Archive for November, 2012

Retrospective : Vogue Hommes Japan

November 9th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Earlier this week it was announced that the consistently stellar Vogue Hommes Japan would be shuttering as part of Conde Nast’s decision to switch their men’s publications globally from Vogue, to GQ Style. Magazines come and go, but Vogue Hommes Japan was something special. Led by Nicola Formichetti and featuring the talents of some of fashion’s biggest names, the mag delved into the artistic, eccentric and boundary pushing side of menswear. Fashion can often be disproportionally focused on the ladies, but Formichetti and co. breathed new life into the world of men’s editorial with an outlook that was bold, brash and always on point. We’re going to miss VHJP and their in-your-face style, take a look back at some of our favorite editorials from the magazine and share your own in the comments.

One Impression of Francis Bacon
Ph. Tim Richardson
Fashion Editor – Shun Watanabe | MU Kristin Gallegos | Hair Cash Lawless

A mind-bending tribute to one of art’s heros, accompanied by an equally compelling film.


Digital Vol. 1 iPad Special
Ph. Pierre Debusschere
Fashion Editor – Nicola Formichetti

Before gifs became a regular part of our appreciation of editorials, Vogue Hommes Japan was creating content that utilized new media to tell fashion tales in a whole new way.


Ph. Mariano Vivanco
Fashion Editor – Nicola Formichetti

Gothic glamour at its finest, a theme the magazine has revisited since, but this story holds a special place in our hearts.


Samurai Fiction
Ph. Hedi Slimane
Fashion Editor – Nicola Formichetti

Pushing past the expected Slimane-isms and into new territory, this story explored the Asian influenced menswear trends in the most beautiful manner all in juicy, pops off the page color. We wish we could order prints of this one!


Glamourama
Ph. Miles Aldridge
Fashion Editor – Shun Watanabe | Makeup - Lloyd Simmonds

High gloss fantasy and saturated colors are Aldridge’s signature style, but this edit gives things a decadent menswear twist that makes things pulsate with energy.


Style & Product
Ph. Santiago & Mauricio Sierra
Fashion Editor – Shun Watanabe
Makeup –  Maud Laceppe | Hair - Diego Da Silva

You might remember this one from MDX recently, Shun Watanabe turned it out with the styling – Thom Browne has never looked this good.


The Americans
Ph. Hedi Slimane
Fashion Editor – Nicola Formichetti

Instant classic!


Bondage Warriors
Ph. Steven Klein
Fashion Editor –  Nicola Formichetti |  Makeup – Kabuki | Hair –  Shon

Steven Klein’s preoccupation with bondage has led to some truly exquisite editorials and this is no exception. Many fashion stories get called edgy, but this one pushed all the limits and it payed off big time.


The Creator of Devotion
Ph. Matthew Stone
Fashion Editor - Matthew Josephs
Makeup - Alex Box |  Hair - James Pecis

Pure beauty from one of the art world’s most exciting talents. Stone is a noted photographer, sculptor, performance artist, curator and more, this story utilizes his talents to create a sumptuous vision that went beyond fashion.


A Glowing Response
Ph. Richard Burbridge
Fashion Editor - Robbie Spencer
Makeup –  Peter Philips

Who says a men’s beauty story has to be dull? Burbridge plays with color and light, while Robbie Spencer’s styling talents are put to good use with the expressive styling.

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Blast from the Past: Claude Montana

November 9th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Looking back on the season that was and some of the runway proportion plays, we started to think back to the larger than life silhouettes of the 1980s. Back when a shoulder pad was de rigueur you couldn’t open up a fashion magazine without seeing the incredible designs of Claude Montana. Focusing on exquisite construction, luxurious materials and of course shape, Montana’s eponymous label flourished from 1979 until 1997, and for two years in the early nineties he even held down the reigns at Lanvin and yes there was life before Alber.

