Pirelli: in Moscow presenting the 2011 calendar, "MYTHOLOGY",created by Karl Lagerfeld
Moscow, 30 November 2010 – Today in Moscow, the 2011 Pirelli Calendar, now it its 38th edition, was presented to the world's press and to other guests and collectors from around the world. The event was held at the prestigious Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko theatre, which has, over the course of more than 90 years, been the site of operas and ballets that have become a part of the nation's artistic heritage.
After Patrick Demarchelier immortalised China in the 2008 edition, Peter Beard drew a portrait of Botswana in 2009, and Terry Richardson covered Brazil in 2010, "The Cal 2011" features the creative genius of the multi-faceted artist Karl Lagerfeld, whose sense for art and aesthetics is renowned throughout the world.
From his Paris studio, Lagerfeld created "Mythology", a calendar that reflects one of his deepest passions, that of Greek and Roman mythology, tales of the origins of humanity told through the adventures of gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines. On a voyage back through time transported by the universal language of photography, "Mythology" takes us to the roots of classical civilisation and takes the Pirelli Calendar back to the Old World, where nearly 140 years ago a company was born that was to become a multinational organisation with operations in over 160 nations around the world.
The 36 photos that make up the 2011 Calendar show 24 different subjects, including gods, heroes and myths. With his keen eye, Lagerfeld has 'sculpted' these photos both in terms of their aesthetic rigour and for the recurring references to the art of sculpture and its classical tenets. All of the photos are in black and white, which lends character to the images, exalts the beauty of the figures represented in sharp chromatic contrast, and gives them a certain three-dimensionality through the careful use of light.
"Actresses and models bring these new heroes to life and depict a new concept of the beautiful," said Karl Lagerfeld, who, within the 2011 Pirelli Calendar, has offered up an idyllic, immortal representation of beauty. Beauty, youth, the veneration of form, and desire depict this new concept of beauty and embody the modernity in mythology.
There are 21 protagonists of this edition: 15 female models, 5 male models, and the American actress Julianne Moore. The female models include: Italian models Bianca Balti and Elisa Sednaoui; Danish model Freja Beha Erichsen; Brazilian model Isabeli Fontana (also in the 2005 Calendar by Patrick Demarchelier and in the 2009 edition by Peter Beard); Polish models Magdalena Frackowiak and Anja Rubik; Australian model Abbey Lee Kershaw (who debuted in the 2010 Calendar by Terry Richardson); Indian model Lakshmi Menon; American models Heidi Mount and Erin Wasson (who debuted in the 2005 Calendar by Patrick Demarchelier); Russian model Natasha Poly; Dutch model Lara Stone and Canadian model Daria Werbowy (both of whom Peter Beard had also chosen for the 2009 Calendar); Austrian model Iris Strubegger; and Jamaican model Jeneil Williams. The 5 male models are Baptiste Giabiconi and Sébastien Jondeau (French), Brad Kroenig and Garret Neff (American), and Jake Davis (British).
Pirelli Calendar 2011 seen by Frédéric Beigbeder
For over 40 years, Pirelli has each year given carte blanche to a great photographer to immortalise the most beautiful women in the world. When it started, the idea was simply to create a great gift to motivate the sales force! Today the Pirelli calendar has become a lavish collectors' item and, at the same time, a symbol of our company. Each year this authentic work of art acts as a sort of barometer, measuring how the image of femininity is evolving in our century. The first topless in 1972, and a break from 1974 to 1984 caused by the oil crisis: the story of the Pirelli calendar is also the story of our times. The greatest stars of fashion have taken part, epitomising the ideal beauty of each age. The calendar has become an element of contemporary mythology. So it was inevitable that, one day, Pirelli would turn to the great fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, who is a legend in his own right as well as a catalyst for new trends. The first couturier to put himself on the line in this way, he went so far as to create special accessories and jewels for the occasion, and he has logically chosen one of the themes that is dearest to him: Greek and Roman mythology. Alea jacta est! The die is cast.
Lunch with Karl Lagerfeld: Talking of the Gods.
By Frédéric Beigbeder
Frédéric Beigbeder: – What made you choose the theme of Greek and Roman mythology?
Karl Lagerfeld: – Because it's my favourite religion: one god for every occasion. I'm a polytheist: all present-day religions are recent, but I prefer this mythology, which does without hell, without sin (an obstacle to happiness), and without forgiveness. We need to return to the disciplined form of beauty of Antiquity. Simone Weil said that Jesus was a direct descendant of Prometheus – which caused a scandal at the time. I love the goddesses, because they were the first emancipated women. They had a right to everything. The female divinities and the Muses are feminists!
F.B: – When does your fascination with the myths of Antiquity date back to?
K.L: – The first two books I read, when I was six, were Homer's Iliad and the Nibelung. While the Germanic stories frightened me, Homer had a huge influence on me – it's my educational source. What's so brilliant about ancient paganism is that there are lots of gods, the spirits move around, and there are heroes, demigods, genii, and nymphs... Humans were much closer to the gods than they are in the monotheistic religions. In those days I had no idea that I myself would become a god!! (laughs)
F.B: – Yes, but watch out: the gods are only slightly improved mortals! (laughs) So is the aim of these photographs to set up a new religion? After looking through it, I'd like to say that the calendar has given me faith in your Olympian deities – I was converted on the spot!
K.L: – Joking aside, the modernity of mythology is in its love of youth, in its cult of the body, and in its acceptance of desire, without divine punishment, as well as in its permanent tribute to Nature. There's an ethics of beauty in Graeco-Roman civilisation that we've lost today.
F.B: – Before you were chosen by Pirelli for this 2011 edition, did you know about the Pirelli calendar?
K.L: – Yes, especially the one by Avedon (1995), which I adored. It was erudite, but also sexy and simple. I'm also a fan of Sarah Moon – she was the first to show her breast at the age of 72. She emanates great poetry.
F.B:- What does Pirelli mean to you?
K.L: – It's a tyre manufacturer that made an image for itself with these calendars – you can't buy them, and this gives them an aura of mystery. It's a form of viral marketing way ahead of its time. When they started, they made them for mechanics and truck drivers! But they soon became landmarks in the art world.
F.B: – Tell me about the three days of shooting. Where were you?
K.L: – In my Paris studio, in Rue de Lille. I chose some friends for the shots – I only wanted women who felt at ease with me. I made a list of bodies I could show, as I refuse to undress anyone who doesn't agree! And there are no under-age girls!!
F.B: – Why the black background?
K.L: – I find it enhances the nude; it highlights the beauty of the body through contrast.
F.B: – Why black and white rather than colour?
K.L: – A bit of black and white was refreshing, and it made a change from my illustrious predecessors, and in real life I'm a black-and-white person myself!
F.B:- Is it true that the models become particularly open-minded during photographic shoots for the Pirelli calendar?
K.L: – My studio's aseptic: it's all work, and that's it. There's nothing shady about it. What I love about the Greek myths is they don't need fishnet stockings and lace to arouse themselves: it's just carnal, with no frills. High heel shoes and suspender belts... Helmut Newton's done all that better than me.
F.B: – Why does Julianne Moore play the part of Hera?
K.L: – I really did want an actress for the wife of Zeus and for the mother of the Olympian gods. Julianne's a beautiful woman – more matronly than the young girls under the olive trees. She's a very dear friend. She knew she wouldn't be running any risks with me – there wouldn't be a parallel publication sold under the counter!
F.B: – Oh really? You mean there aren't secret copies for private use?
K.L: – Come on Frédéric! That's no longer part of mythology. Look at antique statues: they're never smutty – except in Pompeii, but that's a brothel!!
F.B: – You made objects, tools, and accessories specially for the photographic shoot.
K.L: – Stéphane Lubrina and George Cortina made the bracelets, weapons, and shields.
Peter Philips stuck gold leaves on the breasts. I didn't want to create a sort of "carnival joke" effect, or theatrical costumes. So I designed the necklaces, the gold sexes, the armbands that turn into tree bark, a little owl, a plexiglass helmet...
F.B: – Would you have liked to live in Antiquity?
K.L: – Immortality and a perfect physique? Who wouldn't?!
Interview on 15 October 2010 at Karl Lagerfeld's home in Paris.
Pirelli Calendar 2011: the Cast
Images 1-2: HERA – Julianne Moore
Image 3: ZEUS – Brad Kroenig
Image 4: PENTHESILEA – Daria Werbowy
Image 5: AURORA – Heidi Mount
Image 6: AURORA – Heidi Mount
Image 7: APOLLO – Freja Beha Erichsen
Image 8: APOLLO – Freja Beha Erichsen
Image 9: THE NYMPH ECHO – Abbey Lee Kershaw
Image 10: THE NYMPH ECHO – Abbey Lee Kershaw
Image 11: ATHENA – Magdalena Frackowiak
Image 12: THREE BACCHANTES - Erin Wasson, Bianca Balti, Lakshmi Menon
Image 13: BACCHANTE - Bianca Balti
Image 14: BACCHUS AND TWO BACCHANTES - Garrett Neff, Isabeli Fontana, Bianca Balti
Image 15: FLORA – Elisa Sednaoui
Image 16: CASTOR AND POLLUX - Abbey Lee Kershaw, Freja Beha Erichsen
Image 17: NARCISSUS AND THE NYMPH ECHO - Elisa Sednaoui, Baptiste Giabiconi
Image 18: ATHENA - Iris Strubegger
Image 19: ATHENA - Iris Strubegger
Image 20: ACHILLES - Jake Davies
Image 21: ESTIA – Magdalena Frackowiak
Image 22: ESTIA – Magdalena Frackowiak
Image 23: AJAX – Erin Wasson
Image 24: MELPOMENE - Natasha Poly
Image 25: HADES - Jeneil Williams
Image 26: ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE – Freja Beha Erichsen, Abbey Lee Kershaw
Image 27: TERPSICHORE - Anja Rubik
Image 28: AMPHITRITE - Heidi Mount
Image 29: AMPHITRITE - Heidi Mount
Image 30 APOLLO - Baptiste Giabiconi
Image 31: APOLLO - Baptiste Giabiconi
Image 32: APHRODITE – Lara Stone
Image 33: APHRODITE AND MARS – Lara Stone, Sébastien Jondeau
Image 34: ARTEMIS - Daria Werbowy
Image 35: HERMES - Anja Rubik
Image 36: HERMES - Anja Rubik
Pirelli Calendar 2011:
A Journey among Myths, Heroes and Divinities
The word "myth" is today primarily used in a negative or dubious sense: the myth of well-being, the myth of virility, the myth of efficiency... When we use the word "myth", we most often mean "exaggeration", an artfully constructed or ingenuously celebrated image. Originally, on the other hand, "myth" stood for the truth. Human beings used myth to pass on the stories of what had happened in their world, modifying them each time, elaborating them in the telling, but reporting events that had actually happened. The characters in myths are poetic inventions to represent reality.
