Filed under: Editorials | Tags: anais mali, anna wintour, azzedine alaïa, charlie welch, elissa santisi, kamo, lisa houghton, raymond meier, vogue
“Last, a brief word about this month’s fashion,” writes Vogue editor in chief Ann Wintour in her editor’s letter from the August 2011 “age issue.” She concludes that fashion is an endeavor teeming with surprise (see also Céline Resort 2012 and Givenchy Resort 2012). The previous three paragraphs of this opening letter, however deal with the aged, specifically the issue’s Sarah Jessica Parker cover story. The fashion that remains in the 229 page issue has value and none more so than an accessories story featuring Ford’s Anais Mali photographed by Raymond Meier. Titled “Mixed Media” the Elissa Santisi-styled story makes exceptional use of bold background colors to accentuate accessories in Lucite, alligator and python, glitter and suede. Making her fifth appearance for Vogue this year Anais opens the story with a Tod’s pochette bag slung over her left shoulder and wearing an alligator-and-python belt and clothing by The Row. Although there is nary an Azzedine Alaïa snakeskin handbag to be found, the story’s accessories on the balance are used to maximum effect. For example, take Anais’s final look, which is comprised of an amber python purse that absolutely pops against the green python dress and T-strap platform sandals, all by Gucci. Exceptionally blown-out hair by Kamo completes this trip down retro lane, which as ever Anais Mali takes in stride in both defiance of the issue’s theme of age and of course restrictions of the two-dimensional page.
Credits include: Publication, Vogue August 2011; Title, “Mixed Media”; Photography, Raymond Meier; Fashion editing, Elissa Santisi; Hair, Kamo for Mod’s Hair; Makeup, Lisa Houghton for Yves Saint Laurent at Jed Root, Inc.; Prop styling, Charlie Welch for Jed Root, Inc.
Filed under: Editorials | Tags: benjamin sturgill, dennis devoy, details, edward kim, evandro soldati, robbie fimmano, stevie huynh
The consensus about yesterday’s Evandro Soldati video for W by Santiago Sierra was a collective sproing! that tickled our Facebook Wall and caressed our Twitter mentions. Such is the captivating power of the 6’2″ (188 cm) Brazilian that he returns to this page for a print encore in the form of a Details August 2011 editorial by photographer Robbie Fimmano. Titled “The Change-Up,” the Benjamin Sturgill-styled story adopts a familiar didactic tone that is germane to men’s magazines of this sort. “Ten ways to tweak your wardrobe for a look that sets you apart this fall” announces the feature’s opening page. To that end, bold stripes, graphic sweatshirts, wide trousers, etc and so on are presented as wardrobe suggestions to what surely is a predominately straight male readership. The lesson could not be better delivered than by Evandro who for his third look wears a Burberry Prorsum sweater, Hermès T-shirt, Dior Homme wide trousers, Marc Jacobs belt, and Dries Van Noten shoes. To be sure these are looks for autumn and as such are a far cry from the cruel summer nothings of yesterday, but in both cases it is Evandro Soldati who drives home the message that makes our audience go sproing!
Please visit FordModels.com to see Evandro’s official Ford Men portfolio.
Credits include: Publication, Details August 2011, Volume 29 Issue 9; Title, “The Change Up”; Photography, Robbie Fimmano; Styling, Benjamin Sturgill; Hair, Dennis Devoy at Art Department for Redken; Makeup, Stevie Huynh at The Wall Group using Dermalogica Skincare; Casting, Edward Kim at House Casting; Image source, STEELMACHINES.
