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Go Behind the Scenes of Karlie Kloss’s 3-D Printing Fashion Shoot

Last Saturday, Karlie Kloss showed some leg on the Great Wall of China. On Sunday, she perched atop the Acropolis in Athens. By Monday she had made it back stateside to pose pretty in Marfa, Texas. And wouldn’t you know, she was a complete professional: never jet-lagged, never puffy or tired, and not a single complaint! You could say she was a complete doll. Not least because, well, she was. Before taking the planet by storm, Kloss was scanned in multiple couture looks at a New York studio and converted into a miniature doll by a 3-D printer. The technology has already made appearances in the fashion world (diamond-encrusted angel wings on the Victoria’s Secret runway, and in the futuristic designs of Iris van Herpen), but has not been used in place of a model—until now.

To be scanned for the final product, Kloss was made to stand in a 20-foot circular structure embedded with close to 100 cameras to capture her movements in 360 degrees. The technology also replaced the traditional idea of a fashion photographer, leaving Kloss to think of poses on her own. “On a normal photo shoot you’re interacting with everyone and the photographer is giving you direction,” says Kloss. “On this shoot, it was just like ‘3, 2, 1, go!’ and I’m in a circular dome by myself making it up as I go. I have no idea if I’m doing the right or wrong thing.” The precise nature of the technology also meant that there was little room for error. “It also changed for the stylist Karen Kaiser. She couldn’t put pins or clamps into the clothing because whatever it looked like in person is what it looked like in the 3-D prints. If a shoe was too small and my toe was coming out over the edge, you could see that. There is no Photoshop in 3-D printing,” she says. “You really had to be perfected: the hair, makeup, and clothes—everything had to be exact. It was pretty cool because it forces you to be more precise at your job, and it was a new challenge that everyone was trying to adjust to.”

As for the future of 3-D printing in fashion? Kloss predicts it will become more commonly used in the modeling world. “As the technology becomes more precise and more powerful, maybe my job will be entirely replaced. Maybe I’ll have a 3-D print of myself that a company will use for their advertising campaigns and I will never have to show up to work, which sounds like a good deal,” she says, laughing. “I should probably patent my 3-D print before this technology gets further advanced!”

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Karlie Kloss 3-D Printing Journey

Please, don’t feel bad or even somehow less dimensional if you have been living in only a small number of dimensions, but just so you know, it is already a 3-D world. Thus we are tantalizingly close to this scenario: on a Saturday morning, you are home shopping for something to wear this Sunday while driving your solar car to the country, and you send your perfect body scan out virtual shopping, which is another way of saying that your favorite designer can dress the scan so that you can then—hold on to your personal jet pack—use your 3-D printer to print out that ribbed turtle neck and ankle boots.

How close are we to that scenario becoming reality? Well, we have the tools, as this perfect 3-D scan and subsequent 3-D printing of the 3-D Karlie Kloss proves. But as to just when we will be able to use them, that depends. It’s true that our 3-D Karlie is just a little bit ahead of the virtual shopping curve, ahead of the whole world, in fact. But let’s look and see how far, and let’s start by examining Karlie and her scan.

Here’s how Karlie’s scan went. She showed up in a studio in (the actual) New York City where she was surrounded by a 20-foot circle of a battery of close to 100 cameras, all of the shutters simultaneously opening and closing. (Note that this process replaces a more time-consuming process wherein the subject had to sit still for several minutes—impractical because movie stars, in Raphael’s words, “can’t sit still.”) Next, software coordinates the one hundred or so Karlie photographs, arranging them and preparing them for their 3-D moment. Finally, that gigantic file is sent to the 3-D printer, to print (on Vogue.com’s behalf) the six-inch-tall Karlies that thereafter were sent around the world because—well, why not?

