Archive for May, 2011

May 26, 2011

Nadia Serlidou by Koray Birand

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Nadia Serlidou by Koray Birand for Harper’s Bazaar Turkey June 2011

I was immediately drawn to this vibrantly striking editorial.  While siren red has always been a well-liked theme, I find this recent editorial brilliantly executed.  I don’t know if it is so much the color, but rather the effect I really enjoy.  The fluttery chiffon provides a beautifully fluid impression; coupled with the lace in the feature shot, the result is both artful and sensual.  It is a gorgeous close-up of the cover shot (which is fantastic with the full-body shot by the way).  This editorial has a couple typical glamour shots (complete with teased hair and winged eyeliner), but I think the wonderfully flowing shots make up for them.  Not to mention, some of those glamour shots (shot 9 for example) give a nice little nod to splendid forties style (and perhaps a little Jacki O as well).  Overall, a very eye-catching shoot.

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May 26, 2011

Kate the Now

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 Kate King by Benny Horne for Russh #40

At first, I almost passed this editorial over for being too plain.  But then, for some reason, I kept coming back to it in spite of its “plainness.”  Stevie Dance always crafts these seemingly ordinary concepts that end up intriguing me more than I would have originally thought.  She is really good at making the ordinary something more.   More impressively, she’s gotten me intrigued about a shoot that largely features an all-denim look (an aesthetic I certainly don’t advocate for).  In general, I like Kate King.  She is an interesting newcomer who had walked a fair amount of shows for Fashion Month Fall 2011 and just recently landed Dolce & Gabbana Campaign.  There’s also something pleasant about her personality in this.  She doesn’t try too hard to seem cool or make this editorial edgy and slick.  However, she does know when to simply turn it on, which is something most newcomers don’t intuitively get.  I particularly enjoyed shots 2 and 8 for the sentiment.  This is a lovely start to her career.

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May 26, 2011

A Place in the Sun

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Liu Wen by Hans Feurer for Vogue China June 2011

Wow it seems like Liu is in everything lately; she’s certainly taken this industry by storm (I’ve actually lost count of how many campaigns she’s landed and editorials she’s featured in).  Nonetheless, she looks lovely in this.  I like that while she’s not uberly pale (thank God for that), her hair is the only thing used to provide contrast in this shoot.  Normally people would use this as an opportunity to play with neon color-blocking for beauty (not that that isn’t fun…).  I like how natural she appears in this and that she emotes without any additional aid; it really reminds me of the excellent profile shot of her featured in the Asian Issue of V Magazine (#71).  Avant garde craziness has its place, but every once and a while, I like a little dose of natural beauty –something which Liu has in spades.

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May 26, 2011

Maria Melnik by Nikolay Biryukov

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Maria Melnik by Nikolay Biryukov for Elle Ukraine June 2011

This got me with the white Hervé Léger suit in shot 3; I love the angular cut-outs to the suit.  Just the lines to the suit in general are fabulous.  I also really like the stark black and white color palette with just a blue skyline providing a dose of color.  There’s something intense and earthy about it; the texture of the rock behind her is nice as well.  I tend to like summer shoots like this over the neon happy beach shoots that typically crop up at this time of year.  The posing is not spectacular or anything, but I think the suits and pieces tend to speak for themselves.  Also, the tan lines would be horrendous, by Hervé Léger by Max Azria is always a unique (and sexy!) option for summer.

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May 21, 2011

Eniko Mihalik by Greg Kadel

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Eniko Mihalik by Greg Kadel for Vogue Italia May 2011

Yay for fashionable face paint (or war paint rather).  Eniko looks fucking fabulous.  She comes across as a rather fey punk.  I love how she can be both ethereal and edgy in this.  Kadel paints her as otherworldly and vibrant with his blurry watercolor edging to the shots.  And the perspective is intriguing in general; the angles of her face and body add a lot of depth to this editorial.  Moreover, I love when editorials do some wacky artistic brights for beauty.  It’s a perfect excuse to color outside the lines.

