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Saturday
May162015

Magdalena Frackowiak Launches 18-carat Gold Jewelry Collection

Top models are increasingly in charge of creating their own brands and business development strategies. Polish beauty Magdalena Frackowiak has joined the posse with the debut of a 26-piece collection of 18-carat gold jewelry made by Polish artisans. Maja Clara Stepien, who lives in Warsaw and is Magdalena’s best friend has assembled a group of both young artisans and older craftsmen for the project. 

Inspired by Magdalena’s love of architecture, fine art and her 10-year career in fashion, the pieces ranging in price from 1,000-10,000 euros are presently available at MAGDALENAFRACKOWIAC.COM. 

ALIQUE shoots Magdalena in strikingly sensual, artistic images styled by Maher Jridi. Janelle Okwodu interviews the model about her development of the collection for Models.com.

How do you describe the feeling of the collection?

I describe my designs as elegant, but each piece also exudes a certain sensuality. Gold is the only compound I am using at the moment. It’s strong and timeless.The particular shade of gold I use in my line is my signature. When I was coming up with my original designs, I did a few tests of various percentages of different metals such as silver, cooper and pure gold. I mixed them in a way that gives me a distinctive color, somewhere between rose and gold. It’s warm shade of gold.. The 18-carat gold color I use is unique to my brand.

The gold is finished, by hand, with traditional techniques, such as pressing, cutting and hammering. The shapes are modern, geometric and refined, but the individual details make each piece a unique work of art.

One of the things I really love about the collection is the heaviness. The designs are minimal but the weight of the pieces is substantial. I have an 18-carat gold bracelet that weights over 30 grams. I love the feeling of weight.

 

 

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Wednesday
May132015

Luigi & Iango Capture Female Dominance In 'Let It Rock' For Vogue Germany June 2015

Patti Wilson styles Snejana Onopka, Vanessa Moody, Ondria Hardin, Anna Selezneva & Maartje Verhoef in ‘Let It Rock’, a dominating look at hip femme fatales lensed by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Germany June 2015.

 

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Friday
May082015

Behati Prinsloo Is First Face Of Nomad Two Worlds: the Raw Spirit Collection

Nomad Two Worlds has named model and Victoria’s Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo as the first face of their Raw Spirit brand, a line of socially conscious fine fragrances made in partnership with the internationally renowned fragrance house Firmenich and featuring unique natural ingredients from around the world.  Members of the Clinton Global initiative, Nomad and Firmenich plan to release 10 Raw Spirit fragrances, all created in cooperation with and in support of indigenous and marginalized communities in HaitiAustralia, US and beyond. 

Russell James, iconic photographer, artist, and creator of Nomad Two Worlds, personally selected Prinsloo as the first brand ambassador for Raw Spirit. Longtime collaborators, James photographed Prinsloo for the Raw Spirit campaign on the lands of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, a location that has become a special to both the photographer and muse.

“Behati is so perfect for Raw Spirit,” James said, “She has this authenticity and amazing natural energy. It’s really as if we’ve brought Raw Spirit to life in human form.”

Prinsloo will serve as the face of Raw Spirit and also brand ambassador appearing in the ad campaign, a series of videos and as spokeswoman. She stated, “I love the philosophy behind Raw Spirit. I am a real advocate for giving back. For me, the phrase ‘raw spirit’ means nature, stripped back and ethereal. This is Mother Nature at her best.”

Collaboration is at the heart of James’ philosophy and he has enlisted his large network of the top business and creative minds to help further his mission to create “meaningful luxury” - consumer products that provide long-term economic benefits to local communities and further the public’s understanding and appreciation for threatened cultures.

At present, six Raw Spirit fragrances have been released to market – Fire Tree, a limited edition blend containing oil from Western Australia’s rare Fire Tree; Bijou Vert and Citadelle, featuring Haitian vetiver; Desert Blush featuring Australian Boronia and other native elements; Wild Fire, made with Australian Sandalwood and inspired by the scent of the Western Australian desert and Winter Oakthe line’s first US Native American collaboration featuring Oakwood.

Related: The ‘Seminole Spirit’ fine art collection has moved on to the CAMERA WORK Gallery in Berlin from April 25-June 6, 2015.

Behati Prinsloo In ‘Seminole Spirit’ By Russell James Opens Feb 17 At NYC Stephan Weiss Gallery AOC Sensual Art & Fashion