ELZA LUIJENDIJK FOR DAZED & CONFUSED
by Jeremy Danté
IMAGE ANALYSIS: in the evolution of my interest in fashion, i have always had a strong connection to editorial. in this new range of work i will be discussing, i have decided to abandon the previous ‘editorialesque’ features & have opted to go in the lane of image analysis. at the heart of it, the ways in which i discuss editorial tap heavily into the emotional impact in which i feel for editorial. take for example, the june issue of dazed + confused. i will admit, in my attempts to re-establish the creative landscape for myself, i have not been as heavily interested in full spreads for most of 2012. this editorial however, created a shift in me. shot by ben toms with make-up by peter phillips & styling by robbie spencer; elza luijendijk appears heavily ornamented in this groundbreaking set of visuals. for me, styling is really the foundation for any great editorial, of course make-up & the photographer also lend a great deal of effort on their own, but styling really sets the tone. it lays the ground work for how we react. in the ways i respond, i consider much of editorial a fantasy. amidst all the artificiality that comes with fashion, image & even style- this new range of analysis will allow us to re-connect with shit that is real. that’s how my voice differentiates from others.
dazed + confused as a publication, constantly pushes the boundaries of what we define as beauty. i read a piece on fashion’s ‘new aesthetic’ & began to think of this spread. not only does this editorial allow us to redefine beauty, but it challenges how we perceive the odd or the curious. represented by IMG models, elza herself in considerably new, debuting on the scene just this february on the runway. while im aware that models aren’t always completely in control of their bookings, i am aware that models are in control of how they perform. this editorial performance of elza really allows a greater form of fashion to be seen, it’s an amplification of what style is & can be. standing ovation to the creative team that brought this vision to life. outside of all the psychological or imaginative undertones we can pull from editorial- i measure beautiful shit by how long i spend staring at it. this one had me in a daze.
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