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June 3, 2014

Beyond the Skin

Jonas Åkerlund Takes Model Shaun Ross on a Hyperkinetic Trip Through LA in the Final #DefineBeauty Film

“Hollywood is so good at only seeing what’s on the outside, and using that first impression instead of going deeper,” says Jonas Åkerlund of the location of the final film in the #DefineBeauty series, in which he follows American model and actor Shaun Ross around the back streets and freeways of Los Angeles. “I think Shaun has spent all his life with those reactions. Look again and you see that this guy is really beautiful.” The Swedish filmmaker is known for music videos that span over 25 years—from Madonna to Beyonce, Iggy Pop to U2—and feature films including the darkly comic 2002 release, Spun. His gothic style is apparent in today’s portrait of the famed albino model, who recently starred in Lana Del Rey’s 30 minute film, Tropico. “When Shaun showed up on Hollywood Boulevard, Darth Vader and Mickey Mouse were affronted,” the filmmaker says of filming Ross, who was styled by his wife B. Åkerlund. “Like, ‘What the fuck is this guy doing here?’” Elements of Beyond the Skin were shot by Ross himself with a camera provided by the director, whose cat was given a supporting role. “She’s also albino so I thought they might have a connection,” says Åkerlund. “They actually did. She wouldn't stop sitting on his head.”

Look one: Top & skirt by Yuima Nakazato.
Look two: Head piece by Maiko Takeda, cape & pants by Yuima Nakazato, shoes by Nereku.
Look three: Leather jacket by Bohemian Society, metal mesh top & bracelets by Michael Schmidt Studios, boots by Gasoline Glamour.
Look four: Jacket by, Hyein Seo, top & shorts by Yuima Nakazato, shoes by Nereku.

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Georgia May Jagger for Hudson

The Model of the Moment Designs a Retro-Inspired Denim Collection

When you are the daughter of a Rolling Stone and a 70s supermodel, looking good in a pair of jeans is basically a birthright. But as the face of Hudson, Georgia May Jagger can do more than walk the walk: her eponymous new capsule collection for the brand, whose campaign (shot by Matt Irwin) we preview in the images above, sees her trying on the role of designer. The 18-year-old worked with creative director Benjamin Taverniti on everything from the sketches to the washes of the five stretch-denim styles on offer, which take cues from Guns N' Roses as well as the vintage Wrangler collection of her mother, Jerry Hall. We spoke to the rising starlet and model about the Marlboro Man and the jeans she hides in her closet.

What's your favorite pair from the collection?
I love the black skinnies that lace up on the sides, because I have wanted them for ages and haven't found them anywhere. I also wear the grey stonewash pair all the time. This new stretch fabric we use is so comfortable it feels like wearing pajamas, but they look really sexy.

What is the most embarrassing pair of jeans you’ve owned?
It's a toss up between the pink dungarees I used to wear when I was young, and the bright green shiny zebra print ones that are still hiding in the back of my closet.

Name your favorite denim-wearing style icons?
My mother––the ultimate stylish denim-wearing lady; James Dean; the Marlboro Man; the Ramones.

Besides the perfect pair of jeans, what are your other wardrobe and beauty essentials?
Red lipstick, moisturizer, the perfect red dress, a leather jacket, a comfortable pair of leather boots and a smile.

What are your plans for 2011?
At the moment I am very torn between London, New York and Los Angeles. In 2011 I hope to go to school for art and photography, and get my own place in London.        


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Fall Fragrance: All Wrapped Up

Jenny van Sommers Repackages Scents From Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren and More

Still life photographer extraordinaire Jenny van Sommers (whose previous work includes campaigns for Prada, Jil Sander, Nike and Audi) joins forces with London set designer, illustrator and all-out creative wunderkind Gary Card (a regular contributor to T Magazine, Dazed & Confused and Vogue Hommes Japan) for today’s story—a tightly wound tribute to this fall’s fragrances. Playing with the alluring shapes and angles of each scent’s bottle, the duo transforms new releases such as Bang by Marc Jacobs, Prada’s Infusion d’Iris, Maison Martin Margiela’s Untitled, and the latest edition of Gaultier’s Classique Pour Femme into a tantalizing, mysterious series of packages, wrapped by Card with characteristic flair in a variety of materials from foil to latex. 

Photos by Jenny van Sommers
Set Design by Gary Card

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