Archive for July, 2011

July 25, 2011

A Narcissistic Ballad

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Britt Maren by Hugh Lippe for Exit S/S 2011

I absolutely adore Britt Maren.  She was totally my favorite newcomer, especially after Nicolas Ghesquière decided to give her a fierce makeover for Balenciaga Spring 2011.  And she certainly turns it on in this.  Hugh Lippe tells a sexy and slightly haunting tale with this editorial.  I love the femininity and toughness on display.   The feminine punk style is rather awesome.  And while I am normally a great fan of sharply lined collarbones, this sort of freaked me out.  Perhaps I am supposed to feel that way about this.  The glossy deep lids and protruding collarbone makes her look slightly unwell.  Yet, I feel that there is a deliberate consciousness about it. There is vulnerability without helplessness here.  Lippe captures both edge and fragility in this.  In the end, there are beautiful moments with classical eeriness.  And there are startling disturbing points.  Brilliant job by Britt and Hugh both.

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July 25, 2011

Watch This Face

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Ming Xi by Zach Gold for Style Magazine SCMP July 2011

Is it weird that I find Ming absolutely stunning in this?  This editorial is avant garde and kooky, and I absolutely love it.  Her hair is like magenta cotton candy, yet I think it utterly fits the mood and concept of this editorial.  Moreover, I find the photography exceptionally lovely.  Ming is absolutely fabulous, but the photography focus allows me to take in the details.  And those details make for a more interesting shoot.  I like the mood to this editorial in general.  For a clean rather minimalist shoot, Ming brings all the sass and fierceness of an avant garde highly conceptual piece, resulting in a great showcase piece for her.

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July 19, 2011

January 3

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Dorothea Barth Jorgensen, Katrin Thormann & Amanda Norgaard by Kai Z Feng for Stockholm A/W 2011

*Warning: nudity*

Icy sensuality.  Hmm…is that a oxymoron? Nonetheless, this is editorial is very very striking.  Dorothea, Katrin, and Amanda come across otherworldly and untouchable.  Moreover, there is an intensity without the typical fashion aloofness.  And I love the affection between them all in spite of the fierceness on display. Sensuality, languidness, and glamour are all wrapped up into an elegant package.  Each and every shot is enthralling.

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July 19, 2011

Stockholm A/W 2011 Covers by Kai Z. Feng

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 Amanda Norgaard, Dorothea Barth Jorgensen and Katrin Thormann by Kai Z. Feng for Stockholm A/W 2011

Very stunning covers for Stockholm‘s fall issue.  All three girls are utterly enthralling.  I love the clean lines and soft grey scale.

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July 19, 2011

Laetitia Casta by Michelangelo di Battista

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Laetitia Casta by Michelangelo di Battista for Elle France July 2011

I kinda love Laetitia Casta. A lot.  I find her absolutely stunning.  There’s just something about her that I like.  It could be the intensity that she exudes or the comfortable-in-her-own-skin feel that I get from her, but either way, she draws me in.  She has the French je ne sais quoi .  Even while lounging around in the forest (which makes absolutely no sense), I find her captivating.  And Elle France shoots are uninspiring as per usual, Laetitia kind of makes up for it.  Seducing in siren red, she brings an innate sexiness to this shoot.  She doesn’t have to try too hard, making this more enjoyable to view that I would have thought.  There are moments that I like.  And sometimes, that’s all you really need.

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July 19, 2011

My Summer of Love

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Ania Kisiel by Mateusz Stankiewicz for Elle Poland July 2011

I am really drawn to this editorial because of the photography.  There is a nice summery warmth to it that I really like. And the lighting is rather gorgeous, casting everything in burnished gold.  This editorial feels fantastical and dreamy and oh so very much like summer.  There is also a hint of romantic seventies in the languidness of it.  This is everything about summer that I like: sunlit warmth, languidness, and dreamy possibilities.  This is the summer of my childhood.  The nostalgia is just as nice.  This editorial provides a lovely reminder.

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July 19, 2011

Brynja Jónbjarnardóttir by Toby Knott

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This is a rather sweet little portrait series.  It is full of light and innocence with playful accessories and floaty tulle.  Toby Knott has a soft touch with this, displaying youthfulness and romantic whimsy in a delightful manner.  That is all there is to it really.  Short and sweet.

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July 19, 2011

Tough Love

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Sasha Pivovarova by Hedi Slimane for Vogue Nippon August 2011

I cannot get over how incredibly young Sasha looks in this.  And yet she exudes strength.  “Tough Love” indeed.  She wields strength and vulnerability in equal measure in this editorial.  The contradiction is all the more striking with Hedi’s black and white photography.  Moreover, the pieces play a large part in this with texture and depth ringing out with each shot.  I love how everything comes together to create an intriguing editorial out of a seemingly simple black and white showcase.  Hedi does a superb job in bringing out the details; the more I look at this, the more I find things to love.  Hedi’s photography and Sasha’s charisma combine for a fabulously textured shoot.

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July 19, 2011

Brittany Hollis by Jeff Tse

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While she feels a bit blank to me, I love the concept of the scarves.  They truly make this portrait series.  It’s almost like the swirling of ink dropped into water.  However, in some sense, the blankness works in Brittany’s favor.  The mood feels just slightly eerie with the scarves enveloping her.  I like the vulnerability that I sense in this; it makes for a more powerful impact.  Moreover, there is a fluidity to this that is really lovely.  Coupled with the vividness of the color palette, this portrait series is rather striking.

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July 19, 2011

Cuidado con las Vacaciones!

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 Myf Shepherd by Thiemo Sander for Elle Spain July 2011

*Warning: nudity*

As to be expected, Elle Spain‘s July issue stuns with a dose of sex appeal from a gorgeous Australian, Myf Shepherd.  I don’t normally post up such blatantly “sexy” shoots (they are neither inspiring nor creative), but in this case, I couldn’t help myself.  There is something very captivating about Myf. Her sensuality feels raw to me, making a simple shoot like this more intriguing than I would have expected.  And while her body is certainly stunning, I am more drawn to the angles of her elbows. I like the lines that she creates and the languidness that she inspires.  This is a simple piece that does not overly push the sexiness of it on the viewer.  Just enough.

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