Archive for September 21st, 2010

September 21, 2010

Atelier Versace Fall 2010 Lookbook


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Monika Jagaciak for Atelier Versace Fall 2010 Lookbook

It is difficult to choose one shot to feature because all of it is breathtaking.  With a lookbook like this, there hardly needs to be any sort of concept to interest me.  When I first saw an Atelier Versace Lookbook (Kasia Struss for the Atelier Versace Lookbook Spring 2010), I was blown away.  Donatella has always been known for her creativity and the innate sexiness of her dresses, but she has proven that she can do Haute Couture with the best of them.  This is no different.  While the dresses from the last one are more armor-like with clever cut-outs, these are sleek and well-crafted with a high slit.  There is a timeless quality about the Fall 2010 Lookbook.  I feel like Donatella is going for more high glamour, and she’s achieved it.   Of course, I was already sold at Jac.

I can now say with certainty that she is my absolute favorite model.  Funnily enough, I think she has the makings of a young Coco Rocha (who was my favorite model, but still is one of my top 10).  Jac’s figure is well-proportioned and just right for these curve-hugging gowns.  She has a smoldering gaze that pulls me every time.  And she’s young at that.  Although she’s already rapidly becoming an industry favorite, she’ll continue to learn and grow.

Would you just look at the last shot?  Her hands are what make this shot spectacular.  They are balleticly (I know. Not a word but it fits so too bad) graceful and wonderfully arched.

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September 21, 2010

The Talented Miss Mulligan


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Carey Mulligan by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue US October 2010

This is actually my favorite Vogue US issue in a good long while.  Although American Vogue has an excellent team of Grace Coddington, John Powers, Patrick Demarchelier, Hadley Freeman and many others helmed by Anna Wintour, it often falls short of the mark.  While they always have an impressively thick September issue, it’s generally a matter of quality vs. quantity at that point.  For once, Vogue has managed to intrigue me with their cover choice (the ever lovely young wonder Carey Mulligan) and has not tried to shove commercialism down my throat.  They have moved from their standard fare of editorials for this issue.  Peter Lindbergh  is probably partly the reason for this improvement; it’s his first cover for them in 20 years.  Not to mention, this is Creative Director Grace Coddington’s rare work with an actress.  She usually focuses more on the clothes and how they look in front of the camera rather than work with a celebrity.  This was shot near Peter’s vacation home in the South of France in Arles.  And Carey’s in Parisian haute couture.

Peter Lindbergh is special; he is probably one of the last great photographers today.  Moreover, he does not deal in digital photography.  There is no photoshop, and he shoots exclusively in old school film cameras.  And yet, he has this lovely timeless romantic aesthetic that many photographers strive to emulate but fall short of the mark.  He has found a natural subject in Carey Mulligan.  She does not try too hard, and she does not “model” the clothes.  She simply is herself in front of the camera while doing the haute couture justice.  For once, I feel that this is actually about the couture and not the actress wearing it.  The shot above features a Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci tulle dress with embroidered silk-chiffon lace and beaded corset.  Riccardo Tisci’s meticulous alabaster beading on a corset has drawn comparison to the coveted porcelain of Nymphenburg.  I give you all the details about this one particular dress because I want people to admire it for the work of art it is.  And every single piece featured in Carey’s editorial is of the same caliber–whether that is the Dior Haute Couture iris-purple hand-painted satin organza and tulle gown or the Valentino Haute Couture silk organza dress.  Peter and Grace should be proud of themselves for this one.

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September 21, 2010

Red Hot

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Karen Elson by Alexi Lubomirski for Harper’s Bazaar UK October 2010

Smoking hot.  Karen Elson glows in this editorial.   The fashion industry’s favorite redhead does a nice little feature for Harper’s Bazaar UK.  I love that they play up her red hair and give her highlights in various shades of red.  And there’s that ever popular red matte lip that’s been all over the Spring 2011 shows so far.

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September 21, 2010

Cara o Cuero

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Eniko Mihalik by Nico for Harper’s Bazaar Spain October 2010

Eighties high glamour at its best.  And I adore her hair.  It seems that Eniko’s hair has been taking the focus as of late in her editorials.   That’s ok with me; it is spectacular and so is she.  That shot with her head thrown back and she’s only wearing a jacket and boots is so Flashdance, I love it.  All-leather styling, doberman, metal fence…all the makings of a hardcore edgy yet glamorous editorial.  And I’m glad that fashion’s making a return towards luxury again.  It’s exactly as Michael Kors was envisioning as he sent down his Spring 2011 show (although probably not with this type of styling).  I especially like how in some of the later shots her poses makes it seem like she’s dancing.  I’m not normally a fan of Harper’s Bazaar Spain–it generally bores me–but there are touches of brilliance in this. Bravo.

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September 21, 2010

Fine China

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Danni Li by Henrique Gendre for ROUGE Magazine #3

Startlingly stunning beauty shoot.   While this is a superb makeup job and Danni’s absolutely flawless, it still creeps me out a little.  Because she’s frighteningly white, she appears demon-like against the red palette.  The high contrast allows for a creative concept with a simple palette of red, white, and black.  If I could pull off red hair like that, I would do it in a heartbeat.   Moreover, I really like the placement of her hands.  Although the focus is undoubtedly her face, her hands add that extra touch to an already well-executed shoot.

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