy of tFS users Nils, EnVogueLove, and tarsha

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Beauty of Hauter

I have finally found a spare moment to get to work on Caroline's editorial for Vogue Nippon's April 2011 issue, which I must admit, I have been putting off for an inordinate period of time... Why? Well, aside from the most obvious excuse of being stretched to the second, I didn't really like the editorial. I suppose this is one of those situations where my busy-ness became a blessing in disguise, allowing for a bit more reflection than usual. But more on that after the jump; here is "Beauty of Extreme," shot by Sølve Sundsbø, and styled by Katie Grand:

As I said above, I was not very pleased with this editorial when it was released. It seemed drab, not in the least because Caroline's poses, while they might have been dramatic in isolation, are very much repetitive when seen in the context of the full editorial. I am ashamed to relate that all that was going through my head while looking at it was a grim voice lamenting: "You had an excellent photo this week, but flipping through your film, the judges noticed something that greatly concerned them... [ominous pause for intended suspense]... ALL of your photos looked THE SAME."

Now, realizing that my initial reaction to an editorial by The Brasch was to berate it with the words of Tyra Banks, I was unable to face the prospect of making a post about it. No, until I could come up with a reason for not liking the pictures other than the same one used week in, week out on one of my least favorite prime time comedy shows, I would not address the issue at all. Suffice it to say, had Ms. Banks' critique never entered my mind, I would have felt completely justified in not liking it. But as it did, I had no other choice but to search for something I deemed amazing about "Beauty of Extreme," or risk the nauseating prospect of agreeing with a woman who believes she's the best thing to happen to fashion since... well, ever.

What I think is important about this editorial is the overpowering sense of snobbery that it exudes. Not only is this demonstrated by Caroline through her posing, but also through the camera angles in each shot, and the way that these play off of each other. Caroline is often depicted looking away from the camera, indicating a sense of either disinterest, or ignorance of the viewer, and in the cases where she is looking directly into the lense, her head is tilted up with her chin held high, so she is effectively "looking down her nose" at you. Combine this with the placement of the camera, looking up from her feet, and the overall impression is that she is quite untouchable.

Of course, there are some occasions where the camera is level with her, and I feel that it is on these occasions that we see a bit more depth to the character's story. In photo 2, we see the camera beginning to move to a more equal view point. In this picture, she is glancing over her shoulder somewhat suspiciously. Her gaze is not level, but angled somewhat below her eye line. What I would suggest is being implied here, is that someone has moved to challenge her in her state of invincibility. Whether intended or not, someone is competing with her, and she is surprised by this, and for a moment, threatened.

Deciding this is a passing moment of doubt, she returns to her state of divinity, as we see in the next image. However, in number 4, the camera angle is quite on par with her. She stands facing the camera with her feet spread, defensive, but also informing her competitor that she will not bow before any pressures they place upon her. Evidently, her opponent is again daunted, and backs down.

Picture 6 is one of the most fascinating in the story. For the first (and only) time in the entire editorial, she has bent down. Instead of someone challenging her, she willfully brings herself down to the camera's (and by association, the viewer's) level. She still looks away from the camera, showing her remaining sense of pride, but this photo is incredibly significant because it indicates that despite thinking herself so high and mighty, she has the ability to humble herself to a certain degree and see things from the perspective of more "lowly" beings. But in the context of the story, it is made clear that she does this of her own accord, not by the will of others.

As a result of all this background (whether by my own invention or my perception of what is meant to be there), my love is given to the last two shots. After establishing herself as being powerful, unchallengeable, but also enlightened and observant, we understand that second glance over the shoulder as the camera again moves level with her, more clearly than the first. She seems to say "After I have proven all of this, do you really think you can compete with me?" As if in answer, the camera immediately falls back to her feet as she resumes that all-powerful stance with her upturned face, sighing "No, I thought not."

