Tag: inez van lamsweerde & vinoodh matadin

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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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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memoirs of a gaga: the v magazine cover series

through the lens of inez + vinoodh, lady gaga appears for the highly anticipated asian issue of V magazine. a total of four covers will be released & each cover sees gaga, styled by nicola formichetti, outfitted in mugler. known for her over the top approach to style, gaga has changed our peception of musical artistry & challenged our views of beauty while creating a clearer path of relativity between both music & fashion. while i love the covers & admire the styling direction taken- i don’t quite understand how lady gaga fits into the definition of “asian” for the asian issue of V magazine. granted the explosive presence of asian models in fashion this year; wouldn’t it have been more suitable for them to devote an all-asian model cast for the cover series? with models liu wen, shu pei, tao okamoto & fei fei sun slaying the high fashion scene, an asian female model cover series would’ve been more than possible. granted the popularity of gaga, im leaning more towards the fact that she can sell a cover faster, to the masses, than a couple of chicks us fashion kids are screaming for every month in the glossies. with contents that focus on asian models on the inside, beyond gaga, there is much more of this issue that is far more interesting & historical. a year in the making, this is not an issue you want to miss. purchase the hard-bound collectors edition here.

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naomi campbell for vogue japan

shot by inez + vinoodh, naomi campbell graces the june cover of vogue japan in gucci. labeled, ‘life force’ it seems as though a full force resurgence of supermodel icons is on the rise. represented by IMG, under special bookings- i lose my shit for a naomi campbell cover & this instance is no different. naomi represents this timeless appeal, this superhuman race of ultra-glamour that has fed my passion for fashion & my obsession with beauty. to see naomi still booking covers, this far into her lifetime of a career span is truly an inspiration. with campbell appearing on the runway for the FW11 louis vuitton show, when i see that naomi is out here shooting covers & shit, i immediately start to scan the vicinity for linda evangelista & christy turlington. each female model of the 90’s trinity is still, undeniably beautiful & could easily book a job on top of these other new chicks in the game. though i love my new girls, nothing tops the supermodels & when i say supermodels, you know i mean supermodels. so large a presence that it can’t be ignored, such definitive beauty that it can’t be described- i am living & fucking twirling for naomi campbell & am dying to get my hands on this issue, just off the cover. that power, that irresistable need to own the magazine because of naomi is what makes her & other females of her time, supermodels. there is no other & will never be another naomi campbell in this life. i cannot wait to see naomi’s feature editorial; my heart is going to implode.

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editorialesque » malgosia bela for french vogue

for the pages of vogue paris, malgosia bela of next models ny appears in this black & white editorial spread shot by inez + vinoodh. malgosia makes graphics gush for the pages of the publication’s may issue as we see combined element of horizontal stripes, as well as polka dots & some aspects of sequins. after becoming aware of malgosia, i will say; i began to expect this dark, broody & intensely seductive photographic presence whenever seeing her name & ever since she shot the spring chloe campaign & was photographed smiling, im almost looking for the next time she will smile again. granted that many aspects of high fashion don’t often associate with smiling or showing teeth, mind you cristobal balenciaga though showing teeth was completely vulgar; i think it says a lot when a model can add a notch of versatility to her belt with a single smile. the spread seen here contains depth through greyscale & adds a light overtone through malgosia’s presence.

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izabel goulart for vogue nippon

represented by women model management, izabel goulart appears for the march cover of vogue nippon. with a strong entrance into the new year, izabel can also be seen alongside fellow brazilian, alessandra ambrosio for the SS11 dolce & gabbana womenswear campaign. with an intense presence through campaigns & editorial alike, izabel continues to build more crediblity as a model of modern day fashion. shot by inez & vinoodh, goulart is draped in animal print while being backed by a animal printed mast head, i love the cover for it’s bold styling & it’s showcase of movement. you might recognize izabel from the FW10 express campaign, in which she was cast alongside caroline trentini & you may have spotted her in the pre-fall 2011 givenchy womenswear look book. as one of the brazilian models to arrive in the states after gisele put brazil on the map, i’ve always been taken with izabel’s look – she really knows how to take care of her face. it’s that quintessential golden toned beauty that we adore so much out of brazil.

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editorialesque » nicki minaj for v by inez + vinoodh

while some readers had complained about nicki being more subdued on the cover of V, for the publication’s discovery issue, it seems as though they allow nicki to transform in releasing a double cover. seen in prints, facepaint along with signature pink lipstick, minaj shines in what she describes as her most bad ass photoshoot yet. while her album continues to remain in the top 10 on both the billboard album chart as well as the R&B rap chart, the cover & wild editorial spread allow more of the public to ask themselves- “who is nicki minaj?”. a stunning performance by nicki seen here & im thrilled to see her becoming even more of a household name, even beyond the world of hip-hop. as an artist, nicki’s style has evolved greatly & though not completely expected, her style remains laced with some of the finest in high end footwear, womenswear & yes, multi-colored wigs.

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