Archive for ‘Dazed & Confused’

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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February 23, 2011

Arizona Muse by Sharif Hamza

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Arizona Muse by Sharif Hamza for Dazed & Confused March 2011

As I was saying, she is everywhere.  Haha I don’t mind.  Dazed & Confused actually dedicated an entire issue to her with four covers and this editorial as well.  Although, I was a little disappointed by this editorial.  She’s not particularly doing anything, and the only shot that really captivated me was the feature shot.  She’s intensely beautiful in that close-up shot.  Love her full brow.  However, the rest of the editorial was just kind of…eh for me.  And I’m a little sad about that since I tend to expect a lot of Dazed & Confused.

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January 29, 2011

I was born, but…

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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.

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December 4, 2010

Inside Out

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Iris Egbers, Melodie Monrose, Basia Szkaluba, Hailey Clauson, Kat Hessen, Simone Carvalho, Laura Liriano & Hanne Bruning by Hugh Lippe for Dazed & Confused December 2010

Oh look, it’s the return of the side boob.  I’ve missed it lately.   And Huge Lippe decides to address that in this series of stunning black and white shots.  I’m certainly liking the minimalist style and tone.  It’s a big theme for fall 2010.  Dazed & Confused offers up this lovely softened grey-tone that isn’t overly contrasted.  Sometimes, simplicity really is best.  This could have easily been ruined by being overly ambitious.  I do like that there are a couple raw edges to the clean lines as well.  It stops this from being too clean and thus appearing plain. [A design concept that Alber executes like none other].  Moreover, I like the youthful feel to this despite its sophisticated edge.  It’s a nice way to showcase relatively unknown young models.

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October 31, 2010

Devil’s Daughter


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Dafne Cejas by Anthony Maule for Dazed & Confused November 2010

I terribly like high concept, somewhat unsettling editorials.  They always impress me with their audacity and their dedication to a particular aesthetic.   What I particularly love about this editorial is that nowhere in it does it strive to be pretty.  And Dafne is unafraid of seeming off-putting or ugly even.  This is a high concept piece that could have come straight out of an Alexander McQueen show.  I love all the shots in black; each one is intense.   Shot 4 is impressive for texture alone and that’s not to mention the way Dafne contorts herself.   There is a somewhat futuristic feel with the pixelation, but there is a decidedly otherworldly tone overall.  And even though she’s in all white for the last shot (featured above), I love how haunting it is.  The white alludes more to death than innocence.  This darker tone fits right in with the autumn season.

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October 31, 2010

Double Shadow

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Carrie Ann & Johnny George by Jason Kibbler for Dazed & Confused November 2010

Sometimes, all it takes is one shot.  One shot that can capture the viewer.  This shoot does that.  I liked this without even needing to see the rest of the shoot (as short as it was).  Futuristic negative coloring, yet classic denim styling from the seventies.  The concept is intriguing; the double image creates an intensity that wouldn’t be there otherwise.  Photographer Tyler Shields like to play with double images as well, but not quite like this.  This is almost like a double identity with a darker personality within that comes out in the shot.  Dazed & Confused is really impressing me with its art and concepts.  It can take something simple has a girl in classic denim and turn it into something futuristic and unique.  The point of view is refreshing.

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October 29, 2010

Daniel Radcliffe by Serge Leblon

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Daniel Radcliffe by Serge Leblon for Dazed & Confused November 2010

Here’s the accompanying editorial to that intriguing Dazed & Confused cover.  It has a nice blend of realism and fantastical elements.  Daniel Radcliffe really intrigues me as an artist.  His most obvious claim to fame is playing Harry Potter for the past decade, but his other projects are his true points of interest.  That daring role in Equus which leads him revealing quite a bit and those poems under the pen name Jacob Gershon for Rubbish in 2007 are two highlights.  Good friend Tom Felton also extols Radcliffe’s passion for acting and art, which makes Radcliffe a whole lot more interesting to me than a typical actor/celebrity.  Elaborately painted and dressed in feathers, he cuts quite an image.  I admire his willingness to push boundaries and his intensity and commitment to this shoot.  The hazy light of his realistic shots cast him in an edgy, yet ethereal light.  And it makes him, I might add, quite attractive.  I also like the overcasting glam rock theme to this editorial.  The fantastical shots make him appear like living art.  It reminds me of the living statues in Fremont who follow you around, playfully mimicking your actions and casting them in temporary stone.  And Dazed & Confused does what I feel that Interview has lost.  It pushes boundaries with pop culture and art without seeming formulaic.  I eagerly await what it will do next.  In the mean time, this issue with have to suffice.

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October 29, 2010

Wild At Heart

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Abbey Lee Kershaw by Daniel Jackson for Dazed & Confused December 2009

I still can’t believe that I forgot to post two Abbey editorials from last year.  This issue of Dazed & Confused was back when there was fashion obsession with Where the Wild Things Are.  Abbey is adorably whimsical and disheveled in this editorial.   This editorial really captures the essence of that book.    The headgear is a particularly excellent touch–gotta love that fuzzy hat with the ears and lopsided crown.  This editorial depicts a childish quality that easily translates into our adult lives.  It may be based on a children’s book, but the styling  presents whimsy without immaturity.  Not to mention, I adore those Prada wide-OTK boots; aside from the horned headband, those are my favorite part of this editorial.  Abbey is an excellent choice in model as she looks quite baby-faced herself in this editorial.  And even though I’m posting this almost a year later, this has a very Autumn-feel to it so I feel justified in posting it anyway :P

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October 17, 2010

Dazed & Confused November 2010 Cover

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Daniel Radcliffe by Serge Leblon for Dazed & Confused November 2010

Why, hello Harry Potter.

When did you become so artistically awesome?

Always have been?

Then do you mind if I fangirl you for forever from this point forward? Cuz I can now like you for your own merit as opposed to your Harry Potter association.

By God, I did not recognize Daniel Radcliffe at all.  If this hadn’t been labelled, it would have taken me quite a while to figure it out.  I really like the direction Daniel Radcliffe has taken.  I know he’s going to have to prove himself to the industry after playing Harry Potter for the past decade (and growing quite rich while he’s at it) and he’s made some interesting decisions in recent years.   Published a couple poems under a secret pen name, starred naked in Equus…I like that he pushes the boundaries and is not afraid to take on the more controversial projects.  Dazed & Confused totally picks up on his willingness to push boundaries and presents us with this glam rock-esque cover that is completely polar opposite of Harry Potter.  Totally intriguing.  Perhaps a new trend is emerging with intriguing young actors.  James Franco also recently covered Candy Magazine in drag; and although I absolutely adore him, Daniel’s cover is better.  And this was just after that highly engrossing article about him [James, not Daniel] in New York Magazine too.  In any case, I’m all for it.  I like a little (or maybe a lot) kookiness in artists.  It makes life a whole lot more interesting.

August 12, 2010

World Clique

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Katie Shillingford, Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Julia Nobis and Julia Step by Kacper Kasprzyk for Dazed & Confused September 2010

Love the extended cat eye with white liner.  So dramatic.  Fantabulous :)  Each cat eye has a twist.  The shot from above kind of makes her look like Freja…  I really enjoy the 60s mod style with warrior-like fierceness.  Those top knot buns are just the icing on the cake.  The beauty and styling are just excellent all around.

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