Archive for ‘Russh’

February 11, 2012

Small Flowers Crack Concrete

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 Mirte Maas by Hugh Lippe for Russh #44

Mirte looks so very pretty in the February issue of Russh.  There is a dreamy romanticism to her editorial that feels utterly befitting of a February issue.  And Mirte looks exceptionally pretty with natural makeup and softly mussed hair.  I love the charmingly rumpled air about her; nothing about this feels too carefully done.  There is something sweetly innocent about the ethereal white lace and light knit styling in spite of the fair amount of skin it exposes.  Mirte comes across more adorable than seductive.  And I love the setting of the dilapidated house as the peeling cracked paint and worn down wooden floorboards provide great contrast to the pristine white pieces.  The air of abandonment to the scenery just adds a sort of romantic frailty to the tone.   Moreover, I like how the varied texture in this editorial create an overall softness rather than adding edge.  I am most certainly picking up this issue when it releases in the US.

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August 3, 2011

Nowhere Else!

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Aymeline Valade by Will Davidson for Russh #41

Boy do I love this girl.  She has the potential to be a real force in this industry.  Along with real charisma, she has a rather lovely and expressive face I find–really striking.  Moreover, I think that everything she does is fantastic.  This editorial no different.  It is full of flair and personality.  While she is excellent at giving avant garde edge, she appears perfectly at ease with charming playfulness as well.  I like the overall mood to this editorial.  The pieces chosen reflect that joyful fun quite well; they’re very nicely thought out.  Then again, I have always been a bit partial to a neutral palette.  The mix of feminine romanticism and tailored menswear is also lovely.  [I totally want those oxfords.]  Coupled with Will Davidson’s photography, this makes for an exceptionally lovely piece in general.   And a most excellent reflection of the summer/autumn transition period.

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May 26, 2011

Kate the Now

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 Kate King by Benny Horne for Russh #40

At first, I almost passed this editorial over for being too plain.  But then, for some reason, I kept coming back to it in spite of its “plainness.”  Stevie Dance always crafts these seemingly ordinary concepts that end up intriguing me more than I would have originally thought.  She is really good at making the ordinary something more.   More impressively, she’s gotten me intrigued about a shoot that largely features an all-denim look (an aesthetic I certainly don’t advocate for).  In general, I like Kate King.  She is an interesting newcomer who had walked a fair amount of shows for Fashion Month Fall 2011 and just recently landed Dolce & Gabbana Campaign.  There’s also something pleasant about her personality in this.  She doesn’t try too hard to seem cool or make this editorial edgy and slick.  However, she does know when to simply turn it on, which is something most newcomers don’t intuitively get.  I particularly enjoyed shots 2 and 8 for the sentiment.  This is a lovely start to her career.

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January 27, 2011

Just Like Sisters

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Bambi Northwood-Blyth, Lisanne de Jong, Hannah Holman, Abbey & Meag by Benny Horne for Russh #38, Just Like Sisters

For a second there I thought that Bambi was Crystal Renn.  She truly does resemble her in shot 8.  In any case, I really like how Benny Horne decided to showcase these young models.  The shots are beautifully cast, perfectly age-relevant, and romantically set.  I’ve always appreciated his aesthetic–he captured Tati Coliar beautifully in “Ce Matin La“–but he’s most certainly growing as a photographer.  I love the glimpses of familial intimacy between the girls (even they aren’t related in any way) that he depicts.  They hardly feel contrived at all.  And he intersperses just enough black and white shots to hook me.  Not to mention, Bambi really shines in this piece (I knew that girl was special when Zanita Whittingon had captured her in “Desert Fox”); my focus is drawn to her each and every time.

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November 27, 2010

Paterson’s Curse

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Cassi Van Den Dungen by Will Davidson for Russh #37

I have no idea what this has to do with Paterson, but this styling is absolutely lovely.  The tone makes for a fantastic autumn editorial (although it’s bordering summer for Australia and we’re getting wintery weather up north).  This editorial has a wonderful flair for the romantic and presents a well mixed set of boxy tailored menswear and flowing feminine skirts.  There’s also a nice drama to the neutral palette; the curves and angles light up in beautiful relief.  Stevie Dance always does a fantastic job with putting the shoots together.  Everything is cohesive yet well-contrasted.  I was very pleasantly surprised by this one, although I really shouldn’t be.  For an editorial on androgyny it really captures the femininity of it.  I love that.  Very nicely done Russh.