Leading 20th-century scholars, Mircea Elide in particular, showed that each civilisation is based on myths, from the Indo-European to the African, from Mongolia to the Bushmen. Before that, until the 18th century, Occidentals considered only Greek mythology, later translated into new forms by the Romans. This is certainly true: Greek civilisation had created monuments, from the Parthenon to Phydias' sculptures, from Homer's poems to the tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides. The Romans continued the process with their extraordinary poets, who passed on the myths: Virgil, Ovid, Propertius, and all the other greats of the Age of Augustus.
This was an undoubtedly unique heritage but, after a fertile and creative period (Italian painting in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries, and the great era of poetry), Greek mythology became a kind of repertoire of embalmed and fossilised divinities and images, to be accepted and replicated uncritically or simply rejected as a whole. Reconnecting with mythology, in this case classical mythology, means, on the other hand, understanding, through its memorable characters and genres, the meaning of a civilisation. It involves understanding how much of what we consider to be universal and timeless it was able to transmit to us. Because the essence of myth goes beyond time and space, even though it is expressive of each civilisation in specific ways. It is universal and beyond time.
Hera is the wife of Zeus, the supreme god. She is the Queen of Olympus and of the world. She has extraordinary power, manifest after she had been raped by the giant Eurimendontes, an act that led to the conception of Prometheus. After bathing in the waters of a spring near Argus (in Greece, springs are sacred), she returns as a virgin, to celebrate forever her marriage to Zeus, who betrays her continuously. Hera ruthlessly strikes out against the women possessed by her husband, not only when they are complicit but also when they are innocent victims. This was the case with poor Io, pursued in a dream by the god and then raped by him. Hera turns her into a cow, destined to wander and never to find peace, tormented by an aggressive horsefly. Or when she robs the beautiful nymph Echo of the power of speech. Echo, along with other nymphs, had been witness to one of Zeus's adulterous adventures. She hates the Trojans because she hates Paris: he was the prince of Ilium who chose Aphrodite and not Hera in the famous beauty contest. Fate had predestined the contest between the three beautiful goddesses - Hera, Aphrodite and Athena - deciding that Hermes, the messenger of the gods, should have Paris make the choice. It was up to him to award the golden apple to the most beautiful of the three and, while admitting that the choice was difficult and that he would have preferred to choose all three, he did in fact choose Aphrodite, the goddess of love. From that time on Hera, like Helen, would become a fierce enemy of the Trojans, intervening in the war in favour of the Greeks, going against even the will of her husband Zeus, who did not want Troy to burn.
"Lord of the light and of time", Zeus is the supreme god of the Greeks. All the divinities obey him and disobedience was cruelly punished. It suffices to think of what happened to Prometheus, a god who, even though he had helped Zeus in the battle against the Titans, was condemned by him to be chained to a rock in the wilds of Scythia, where an eagle repeatedly ate his liver -because he gave fire to humans. Zeus rules over and protects the order of the pantheon. It is he who orders the nymph Calypso to allow Ulysses to leave for Ithaca, abandoning her. Zeus exercises his power with lightning, testimony of his heavenly dominion. Lord of the heavens and of fire, he hurls lightning bolts and strikes down anyone who rebels against him. But even Zeus, like all of the Greek gods, is subject to the power of Fate, a concept when translated as "destiny" is misrepresented. Fate is the irrevocable, inscrutable law that governs the Greek world. Zeus has the privilege of knowing what Fate has in store, and hence the future, but is unable to alter it. Except in the case of the Oracle of Dodona, he entrusts this power to other divinities, such as Apollo. Master of the heavens and the earth, he left to his brother Poseidon dominion over the seas, while Hades was given the Kingdom of the Dead. Zeus is famous for continuously betraying his wife Hera, betrayals often carried out cruelly, from deceit in dreams to rape. The many goddesses with whom he consorted include Themis, Mnemosine, Demeter, Latona and Persephone, while the mortal women include Europa, Leda, Callisto, Io and Semele. As the supreme god, he is less characterised than the other gods but is undoubtedly identified with lightning, the fire as fatal bolt that he casts from the sky.
Penthesilea is the Queen of the Amazons, a community of warrior women who live in Cappadocia on the banks of the Thermodon River. At times they reached as far as Scythia, the region considered by the Greeks as the and wildest and most severe in the world, as indicated by the barbaric nature of the Amazons. No men were allowed in their domain but, once a year, they met with men to propagate the species. They killed or crippled male children and cared lovingly for the females, the right breast of each of whom they burned off in order to improve archery skills. Ferocious warriors, they were often in conflict with their neighbouring people. Indomitable with bow and arrow they were nevertheless defeated by Hercules as one of his Twelve Labours. Queen Penthesilea, the daughter of Ares, a cruel and warring divinity, and of Otrere, took part in the Trojan War, on the side of the besieged city. She fought valiantly against the great Achilles but was ultimately killed by him.
This is the Latin name for the Greek god Eos, which in turn derives from Usha, the Hindu goddess of the dawn. Her name means "Splendour of the East" and this perfectly describes her nature. The sun rises in the east and its dawning spreads light to the awakening world, in the transition from night and day. She is the sister of Helios, the sun, and she proceeds and announces him on a chariot drawn across the sky by galloping horses. She is the wife of Astreus and the mother of the winds Boreas, Zephyrus and Notus. The sister of the sun, the mother of the winds, she bears the first light into the world and is therefore one of the most radiant figures in Greek mythology. When she appears, the world takes on light and form, freezing night gives way to warmth, plants and forests return to life after the nocturnal spell, and animals - and the world populated by humans - awakes.
Aurora is benevolent but is also the goddess who draws men from their beds and hence from the embrace of women. She is therefore considered as a divinity who abducts men, a kind of voluptuous and incessant attraction, like the mystery that draws humans to set off in search of a dreamed light, towards the beginning, towards the East.
Her loves include that for Tithonus, on whose behalf she requests immortality from Zeus forgetting, however, to ask also for eternal youth. As a result, she remained splendidly young while he aged until he became incapable of love. The goddess of many lovers had him locked up in a room in the palace, there to continue to grow old for eternity.
The brother of Artemis, he shares with her an elevated nature, noble and luminous. Like her, he is an infallible archer, an art that is not a merely physical exercise but a test of superior balance between strength, sight and geometry. He unerringly strikes his victims, even from great distance, in silence and with lightning speed. And yet also with extraordinary calm - the foe dies peacefully, without suffering. Like Artemis, he is surrounded by a mysterious and enigmatic aura. At a certain time of the year, he withdraws with Artemis into the distant land of the Hyperboreans, a sacred people affected neither by disease nor old age, and then later returns to his home in Delphi. Apollo represents the highest state of which the Greeks could conceive, starting with his exterior and interior beauty, origin of the adjective "Apollonian". There are far more temples, statues and hymns dedicated to Apollo than to the other gods, including supreme Zeus.
Apollo has oracular powers and superior knowledge of good and evil. He is therefore a healing god. An oracle, the bearer of justice, a healer, blessed with luminous beauty and soul, he is identified with the sun, while his sister Artemis is lunar. The two make up the cosmos and harmoniously divide the night and the day. He is represented as a beautiful young man, nude or with his chest cloaked with a mantle. His attributes are a silver bow and the lyre. He is sometimes depicted wearing a laurel wreath. The deer, the wolf and the hart are his sacred animals.
Echo exists still today, her myth is one of the most powerful and enduring in the Greek world. She is the echo that returns our words to us in particular environments, no more than a voice, a voice answering ours, deriving from us. Originally, however, she had a warm, beautiful voice and a cheerful, loquacious nature. Her body was equally beautiful. She tried to distract Hera with her talkativeness while Hera followed her husband into the woods where he was consorting with other nymphs. When Hera discovered the ruse, Echo claimed that Zeus had ordered her to sidetrack Hera, but Hera punished her nevertheless. Thus, when she met Narcissus, she could do no more than respond to his voice. Echo is a mutilated and heartrending nymph. Rejected by Narcissus, she flees into the woods. She no longer joins her lymph companions. She isolates herself, hiding behind foliage and living in deserted grottoes. But love persists and grows, intensified by the suffering of refusal. Sleepless and in sorrow, she becomes but a gaunt waif, reduced to skin and bones. No longer recognizable as the beautiful nymph she once was, nor as maiden or woman. She hides in the woods, does not appear on the mountains. Only her voice remains, the voice that, for one instant, had stopped Narcissus on his path towards self-destruction. Her body, scorned, disappears.
According to many scholars, Athena is not an autochthonous Greek goddess. She is a divinity marked by powerful, fatal signs. She is born from the head of her father, born already an adult, and armed. She is primarily portrayed wearing armour, protected by a shield. But this armour is not a sign of a particularly fiery or warrior-like nature. Rather, Athena is armed in the sense of protected, able to defend herself from the force of irrationality that governs the world. She is armed with wisdom, as symbolised by her birth from the head of her father. She is the goddess of intelligence, of knowledge, one of the few chaste and virgin goddesses in the Greek world. In her, virginity seems to indicate distance from burning passions, a distant and yet participatory ability to listen. In fact, she is able to protect, help, and suggest, to stimulate reasoning. She is the goddess who most appeals to Achilles. Achilles wants to kill Agamemnon, who has offended him. Doing so, he would eliminate the commander of the Greek League for which he himself is fighting. Athena persuades him to forego and he listens to her.
Athena is the great protectress of Ulysses. It is she who supports and helps him during his difficult and dramatic return to Ithaca. Although she is the goddess of intelligence, her power includes not only logical intelligence (with which Ulysses is gifted) but also and above all the intelligence of the heart. This is why she is always close to those she protects. While another virgin goddess, Artemis, must defend her virginity against male treachery, Athena has no such need: no one threatens her, she emanates an era of peaceful, calm authority.
