Archive for November, 2010

November 27, 2010

Paterson’s Curse

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Cassi Van Den Dungen by Will Davidson for Russh #37

I have no idea what this has to do with Paterson, but this styling is absolutely lovely.  The tone makes for a fantastic autumn editorial (although it’s bordering summer for Australia and we’re getting wintery weather up north).  This editorial has a wonderful flair for the romantic and presents a well mixed set of boxy tailored menswear and flowing feminine skirts.  There’s also a nice drama to the neutral palette; the curves and angles light up in beautiful relief.  Stevie Dance always does a fantastic job with putting the shoots together.  Everything is cohesive yet well-contrasted.  I was very pleasantly surprised by this one, although I really shouldn’t be.  For an editorial on androgyny it really captures the femininity of it.  I love that.  Very nicely done Russh.

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November 23, 2010

Family Circus

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Arizona Muse, Britt Maren, Lindsey Wixson and Anais Pouliot by Paolo Roversi for W December 2010

A naked Kim Kardashian cover aside, I really enjoy the direction that W has taken.  Ever since Stefano Tonchi (previous editor-in-chief of The New York Times’ T Magazine) took over, W has been revamped and given new life.  I love what he’s done with the place.  And considering what he accomplished at T, he’s certainly the man for the job.  Furthermore, I’ve been waiting for Britt Maren to land an editorial.  I love that girl.  But now onto the editorial.

This gorgeous wintry editorial takes everything I love about winter and has transformed it into a brilliantly fantastical offering.  I certainly detect The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe allusions.  But moreover, it brings a somewhat haunting yet utterly romantic outlook, tying in the charm and mysticism of this time of year.  [There is a reason why Harry Potter is always extremely successful in November after all.]  There is something about the period between Samhain and Yule where fascination with mysticism and in particular, a love of the fantastical, is heightened.  Moreover, stylistically, this is rather lovely; I love how the warmth of blushing pink and cream have been transformed into the iciness of ivory and mauve.  Also, Alex White is rather brilliant for working in the colored hair and deep eye, demonstrating a relevance to the current trends in the industry.  There has been a bit of a moment with punches of color in the beauty and hair for the spring 2011 shows.

More prevalent in my case though, I am kind of in love with this.  I cannot stop looking over this editorial.  Paolo Roversi, you have once again captivated me.

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November 23, 2010

Ten Times Rosie

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley by Rankin

This is just a 35-shot snippet of the actual book.  Rankin published Ten Time Rosie back in January; it is a stunning 240-page hardback photography book.  This is kind of crazily epic.  Rosie goes from sexy to glamorous to gritty to edgy to androgynous and back again.  The shots I liked I really liked while some didn’t impress me as much.  However with a spread this large, that’s to be expected.  It’s an undeniable fact that Rosie’s amazing though.  She’s a lot more versatile than people who write her off as a VS model would expect.  Obviously she is very aware of her feminine charms, but it would be wrong to typecast her as merely a bombshell.  And as one would expect, I am very much in love with the ballet portion of this shoot.  The use of the resin chalk was a spectacular touch.  Not to mention she creates a very truthful and intriguing outlook on that world.  I love how the power and strength come out amidst the beauty and lines.  Her hands are gorgeous.  She has really awesome wrists as well.  Overall, I am simultaneously charmed, intrigued, and impressed by Rankin’s portrayal of Rosie.

November 23, 2010

Jlynn by Anouk

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I knew there was something special about this girl.  I had noticed it in her last portrait series.  While the concept (of the other one) wasn’t overly impressive, there were still sparks of something special.  This black and white portrait series is classic and well-executed.  In this case, simplicity is really the best.  Jlynn just uses simple movements, but the small nuances really come out in this piece.  Her lines are gorgeous, and I cannot stop staring at the arch of her back.  And the look in her eyes…it kind of reminds me of Karlie’s patented “death stare” as she stomps down the runway.  Jlynn has her own version of it; I love that it comes out here.  This is a breathtakingly timeless portrait series.  Jlynn is utterly gorgeous in this.

