Tag: august issue

editorialesque » ming xi + caroline brasch nielsen for vogue china

through the lens of daniel jackson, vogue china’s august cover girl, ming xi appears with caroline brash neilsen for her feature editorial. styled by tiina laakkonen, the spread focuses on high contrast color blocking. lush use of velvet & an arsenal of coats are seen from the fall collections while ming & caroline have no paired shots. while i love the pieces selected, it would have been way more interesting if the girls were photographed interacting. isn’t the point of casting two models for one spread to see how well the two work in enhancing the direction of a fashion spread? referencing my previous post as a prime example, a winning combination can do wonders for a issue, given the right elements of styling & make-up. here, the spread is beautifully groomed & stylistically on-point, but the presence seems a bit out of touch. there is a lacking spark or sense of excitement; theres no sense of wonder or otherworldly glamour. this spread brinks boring & against the other outstanding editorial content of vogue china’s august issue, this spread pales in comparison. yet & still, technically speaking, i love the use of light. represented by elite, caroline can be seen for the fall valentino campaign while ming xi, represented by ford models, continues to build a stronger editorial presence. while both have had noted success individually, their chemistry was not seen here.

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editorialesque » raquel zimmermann for vogue china

styled by nicolette santoro, raquel zimmermann of DNA models appears stunningly through the lens of willy vanderperre for the august issue of vogue china. in discussing the level of consistency shown with vogue china, this spread is a prime example of that. when reviewing editorial i look for quality of grooming, cohesion of theme & model casting. photographic talent is a given, because that ultimately makes or breaks a photographic spread. i love the work of willy vanderperre & always admire his showcase of darker elements of glamour through polished direction. a strong fusion of classical & progressive design aspects, python is a large trend for the fall & here it is beautifully photographed. as rebellious & modern as the styling pieces are- i love how strict raquel appears. the balance of classic & modern is done perfectly- it’s all very inspiring.

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daria strokous for vogue russia

represented by women model management, daria graces has had a consistent string of recent hits which have earned her a no. 19 ranking within the top 50 female model ranking in fashion. shot by mariano vivanco, you may recognize daria from her runway rampage- as she walked the couture shows for dior, valentino, alais, elie saab & giambattista valli. strongly visible in all aspects of high end fashion, aside from landing this august cover, daria graces W korea’s august cover & has booked the FW11 jil sander campaign; a return for strokous considering that she also booked the sander label’s spring campaing. the cover shot is polished & refined, vivianco hits his mark especially well as the russian model sits poised. as a slight indication of what may be revealed behind the cover, the cosmetic elements channel a mod, twiggy vibe. i like the dark nails & the heavy liner but have never been a fan of flat hair. originally signed to IMG in 2007, daria is seemingly hitting her stride which can see her star rising for the upcoming show season. while not a completely outstanding face amidst the dozens of girls who look similar to her- all it takes is a campaign & a mean ass runway walk to take the spot. real shit, after being shot by steven meisel & becoming the face of prada, what else is really left?  put this one on your radar & we’ll find out.

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lara stone for vogue paris

one of the most interesting fashion publications to watch, currently, is french vogue. not just for the french association but for the changes that are still very fresh at this mid-way point of the year. under the direction of emmanuelle alt, a resurgence of supermodels has graced the cover & a much more polished direction is seen. from 2001-january 2011, under the direction of carine roitfeld, vogue paris has become synonymous for groundbreaking visuals & parisienne seduction- it’s been about sexual energy & tested limitations. but all that has changed & over time, i like what is seen. while i still did love french vogue the roitfeld way; i very much respect this reestablishment of commercialized glamour that alt has brought back to the forefront. im sure that over time this polish & demure nature will grow old & weary but for the most part, it’s new & fresh for french vogue. shot for the august cover, lara stone appears through the lens of inez + vinoodh in this vintage inspired, salue the troops styled cover shot. much like moss for british vogue, lara stone has become a french vogue cover girl fave in recent years & here she returns to defend her title. considering that this is the august cover & september is looming around the corner; im betting that lara won’t snag two vogue paris covers for two consecutive months so im definitely wondering who’ll be the next chick.

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quite possibly the most compelling editorial spread from italian vogue in history; steven meisel sets the creative bar even higher for the publications august issue. represented by DNA models, supermodel icon kristen mcmenamy is cast in this award winning performance for vogue italia’s ‘water & oil’ editorial. as a vivid graphic depiction of the oil spill crisis, this spread blurs the line of environmental awareness & high end editorial. before fashion broadcasts trend or introduces fleets of bad bitches annually, it is to be respected as an art form. styled by karl templer, the spread captures toxicity & the vile disgust of pollution to the forefront of vogue italia’s groundbreaking editorial pages. spanning 24 pages within the issue, seeing this spread; i sat in silence with chills all over my body. the concept is beyond genius & the execution put fourth by italian vogue has, yet again, raised the bar for other publications in fashion. the spread challenges your perception of beauty & an undeniably transparent message is being broadcast. a stunning job editorially, photographically, stylistically & literally. this is what puts steven meisel & italian vogue above the rest. a daring, beautiful, disastrous & a completely accurate translation of how drastic this crisis is.

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editorialesque » eniko mihalik for numéro

represented by the marilyn agency, eniko mihalik completely murders this editorial shot by miguel reveriego. animalistic styling was done by capucine safyurtlu as we see eniko transform from female model to living lioness. one thing i love about eniko is her versatility, she always displays amazing poise & inner strength in direction. she always elevates the feel & essence of a fashion spread. she remains one of my favorite female models to be shot editorially. of the top female models in fashion, eniko ranks no.9. i live for shit like this. amazing. the lighting, the warm saturation- perfection. standing ovation. devastation.

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freja beha erichsen for vogue paris

represented by IMG models, freja beha erichsen continues on her fashion takeover, landing the august cover of french vogue. shot by david sims, you should recognize freja as an outstanding face in today’s model scene. a unstoppable force as of the moment, freja has landed five of the top fashion designer campaigns; balenciaga, valentino, maxmara & chanel. as well as made an appearance in karl lagerfeld’s latest short film, she appears on the august cover of british vogue & appears editorially for interview all for the month of august. ranking as no. 2 in the modeling world, her star continues to rise & burn more brightly each day. her versatile look of both feminine features & adrogyny have set her apart from other females in the game.  look out for more of her as we approach the release of our september issues & SS11 fashion week.

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