Archive for August, 2011

August 31, 2011

Solange by Daniel Gurton

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Solange by Daniel Gurton for Vs. Magazine July 2011

Love her hair for this shoot.  That really takes the main focus for me, though Solange does have some lovely bone structure.  There are some utterly gorgeous shots (most definitely the first two) and some unfortunately lackluster ones.  This might be a little harsh but I feel that the styling is doing most of the heavy lifting for this.  This shoot has its moments but can’t help but ask for more.

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August 31, 2011

Hailey Clauson by Miguel Reveriego

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Hailey Clauson by Miguel Reveriego for Vogue Russia August 2011

It’s nice seeing the more sophisticated side to Hailey Clauson.  And while a good portion of these looks are rather seductive, this shoot doesn’t feel inappropriate in any manner.  She may be young, but the pierces certainly don’t wear her.  Moreover, seduction is an old hat for Miguel Reveriego; he is able to frame sensual shots without making it feel contrived.  By choosing the lighting and setting that he has, the editorial feels light and airy in spite of the structured styling.  The overall feel to this important.  I love how the pieces chosen for her can feel playful, sensual, and sophisticated all at once.  Hailey gives the viewer hints and suggestion rather than outright provocation.  I prefer that so much more than contrived “sexiness.” This hits just the right note, conveying an elegant affair all the way around.

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August 31, 2011

Blanco sobre Blanco

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Kim Noorda by Marcin Tyszka for Vogue Mexico June 2011

Kim Noorda is white hot. Literally.  Not only is she stunning, but the styling for this is utterly gorgeous.  The creative director (and stylists) is certainly spot on with every piece for this.  I want every single look along with the accompanying languid luxury of it all.   And because the lines to each piece are so beautifully crafted, Kim exudes this effortless cool in those perfectly pulled together looks in the desert heat.  The tone of this editorial is relaxed yet polished which is just perfect for summer.  It is a little hard to articulate exactly what makes this editorial stunning.  All the elements come together a seemingly contradictory style story of sensuality and elegance, pristine white and dusty stone, sleek lines and rough desert.  But above all, Kim Noorda looks absolutely exquisite in this editorial.

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August 31, 2011

Angels We Were

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Rasa Zukauskaite by Paul de Luna for WestEast Magazine Summer 2011

Oh how I adore dreamy romantic shoots such as this. Everything just flows nicely with wonderfully arching lines.  Rasa comes across as ethereal and whimsical with wild abandon.  I love how the styling and beauty is just a tad undone with wispy tendrils of curls settled softly at her neck.  And while the texture and intricate details can capture my focus on occasional, I am still predominantly floating along with the fanciful dream that this weaves.  Sometimes, I just want to look at beautiful images and be swept up into the romance and glamour rather than dissect the details.

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August 30, 2011

Dream Works

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Iris Strubegger by Alexi Lubomirski for Vogue Germany September 2011

Love the haute couture glamour to this editorial.  There is luxury and drama to every shot with the black and white palette standing out amid the time-worn setting.  I love the sort of melted luxury presented with the dusty crackled rooms and the elaborately wrought furniture as if this was once a place of great pride and opulence only to be forgotten in the passing of time.  Moreover, the dripping candles coupled with the stark color palette of the pieces give a haunted feel to this editorial.  And what lovely pieces were chosen!  Each intricate and full of texture with all the extravagance of haute couture.  This is exactly what I expect of a September issue.  I want to be this excited about the upcoming season as I am reminded of the brilliance of the last.

Also, a link to bigger scanned shots (but not as crisp) here

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August 30, 2011

L’ange

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 Daphne Groeneveld by Peter Lindbergh for Numéro #126

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Numéro editorial, but I like the composition to this.  Peter Lindbergh is one of the last of the great photographers and one who chooses to shoot exclusively in film.  I can’t help but be charmed by his work.  Not to mention, the angelic salvation concept is intriguing; this feels a bit darker than what we’d normally associate angels with.  In some ways, it feels like Pascal Greggory is protecting Daphne rather than the other way around.  And while the beach is normally a bright summery setting, the sand adds a grittiness to this and grounds the more ethereal parts.  This isn’t my favorite piece of work, but there’s something interesting about it nonetheless.

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August 30, 2011

Alla Kostromicheva by Lachlan Bailey

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Alla Kostromicheva by Lachlan Bailey for Net-a-Porter Magazine Fall 2011

Pleasant display of feminine sensuality and tailored masculinity.  Alla plays both with equal intensity. I love how Lachlan Bailey has framed and set his shots, depicting modern trends in a timeless manner.  The texture of the setting is also lovely; it offsets the pieces quite nicely.

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August 18, 2011

Half Life

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Kelsey Jean Harding by Alvin Nguyen for Papercut Magazine July 2011

Love love love the photography.  The perspective is absolutely fabulous.  This is exactly the type of editorial I want at all times.  It is intriguing, glamorous, and utterly fierce.  I found it wonderfully executed with just enough edge to make it exciting.  Everything (concept, style, photography, set, etc.) comes together to create a fantastic piece of work.  Kelsey comes across as untouchable and totally badass (would you just look at that cover?) in this.  Not bad for a model I had never even heard of until now.  Moreover, Alvin has wonderfully blurred the edges to make this rather otherworldly and fantastical.  And for once, this isn’t about the style or concept for me.  It’s about the overall mood and tone.  There is just something about this editorial that I immediately liked when I first saw it.  The beauty is wicked without being overly done, and Kelsey’s modelling embodies everything that I love about print work.  As initially stated, the photography is wonderful with great use of shadow and light.  There is also texture and depth to it.  I do realize that I am just waxing on about this editorial without coherently explaining what makes it special, but I can’t help it.  It’s just fabulous from start to finish.  A lovely piece of art.

[Edit: Also, how cool is it that it’s set in an unfinished nuclear plant? In Katsop Development Park, WA to be precise]

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August 18, 2011

Temperley London F/W 2011-2012 Lookbook

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Julia Johanson by Adam Whitehead for Temperley London F/W 2011-2012

I had never truly appreciated the intricacies of Alice Temperley’s work before.  But because of the greater media exposure she has been given lately, I have been forced to notice.  She has a great flare for drama and apparently a large appreciation for the Roaring Twenties style.  I love that she represents both tailored menswear (in glorious detail I might add) and sensual flapper-inspired gowns here.  And the designs are further offset by the lovely gardens of Beckley Hall, Oxfordshire.  Excellent choice for the majesty and luxury it can provide.  I only wish that there was more to show.  With a mere three shots, I most certainly want more.  The level of detail and ambition displayed here is a great treat to take in.  Highly sophisticated and beautifully crafted, Alice Temperley’s designs are most definitely on my list to follow in the upcoming seasons.

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August 18, 2011

Becker by John Ciamillo

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 A newbie to dissect.  I don’t know if I have seen enough of her to assess her technique and whatnot, but the styling is rather fabulous.  I love the spider-web feel to the deconstruction.  And I always enjoy black and white shots.  Other than that, I don’t really know what to make of her.  She tilts her neck rather extremely.  Looks rather uncomfortable to me…

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