February 9, 2012
Credit: The Iconophile
Miranda Kerr by Willy Vanderperre for Industrie Magazine #4
*Warning: There is plenty of nudity in this. As you can see from the feature shot. If you don’t have the maturity, don’t look. That’s all there is to it.*
Miranda Kerr is gorgeously inhuman. Even after having a natural birth, the baby weight seemed to have magically melted away. At any rate, this is an absolutely stunning black and white editorial by Willy Vanderperre. He really does take some gorgeous shots. The shadows to this are really lovely, and I love the intriguing silhouettes showcased here. And while this is an entirely nude editorial, there is nothing obscene about it. Anyone who tries to interpret this as pornography is just being silly. But I’ll get off of my soapbox about the interpretation of any sort of nudity in the United States now. Read my thoughts on the Vogue Paris 2011 Calendar if you want more on that.
Actually, I didn’t find this sexual at all. Obviously, a naked Miranda Kerr is plenty sensual, but rather than being “sexy,” I found her nudity reassuringly natural. While she clearly has a healthy (and well deserved!) confidence about her body, the tone to this editorial radiates with innocence. It could be her youthful wide-eyed look most of the time, but nothing in this feels overtly sexual. From an artistic standpoint, Miranda has some spectacular lines and curves to her body. She has gorgeous arch to her back, allowing her to create the delightful pose above. I find that it is the little things that I am attracted to: the arch of her foot in shot 6, the bend of her elbows in shot 2 (above), or the shadows contouring her cheekbones in shot 3. Overall, this is very tastefully done. As to be expected of Industrie Magazine.
November 19, 2010
Credit: Fashion Gone Rogue
Lara Stone by Willy Vanderperre for Vogue China December 2010
As I said earlier, Vogue China‘s slew of editorials lately have been absolutely lovely. Willy Vanderperre always takes gorgeous photos (see Kate Moss’s shoot back in April for Vogue UK). And Vogue China shoots are frequently set with this sort of background and occasionally broken furniture. I love that. There’s a certainly romantic charm about something dilapidated like that. This editorial also has a vintage feel to it; not exactly dated, but certainly not modern. I feel like Lara’s character in this is a woman clinging her past with the extravagant gowns despite the bare wall, torn flooring, and the broken furniture. Still the execution is gorgeous. I wonder if Willy shot with film instead of digital for some of the shots. I certainly appreciate his–and Vogue China‘s–romantic aesthetic.
September 14, 2010
Mirte Maas by Willy Vanderperre for Vogue China October 2010
She’s come a long way from that scared girl who opened her very first show with Alexander Wang back in Fall 2009 for his Spring 2010 show. I’m glad. She quickly got her sea legs under her and she has landed job after job. Leave it to Alexander Wang to discover the next big model (as it seems with his latest opener, Britt Maren, as well). In any case, Mirte is beautifully shot by Willy Vanderperre in Vogue China. His is another aesthetic that I greatly appreciate. Mirte has really striking features (see shot 10) and she puts them to good use. She always puts on a strong face in her work without overdoing it. The lighting to this is excellent as well; that lone naked lightbulb was just the right touch. Everything comes together to create a wonderful autumn editorial.
August 26, 2010
Liv Tyler by Willy Vanderperre for Love #4 F/W 2010
There’s a balletic grace about Liv. Not to mention a classic old school glamour about her. Willy is one of my favorite photographers (I know I know. I have too many as it is, but they’re all so talented!). He has a romantic aesthetic that I really appreciate. Liv is sensual and glorious in this editorial.
June 24, 2010
Natasha Poly by Willy Vanderperre for AnOther Fall/Winter 2008
Simple yet lovely. I like how undone and rough everything is. There really is something wonderful about this piece. Normally this type of style appears frumpy and unkempt to me; this has something special that draws me. Yes, there’s volume and length but it’s just so chicly done. Not to mention, the photography’s excellent. Willy always does nice work. The black and white just add to the wintery appeal.
Credit: Fashion Gone Rogue
March 29, 2010
Haunting. And stunning. I love art that moves me in some way. I can’t decide if it’s the messy crazy hair or if it’s the white false eyelashes, but this editorial is most definitely a little twisted. But in a good way. Especially with the naked light bulb just dangling there, Mariacarla manages to work quite well with a sparse set. It could be how empty the setting is that’s slightly creeping me out. Or possibly the doll allusions I’m getting. In any case, this is a beautiful, haunting, and perhaps slightly tragic editorial. And all I can ask is: more please.
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March 13, 2010
The world is undoubtedly fascinated by Kate Moss. Always has and probably always will. Whether is it examining every outfit she goes out in (and consequently mimicked all over the world) or reporting on her wild personal life, she has become an icon. I’m actually really excited to buy Vogue UK April 2010 just because of this editorial. This is one of the best editorials I’ve seen Kate Moss do in recent years. I’ve seen her in plenty of ad campaigns and street shots, and she’s constantly landing covers, but her editorials have been…flat. It’s as if she’s going through the motions and knows what looks good but doesn’t really feel it. And this is one where I can finally connect with it. The poses intrigue me and the lighting is superb; she is always great at finding the light. There is a softness about her as well as refinement that the styling totally enhances. I’m so used to her being fierce that that was what I expected from her. And now she’s switched it up; something that is needed. Because even fierceness can become boring if it is done time and time again. I don’t know if it’s Photoshop or if she really did change her wild ways, but she looks really really good. A lot younger than she has in years and brings me back to those iconic days. Not to mention that Donna Karan skirt in the last shot is spectacular on her.
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