Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Spur Magazine Interview: Rianne ten Haken + Wayne Sterling

Wayne Sterling of The Imagist & Models.Com interviewed Rianne ten Haken for Spur Magazine at Women NYC on November 17,2009 :

Rianne Ten Haken, the 23 year old Dutch beauty currently igniting a major buzz in the fashion industry is the interesting case of a girl whose career started immediately from the top. In her very first season in September of 2003 Rianne opened the SS 2004 Marc Jacobs show on the recommendation of the show's power stylist Venecia Scott. Immediately there was a bidding war with Versace quickly nabbing the fresh faced newcomer to be the face of the label for Spring 2004. Italian Vogue and Numero covers followed quickly as well as assignments for Chanel. All seemed aligned to assure that the luscious beauty of Rianne was to follow the path of the traditional supermodel. But suddenly work slowed to a trickle even though her perfect proportions kept earning Rianne sporadic runway gigs like a cameo on the Vuitton Spring 2008 "Nurse" intro where she walked in the section of the show reserved for icons like Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer. It was interesting then when Miss Ten Haken re-entered the Steven Meisel orbit in 2009 with back to back covers of Vogue Italia (Oct and Nov) proving that this powerfully glamorous girl has serious staying power with some of the most demanding photographers and designers in the business. Already the leverage of those two covers have earned Rianne a massive Only Girl story in Self-Service magazine as well as an interesting conversation about the return of image of strong women in magazine editorials. In her first post-comeback interview, Rianne sat down with Spur to explain what she had been doing in her "off duty" years, her views on femininity and sexuality in fashion and her thoughts on the increasingly fast turn over on new models. This was her strong perspective.

WS: Two Italian Vogue covers later everybody 's buzzing about you Rianne. You took a little time off. Tell us what you were doing during that off duty phase
I was still working. I was doing some commercial work. I was living in Europe having a nice life…finishing my school and you know just enjoying the moment …not anything major but just going on with my life

WS: What were you studying in school?
RTH: It was business school which was a little bit boring but I had to get it out of the way. I'm done with school. I graduated in July . I'm enjoying the moment right now of not doing anything. I'm finally having the time to read the books that I want to read. And not always having that weight on your shoulders of having to do assignments

WS: What made you decide to come back to NY and plunge back into the industry?
RTH: I was living in Paris for 3 years. it was beautiful city and a beautiful life but at certain point you had done everything you can in Europe and you're ready for a change again. Because I used to live here in New York so I was kind of missing New York so I decided to give it another shot. It is such an easy city to live and the energy and the people make you feel like everything is possible.

WS:As opposed to Paris…
RTH: Paris is a little bit more mellow . It is definitely a better quality of life in some ways but if you want to work and make the most of your career you definitely have to come back to New York.

WS: Upon coming back did you find things different or essentially the same
RTH: I think you grow up and you look at it in a different way. Whereas when you were younger you just don't really know what's going on you just run around and people tell you to go here and go there and you just do it. I guess now that I have more life experience form your own personality.. so you look at it in different way and you're not the youngest one anymore. That is what has really changed. People are not any more like "Oh you're a baby!" But you appreciate it more. You realize how lucky you are. You know who people are . The first season I came here I was like…Marc who? You have no idea who people are don't understand the politics of the game . Now is better

WS: Do you feel like things in fashion are moving faster?
RTH: Well definitely. If I only look model-wise, I think in the last 3 or 4 years so many models pass through it . After 1 or 2 seasons of fame you never hear from them again. Whereas when I started I felt like there were more girls who were around for a longer period of time. Today you're big for one or two or three seasons and also I find the look of the models to be very different. Before it was more of a classic beauty whereas today it is like the girls look alike. Longish hair, pale skin. They work together on the runway. If you look at the fashion shows there is not much individuality.

WS: Speaking of individuality…your hair...
RTH: I know..I'm standing out. You couldn't miss me. After the Italian Vogue cover came out I thought let me just wait and see what the response is. We can always go back to a different color.