Bacchus and the Bacchantes
Bacchus, one of the many names the Greeks gave to the god Dionysus, is the most complex and disturbing divinity in the Greek pantheon. Some scholars have written, with good reason, that Dionysus is Greece itself, understood as culture, spirituality, religion, ritual practice and art. This god is young and beautiful. He has ambiguous features, sometimes appearing vaguely feminine and yet is capable of sudden fury. Bacchus or, better, Dionysus, is found in Thrace towards the eighth century BC but is in fact of Oriental origin. A god to which orgiastic rites are dedicated, including those that give birth to Greek tragedy. Dionysus is the god of the very secret of nature, of intoxication, of euphoria, of metamorphosis. His symbol is the grapevine, but he should not be thought of as the ruddy Bacchus carrying a wine flask, as depicted in so many Roman hostelries. Bacchus is not the god of drunkenness at the table, of drinking and eating, but the god of the mystery of intoxication caused by wine. The mystery of the grape, which is both a fruit and the source of an inebriating substance; the mystery of the mind brought to a different state of consciousness by alcohol. His cult is therefore connected to the propitiation of life itself: grapevine, seed, sex, Bacchus transforms and regenerates. Dionysus is a fertilising divinity, not only in the sexual sphere but also in the spiritual realm, and both are absolutely indivisible within him. Raised by nymphs, who breast-feed him and care for him, they transformed into maenads or bacchantes, who follow him and then surround him in an orgiastic, frenzied and incessant whirl...
Dionysus is the god of metamorphosis. He instantly turns into fish the fishermen who pulled him onto their boat after having caught him in their nets, half-asleep with drunkenness, intending to abuse him and perhaps to ransom him. And when Ariadne, abandoned by Theseus, is crying on the desolate island where she has been left, Bacchus appears to her and marries her, transforming her into a star. The god of magic, of miracles, of mystery. The bacchantes, or maenads (the latter term means "madwoman"), take part in the orgiastic cult of the god, entering into a state of ecstatic fury by chewing ivy leaves. Having reached the height of exaltation, they tear apart a fawn, the symbol of Bacchus, and then eat it raw, engorging the vital, intoxicating power.
Like Aurora, the Greek goddess Eos of Hindu origin, Flora is not part of the Greek pantheon. But, as compared to Eos who nevertheless becomes part of Greek myth, Flora is an Italic divinity who appears among the Latins, the Oscans and the Samnites. She becomes part of Latin mythology because of the meeting, mythical, naturally, between Aeneas and the Italic people. Autochthonous Roman goddess, her nature can easily be perceived from her name, of Latin origin and familiar everywhere.
The word "flora" refers to the plant world, and this goddess represents the ultimate power of natural strength: generative, simple, content. The world of plants, of trees, of flowers and more: Flora is the divinity of nature in its simple beauty, in its reproduction of itself, in its filling the world with perfumed beauty. She is usually depicted as a beautiful woman wrapped in a flowery mantle with flowers in her hair and scattered around her feet. In Rome, two temples were dedicated to her, one on the Quirinale and the other on the Circus Maximus. Celebrations in her honour exalted life in its natural and sensual essence.
Castor and Pollux
The twins Castor and Pollux are the Dioscuri, a word meaning "sons of god". Their father is Zeus and the Dioscuri help him in the eternal struggle for dominion over the world. Many mythologies have figures of heroic twins in their origins, from Hinduism to the Latin world and Romulus and Remus. The Dioscuri became the symbol of brotherly love and loyalty and, as such, they are depicted as inseparable twins. They were heroes, they had participated in the famous expedition of the Argonauts. Castor was an invincible tamer of horses while Pollux was an unbeatable fighter. But Fate had two opposing destinies in store for the two brothers: Pollux, like the other gods, is immortal, while Castor is mortal, like other humans. The twins kidnap and then take as brides the two daughters of the priest Leucippus. The abduction of the women was not particularly scandalous as such, but they had been promised to other twins, Lynceus and Idas who, on the day of the wedding to Castor and Pollux, demanded that the women be returned to them immediately, threatening revenge. The two pairs of twins fought. In one particularly tense period, Lynceus (who could see through anything) spied Castor hidden in the hollow of a tree - and speared him through. Pollux then killed the two enemy twins, but remained desolated by the loss of his brother. He asked his father Zeus for mortality and death for himself as well, but it was not within the god's power to grant him this wish. So Zeus proposed another solution: one day Pollux would be dead, in the underworld, with his brother, and the next day they would both live on Olympus, among the divine. Forever. Pollux, out of love for his brother, accepted this compromise, and so it will be until the end of time: two brothers, one day dead and one day luminous and eternal, always together. As well as being an heroic testament to fraternal love, they are also the protectors of sailors because, once they had begun their new lives, they continued to protect their sister Helen on her sea voyage, riding the waves alongside her ship and protecting her from their fury.
Narcissus and Echo
The beautiful nymph Echo lost the power of speech because of Hera's wrath. She cannot speak, she is able only to repeat what she has heard. She sees the young Narcissus wandering through the woods, surrounded by a flock of nymphs and maidens offering themselves to him. But he, indifferent, rejects their advances. He is sixteen years old and seductive, but his excessive pride prevents him from letting himself be courted. The nymph sees him while he is following two deer but is unable to call to him because she is unable to speak. Narcissus, hunting, shouts out to his companions, "Is someone there?" And Echo replies, "Someone". Narcissus speaks and she repeats, until they meet. She, smitten with love, tries to embrace him - but he refuses her. Spurned, she hides in the woods, disappears. Narcissus, tired, stretches out on the grass, alongside a fresh, perfectly clear spring. He leans towards the spring to slake his thirst, but the more he drinks, the more thirsty he becomes. He is attracted by the unfamiliar reflected image of his face. Astonished, he stares at two stars, his eyes, at hair worthy of Bacchus or Apollo, at his ivory neck, his beautiful mouth, all the while unaware that he is admiring himself, seeing himself for the first time. He repeatedly and vainly tries to kiss the deceitful water, repeatedly immerses his arms in it to embrace the elusive neck he has glimpsed. Indifferent to hunger and thirst, he slowly lets himself expire gazing into that image – unattainable - that he now recognizes as himself.
Not completely erroneously but rather superficially identified as the prototype of vain, superficial youth in love with itself, Narcissus is better understood as the tragic figure of youth that is unable to grow, unable to see the other, to love the other, unable to reach out of itself. Youth that loses itself forever.
Achilles is the hero par excellence, the figure that most represents the concept of heroism in the Greek world. Achilles is the invincible warrior of the Achaeans, who set sail to redeem the Greek honour, violated by the escape of the Trojan Paris with the beautiful Helen, the wife of the Greek Menelaus. Achilles is the best of all the warriors, even better than the valorous Agamemnon, the leader of the League. His nature is as overpowering as that of fire. He fights furiously, as if seeking death in battle, as if wanting to die young and beautiful. He fights heroically, will never be subject to the decay of the years, intent to die passing his immortal image into memory, the only reality in which a Greek may live after dying. Achilles is a semi-god, the son of the goddess Thetis of and Peleus, the King of the Myrmidons. His mother, wanting to make him immortal even though his father was a human, held her child by the heels and dipped him three times in the waters of the River Styx. His heels, not touched by the sacred waters, thus remained the only mortal part of his body. And that is where he will be struck, after having killed and torn apart the body of his absolute enemy, the valorous Trojan Hector. Achilles is subject to fiery passions. When Agamemnon, the supreme commander, has him kidnap the beloved slave Briseis, Achilles withdraws into his tent and refuses to fight. But when his intimate friend Patroclus is killed by Hector, he returns to battle. In the end, Hector and Achilles challenge each other and the Greek hero wins, with the help of the goddess Athena, protectress of the Greeks. Achilles shows no mercy, does not respect the body of his slain enemy, dragging it behind his chariot, tearing it to pieces, violating the secret code of respect for the dead. Achilles ends his life young and victorious, as he probably desired, struck by an arrow in the heel, the only vulnerable, mortal part of his body.
Estia is a domestic goddess, she protects the hearth around which the family gathers and also the guests who are welcomed to the family table. A divinity protecting the home, the first nucleus of the Greek city, and the place of intimate affection, of the ritual of food, water and wine consumed at the table while guests are warmed by the fire.
For this reason, her cult was practised in many places: her image could be seen at Olympia, Delos and Delphi, the most important sanctuaries of the Greek religion, a constantly tended fire burning in front of it, keeping alive the primary unity of the home on which Greek society was based. For the same reason, when the Greeks set sail to settle new colonies, they carried with them to their new cities fire taken from the altar of Estia, as a way of exporting and transplanting the spirit of their community, When this fire was used to light public and domestic hearths in the new homeland, the spirit of the original community was kept alive.
Ajax was the son of Oileus, one of the Argonauts, mythical heroes of the woods. He was a famous archer and was second only to Achilles, "fleet of foot", in running. He was very strong and courageous but also brutal. He took part, with other Greek heroes, in the expedition and war against Troy, which they defeated and set on fire. Carried away by his barbaric nature, he entered the temples of the goddess Minerva, where the priestess Cassandra had taken refuge. Entering the temple and violating its sacredness, he raped the priestess, who pleaded to the gods for justice. And it was delivered, implacably. Poseidon, ruler of the seas, to whom Cassandra had prayed, raised a furious storm as soon as Ajax had set sail, victorious, to return home. The fleet was destroyed, the men drowned, all of Ajax' army and the goods plundered in the defeated city sank to the bottom. But the hero himself, indomitable, immeasurably proud, made a tremendous effort and saved himself by climbing onto a large rock. Once safe, he proudly yelled up to the heavens: "I will save myself, in spite of the gods!" This offence went beyond all limits: Poseidon had spared Ajax after having destroyed his fleet but now, with a blow from his trident, the god smashed the rock to pieces. The violent and arrogant Ajax was thrown into the sea and died.
"We learn to sing from the Helicon Muses, who live on great and sacred Mount Helicon where, around the azure spring and the altar of all-powerful Zeus, they dance on light feet". This is from a poem by the Greek poet Hesiod and exalts the superior nature of the Muses, the noblest female divinities of Greek myth. They represent and inspire the highest aspirations of the Greeks. Each of the Muses, the daughters of Zeus and of Memory, is able to inspire any art, but each was also associated with a discipline. Melpomene was the Muse of tragedy. Tragedy was one of the pillars (along with philosophy) of the Greek world. As is the case with philosophy, tragedy was invented by the Greeks, who transformed into powerful performance, dense with religious meaning, the theatre of their origins, which was a ritual, religious celebration. And so it remained in the rest of the world for centuries. Tragedy was born in Greece and great theatres were built for which the tragic poets, Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, wrote works that dealt with the origins of the universe, the birth of the cosmos, the meaning of life and death, the tragedy of the passions. Melpomene is the protectress of tragedy, the great Greek poetic genre that produced masterworks still relevant and performed today, two millennia later.