The amount of designers who namecheck Montana as an inspiration is staggering, the late Alexander McQueen cited him as a primary influence and numerous others owe a great deal to Montana’s inventive spirit. Take a trip back to the past with a glimpse at some incredible House of Montana pieces, as worn by top models of the era. The clothes may be over 20 years old, but notice how relevant and modern they still seem – the ruffled skirt on the red suit wouldn’t seem out of place on this season’s Balenciaga runway, the oversized shearling jacket would work with today’s Rag & Bone and that dramatic white column for Lanvin, could appear on any red carpet today and be completely refreshing.

Jenny Howarth by Paolo Roversi for Montana, 1986

Jenny Howarth by Paolo Roversi for Montana 1988

Linda Evangelista in Montana in American Vogue, 1987

Annelisse Seubert in Montana, 1992

Linda Evangelista by Paolo Roversi for Lanvin S/S 90, by Montana

Karen Mulder by Paolo Roversi for Lanvin by Montana, 1991

Claudia Mason on the cover of British Vogue in Montana, 1993

 

Emma Sjoberg in Elle by Gilles Bensimon, 1991

Emma Sjoberg in Montana 1992 ads

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Vote for Candy!

November 8th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Candy Magazine keeps their tongue planter firmly in cheek, so its no shocker that their take on the election and its drama is off-kilter and filled with moments that will bring a smile to your face. With the dust settling on the political battle, take a look at their over the top, drag romp directed by Danielle Levitt, styled by Brad Goreski and featuring the talents of Ms. Connie Fleming. You can’t beat this for a bit of post-election laughter – plus it serves as a preview for Candy’s upcoming issue, which is set to debut in a few weeks.

Produced by Stephanie Porto | Creative Direction by Luis Venegas

NEXT TIME… VOTE FOR CANDY! from By Luis Venegas on Vimeo.

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Eye Candy

November 8th, 2012 |Posted by Betty

It’s no secret that the 1-2 punch of Hurricane Sandy and the intensity of the U.S elections has the New York and the surrounding regions reeling. While it’s incredibly important to help out the people still ravaged by the storm (including those in countries as far away as Haiti), sometimes it’s ok to just take a deep breath and a bit of a mental break. For your viewing pleasure is the exclusive behind the scenes video of August Man Malaysia‘s November cover shoot by Chiun-Kai Shih of male supers Alex Lundqvist, Garrett Neff and Zhao Lei for a special issue on male modeling. Let’s just say the combination of 6 packs, killer cheekbones and smoldering glances is enough to brighten for just a moment the snowy, grey New York day.

Fans of the girls? Not to worry, check out our Instagram coverage of the Victoria’s Secret show.


Video by Justin Violini

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First Look : Doingbird

November 7th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

With its appealing blend of art, culture and fashion Doingbird never disappoints us and the latest issue looks especially promising. With Marte Mei van Haaster gracing the cover in a striking shot by Benjamin Alexander Huseby, followed by a creepy cool editorial that oozes chic, quite literally. We haven’t seen anything quite like this before and considering the amount of magazines we pour over, that is saying something! Inside you’ll also find exciting new content featuring Julia Nobis and contributions from everyone from Patti Smith and Ruth Hogben to Daniel Jackson and Rick Owens.

Ph. Benjamin Alexander Huseby | Stylist – Melanie Huynh (Paris: Management + Artists, New York: Management + Artists) | Hair – Neil Moodie | Makeup – Petros Petrohilos | Special Effects - Bart Hess

Ph. Max Doyle | Stylist – Naomi Smith | Hair – Eugene Souleiman | Makeup – Justine Purdue

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The Look of Julia Hetta

November 6th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

One of the most interesting photographers to catch our eye of late is talented Swede, Julia Hetta. With work appearing in influential indie glossies like Acne Paper, Dazed & Confused, Bon Magazine and Another Magazine, Hetta is most certainly making waves within the industry and taking a look at her images it is easy to see why. Her dynamic portraiture owes a great deal to classic paintings and sculpture, yet it feels refreshing. Using dramatic lighting, stark contrasts and the occasional well used prop, Hetta creates an unmistakable atmosphere within her imagery. Take a look at some our favorite Hetta images past and present and for more be sure to check out her website, Julia Hetta.com.

