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Monday, March 31, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
My new MySpace is up! And if you've never seen it, brace yourself, it's SO gay! I know Facebook is all the rage right now but after the time and energy I spent on my MySpace, I can't be bothered. I designed the page specifically for hits and figured since it's mostly young girls and gays, I'd pimp it out with boys.
For months I've received emails from disgruntled MySpacer's demanding an update and figured since my Speedo story (and Pedro Bissi) went over so well, it was a perfect solution. Enjoy! And BIG up's to Michel Gaubert for the music!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Several nights ago I was invited to a dinner for some charity. Well, actually, I was asked to shoot the event and then later surprised to learn I had a place at the table. And not just any place. Unbeknownst to me, I would be sitting next to European transplant and Russian heiress Dasha Usmanova. It was quite a night.
Right off of Vh-1's Fabulous Life Of, this girl, and she had me in stitches the entire night. Her yacht, her private jet, her Fendi furs...everything you'd want from a Russian princess hell-bent on taking a bite out of The Big Apple. And the bank account to make it happen. She was insane!
When she told me about the magazine she'd started (aptly titled Dasha in which she appears on every cover) I explained to her about my blog and that I thought we should do a "What Up?" She was thrilled at the idea, however after several attempts at making it happen, I had pretty much given up. Until one night, via texting, we managed to make it happen.
So What's Up Dasha?
JD: Hi Dasha! Whats up?
Dasha: Okay hi JD!!!
JD: How's life as an heiress? You know your officially the first Russian Princess I've met!
Dasha: I am amazing. Are you amazing?
JD: Yes its warm and beautiful and I've been out all day. And you? Last time we spoke you were sending me pics from your BB from your private jet. Which I thought was so...Dasha.
Dasha: So sorry JD, 2 secs, I am on a 3 way call....
JD: No worries..I'm trying to get laid online.
15 minutes and two spliffs later
Dasha: Sorry, things with Dasha very busy..I have had one crazy day.
JD: Really? Why?
Dasha: Well, flying through life in Dasha fast lane will make you tired, you know?
JD: What is Dasha fast lane like these days?
Dasha: You know, doing two charity events and closing new issue - plus trying to find perfect new outfit for dinner - this takes me longest.
JD: Oh I'm sure u have "nothing to wear"
Dasha: Not many options in this house.
JD: So how does one go about getting their father to let them start their own magazine?
Dasha: My Daddy always ask to spoil me and so this time I let him.
JD: So was it "Dasha Dasha Dasha" your whole life?
Dasha: No, thanks god!
JD: What charities are you working on?
Dasha: One event for Lou Gherig's disease, one for water...to clean it.
JD: Has it been an easy transition in to the NY social circuit?
Dasha: It has been easy, yes....it is same in NYC as Moscow - cameras, carpets, charity - just warmer weather here. Same thing.
JD: Oh! Before we go any further, who was that hot guy you were with last time I saw you?
Dasha: Hahaha! My publicist.
JD: Just your publicist?
Dasha: One day I will wear him down!!!
JD: I'm sure. So how is the magazine coming then?
Dasha: It has been so amazing. Really successful. I am excited to expand the empire!!!
JD: Will u be bring Dasha to the states?
Dasha: My model is Vogue. I would love to make Italian Dasha, American Dasha, French Dasha. There is no international teen magazine. I think teenagers in world are becoming the same, and Dasha wants to be there.
JD: Actually that's very true.
Dasha: Thank you, it is my job to think this!
JD: Were you involved or always interested in the Mag world?
Dasha: Yes, always loved magazines before I could read.
JD: Or was it like yet another thing you wanted to do and what Dasha wants Dasha gets?
Dasha: Oh no no no jd - my vision of style and fashion must be shared, and so magazine business is what I do.
JD: Wow...I love a rich girl with a passion...So how will you stay cool this summer? Are u going to invite me on your boat?
Dasha: Which boat? I tease JD you are always welcome. But be careful, once you step on Dasha's yacht, you never leave!!