Hades was a powerful god, the brother of Zeus and Poseidon. At the beginning of their dynasty, the latter divided the land and the sea between them, leaving Hades only the Kingdom of the Dead. Hades, who would also later be called Pluto, rarely emerges from the dark netherworld and has few amorous adventures in a world of gods in which they were daily occurrences. The nature of his kingdom is not conducive to eros: the souls of the dead gather at Lake Averno, from where Charon the ferryman transports them to the kingdom of nothing. As opposed to the other ancient civilisations, such as Egypt and Mesopotamia, the Greek religion did not recognize an afterlife. When life ended, everything ended, and souls wandered in the kingdom of Hades exhausted, pallid, inanimate, opaque. It is essential to understand this kingdom, one in which there was no rebirth or eternal life, in order to understand the Greek spirit. Since the only life is the physical, historical life, humans must endow its possibilities with the greatest splendour. The Greeks built the Parthenon, Phidias sculpted immortal statues, poets and athletes celebrated the world with verses and athletic actions, all in an effort to achieve glory, to make themselves eternal by surviving in the memory of those who came after. Once brief life had ended, there remained only the sombre Kingdom of Hades, to which Ulysses descended to meet the ghost of his mother and where he encountered the pallid and tenuous ghost of the great Achilles.
Orpheus and Eurydice
This is the myth of love and poetry par excellence. Love that seeks to overcome death, poetry that, with its power, may perhaps defeat it. Orpheus is the greatest of poets, he sings his verses accompanying himself on the lyre, a stringed instrument (poetry in ancient Greece was always sung and accompanied by music). With his words, voice and music, his poetry, ultimately, he is able to elicit emotions in the trees in the forest, which pull themselves up by their roots to follow him, he is able to induce rocks to cry, to tame and communicate with wild beasts.
Orpheus marries his beloved, Eurydice but, on the very day of the wedding, the beautiful young woman dies, bitten by a serpent. Trusting in his gift of poetry and in his voice, Orpheus arrives at the doors to the Kingdom of the Underworld, from which the living are barred. With his singing, he manages to move the intractable ferryman Charon, who agrees to take him across Lake Averno. And, while Orpheus sings, the entire dark and gloomy world of the souls of the dead listens, enchanted. He arrives in the presence of Pluto and Persephone, the sovereigns of the shadow kingdom and they, too, are moved by his verses of love. They agree that he may take his beloved Eurydice back with him to the light of the living on the condition that, as she follows him, he does not turn around until they have left the shadow world behind.
Orpheus has achieved, thanks to the poetry of music and love, something that no other living being had ever succeeded in doing. He finds Eurydice and she follows him, silently. At one point, the poet can no longer hear the sound of her footsteps. He becomes desperately afraid that he is about to lose her and... turns around. He thus condemns her to return to the world of the dead. She looks at him, astonished and meek, already distant. Orpheus returns to the world above, after having lost what most he loved when on the brink of recovering it. Any attempt now to elicit help from Charon would be futile. Eurydice has been lost, forever. His music now will be no more than a lament for lost happiness.
Terpsichore is one of the nine Muses, the quintessence of every aspiration of the Greek spirit. Born of the union between Zeus and the goddess Mnemosine (Memory) during an encounter that lasted nine nights, the nine Muses were the daughters of the supreme god and of Memory, the faculty considered by the Greeks as the most important. Memory means immortality, that to which artists, poets, philosophers, and athletes all aspire. Greek religion did not recognize an afterlife and hence the only eternal space granted to humans is in memory. The goddesses that inspire the highest human sentiments were the product of the congress between Zeus and Memory, the sentiments that stimulate the artist and the poet, that obsess them, possess them and because of which they create immortal works. According to Plato, it was impossible for anyone to create poetry who had not been visited by the Muses. Impossible, wrote the great philosopher, to become a poet only "by force of art", that is, the visit by the Muses is essential, a kind of madness that we later would come to call "inspiration". The Muses, all very beautiful, gifted with heavenly voices, associate with all the most noble arts and sciences but, while each of them is complete, each was also considered a particular inspiration for, and protectress of, one art. Cleo was the Muse of song, Euterpe of the flute, Thalia of comedy, Melpomene of tragedy, Erato of love poetry, Urania of astronomy, Polyhymnia of classical singing, Calliope (the Queen of the Muses, according to Hesiod and Horace) of heroic and elegiac poetry, Terpsichore of dance and choral poetry. Terpsichore is therefore the Muse of the art brought alive by the body, moved by the sublime harmonies of poetry recited by a chorus: voice, music and dance.
"No Titan had yet given light to the world, it had not yet found the balance that keeps it suspended in the air, nor had Amphitrite extended her arms and encircled the borders of terra firma". We find Amphitrite at the beginning of Metamorphoses, the poem in which the great Latin poet Ovid recounts the birth of the world, back at the time of the origins, when Chaos ruled. Amphitrite is therefore a goddess who contributes to the birth of the world as we know it. Her arms enclose the sea, thus defining the space of the land. Without her, nothing would separate the oceans and terra firma, everything would be submerged. The symbol of the natural power of the sea, she is a marine nymph who embraces the land with her arms and commands the waves. She is often portrayed riding shell-shaped chariot, drawn across the waves by dolphins and surrounded by marine divinities, Tritons and Nereids. The young nymph was courted by Poseidon, the god of the sea, a powerful god, the god of the storms that destroy ships and kill sailors. But she had always refused him because of his ugly, misshapen appearance. In the end, Amphitrite did marry him, thanks to the intervention of a dolphin, a magic animal in Greek mythology. Marrying Poseidon, she became the absolute Queen of the Sea and their union resulted in marine nymphs and a male son, Triton.
She is the most fascinating goddess in Greek religion. This is confirmed by the choice made by Paris, who awarded her the trophy of the golden apple, thus enraging the defeated rivals, Athena and Hera, who would take cruel revenge against Paris and the Trojans.
Aphrodite, born from sea foam, worshipped by sailors as the goddess that calms the sea and renders it beautiful, just as Poseidon was the fierce, violent, powerful and agitating divinity of the sea. Aphrodite extends her gift of beauty to the land as well. She is the goddess of the fields and flowers, of love understood as the innocent and irresistible attraction of the senses, just as Hera, the wife of Zeus, is the goddess of marriage. Aphrodite, known to the Latins as Venus, is simply the goddess of beauty/love, she is the hidden divinity that awakens love, total and immediate. She is the goddess who causes the waves to gild the sea with sensuousness and who adorns the land with flowers. The dolphin, much loved by the Greeks, is sacred to her. It is a dolphin that saves the poet Arion by carrying him on its back. Aphrodite is depicted in a chariot drawn by swallows, doves and swans: the swallow is the humblest of birds; the dove symbolises peace and love; the swan, elegance and beauty. Her body is girded with roses and myrtle, all of her charms are woven into her miraculous belt, from the power of speech that seduces with a look to the secrets that make the attraction of love irresistible. The poet Hesiod describes her most defining characteristics: "the chatter of the maiden, deceit and sweet voluptuousness, intimacy and caresses". Her encounter with the Trojan hero Anchises results in the birth of Aeneas, the hero of the burned city and the future founder of Rome. Zeus forces her to marry the rough blacksmith Vulcan but she betrays him with Mars and has numerous amorous relations with many of the other gods, including the prophetic, enigmatic, seductive Dionysus (Bacchus), with whom she will conceive the Graces, symbolic of beauty and talent.
Like Flora, Mars is a Roman god of Italic origin. Their Roman birth is indicated by their names, both of which are of Latin derivation. Mars, the god of war, has some connection to the Greek god Ares, but they are not the same. Ares incarnates bloody brutality, the most ferocious part of being, while Mars is a national Roman divinity representing defence of the homeland and the maintenance of balance. A sort of warrior/defensive god, the symbol of the order and discipline that the state must maintain and that perforce involves warlike activities. The animals sacred to him are indicative: in addition to the wolf and the horse, symbols of ferocity and war (the cavalry was at the top of the army's hierarchy), we find the bull, the woodpecker and the oak, symbols that are anything but war-like. They are in fact symbols of rural life and thus attest to the origins of this divinity. A god that, in remote times, ruled over the fields, farmers and spring vegetation. He was invoked at the beginning of the year in ceremonies connected to the reawakening of nature, to the extent that the month of March took his name. He later transformed into a god of war, depicted with lance and shields. This transformation probably indicates the development of Rome as it grew from a civilisation of agriculture and mythical kings in ancient times, expanding continuously, until it became an empire that dominated the entire world known to antiquity.
Often erroneously considered as the goddess of the forests, Artemis is not exactly the divinity of the wild and impenetrable world of the woods. She is the goddess of margins, of borders: particularly of the dividing line between the places where people lived and the surrounding forests, the entire world of nature not subject to human rules and that extends beyond human habitation. The Greeks made a very clear distinction between the human and animal worlds. The traveller Herodotus noted with astonishment, when travelling in Egypt, that the Egyptians lived with animals (dogs, cats and some varieties of birds) in their houses.
For the Greeks, the world beyond the city was the obscure kingdom of the blind and irrational forces of nature. Artemis was the means of communication between the two worlds. She is, in short, a goddess of mediation between man and nature that, in the ancient world, was in no way idyllic but was manifest in its power, loneliness, dark forests and dangerous animals. It is no accident that the goddess with the bow has a special relationship with the doe: hunter and victim, humans and tame but wild animals meet in her. Artemis thus represents the harmony between the two worlds. She is often depicted with lions, which she obviously is able to placate and for whom she is able to create a relationship with the human world. Most likely of Oriental origin, Artemis is therefore the goddess of nature in its sunny and serene aspect, docile, feminine, the doe able to placate the wolf and the lion. Apollo's twin, she shares his harmony and benevolence. As the incarnation of pure nature, she is a virgin goddess.
Hermes is the god with the winged sandals. The other gods appear from nowhere and disappear, often changing form. Son of one of Zeus' many adulterous loves, he is the tireless messenger of the gods. But his role is not limited to that world: he carries messages from them to humans and, his perhaps most onerous task, he accompanies the souls of the dead to the Kingdom of Hades. In the Odyssey, it is Hermes who travels to the marine grotto of the nymph Calypso and convinces her to let the exile leave for Ithaca, after which the gods decide to let Ulysses return home. It is to him that the beautiful nymph directs her ferocious invective against the Olympian gods: "You are envious because you can love and be loved in return by a human". Hermes accompanies Orpheus down to the underworld and is witness to his ruin. Volatile and speedy, he is also playful, happy, the proposer of amusing tricks to humans. He is clever and has magic talents, a god who is loquacious and deceptively talkative, an exploiter of propitious opportunity, the father of children without ever having married, ingenious, from the moment he was born. Only a few hours old, he spots a tortoise: he kills it, eviscerates it, fills it with ox skins, adds two arms and seven strings of sheep gut: he has invented the cither (lyre), the instrument with which the poets will accompany their songs.