It is a moment that is reminiscent of one towards the end of The Devil Wears Prada where Meryl Streep drawlingly states: "The truth is, there is no one that can do what I do..." Had it not been for all of the events you had seen occur up to that moment of triumph, you would find it much less easy to think of this claim as being justified. But having been made witness the way she has manipulated everyone so successfully, you do not doubt that she is the best at what she does.

I think that is what makes this editorial special. Through the way the photos have been organized, you get to see that there is a reason why this woman is so empowered and revered. While she is beyond all doubt very assured that she is better than everyone else, this sentiment is not the result of some sudden, ignorant conception. She has the status she has not only because she captured her throne, but also because in the face of all challengers, she has managed to hold it: a feat that is incredibly difficult to achieve.

Now, if we contrast this to the earlier-mentioned "lofty" Tyra Banks... there is no comparison. Tyra Banks was a Victoria's Secret and Sports Illustrated model. She was not high fashion, and as such, has no claim to the throne on which she places herself. Or perhaps she does. The difference, we might perceive, is that her throne was poorly made by her own hands out of tape and cardboard from a refrigerator box. The throne on which Caroline sits in this editorial was won by blood, sweat, and tears. And it is fashioned of Byzantine gold.

Photos courtesy of tFS user tarsha

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Monthly Mashup

So there have been a few things that have popped up in the last few weeks that may be of interest... This is what I've managed to gather:

Elite has released another preview shot from Caroline's editorial from LOVE, shot by Alastair McLellan. The issue has been out on stands for a little while now, but I'm still waiting on a full scan of the editorial before dedicating a full post to it. It is looking a little intriguing though, very Studio 54. I'm glad she's in this issue in particular though: with all the press it's generating due to the Kate Moss + Lea T cover, and the added audience that Katie Grand is hoping to capitalize on with the Justin Bieber cover, not to mention that the specific editorial also features Duran Duran, this should be a good boost for Caroline's notoriety. Granted, people are more likely to be talking about her costars in the issue, but she'll have a foot in the door at the very least. 

We also have a behind the scenes video from the Valentino S/S 2011 campaign. It's basically just a montage of clips set to epic background music, but it's always interesting to see models at work, especially top ones like Freja. You get the sense that they are incredibly aware of their own presence and bodies in front of the camera, and understand the changes that even the most subtle of movements have on the dynamic and emotion of a photograph.

This excerpt from Vogue Russia was posted in Caroline's tFS thread. The poster indicates that it is from the April 2011 issue, but where the cover was given to Abbey Lee Kershaw, I'm not entirely sure what this is. Gill Ford (thank you!) has kindly translated "Читайте в Апрельском" as meaning "Read in April", and that the rest of the text is discussing the trends for summer 2011. She's thinking that it is likely a preview for the May issue, which should be out in April (you know, because fashion is all about getting tomorrow's look today). 

Regardless of where this shot comes from, and whether we'll be seeing more, I'm glad to see The Brasch is continuing a string of performances with Vogue Russia. By no means is she getting an editorial every issue a la Lara Stone with Vogue Paris, but she had that great shoot for September 2010 and another just the past January. It's good to see that she's getting more work with the magazine, which is always creative and entertaining in the editorial department. This shot is the handy work of Claudia Knoepfel & Stefan Indlekofer, who Caroline has previously worked with for Vogue Paris. Looking forward for what's to come (Numero and Vogue Nippon ;) )!

Photos courtesy of tFS posters mousyy and Stereo Flo

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Force of Nature

Whew! So over the course of fashion season, several new print pieces have emerged for The Brasch. I'll be covering these as soon as possible, and devote a full post to each when the full editorials are available. For now, I'll start off with her shoot for W Magazine's March 2011 issue. Titled "Against Nature" and shot and styled by Mert and Marcus, and Alex White respectively, the editorial also features models Frida Gustavsson and Hailey Clauson.

