Ming Xi & Hyoni Kang by Will Davidson for Dazed & Confused February 2011
Believe it or not, I’ve been a bit disenchanted with fashion print work lately. Most likely due to the lull of the December/January period. Not to mention, I was feeling a major lack of academic drive. However, trust Dazed & Confused to snap me right out of that apathy. With dancer-like grace and romanticism, Ming and Hyoni take my breath away in this editorial. And Will Davidson sweeps me right along with his dreamy vision. Such a gorgeous piece of work. I think I am so greatly drawn to this because I needed to find my inner dreamer again. The timing was so utterly perfect that this struck me powerfully, viscerally. Moreover, bringing back Hyoni reminded me of that time when I was just discovering my passion for the fashion industry. I needed to feel that magic again.
However, as much as I adore Hyoni, it was Ming who thoroughly impressed me with her depth. She positions like a veteran, and her lines are beautiful. She is able to catch my eye with something as simple as her hand just past Hyoni’s shoulder as she embraces her (featured shot above). I just love the black and white shot (shot 6) of her bent over her outstretched legs. Not to mention, the smoothness of her skin contrasts so nicely with the gritty ground beneath her.
And certainly, I would be remiss for not talking about Will Davidson. He’s been responsible for a good number of my favorite editorials. “Alessandra” and “Bunny Ain’t No Kind of Rider” certainly come to mind. With this piece, his photography reminds me of well-blended brush strokes. And I love how the out-of-focus parts suit the styling at that exact moment. He always has a wonderful gritty romantic aesthetic, something that falls in well with my own. Stunning photographer as per usual, Will Davidson.
But really. Thank you Dazed & Confused for making me fall in love once again with fashion.