Archive for ‘Numéro’

September 8, 2011

Madone

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 Abbey Lee Kershaw by Sebastian Kim for Numéro #126

Oh so very Abbey.  She always does well in pieces with more…mythical concepts and elaborate styling.  With her doll-like looks, there is something otherworldly about her print work.  And while her delicate features may mistakenly cast her as the damsel-in-distress, Abbey always brings the edge required for haute couture.  No piece or look ever wears her; her personality and charisma shines in every shot.  Top notch, that one, as some would say.  And certainly, this sort of styling isn’t exactly my cup of tea at times, but Abbey pulls it off so well.  She has this ability to convey softness even while being absolutely fierce. It has been a while since I’ve seen Abbey in an editorial, and I am hoping that that won’t be the case for the next one.

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September 8, 2011

Glam Moments

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Eniko Mihalik by Anthony Maule for Numéro #126

Oh Numéro…I can’t imagine why I have abandoned you for so long.  This editorial is full of all the flair and throw back sultriness I have been missing.  Eniko is glorious in this, conveying both sensuality and sophistication.  That is something I have always loved about Eniko; every piece she does is injected with seduction and sexuality.  She has this look in her eye that just draws you in.  Moreover, she infuses it with a dose of elegance and glamour, making her perfect for high fashion.  There is always a avant garde feel to her modelling.  In this case, the sixties inspiration is clearly conveyed with the heavily lined eyes and mod prints.  Eniko gives a wonderful line in every shot with elaborate arches and delicately curved fingers.  I can be fascinated by the most minute details as Eniko cleverly adjusts her angles to best showcase the look.  Every shot is full of character and glamour–everything haute couture should embody.

[Perhaps the paragraph above demonstrates why I don’t post Numéro editorials very often.  I am so enamored with the piece at hand that I ramble about a particular detail and the editorial as a whole alike.  Terribly sorry for the incoherence.  Will clean up later.]

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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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March 26, 2011

Fleur de Lys

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Magdalena Frackowiak by Sean & Seng for Numéro #121

[Hmm very tempted to feature the shot of her butt instead, but I wonder if viewers will take it the wrong way…thoughts?]

Normally I really enjoy Numéro’s editorials, but during Fashion Month, Numéro wasn’t impressing me as per usual.  Trust a particularly lovely shot of Magdalena’s butt to get me interested again.  Although, her butt is most certainly not her only lovely feature; Magdalena is utterly gorgeous all around and seduces the viewer with hardly any effort.  I also like how this editorial comes across almost as a behind-the-scenes series interspersed with some gorgeous artistic shots.  I find the photography very nice; the lighting reflects off the angles her body and face almost in an ethereal fashion.  The planes of her body are simply stunning.  And while there is no apparent theme, I can still enjoy the editorial anyway.

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January 28, 2011

Barbara Palvin & Samantha Gradoville by Sean & Seng

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Barbara Palvin & Samantha Gradoville by Sean & Seng for Numéro #120

Numéro always manages to intrigue.  And push boundaries.  Employing seduction and provocation in equal measure, this editorial both titillates and disconcerts.  Womanly curves are most certainly displayed to full effect, which is a major shift from the waif aesthetic that fashion has favored in the past.   The feature shot above is my particular favorite instance of that.   Gorgeous perspective.  And the black and white doesn’t hurt either.  But while there is no shortage of come-hither looks from Barbara and Samantha, some of the seduction is a bit too obvious for my liking.  Not to mention, Samantha is a whole lot more attractive than she comes across in this.  She’s a bit too heavily made up.   And there is a discontinuity about this editorial.  I honestly don’t know how cavorting with statues comes into play.  Moreover, was there really a need to put bees on Barbara’s face?!?!  That aside, the shots I liked, I ended up really liking so all is not lost.

