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Karmen Pedaru | British Vogue May 2011 by Damien Neva

The English have a weakness for commemorative tat of any kind, be it a plastic car window flag emblazoned with St George’s Cross or a Prince Harry replica party armband. British tabloids have long known this and exploit it at every turn however great or small. Throw a wedding-themed Royal Rumble and the baying packs of Sun readers are liable to leverage what little bit of equity they’ve to their name so that they too can say they were there when… . Brazen celebratory pandering, however is not the exclusive purview of the red tops, mind, it’s also a tactic employed by some of the more esteemed publications stationed in the gilded alleyways just off Fleet Street. The May issue of British Vogue adopts a royal nuptial theme for the “Wedding Belles” editorial by Mario Testino that features Ford’s Karmen Pedaru. Flanked by members of the Household Calvary Regiment, Karmen wears an off-white silk and grey dégradé tulle dress by Dior Haute Couture, Paris, tulle veil by Elie Saab, fingerless opera gloves by Glovedup, and fresh flowers, in hair, by Absolute Flowers. The admittedly fine portrait is a fitting and mostly vanilla tribute (that is a Galliano gown after all) to the forthcoming wedding of Prince of Wales and the, erm, erstwhile Jigsaw accessory buyer. With Karmen Pedaru participating in the royal matrimonial build-up, it is understandable why not only the English, but the rest of the world is a bit weak in knees. So may the engaged show mercy and just elope already.

Credits include: Publication, British Vogue May 2011; Title, “Wedding Belles”; Photography, Mario Testino; Fashion editor, Lucinda Chambers; Hair, Rudi Lewis; Makeup, Charlotte Tilbury; Manicure, Lorraine Griffin; Production, 10-4 Inc.; Digital artwork, R&D. With thanks to British Airways (Ba.com), the Sea Cadets (sea-cadets.org), The London Pearly Kings and Queens Society (Pearlysociety.co.uk), the London Fire Brigade (London-fire.gov.uk), the Household Cavalry Regiment and the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (Army.mod.uk).

Karmen Pedaru | British Vogue May 2011 (Photography: Mario Testino)

Karmen Pedaru | British Vogue May 2011 (Photography: Mario Testino)



Tao Okamoto & Crystal Renn | Interview March 2011 by Damien Neva

The other week deep in the fog of the show season this story arrived in my inbox. Amidst a forest of exclamation marks and ASCII smileys it was apparent from the message that this was not just any Mert & Marcus masterpiece, nay, it was several hygrometer percentages sultrier. There is no shortage of bare flesh in the supposedly clothing-centric field of fashion photography (see also Purple Spring / Summer 2011), but that doesn’t necessarily translate into imagery that could be construed as even remotely seductive let alone artistic. Such failings, however do not befall the peerless Mert & Marcus for their latest editorial outing in Interview March 2011 that features Ford’s Tao Okamoto and Crystal Renn. Titled “China Girls” the Karl Templer styled story transports readers to the intersection of 1970s glam and 1920s decadence by way of a steamily sapphic opium den.

I immediately identified Tao Okamoto from the opening page, she’s holding an anthurium flower and wearing earrings and ring by Erickson Beamon, but missed Crystal, chameleon that she is, on the first look at the story. As it turns out Crystal later appears at the bottom of page 168 wearing shoes by Yves Saint Laurent with her arm wrapped around Fei Fei Sun. As one of the story’s central protagonists Tao commands much of the story, but also shares a striking portrait with Crystal on page 177. In that shot Tao wears pants by Akris, earrings by Erickson Beamon, Lynn Ban cuff, Hwa Park cummerbund, and Louis Vuitton shoes. Crystal wears Haider Ackermann briefs and also Louis Vuitton shoes, Erickson Beamon earrings, and Lynn Ban necklace. Needless to say this is an intoxicating story borne of pipe dream the likes of only Mert & Marcus could conceive and Tao and Crystal realize. Now, where again did I leave my dog-eared copy of the Kubla Khan… .

