Filed under: Editorials | Tags: brennan steines, california boys, clare richardson, didier malige, hedi slimane, kim pollock, man about town, peter klein, yasuko austin
There are certainly worse ways to make an editorial debut than in a 40+ page exlcusive by Hedi Slimane for Man about Town. However, that is just what Ford Men’s Brennen Steines has done with his feature in Man about Town Spring / Summer 2011, which is guest edited by the former Dior Homme creative director. Titled “California Boys,” the Clare Richardson-styled editorial was shot on location in Palm Springs in March of this year and features illustrations drawn especially for this story by Brennen himself to complement Slimane’s quietly surreal portraits. Unique to Slimane’s treatment of Los Angeles is the fact that his stories in the issue aren’t spoiled by over production. “Slimane’s cinéma vérité shows LA in all its gritty, unvarnished glory,” explains editor in chief Philip Utz, “its protagonists were shot as they came, the portraits weren’t retouched and there were no publicists hovering around picking at our questions.” This is daring, yes, and clearly also a credit to the photographer and his subjects. The story begins in a shady backyard with Brennen casually wearing a pair of blue denim Levi’s. The no-fuss styling runs throughout the story and is perhaps best typified by Brennen’s second look, which is comprised of a green suede jacket with navy blue sleeves by Band of Outsiders, white cotton tank top by Acne, and blue denim trousers by Calvin Klein Jeans. Having been discovered through Ford’s online scouting submission page and later placed with the Ford Chicago office, Brennen has certainly made a right good go at modeling and thus has been duly rewarded. Expect to see more, much more from this very talented boy and until then, please enjoy this Hedi Slimane story featuring Brennen Steines.
Please also visit Fordmodels.com to view the official Ford Men portfolio of Brennen Steines.
Credits include: Publication, Man about Town 8 Spring / Summer 2011; Title, “California Boys”; Photography, Hedi Slimane; Styling, Clare Richardson; Hair, Didier Malige for Frédéric Fekkai; Fashion assistance, Lisa Bae, Kelly Ann Hughes, Ronald Burton; Production, Kim Pollock; Set design, Peter Klein; Coordination, Yasuko Austin; Illustration, Brennan Steines.
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