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May 21, 2011

The hills have eyes

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Sara Blomqvist in Rodarte by Ben Toms for Twin #4

Some gorgeous artistry by the Mulleavy sisters.  They always manage to transform a seemingly unrelated influence into glorious designs.  Inspired by redwoods (Santa Cruz terrain in general actually) for spring/summer 2011, the texture really comes alive in the Rodarte collection.  The amount of detail work is astonishing (practically on par with the Mcqueen house if I do say so myself); moreover, the collection comes across as both edgy and ethereal.  There are earthy geometric prints fashioned in an armor-like dress and fluid wood-lined pieces that flow in an endless manner.  I like how easy Sara is in this and how she just lets the piece speak for itself.  Not to mention, that owl (hawk too) is an excellent touch.  The pattern to its feathers fits in seamlessly with the clothes. Better yet, this editorials leaves me feeling as I would with a Rodarte show: impressed and just a tad whimsical.

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May 21, 2011

Janneke Van Den Bosch by Pierre dal Corso

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Boy does she has a lovely neck.  Elegant with swan-like elongation, Janneke catches the eye instantly. While her features remind me a lot of Jac, this young ingénue has a different sentiment of her own.   I love the classic feel to this portrait series, especially since dal Corsco is using a film rather than digital.  The graininess of the shots are lovely.  Portrait series are normally used to present the model as a blank slate so the concept can’t be too ambitious.  I wasn’t terribly impressed with the last few shots, but I find the profile shots absolutely gorgeous.

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May 21, 2011

Ming Xi by Nick Knight

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Ming Xi by Nick Knight for V #71

Nick Knight always has a rather interesting perspective on things.  I love the light streams in this, presenting a dreamy outlook on spring haute couture.  Although this probably looks like more of an experiment in light and photo shop rather than a display of haute couture pieces.  Nonetheless, I think it still captures the sentiment.  Ming comes across as sensual and ethereal in this with that splash of vibrant red lip standing out prominently.  I love her neon punk hair coupled with the elegant gowns.  The edgy modern accents complement the glamorous couture in a unique way.  Moreover, the lines in this are fantastic.  All those angles are brilliantly created by Ming; I found myself fascinated by the placement of her fingers alone.  A lovely dreamy artistic piece for Nick Knight.

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May 18, 2011

Lady Grey

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Stella Tennant, Imogen Morris Clarke by Tim Walker for Vogue Italia March 2010

Oh Tim Walker…your crazy  mind is brilliant.  I adore like everything about this editorial.  The avant garde theatricality of it all is superbly done–as always–and the Marie Antoinette type French Revolution fashion is very apparent.  I love all the references and how the historic styling fits in with the modern torn set.  The contrast between the highly elaborate decadent pieces and the wrecked torn-apart rooms is just lovely.  I think the addition of the ladders is a fantastic touch as well.  This is creative and just a tad wacky with elegant drama and ethereal dreaminess.  This editorial makes me feel full of whimsy with the intricately crafted ship hats and opulent full crowns.  The mix of dark shadows and airy light is also well balanced.  The models are like flitting fairies with artfully posed limbs and elegant wrists.  The lines are absolutely gorgeous.  There is just so much in this editorial to love.

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May 18, 2011

Saskia de Brauw by Ben Toms

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Saskia de Brauw by Ben Toms for Dazed & Confused June 2011

Hello there Dazed & Confused.  I always really enjoy its editorials.  And Saskia is quite lovely and dramatic in this deeply printed styling.  I love the darker color scheme as well.  I’m not normally a fan of prints; they feel a little too flamboyant for my tastes.  Not to mention prints are normally accompanied by a neon color scheme.  This is deeper without feeling muted.  The sense of fun from the prints is well retained.  Oh, and those Balenciaga spikes get me every time; I will forever be in love with those I think (at least I hope so!).  Saskia always a more androgynous look, giving the more feminine pieces a different feel.  While she does have a tendency to put her hand on her hip, I kind of really love the haphazard way in which she places her limbs.  It’s a little doll-like, perhaps adding more of a story to a rather ordinary concept.  I also like how the texture of the background works to complement the prints.  This is a great little piece that I highly enjoyed.

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