Pirelli Calendar 2011: the photographer
Visionary, eclectic, and iconic, Karl Lagerfeld would most certainly have been an enlightened mind in the Age of Enlightenment. A fashion designer, photographer, publisher, designer, and also film director, Karl Lagerfeld has created a universe in which every line is perfectly under control, each detail of absolute importance. This Cartesian mind has hatched a caustic, ultramodern, highly structured style, with an allure and a manner that emerges through graphic symbols that have become his unequivocal hallmarks.
Karl Lagerfeld instinctively grasps every molecule from the atmosphere and turns it into the mood of the moment. His style delves deep into his cosmopolitan background and into his perfect mastery of languages, which he acquired in Hamburg, where he was born in 1938. As soon as he had finished his studies in Paris, he entered the world of fashion still a very young man, and in 1954 he won the Woolmark Prize. The coat he created for the occasion, which won over the jury, was made by Pierre Balmain, who recognised the young graduate's talent and took him on as his new assistant. Three years later, Karl Lagerfeld was appointed artistic director of the Maison Jean Patou.
Karl Lagerfeld is intriguing and ever-questioning, never leaving anyone indifferent. His ability to capture, anticipate, and interpret tomorrow's trends always fascinates. Just when ready-to-wear fashions were first taking shape, he embarked on a career as a freelance fashion designer in France, Italy, Britain, and Germany. In Paris he left his mark on Chloé. In Rome he worked to give a new look to Fendi furs. His joint venture with the Italian fashion house started in 1965 and, over the years, extended to all the label's ready-to-wear collections, and it is still going today. A chameleon of style, Karl Lagerfeld has nevertheless refined stylistic features of his own, which he works into his own eponymous line, which has been going since 1984. One year earlier, he had been called in to give new life to Chanel: he gradually shook up its stylistic elements, rejuvenated its image, and introduced a breath of fresh air that allowed the brand to reassert its supremacy in the world of luxury and fashion.
An insatiable couturier and designer, he again put his name to the Chloé collections from 1992 to 1997, and opened up a new chapter in his own name, launching the Lagerfeld Gallery in 1998 (the maison again adopted the name of its founder in 2006: Karl Lagerfeld). Always in tune with the world around him, he was the first to agree to take on the mass market, designing thirty models for H&M. This experience led to a new idea – a "new beginning" – which he started working on in 2010, announcing a collection for 2011 based on a new concept: mass-market ready-to-wear garments steeped in the luxury and quality of which the Lagerfeld's style is a symbol: "mass elitism, which has long been my dream [...], it's the future of modernity."
"What I really like is what I've never done before", says Karl Lagerfeld. Since he can never be content with the countless successes he has achieved in his fashion career, he has opened out his range of expression, creating opera costumes, revamping the Coca-Cola Light bottle, and giving a new look to Medicom Toy's Bearbrick and Steiff plush toys. In 1999 came the opening of his 7L bookshop and, the following year, his Editions 7L publishing company.
In 1975 he wrote a new page of artistic expression with the Chloé perfume. His catalogue of olfactory sensations was later enhanced with Lagerfeld pour Homme (1978), Jako (1998), and Kapsule (2008), as well as Photo, in 1991, an insolent citrusy fragrance that appears to gesture towards Lagerfeld, who by then had been behind the lens for some years.
"Long before I decided to turn to photography myself, I had always been struck by the idea of expressing my vision of things through an anonymous 'machine', as though it were a paintbrush or a pencil."
Ever since then, Karl Lagerfeld has himself shot all the advertising campaigns for the brands he has worked for as a designer. Under his direction, Claudia Schiffer, Vanessa Paradis, Diane Kruger, and Lilly Allen, as well as les tops Freja Beha Erichsen, Coco Rocha, Elisa Sedanoui and Baptiste Giabiconi have revealed a different face and played new roles. His great passion for photography has led to several works being published by Steidl (including The Beauty of Violence in 2010) as well as dozens of series for the great fashion magazines (Numéro, Vogue, ...), information magazines (Vanity Fair, Stern...) and specialised publications (Connaissance des Arts, Interview...).
"Today, photography is part of my life. I can't see life without the vision of photography. I look at the world and at fashion with the eye of a camera. This enables me to maintain a critical detachment in my everyday work, which helps me more than I could ever have imagined."
As well as for his sense of style and allure, Karl Lagerfeld is also in great demand for his sense of image and for the visual identity that so forcefully emerges from his printed works on paper. Whether he is photographing for advertising or fashion magazines, or for an exhibition at Art Basel, at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, at the palace of Versailles, in Tokyo or New York, or even in Berlin, his style is always instantly recognisable. "A highly personal vision of reality", as Anne Cartier-Bresson puts it.
"Of all materials in the world, the one I like best is paper. It's the starting point for a drawing and the finishing point for a photograph."
With this taste for photography and this sense of stage direction, Karl Lagerfeld could not fail to be turned to as a director for the silver screen. The results of this new form of applied art – his short movies Remember Now, Vol de Jour, Shopping Fever and his latest, La Lettre – all reveal a certain idea of Lagerfeld's aesthetic vision. A new facet of the fashion designer, and certainly a prelude to future projects...
Karl Lagerfeld – Bibliography
Parcours de Travail, 2010; Beauty of Violence, 2010; Serge, Misia, Coco et les autres..., 2009;
Moderne Mythologie, 2009; Chanel's Russian connection, 2009; Mademoiselle – Coco Chanel / Summer 62, 2008; You Can Leave Your Hat On, 2008; Metamorphosis of an American,2008;
Visions and a Decision, 2007; Konkret Abstrakt Gesehen, 2007; Palazzo, 2007; One Man Shown, 2006;
Room Service, 2006; 7 Fantasmes of a Woman, 2005; Les Vases de Ciboure. L'Illusion de l'Ideal, 2005;
A Portrait of Dorian Gray, 2005; Factory Constructivism, 2004; The S.L.ED, 2003; Waterdance/Bodywave, 2002; Aktstrakt, 2000; Escape from Circumstances, 2000; Parti Pris, 1998; Tadao Ando - Vitra House, 1998; The House in the Trees, 1998; La Brochure, 1998; Casa Malaparte, 1998; Ein deutsches Haus / Villa Jako, 1997; Schlosshotel Vier Jahreszeiten, 1996; Visionen, 1996; Achillion, 1996; Grunewald, 1995; Villa de Noialles, 1995; Faust , 1995
Pirelli Calendar 2011: brief bios of the models
Bianca Balti was born and raised in Lodi, Italy. Her childhood was filled with dreams of becoming a supermodel. Then one day while at a supermarket, applying for a job to finance her schooling, Bianca was discovered by a modeling scout. The reality of her childhood dreams began to come true.
Her big break came when she shot her very first cover for L'Officiel with Alexei Lubomirski. She later shot two Numero covers with Greg Kadel which helped her to achieve the level of success she enjoys today. Bianca was showcased in Victoria Secret's 2005 fashion show. And since then she has walked in countless shows for top designers such as Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen, Donna Karan, Vera Wang, Jil Stewart, Proenza Scholer, Balenciaga, Costume National, Lagerfeld Gallery, Emanuel Ungaro, Loewe, Stella McCartney, Hussein Chalayan, Sonya Rykiel, Alexander McQueen, Nina Ricci, Kenzo, Chloe, Valentino, Behnaz Sarafpour, Mathew Williamson, Narciso Rodriguiez, Rolland Moret, and Lanvin.
Bianca's face has been seen all over the covers and inside pages of top fashion magazines, including Vogue (French, Italian, Spanish and Japanese), L'Uomo Vogue, Harper's Bazaar (American and British), V Magazine, Numero, Another and Allure.
Many leading fashion photographers have taken note of Bianca's beauty and great personality, including Steven Meisel, Peter Lindberg, Mert & Marcus, Jean Baptiste Mondino, Camilla Akrans, Tom Munro, Mario Sorrenti, Greg Lotus, Ellen Von Unwerth, Patrick Dermarchlier, Michelangelo Di Batista, Annie Leibowitz and Craig Mc Dean.
Bianca has been featured in numerous prestigious advertising campaigns, including Missoni, Ermano Scervino, Bvlgari, Donna Karan, Roberto Cavalli, Anna Molinari, St.John, La Perla, Rolex, Dolce & Gabbana, Cesare Paciotti and D & G. She has also been the face of Revlon, Guerlain, and Theirry Mugler's fragrance, Angel.
The first time Jake walked into Select's offices they knew they had discovered a star. Jake proved to be a big hit from the start with photographers like Mariano Vivanco, using him in major editorials for Italian GQ and Wonderland.
Karl Lagerfeld soon jumped on to the Jake Davies Band wagon and started booking Jake for editorials in Numero Homme as well as casting him in the Lagerfeld campaigns and for the Chanel shows in Paris.
Jake has worked with other luminaries like Mario Testino who used him for V man as well as other projects. Jake continues to book blue chip campaigns like the Hugo Boss Black campaign, shot recently.
Freja Beha Erichsen
Freja exploded onto the fashion scene soon after being discovered on the streets of her hometown, Copenhagen, Denmark. Despite having no prior modeling experience, Freja was a natural in front of the camera. Her unique beauty and easy nature made her a joy for photographers to work with.
Freja's career reached new heights during the Fall/Winter 2005 campaign season. She emerged as the year's break-out star and appeared in three major advertising campaigns, Balenciaga, photographed by David Sims; Jil Sander, also by David Sims, and TSE, photographed by Carter Smith. Since then, Freja has appeared in advertisements for Gucci, Chanel, Hugo Boss, Emporio Armani, Chloe, Gap, Calvin Klein, Balmain, Balenciaga, Gianfranco Ferre, and Pringle. Freja is also the face of Calvin Klein's perfume, CK In 2 U, and Gucci's perfume Gucci.
In her breakout runway season, Freja walked a total of 64 shows, 12 of which she opened, 5 of which she closed. She continues to appear on the runway today and has walked for designers such as Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Christian Lacroix, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Gucci, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Narciso Rodriguez, Prada, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent and Zac Posen.
Influential magazine editors took notice as well. Freja has appeared on the covers and inside pages of the industry's most prestigious magazines, including Vogue (Italian, French, American, British, Chinese, Japanese and Russian), V, W, Harper's Bazaar, Numéro, PoP, Dazed & Confused and Self Service.
