Tag: inez + vinoodh


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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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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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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the evolution of edward enninful

though fashion is often thought to be a revolving door of an industry, there are a few players who are thought to be creative MVP’s. edward enninful is among that set of key players; his work has largely contributed to the evolution of fashion & as announced this morning, another chapter will soon unfold. in allowing fashion to transcend into larger, more strongly developed forms; edward enninful has been a force in the fashion game since 1991, at the age of 18, when he became the youngest ever fashion editor of i-D magazine. enninful’s visionary skill set is the sort of brainchild beind next level advertising seen for brands like comme des garçons, christian dior, dolce & gabbana, céline, lanvin, mulberry, giorgio armani, valentino, jil sander, calvin klein, fendi, alessandro dell’acqua, adidas, the gap, hugo boss, missoni, lancome, MAC, blumarine, anna molinari, aquascutum, diesel & H&M. with his wide ranged portfolio, enninful has styled, directed & reinvented just about every corner of fashion from commercial retail to supermodel castings & high end editorial. born in ghana & raised in the UK, edward is still an prominent editor for i-D magazine more than 17 years later. as a nearly unstoppable creative force edward has worked with just about every fashion photographer in the game including steven meisel, richard burbridge, craig mcdean, annie leibovitz, steven klein, mert + marcus, mario sorrenti, paolo roversi, inez + vinoodh, terry richardson, patrick demarchelier, emma summerton, mario testino, mikael jansson & michael thompson. edward’s styling dominance can be seen through his contributing editor roles at italian vogue, which began in 1998, leading to his contributing role at american vogue in 2005; as well as editor contributions at l’uomo vogue & vogue japan. described, by title, as a stylist; enninful has proven to be much more beyond that, possessing an indescribable talent for what defines the new, now & next phases of fashion on all levels. in this new, next phase of edward’s tremendously inspiring career, he will take on yet another publication, this time lending his vision to W magazine as their new fashion & style director, succeeding alex white. with W magazine’s transitional year of re-introduction already in the books, logo changes & all, i expect that W will readily breakthrough with the help of enninful on board. with his new role in effect as of may 1, W editor, stefano tonchi has described enninful as “incredibly joyous” & adds, “i’m thrilled that edward is joining our team, and am confident that he will bring a great deal of creativity, professionalism, and industry knowledge with him.” with his work at W on the horizon, edward will be shifting gears & ending his contributing roles at both italian & american vogue in order to fulfill his duties as fashion director. edward has already crafted an enviable career & his work with W will no doubt be some of his greatest. a proven power player & creative cornerstone of style & image- enninful is respected & admired in the world of fashion publication. on his creative approach, edward says, “i tackle each project as if it’s the last”.

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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