WS: Off duty from modeling what's fun for you?
RTH: I' m very much a homebody. I have very really beautiful house in Holland so I like to do some work on it in Holland. I like to read. I like to be in nature. I grew up no farm so I like to be outside. I like going out to dinners and to the movies. Music wise I like tacky 80's music.

WS: What would you say your career goals right now are
RTH: My goal is just about sticking around as long as I can. It is hard now to set certain goals to tell yourself like… I want to be on the cover of Vogue Paris. It is not up to you no matter how beautiful you are or how great a personality you have. I just take it as it comes and I hope I can do some great work still.

WS: There's a big surge of girls from Holland right now...
RTH: There is! There's Mirte… Patricia…I don't know all of them because they're really young girls . I think there's always a trend going on. There was the Russians for a while…the same thing for the Brazilians. There was a time when the Belgian girls were really hot.

WS:What quality would you say best describes a cool Dutch girl?
RTH: I think that if you look at Holland as a country you find that life is good there so models from Holland tend to be more laid back and relaxed because they know they can always go back to a stable life. So girls take modeling as something to enjoy as opposed to coming from a really poor country. There's a tradition of putting things in perspective. In Holland no-one asks me if I'm a model or what labels I'm wearing.

WS: There's something to be said also for a woman looking like woman in fashion shoot. How do you feel about this?
RTH: I also think it is different from what I remember from the past. I think it is different from the past three years in that the girls are very child-like. If you really look a woman then fashion is not so interested. People are very afraid of sexuality in the fashion industry. French magazines like Self-Service don't mind a very beautiful woman. But I think some people feel like it takes the focus off the clothes. Which is why people like the girls who are more like anonymous clothes hangers as opposed to attracting attention in and of themselves.

WS: Could you see yourself as being a star in the supermodel mould?
RTH:I don't think you can choose to be that . If it happens it happens but it is difficult to be in that position because nobody tells you the truth anymore. People just want to be your friend at any cost. Being a public figure is very difficult because you live under a microscope. Everything you say or do is being judged a million different ways. I love being able to go back to Holland and having my two feet on the ground.

WS: Well thank you so much Rianne for sharing your interesting perspective on the industry.
RTH: Thank you so much Wayne!

more Givenchy Haute Couture spring 2010 show

Givenchy Spring 2010 Haute Couture Show
Time: January 26, 2010 at 7:00 pm
Location: Westin Hotel Ballroom, Paris
Designer: Riccardo Tisci

Kristy Kaurova

Kristy Kaurova

Isabeli Fontana

Isabeli Fontana

Kasia Struss

Kasia Struss

Kristy Kaurova

Kasia Struss

Kasia Struss

Kristy Kaurova

Isabeli Fontana

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Put your money where your mouth is tonight

Pulp - This Is Hardcore

Writers: Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks, Steve Mackey, Candida Doyle and Mark Webber
Producer: Chris Thomas
Engineer: Pete Lewis
Assistant engineer: Lorraine Francis and Jay Reynolds
Programmed: Matthew Vaughan
Embodies a sample of Bolero on the Moon Rocks written by Peter Thomas

You are hardcore
You make me hard
You name the drama
and I'll play the part
It seems I saw you in some teenage wet dream
I like your get up if you know what I mean

I want it bad
I want it now

Oh, can't you see
I'm ready now
I've seen all the pictures
I've studied them forever
I wanna make a movie
so let's star in it together
Don't make a move
'til I say: "Action"

Oh, here comes the hardcore life

Put your money where your mouth is tonight
Leave your make-up on
and I'll leave on the light
Come over here babe and talk in the mic
Oh yeah, I hear you now
It's gonna be one hell of a night

You can't be a spectator - oh no
You got to take these dreams and make them whole

Oh, this is Hardcore:
there is no way back for you
Oh, this is Hardcore:
this is me on top of you
And I can't believe that it took me this long
That it took me this long

Oh, this is the eye of the storm
It's what men in stained raincoats pay for
but in here it is pure, yeah

This is the end of the line
I've seen the storyline
played out so many times before

Oh, that goes in there
Then that goes in there
Then that goes in there
Then that goes in there
And then it's over

Oh, what a hell of a show
but what I want to know:
what exactly do you do for an encore?

