Natalie Ludwig: From Dartmouth to Dolce & Gabbana

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Fashion month’s rigors can prove difficult for even the most dedicated of models, but imagine finishing up Milan and Paris and then heading home to work on your finals. As both a Dartmouth student and one of the busiest models of the season, Natalie Ludwig makes the balancing act look like a piece of cake. Debuting on the runway as a Givenchy exclusive during Riccardo Tisci’s Spring collection, Ludwig has gone on to become one of the stars of the Fall shows, appearing on the catwalk at Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, Burberry, and Ralph Lauren. After seasons of arresting yet off-kilter beauties, Ludwig’s classic appeal feels impactful—so much so that even supermodel Naomi Campbell took to social media to give her a Fashion Week shout-out. For her part, the model is still adjusting to all the attention. “I’m still so new to all of this, so everything I do and see is special,” says Ludwig. “I’ve always dreamed of working with the best designers, and I feel so lucky to be doing that this season.”

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While many models often choose to postpone college in favor of fashion, for Ludwig, that was never an option. “It’s not easy, but I really want to get my degree,” she says. “I alternate between terms [spent] at Dartmouth and terms modeling, and I just try to stay on top of both.” She is majoring in sociology, and her studies focus on serious issues that tap into her passion for politics and have resonance far beyond the fashion field. “[My focus is] primarily the study of cultural movements, gender inequality, political corruption, and health disparities,” says Ludwig. “So really light stuff!”

Hailing from Vancouver, Ludwig is part of a creative family with cinematic roots—her mom, Sharlene, is a former actress; her dad, Harald, is on the board of Lionsgate; and her brother, Alexander, appears in the Hunger Games series. Given her Hollywood connections, one might expect Ludwig to take acting over a career on the catwalk, but she has always felt the freedom to choose her path. “My family encourages me to follow my heart despite the odds,” says Ludwig. “My brother always taught me to step out of my comfort zone and not take myself too seriously.”

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Modeling has provided Ludwig with several opportunities to let loose, especially when she’s working on set with a photographer. “I love transforming myself into different characters for every shoot,” says Ludwig. “It has helped me understand who I am, and encourages me to push my limits creatively and freely.” Working with Tisci and watching him put the final touches on his collection also proved educational. “It was an honor—I felt very inspired to be surrounded by such unbelievable talent,” she adds.

Ludwig’s down-to-earth charms have helped her get the attention of several other fashion insiders, but it was a glowing endorsement from Campbell that took the cake. As anyone who has seen an episode of The Face can attest, Campbell doesn’t give compliments lightly, so when she took to Instagram to congratulate Ludwig post-Burberry it was a special moment.. “[I was] grateful and honored,” says Ludwig. “She’s been such a huge supporter, and I feel so fortunate to have her as a friend.” With less than two more weeks left in the Fall 2016 season, we’re willing to bet that Ludwig will have many more friends singing her praises soon enough.

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How to Take an African Safari With Kids: The 8 Secrets

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Think you can’t take your kid on an African safari? Think again. It just takes a bit more advance planning than your average trip and a few clever tricks to make everything go smoothly with children in tow. From where to go and when to travel to how to save a buck or two, here are the eight things to consider before you set off on what will likely end up being your family’s Best. Trip. Ever.

Time Your Travel Wisely
Every country in Africa is unique both in landscape and culture. So how do you choose? Decide whether your trip will coincide with your kid’s school vacation or if you have flexibility. May to October is the winter dry season in Botswana, South Africa, and Namibia, which means there is less vegetation and the animals are more concentrated around rivers and waterholes, making you more likely to spot them. There are also fewer mosquitos. South Africa is arguably the best destination for a trip with young kids and for first-timers: The risk of malaria is relatively low, it has good infrastructure and roads, and many parks allow self-driving.

Travel Off-Season, Off the Beaten Path
In East and Southern Africa, many lodges drop their prices in the off-season, like the traditionally wetter months of April and May. You’ve probably heard of Kenya’s Maasai Mara, Tanzania’s Serengeti, South Africa’s Kruger, and Botswana’s Okavango. So has everyone else. Sometimes a good deal on a safari lodge or outfitter can be found at the lesser-known game reserves, such as Samburu National Reserve in Kenya, Arusha National Park in Tanzania, or Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in South Africa.