Everywhere, scans are happening. Remember when Levi’s did a 3-D test run in several of their stores, scanning customers to determine their precise jean fit? But most fashion companies are not prepared to receive a 3-D digital image that takes up more storage space than all the photos you took on your phone last year. “We’re not there yet,” says Raphael, “but we’re going to be.”
On the 3-D printing side, we are likewise close. Duann Scott, an industrial designer with Shapeways, the 3-D printing company which printed the 3-D Karlies, describes 3-D printing as a kind of coup by designers who took over a tool used for decades almost solely by architects and engineers printing prototypes. “Those engineers had access to it for 20 years and they did really boring stuff,” says Scott. “They did technical things. They did nothing creative.” (That seems a little tough; one person’s boring sandal, after all, is another person’s supercool Birkenstock.) Besides, when non-architects initially got ahold of them, they printed out not-so-creative things too, like lots of iPhone cases. “But then,” Scott continues, “the people who are on the intersection of geeky math and design or fashion started saying, How can we make beautiful things or functional things that use the same complexity?”

At the moment, however, the 3-D world is best experienced via accessories—perhaps you have seen Shapeways’ 3-D printed jewelry on sale at Neiman Marcus, wildly multidimensional pieces. Speaking of which, those diamond-encrusted wings worn by Lindsay Ellingson in last year’s Victoria’s Secret show were printed out by Shapeways.
We should note, some merchants are (understandably) hesitant about the idea of 3-D customers out trying on clothes in the virtual world. Not long ago, I happened to be talking to Sophia Amoruso, CEO of Nasty Gal, who is considered quite progressive-thinking in terms of the Internet and fashion, and she was not too enthusiastic about the idea of shopping by scan. “To me it feels really unnatural, inhuman,” she said. “It takes the fun out of shopping. I don’t want to drag and drop my outfit onto myself.” We should also note that at this point, the clothing that is 3-D printed will likely be (very) forward-looking. “To be honest,” says Shapeways’ Scott, “with the current materials available, the dresses are going to be very avant-garde.”

Which brings us to threeASFOUR, the never-not-innovative fashion collective who have been playing with 3-D for a while now on their runway. “We felt that 3-D printing was allowing us to create new weaves that are not possible with traditional weaving techniques or traditional knitting techniques,” says designer Gabriel Asfour. Give these designers technical lemons and watch them make a shape-shifting 3-D lemonade. “We wanted to create something that moves,” says Asfour, “that when you move, it moves with your body as well, so the best way to do this is with a weave, a new kind of weave—a future weave, I will say.”

“Now we are thinking about pieces that are still avant-garde,” says co-designer Adi Gil, “but that you could wear over a dress. Kind of an accessory meets garment, and more accessories, and that’s what we want to do.” And yes, it’s not quite ready. “It’s still in a way no wearable material—yet,” Adi continues, “but if this is the next step, it’s gonna get there.”

Below, a look at Karlie Kloss’s epic 3-D fashion adventure around the world.

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In the last 80 days, a small army of miniature 3-D printed Karlie Kloss dolls have traveled the world over, clocking up enough air miles and sporting enough head-turning fashion to leave Phileas Fogg and his hot-air balloon in the dust. First sightings of the tiny sculptures were first reported in San Francisco two months back, where she was seen roaming the grounds of Golden Gate Park with Alex Wang’s coveted new utility bags. Then images of the stylish Mini-Mes started flooding in from famous landmarks across the globe (one Fausto Puglisi–clad doll attracted enough attention she had to be escorted off the premises at the Acropolis), and it wasn’t long before her chic footprints were being captured on the moon. To give you a sense of Karlie Kloss’s epic 3-D fashion adventure, we’ve done the math on her journey from all angles, charting everything from her air miles down to the tally of small doll parts that were broken along the way.

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Karlie Kloss’ Last Photoshoot Will Turn Your Stone Cold Heart to Mush

The world didn’t need yet another reason to love Karlie Kloss. She’s a gorgeous girl with a great attitude and she makes kookies– delicious cookies that help give healthy meals to the needy–she’s basically perfect. But Karlie’s penchant for charitable causes goes beyond yummy confections. The Victoria’s Secret model teamed with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to make a young cancer patient’s dreams of posing with a high fashion model come true.