 

Bon Magazine
Julia Hetta (Photographer | Marcus Söder (Fashion Editor / Stylist) | Kristina Kullenberg (Makeup Artist)
Ellinore Erichsen, Ingrid Krzeszewski and Lovisa Hellners (Models)


Another MagazineView the story in the database
Julia Hetta (Photographer) | Cathy Edwards (Fashion Editor/Stylist) | Raphael Salley (Hair Stylist) | Kirstin Piggott (Makeup Artist)
David White (Set Designer) Julia Nobis & Katlin Aas (Models)


Acne Paper  - View the story in the database
Julia Hetta (Photographer) | Mattias Karlsson (Fashion Editor/Stylist) | Joseph Pujalte (Hair Stylist) | Peter Philips (Makeup Artist)
David White (Set Designer)


Vogue China 
Julia Hetta (Photographer) | Hannes Hetta (Fashion Editor / Stylist) Lina Zhang (Model)


Dazed & Confused - View the story in the database
Mattias Karlsson (Fashion Editor/Stylist) | Naoki Komiya (Hair Stylist) | Kirstin Piggott (Makeup Artist) | Rhea Thierstein (Set Designer)


Rodeo MagazineView the story in the database
Julia Hetta (Photographer) | Lok Lau (Hair Stylist) | Jenny Sinkaberg (Model)


Julia Hetta (Photographer) | Hannes Hetta (Fashion Editor / Stylist)

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Balenciaga Moments

November 5th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Nicolas Ghesquiere by Steven Meisel

We were shocked and a bit saddened today to hear of Nicolas Ghesquiere‘s departure from Balenciaga. After 15 years at the legendary house, Ghesquiere is parting ways with the luxury powerhouse, a label he helped become one of the most influential and respected in the business. Though we know this is likely the start of an exciting new beginning (let the rumors begin) we can’t help but look back at a few of our absolute favorite Balenciaga moments, from the very first collection to those infamous leggings. Take a look at our favorites and let us know yours in the comments.


THE REVIVAL

In 2012 it seems like there are new designers shuffling in to breathe life into old houses every few months, that wasn’t so much the case back in 1997. At 25 after assisting designers like Jean Paul Gaultier and paying his dues behind the scenes at several brands, Ghesquière came to Balenciaga to design for the brand’s Japanese licensing partner. Hardly the most glamourous gig – but his talent was evident and soon he found himself creative director of a brand that had yet to rediscover its footing. His first show back in S/S 98 changed all that, with a darkly chic update on the brand’s identity that made the fashion press stand up and take notice. View the collection in full for yourself at Balenciaga.com.


THE BAG

Seasonal styles of the popular Balenciaga bags

It bags come and go, but modern classics are very rare indeed. Ghesquière knocked the ball out of the park when he launched Balenciaga’s Lariat bag in 2000, the oft imitated but never duplicated style has been seen on the arm of everyone from Mary-Kate Olsen to Carine Roitfeld and is still going strong.


THE GAINSBOURG CONNECTION

Nicolas Ghesquiere and Charlotte Gainsbourg by Jean Paul Goude for Harper’s Bazaar

Twilight cutie Kristen Stewart may be the latest actress to catch Ghesquière’s eye, but the original Balenciaga-fille has got to be Charlotte Gainsbourg, a woman whose idiosyncratic beauty and avant-garde career choices mirror the spirit of Ghesquière’s boundary breaking aesthetic. Serving as both muse and face of the line’s signature fragrances, Gainsbourg is a fixture in the Balenciaga front row and in the brand’s iconography.


THE FLOWERS

Jennifer Connolly for Balenciaga S/S 08 by David Sims

It is hard to go back through Ghesquière’s 15 years at Balenciaga and pick the most memorable collections, each collection has its own merits but there are a few that take on special significance. S/S 2008′s floral explosion remains one of the most daring and influential, just when we thought we knew what to expect we got hit with a strong dose of flower power. Reactions to the collection may have been divisive, but it jumpstarted the current craze for bold, head-to-toe print and has been replicated by everyone from H&M to Celine.