JD: Oh I don't plan on leaving:)
Dasha: Who are you JD, KGB? I can't always answer these crazy questions.
JD: Well HELLO! Honey! This is an interview.
Dasha: I know I know I know....I joke with you.
JD: So who are some of your favorite designers?
Dasha: I hope you have a few hours!
Dasha: Scratch that. I hope you have many hours!
JD: Well I got a fatty here with my name on it, so I have all the time in the world!
Dasha: Jean Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Lacroix, Alexander McQueen, Yoshi Yamamoto, BOB MACKIE!
JD: Bob Mackie!! OMG you're SO Bob Mackie! Like Bob Mackie with a twist of Versace.
Dasha: JD, I am now so in love with you even more!!! You are the best!! Thank you.
JD: Is it possible you could be MORE in love with me?
Dasha: But you know if you said I was like Princess Diana - she is my ultimate icon
JD: Minus the car crash.
Dasha: Worst thing in history. The world loses both philanthropist AND style icon in one woman.
JD: Did you respect her more for her fashion or charitable work?
Dasha: What are you, Sophie's Choice? No, I joke. I think her gift to world was timeless style (and hot sons.)
JD: Well you got that right.
Dasha: That is one three way call I would love!
JD: Def..Harry or William?
JD: Me too. Though I love a redhead.
Dasha: But Harry to party and have fun with.
JD: Fer sure. So have you found a place yet here in the city and where do you work on the magazine?
Dasha: Staying at family's place Uptown for now.
JD: And how will u divide your time between here and Russia?
Dasha: Hard to say where I work on magazine - even when I am walking down street, I am working.
JD: Wow! You're really in to it huh?
Dasha: Yes, inspiration is every place! Russia is always home.
JD: So have you always been a creative person? What's else excites you?
Dasha: Yes music. Oh JD wait must take call.
Ten Minutes pass
Dasha: So sorry about this JD.
JD: No worries, I'm very chill.
JD: So are you still planning on doing an album?
Dasha: I have million songs. Maybe one day I will record them....every time I shower I make a new song.
Dasha: Yes JD! I told you...how drunk were you?
JD: I don't drink.
Dasha: Oh, then how much you smoke? (and why not, calories?)
JD: Too much to recall...oy. No, not vanity, I was a horrible drunk. Rehab at 18...another at 21, 2 wrecked cars and 3 DUI's..not pretty.
Dasha: Live and learn.
JD: Amen sister.
Dasha: Oh please wait jd!
Ten more minutes
Dasha: So sorry JD! I must go!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Look what I found in my inbox this morning! Vogue's Robert Fairer and assistant Jonathan Ragle. I cannot thank these two enough for all the help they have given me backstage. Everything from cleaning the sensor on my camera to color correcting my settings. I've written quite a bit about them since entering the world of backstage and this photo does not do either of them justice. They are both very handsome.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
This one goes out to all the straight guys that log on (all four of you). Check out Raquel on the cover of the new Hercules. WORK!!
Ever wonder how an ex-Supermodel spends his days? Alright all you die-hards. Check out who I spotted on the beach the other day. Uh-huh, it is...Ric Arango. Who looked amazing by the way and apparently with good reason. It seems in addition to spending his days surfing on the beach he's also an expecting father.
And for those of you who are too young to know who Ric Arango is, he's from an era when beautiful MEN stood 6'3" and dominated the world of fashion. In addition to being a Herb Ritts favorite, you can open up any of Bruce Weber's books chronicling the early days of South Beach and Gianni Versace and see plenty of Ric. He was MA-jor.
Henry Hollands is doing a monthly "Fash Bash." It will happen the last Wednesday of every month in London's West End at Movida. Kicking off on the 26th of March, Henry and Aggy will DJ along with others throughout the run of the night. Be there or miss out on the complimentary cocktails!
Movida: 8-9 Argyll Street W1F 7TF
Monday, March 24, 2008
Visionaire Creative Director Greg Foley has come out with the second installment of his successful "Thank You Bear" series. You can pick up a copy at his reading on March 30th at Books of Wonder.