Kloss recently wrapped up the sponsored shoot, which granted Karissa a chance to serve face alongside one of her favorite models. Kloss documented parts of the day on Instagram, posting a behind-the-scenes shot of a beaming Karissa and herself during some downtime at the shoot. “I am incredibly inspired by the strength and beauty of this gorgeous young woman,” the model captioned the sweet Instagram photo.

Karissa’s mother also documented the day on her Instagram feed, and judging from her pictures, the day was pretty awesome for the Make-A-Wish winner. They were treated to a limo ride, a sweet manicure courtesy of Deborah Lippmann, a meal with Karlie and of course–a little time in front of the camera. Karlie posted two images from the shoot to her Instagram and they’re gorgeous, naturally. Karissa serves up Mary J. Blige realness with a crop of blonde locks, positively beaming. We know Karlie’s a professional model and all, but our eyes were definitely on Karissa, who comes alive in the shots.

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Neiman Marcus Fall/Winter 2014 Campaign

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Karlie Takes on NY for Neiman Marcus-Victoria’s Secret Angel Karlie Kloss hits the New York City streets for this new shoot from Neiman Marcus. The images celebrate the fall collections and highlight trends selected by Neiman Marcus fashion director Ken Downing. From Akris’ gorgeous green coat to an Alexander Wang clutch, the American stunner takes on the trends that everyone will be wearing next season. Check out Karlie’s more casual side in a recent workout shoot for Nike.

Vogue BRTV: Karlie Kloss for Vogue Brazil July

The July 2014 issue is already on newsstands and Karlie Kloss brings top as covergirl on goth chic climate for this winter.

Vogue Brazil July 2014 to hit newsstands now, but the photos of the cover and editorial with Karlie Kloss top were made by Henrique Gendre at the end of 2013 – it was hard to keep the secret, believe me. With goth chic climate, beautiful appear on the cover with Animale dress and accessories Butler & Wilson – Luis Fiod styling – and dramatic beauté, signed by Max Weber.

In the editorial that fills the magazine, the dark mood continues on clicks of intense color or black-and-white total. There’s no way to disguise: an Editorial winter. Check out the results on newsstands, and to complete the experience, look at the making of the shooting to end the page with video aura of German expressionism directed by Luis Fiod in partnership with Arturo Querzoli, the Gazpacho Movies.

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Karlie Kloss – The Coveteur


To be completely candid (or should that be kompletely kandid?), there’s something about a 21-year-old, six-foot-something brunette who’s all legs, glow-y skin and swingy bobbed waves (with time at Harvard under her belt, to boot), that should inspire emotions, well, a lot closer to envy rather than encouragement. And that’s to put it lightly. But when it comes to the case of Karlie Kloss (aren’t you impressed with us for resisting the urge to get all alliterative with that one?), we kind of couldn’t help but fall hard, juuust a little.

For starters, the model-slash-burgeoning mogul is genuinely nice, despite rubbing shoulders with industry legends (and we do mean legends) on the daily and having graced the most major of catwalks since the tender age of 15 (she’s an old pro, you guys). Oh, and while preening for the likes of Steven Meisel and Annie Leibowitz may be her 9-to-5, girl also has collaborations with everyone from Momofuku to Frame Denim to an upcoming collection with the eyewear aficionados at Warby Parker (launching tomorrow) taking up precious time in her iCal. And did we mention a portion of the proceeds from the latter is going to the nonprofit Edible Schoolyard NYC? We told you: if she wasn’t so impossible not to like we would have to hate her.

We spent our afternoon with Kloss getting the grand (and we do mean grand) tour of her brand new West Village townhouse and raiding her Tamara Mellon and Coach-filled closet before running off to the park for an impromptu excursion through Kloss’ ‘hood. Kloss, in a yellow cut-out sundress by Reformation and with Go-Pro in hand, owned our photog’s Jake’s camera as she walked us through a nearby park—at least, she did before our spontaneous jaunt was crashed by a pint-sized soccer player who took a serious liking to our crew (to put it mildly), even sitting in our laps before running off again. See what we mean about the model being impossible not to like?

