Tag: mert + marcus

editorialesque » natalia vodianova for vogue

represented by DNA models, natalia vodianova glows for the pages of vogue for the american publication’s september issue. through the lens of mert alas & marcus piggot, vodianova appears classically styled by grace coodington. a refined approach to modern edge, the spread takes on a 60’s & i cannot help but utter the name, ‘jackie o.’ when looking at this spread. mert + marcus prove, yet again, that they are a cut above the rest with this spread while it manages to tap into my love for all things classic. with two fall campaigns under her belt already this season, natalia can also be see alongside naomi campbell for givenchy & returns for the stella mccartney campaign; which she appeared for last fall.  

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editorialesque » isabeli fontana + clément chabernaud for vogue paris

beautifully bold tones, sexual chemistry- two aspects of image that are clearly represented for the pages of french vogue through the lens of mert + marcus. represented by women model management, isabeli fontana is seen colorfully for the pages of french vogue alongside male model, clément chabernaud of wilhelmina. as mentioned previously for the issues covers, some have noted photographic similarities to that of steven mesiel for a spread that used linda evangelista. what amazes me is this concept of whose to blame; in my constant review of editorial a number of people point their fingers every direction. similar aesthetics are seen in the work of mert & marcus, as the two have been known to pay tribute to the greats before them. while some question the inspiration as lack of creative ability, the purpose of serving up a beautiful image is demonstrated clearly. both fontana & chabernaud fit well together & i love the focus upon color. appropriate for the spring,  prada’s banana prints & versaces color splash patterns are all seen beautifully throughout the spread. isabeli is one of my favorites, as is clement- mert & marcus kill it everytime. in living color, summer never looked so good.

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isabeli fontana for vogue paris

through the commerciallly pure styling vision of emmanuelle alt, editor in chief of french vogue, isabeli fontana appears for the publication’s june cover. shot by mert + marcus, bronzed skin & vivid color take the stage as isabeli appears stunning looking something like linda evangelista. while the cover shot & editorial feature have been compared to photographic work by steven meisel, i love & can clearly distinguish which work is under the direction of alt. in the fashion publication game, the editors, especially the editors in chief, have this unbreakable reign once put into position & french vogue has an incredibly interesting timeline as of late concerning this heirarchy. emmanuelle alt, once the fashion editor at french vogue, you may remember as taking her place as chief february of this year. after replacing the void left from carine roitfeld, roitfeld herself has addressed the issue & revealed some interesting rumors in a recent interview had with the financial times. roitfeld broke new ground as the head of french vogue, allowing transgendered models the platform for fashion fame & used excessive nudity in tandem with jaw dropping, high-end glamour. for this roitfeld says that xavier romatet, heavy-hitting president of condé nast france, “didn’t like” her use of experimentation at the magazine. granted roitfeld has moved on, announcing projects with barney’s new york, what i respect about roitfeld is her approach to fashion as art. throughout the interview, roitfeld had discussed everything from her ex-friend editor in chief to mcqueen to galliano- the one thing that seemed to be a recurring theme was the concept of ‘artistry’. this approach resonates greatly with me & mirrors my own approach & for that i will always respect carine roitfeld. granted, my respect for roitfeld doesn’t effect the love i have for the commercial polish alt has broughten to the table- it’s just a different vision. noticeably, the re-introduction of french vogue has been seen under the direction of alt & through beautiful execution, this cover demonstrates that with fervor. all in all, the cover is stunning & with time things change. from french seduction to commercialized beauty at the end of the day the fashion industry has been built to sell fantasies of beauty; products both alt & roitfeld have sold incredibly well. i can easily separate the vision of both & for that, im inspired.

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mert alas + marcus piggott for industrie

over 113 campaigns & over 44 covers in the last four years- mert & marcus are a testament to the fact that the fashion industry has a foundation in photography. appearing for the cover of industrie, a publication which allows editors & industry talents to steal the show- this cover was also self shot. of the internationally recognized photography duo, mert was born in turkey while marcus was born in the UK. meeting for the first time in 1994, following short stints working in classical music & graphic design; both mert & marcus formed as a photography duo & since then have changed the game. upon showing their images to dazed & confused magazine, they were instantly signed on to do a cover & from there began to dominate the world of high fashion through campaigns, covers & editorial shoots for just about every fashion magazine in this entire universe, no lie. with a signature aesthetic that taps into a feel of dark alluring seduction, mert & marcus are to credit for resurfacing the visage of high fashion- having shot campaigns for the likes of gucci, givenchy, louis vuitton & armani. having built a strong presence through advertising campaigns; mert & marcus recently shot groundbreaking covers for katie grand’s love magazine, as well as the current cover of french vogue which is on newstands now. delighted i am to see them on the third issue of industrie, following the first cover of anna wintour & a second of marc jacobs- mert & marcus are two names, ultimately, one team to know if you have any remote interest in fashion, photography or just plain dope images. unendingly inspirational, the mert & marcus portfolio is one of epic & astonishing feats. if you don’t know mert & marcus- you’re sleeping.

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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”.

kate moss for vogue paris

through the lens of mert + marcus, kate moss appears for the may cover of vogue paris. clad in armani prive with male hands surrounding her, kate flourishes through yet another year & another cover. seen against a bold red backdrop with a red lacquered lip to match, moss continues to defy the limitations of age, consistency & model demand in booking covers & campaigns effortlessly each season. editor in chief, emmanuelle alt continues to thrive in her efforts to represent a new, redefined interpretation of french vogue & i feel a greater sense of high-end, commercial glamour with her vision. it’s polished, still chic & new ideas are presented- with roitfeld, it was almost like a parisienne seduction, with emmanuelle it’s a full force presentation of clothes & supermodels. love the cover, the addition of arms add that extra boost. represented by IMG, kate currently ranks as the no. 2 female model icon while holding the rank as fashion’s third highest earning.

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joan smalls + malgosia bela for stella mccartney, spring

i’ve waited practically all of through campaign season & have posted just about every campaign before this one & this is one of my favorites of the spring. shot by mert + marcus, our beloved joan smalls appears alongside malgosia bela for the SS11 stella mccartney campaign. photographed against a teal studio backdrop, style spotlights were focused on the collections denim pieces, signature boyfriend blazers & low rise heels. represented by IMG, joan smalls has had an enormously successful campaign season; appearing here for stella as well as campaign spots for roberto cavalli, gucci & a signed beauty contract with estee lauder. represented by next models ny, malgosia bela is have a wildly successful new year, appearing for two covers for the month of april & landing spring campaign bookings for nina ricci, iceberg, chloe & roberto cavalli, once again alongside joan. both make a fitting cast for the campaign which focuses on fresh style elements & inspiring creative interpretation in the form of textile, collage cut outs. it’s fresh & modern- the essence of what stella mccartney embodies.

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