R.I.P.
Lucas Coppini

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This morning I received the very sad news that Lucas Coppini had passed away after being in a coma for over a week due to a tragic car accident on the night of June 1st. I cared very much for Lucas, and feel blessed that I got to meet him and work with him a few times over the past two years. He was a great kid, dedicated, caring, funny, and always full of joy. My sincere condolences go out to his family and his twin brother Luis, who was not involved in the accident.

I met Lucas almost two years ago after a Givenchy show in Paris when Diego Fragoso introduced him to me and he was just 17. We worked together a few months after shooting a story with him and Luis for Made In Brazil #6 with photographer Cristiano Madureira, who was as thrilled as I was to be working with the two of them. We spent over six hours in a van just the four of us and the driver because Cristiano insisted we shoot them in a very remote beach, and I still have the funniest pictures from that day trip, along with really beautiful images of the two of them Cristiano captured for the magazine. I will always remember that shoot, all the nonsense we talked about on our trip back at night, and how much we laughed when they offered to take me and Cristiano to a rave in their hometown (which now in retrospect maybe we should have accepted).

The last time I saw Lucas and worked with him was earlier this year in Paris when we shot a story for the new issue of the magazine that just launched. I picked him and Luis up from their hotel at 7:30 am in the morning after the Givenchy party. They told me they had been very responsible models and left the party early because of the shoot, but I knew they hadn’t. I didn’t care either way because I knew they would deliver, and I knew I would have a blast spending the day working with them in Paris. I made them stroll around a cold apartment in underwear and walk around the streets in the middle of winter in Dior Homme shorts and shoes that were two sizes smaller than their feet, but they did not complain about a single thing. They were just thrilled to be working and to be in Paris together for the first time. By then Lucas had already walked three Givenchy shows back to back, but it was the first time Luis was booked and flown to Paris for the show along with him, and anyone who knows them knows how much they meant to each other. Lucas was more experienced than Luis and was the one who truly loved being a model, directing his twin brother throughout the entire shoot. That day, I kept them working until eight o’clock at night when they got almost no sleep the night before and could have had a free day of tourism in Paris, and yet they made jokes all day and gave me a big hug and thanked me for the opportunity when I dropped them off at their hotel. I was already very much looking forward to seeing the two of them again and to seeing their careers blossom.

May Lucas rest in peace. He will be dearly missed by everyone who got a chance to meet him.

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Made In Brazil Magazine #8:
The International Issue Preview

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The international issue of Made In Brazil Magazine officially launches today, and can already be purchased online through the magazine link on the site, or at Casa Magazines in the West Village in New York and Livraria Cultura in São Paulo.

Previews of the new issue can be seen through the links below. Make sure to check them out and buy a copy!

Lad Mag: Made In Brazil Goes Gorgeously Global (Style.com)
World Cup (Models.com)
Made In Brazil Issue 08 Preview (F.Tape)

And before everyone starts thinking that I forgot about the Brazilian boys, I definitely did not. The magazine will not change in terms of being exclusively focused on Brazilian models, but for the past year I had been thinking about working on an international edition as a way of celebrating male models in general and this felt like the right time to do it. I like the idea of doing something a bit unexpected and slightly risky since I see the magazine as a collector’s item and I don’t want all the issues to be the same or too predictable.

The models and professionals involved in this issue may be different from previous ones, but the essence of the magazine is certainly the same (lots of skin, sensual images, amazing boys and great fashion). I am extremely proud of the casting of this issue, and hope that Made In Brazil fans will love it too as this is our only issue with international models in it and all the guys involved were incredible to work with. Models featured in the issue include Mariano Ontañon, Arran Sly, Chris Moore, Travis Smith, Thorben Gärtner, Ronald Epps, Joel Meacock, Lucas and Luis Coppini, Diego Fragoso, Ross Hindmarch, Sam Worth, Thor Clemmensen, Juan Betancourt, John Todd, Garrett Neff, David Agbodji, Jae Yoo, Chad White, Parker Gregory, Parker Hurley, Aurelién Muller, Nikolai Danielsen, Tobias Sorensen, and much more.

Many thanks to all of you who already bought a copy of the new issue over the weekend for supporting our work. It is definitely not easy to produce and print a magazine with over two hundred pages of pictures and no advertising in between, so thank you to those who allow us to continue to do it by purchasing a copy of Made In Brazil.

 

Ford Models Spring/Summer 2015
Men’s Show Package

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The fall/winter shows in the Northern hemisphere have just come to an end, but the spring/summer shows in Brazil are just around the corner, starting in São Paulo on March 31st. View Ford Models’ complete men’s package for the season after the break.

 

Paris F/W 2014:
The Brazilians At Givenchy

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Diego Fragoso, Pedro Aboud, Felipe Anibal, Lucas Coppini, Luís Coppini, Letícia Altenbernd, and Lucas Loyola at the Givenchy fall/winter 2014-15 show in Paris. It was my favorite Givenchy collection since the famous birds of paradise, and I loved the new proportion for the trousers, the wider range of the collection, and the sense of ease and comfort in everything.

 

Ford Models Fall/Winter 2014
Men’s Show Package

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Although the Northern hemisphere has just wrapped the spring/summer season, São Paulo and Rio will soon be showing fall/winter collections thanks to changes in the national fashion calendar effective a year ago. São Paulo Fashion Week starts on October 28, and Fashion Rio on November 6. View Ford Models’ complete men’s package for the upcoming shows after the break.