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September 25, 2010

Autoerotic

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Karolin Wolter by Benny Horne for Russh #36

Russh is just killing it lately.  The shadows are so nice in this editorial.  Karolin showcases the swimsuits wonderfully.  I guess since the publication’s Australian, they’re prepping for summer down there.  Although I love Autumn, it’s making me long for warm weather as well.   I like how Karolin varies the poses and manages to find the light really well.  Moreover, she works with the shadows, making sure that the light bounces off the angles of her body.  Not to mention, I am a total sucker for bandage swimsuits and dresses (thanks Hervé Léger for encouraging that one).  They remind me of bondage straps, which is a big thing for Spring 2011 apparently.  Oh…I just checked; they are in fact by Hervé Léger.

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September 25, 2010

Austin

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Ashley Smith by Will Davidson for Russh #36

Va-va-vooooom.  A lot of people call her the poor man’s Lara but I find that unfair.  I like her.  While she does have a curvy body atypical to the industry, a gap in her teeth, and blond her, she doesn’t remind me of Lara at all.  Her demeanor is different and gives off an entirely different feel to her editorials.  When Lara does sensual editorials that focus on her admittedly spectacular body, she totally owns it. She’s in your face in the best possible way.  Ashley’s a lot quieter.  She’s equal in confidence, but there’s a naiveté about her.  Perhaps it’s because she’s younger.  And even though she’s styled as a bombshell, I love how the military boots ground the looks.  Not to mention, I absolutely adore her cover.  It’s really what caught my eye about this issue of Russh.

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September 25, 2010

Hollywood

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Devon Aoki by Will Davidson for Russh #36

I’ve been quite impressed with Russh lately (especially after that spectacular Alessandro Ambrosio editorial); Stevie Dance runs and styles the excellent Australian publication.  While I wasn’t terribly enamored with Devon’s entailing editorial, her cover is gorgeous.  JGL’s rumored lady looks stunning in Dolce & Gabbana on this black and white cover.  Although, I wish her editorial had a little bit more innovation and moreover, close-up shots.  Devon’s too gorgeous of a model to waste.  I hope she does more editorials; I was under the impression that she’s largely retired.

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July 22, 2010

Alessandra


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Alessandra Ambrosio by Will Davidson for Russh #35

A Great and Terrible Beauty indeed.  Stevie Dance does an excellent job with the styling and Will Davidson shoots beautiful romantic shots.  The contrast between the whimsical beauty of Alessandra and the grittiness of the city bring out something special with this editorial.  I’ve always loved Russh since they’re very summery shoot in like the dead of winter (see it here).  That issue is sitting very nicely in my organized stack of magazines currently.  But back to this one.  This editorial is pure gorgeousness.  While others seem to mind, I actually like some of the work VS models have produced in high fashion.  This is an entirely different side to Alessandra.  She’s known for being the bubbly outgoing Brazilian bombshell but she fell into this character so effortlessly.  And the photography’s stunning.  Absolutely stunning.  The black and white as well as the contrast between hazy focus and sharp lines take this to a whole new level.  I have nothing but profuse praise for this editorial <3

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May 26, 2010

Bunny Ain’t No Kind of Rider

Ieva Laguna & Tony Ward by Will Davidson for Russh #34

I kind have fallen in love with this editorial.  It’s utterly messy, strikingly sensual, beautifully artsy, and perfect in ways I wasn’t able to anticipate.  My like of it kind of took me by surprise, which is fantastic in itself.  I love things that are able to evoke a response without me already knowing I’m going to like/dislike something.  Another thing about this is how fantastically vibrant it is.  The colors run wild in this as the paint serves as a wonderful foil to what’s being created.  This is creativity at its best, and I hope that Russh continues to shock in the best way.

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