Archive for ‘Arizona Muse’

May 11, 2011

Arizona Muse by Peter Lindbergh

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Arizona Muse by Peter Lindbergh for Stern Magazine May 2011

Arizona has a very strong face.  That may sound a little odd, but it’s true.  Not only does she have rather arresting features, but her ability to convey emotion with just her stare immediately draws the viewer’s eye.  That’s something that simply cannot be taught.   I feel that there’s just a visceral sentiment about her quality of modelling in general; and more impressively, it seems wholly instinctual on her part.   I don’t feel like she’s playing a role or carrying out instructions.  There’s a subtlety to it that I can really appreciate.  She certainly makes for a very compelling subject to photograph.  Coupled with Peter Lindbergh’s distinctive style, a rather tired storyline becomes something more.

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March 27, 2011

Sound of Silence

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Arizona Muse by Paolo Roversi for Vogue China April 2011

With so many stunning shots to choose from, I had a difficult time picking the feature shot.  There was hardly a weak frame in the lot.  Not only is Paolo’s photography phenomenal, but Arizona Muse gives me everything I could have asked for in this editorial.  I love the largely neutral color palette and the romantically whimsical aesthetic.  And I certainly feel that this editorial is aptly named; there is a quiet power about this editorial that just grabs the viewer.  There are no antics and the concept is not ambitious, but there is something enthralling about it nonetheless.   It whispers rather than roars (if that makes any sense…).  Paolo Roversi simply presents some seriously beautiful shots.  And Arizona plays it to perfection with just a slight quirk of an eyebrow.  I love the wisp of hair that flows across her forehead. It’s an excellent little touch and makes the looks feel just a bit undone.

Beauty is a hard idea to capture.  There’s something visceral at work here for me personally.  I instantly fell in love with this editorial despite the fact that it is a studio shoot with no apparent storyline.  This is like…a variation on a theme.  And this theme happens to be Arizona in dreamy fashion, of which Paolo is an excellent choice for that.  All the elements just come together effortlessly in order to result in a gorgeous somewhat sentimental editorial.

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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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February 20, 2011

A Solas con Arizona

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Arizona Muse by Lachlan Bailey for Vogue Spain March 2011

Arizona Muse truly is the model of the moment.  She just exploded onto the scene last September; it’s astonishing how much work she’s landed since that time.  She’s nabbed both YSL and Prada campaigns, a Vogue Italia cover, a Numéro cover, and an upcoming Dazed & Confused cover along with numerous editorials in between.  This girl is most definitely in demand.  I’m not surprised.  I think she’s looked phenomenal in every editorial I’ve seen from her.  She is not only a fantastic model, but she has charisma and fierceness in spades.  That’s not something that can learned.

Even in the quiet moments, I am fascinated.  In this editorial, Lachlan snaps her lounging around, somewhat undressed, and I still can’t help but marvel at how gorgeous she looks.  Moreover, she’s so comfortable in her own skin.  And it shows on camera.  That makes her highly attractive.  I love that her acknowledgement of her own sensuality is entirely not in-your-face (Lara can turn me off sometimes because of that); she subtly seduces you.  It also doesn’t hurt that she has an absolutely stunning body (I still remember that Vogue Paris shoot from February).  And of course Lachlan Bailey always takes gorgeous romantic shots, enhancing that fact.

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January 28, 2011

Forever Young

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Arizona Muse in Gucci by Mario Sorrenti for Vogue Paris February 2011

**First, if you don’t have the maturity, don’t look at the rest of the editorial.  As for the feature shot, I find it gorgeous so I’m leaving it unchanged.**

Well.  Arizona is certainly wearing Gucci in some fashion.  Just not Gucci’s clothing collection haha.  At any rate, Arizona looks spectacular.  She displays nothing but confidence and strength.  Moreover, she conveys an innate knowledge of her own sensuality.  I love that.  There is something highly attractive about a gorgeously unashamed naked woman.  Unfortunately, an editorial like this may never been seen in a commerical American publication.  I fear that American society has perverted nudity.  Nudity has become this huge bigass deal, and the prevalent society shames a woman for reveling in her nude body.  Because that would mean acknowledging a woman’s innate sexuality, which contradicts the pure chaste virgin ideology that is so popular in the United States.  And God forbid that a woman can unabashedly display her body without it becoming hyper-sexualized.  For make no mistake; Arizona’s photographed nudity does not mean her victimization.  This is hardly a desperate bid for print work.   This editorial is erotic, just a tad kinky, and very striking.  Arizona Muse is a rising star; don’t be surprised if we see her take the industry by storm.

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November 23, 2010

Family Circus

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Arizona Muse, Britt Maren, Lindsey Wixson and Anais Pouliot by Paolo Roversi for W December 2010

A naked Kim Kardashian cover aside, I really enjoy the direction that W has taken.  Ever since Stefano Tonchi (previous editor-in-chief of The New York Times’ T Magazine) took over, W has been revamped and given new life.  I love what he’s done with the place.  And considering what he accomplished at T, he’s certainly the man for the job.  Furthermore, I’ve been waiting for Britt Maren to land an editorial.  I love that girl.  But now onto the editorial.

This gorgeous wintry editorial takes everything I love about winter and has transformed it into a brilliantly fantastical offering.  I certainly detect The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe allusions.  But moreover, it brings a somewhat haunting yet utterly romantic outlook, tying in the charm and mysticism of this time of year.  [There is a reason why Harry Potter is always extremely successful in November after all.]  There is something about the period between Samhain and Yule where fascination with mysticism and in particular, a love of the fantastical, is heightened.  Moreover, stylistically, this is rather lovely; I love how the warmth of blushing pink and cream have been transformed into the iciness of ivory and mauve.  Also, Alex White is rather brilliant for working in the colored hair and deep eye, demonstrating a relevance to the current trends in the industry.  There has been a bit of a moment with punches of color in the beauty and hair for the spring 2011 shows.

More prevalent in my case though, I am kind of in love with this.  I cannot stop looking over this editorial.  Paolo Roversi, you have once again captivated me.

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