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‘Karlie Kloss’ Into The Gloss Interview


“I’m six feet, one-and-a-half inches—at least, last time I checked. I live in my ballet flats because they don’t add any height. Flat-footed, I’m not taller than my boyfriend, but with heels, absolutely—and he’s about 6’3. Dance was always my thing growing up, and I think that’s why I treat myself more as an athlete than just a model. I love to challenge myself physically and mentally.

But I’m not a professional athlete, I’m not a professional dancer, I’m not a professional anything; I have never considered modeling an actual job title. I have yet to determine what my job actually is but, yeah, modeling is a fun and funny gig.

Sure, I’ve had to make choices between my body and my optimal healthy look, starting a career at 15 in an industry where, as a model, my body is a part of my business. And from 15 to 21, naturally everybody changes. I’ve had to find a happy point of where I feel best and also can do my job.

I am aware that I am part of an image that other young girls see and I want to be proud of that, even though there is this double standard of being healthy and what that actually means in my industry. But I feel healthiest and most beautiful when I take care of myself in everything from what’s on my top shelf in my bathroom to eating well and doing exercise.

Maybe it’s my background in dance, but I feel most beautiful when I feel strong. My body is strong. To me, beauty is so much more about how you feel than products, and that comes down to what you’re putting in your body and how you take care of yourself. And I’ve learned that more about health and nutrition than I did when I was starting out. At age 15, 16, 17, traveling all the time, I could eat whatever I wanted and I was a stick, a twig. I wasn’t conscious about what I was eating, it was just not part of my educational upbringing in the Midwest. That was something I really learned in moving to New York, being in this city where there are so many alternative options, so many kind of foods.

As I’ve gotten—I hate to say it—older, or, as time goes on, my body responds differently and I’ve learned so much about how to take care of myself. Nutrition-wise, I think the ‘aha moment’ was when I even changed my baking. When I was 18, I stopped dancing as much as I had been, and my body started to change, and I was just eating whatever, not really thinking about it. I would always make my Gram’s butter-and-sugar, normal chocolate-chip cookies. But then I got on a health kick, and I got really big into trying different kinds of exercises, I hired a trainer, Justin Gelband, and I try to do something every day, even if it’s just stretching or a one-mile run. A body in motion stays in motion.

I’m also constantly trying different ingredients in the kitchen, or thinking about what I’m putting in or on my body. I love to try new beauty products that are cleaner, more natural, or organic alternatives that I was never exposed to growing up. Like coconut water—there wasn’t much of it in St. Louis. When my parents used to see it in the fridge they’d be like, ‘What is this gross stuff?’ It’s hysterical, my dad loves it now, but my family used to come over and I remember one time, my aunt tried the Juice Press I had and was like, ‘This is terrible! Karlie, what are you doing to yourself?!’ But being conscious of all of that, I feel different, I feel completely different.

For food, I think everything in moderation, and variety is key. It’s the same thing with products. For example, I just tried this new shampoo by Living Proof and it makes my hair bounce differently. I think it’s a combination of both switching up what you’re using and the specific product. I see the same thing with exercise: when I switch up exercises, I feel and see a difference in my body.

In terms of my beauty routine, when I’m getting ready in the morning, less is more; it’s about how quickly I can get out the door, which is why I like Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Bisque. I like using tinted moisturizer because it doesn’t clog pores. It combines a great moisturizer with that velvety ‘veil’ you want that doesn’t look too cakey or too covered-up. And then I use a bit of RMS Un Cover-Up in 22. My skin is very dry, so oily products are never a problem, and what I like about Un Cover-Up is that I can use it here on a pimple but also to take my lip color down a little on shoots or whenever. I have really red, bright lips and I like to mute it sometimes. This has a good texture and it has a bit of green in it, which cuts the red down but not in a drastic way that makes it look crazy, like I have no lips.

