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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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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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Pampered Pets

Inspired by Isaac Mizrahi's Poodles, We Launch Our Competition for Scene-Stealing Furry Friends

Hot on the heels (or, paws) of last week's annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Isaac Mizrahi sent a parade of dyed-to-match poodles down the runway for his fall 2011 presentation. Sporting pouf 'dos to top off a series of pastel tea dresses, models clutched what might be this season's It accessory: pups made over with lavender, bubblegum pink and tangerine coats. Mizrahi was inspired by a childhood memory of his mother's apricot poodle Pom Pom, who sported pink toenails and a rhinestone collar. "When I was a kid, French poodles were the fanciest things imaginable," says the designer. Today we present images shot backstage at the show, which wrapped up NYC Fashion Week in a colorful bow.

Can your beloved pet out-glam these canines? NOWNESS invites you to upload a photo of your furry friend looking its finest—be it Siamese kitten, Irish wolfhound or Shetland pony—and submit the image (shot by you) via the form below. Include your pet's name and breed; you will receive notification when the image is live on the site. Submissions and voting is open from today until March 1, 2011, and the top ten most popular images, as voted by users, will be in included in an album on the NOWNESS Facebook page. For terms and conditions of the submissions project click here. To vote now, click here.

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