editorialesque » mary j. blige for elle

shot by thomas whiteside, the queen of hip-hop soul, mary j. blige appears incredibly chic for the pages of elle. draped in fur for the november issue, mary was styled by christopher niquet with hair & make-up by dante blandshaw & d’andre michael. stylistically, mary has come such a long way. growing up, i remember so many style moments in her career. from her bursting on the scene singing real love in a baseball cap & jersey to her ultra glam moments on the cover of her share my world LP when she rocked white framed fendi shades, ’til now- mary continues to evolve both as an artist & a style icon. here, mary’s growth & poise as a strong black woman are evident. i love these images & am so proud of mary. with a new album dropping november 21st, mary’s journey continues through new music, blossoming career moves & humanitarian efforts. hailed as new york’s most stylish, mary timeless. my heart is so full looking at how amazing mary still is after all these years.

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karmen pedaru for numéro

stunningly dark, karmen pedaru of ford models appears for issue 127 of numero thorugh the lens of greg kadel. i love when publications do a gold foiled masthead against a darkened cover shot. karmen has this heavy presence that is so stunning, she is the perfect girl for this cover, considering the styling elements. you may have recognized her through the gucci campaigns & most recently advertising for gucci’s cruise 2012 collection has surfaced in which pedaru is the star. while i love more than one fashion publication, i must say- numéro has some of the greatest covers & best editorial content. no shade to the vogue’s across the globe, but conde nast has a deeper foundation & much more established base as a commercial publication, which means they play the field with actresses & such. with numéro, there is a larger aspect of high end fashion as art that i feel coming through, consistently. recently, i took to the fashion forums & looked at numéro’s cover archive- in which is was surprised at how beautiful each cover was. cover shots are a major aspect of fashion publications because that basically the one shot to pull in consumers. numéro does it for me everytime, as they have so greatly demonstrated here. & let’s get into the ungaro torso/neck accessorie. sickening.

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editorialesque » sigrid agren + parker gregory for magazine antidote

as you seen previewed in my delivery from paris post, magazine antidote is the latest & greatest fashion publication to arrive on the scene. as one of my absolute favorite spreads from the issue, through the styling of yann weber, magazine antidote editor-in-chieft & with hair & make-up by christoph hasenbein & adrien pinault; we see parker gregory of click models alongside sigrid agren of next models ny. titled, “beauty & the beast” the spread is intended to tribute the work of legendary fashion photographer richard avedon. shot by giampaolo sgura, the spread focuses on the issues theme of shoes while beautiful contrast is seen in the form of parker’s sculpted physique & sigrid’s ethereal movements which are captured throughout the editorial. simple, clean & beautiful- this is what fashion editorial is all about. a well executed moment for the already outstanding second issue. love this, entirely. all creative elements are perfect.

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editorialesque » garrett neff for schön

through the lens of philipp mueller, garrett neff of click models appears strikingly in this black & white editorial for the pages of schön magazine. styled by laurent dombrowicz, garrett neff remains one of my favorite male models. when i first became more knowledgable about male models & their agencies, garrett neff was one of the first that i had come to recognize much more easily, in comparison to other male models, through his extensive work with calvin klein. classically built, neff engages us as a visual audience with this effortless masculinity that translates incredibly on camera. grooming is also a huge aspect of editorial which i look at when reviewing editorial & here, i love the decision to keep a bit of facial hair. i remember the first time i seen garrett neff, i took the image to the barber as a reference for what i wanted my hair to look like. nevermind the fact that i came out with something that looked like a hi-top fade & never went back to that barber but my point is, neff’s hair has always been a major selling point. beautiful use of what appears to be natural light, quality retouching & modern styling put this spread in my book of inspiration.

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