Better hurry though! Everyone's rushing to get a copy. I was so excited about his first I insisted he let me shoot it.
Friday, March 21, 2008
This kid is SMOKIN HOT! His name is Buddy, he's 18 yrs. old, from Virginia Beach, with Wilhelmina, and he just shot with Bruce Weber. Check out his Polaroids!
Smokin' Hot! I'm tellin ya!
Polaroids by Erin at Wilhelmina.
I was appalled when I read that my favorite sissy girlfriend over in the Third World couldn't get her hands on a V or VMAN! So V decided to put together a package for the one, the only, the incomparable, Bryanboy!
No more of this begging friends to bring it to you nonsense!
Happy Birthday Hooker!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
For all of you out there who have heard about how cute the boys on the East side are, now you can see for yourself. Eastvillageboys.com gives you a glimpse in to the lives of those who inhabit the trendy locale. I love an East Village boy, God knows I've had my fair share.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Models.com is on it yo! Last month, in addition to their popular Of the Minute series, they started a blog called Daily Feed. Well they've done yet another one. MDXtra is a more in depth daily update which brings, among other things, exclusive intimate interviews with movers and shakers from all aspects of the biz.
This clip of Ford Homme's twin sensations Jonathan and Kevin, is just a sample of what you'll see. Keep it comin' guys!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
VMAN! VMAN! VMAN! It's all about VMAN for me right now. And not just because I have pics running in the new issue (which just hit newsstands) or because we will soon be able to get it quarterly, but because they are doing a male model search with Ford Models.
I think it's a great idea and after watching V contest winner Amanda Laine shoot right to the top, I'm lookin' forward to the results. The winner will be photographed by Hedi Slimane for the next cover and you can even vote for your faves online. In the meantime check out VMAN 10! That is if you wanna see Ashton Kutcher in his underwear.
Monday, March 17, 2008
So here it is! My infamous Miami Speedo story. It started out me shooting the guys with various issues of VMAN and ended up being more like a "JD spends the day with a bunch of models on South Beach." Set aside from playing stylist, hair and make-up, photographer and babysitter, it did have it's moments.
It was a lot of "Okay guys get out of the tree!" and "Don't sit in the mud in the white Speedo!" The highlight, for me, was discovering the cutest Brazilian boy ever, Pedro Bissi. You can see the collage we put together in the Spring issue of VMAN or here are a few outtakes from the day.
Oh and big UP's to Katie over at Next Miami!
Friday, March 14, 2008
Eliot Spitzer kicked-ass and took names. He tackled corruption, cleaned up Wall Street and even proposed legislature for gay marriage. From his moral high-horse he self-righteously bullied all whom he set his sights, attaining powerful enemies on both sides of the political fence. Few in power today have wielded such results as he.
As much as I don't care about what he's done in his private life, the fact is, he broke the law. Do I think he should lose his job? Yes. But not because he had sex with a prostitute, but because no one likes a hypocrite. Especially a pitbull like Spitzer.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Paris, for me, was more about designers hitting their stride than it was about who was on the runway. At Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci successfully developed a signature for the house mixing couture with street, all with a sexy edge. I thought it was beautiful and hopefully a glimpse of what's to come. (Though I still don't understand what Kanye West, seated front row, has to do with women's fashion.)
Nicolas Ghesquière created, with respect to the house's Spanish heritage, his truest Balenciaga yet. Austere and architectural, Ghesquière once again pushed the envelope between futurism and innovative fabric, with strong cuts and powerful lines. Starting the week, Balenciaga sets the bar high in Paris, re-inventing not only the house but the way we view wearable fashion.
Titled "The Girl Who Lived In The Tree," Alexander McQueen gave us everything that Paris fashion should. Over the top design and showmanship. Mixing Sleepy Hollow with the Victorian era, McQueen managed to not only respect the seasons current trends (skinny trousers and suits) but in true form, delivered cutting-edge design with a romantic flare. Bang for your buck I still think McQueen's the man.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Did anyone catch Saturday Night Live doing Project Runway the other night? Fucking hystair!