Tag: cover shot

gisele bündchen for british vogue

through the lens of mario testino, gisele appears boldly in metallic for the cover of british vogue’s december issue. represented by IMG models, gisele has often been referred to as the last supermodel. what is so interesting to me is the term, ‘supermodel’. im not interested in it’s meaning because to me it’s simple- complete, total & unavoidable domination. that’s what a true supermodel is & she embodies that. while there are a number of female models, in my opinion, who fit the bill of super whether concerning bookings, runway presence or vitality through consistent performance, gisele exceeds all of that in our modern industry. gisele has single handedly refocused model presence in brazil & continues to dominate above & beyond the realm of fashion as a true celebrity. much like cindy crawford, naomi campbell or linda evangelista- gisele’s star power in fashion glaringly appears in the new stands & shines in the face of individuals who don’t know fashion in any capacity. the fact that her beauty, presence & image have burned through the confines of fashion is what makes her a superstar & for that, this cover is deserved. those legs, that body, those muthafuckn cheek bones & let’s not discuss her walk.

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arizona muse for vogue paris

appearing for the cover of french vogue, november, arizona muse of next models ny smiles from ear to ear as an unexpected beauty shot is selected. through the lens of inez + vinoodh, arizona appears beautifully. i’ve noted here many times that vogue paris is one publication that im keeping my eye on. granted, french vogue has always been considered ‘one to watch’, the selection of cover models by way of editor-in-chief, emmanuelle alt, is a huge conversational piece. frist came gisele, then came kate moss who was followed by isabeli fontana & then lara stone. a break in model cast was seen when charlotte casiraghi landed the september issue cover & sasha pivovarova landed october. now in november, muse makes her debut. it’s funny, i watch these girls come into the game- i watch them on the runway, keep tabs on their bookings from campaigns to covers & editorials. from cosmetic contracts to catalog bookings- i cannot understand, for the life of me, why the FUCK joan smalls has not landed a solo v0gue cover yet. arizona muse debuted on the runway in 2010 & slaughtered the scene as the face of YSL for the labels SS11 campaign. from there, her bookings have not stopped but other girls in the game have held much more impressive resume’s considerably. the last time a face of color has been seen on the cover of french vogue was in march of 2010, since then lara stone has landed the cover four times, with natasha poly & kate moss landing two covers from then up until now. are there not enough models to go around? & even more interestingly, shouldn’t all things be considered when casting a girl for a cover? you know, how many years they’ve been in the game- how visible they are, what they represent in terms of reshaping how global beauty is precieved? why are all shades not represented?

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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 » 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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lara stone for vogue japan

represented by IMG models, lara stone appears for the november cover of vogue japan. plastered on the cover behind the words, ‘dress to impress’ – lara’s frame is gripped by givenchy as a bold lip & sleek hair deliver a fashion image worthy of worship. ranking as fashion’s no. 1 female model in fashion, lara is of dutch/english heritage & was discovered in paris at the age of 12. consistently, each season, lara continues to dominate all aspects of high fashion including runway, high end editorial & is a vital force with fashion ad campaigns. as we approach this years end, it seems as though lara is unstoppable & her rank is written in, yes, stone. love this cover, as it is a complete contrast to her feature editorial.

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rihanna for british vogue, november

through the lens of alasdair mclellan, rihanna blazes the cover of vogue uk for the month of november. from kanye debuting on the runways of paris with his collection to this, there is a greater power that is pulling me closer to fashion during what has seemed to be a lull in my own personal interest. beautifully blonde & in armani privé on the cover- rihanna continues to dominate while on tour, internationally & currently recording the follow-up to her “loud” album. shortly after the release of her “we found love” single, this cover appears & im sure that rihanna’s fan base is ready to attack. my jaw literally dropped after seeing this cover & im exceptionally impressed with the cover shot, the styling, the choice to shoot her blonde- all creative elements work perfectly. im completely blown away by how beautiful this came out. ladies & gentlemen, this is a cover.

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iris strubegger for vogue germany, september

shot by alex lubomirski, iris strubegger of women model management sets the cover of german vogue on fire for the month of september. stunningly opulent with a commanding presence- the cover is beautifully shot & glamorously styled. as one of my favorites, iris represents for austrians in high fashion & is a standout amongst the many females on & off the runway. seen last season for the spring givenchy campaign, iris is a cover girl regular & is one of my favorite chicks for her versatility & blank canvas of features. from ultra feminine to hard edged masculine- iris slays from every angle & bends genders like a pro. strubegger represents the new crop of female models that banks on more of an interesting look rather than a commercial, polished look. more than thrilled to see her grace the vogue german september cover & am even more juiced to see how hard she goes for her feature editorial. love the cover, love iris, the make-up, the dress- everything. superb cover.

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