'Cos this is Hardcore

Every Day Was Overcast opening at Ksubi Thursday January 28, 2010

Tomorrow night Australian fashion label Ksubi will host an exhibition of photography and paintings entitled “Every Day Was Overcast.” The show consists of nostalgia and meditations on the creepshow that was growing up in the swamps and strip malls of S. Florida, and is a continuation of photographer (and Women NYC's own) Paul K's popular Street Carnage contribution of the same title: Street Boners And TV Carnage

For the show Paul K worked with fellow New York artist Justin Dean Worsdale to create a collection of work ruminating on their formative years in the great expanses of 90s thrash teen culture, pre-fab housing and the faux luxury getaways of South Florida. Justin's work can be seen at:

Thursday Jan. 28th 6-9pm

219 Mulberry Street
Every Day Was Overcast

Russian Elle February 2010 cover + editorial: Carmen Kass, ph:Marcin Tyszka

Marcin Tyszka photographed Carmen Kass for the Russian Elle February 2010 cover.

Russian Elle February 2010 cover.
Model: Carmen Kass
Photographer: Marcin Tyszka

Kristy Kaurova at Givenchy Haute Couture spring 2010 show

Givenchy Haute Couture spring 2010 show

Givenchy Spring 2010 Haute Couture Show
Time: January 26, 2010 at 7:00 pm
Location: Westin Hotel Ballroom, Paris
Designer: Riccardo Tisci

Kristy Kaurova

Isabeli Fontana

Kasia Struss

Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2010 show

Chanel Spring 2010 Haute Couture Show
Time: January 26, 2010 at 10.00 & 12. 00 am
Location: Pavillon Cambon Capucines - 46 rue Cambon - Paris 1er
Designer: Karl Lagerfeld

Kasia Struss

Snejana Onopka

Dorothea Barth Jorgensen

Isabeli Fontana

Mirte Maas

Snejana Onopka

Monday, January 25, 2010

Have you and her been taking pictures of your obsessions?

The Stars Of Track And Field
Make a new cult every day to suit your affairs
Kissing girls in English, at the back of the stairs
You're a honey, with a following of innocent boys
They never know it
Because you never show it
You always get your way
They never know it
Because you never show it
You always get your way
Have you and her been taking pictures of your obsessions?
Because I met a kid who went through one of your sessions
In his blue velour and silk
You liberated
A boy I never rated
And now he's throwing discuss
For Liverpool and Widnes
You liberated
A boy I never rated
And now he's doing business

The stars of track and field, you are
The stars of track and field, you are
The stars of track and field are beautiful people

Could I write a piece about you now that you've made it?
About the hours spent, the emptiness in your training
You only did it so that you could wear
Your terry underwear
And feel the city air
Run past your body

Could I write a requiem for you when you're dead?
"She had the moves, she had the speed, it went to her head"
She never needed anything to get her round the track
But when she's on her back
She had the knowledge
To get her into college
But when she's on her back
She had the knowledge
To get her into college

British Vogue February 2010 editorial - Giedre Dukauskaite, Ph: Robbin Derrick

Robin Derrick photographed Giedre Dukauskaite for a British Vogue editorial on November 20, 2009 in London.

British Vogue February 2010 editorial
Model: Giedre Dukauskaite
Photographer: Robin Derrick
Make-up: Lisa Eldridge
Hair: Keisuke Terada

Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2010 show

Christian Dior Spring 2010 Haute Couture Show
Time: January 25, 2010 at 2:30 pm
Location: 30 avenue Montaigne - Paris 8e
Designer: John Galliano

Kasia Struss

Olga Sherer

Daria Strokous

Heloise Guerin

Mirte Maas

Vlada Roslyakova

Georgina Stojiljković