Archive for ‘Will Davidson’

February 12, 2012

Wanderlust

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 Marloes Horst by Will Davidson for Harper’s Bazaar Australia March 2012

Marloes looks absolutely gorgeous across this alight landscape.  Which is makes it funny that I choose to feature one of the black and white shots.  But that Haider Ackermann was just so perfectly suited to this.  I love how unexpectedly well-suited some of my favorite pieces (Haider Ackermann, Calvin Klein, The Row, and Tom Ford to name a few…) from the shows are to this golden cast savanna.   The styling is not typical “fashiony” safari either.  And while the texture can add edge to an otherwise fluid look, texture for this editorial provides depth and intriguing sophistication without losing any of  its serene insouciance.  The cream looks, in particular, have a lovely warmth to them when placed in this tawny backdrop.  And Marloes positively glows in this; her skin looks amazing against this golden terrain.  Her wispy soft curls are beautifully illuminated in the sunlight, adding to the dreamy romantic tone to this editorial.  I love the languid easy feel to this in general.  There is sort of sultry laziness about it that reminds me of an afternoon spent lounging in the heat of a summer’s day.  Something to make me long for summer for sure.

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February 10, 2012

Sweet Thing

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 Lindsey Wixson by Will Davidson for Muse Winter 2011

I really love Will Davidson’s work.  The light and texture to it make for some beautifully illuminated editorials.  And this has all the warmth of a sun-lit afternoon.  Lindsey was a good choice for this particular editorial as she adds a bit of whimsy to Davidson’s romantic tone.  However, as charming as she is, I don’t believe that I would have found this editorial nearly as intriguing it weren’t for the color-blocked looks.  The white sheath dresses are particularly eye-catching as they provide one long continuous line.  They add a bit of chic polish to the cutesy sort of pretty that Lindsey provides.  Moreover that berry shirt dress pops out of nowhere, providing a rich counterpoint to all the golden-cast neutrals.  I also love how Davidson uses the background to add a bit of depth to the shot, making the perspective a bit more unexpected.  And although Lindsey has a rather gorgeous close-up in shot 4, I wish that her others would be equally as strong.  The heavy-lidded gaze can only work so many times in the same editorial.  In any case, she is still a little green so she’ll have some time to work out those kinks.

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September 9, 2011

Dance Dance

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Juliette Barton by Will Davidson for Harper’s Bazaar Australia August 2011

Total soft spot for dance-inspired editorials.  Not to mention, Will Davidson does some bloody fantastic work.  In this particular case, this editorial is a dedication to German legend, Pina Bausch, and features Sydney Dance Company’s Juliette Barton and Richard Chilli.  In any case, this has a lovely lovely flow to it with the silky loose fabric sensually curving about her.  And as expected of a dancer, Juliette’s lines are spectacularly conveyed on film.  All I can say is fervently more, more, more.

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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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January 29, 2011

I was born, but…

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Ming Xi & Hyoni Kang by Will Davidson for Dazed & Confused February 2011

Believe it or not, I’ve been a bit disenchanted with fashion print work lately.  Most likely due to the lull of the December/January period.  Not to mention, I was feeling a major lack of academic drive.  However, trust Dazed & Confused to snap me right out of that apathy.  With dancer-like grace and romanticism, Ming and Hyoni take my breath away in this editorial.  And Will Davidson sweeps me right along with his dreamy vision.  Such a gorgeous piece of work.  I think I am so greatly drawn to this because I needed to find my inner dreamer again.  The timing was so utterly perfect that this struck me powerfully, viscerally.  Moreover, bringing back Hyoni reminded me of that time when I was just discovering my passion for the fashion industry.  I needed to feel that magic again.

However, as much as I adore Hyoni, it was Ming who thoroughly impressed me with her depth.  She positions like a veteran, and her lines are beautiful.  She is able to catch my eye with something as simple as her hand just past Hyoni’s shoulder as she embraces her (featured shot above).   I just love the black and white shot (shot 6) of her bent over her outstretched legs.  Not to mention, the smoothness of her skin contrasts so nicely with the gritty ground beneath her.

And certainly, I would be remiss for not talking about Will Davidson.  He’s been responsible for a good number of my favorite editorials.  “Alessandra” and “Bunny Ain’t No Kind of Rider” certainly come to mind.  With this piece, his photography reminds me of well-blended brush strokes.  And I love how the out-of-focus parts suit the styling at that exact moment.  He always has a wonderful gritty romantic aesthetic, something that falls in well with my own.  Stunning photographer as per usual, Will Davidson.

But really.  Thank you Dazed & Confused for making me fall in love once again with fashion.

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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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November 3, 2010

Swept Away

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Diana Dondoe & Tyson Ballou by Will Davidson Harper’s Bazaar Australia November 2010

Diana Dondoe and Tyson Ballou are rather charming as a couple in this black and white editorial for Harper’s Bazaar Australia.  I think they have an easy chemistry and act rather natural in front of the camera.  I don’t think they’re an actual couple in real life but they play the part well.  I like the easy feel to this editorial overall and that while it is set at the beach, it is not really a typical beach shoot (like publications constantly produce throughout the summer months).  The last shoot is really cute.  It’s romantically mismatched with the luxury of chairs and her pinned up hair to his tailored hat; yet, she’s sitting on a fluffy white towel and he’s shirtless and barefoot.  They’re adorable and gorgeous.  That’s all there is to it really.

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October 11, 2010

7th September

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Eniko Mihalik by Will Davidson for Muse Fall 2010

She really is terribly pretty.  I love Eniko, but she rarely gets to just be pretty.  She is always cast as sexy, dramatic, or avant garde.  And sometimes I just miss the pretty.  I’m glad that Muse was missing it as well.  This may appear a rather simple editorial–and it probably is–but there is beauty in that simplicity.  To me, this is a very decidedly spring editorial in fall.  But there’s nothing wrong with that.  Often, fashion strives to present a fantasy and dramatic glamour to life with their editorials, but the industry tends to forget the power of a natural pared-down, yet well done editorial.  Muse has certainly not forgotten: it gives me a gorgeous cover with a pleasant accompanying editorial inside.  I can’t really explain why this particular editorial drew me in.  I tend to be picky about my editorials, discarding overly simplistic editorials.   But this editorial had some magic to it.  Just something that was more than a pretty girl frolicking amidst flowers.  Perhaps it is the beauty of it.  Will Davidson expertly executes this with a softness that I adore.  In any case, I like this without having to competently dissect why.

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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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