Archive for January, 2011

January 26, 2011

Solange Wilvert by Paul de Luna

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Solange Wilvert by Paul de Luna for Blank Magazine February 2011

There is something really striking about this long length.  Incidentally, I was inspired to wear a maxi skirt for that very reason.  In the editorial, the skirt has one long flowing uninterrupted line which does some really nice things for Solange’s silhouette.  [Well, mine did was well, but that’s hardly relevant :P]  Moreover, Solange is sexy and sensual with barely any skin peeking through.  I love that.  That the state of being “sexy” is an attitude and feeling that goes beyond baring skin as a default for being “sexy”.  I also like the starkness of the inky black structured hourglass shape against the brightly exposed seaside.  Very nicely done.  The only thing that bugged me was the saturation and lighting; the photography feels overexposed.  But perhaps that effect was done on purpose.  Personally, I’m not a fan, but it works for this shoot I guess.

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January 25, 2011

Doingbird S/S 2011

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Kirsi Pyrhonen by Ben Toms for Doingbird S/S 2011

Kirsi really does have a spectacular face.  And while I love a good number of these looks (this brought back some of my favorite pieces from the shows), it’s really her face that I pay attention too.  Her eyes just grab me.  Coupled with the rather minimalist theme, she really stands out with just a quirk of her eyebrow.  Oh, and I love the cat.  The final editorial presentation comes across soft and easy, exactly what I want to see in these depressing winter months.

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January 19, 2011

Christina Ricci by Mert & Marcus

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Christina Ricci by Mert & Marcus for Pop Fall/Winter 2004

It feels like a Mert & Marcus kind of day.  Oh and I absolutely adore Christina Ricci in this.  And while it sort of feels like four sets of paired themes, everything transitions nicely.  It’s striking just is how utterly haunting this is; Christina presents this sort of artistic insanity interjected within moments of pure glamour.  What’s lovely is how she has this glamorous front, but with something just a little off about her.  Like those Greek Theater masks where the flip side of the gaiety is the depression.  You can get one utterly composed shot with an accompanying wacky shot.  Love it.  This sort of contrast and weirdness is right up my alley artistically.  Not to mention Christina Ricci is very doll-like, making this even eerier.  It’s a very compelling piece of work by Mert & Marcus and just the type of provocative that I like.  Perhaps now I will consider them for more than just the highly sexually provocative photography niche (since I will almost always remember them for this shoot).

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January 19, 2011

LOVE #5 Spring/Summer 2011 Cover

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Kate Moss & Lea T. by Mert & Marcus for LOVE #5 Spring/Summer 2011 Cover

Totally love LOVE ‘s cover for this issue (even [ok hopefully] Justin Bieber on one of the covers can’t ruin it).  Kate Moss and Lea T. are smoking hot on it.  Personally, while the liplock is suitably steamy and certainly provocative, I’m totally looking at the placement of Kate’s fingers and more specifically, her Chanel fingerless gloves.  Very chic, yet utterly badass.  Thank you Kaiser for being inspired by your own :) I’m excited to see the rest of the issue if I’m already this impressed by the cover.

January 14, 2011

Alberta Ferretti Spring 2011 Campaign

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Sasha Pivovarova by Paolo Roversi for Alberta Ferretti Spring 2011 Campaign

Sasha Pivovarova looks stunning in this.  I totally paused and stared for a while when I saw this ad campaign.  Sasha is one of my favorite models, and she totally turns it on in this.  So fierce.  And while Alberta Ferretti has a very pretty feminine aesthetic, I can’t even fully focus on the clothes.  Frankly, I probably would have completely ignored this ad campaign if it weren’t for Sasha.  She is both ethereal and striking in front of Paolo’s lens.

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January 14, 2011

Thoughts on Sex

“Our best definition here is that sex is whatever the people engaging in it think it is.”

-Dossie Easton and Catherine Liszt

Amen to that.

January 14, 2011

Classics Re-presented

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Liu Wen in Chanel by Victor Demarchelier for Vogue China February 2011

Oh Chanel…Je t’adore.  While I don’t think her designs should ever be remastered (and I don’t like every shot), I do rather like this editorial.  Victor Demarchelier does a very decent job with this.  And he certainly has some big shoes to fill considering his father.  Really though, there’s something about Vogue China‘s studio shoots that I really like.  They are well canvased and intriguing to look at.  I particularly like the shadows cast in this studio shoot; they create really unusual silhouettes.  Not to mention, I will never tire of ladylike editorials.  Chanel’s designs are classic.  Liu Wen certainly does them justice; she comes across elegantly refined and charismatically cool.  And would you look at those cheekbones? Girl, those are stunning.

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January 14, 2011

Proenza Schouler Spring 2011 Campaign

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Melissa Tammerijn and Julia Nobis by Willy Vanderperre for Proenza Schouler Spring 2011 Ad Campaign

First off, go Julia Nobis for landing two of my favorite designers books: this and Alexander Wang S/S 2011 Lookbook.  But while I absolutely raved over the clothes back in September and I still adore the looks now, that neon orange nail polish is what’s really catching my eye.  Perhaps it’s because Melissa and Julia are both so deathly pale, but the vibrancy of the clothes and beauty seems heightened.  I’m not normally a bit fan of brights, but the contrast is really striking.  The models almost appear carved out of stone.  That would normally really freak me out but somehow it works.  Lovely as always Jack + Laz.

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January 14, 2011

Suburban Secrets

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Kelsey Van Mook by Beau Grealy for A Perfect Guide Fall/Winter 10.11

I’ve always been a big fan of Parisian chic minimalist.  There’s a quiet elegance about it that I appreciate.  This sort of styling has structure,  yet there’s an effortlessness to it.  Certainly a deliberate aesthetic without trying too hard.  I find that I’ve been drawn this particular aesthetic lately.  It’s actually my go-to when I’m feeling lazy.  It makes me feel better to be comfortable yet well presented.  I am all for flair and quirkiness, but sometimes, simple is best.

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January 14, 2011

New York State of Mind

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Georgie Badiel by Laurie Bartley for Elle US September 2010

First off, this is some gorgeous gorgeous lighting.  And I absolutely adore the cityscape setting.  I’m rather partial to it for my own photography.  But really, there’s just something about this editorial I really like.  I had a very visceral reaction to it, and I’m finding it difficult now to articulate what about it that makes me like this so much.  I could comment on the fantastic melding of fifties sophistication and city grittiness, but that’s just one element to this.  All of it comes together so nicely that I’m rather struck by this editorial.  I’ll leave people to view this for themselves and draw his/her own conclusions because I honestly can’t fully express my feelings on this.

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