Freja remains a favorite among the fashion elite and is consistently rated as one of the industry's top models.
With her unique beauty and stunning runway presence, Isabeli has set the fashion world ablaze like no other model in recent years. She has appeared in virtually every major global fashion magazine, and is in constant high demand with the industry's top designers, editors and photographers.
Isabeli was born in the southern Brazilian village of Curitiba. She comes from a large, loving family that she tries to visit as often as she can despite her busy schedule. She was scouted as a teenager when she entered a modelling contest. Her instant fame has not fazed Isabeli; she is still a down-to-earth and spirited individual who is friendly and warm. At the end of the day she enjoys returning home and relaxing with her two sons, Zion & Lukas.
She has been the face of a variety of advertising campaigns including Roberto Cavalli, Balenciaga, Versace, Chanel, Valentino, Hermes, Hussein Chalayan, Armani Jeans, Oscar de la Renta, MaxMara, and Nicole Farhi. Isabeli can currently be seen in the Roberto Cavalli Spring 2010 campaign, photographed by Steven Meisel, as well as the Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf fragrance campaign, photographed by Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin.
Isabeli consistantly works with the industry's most talented photographers: Steven Meisel, David Sims, Mario Testino, Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Mikael Jansson, Solve Sundsbo, Peter Lindbergh, Mario Sorrenti, Alasdair McLellan, and Patrick Demarchelier, to name a few.
Isabeli has also graced the covers of countless magazines, high-fashion and main-stream alike. Vogue (American, French, German & Brazilian), Self Service, Numero, i-D, Doingbird, and Time.
Often referred to as a designer's dream due to her lean, yoga-toned frame and air of modern elegance, Magdalena Frackowiak was a 16-year-old student from Gdansk, Poland when her mother sent her photographs to a Warsaw modeling agency's model search. Chosen the winner from a field of several thousand girls, Magdalena waited until after her studies were completed to make the move towards pursuing a career as a fashion model.
It didn't take long before European clients and then others discovered her fragile and exotic beauty. From the covers and editorials of Italian, French, Japanese, Chinese, Russian and German Vogues, Harper's Bazaar, Allure, 10, V and Interview magazines, Magdalena has made her presence known for being up for anything famed photographers Peter Lindbergh, Steven Meisel, Patrick Demarchelier, Steven Klein, Craig McDean, Walter Pfeiffer, Hedi Slimane and others have thrown her way.
Countless appearances on the runways of Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Lanvin, Kenzo, Chanel, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier and Valentino, among others, and campaigns for Ralph Lauren, Alessandro Dell 'Acqua, and Oscar de la Renta have led Magdalena to quickly and quietly become one of fashion's favorite faces.
An avid traveler, Magdalena enjoys experiencing the cultures of wherever she opts to go: whether it be a yoga retreat in India or hiking in Brazil, and as a transplanted New Yorker, she has fallen under the spell of the city's creative community with a passion for galleries and museums, live music venues and art house cinemas. However, it's the bohemian vibe of her newly adopted Brooklyn neighborhood that is currently her favorite destination.
Baptiste Giabiconi, born in France, was a worker in a factory for the aeroplane industry in Marseille when a woman who spotted him in a gym suggested modelling. He went to Paris and was signed by the Marilyn Agency.
Karl Lagerfeld asked to meet him and began to work with him for all his different projects, from campaigns to advertising, and of course editorial.
Originally from France, Baptiste Giabiconi has been ranked number 1 in the world of all male models by models.com for the last 2 years. This year already Giabiconi has been the face of many campaigns such as Fendi Spring/ summer 2010, Chanel Spring/ Summer 2010, Just Cavalli Spring/ Summer 2010, Karl Lagerfeld Spring/ Summer 2010, Chanel Eyewear Spring/ summer 2010 and Coca-Cola Light Spring/ Summer 2010, Sivigia campaign.
Recent magazine covers include Wound magazine Fall/ Winter 2009, Wallpaper October 2009, Numero Homme Spring/ Summer 2010 and L'Officiel Hommes China April 2010 Cover by Xiang Sun, W magazine, Vogue China, and German Vogue.
Karl Lagerfeld claims that Baptiste has great potential; to Lagerfeld he looks like a Greek God, making him perfect for the 2010 Pirelli Calendar.
Born in France, Sébastien Jondeau has been the personal assistant to Karl Lagerfeld for more than twelve years.
A former professional boxer, he works as a model in his free time and loves travel and motocross.
He has appeared in many major brand's advertising campaigns, including Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld and Dom Pérignon.
Abbey Lee Kershaw
Abbey Lee originates from Melbourne, where she grew up wanting to be a dolphin trainer. Instead she won the Girlfriend 2004 Model Search competition and moved to New York when she graduated. She has since graced the covers of fashion's most highly rated magazines, including Russian Vogue, V magazine, Chinese Vogue, and Dazed and Confused, and shot stories for every major magazine with some of the world's most famous photographers.
She appeared in the Gucci Spring/Summer 2009 campaign and Gucci's 'Flora' fragrance campaign, as well as Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren campaigns.
Abbey Lee has modeled in fashion shows for some of the most coveted names in fashion including Christian Dior, Jill Stuart, Gucci, Diane von Furstenberg, Sophia Kokosalaki, Stella McCartney, Michael Kors, Reem Acra, Celine, Emilio Pucci, Rosa Cha Marc by Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Diesel Black Gold, Alessandro Dell'Acqua, DKNY, Kenzo, Versace, Lacoste, Sonia Rykiel, Alexander McQueen, Matthew Williamson, Isabel Marant, Max Mara, Ralph Lauren, Peter Som, Costume National, Givenchy, max Azria, Fendi, Donna Karan, Oscar de la Renta, Zac Posen, Karl Lagerfeld and Tommy Hilfiger.
Models.com ranks Abbey Lee in the top Ten Top 50 Models Women's list.
In March 2010, it was announced that she will be the face of Chanel's Fall/Winter 2010/2011 ready-to-wear ad campaign. The news came after she closed the Chanel Spring 2010 couture show.
Brad Kroenig was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He left his hometown to pursue a lifelong dream of playing professional soccer, accepting a scholarship to play with the NCAA Division I squad at Florida International University in Miami, Florida.
Once in Miami, the opportunity to pursue a career in modeling convinced him to abandon his hopes of playing professional soccer and – to the initial dismay of his parents – his college scholarship.
Needless to say, the decision paid off. His first major job was a fashion shoot with photographer Bruce Weber for the Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue. The job instilled in him the confidence to move from Miami to New York where he was quickly signed by Ford Models.
Shortly after signing with Ford, Brad landed on the cover of L'Uomo Vogue. The cover, shot by Mario Testino, was a major breakthrough that helped propel Brad's modeling career.
He hasn't looked back since. For the past several years, Brad Kroenig has enjoyed a spot as one of the world's top male fashion models.
He has been shot by the industry's leading photographers including: Richard Avedon, Patrick Demarchelier; Karl Lagerfeld, David Sims, Mario Testino, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and Bruce Weber.
Brad has appeared in ad campaigns for: Abercrombie & Fitch, Adidas, Chanel, D & G, Dom Pérignon, Fendi, Gap, H & M, Hermès, Joop!, Karl Lagerfeld, Le Château, Perry Ellis, Roberto Cavalli, Tommy Hilfiger, and many others.
He has posed alongside the world's top supermodels including: Giselle Bündchen, Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Linda Evangelista, Isabeli Fontana, Eva Herzigova, Carmen Kass, Claudia Schiffer, Daria Werbowy, and Raquel Zimmerman.
Acting credits include television commercials for Dom Pérignon, H & M, and even a role as Tarzan in a CoverGirl commercial.
Modeling has allowed him to travel the world. He has worked in such exciting and exotic locations as: Barbados, Barcelona, Beijing, Berlin, Biarritz, Bora Bora, Buenos Aires, Calgary, Canary Islands, Cologne, Dominican Republic, Florence, Hong Kong, Ibiza, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Milan, Montreal, Munich, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, St. Lucia, Saint-Tropez, Thailand, Tokyo, and Toronto.
For a business that is always in search of a new face and a career that can be over in a flash, Brad Kroenig has had remarkable staying power at the top. Look for him again in next season's ad campaigns; he doesn't plan to slow down anytime soon.
Born In Bangalore, India Lakshmi took up modelling to earn money while studying for a degree in sociology at the Bangalore University. After modelling in India for several years, she began her international career in 2006. A show for Jean Paul Gaultier was followed by work on the Hermès catwalk and campaigns for Hermès, Max Mara, Givenchy, and H&M.
Lakshmi was featured in French Vogue editorial for the first time in Oct, 2008, after her Milan show for La Perla, as well as walking for D&G and Givenchy. She has also appeared in editorials for American, French, and Indian Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, V Magazine and Allure.
She received 'This year's Model' crown award by Vogue for 2008 and was also in the Top 10 Newcomers by Style.com. The same year she appeared on the cover of Elle, the same year.
Indian photographer Prabuddha Dasgupta says of Menon that 'She's dusky, flawless and the true face of beauty. She's worked with Jean Paul Gaultier, Hermes, and Chanel and is the face of the future'.
Vogue said in 2008 that she was 'quite the embodiment of Givenchy's new-season style'.
Julianne Moore will next be seen in Lisa Cholodenko's THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, a film that premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and also stars Annette Bening, as well as SHELTER, an independent psychological thriller, directed by Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein, in which she stars with Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
She was most recently seen in A SINGLE MAN, the feature film debut of fashion designer Tom Ford, which also stars Colin Firth and earned her a 2010 Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress, and Atom Egoyan's CHLOE, also starring Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried, which premiered at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival.
Moore is currently in production opposite Steve Carrell in an as-yet-untitled "marital crisis" comedy directed by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra and also starring Ryan Gosling, Kevin Bacon, Emma Stone and Marisa Tomei.
Moore is the ninth person in Academy history to receive two acting Oscar nominations in the same year for her performances in FAR FROM HEAVEN (Best Actress nomination) and THE HOURS (Best Supporting Actress nomination). She was the recipient of many critics' honors for her performance in FAR FROM HEAVEN, directed by Todd Haynes, including the National Board of Review, Los Angeles Film Critics and Broadcast Film Critics, among others. She won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress for her performance in the film and received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations in the same category.
THE HOURS (Paramount Pictures), directed by Stephen Daldry, is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Michael Cunningham, and also stars Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep. Among numerous honors for her performance in this film, and in addition to her Oscar nomination, she received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress.
