IMAGE ANALYSIS:  through the lens of inez + vinoodh, gisele is given another opportunity to shine for the pages of french vogue. i was reminded of words spoken by olivier theyskens about elegance to another this past week. “there is an elegance that can be inherent, natural, personal: you put a trash bag on a certain girl, and she’s elegant. it’s a gift that is almost physical.” said theyskens as i began to contemplate my favorite models. often times, poise is what i often associate with star quality, or what others refer to as ‘the x factor’. very few beings in the realm of celebrity these days possess or are even aware of this concept.

gisele, however, is very aware. i feel as though there is a certain level of confidence a model must possess, there is an air of assurance the best models have within them. there is a greater understanding of how to not only be beautiful, but to exude that energy outwardly & on demand. it’s that energy. you feel that energy in performance & when done correctly, that energy is transferred through an executed vision. through much of my observations of models, working & not both represented as well as aspiring; many poorly judge the profession of modeling as an easy job. like every job, it has it’s demands. there is an innate ability that models must be aware of; some have to work at it, while others are born to do it.

there is a reason that fashion audiences, even those outside of fashion, clamor at gisele on the catwalks & on the magazine covers. that energy is present. i pulled this spread to analyze because i have an intense fascination with the concept of icons. gisele being one of the new era, she has this ability to grab you. grab you in the way of effortlessness- it’s a look, it’s the slight arch in her back, it’s the way she turns her head so the sunlight can properly hit her bone structure to put out the best shot. that is a skill. a skill, mind you, that not many possess. much like athletes, models too have physical instincts & know their bodies. they make flaws, flawless. i pulled the images of the editorial titled, “perfect girl” that most impacted me. gisele being from brazil, there is already a level of comfort she has when styled in swimwear & shot on location at the beach. styled by emmanuelle alt, editor-in-chief of french vogue, gisele is among the favorites of the EIC & her cover bookings at the magazine make that very clear. also serving as this month’s cover girl, gisele shines as we would expect of her. from the neon swimsuits to the last shot that is heavily shadowed- i am willing to bet that not many of us can make a watermelon look that chic. gisele continues to defy the age limitations & supposed self life for models. gisele  is that bitch & reigns supreme as one of the last supermodels.

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in my interactions with friends, i feel as though much of that interaction is conversation. i am constantly sharing & providing information on a number of platforms, using technology as a tool to educate. not even just to educate those interested, but to educate myself & excite others like myself who are hungry for information. i feel as though our modern times have allowed us a greater opportunity to take on self directed forms of education. whether creative or academic, we have the tools, its all in how we utilize them. for me, my work is heavily driven by research. i am constantly fact finding, researching & redefining the ways in which i communicate, which has allowed me to inspired in a much greater capacity. the music i listen to,  the ways i am attracted to images, the ways i am able to articulate how i am moved artistically by different elements is what separates me from others in this age of digital culture, more specifically in the blogosphere.

amidst this separation, i continue to look for other creatives like myself. the dialogue i am able to have with these creatives i find along my way is what is driving me in this new phase that i continue to refer to. the importance of this dialogue is what shapes & refines my vision, the ways i am able to quench my sense of expression. it’s my way of outwardly connecting with you, to provide a greater sense of art as it relates to culture & each of us as human beings. this interview with santigold is in that lane of dialogue. wide ranged in the discussion of artistic freedom, culture & how this culture differs from aspects of the past is exactly what i am looking to convey in my work, in my connection that directly correlates me to you. much like the piece i shared on tom ford, this is completely necessary for me to share in order to clarify my vision accurately.

santigold is a recording artist, producer & writer. hailing from philidelphia, santi ‘santigold’ white attended weleyan university as a double major in music & african-american studies. prior to her work as a recording artist, santigold worked at epic records in A&R (artist & repetoire) which seen her responsible for scouting & developing talent at the label. 2007 seen santigold stepping into the spotlight with her debut album which was critically acclaimed & allowed her to tour for two years, which she mentions in the above interview. santigold is recognized as an artists of the new school, blurring culture lines & fusing them with new, innovative sounds. awarded for her breakthrough contributions in music, santigold continues this effort with her sophomore album, master of my make-believe which is currently in stores.

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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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