Caroline has two shots in this editorial, being the second and final images of the set. I really wish that there were more of her here, but in group editorials, this is always bound to happen. What I loved about "Against Nature" most was the juxtaposition of the brightly coloured clothes against the landscape. Alex White did an excellent job picking hues that immediately catch the eye, making these looks really leap off the page.

It seems to me that the title of the piece is referring to the way the clothes battle the landscape for dominance in the pictures. While the clothes are the first thing your eyes jump to (gold star for fulfilling the usual brief of magazine editorials), you are next drawn to the epic scenery in which they are placed. Despite lacking colour, they are feats of their own, demonstrating powerful emotions that are ominous and daunting to behold.

Taking in the models themselves, we note their positions and wonder what has become of them? They seem on the verge of death, exhausted, and quite incapable of escaping what seems to be an inevitable storm approaching. One might almost interpret it as death by fashion: they have become collateral damage in their aspirations of good style, this warring of natural and neon colours has left them utterly spent.

All in all, the result of fantastic styling, excellent cinematography, and appropriate doses of stagnant numbness provides us with some incredibly dramatic pictures. I was really quite pleased with the result, myself. I even broke my ban on W Magazine and made an investment in this March issue. I could do without much of what the magazine has to offer, but this editorial looks truly stunning in print.

As for Caroline's performance, I'd venture to say that her two photos are my favorites, and I don't think I'm being biased here either. The first pose in incredibly dynamic; you get the sense that she's been thrown by a rampaging tornado. Her second, however, shows that perhaps she still has some life in her, and that she is not willing to let Mother Nature have the last laugh.

Something interesting that some of you might want to check out is Alex White's blog at She gives you a fascinating backstage look at how she chose the clothing for the shoot, and other little tidbits that you might enjoy! She updates it periodically with information about shoots and shows that she's working on, so if you're interested in that kind of thing, definitely watch that space.

Photos courtesy of tFS user mousyy

Friday, March 18, 2011

Paris Part 2

Rolling into week two of Paris, Caroline had one show on Sunday: Kenzo. The collection was a little darker than I remember from previous seasons, but still packed all the punch of it's usual patterns and prints. Patchwork was la modus operandi for Antonio Marras' looks this season, with the primary inspiration being Latin bohemia. Nicole Richie has heard of Kenzo, right?

Monday kicked off at Ungaro, where Caroline had one look. Giles Deacon has been set the task of rebuilding the house after it has seemingly fallen into disrepair (remember La Lohan?), and this seemed like a step in the right direction. The collection screamed "predator!" with a heavy dosage of high collared leather, lace and long scarlet fingernails, but this theme was also to be noted in the stitched wolves and owls on sweaters and a dress, close captioned by Hanne Gabe Odiele. Interestingly, Ungaro was not so far off trend: Givenchy featured similar sweaters in their show just the night prior (Albeit, Tisci's designs were adorned with pinup girls).

Next was Giambattista Valli, who seemed to be, like Alber Elbaz, a little on the modest side this season. We have come to expect a more party-goer aura from the designer, and while there were certainly elements of that, it seemed to be exercised with greater restraint, akin to what we saw at Lanvin. However, unlike Lanvin, where we saw a gradual and then booming release, Valli's collection seemed to weave between minimalist chic and rich colours, textures, and patterns sinusoidally.

Chloe and Celine are my two favorite shows for Caroline in Paris (and perhaps across all cities), and I was deeply disappointed when she didn't show up at Celine on Sunday (Phoebe, we need to have a talk). She was at Chloe, however, which pleased me very much indeed, despite Hannah McGibbon's insistence on the overuse of snakeskin. I really wish that I note had been taken from the books at Giambattista Valli and Lanvin, because restraint seems a necessary observance in the use of animal prints (at least in this case). Julia Nobis' (a.k.a. Julia Attenborough) look was the only one that I looked at and felt it to be a proper illustration of Chloe ft. snakeskin. For most of the looks, the overload was easily avoidable by simply pairing sweaters like Freja's opener with a plainer pair of pants. So the good news is, that the collection is excellent. So long as the styling is on par.

