Archive for ‘Paolo Roversi’

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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January 14, 2011

Alberta Ferretti Spring 2011 Campaign

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Sasha Pivovarova by Paolo Roversi for Alberta Ferretti Spring 2011 Campaign

Sasha Pivovarova looks stunning in this.  I totally paused and stared for a while when I saw this ad campaign.  Sasha is one of my favorite models, and she totally turns it on in this.  So fierce.  And while Alberta Ferretti has a very pretty feminine aesthetic, I can’t even fully focus on the clothes.  Frankly, I probably would have completely ignored this ad campaign if it weren’t for Sasha.  She is both ethereal and striking in front of Paolo’s lens.

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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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October 23, 2010

A Girl of Singular Beauty

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Natalia Vodianova by Paolo Roversi for Vogue Italia September 2004

2004 feels like a whole different world from today fashion-wise.  For one, this is film as opposed to digital.  But more distinctively, this editorial has an older feel to it.  It makes me feel like I’m looking through the old archives of a publication.  This could be from any era before the explosion of retouching and digital obsession.  Paola Roversi has always had a more romantic touch and it is heightened in this particular editorial.  He and Natalia have had a long standing history together in this industry; I like seeing the evolution to today.  And while it has only been 6 years, Natalia seems to young here.  There is an innocence about her that suits the nostalgia of the photography.  It is like if I were to look back on pictures at this age forty some years down the road.  And while I fully embrace technology, I, for one, wouldn’t mind returning to the whimsy and beauty of old film.

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September 14, 2010

Models Own

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Monika Jagaciak, Hannah Holman, Ann Kenny, Kirby Kenny, Julia Nobis, Mirte Maas & Tati Cotliar by Paolo Roversi for Interview September 2010

I adore Jac.  Sooooo much.  She’s rapidly becoming my favorite model.   In any case, Interview shoots the next model favorites.  They’re all young but they’re quickly becoming known.  I like how each model has a more romantic shot with cozy knits and then a grittier street shot.  Paolo always does excellent work.  I’m a bit surprised that he shot for Interview though.

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September 8, 2010

Rainbow Warriors

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Amber Valletta & Shalom Harlow by Paolo Roversi for Vogue UK May 1996

Classic Paolo.  It makes me miss the heyday of the supers in the nineties.  Amber and Shalom are powerful and fierce and yet, utterly natural.  I sense no discomfort as they go all out.  Paolo gives me something interesting to look at and maintains that romantic aesthetic.  I absolutely love the last shot but couldn’t feature that for NSFW purposes.  While I see it as art and perfectly natural, others might not see it that way.  Oh and this reinforces my love for Vogue UK.

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August 18, 2010

Dream Away

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Liu Wen by Paolo Roversi for Vogue China September 2010

Terribly glamorous.   And I love it.  While the ladylike styling has been a bit overdone this season, I love the shadows to this.  Liu Wen’s gorgeous; she’s absolutely flawless in this shoot.

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July 9, 2010

Kirsi Pyrhonen by Paolo Roversi

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Kirsi Pyrhonen by Paolo Roversi for Vogue Italia July 2010

Gorgeous shoot by Paolo.  I really have a thing for romantic photographers (Paolo Roversi, Camilla Akrans, Sølve Sundsbø, etc.).  The grey scale (as opposed to stark black and white) is an excellent touch to already beautiful photography.  Also, I love the classic beauty with the winged cat eye and dark lip.  It just suits the mood of the shoot so well.  Not to mention the paleness of her skin contrasts beautifully with the darkness of her clothes.

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May 10, 2010

Individuallure

Freja Beha Erichsen by Paolo Roversi for Vogue Italia March 2010

Amazing black and white editorial from Freja.  It depicts the soft(er) side to her; something we rarely see.  She has an edgy persona and fierce (and extremely awesome) reputation for shoots.  She comes out with wonderfully androgynous, daring, and unusual material every time.  But every once and a while, that spark of hers gets lost as the viewer constantly sees the same fierceness each and every time.  I love that she’s willing to push the envelope but it’s really nice to see her do something else.  I love that she has the versatility to change (the mark of an excellent model) and that she can give a different part of herself to this.

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April 29, 2010

Vlada Roslyakova by Paolo Roversi

<3  Not only did Vlada make a spectacular redhead last year, but she’s absolutely gorgeous in this portrait series as well.  Paolo Roversi is also quickly rising in my books as a romantic style photographer.  I love how the gray scaled shots aren’t quite black and white.  At least not the standard black and white that one can play with in photoshop.  It’s softer and suits the tone of this portrait series.  This series has an aesthetic that I appreciate and there’s a timeless quality to it.

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