Archive for ‘Interview’

August 1, 2011

Freida Pinto by Mert & Marcus

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Freida Pinto by Mert & Marcus for Interview August 2011

God this is gorgeous…aside from the stupid red paint stripe poorly photoshopped onto a portion of the shots that is.  It is quite unfortunate as this is some of the best I’ve seen from Mert & Marcus.  Every shot speaks for itself.   I love the classic feel to it and how they keep things interesting with the use of shadow.  And that red washed shot is most certainly something special.  Freida, of course, looks breathtakingly stunning throughout.  This kind of quality is what I have come to expect from Interview Magazine. I hope it stays that way.

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April 18, 2011

Supersize Me

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Valerija Kelava & Chloe Memisevic by Craig McDean for Interview April 2011

So many epically dramatic shots…I had a difficult time choosing the one feature shot for this editorial.  For all the volume of the styling and the wildness of the hair, something about this still seems really well tailored.  Maybe not so much in a strict disciplined sense, but there’s still polish to this despite the flair of wild abandon.  Not to mention it takes good design technique for voluminous pieces not to overwhelm the frame of the body.   Moreover, there’s an off-kilter quirkiness to this editorial that I really really like.  From the stark stare to the gangly stride, there is most certainly something odd about it.  It should feel off-putting, but there’s an odd gracefulness to it all.  And there’s still this innate sense of cool throughout.  That quintessential visceral characteristic fashion so often strives to capture.

Fashion is frequently about exaggerated escapism.  This editorial gives me just that in the most delightful fashion.  Actually, this is what I love about Interview Magazine.  It presents this pop art quirkiness in a highly unique way.  Moreover, the photography is superb.  Craig McDean uses contrast to his advantage, making me really notice the texture of the shot [does that even makes sense?].  The black and white shots could feel classic with a muted softness; instead there’s a clean sharpness to some of the lines and an entirely modern feel (perhaps a bit futuristic as well) to the enlarged proportions.  Bravo to McDean for a really eye-catching piece.  And for making me remember my love for Interview Magazine.

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February 23, 2011

Amanda Seyfried by Mikael Jansson

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Amanda Seyfried by Mikael Jansson for Interview March 2011

I love her.  Those doe eyes and doll-like features can totally deceive you.  I feel like she has this hidden mischievous side to her.  And she’s really attractive to me because of that knowing look in her eye.  Not to mention, she totally suits that Valentino frock (shot 3).   She brings a lot more strength to soft lace and silk than I had anticipated.  She like seduces me with every shot.  And I distinctly recognize Mikael’s photography style: classic, sensual, and romantic.  It’s a bit teasing and even though it’s a studio shoot, I’m not bored by it.  It actually reminds me of Natalia’s shoot with Mikael back in February 2005.  And I like that Interview didn’t ruin it by pushing it to be provocative.  Very classy.

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January 28, 2011

Aymeline Valade by Craig McDean

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Aymeline Valade by Craig McDean for Interview February 2011

Oh so sorry but this must be done: *points while flailing* shoes shoes shoes shoes would you just look at those shoes?!?!!?!?  I cannot possibly love Balenciaga more than I do right now.  Thank you Nicolas Ghesquiere for giving me something I never even knew that I needed in my life. *_*

Now onto the rather calmer response.  I don’t care much for the chaotic styling and haphazard color scheme, but I do appreciate the sentiment.  Aymeline does emit a cool that’s needed to pull off the punk-themed aesthetic, but this editorial still feels a little one dimensional.  What made Balenciaga and Proenza Schouler so fucking epic for Spring 2011 was the duality that each collection had.  This presents all punk and barely any chic.  I guess I’m judging this a little harshly.  I always expect a lot from Interview Magazine.  With the precedent that it had set (thanks for that Bob Colacello), I should be expecting a lot.  I want it to thrill me and amaze me.  And while the pieces separately thrill me, I already fell in love with those during the collections.  I just wish this would give me something new to fall in love with as well.

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October 29, 2010

Seduce Me

Lara Stone by Craig McDean for Interview October 2010

Lara Stone seems to be a very popular model for Interview Magazine (usually shot by Mert & Marcus).  But I like this Craig McDean shoot more than any of her seductive–admittedly very kinky–editorials by Mert & Marcus.  They just seem too blatant and sexually saturated.  The subtly of the seduction in this impresses me a lot more than the overtly sexual clothing and busty posturing in the others.  The styling may not appear seductive, by it seduces me anyway.  The quality of the clothes seduce me.  The isolated shape to the clothes may be unusual, but the overall shape is very womanly.  And the slivers of skin peaking out between the thigh highs and skirt teases the view just enough to entice.  But what I really like is the look on Lara’s face throughout the editorial.  Lara has such an excellent grasp on who she is and that, to me, is extremely sexy.  And the shadows in the setting really set the tone.  So bravo to Lara and Craig McDean for going for something with a little more substance instead of catering to the shock and awe method.