See Your Doctor
Don’t leave this until the last minute. As soon as you decide that a trip to Africa is in your family’s future, go see your doctor to determine what vaccinations, boosters, or medications you will need. (Check this WHO map to see what countries are at risk.) Make sure your kids are up to date on all their vaccines, regardless of whether a specific one is required or recommended for travel in Africa. Some shots come in a series, so you will need a few months before departure to get them done. Some meds, like many anti-malaria pills, need to be taken up to a week leading up to arrival in the at-risk region. Some countries require proof of vaccination before entering. Check with the country’s embassy for the latest information.

Find the Right Lodge
Many safari outfitters have a minimum age requirement—typically 8 and sometimes 12. Don’t look for a lodge that just accepts kids but one that actually welcomes them and offers activities to keep them engaged and entertained. Consider whether your kids are old (or mature) enough to sleep on their own, as that will also help narrow down your choices. Kenya’s recently opened Angama Mara features two separate camps, each with 15 glass-fronted tented suites, four of which are interconnecting so that children (6 is the age minimum) can move freely between their tent and their parents’ in complete safety. Aside from walking safaris and hot-air balloons, kids can fish in the dam, learn to bead with Maasai women in the craft studio, visit local schools, and stargaze at night with toasted marshmallows. &Beyond is another top option, as most of its lodges accommodate kids of all ages. The outfitter’s WILDchild program is designed to offer activities—traditional bow-making, tracking, cooking classes—that tie in with the heritage of each lodge’s specific region. For example, in the Okavango, adventures may include fishing expeditions and making water lily necklaces. In South Africa, &Beyond’s Phinda Mountain Lodge features a family suite and three family cottages. Families also have exclusive use of safari vehicles and can customize game drives for the shorter attention span of little ones.

Pack Right
You know how when you take your kid to the park or the beach you bring everything you might need and even more stuff you know you probably won’t? You can’t (and shouldn’t) do the same on this trip. Make a list (no, really, make a list) of must-haves. These are things like sunscreen, lip balm, long-sleeve shirts and long pants, and a hat. Now add items that you wish you’d thought of, like snacks (in a pinch, granola bars or fruit strips can help appease an impending hunger tantrum), Children’s Tylenol, or any other medicine your child might need. If you have it, bring an iPad or iPod with headphones.

Recognize Teachable Moments
No matter how old kids are, you’ll encounter myriad opportunities to impart knowledge and life lessons—about evolution, mating rituals, language, and culture. Encourage children to learn simple words (hello, thank you) in the local language so they can communicate with other kids they might meet.

Don’t Expect to See Everything on Your List
You might witness a lion chase and devour a zebra. Or you might not. Remember (and remind your kids) that photographers sometimes sit for hours or days to get the awesome shot you saw on the wildlife channel or National Geographic magazine.

Go With the Flow
Game drives are typically very early in the morning, which means young kids will probably be sleepy. Make it fun for them by bringing pencils and a logbook where they can record (with words or drawings) the animals they see. Most children as young as 3 know how to use an iPhone—let them! Even better, encourage them to take photos or video. If they fall asleep on the drive, don’t wake them. Better to have a happy, rested kid than a cranky one.

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Meet the Milanese-Korean Jewelry Designer Who’s Taking Style Cues From ’90s Hip-Hop

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Forget the dolce vita: When it comes to the design influences of Milanese-Korean jewelry-maker Marisa Jiwi Seok, it’s all about ’90s hip-hop queens or vintage cartoon characters. Trading in Sophia Loren for Foxy Brown and Felix the Cat, Seok’s line, Jiwinaia, shakes up the refined reputation of the Italian fashion capital by fully embracing the eye-catching and whimsical style of flamboyant rap MCs and the illustrated feline. Think matchstick danglers, peanut and pearl rings from her Get Rich or Eat Peanuts collection, or bubblegum pink “Grinder” chokers. Infusing her Korean, British, and Italian roots into her designs, the Central Saint Martins graduate’s pieces have drawn the attention of such envelope-pushing fans as Charli XCX. Seok’s own enviable and Instagrammable personal style matches her collection’s joyful mash-up vibe, pairing Chanel hiking boots with baggy jeans for a refreshing spin on luxury.

A Mix of London, Milan, and Seoul
I was born in Seoul and moved to Milan when I was 1 1/2. Though I didn’t have much time to experience Seoul, every two or three years my family and I would go to Korea to visit relatives. I later moved to study at Central Saint Martins in London, and I think my sense of style now is a mix of all these cities. I was always interested in accessories the most; I’ve been collecting kitsch jewelry since I was little. I used to make beaded jewelry, and that’s where it started. When I was studying at Central Saint Martins. I decided to take the jewelry B.A. course, mostly because I finally wanted to make real pieces for myself. After graduating I launched my own brand, Jiwinaia.