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January 28, 2011

Pont Neuf

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Iselin Steiro by Camilla Akrans for Numéro #75 August 2006

I love the simplicity of this editorial.  And how the texture of the background plays a huge part in setting the tone.   Not to mention, I am a huge fan of color blocking neutrals; gold is an excellent accent color.  But mainly, I’d have to credit Camilla for making this editorial.  While I absolutely adore Iselin, it’s Camilla’s eye for framing the shot that stands out.  She always fleshes out beautiful lines with the architecture of the location and manages to keep my interest.  Even with the monochrome neutral stone.  And, I didn’t even recognize that this is near the river Seine.  Camilla gives me an intriguing, unusual perspective on Pont Neuf.  I still get the sense of history from it, but without the touristy Seine river shot.  And for that, I thank her.

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December 4, 2010

Lettre à Elise

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Elise Crombez by Tom Munro for Numéro March 2007

It’s funny.  I always know Elise as the model with a particularly nice bottom.  I really do love her body.  And I try to say this in the least objectifying way as possible.  Her proportions are lovely.  Of course, there is also the unusual peeks of skin displayed here to contend with.  I’m sure everyone knows by now my love of intriguing cut-outs.  It could be the tiniest sliver of skin but if it’s well-placed, I’ll still find it like the sexiest thing ever.  Take the feature shot above for example: that display of just her side is like genius.  And her skin contrasts quite well with the inky darkness of her tailored suit.  The languidness of her pose is also lovely.  It conveys a self-confidence about her that draws me in.  She is able to create this sense of drama and deliver some truly spectacular shots.  Moreover, there’s a rawness about this that I really like.  I think Tom is using a film in this case, giving it a less slickly polished feel.  Sometimes, fashion photos feel a little too well put together.  The use of film gives it a sense of realness.  Numéro always hits all the right spots for me.  This is no different.

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November 17, 2010

Ceci est un Titre

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Dafne Cejas by Greg Kadel for Numéro #118

She may be the next great American model.  In a short amount of time, this girl has racked up some pretty decent editorials.  This month alone she has been in two of my favorite publications: Dazed & Confused and Numéro. While her modeling talent will continue to prosper from more exposure, there are traces of greatness about her.  She has this look about her that I like; it kind of reminds me a little of Cindy Crawford actually.  She was a bit more impressive in the Dazed & Confused editorial, but she’s still absolutely gorgeous in this.  The styling is decadent and sparkley :) Just in time for the holiday season.

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October 15, 2010

Equinox

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Cameron Russell by Ben Hassett for Numéro #117

God this is so incredibly gorgeous, it’s not even funny.  The entire editorial is so gorgeous I honestly couldn’t choose just one shot to feature.  There’s something about Cameron Russell that I really like.  I first heard of her in that German Vogue beach editorial back in July (late, I know) but I’ve been on the look out for her ever since.  After watching her in a few key shows during Fashion Month (Isabel Marant, Balmain, Ohne Titel to name a few), I finally had the time to post this editorial.  I always adore Numéro and then it gives me this: Cameron Russell looking spectacular in high definition essentially.  I love the variation to the poses too, moving from beauty close-ups to silhouette shots and classic full-body shots.  This is a thing of beauty.

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September 25, 2010

Emily DiDonato by Sølve Sundsbø


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Emily DiDonato by Sølve Sundsbø for Numéro #117

God this is hot.  Now this is more I like it!  Numéro always has such gorgeous creative editorials; this one is no different.  It’s seems lately that Emily DiDonato has been everywhere, and that’s not a bad thing.  Sølve Sundsbø certainly does his thing.  This is precisely what I was talking about in terms of avante-garde editorials that seem fantastical without leaving me with plastic robots for models.  Everything is sleek without going overboard, there’s an otherworldly element to it, and the lighting is spectacular.  Emily is pitch perfect sensually; I love how she caresses the water.  Not to mention, the metallic styling is amazing.  Especially those shoes.  The spikes! God.  I would not be surprised if Alexander McQueen had made those, but they’re probably Nicholas Kirkwood (the man makes gorgeous shoes).  This is edgy without expense to glamour and luxury.

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