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November 22, 2010

Colpo Di Scena

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Candice Boucher by Kenneth Willardt for A #46

Hauntingly romantic.  I love the contrast between the worn dilapidated setting and lacy feminine outfits.  Candice is gorgeous if a little eerie as she poses in seemingly sexy poses.  The poses seem contrived on purpose to create a caricature of a sexy pin-up.  The color palette to this is gorgeous with a softness that even the darkness exudes.  The warm dark red lip and porcelain skin are the perfect offset to the darkness.  But above all, I love the intensity.  Her eyes…they tell a story.

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November 22, 2010

Momentos de lucidez

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Bo Don by Alexander Neumann for Harper’s Bazaar Mexico November 2010

Fierce.  And would you look at those cheekbones? Razor sharp.  Or as Bradley James would say they’re “just kicking me right out of the shot, mate.”  Those Brook Shields-esque bold eyebrows are kind of amazing as well.  It stops her from seeming too delicate.  Moreover, these are some rather interesting necklines and shoulder-lines.  It creates a line of interest for the eye, complementing the clean face and wispy updo.  I like how Christine de Lassus styled this by getting creative with cut-outs, shapes, and texture.  This is a well executed shoot with Bo Do looking absolutely gorgeous.

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November 22, 2010

Eniko is Everything

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Eniko Mihalik by Benny Horne for Russh #37

It seems that the ever fabulous Eniko has been everywhere lately.  I count 5 publications and 1 ad campaign so far for this month alone: Vogue Italia, Vogue Nippon, Russh, Antidote, The GentleWoman and Bergdorf Goodman.  In such a transient industry, that’s pretty damn impressive.  For this editorial, it’s a bit all over the place, but I guess that’s kind of the point.  Eniko is everything  in this case as she switches easily between styles and personas.  My favorite is the ladylike shot above the sophisticated red lip and elegant pose.  There are a few other excellent styling moments as well.  That Hervé Léger by Max Azria dress (shot 6 right) for one.  I love the sexiness of the under-boob.  It’s unexpected.  Above all, Eniko is just gorgeous.  And that’s that.

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November 22, 2010

Lily Cole by Andreas Sjödin

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Lily Cole by Andreas Sjödin for Vogue Nippon January 2007

I absolutely adore Lily.  And she looks gorgeous in this short little shoot.  Just the right amount of casual and fierceness.  The styling feels perfect for fall and winter, yet it loses nothing of its chicness for the layers.  I love the gilted edges to most of it this as well; the armor and the feathers are my particular favorites.  And I love how most of the volume in her hair while the the shape is balanced by the more form-fitting clothing.  Lovely.

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November 22, 2010

Flying High

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Ming Xi by Lachlan Bailey for Vogue China December 2010

Ming must really be flying high considering the season she’s been having; she’s been a particular favorite for the Spring 2011 shows.  She’s rapidly reaching my list of top 10 models as well (although Du Juan is still my favorite Asian model).  Lachlan Bailey is also one of my favorite photographers; his studio shoots are some of my favorites of all time.  His photographer aesthetic is one I really like.  This shoot reminds me of a certain Karlie Kloss shoot he had done for Numéro that got quite a bit of interest.  While this is not nearly as dramatic (concept-wise and ramification-wise), it’s still a really good editorial.  Ming appears like a bird of prey or perhaps a little Eyes Wide Shut with the styling, especially that sexy Givenchy lace number.  She’s sexy and intense with a fierceness that demonstrates precisely why she’s landed all those shows.

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November 22, 2010

The Girl of a Singular Beauty

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Kate Moss by Mario Sorrenti for Vogue Italia March 2006

Love love love love the artistic vision of this editorial.  Kate looks absolutely gorgeous.  This is precisely why she’s such an icon.  She has this tangible presence in all her work.  This is the Kate that started a waif moment in fashion, becoming the most famous short model ever.  She really is “The Girl of a Singular Beauty.”

Moreover, I love the light and shadow in this; they really showcase the planes of her face and body.  Not to mention, they make for some fantastic silhouettes.  The dramatic lighting really highlights her features with those feathery lashes taking point for me.  Kate is very ethereal in this.  Again, this makes me nostalgic for  the modelling landscape of 2004-2006.

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