Filed under: Editorials | Tags: 2dm, claudia marchetti, coco brandolini d'adda, hannelore knuts, haria norsa, leonora hamill, simone prusso, tar, ultramegalore
And finally, freedom, specifically Tar 5 Spring 2011 that takes the concept as its point of departure for such disparate contributors as the recently-freed Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei, Moroccan psychiatrist Rita El Khayat, and Centre Pompidou curator Christine Marcel. Oh, but Tar 5 is not only art and politics, nay, it also comes good with the fashion by way of an editorial by photographer Leonora Hamill and stylist Haria Norsa that features Ford’s Hannelore Knuts. Titled “Holy Hannelore” the story sees the iconic Belgian at her resplendent best beginning bedside wearing a Trussardi dress, bracelet with pendants by Brioni, golden bracelet by Sharra Pagano, and holding a Fendi clutch. She is breathtaking in particular for her fourth look, a white Yves Saint Laurent dress, Salvatore Ferragamo heels, Vhernier rings and earrings, and holding a Stella McCartney clutch, which allows her to especially stand out from her luscious surroundings. Not that Hannelore Knuts could ever be consumed by any backdrop no matter how busily it pursues its freedom for this Tar 5 freedom issue…she wouldn’t otherwise be known as Ultramegalore!
Credits include: Tar Issue N°5 Spring 2011; Title, “Holy Hannelore”; Photography, Leonora Hamill; Styling, Haria Norsa; Fashion editing, Coco Brandolini D’Adda; Hair, Simone Prusso for Greenapple; Makeup, Claudia Marchetti for Greenapple using MAC Cosmetics; Photography assistance, Carlo Piroli, Chiara Capuzzi; Styling assistance, Luca Galasso; Production, 2DM Milan; Image source, Fashion Gone Rogue.
Filed under: Editorials | Tags: ashley javier, bananarama, cesar leon, christopher rosales, cruel summer, dawn sterling, evandro soldati, garrett munce, lindsey gathright, romy soleimani, santiago sierra, w, w magazine
Last week photographer Santiago Sierra‘s work surfaced on this page in the form of that excellent Luciana Curtis Elle México cover story. Although his work is relatively new to this page, he has a long since established his name in the industry as the go-to auteur for fine moving imagery. His CV, which includes having worked with Mert & Marcus, Inez & Vinoodh, and other leading photographers, describes exactly the sort of heady matrix in which his visual sensibilities developed. Sierra’s still photography is no doubt accomplished, but it is in moving pictures where he has truly excelled. Take for example his latest video “Cruel Summer” starring Ford Men’s Evandro Soldati and Marloes Horst (Next), which was featured on Wmagazine.com the other week. Having absolutely nothing to do with its Bananarama namesake, this slow motion study in all that is equally desirous and nearly unattainable from swimwear to six packs yields a potent blend of pleasure and frustration or, in other words, the base ingredients of any “cruel summer.”
Please visit Wmagazine.com to see the entire “Cruel Summer” video by Santiago Sierra featuring Evandro Soldati.
Credits include: Publication, Wmagazine.com June 2011; Title, “Cruel Summer”; Photography, Santiago Sierra; Women’s fashion editing, Lindsey Gathright; Men’s fashion editing, Garrett Munce; Production, Cesar Leon; Hair, Ashley Javier at Art + Commerce for Leonor Greyl; Make up: Romy Soleimani at Management Artists; Manicure: Dawn Sterling at B Agency; Digital: Christopher Rosales; Photography assistance, Mario Alfonso de Armas, Alexander Prokos, Alessandro Zoppis, Duke F. Location: The James New York Hotel, jameshotels.com.
Filed under: Editorials | Tags: a super máquina, anastasia barbieri, azza yousif, cédric buchet, diego da silva, karim rahman, karmen pedaru, knight rider, mayako sasaki, queen of spade, vogue portugal
What would summer be without reruns? In a word, cruel. That could well be a motivating thought behind the decision by Vogue Portugal’s editor in chief Paula Mateus to reprint Karmen Pedaru‘s Cédric Buchet editorial from Vogue Paris juin / juilett 2011 as her magazine’s August 2011 cover story. As much as readers would no doubt appreciate a new Karmen Pedaru cover story I reckon few will disparage this particular reprint, which counts as the Estonian’s first ever for the storied Condé Nast franchise. If you can’t catch A Super Máquina on TV this summer, then you certainly could do worse than cop Karmen Pedaru’s Vogue Portugal cover issue.