Sophie Albou's collection for Paul & Joe was very playful and colourful. With Black Swan clear at the back of my mind, I found myself reminiscing over Jackie and Donna of That 70s Show, among other (non-fictional) inhabitants of that time period. It was a funner show than we usually see in Paris, though no less serious for the fact: one might also draw connections to vintage Yves Saint Laurent when examining the collection.

Tuesday dawned amidst the volcanic ashes of the Grand Palais. Okay, so it didn't actually burn to the ground, but it was certainly another way of saying Karl brought down the house. The Chanel show is always the biggest of all the shows for fashion week, and while we accord this honour to the historical background of the house and it's feminist values, it is hard to see Chanel's modern success as separate from the influence of Karl Lagerfeld. He may not stitch the clothes himself, but the vision of the Kaiser has been instrumental in revamping the house for a more modern, and younger audience. That influence was no less this season, though one can't help but notice that the collection was rather distinctly Freja-esque in it's palette and frequent inclusion of skinny jeans and moto boots. The thing about Lagerfeld's genius though, is that he has a talent for Chanelifying just about anything. Those cropped tweed and hounds tooth jackets so emblematic of the house took on a whole new cool factor when paired over boyfriend blazers, and I don't doubt that the oversized leg warmers drooping about the ankles will be a hot topic come September. Some people have been complaining about how 'masculine' the collection is, but I'm not getting the comparison. Well, I get it, but to me, this is a modernized concept of the same chic, 'masculinized' woman that Chanel has always represented. And before I end, allow me to nominate Jacquelyn Jablonski's look as the most epic outfits of fashion week. Well, except for Karlie's opener at Dior.

Valentino was next up, where Caroline had two looks. I was really hoping for an opening or closing here, but, sadly, it was not to be. Having said that, I was rather taken by the collection. While maintaining all the ladylike elements of the house, Chiuri and Piccioli added a sensuality to the collection by using sheer fabrics and lace strategically. In many ways, the collection was older and more reserved than it's predecessors, but these elements added a subtly coy nature to the clothes, a small wink, hinting that there's more to this demurely clad woman than meets the eye. I cannot, however, wrap my head around the finale dress. It looked limp and shapeless. And something tells me this wasn't solely because of who was wearing it.

The Brasch ended her long and illustrious season with one look at Louis Vuitton's fetishtastic show. Shiny patent leather was all over the place, from dominatrix boots and hot pants to short skirts and loooonnng jackets. In case anyone was wondering, I've changed my mind: Kate Moss takes the spoils for most epic moment this season. Strutting about irreverently on the runway puffing on a cigarette, she cut a striking image. My personal favorite incident was during the finale walk, when she cut clear across the floor, leading a trail of models in her wake. While she was off touring the facility in such a fashion, Natasha Poly picked up the slack and took the correct, but long, way around. Oh Kate Moss.

And so ends another season in fashion for Caroline, who's had an exhaustive run indeed. In Paris, she walked no fewer than 20 shows and 24 looks. I had hoped for more opens and closes in Paris, but in this respect, I was left disappointed. However, when looking at her total for the season, The Brasch has had one of the most impressive showlists of everyone, with a stunning 73 shows. This included 104 looks, 5 opens, and 1 close. As if that wasn't crazy enough, if we take into consideration Berlin and Barcelona fashion weeks as well, Caroline's tally elevates to a dizzying 81 shows, 6 opens, 2 (3?) closes, and 119 looks. (Not to mention, Haute Couture was sandwiched between those, where she walked 4 shows and had 7 looks.)

At only 17, one would imagine the poor girl has been quite run off her feet. But with the sudden appearance of a number of March editorials (I will be getting to these soon, pinky swear!), and the promise of more to come, who knows when she'll have time to rest her weary head. Congratulations on truly fantastic season Caroline, I couldn't be more proud!

(CAROLINE BRASCH! woowoowoowoowoowoowoowoowoowoowoo...)

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