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Rebelling Against Tradition
I think that most Milanese people are very conservative in their jewelry taste. Even though it’s the fashion capital of Italy, people are attached to tradition, which I guess is why they like to collect more investment pieces rather than funky costume styles. When I lived in London, though, I noticed many shops selling crazy and fun statement jewelry, and that was a big influence.

A Little Comic Relief
[Growing up] I was obsessed with collecting stickers and toys from Seoul and Japan—I always loved all the useless and glittery things. I used to watch so many cartoons and still do! I got contacted by DreamWorks to do a collaboration with their classic characters Felix the Cat and Hot Stuff the Little Devil. For me it was a dream come true.

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Jewelry Fit for a Hip-Hop Queen
I love listening and looking at old-school hip-hop and R&B videos—they inspire me a lot, especially Foxy Brown. One of my favorite videos of her is for “I Can’t” featuring Total. The style is amazing! Especially the metallic blue leather jackets, lilac furs, and crystal butterfly hair clips. If I had had the chance to make a piece for that video, it would have been long crystal earrings with cute fur balls and chunky chain chokers with enameled bits and crystals.

Personal Style
My personal style always changes, but when I find the right pieces, I wear them, maybe a bit too much. But I like to be comfortable with myself, that’s the most important thing. I like to mix and match, some statement pieces with more relaxed stuff—baggy jeans, sneakers, and a nice big sweater—and, of course, lots of eye-catching jewelry. I really like Pushbutton and Kye from Korea. I like looking around in 10 Corso Como and Excelsior in Milan, but I love shopping or even just window-shopping in London the most—there are so many great choices, and they have everything.

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DIY Nail Art
Milan doesn’t have any adventurous nail salons—it really needs one! I think it’s definitely time to experiment more with nail art here. Mostly I just paint them myself. But when I’m in London, I love getting my nails done at WAH Nails. I love getting manicures when I go back to Korea, too; they have an amazing eye for detail.

Milan Is Perfect for the Food Selfie
Many people hate taking pictures of food, but sometimes I just can’t help it. In Milan there are so many little traditional shops where you can get good quality cured meats. You can go for amazing seafood pasta at the Langosteria 10, but ideally I think the best pastas are made at home by Italians! Unfortunately, I can’t really suggest a good Korean restaurant here in Milan, but every time I am in Paris to show my collection, I love to go to Woo Jung.

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From Memphis to Puglia: Spring’s Hottest Travel Destinations

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The temps might still be on the cooler side, but the time to plan spring travel is now. And, no, we’re not talking about a “spring break!” rager. For the inside scoop on the season’s coolest destinations, we turned to a host of travel industry experts. While Australia continues to be a favorite and Iceland is still riding its wave of popularity, they also shared a host of more unexpected destinations—both domestic and international—to look into for your next adventure.

So if you’re looking to get away this spring, here are 11 places you should be exploring. Start setting those fare alerts now.

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The Vogue Podcast: Alexander Wang and Selby Drummond Sound Off on the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Competition

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The Vogue podcast has arrived, giving you an inside ear into the well-heeled world of fashion. Hosted by André Leon Talley, each episode will feature a number of much-buzzed-about topics—from what’s in the magazine to who’s making headlines to what everyone is talking about around the office. Subscribe on iTunes so you don’t miss an episode!

 

Episode 13

In episode 13, Alexander Wang takes a break from fitting models for his Fall ready-to-wear show to talk to André Leon Talley and reminisce on rising through the ranks before ultimately winning the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2008. Clearly, Wang knows a thing or two about working one’s way up the fashion totem pole (even working as an intern in the Vogue fashion closet!), and on the eve of The Fashion Fund season 3 premiere, Wang and Vogue Accessories Director Selby Drummond shared their pearls of wisdom for the new class. Tune in to hear what they had to say about surviving the months-long CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition, or Vogue Boot Camp, as Drummond calls it, where “if you’re not 30 minutes early, you’re late.” The pressure is officially on!

Listen Now: “ALT Interviews Alexander Wang and Selby Drummond”


 

Episode 12

In episode 12, Vogue.com Culture Editor Abby Aguirre talks to Laura Poitras, the Pulitzer–winning journalist and Oscar-winning director of Citizenfour, a film documenting the eight days she spent holed up in a Hong Kong hotel room in 2013 with intelligence analyst Edward Snowden. Poitras is also the subject of “Astro Noise,” a new exhibition of loosely connected immersive installations, each in their own way about surveillance, currently on display at The Whitney Museum of American Art. Here, Poitras walks us through the exhibition, reveals what it was like being on a terrorism-related watch-list in the early aughts, plus what she really thinks of Homeland.

