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Delfine Bafort | V68 Winter 2010/2011 by Damien Neva

There are any number of qualities that make what could otherwise just be an average editorial something more, something extraordinary. It could be an inspired model who brings the clothing to life. It could also be down to fine styling that opts for maturity instead of mania. A clever premise can also be the clincher in making the story memorable long after the magazine has been harvested for tear sheets. When all of these elements combine with an excellent photographer and production personnel, then a very special story such as “The Land of Fairy” featuring Ford’s Delfine Bafort results.

Appearing in V68 Winter 2010/2011, the self-described “Who Cares about Age Issue,” the story by photographer Sebastian Faena and stylist Katie Shillingford places the 31-year-old Belgian model in a fantastic tale anchored by two timeless passages from William Butler Yeats‘s “The Land of Heart’s Desire” and “The Stolen Child.” Fantasy, then both arrests aging and regains paradise in ways that are made manifest in four masterful compositions that owe as much to the eye of Sebastian Faena as to the brilliant set design of Bryn Bowen. Each of the portraits depict Delfine in an actual water setting courtesy of ingenious rigging rather than some schlocky digital post-production gimmick.

Styling by Katie Shillingford employs no small amount of sheer garments, jewelry, and the odd latex glove and stocking combo to achieve a fairy-like effect. In the first shot Delfine rises from the waters wearing a John Galliano dress, gold and crystal necklace (worn as headpiece) by Dsquared², white beaded necklace by Erickson Beamon, latex gloves and stockings by Atsuko Kudo, and Chanel boots. The second look pictures Delfine as if floating just above the waters at dusk holding a glowing element and wearing a jacket by Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière, sheer dress by Ann-Sofie Back, sheer skort with flowers by Isabel Czernin Fishlock, Soho Hearts earrings, and Dsquared² gloves. For her penultimate look a suspended Delfine wears a Dolce & Gabbana dress, tulle underskirt vintage from Beyond Retro, latex sleeves and stockings by Atsuko Kudo, and John Galliano boots. The final shot of the story Delfine lies supine over the face of the water in a Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci Resort 2011 dress, Jean Paul Gaultier for La Perla briefs, paper crowns and bracelets with flowers by Meadham Kirchhoff, Lucite cuffs and metal bangles by Alexis Bittar, blue plastic bangles from Prada Resort 2011, LaCrasia gloves, and latex socks by Atsuko Kudo.

All told “The Land of Fairy” has captured the Ford Models Blog‘s imagination through its inspired casting, impeccable styling, an imaginative premise, and bold staging. Full marks, V, let us all now take to the waters and the wild with a fairy, hand in hand, for the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand… .

Credits include: Publication, V68 Winter 2010/2011; Title, “The Land of Fairy”; Photography, Sebastian Faena; Styling, Katie Shillingford; Makeup, Francelle for NARS Cosmetics; Hair, Esther Langham at Art + Commerce; Manicure, Rica Romain at See Management; Photography assistant, Aubrey Mayer; Styling assistants, Jessica Bobince, Jonathan Hamilt, Jeremy Wood; Lighting technician, David Diesing; Digital technician, Aurelie Graillot; Set design, Bryn Bower; Producer, Helena Martel; Production assistants, Leo Zaia, Audrey Rudolf, Ali Madigan, Romina Fernandez; Location, The Log Cabin; Equipment rental, DRIVEIN24; Videographer, Martin Landgreve; Retouching, View Imaging; Catering, Noz Catering.

The Land of Fairy by Sebastian Faena | V68 Winter 2010/2011

The Land of Fairy by Sebastian Faena | V68 Winter 2010/2011

Delfine Bafort | V68 Winter 2010/2011 (Photography: Sebastian Faena)

Delfine Bafort | V68 Winter 2010/2011 (Photography: Sebastian Faena)

Delfine Bafort | V68 Winter 2010/2011 (Photography: Sebastian Faena)

Delfine Bafort | V68 Winter 2010/2011 (Photography: Sebastian Faena)

The Land of Fairy by Sebastian Faena | V68 Winter 2010/2011

The Land of Fairy by Sebastian Faena | V68 Winter 2010/2011

Delfine Bafort | V68 Winter 2010/2011 (Photography: Sebastian Faena)

Delfine Bafort | V68 Winter 2010/2011 (Photography: Sebastian Faena)

Delfine Bafort | V68 Winter 2010/2011 (Photography: Sebastian Faena)

Delfine Bafort | V68 Winter 2010/2011 (Photography: Sebastian Faena)


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It’s almost like a futuristic fairy tale.

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