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September 14, 2010

Models Own

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Monika Jagaciak, Hannah Holman, Ann Kenny, Kirby Kenny, Julia Nobis, Mirte Maas & Tati Cotliar by Paolo Roversi for Interview September 2010

I adore Jac.  Sooooo much.  She’s rapidly becoming my favorite model.   In any case, Interview shoots the next model favorites.  They’re all young but they’re quickly becoming known.  I like how each model has a more romantic shot with cozy knits and then a grittier street shot.  Paolo always does excellent work.  I’m a bit surprised that he shot for Interview though.

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May 1, 2010

Spring Romance

Before I talk about Karlie and her amazingness, can I quick point out that 25 Magazine is excellent?  Anja Rubik and  Sasha Knezevic have impressed me so much with their publication.  It’s beautiful, well thought out, and much needed.  While publications like Vogue and Elle reign supreme in the commercial world, there is a need for beautiful and thought-provoking magazines on the fashion and the industry itself.  Interview, 10 Magazine, Numéro, and now 25 Magazine fulfills my need.  Each is unique and inspires me.  And 25 Magazines makes me believe that “slashing” isn’t always bad.  Anja Rubik and Sash Knezevic are both models/editors and probably numerous other things in the industry; however, they uphold a standard of excellence regardless of what it is.

Ok now onto the shoot.  I’ve been waiting for a proper scan of this for what feels like ages (reality: 3 months), ever since posted a somewhat blurry preview of it.  One thing I love about Karlie is that she’s naturally progressing.  As she gets older, she does more avant garde and perhaps risqué shoots (case and point: Parallel Lines for Numéro).  But they are all tasteful.  I don’t understand why a lot of people are freaking out about it.  I can understand this sort of freak out: “OMG THIS IS AMAZING AIORUNAE4OIFNEOFINAEOFIN” or something along that vein.   This editorial is romantic and a little hazy.  Which greatly appeals to my aesthetic.  And there’s nothing wrong with being sensual.  If she is mature enough to handle it and the result is as fabulous as this one, then I’m all for it.

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April 23, 2010

Tough Ballerina

Absolutely bloody fantastic concept.  God.  I can tell that this post is just gonna be a whole bunch of happy babbling.  Because that really was my first reaction.  Of course, I’m extremely biased towards dance-themed editorials.  There’s just something about the blending of dance and fashion that excites me every single time.  There’s a fire in my blood for it and said editorial usually gains my instant adoration.  In this case, Interview is once again the culprit.  One thing that it does best is it’s ability to utterly capture pop culture in all its facets: dance, art, music, fashion, society. It manages to shock and thrill as it strives to showcase excellence.  Andy Warhol certainly had the right idea in creating it.  And it’s not fluff pop culture; it’s a pop culture before pop culture became convoluted with celebrity mayhem and superficial fame seekers.

Now onto the editorial.  Freja is her fantastically edgy self as always.  The styling is awesomely edged romantic with pastel frills and leather accents.  And how fantastic are the shoes with their vague semblance to ballet pointe?  And obviously any shoe that laces up the leg immediately has my love.   Overall it is an excellent shoot with an excellent model, photographer, stylist, make artist, style director etc. and excellent magazine to showcase it.  How can you not win with all that in your favor?  And most of all, it can instantly evoke something from the viewer.

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February 20, 2010

The Most Lusted-After Face in Fashion

Kinky.  That should give you due warning if you want to see the rest of the shoot.  But of course this is Lara Stone and Interview Magazine.  What did you expect?  Magazines like Interview and Purple thrive off shocking and provoking people.  But that doesn’t change the fact that Lara Stone is essentially the most sought after face in fashion.  In a world that thrives off the waif look, it’s really awesome that someone so “curvy” and normal is extremely popular.   To think that she almost gave up, but then someone recognized her talent.  She’s a 6 or was one (I think they’re reporting’s size 4 now which is still large for a sample size of 0).  Big whoop.  Fashion needs a shake up.  And it got it.  It also has a fascination with snakes lately: first Raquel Zimmerman’s shoot and then Anja Rubik, and now Lara’s cover.

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November 28, 2009

Gimme More

Interview frequently impresses me with its content. It manages to convey a creative outlet regardless of medium: it tackles art, fashion music, and pop industry all in one. I’m glad that Andy Warhol convinced Bob to start it in the 80s.

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