Deborah Hutton at the centre of Photoshop debate, A-List Actors strut their stuff for Prada, How to get Snow-Queen Tilda Swinton’s quirky style and has America’s Next Top Model’s curse finally lifted?
It’s long been said that winning America’s Next Top Model guarantees you a life of D-list celebrity and no modelling work at all. From Cari-Dee English to Adrianne Curry, the show is littered with people who just didn’t make it afterwards.
That’s the problem with the Tyra Banks vehicle – if you were going to succeed as a model, chances are that you would have been scouted long before the cameras came along. However, that’s turning around – with the surprising news that one alumna, Fatima Siad, is the new face of Herve Leger. The resulting ad campaign is gorgeous.
Successful results from ANTM and its worldwide spin-offs are often few and far between, but Australia’s had the best yet, with Alice Burdeau’s runway career reading like a who’s who in international fashion. So do you think ANTM can produce successful models – or do they succeed despite it?
Image: Fatima Said for Herve Leger.
The beauty icon Deborah Hutton has faced down controversy about Photoshopping in a recent nude spread. Hutton was photographed nude for Women’s Weekly to celebrate her age – she’s now 50.
However, soon critics started jumping up and down about her curiously smooth skin, and Hutton had to admit they’d done some post-production smoothing. She swears it was only for sun spots and skin damage, and that cellulite and all other bumps and lumps remain unchanged. She’s declared herself unrepentant.
Photoshop has been in the news lately, with a spoof video mocking it as ‘the best beauty product around’ making the rounds.
Do you think Photoshop on a warts-and-all photo shoot is fair or not?
Image: Deborah Hutton.
Earlier this week, Rescu. brought you the news that Jamie Bell, Gary Oldman, Tim Roth and Adrien Brody walked the Milan catwalk for Prada’s menswear. The results? Spectacular.
The show was overlooked because of the Golden Globes, the Critic’s Choice Awards and the many other pretty-gown occasions this week. However, The New York Times decided to make it into – and I quote – “Miuccia Prada’s Next Top Model”.
So whom did they think walked the best? Adrien Brody won out overall. The Best Actor winner was suave and beautiful in a red coat with fur collar. Gary Oldman and Willem Dafoe are given passes for sheer gravitas, while Jamie Bell (recently engaged to Evan Rachel Wood) and Emile Hirsch were pilloried as ‘too short’. The worst? Garrett Hedlund, who committed the cardinal sin of ‘not knowing what to do with his hands’. Stick to the day job, Mr Hedlund.
Do you like the use of actors on the catwalk, and will you be buying a Prada jacket for the man in your life?
Image: Adrien Brody on Prada catwalk.
If there is a modern style icon who represents androgyny better than Tilda Swinton, Rescu. has yet to find her.
The 6-foot Scotswoman was stunning in ice-blue at the Golden Globes, and managed to turn her signature masculine tailoring into an impeccable feminine statement. Now that takes skill.
Here’s RESCU’s guide to modelling your wardrobe on Tilda’s – being a whippet-thin elf queen not included.
TIP 1: Invest in a tailor.
If there’s one thing Swinton is, it’s impeccably fitted and suited. Masculine clothing is particularly vulnerable to looking off-shape on a woman’s body. Having a talented alteration person behind the scenes will save you time and embarassment.
TIP 2: Be brave with silhouettes.
Being tall helps here, but Swinton carries off the most absurd shapes with aplomb. It’s a matter of confidence, and of knowing your proportions. Be willing to experiment with silhouettes beyond big-on-bottom-sleek-on-top.
TIP 3: Pare back on accessories.
Swinton is rarely seen with more than the smallest of bracelets. She tends to let the clothes carry the day. Minimalism is a matter of confidence, and of adopting clothes which provide visual interest. If you do want accessories, investigate masculine ones – cuff links, medals pinned on blazers, and so on. Avoid costuming.
TIP 4: Look to pants.
This may seem like an obvious idea, but Swinton has done more for the concept of dressy day-pants than any other fashion plate. Discard your jeans and look into flowing silks, tweeds, or muted cottons – always fitted to their best advantage.
Casual can be elevated in a Swinton sort of way by elegant, simple pieces. And don’t be afraid of a hard edge – a shaved head, a short haircut, a sudden lick of eyeliner. Keep it edgy rather than muted. Her favourite designer: Haider Ackerman.
Image: Tilda Swinton at the Golden Globes.