the evolution of edward enninful

though fashion is often thought to be a revolving door of an industry, there are a few players who are thought to be creative MVP’s. edward enninful is among that set of key players; his work has largely contributed to the evolution of fashion & as announced this morning, another chapter will soon unfold. in allowing fashion to transcend into larger, more strongly developed forms; edward enninful has been a force in the fashion game since 1991, at the age of 18, when he became the youngest ever fashion editor of i-D magazine. enninful’s visionary skill set is the sort of brainchild beind next level advertising seen for brands like comme des garçons, christian dior, dolce & gabbana, céline, lanvin, mulberry, giorgio armani, valentino, jil sander, calvin klein, fendi, alessandro dell’acqua, adidas, the gap, hugo boss, missoni, lancome, MAC, blumarine, anna molinari, aquascutum, diesel & H&M. with his wide ranged portfolio, enninful has styled, directed & reinvented just about every corner of fashion from commercial retail to supermodel castings & high end editorial. born in ghana & raised in the UK, edward is still an prominent editor for i-D magazine more than 17 years later. as a nearly unstoppable creative force edward has worked with just about every fashion photographer in the game including steven meisel, richard burbridge, craig mcdean, annie leibovitz, steven klein, mert + marcus, mario sorrenti, paolo roversi, inez + vinoodh, terry richardson, patrick demarchelier, emma summerton, mario testino, mikael jansson & michael thompson. edward’s styling dominance can be seen through his contributing editor roles at italian vogue, which began in 1998, leading to his contributing role at american vogue in 2005; as well as editor contributions at l’uomo vogue & vogue japan. described, by title, as a stylist; enninful has proven to be much more beyond that, possessing an indescribable talent for what defines the new, now & next phases of fashion on all levels. in this new, next phase of edward’s tremendously inspiring career, he will take on yet another publication, this time lending his vision to W magazine as their new fashion & style director, succeeding alex white. with W magazine’s transitional year of re-introduction already in the books, logo changes & all, i expect that W will readily breakthrough with the help of enninful on board. with his new role in effect as of may 1, W editor, stefano tonchi has described enninful as “incredibly joyous” & adds, “i’m thrilled that edward is joining our team, and am confident that he will bring a great deal of creativity, professionalism, and industry knowledge with him.” with his work at W on the horizon, edward will be shifting gears & ending his contributing roles at both italian & american vogue in order to fulfill his duties as fashion director. edward has already crafted an enviable career & his work with W will no doubt be some of his greatest. a proven power player & creative cornerstone of style & image- enninful is respected & admired in the world of fashion publication. on his creative approach, edward says, “i tackle each project as if it’s the last”.

editorialesque » joan smalls for the new york times

through the lens of sharif hamza, joan smalls appeared for the new york times in this caftan trend spotlighting spread. styled by ethel park, smalls appears clad in white with a bit of a bleached brow in this artistically interpreted spread. represented by IMG, joan appears unendingly chic in spring’s caftan piece, a trend of the current season. among my never ending list of female fashion favorites, nothing makes me happier than to see a woman of color climbing the fashion ranks while dominating aspects of editorial, advertising campaigns & beauty contracts. joan is that chick & im still waiting to see when she’ll lands her first solo cover. with as in demand as she is now, that can’t be too far from now. joan slays everytime.

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editorialesque » parker gregory for hercules

represented by click models, parker gregory appears handsomely for the pages of hercules magazine. the spanish based men’s style publication booked parker to be photographed through the lens giampaolo sgura while styled by miguel arnau for their spring/summer issue. though the spread also features male model, diego fragoso, i felt that parker deserved a bit more of indvidualized shine this go ’round. with a near perfect physique & an all-american look, parker has been seen everywhere from campaigns with nautica & armani to editorial bookings for esquire GQ & GQ. though flying a bit more under the radar, parker graced the cover of hercules for their spring cover series & is definitely one male model i strive to present on a larger digital platform. i love the nautical theme of the spread & love the casual feel of this style direction.  

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editorialesque » malthe lund madsen + russell giardina for out






shot by giampaolo sgura, malth lund madsen & russell giardina of VNY models appear for this formal wear fashion spread from out magazine. impressively so, out magazine has drastically improved upon elements of editorial through styling & photographer bookings while at a rapid pace. given the fact that gays are a large creative force in fashion, styling & many other facets of the beauty industry- i hope that many other gay publications follow their lead to take a more active approach at capturing & representing men’s style, as well as fashion, as best seen here. while more gay publications seem distracted by sexual appeal rather than actual style, im very impressed & inspired by what is seen. styled by grant woolhead, everyone from tom ford to ferragamo is seen on the male couples backs while slight references to gay lifestyle are seen injected into a couple of the shots, while not jarringly associating with what might be considered ‘stereotypical’ gay. i love when a range of beauty & difference can be captured in a real, honest & stylized format. it’s all done with the utmost of class & sophistication.

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