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Episode 11

In episode 11, André Leon Talley sits down with Orange Is the New Black’s Alysia Reiner and Backwards’s Sarah Megan Thomas to get the scoop on producing and starring in Equity, the first female-driven film about Wall Street. From how sexy is too sexy on the trading floor to making movies that help better the world for women, tune in to hear the trio’s exchange.

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Episode 10

In episode 10, André Leon Talley talks to Ben Stiller, aka Derek Zoolander, and Vogue Fashion Director Tonne Goodman to get the details on the really, really, really ridiculously anticipated Zoolander 2, the theme of the February Vogue cover shoot. From “photobombing” the cover with costar Penélope Cruz to filming the sequel with Anna Wintour, Stiller let us in on the inside scoop (and maybe a few spoilers, too).

Listen Now: “ALT Interviews Ben Stiller and Tonne Goodman”


 

 

Episode 9

In episode nine, André Leon Talley talks to Vogue Fashion Director Tonne Goodman to get the scoop all things Alicia Vikander, from styling those sleek microbangs to dressing the actress in looks plucked straight off the runway. Get to know the Danish Girl star now as Talley kicks things off with a reading of the complete cover story.

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Episode 8
In episode eight, Vogue Social Editor Chloe Malle and André Leon Talley share their favorite gifts for everyone on your list from the sports fanatic to the world traveler. Listen here and shop their picks below—there’s just enough time to pick them up and put them under the tree.

Listen Now: “ALT Interviews Chloe Malle”

 

 


 

 

Episode 7
In episode seven, actor and environmental activist Adrian Grenier sheds light on climate change before joining leaders from around the globe at the COP21 summit in Paris. As the cofounder of SHFT, a platform helping to bring a more sustainable focus to the way people live their lives, the self-described affirmative thinker is setting his sights on what’s possible for the future and encourages us to do the same. As the conversation moves from land to sea, Grenier introduces us to the loneliest whale on earth, the inspiration and “spokeswhale” behind Grenier’s newly launched foundation, Lonely Whale. Why is he so lonely? Listen here and find out more.

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Episode 6
Whether you missed it or want more, the December issue comes to life in the latest installment of the Vogue podcast. Here, André Leon Talley talks to Vogue Fashion Director Tonne Goodman to get the scoop on shooting in the desert with Jennifer Lawrence, casting the horse the cover star rode in on, plus the must-have boots seen in every shot. Now saddle up and stream episode 6 as Talley kicks things off with a reading of the complete cover story.

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Episode 5
In the latest episode, André rings up Kim Kardashian West on the heels of hosting the 2015 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund L.A. runway show. Here, the two discuss everything from date nights with Kanye and his grander-than-grand romantic gestures to designing her dream closet that will replicate a Saint Laurent in-store experience. With the expectant mother a few weeks away from giving birth to a sibling for daughter North, the conversation shifts to the joys of eating for two as Kardashian West details her daily meal plan, plus the chic little hole-in-the-wall with the best cheesecake in Paris.

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Episode 4
In episode four, André sits down with Vogue editors Grace Coddington, Virginia Smith, Phyllis Posnick, and Tonne Goodman to discuss all things Spring 2016. From trends they saw walk down the runway to Pat McGrath’s Tuileries takeover, hear their thoughts on the latest ready-to-wear-season and click through the slideshow below to see images the editors talk about in Episode 4.

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Episode 3
In episode three, André continues his conversation with Lee Daniels, creator of the hit show Empire. Lee opens up about his family, his personal style, and our culture today.

Listen Now: “ALT Interviews Lee Daniels, Part II”

 


Episode 2
In the second episode, André talks with Lee Daniels. Find out which moments from the show are based upon Lee’s childhood, what André and Lee think about Cookie (Taraji Henson), and more about the Empire spread in the September issue of Vogue.

Listen Now: “ALT Interviews Lee Daniels, Part I”

 


Episode 1
The first episode kicks off with an interview with Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour. Listen below as she and André talk everything from Beyoncé to Loretta Lynch to Kanye for President! Plus, click through the slideshow below to see the September issue images Anna and André discuss in Episode 1.

Listen Now: “ALT Interviews Anna Wintour”

 

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