Credits include: Publication, Interview March 2011; Title, “China Girls”; Photography, Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott; Fashion editor, Karl Templer; Hair, Paul Hanlon at Julian Watson Agency; Hair color, Tina Outen; Makeup, Charlotte Tilbury at Art Partner; Manicure, Lorraine Griffin using Chanel 2011 Spring Collection, including Black, Pearl, Vamp, and Rouge Fatal Nail Color; Casting, Michelle Lee at KCD; Set design, Gerard Santos at http://www.themagnetagency.com; Production, Layla Land; Retouching, Dreamer Post Productions; Styling assistants, Elin Svahn, Kerry Buckley, Chi-San Wan; Hair assistants, Keisuke Terrada, Corey Tuttle; Makeup assistant, Ninni Nummela; Manicurist assistant, James Mok; Image source, tFS.

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto & Crystal Renn | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto & Crystal Renn | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto & Crystal Renn | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto & Crystal Renn | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Tao Okamoto | Interview March 2011 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)



Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Déc/Jan 2010-2011 by Damien Neva

In the movie Inception there is a moment in that scene set in a Paris café when after explaining to Ariadne (Ellen Page) that one never really remembers the beginning of a dream Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) asks her how they both ended up at the table. Not quite sure how she got there, Cobb reveals to Ariadne that they’re both dreaming as a part of her first lesson in shared dreaming. At that point the street rumbles, table settings explode, and the very fabric of the dream begins to unravel. It is precisely this sensation of not remembering a dream’s beginning that accompanies the latest Vogue Paris editorial featuring Ford’s Crystal Renn. We’re not quite sure how we got here, but we now know there’s nothing whatsoever controversial about saying Crystal is a fixture of Carine Roitfeld‘s peerless publication. We also know that we are not dreaming — this is real.

The occasion of Crystal’s latest story is the holiday issue of Vogue Paris guest edited by Tom Ford, who has reemerged from the womenswear wilderness with a new line of his own. The story, titled “La Panthère Ose,” photographed by the former Gucci creative director and styled by Vogue Paris editor in chief, takes a sideways glance at plastic surgery mediated romance. Impossibly full lips, high cheekbones, and surgical gauze punctuate the proceedings that witness no shortage of passion, transformation, and possibly the most suggestive use of Coca Light to date — and no, we ain’t talking about watching the tube. True to Ford’s photographic form there is a wryness to the portraits that is aided in no small part by Crystal herself, a model whose versatility places her in a class of her own.

The story, Crystal’s fifth for Vogue Paris this year, underscores an already well established editorial career, but also points to a deepening relationship with the Vogue Paris editor in chief. In many ways Crystal transmits Roitfeld’s unique vision onto the page whether she’s being shot by Steven Klein, David Sims, Mert & Marcus, Terry Richardson, or now Tom Ford. Whatever Carine Roitfeld has up her sleeve for 2011 the Ford Models Blog is willing to guess in part that it will involve Crystal Renn. Some might call that dreaming, but having seen what Crystal did over the last twelve months, we know it is anything but.

Credits include: Publication, Vogue Paris №913 décembre/janvier 2010-2011; Title, “La Panthère Ose”; Photography, Tom Ford; Fashion editor, Carine Roitfeld; Hair, Orlando Pita for Orlo Saloon NY; Makeup, Charlotte Tilbury; Manicure, Megumi Yamamoto; Prosthetics, Craig Lindberg; Prosthetics assistant, Tom Denier; Fashion assistants, Benjamin Bruno, Anna Schiffel.

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Déc/Jan 2010-2011 (Photography: Tom Ford)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Déc/Jan 2010-2011 (Photography: Tom Ford)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Déc/Jan 2010-2011 (Photography: Tom Ford)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Déc/Jan 2010-2011 (Photography: Tom Ford)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Déc/Jan 2010-2011 (Photography: Tom Ford)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Déc/Jan 2010-2011 (Photography: Tom Ford)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Déc/Jan 2010-2011 (Photography: Tom Ford)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Déc/Jan 2010-2011 (Photography: Tom Ford)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Déc/Jan 2010-2011 (Photography: Tom Ford)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Déc/Jan 2010-2011 (Photography: Tom Ford)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Déc/Jan 2010-2011 (Photography: Tom Ford)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Déc/Jan 2010-2011 (Photography: Tom Ford)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Déc/Jan 2010-2011 (Photography: Tom Ford)

Crystal Renn | Vogue Paris Déc/Jan 2010-2011 (Photography: Tom Ford)




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