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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)



Anna Jagodzinska & Crystal Renn for Dsquared² S/S 11 by Damien Neva

No campaign season is complete without the showpiece fixture that is Dsquared² by photographers Mert & Marcus. Featuring for this season’s campaign are Ford’s Anna Jagodzinska and Crystal Renn. Having riffed on artist Damien Hirst last fall with inspired set design and dramatic lighting, the Dsquared² spring campaign takes a turn for the austere with crisp black & white portraiture. Styling by Katie Grand keeps it all very simple and direct.

Credits include: Client, Dsquared²; Campaign, S/S 11; Photography, Mert & Marcus; Stylist, Katie Grand; Art direction, Giovanni Bianco; Hair, Paul Hanlon; Makeup, Tom Pecheux; Production, Roz Norman at LaLa Land.

Anna Jagodzinska for Dsquared² S/S 11 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Anna Jagodzinska for Dsquared² S/S 11 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Crystal Renn for Dsquared² S/S 11 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)

Crystal Renn for Dsquared² S/S 11 (Photography: Mert & Marcus)



Aiden Andrews for Raf Simons F/W 10 by Damien Neva

Ford Men’s golden boy Aiden Andrews bags another F/W 10 campaign and this time for Raf Simons. The connections between designer, photographer, fashion editor, makeup, hair and model that crisscross this campaign alone are dizzying. Raf Simons of course designs his own line as well as the menswear and womenswear lines for Jil Sander. For the Raf Simons F/W 10 campaign photographer Willy Vanderperre takes to the helm along with fashion editor Olivier Rizzo, hair stylist Paul Hanlon, and makeup artist Peter Philips all previously having done the past and present campaigns for Jil Sander for which Aiden Andrews is also the current face. Clearly at this point they are family, an observation which is further evidenced in this fine video treatment by Willy Vanderperre for the Raf Simons F/W 10 campaign. Who else but family could get Aiden to do that with his hands for an entire shoot?

Credits include: Client, Raf Simons; Campaign, F/W 10; Video, Willy Vanderperre; Styling, Olivier Rizzo; Hair, Paul Hanlon; Makeup, Peter Philips.

Raf Simons F/W 10 (Video still: Willy Vanderperre)

Raf Simons F/W 10 (Video still: Willy Vanderperre)

Aiden Andrews for Raf Simons F/W 10 (Video still: Willy Vanderperre)

Aiden Andrews for Raf Simons F/W 10 (Video still: Willy Vanderperre)

Aiden Andrews for Raf Simons F/W 10 (Video still: Willy Vanderperre)

Aiden Andrews for Raf Simons F/W 10 (Video still: Willy Vanderperre)

Aiden Andrews for Raf Simons F/W 10 (Video still: Willy Vanderperre)

Aiden Andrews for Raf Simons F/W 10 (Video still: Willy Vanderperre)




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