Credits include: Publication, Vogue Portugal Agosto 2011; Photography, Cédric Buchet; Fashion editor, Anastasia Barbieri; Hair, Diego da Silva; Makeup, Karim Rahman for L’Oréal Paris; Production, Queen of Spade; Fashion assistance, Azza Yousif, Mayako Sasaki.
Filed under: Editorials | Tags: akinori shirakawa, antonella graef, catherine newell-hanson, elyse taylor, fast ashley's studios, gregory harris, karan franjola, paul rowland, rica romain, the realness, v magazine, v72, veranika antsipava, william lemon
The leopardess may not be able to change her spots, but that’s not to say she cannot further accentuate them with a Christian Louboutin Kathena leopard-print clutch. Come again? Indeed and that is in fact the bold look put forth in the early pages of V72, “The Transformation Issue,” by photographer Gregory Harris and V fashion & marketing editor Catherine Newell-Hason. With no small contribution from Ford’s Antonella Graef, Elyse Taylor, and Veranika Antispava this head-to-total don’t is made an emphatic do. To that end Antonella wears dress and clutch by Salvatore Ferragamo, Elyse wears dress and iPad case by Dolce & Gabbana, and Veranika wears sweater, skirt, clutch by Marc Jacobs and gloves by Carolina Amato. Skin printing by William Lemon using Temptu either adds a cherry or tin lid to the overall look depending on your sartorial persuasion, but in either case Paul Rowland‘s girls keep the absurdity well at bay.
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Credits include: Publication, V72 Fall Preview 2011; Title, “Match Point”; Photography, Gregory Harris; Styling, Catherine Newell-Hanson; Hair, Akinori Shirakawa using Y.S. Park; Makeup, Karan Franjola at Marek and Associates; Skin printing, William Lemon at Bridge Artists using Temptu; Manicure, Rica Romain at See Management using Chanel; Photography assistance, Jake Jones, Michael “Smalls” Marquez; Styling assistance, Louise Hahn; Hair assistance, Tsuyoshi Harada; Makeup, Ai Yokomizo; Location, Fast Ashley’s Studios, Brooklyn; Retouching, The Realness. Image source, V.
Filed under: Editorials | Tags: abi walker, aiden andrews, ben spence, ben talbott, daniel lea, david white, dorothy burns, emma broom, henry thomas, jenny forsyth, jeremy maneval, laura holmes, lauren parson, nowness, sharif hamza, syd hayes
And finally for some Nowness…from Wednesday of this week, which late on a Friday sounds more like thenness, but nevertheless involves Ford Men’s Aiden Andrews, which is more like foreverness. The short and long of this Sharif Hamza petit masterpiece for video titled “Hydropower” is seeing Aiden a part of a men’s crew team. The only way this video that was shot at the London Regatta Center, Docklands, London could be improved would be for Aiden to be doing everything shown, but with cats. Now that would be some serious nowness.
Pop over to Nowness to see the entire video by Sharif Hamza.
Credits include: Publication, Nowness 6 July 2011; Title, “Hydropower”; Direction, Sharif Hamza; Production, Laura Holmes Production; Photography direction, Ben Spence; Editing, Jeremy Maneval for Consulate Ltd.; Original scoring, Daniel Lea; Strings, Jamie McCarthy; Coloring, Gabriele Turchi for Consulate Ltd.; Casting direction, Henry Thomas; Wardrobe, John McCarty; Production design, David White; Hair, Syd Hayes; Makeup, Lauren Parson; Wardrobe assistance, Abi Walker, Jenny Forsyth; Hair assistance, Ben Talbott; Makeup assistance, Emma Broom; Art department assistance, Gabriella Wyer, George Beleznay; Production assistance, Dorothy Burns; Production running, David Farago.