THE ARCHIVES


Cristobal Balenciaga Cape, 1963 – Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere F/W 2006 cape on Coco Rocha

Every designer working at a storied house has access to a wealth of archival inspiration, but only a select few put it to good use. Ghesquière was always adept at taking Cristobal’s shapes and points of reference, then modernizing them, either with subtle changes or grand re imaginings. Take a look at how Cristóbal’s 1963 cape compared to the oversized brocade cape from the F/W 06 show.


MOD MOMENTUM

Freja Beha Erichsen for Balenciaga F/W 05 by David Sims

Sixties style mod looks often found a place on Ghesquière’s runways and made for some of the most memorable looks; who can forget the mod touches in the F/W 05 and F/W 06 collections?


MARIE AMELIE

Marie Amelie’s interpretation of Balenciaga in Strict Elegance from Interview – Ph. Craig McDean

As much as we love Nicolas’ work, all the credit for Balenciaga’s longstanding cultural impact can’t rest solely on his shoulders. As the brand’s stylist, muse and loyal supporter, Marie-Amélie Sauvé has shaped the Balenciaga look for years on the runway and in numerous editorials. Some of our favorite Balenciaga moments occurred while looking at her artful and creative interpretations of that look in the pages of magazines like Interview and Vogue Paris.


i-ROBOT

Kate Moss by Sølve Sundsbø for Numero Tokyo‘s inaugural issue.

Perhaps the singularly most infamous pair of leggings in history and certainly one of the most iconic Balenciaga pieces of all time. How many leggings find their way onto the bodies of Terence Koh, Kate Moss and Beyoncé Knowles? Not to mention the omnipresent place these leggings held in fashion edits for nearly a year. We love it when Balenciaga goes on a sci-fi streak!


THE GIRLS 

Balenciaga S/S 2002 by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

Every season we’ve looked forward to see which beauties would be featured in the Balenciaga campaign and to date we’ve yet to be disappointed. Whether it is a bonafide supermodel like Gisele Bundchen, or Christy Turlington or a fresh crop of brand new faces, Balenciaga always goes for the unexpected and remains one of the few brands whose campaigns can really launch a compelling face.


THE COPYCATS

The one thing we’ll miss most about Ghesquire at Balenciaga is his ability to kickstart a design trend. There are whole websites devoted to looks cribbed from Balenciaga and while all designers get inspired by each other every now and then it was always amusing to see who was drawing inspiration from Ghesquire.


THE EDITORIALS

There were and are so many great editorial images that involved Balenciaga, but we’ll end on this great shot of Gemma Ward by Nick Knight for Pop Magazine.

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A Tale of Two Kates

November 2nd, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Lately it seems like everyone has an opinion on Kate Upton and usually it is a strong one. There are those who say she’s bringing classic curvaceousness back to fashion, those who find her nouveau-pinup schtick grating and of course there are her legions of adoring fans. Fortunately, the only opinions that matter at the end of the day are those of the photographers, stylists and editors who keep falling under her spell. The latest Uptonite is of course Steven Meisel, a man who knows a thing or two about what makes a model great. Meisel features Kate’s ample charms in the latest issues of Vogue Italia and American Vogue, a feat that would be a coup for any model, but for Upton it takes on a special signifigance. Love her or hate her she’s sticking around and is going to be a part of some beautiful imagery.

View the entire Kate Upton feature – complete with video – on Vogue.it

Kate Upton by Steven Meisel, styling by Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele, Makeup – Pat McGrath, Hair – Oribe / Images – Vogue.it


Speaking controversial Kates, the one and only Kate Moss surfaces on the cover of Vanity Fair looking resplendent in new shots from Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. It is rare for VF to feature living celebrities on their covers, but that is a testament to Moss’ enduring crossover appeal – even those with no interest in fashion know the legend and mystique that is Kate. Odds are that many of those same people will be lining up to find out more about Miss Moss when her autobiography / picture tome hits bookstores. Kate has always maintained an air of mystery (this is the woman who famously gave one word answers in a post-scandal interview) but she sets the record straight on certain subjects in VF, which makes this a must read.

Take a look back at Kate’s 25 year career on Vanity Fair’s slideshow | Read the Interview on VF.com 

Kate Moss by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott for Vanity Fair / Images – Vanity Fair

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