Filed under: Editorials | Tags: alessandra casoni, diego rivera, elisabetta massari, emily senko, frida kahlo, marie claire italia, roberto pagnini, wendy bevan
Magazine Mountain wasn’t formed in a day nor did it reach its dizzying heights by me being downloading electronic files to one of those daft tablet-come-latelies. Nay, the summit has climbed higher and higher still by purchasing magazines by the dozen. Not that I require any special inducement to do so, but when the magazine, Marie Claire Italia Marzo 2011, features on its cover Ford’s Julia Saner photographed Thierry Le Gouès, I can’t help but snatch it up for the strip mine in reverse that is Magazine Mountain. Italian magazines, however aren’t always what they seem. Julia might be on the cover of the Hachette glossy, but she’s not also at the back of the issue. The disappointment at there being no corresponding cover story, however was tempered considerably upon discovering in the same issue an eighteen-look spread by photographer Wendy Bevan featuring Ford’s Emily Senko. Titled “Latin Lover” the story imagines Emily playing Frida to an unseen Diego, though minus the brilliant artist’s signature monobrow and soft mustache.
Having seen Emily in over thirty shows for the Fall / Winter 2011 runway season, not to mention S/S 11 campaigns for Sportmax and BCBG Max Azria, it is gratifying also to see her acquit herself flawlessly in a proper editorial. So far as ambition and scale are concerned, this Elisabetta Massari-styled story cannot be bettered even if Emily’s Frida were like some magazine cover handed over to a celebrity. The story opens with Emily wearing a Miu Miu T-shirt with floral details in leather and a full complement of various rings and earrings by Ugo Cacciatori, Roberto Cavalli, and Blumarine. Maximal though the styling may be, the aesthetic never manages to overwhelm Emily, who by force of her big blue eyes dominates every portrait not unlike Frida Kahlo famously did in her many self portraits.
Credits include: Publication, Marie Claire Italia Marzo 2011; Title, “Latin Lover”; Photography, Wendy Bevan; Fashion editor, Elisabetta Massari; Hair, Roberto Pagnini; Makeup, Alessandra Casoni; Fashion assistance, Helga Lang; Special thanks, Hotel Milano Scala.
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