I love a cream blush because the powder alternative is too messy and it takes up too much room in my carry-on to bring a brush, and a bronzer, and a powder blush, so I always use the Laura Mercier Cream Cheek Color. It’s dewy, and I love the fact that it’s not really red. It’s that kind of ’90s look that’s all about dewy and really gorgeous skin and building up from there. I like the Givenchy Mister Light for under the eyes. I like really creamy, dewy stuff. For mascara, I use either L’Oréal’s Voluminous Million Lashes or Marc Jacobs’. I like his because it’s a gel and has a big fat brush, so it applies smoothly—none of that clumpy stuff.

In general, though, I work with the best hair and makeup artists in the world, so I don’t try to pretend that I’m an expert. I like to just take care of my skin and create a great foundation for these artists to transform me into whatever character on the shoot. I like to use Caudalie Gentle Cleanser with my Clarisonic to wash my face and Bioderma Crealine to take off makeup.

I just found this one moisturizer that I really like: Earth Tu Face Hydrate + Repair. It’s kind of waxy, but it’s really hydrating and is probably injected with coconut oil. I love all oils, coconut, olive—I actually use olive oil on my skin weirdly enough. I like taking a basic cream, like Embryolisse, and mixing in a drop of the Decléor Neroli serum or Rodin oil. Especially in the winter, my skin gets really dry so I do whatever I can to moisturize. And for lip balm, I love Bag Balm because it does the trick but it doesn’t smell good, I’ll tell you that. [Laughs]

When I started doing research into nail care and nail polish, I found out that being ‘five free’ is really important—it means the product doesn’t have the unhealthy additives. Deborah Lippmann’s are ‘five free,’ but that also means eliminating a lot of the ingredients that make the polish harden, shine, etc. It’s a lot like baking gluten-free and vegan things. It’s creating the same delicious end-product—great nail polish—but without the easy go-to chemicals, or the butter, sugar, eggs, and dairy. Weird metaphor, but Deborah’s ‘five free’ mission was when I first became interested in finding other products that share that same clean—or cleaner—message. I like Tatcha’s products, the Ren Gylcol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask, and Harry’s razors, the ones made for guys since they don’t have women’s versions yet.

I’m super simple with my hair but I do love Harry Josh’s new line of tools, the dryer and his new straightener, too. My hair grows really slowly, so I’m not trying to do anything intentional to it, but it’s taking forever to grow out. Right now, I’m liking the Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray by Oribe, and also the Bob Recine hair oil, which gives shine but doesn’t make it droop.

Otherwise, Source Naturals Liquid Melatonin is really, really good. It’s a homeopathic solution to help you sleep. I’m knocked out in like 10 minutes; it’s really potent stuff, so it’s the last thing I’ll do before going to bed.

What else…I kind of fell off the Invisalign bandwagon and didn’t complete my first round so I had to do it again; this is Invisalign: Round Two. But the next time I do an Into The Gloss interview, hopefully I will be done.”

—as told to ITG

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Victoria’s Secret Angel Karlie Kloss And Lucky’s Elana Fishman Show Us How To Style A T-Shirt And Jeans

As much as we love a dreamy dress or daring straight-off-the-runway ensemble, there’s just something about a classic, all-American jeans and T-shirt outfit that we can’t resist. And since nobody wears the official model-off-duty uniform better than, well, models, we tapped a few of the best ones in the business—the Victoria’s Secret Angels—to help us celebrate the look.

In honor of the lingerie brand’s launch of its all-new T-shirt Bra, we asked Lucky’s own editors to dress the lovely ladies of VS in their favorite jeans-and-tee pairings. And as you’ll see over the next few weeks, we had a lot of fun in the process.

Today, top supermodel Karlie Kloss and her stylist, senior digital editor Elana Fishman, are giving us a lesson in the art of wearing winter whites. Click through above to see and shop Karlie’s look! And be sure to check back next week to see our next Angel/editor pairing—Candice Swanepoel styled by market editor Laurel Pantin.

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