Archive for ‘Greg Kadel’

June 21, 2011

Malgosia Bela by Greg Kadel

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 Malgosia Bela by Greg Kadel for Vogue Spain July 2011

Quite the pair these two.  Malgosia Bela and Greg Kadel aren’t quite to the level of Edita + Camilla yet, but are an often found model/photographer pairing nonetheless.  Malgosia kind of gives me the same face (and emotion) in editorial, making it feel a bit amateurish, but I find Kadel’s photography gorgeous regardless.  Malgosia comes across glamourous and sexy, if rather commercial in this shoot.   Which certainly has its place.  She feels very approachable in this, rather than fiercely aloof, a persona that the industry certainly loves.  And while I desire more edge and attitude, Malgosia exudes a softness in her seduction which draws me in.  I like the suggestion of vulnerability in those moments. [I think I will always love the slightly furled brow (shot 11); it’s just so… quintessentially high fashion.]  The wide-eyed open mouth stunned look in a good portion of the shots, however, detract from them.  Those are simply too contrived and far too comical to be believed.  And I don’t quite believe that the creative director was striving for farce.  However, as I have been told, the photographer and directors choose the shots from numerous numerous reels of shots.  They kept these particular shots in for a reason; however, I still believe that they take away from the shots of true sentiment.  Which is unfortunate, as this could have had moments of brilliance.

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May 21, 2011

Eniko Mihalik by Greg Kadel

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Eniko Mihalik by Greg Kadel for Vogue Italia May 2011

Yay for fashionable face paint (or war paint rather).  Eniko looks fucking fabulous.  She comes across as a rather fey punk.  I love how she can be both ethereal and edgy in this.  Kadel paints her as otherworldly and vibrant with his blurry watercolor edging to the shots.  And the perspective is intriguing in general; the angles of her face and body add a lot of depth to this editorial.  Moreover, I love when editorials do some wacky artistic brights for beauty.  It’s a perfect excuse to color outside the lines.

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April 21, 2011


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 Aymeline Valade, Anais Pouliot, Merethe Hopland, Josephine Skriver and Julia Saner by Greg Kadel for Vogue Germany May 2011

Greg Kadel snaps five new rising stars in industry Haute Couture.   Personally, I found the black and white close-ups more impressive.  For one, it is a very a classic take by Kadel and perfect for young ingénues.  I felt that the couture sort of overwhelmed the newcomers; other than Aymeline’s, those shots felt poorly executed.  Take Merethe Hopland.  She has very strong features and had an excellent portrait series a while back, but her couture shot came across far too fake and made-up.  I wish Kadel had chosen a better one out of the roll.  That aside, these girls are some of my favorite newcomers to the scene.  [Does anyone else think that Josephine Skriver really resembles Rosie Tupper (an Australian newcomer) in her close-up?]  I am watching out for Aymeline in particularly.  She’s had some fantastic editorials as of late.  Not to mention, she was basically introduced by Alexander Wang.

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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 23, 2010

Wild Dreams

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Liu Wen by Greg Kadel for Vogue Germany November 2010

I’m sure everyone by now knows my dislike of loud prints, excessive volume, and hanging fringe, but I cannot help but like this piece.  Artistically and concept-wise, this editorial is amazing.  It is creative, bright, and wonderfully executed.  Liu’s posing is excellently complements the clothes, making for unusual–yet intriguing–shapes and beautiful artistry.  I love the contained craziness of it all, striking just the right tone.  Bright spots of orange and red give a vibrancy perfectly suited to the autumn season while the shaggy faux and fringe creatively layers add depth to the looks (with an added bonus of keeping one warm!).

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October 16, 2010

Ieva Laguna by Greg Kadel

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Ieva Laguna by Greg Kadel for Vogue Germany November 2010

Now this is fashion with a sense of humor.  It’s disorienting, amusing, shocking, and clever all in one.  With stuffed bras and quirky makeup, this feels a bit like Miuccia Prada took over the styling and concept and is making a clever statement.  I like it.  It’s so kooky and whimsical–almost farcical–without elapsing into the realm of utter ridiculousness.  I like that this editorial is well mixed with quirky styling, pretty shots, and avant garde beauty.  That fifties Louis Vuitton dress looks fantastic with those baby doll lashes.  Shot 12 is cartoonish/comic book-like with the exaggerated bustiness,  shiny pompadour, and ringed red eyeliner like a superhero mask.   I especially enjoy the last shot with the Tom Ford glasses worn off-kilter and the look on her face.  And while the playfulness of it all is great, there’s plenty of seriousness and elegance for people who don’t appreciate the quirkiness.  Shot 6 is classic luxurious camel and minimalist beauty while shots 4 + 5 are pin-up glamour.  Bravo Vogue Germany.

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June 17, 2010

Beach Beauty

Cameron Russell by Greg Kadel for Vogue Germany July 2010

Absolutely lovely.  I can’t stop looking at this editorial.  While beach shoots are a bit overwrought at this point, this really intrigues me.  It provides tantalizing images of a day at the beach without boring me.  And then weaves fantastical firelit images that seduce me.  It’s a lovely study of contrasts with very different moods and color.  There are many strong images in this: seductive looks back with a halo of fire and the wet behind shot.  Cameron Russell has quite a profile.

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May 20, 2010

Bianca Balti by Greg Kadel

Bianca Balti by Greg Kadel for Numéro #67, October 2005

Bianca Balti seduces me every time.  This brunette bombshell draws me in with a strong stare, pouty lips, and wild romantic curls.  Despite the romantic stylings of the shoot, there is nothing girly or whimsical about this.  Bianca is all woman and she knows it.  She’s sensual and knowledgeable with a piercing gaze.  Not to mention, the amount of bling in this shoot is kinda insane.  All that glitters certainly catches my eye.  The liberal amount of jewelry in this is not overdone in the slightest.

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February 26, 2010

Haute Tension

An excellent architectural editorial.  Magdalena’s poses fit right into the scenery.  They are strong as they are beautiful.  Love the exaggerated cat eye and the 60s makeup influence.

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January 27, 2010

The One and Only Ms. Abbey Lee Kershaw

The lovely Miss Abbey Lee Kershaw. I loooooove her. And once again, nude is in.  In more ways than one.  Not to mention makes me long for summer even more. 

Abbey Lee Kershaw by Greg Kadel for Numéro #110 February 2010

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