Moore's additional film credits include: BLINDNESS, directed by Fernando Meirelles and starring Mark Ruffalo; SAVAGE GRACE, directed by Tom Kalin; Todd Haynes' I'M NOT THERE; Alfonso Cuaron's CHILDREN OF MEN with Clive Owen; NEXT opposite Nicolas Cage; Joe Roth's FREEDOMLAND with Samuel L Jackson; Joe Ruben's THE FORGOTTEN with Dominic West; LAWS OF ATTRACTION co-starring Pierce Brosnan; THE PRIZE WINNER OF DEFIANCE, OHIO; Lasse Hallstrom's THE SHIPPING NEWS with Kevin Spacey, Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench; Bart Freundlich's TRUST THE MAN, WORLD TRAVELER and THE MYTH OF FINGERPRINTS; HANNIBAL, in which she starred as 'Clarice Starling' opposite Anthony Hopkins; EVOLUTION with David Duchovny; Neil Jordan's THE END OF THE AFFAIR with Ralph Fiennes (Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for Best Actress); Paul Thomas Anderson's BOOGIE NIGHTS (Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress) and MAGNOLIA (SAG Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress); Robert Altman's COOKIE'S FORTUNE with Glenn Close and Liv Tyler and SHORT CUTS (Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Female); Gus Van Sant's re-make of PSYCHO with Vince Vaughn; AN IDEAL HUSBAND (Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress); THE MAP OF THE WORLD with Sigourney Weaver; Steven Spielberg's THE LOST WORLD; THE BIG LEBOWSKI starring Jeff Bridges and directed by the Coen Brothers; the Todd Haynes film SAFE (Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead); Louis Malle's VANYA ON 42ND STREET; James Ivory's SURVIVING PICASSO; THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE; BENNY & JOON; THE FUGITIVE; NINE MONTHS; and ASSASSINS.
Moore's additional honors include the Excellence in Media Award at the 2004 GLAAD Media Awards, the Actor Award at the 2002 Gotham Awards and the "Tribute to Independent Vision" at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.
After earning her B.F.A. from Boston University for the Performing Arts, Moore starred in a number of off-Broadway productions, including Caryl Churchill's Serious Money and Ice Cream/Hot Fudge at the Public Theater. She appeared in Minneapolis in the Guthrie Theater's Hamlet, and participated in workshop productions of Strindberg's The Father with Al Pacino and Wendy Wasserstein's An American Daughter with Meryl Streep. Moore made her Broadway debut in 2006 in the Sam Mendes production of The Vertical Hour, an original play written by David Hare.
Heidi Mount was born and raised in Utah. At the age of 12, she was discovered while attending a concert with her sister. Since modelling full time, she has captured the attention of fashion insiders and has become the face of a new generation.
Heidi's unique beauty, wit and personality have left a lasting impressing on many of the industries most noted photographers, Mario Sorrenti, Mario Testino, Mert & Marcus, Craig McDean, Greg Kadel, Hedi Slimane, Horst Diekgerdes, Karl Lagerfeld, Sebastian Faena, and Terry Tsiolis, to name a few. Top fashion magazines including Vogue (Italian and Japanese), V, W, Numero, I-D, Harper's Bazaar, Another, and PoP all feature Heidi on a regular basis. She was recently photographed by Greg Kadel for the cover of Numero.
Heidi has appeared in advertisements for Prada Sport, Dolce and Gabbana, Bally and Armani Jeans. She was last featured in the Fall/Winter 2009 campaigns for Chanel, and can currently be seen in the Etro Spring/Summer 2010 campaign shot by Michelangelo Di Battista.
Heidi is also a permanent feature on the world's runways. She has walked for top designers including Chanel, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, John Galliano, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli, Missoni, Donna Karan, Zac Posen, Givenchy, and Carolina Herrera.
Currently based in New York City, Heidi enjoys sculpting, shopping on Ebay, and spending time with her husband and son.
Originally from the United States, Garrett Neff was discovered at the Miami airport on his way back from Barbados. He was immediately signed by Click Model Management of New York, and quickly became one of the most sought-after male models in the world.
Garrett has been photographed by top photographers Bruce Weber, Steven Klein, Mert and Marcus, Mario Testino, David Simms, Inez Van Lamsweerde, Karl Lagerfeld and has been featured in international fashion magazines including GQ, French Vogue, Italian Vogue, L'uomo Vogue, V Magazine, Visionaire, Details, Arena Homme Plus, and L'Officiel Homme.
Garrett has walked the runways for Dolce and Gabbana, Bottega Veneta, D Squared, Ferragamo, Chanel, Trussardi, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Rag and Bone, Phillip Lim and Louis Vuitton.
He has also shot campaigns for Valentino, Karl Lagerfeld, Calvin Klein Jeans, Massimo Dutti, Siviglia, Loewe, Trussardi, was hand-selected for the exclusive Calvin Klein Underwear contract and was the face of the Calvin Klein Fragrance Man.
Natasha Poly spent her early years in Perm, Russia. When she was still in high school, she moved to Paris, France, to model. It was not long before she relocated to New York to pursue her career full time. Her big break came when Carine Roitfeld had Steven Klein photograph her for the cover of French Vogue, and it was immediately clear that her unusual beauty and out-going personality would make her a muse to many in the industry. An instant sensation, she quickly found herself at the center of a coveted circle of supermodels.
Virtually every top photographer has captured Natasha's perpetually modern look. She continues to work consistently with Steven Meisel, Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Mario Sorrenti, David Sims, Mert Alas + Marcus Piggott, Mario Testino, Craig McDean, Peter Lindbergh, and she also had the opportunity to work with the late Helmut Newton. Carine Roitfeld has consistently supported Natasha by using her in French Vogue.
Natasha set a modeling record by being the first new model to have two covers of French Vogue back to back. She has gone on to do six French Vogue covers. Natasha has appeared on covers of the industry's most renowned magazines, including American Vogue, V Magazine, i-D Magazine, Japanese Vogue, Russian Vogue, Chinese Vogue, German Vogue, Japanese Numero & Korean W Magazine.
She has been featured in ad campaigns for an impressive range of designers, including Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, MaxMara, Jimmy Choo, and Balmain. Currently, she is the face of Gucci's fragrance Gucci by Gucci. The advertising campaign was photographed by Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. The television commercial was directed by the iconic David Lynch.
In addition, she has walked the runways from New York to Paris and London in the most prestigious shows, including Prada, Miu Miu, Balenciaga, Anna Sui, Calvin Klein, and Gucci.
Anja Rubik, the flawless Polish beauty, is one of the most versatile models working today. Her dramatic editorial is balanced with a coveted array of advertising campaigns and must-have status on the runways.
Anja was born in Poland and also lived in Greece, Canada, and South Africa while growing up. Anja juggled high school with a part-time modeling schedule. Upon graduation, she devoted herself to modeling year-round, and her career instantly blasted off.
Since her introduction to full-time modeling three short years ago, Anja has worked with some of the industry's most prominent photographers, notably, Steven Meisel, Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino, Mario Sorrenti, Steven Klein, David Sims, Inez and Vinoodh, Mert and Marcus, Terry Richardson, Nick Knight, Patrick Demarchelier, Arthur Elgort, David LaChappelle, Peter Lindbergh, Craig McDean, Karl Lagerfeld, Camilla Akrans, Miles Aldridge, Raymond Meier, Cedric Buchet, Richard Burbridge, Alexei Hay, Horst and Greg Kadel.
Anja's editorial portfolio showcases work with top titles around the globe including Italian Vogue, French Vogue, British Vogue, Japanese Vogue, Chinese Vogue, Russian Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, i-D, Numéro, Self Service, Exit, V, and W. Her cover repertoire includes French Vogue, Japanese Vogue, German Vogue, Korean Vogue, V, TIME Style & Design, Numéro and Numéro Korea.
Throughout her career, Anja has appeared in an extensive and impressive assortment of advertising campaigns for high-end brands such as Armani Cosmetics, Barneys New York, Ballantyne, Balmain, Belstaff, Bottega Veneta, Chloé, Dolce & Gabbana, Emmanuel Ungaro, Emporio Armani, Estée Lauder, Etro, Fendi, Gianfranco Ferre, Giuseppe Zanotti, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Max Mara, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, Roberto Cavalli, Tods, Tommy Hilfiger, and Valentino.
Currently, Anja lives in Manhattan. In her spare time, she enjoys fine arts and traveling. Anja and her boyfriend Sasha Knezevic are currently working together to recreate '25 Magazine,' where Anja is the creative director.
Born in Italy, Elisa Sednaoui grew up in a cosmopolitan setting, travelling between Egypt, Italy and France. She speaks several languages, including Arabic. She loves sports and has a particular passion for dance.
Elisa finished secondary school in 2006 and now works as a model in Paris, New York, London and Milan. She is managed by her mother, and the duo has led to great success, as Elisa's great many appearances in some of the most prestigious fashion magazines (Vogue, Vanity Fair, L'Officiel, Marie Claire) demonstrate.
In 2007, she appeared in her first film, Indigene d'Eurasie, directed by Sharunas Bartas, in which she played the female lead, Gabriella. The film was shot on location in Lithuania, Russia and northern France over the course of several months.
She has also had roles in the short subject La baie du renard, by Grégoire Colin, along side Pierre Thorreton, and in the feature-length film Bus Palladium, by Christopher Thompson, along side Marc André Grondin.
Lara Stone was born and raised in Holland. Throughout her career as a model, she has worked with the fashion industry's leading photographers, including Steven Meisel, Steven Klein, Mario Sorrenti, Mario Testino, Mert & Marcus, Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matidan, Davis Sims, Craig McDean, Terry Richardson, and Greg Kadel.
Lara has appeared on the covers and inside pages of French Vogue, Italian Vogue, British Vogue, Japanese Vogue, Interview, Self Service, W, V, Numero, and I-D. The entire February 2009 issue of French Vogue was dedicated to Lara, with editorials by Nan Goldin, Steven Klein, Patrick Demarchelier, Peter Lindbergh, Inez & Vinoodh, and Hedi Slimane. For W magazine's August 2009 issue, Lara is featured on the cover with the title 'Fashion's It Girl'.
She has starred in advertising campaigns for Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jil Sander, Hugo Boss, MaxMara, Nicole Fahri¸ Calvin Klein Jeans, Just Cavalli, Calvin Klein Cosmetics, and H&M. She can currently be seen in ads for DSquared2, photographed by Mert & Marcus.
