Archive for ‘Mario Testino’

June 14, 2011

Emma Watson’s New Day


Emma Watson by Mario Testino for Vogue US July 2011

Hermione Granger who?

Love love love the high fashion extravaganza that is this shoot.  Emma Watson has been developing some high wattage style.  Always willing to take a risk and fly the flag for haute couture, she has very unique taste while remaining utterly chic.  I am quite impressed with the pieces she chooses.  Vogue (and Grace Coddington) certainly doesn’t hold back any; they pulled out all the stops for Emma’s very first Vogue shoot and cover.  And I, for one, think she looks utterly fabulous.

Emma shines in bedazzled pieces from Aquilano.Rimondi and Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2011 Collections and stuns in various oversized Prada sequins.  My personal favorite is the Tom Ford (featured above/Shot 1) brass feather skirt.  Amor-esque and eye-catching, it brings both decadent luxury and fierce edge.  Those two traits are something that Ford always excels at.  Moreover, not many can pull off these kookier Prada pieces.  This shoot is all about glamour and luxury coupled with fierce attitude and diva-entitled persona.   And to top that off, I am entirely charmed by the light dusting of freckles that I can make out in spite of the heavy slick makeup.   The makeup is very done, but she pulls it off well.  She comes across edgy yet approachable (love the slicked by pixie cut).  Not to mention, utterly adorable with that plastic Marc Jacobs beret in shot 2.  Brava Emma! I hope this is a sign of even more fabulous Vogue shoots to come.

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June 14, 2011

Vogue US July 2011 Cover

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Emma Watson by Mario Testino for US Vogue July 2011 Cover

Emma stuns in Prada.  One of my favorite Vogue US covers in a good long while.

December 18, 2010

Tuscan Turnaround

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Lara Stone by Mario Testino for Vogue US January 2011

Well this is a refreshing take by Lara.  Set at Italy’s Castello di Vicarello, Lara has this lovely lovely soft countenance which we rarely see from her.  Possibly this is the post-finals relax that’s talking, but there’s an easiness about this editorial that I get immediately from it.  It presents the much-loved bondage strap bra from Rag & Bone Spring 2011 (which I totally fell in love with) in a romantic light and even softens the highly sexual Hermès jockspur jumpsuit (also from Spring 2011) into elegant sportswear [shots 3 & 4, respectively].  Lara already intrigues me with the opening shot where there’s a lifting of a mask and only part of her face can be seen.  The look in her eye is almost coquettish.  Not to mention, her hand placement is gorgeous; she creates such elegant lines with her hands.  Then, we are given a Boticelli-like Venus portrayal that depicts Lara as the goddess she is without referring to the oft-presented bombshell persona of hers.  I’m already won from there.  The rest are beautiful scenic shots that make me long for warm weather.  And while there is no doubt about her sexual appeal, much of the presentation in her other editorials seem contrived and while not desperate or cheap, blatant.  Lara seems younger and freer in this than in her other work.  And while not revolutionary, Vogue US presents a well-crafted and well-timed piece that evokes the rejuvenation that comes from a winter getaway (or just relaxing in general).

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October 26, 2010

Iron Maiden

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Daria Werbowy by Mario Testino for Vogue UK March 2009

Daria looks so effing cool.  Vogue has already turned Daria into an icon; this editorial clearly demonstrates that.  I immediately liked this editorial for Daria’s effortlessness in it.  She perfectly suits the edgy metallic looks and looks completely at ease lounging on that motorcycle.  She comes off as edgily sophisticated with that masculine pompadour which is well complemented by the bold brow and bare face.  Moreover, few have the presence of Daria.  She is really what makes this editorial.  She gives attitude and eludes that coolness that this editorial needed.  Not to mention, I love the switch between cool and warm toned shots; both show a spectrum of hotness from either end.

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July 3, 2010

Versace Fall 2010 Campaign

Iselin Steiro, Anna Selezneva, and Valerija Kelava by Mario Testino

Sexy minimalist (for Versace anyway) black and white shoot.  This is my favorite style.  Minimalist does not mean boring.  Versace has the displays the normal sexiness but tempered by well-tailored structure.  I love the play on texture with sexy cutouts and asymmetrical layers.  Not to mention Donatella has got to be the Queen of body-con dresses (Hervé Léger aside).  Just so effortlessly sexy.

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April 22, 2010

La Decadanse

As I said: the month of Daria.  Recreating the erotic shoot between Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin in 1974, Mario Testino shoots an equally steamy editorial starring Daria and Francesco Vezzoli (Italian artist).  One thing I’m glad to see is that it never even borders on sleazy.  It’s hot for sure but remains well in the realm of sensual over vulgar.  What can I say?  Sex sells. :P  And Carine Roitfeld understands the French pull of sensuality and eroticism.  She excellently styled this.

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April 14, 2010

Americans in Paris

First of all, LOVE Daria’s bangs.  Blunt straight bangs are so chic.  Also the structured looks in this editorial are excellent.  I especially love the tweed trousers (Alexander Wang of course) in the first look.  Style-wise, this shoot totally fits my aesthetic.  And the brown filtering works perfectly.

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