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Valerija Kelava | LOVE Issue 5 Spring / Summer 2011 by Damien Neva

With full-time having yet to be called on Spring / Summer 2011 biannual issues, I would like to take a look at one Condé Nast edition that has been patiently biding its time on Magazine Mountain. Yes, it’s that British volume, whose title is written all shouty-like so that it reads LOVE. Amongst several editorials contained in the fifth issue of LOVE is a story by photographer Alasdair McLellan featuring Ford’s Valerija Kelava. Titled “Nonstop Erotic Dancing,” the Olivier Rizzo-styled story situates the ck one Fragrance, Jil Sander Navy, Aquascutum, and Diesel Black Gold S/S 11 campaign model on a stage more commonly associated with districts red light than theatre. As ever with LOVE, there is a twist, which comes in the form of gender ambiguity that is championed throughout the self-described “Androgyny Issue.” “Glamour, flamboyance, decadence; hair, clothes, and make-up, all exaggerated and souffléd up to a rousing crescendo of excess,” writes LOVE editor in chief Katie Grand, “creating a glorious sense of artifice that entrances the beholder so much more profoundly than the mundane matter of the gender of the person beneath it all.” To that end, Valerija first appears in the story clasping her hands, Antony Turner-styled hair slicked back, and wearing a Prada suit. The styling relaxes considerably for the final three shots wherein Valerija wears little more than a silk skirt by Dolce & Gabbana. And with that, color me entranced, Miss Grand!

Credits include: Publication, LOVE Issue 5 Spring / Summer 2011; Title, “Nonstop Erotic Dancing”; Photography, Alasdair McLellan; Fashion editor, Olivier Rizzo; Hair, Antony Turner; Makeup, Lucia Pica; Manicure, Sophy Robson using Chanel S/S 11; Production, Chloe Charlesworth at Art Partner; Set design, Vincent Olivieri; Photography assistance, Simon Bremner, Hazel Gaskin, Gareth Powell; Fashion assistance, Donatella Musco, Mara Palena; Hair assistance, Luke Anthony, Marcia Lee; Makeup assistance, Sofia Bermudez, Jenny Coombs, Yuko Fredriksson; Set design assistance, Oman Stewart; Retouching, Picture House NYC; Processing and prints, Bayeux.

Valerija Kelava | LOVE Issue 5 Spring / Summer 2011 (Photography: Alasdair McLellan)

Valerija Kelava | LOVE Issue 5 Spring / Summer 2011 (Photography: Alasdair McLellan)

Valerija Kelava | LOVE Issue 5 Spring / Summer 2011 (Photography: Alasdair McLellan)

Valerija Kelava | LOVE Issue 5 Spring / Summer 2011 (Photography: Alasdair McLellan)

Valerija Kelava | LOVE Issue 5 Spring / Summer 2011 (Photography: Alasdair McLellan)

Valerija Kelava | LOVE Issue 5 Spring / Summer 2011 (Photography: Alasdair McLellan)

Valerija Kelava | LOVE Issue 5 Spring / Summer 2011 (Photography: Alasdair McLellan)

Valerija Kelava | LOVE Issue 5 Spring / Summer 2011 (Photography: Alasdair McLellan)



Ming Xi | Vogue China Dec. 2010 by Damien Neva

Long before the Ford Models Blog took off its Halloween costume (OK, fake mustache) it had seemed that the Christmas lights had already crept up the trees outside the agency on Fifth Ave. Memory isn’t what it used to be, mind, but with Thanksgiving only next week the holidays must certainly be right around the corner. That of course means parties, gifts, and trips home such as the one implied by Ford’s Ming Xi featuring in Vogue China December 2010 photographed by Lachlan Bailey. “Home for the holidays” the Chinese model makes time for a story titled “Flying High” that employs an arrangement of black bars to break up the monotony of the white cyc. Styled by fashion editor Mélanie Huynh the story features feathers, lace, and silver spiked bracelets which bring a modicum of lightness to what would otherwise be heavy-looking all black ensembles. Ming does well in this story and fittingly ends a the calendar year flying high.

Ming Xi also featured last month in Vogue China Nov. 2010 in a story by photographer Hans Feuer and fashion editor Anne Christensen.

Credits include: Publication, Vogue China December 2010; Title, “Flying High”; Photography, Lachlan Bailey; Fashion editor, Mélanie Huynh; Hair, Syd Hayes at http://www.premierhairandmakeup.com; Makeup, Adrien Pinault at Management Artists using Dior; Manicure, Elsa Durrens at Artlist; Set design, Vincent Olivieri.

Ming Xi | Vogue China Dec. 2010 (Photography: Lachlan Bailey)

Ming Xi | Vogue China Dec. 2010 (Photography: Lachlan Bailey)

Ming Xi | Vogue China Dec. 2010 (Photography: Lachlan Bailey)

Ming Xi | Vogue China Dec. 2010 (Photography: Lachlan Bailey)

Ming Xi | Vogue China Dec. 2010 (Photography: Lachlan Bailey)

Ming Xi | Vogue China Dec. 2010 (Photography: Lachlan Bailey)

Ming Xi | Vogue China Dec. 2010 (Photography: Lachlan Bailey)

Ming Xi | Vogue China Dec. 2010 (Photography: Lachlan Bailey)

Ming Xi | Vogue China Dec. 2010 (Photography: Lachlan Bailey)

Ming Xi | Vogue China Dec. 2010 (Photography: Lachlan Bailey)

Ming Xi | Vogue China Dec. 2010 (Photography: Lachlan Bailey)

Ming Xi | Vogue China Dec. 2010 (Photography: Lachlan Bailey)

Ming Xi | Vogue China Dec. 2010 (Photography: Lachlan Bailey)

Ming Xi | Vogue China Dec. 2010 (Photography: Lachlan Bailey)

Ming Xi | Vogue China Dec. 2010 (Photography: Lachlan Bailey)

Ming Xi | Vogue China Dec. 2010 (Photography: Lachlan Bailey)




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