Lara is also a prominent feature on the world's runways. She has walked for world renowned designers including Chanel, Lanvin, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Chloe, Stella McCartney, Missoni, Hermes, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Dior, Victoria's Secret and every season of Prada since she's been modeling.
Lara is currently ranked the number one model by Models.com.
Iris Strubegger was born and raised in Salzburg, Germany. While in school, Iris was discovered by a scout, signed to Elite Model Management worldwide and quickly rose to the top of the fashion world. Many high-level fashion magazines and publications have named Iris as one of the most sought after models of today.
In the time that Iris has been modelling, she has had the opportunity to work with many top industry photographers such as Steven Meisel, David Sims, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Mario Testino, Karl Lagerfeld, Paolo Roversi, Mikael Jansson, Daniel Jackson, and Patrick Demarchelier.
Top fashion magazines such as Vogue (American, Italian, French, British, German, Russian and Japanese), V Magazine, and i-D Magazine all feature Iris on a regular basis. Iris has been on the covers of Italian Vogue, French Vogue, Japanese Vogue, and Spanish Vogue.
Iris has previously done the Givenchy campaign (photographer: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott), Valentino campaign (photographer: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott), Pepe Jeans campaign (photographer: Steven Meisel), D&G campaign (photographer: Mario Testino), and Balenciaga campaign, (photographer: David Sims).
Also in top demand with the most noted designers, Iris has done extensive runway work in numerous collections from New York, Milan, to Paris, for the likes of Anna Sui, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Chanel, and Balenciaga.
Texas native Erin Wasson began her career as a model when she won a Dallas modelling contest at the age of 16. Since then, the classic beauty has become one of the recognized faces in the industry.
She has graced the covers of countless magazines including Vogue (French, German, Spanish, & Australian), Allure, Esquire, Tush, Flair, and Elle. French Elle dedicated its March 2010 issue to Erin, with a cover and editorial shot by Mondino, Jan Welters, and David Vasilevic. She has walked international runways for every major designer, such as Chanel, Chloe, Roberto Cavalli, Lanvin, Karl Lagerfeld, Balenciaga, Gucci, Armani, and Victoria's Secret.
Throughout her career, Erin has had the opportunity to work with the industry's most renowned photographers, including Steven Meisel, Mario Testino, Peter Lindbergh, Patrick Demarchelier, David Sims, and Ellen Von Unwerth, to name only a few.
With an endearing, all-American charm, Erin has easily transitioned into the star of ad campaigns for Gucci, Valentino, Michael Kors, Escada, Rolex, Pinko, Tiffany & Co., J.Crew, Levi's, Victoria's Secret, H&M, Elie Tahari, William Rast, Gap, and Isabel Marant. Erin can currently be seen in the Spring/Summer 2010 advertisements for Hugo Boss Orange. She has been the international face of Maybelline since 2002, appearing in print and television advertisements for the cosmetics brand.
Known throughout the industry for her low-key style and effortless sense of fashion, the ever-evolving Wasson has collaborated on several exciting projects. She styled two consecutive seasons for CFDA award winning Alexander Wang's New York fashion show. She continues to serve as the designer's adviser and muse.
In spring of 2008, Erin debuted her jewellery line, LOWLUV by Erin Wasson. Wasson transforms luxe David Yurman cable chains into wearable works of art.
For the Spring 2009 season, Erin launched a womenswear collection, Erin Wasson x RCVA, in collaboration with the California-based surf and skate lifestyle brand, RCVA. Once again Erin lent her discerning eye to create a collection of clothing and accessories with her signature style. Her Fall/Winter 2010 collection was recently shown during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City.
Whether she's on a commercial set, at a photo shoot, or backstage at Fashion Week, Erin adds unique flavour to everything she does. She takes an active roll in the arts, namely the exploding gallery scene in Venice, California, her adopted home. Wasson is also passionate about animals, especially dogs, and volunteers regularly at the SPCA.
Ukrainian beauty Daria Werbowy was born in Poland and raised in Toronto, Canada. The self-proclaimed tomboy has become an icon in the fashion industry over the course of her modeling career. Daria is consistently ranked as one of the world's top models, and her classic beauty is one of the most recognized in the industry.
Daria's big break came when fashion photographer Steven Meisel fell in love with her classic beauty, and booked her exclusively for the Fall Winter 2003 Prada campaign. She has since been featured in ads for Chanel, Gucci, Versace, Louis Vuitton, Missoni, Valentino, Hermes Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, David Yurman, Yves Saint Laurent, Roberto Cavalli, Isabel Marant and H&M.
In 2005, Daria signed a multi-year global contract to represent Lancôme in advertisements for television and cinema, as well as commercial print. She is also the face of the brand's fragrance, Hypnôse. In collaboration with Lancôme, Daria designed a collection of make up, Brazilian Earth Colors, which was inspired by the work of students at Centro Espacial Vik Muniz, an arts center for young adults in Rio de Janeiro. Her first collection has donated over 50,000 euros of the proceeds directly to the center.
Daria is also a permanent feature on the runways. She has walked for top designers including Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, John Galliano, Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Versace, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Miu Miu, and of course, Prada.
Daria consistently works with the industry's most noted photographers: Bruce Weber, Craig McDean, David Sims, Greg Kadel, Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matidan, Juergen Teller, Karl Lagerfeld, Mario Sorrenti, Mario Testino, Mert & Marcus, Mikael Jansson, Nathaniel Goldberg, Patrick Demarchelier, Peter Lindbergh, and Steven Meisel. She also had the opportunity to work with the late legendary icon, Helmut Newton.
Top fashion magazines such as, Vogue (American, Italian, British, French, & Japanese), Harper's Bazaar, W, Numero, V, and PoP all feature Daria on a regular basis. She has appeared on the covers of Numero, V, W, GQ and an astonishing total of six covers for Italian Vogue. Daria was featured on the cover of American Vogue, where she was profiled as one of the leading faces of 'the Return of the Super Model'.
Daria currently resides in New York City. Despite all her success, she remains down to earth and easy-going. With the little spare time that she is able to have, Daria enjoys visiting her friends and family in Toronto, playing basketball, knitting, snowboarding, and participating in various environmental projects.
20-year-old Jeneil Williams grew up in Kingston, Jamaica,. Her upbringing was humble but very loving; she was raised by her grandmother in a 2 bedroom house that often had 7 people living in it, her elder brother and sister, uncle, aunt and cousins. Her mother left for London when Jeneil was just 9 years old to start a better life for her family, but unfortunately visa complications meant that neither Jeneil nor her brother and sister were able to join.
Growing up without her mother was tough but Jeneil has always been a fighter and knew that one day they would be reunited. She studied hard at school and excelled at sports especially track / triathlon and with encouragement from her coach trained for the Jamaican Junior Olympic team. She saw this as her chance to travel and once again see her mother but unfortunately disaster struck when she was injured in training and was told that she would never be able to compete professionally. With her dreams shattered and missing the loving bond of a mother she felt her life was set to be in Jamaica - but a chance meeting with a model scout from a local agency led to new paths and new dreams. Jeneil was entered into a local Model search and came runner up in the competition, signing with the agency.
By chance the director of scouting for New York Models, Erin Scimeca, was one of the judges of the competition and instantly saw the potential in Jeneil, a fresh modern young lady, whose smile could light a million light bulbs.
It wasn't long before Jeneil found herself in NYC, pounding the pavements of the fashion world, shooting for Benetton with David Sims & Joe Mckenna, Teen Vogue with Daniel Jackson, advertising with Victoria's Secret and walking for designers such as Narciso Rodriguez, Ruffian, Richard Chai, Zac Posen, Isaac Mizrahi, and Diesel to name a few. Then in September 2009 the day finally came that Jeneil had dreamed about for 10 years: she was to go to London to walk in London Fashion week. London took to Jeneil as quickly as Jeneil took to London.
Jeneil walked in numerous shows including Burberry, Matthew Williamson, and Kenzo. Katie Grand of Love Magazine was the first to truly see the potential of Jeneil and booked her for all her shows in London and Paris (Louis Vuitton,Giles Deacon, Loewe, Topshop, Jonathan Saunders). Sir Paul Smith not only had Jeneil open his show but chose Jeneil as the model to walk out with him in the finale, and Vivienne Westwood quickly followed suit booking Jeneil for both her London and Paris shows. After Jeneil's success in London and Paris, strong editorials followed suit including Russian Vogue with Sharif Hamza and Terry Tsolis, Italian Vogue with Steven Klein, and Another Magazine with Danko Steiner just to name a few. Greater triumph came for Jeneil when Katie Grand put her on the cover of the "Love Icons" issue as the only new face in the business, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot. Next came her iD cover photographed by Daniel Jackson. Jeneil's passion and drive will continue to bring her great success in the future.
Pirelli Calendar: photographers and locations
1964 Robert Freeman in Majorca
1965 Brian Duffy in the South of France
1966 Peter Knapp in Al Hoceima, Morocco
1967 Not published
1968 Harry Peccinotti in Tunisia
1969 Harry Peccinotti in Big Sur, California
1970 Francis Giacobetti in Paradise Island, Bahamas
1971 Francis Giacobetti in Jamaica
1972 Sarah Moon at Villa Les Tilleuls, Paris
1973 Allen Jones in London
1974 Hans Feurer at the Seychelles
1975-1983 Not published
1984 Uwe Ommer at the Bahamas
1985 Norman Parkinson in Edinburgh, Scotland
1986 Bert Stern in Cotswolds, England
1987 Terence Donovan in Bath, England
1988 Barry Lategan in London
1989 Joyce Tennyson at the Polaroid Studios, New York
1990 Arthur Elgort in Seville, Spain
1991 Clive Arrowsmith in France
1992 Clive Arrowsmith in Almeria, Spain
1993 John Claridge at the Seychelles
1994 Herb Ritts in Paradise Island, Bahamas
1995 Richard Avedon in New York
1996 Peter Lindberg in El Mirage, California
1997 Richard Avedon in New York
1998 Bruce Weber in Miami
1999 Herb Ritts in Los Angeles
2000 Annie Leibovitz in Rhinebeck, New York
2001 Mario Testino in Napoli
2002 Peter Lindbergh in Los Angeles
2003 Bruce Weber in the South of Italy
2004 Nick Knight in London
2005 Patrick Demarchelier in Rio de Janeiro
2006 Mert and Marcus in Cap d'Antibes, France
2007 Inez and Vinoodh in California
2008 Patrick Demarchelier in Shanghai, China
2009 Peter Beard in Abu Camp/Jack's Camp, Botswana
2010 Terry Richardson in Brazil
2011 Karl Lagerfeld in Paris