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Testino Obsession

September 29th, 2014 |Posted by models.com

When Vogue Japan and Mario Testino (Art Partner) join forces anything is possible! The legendary photographer takes over the magazine, serving as the first guest editor in 15 years and bringing his unique viewpoint to each and every page. This is the 8th international Vogue issue that Testino has guest edited and if he ever tires of being one of the world’s foremost photographers he could easily slip into the role of editor. The art direction, design and editorials featured within are all top notch. Take a first look at the stories within and see what Testino and Vogue Japan’s Editor in Chief Mitsuko Watanabe have to say about this very special edition.

MARIO TESTINO: “I have been going to Japan on and off since the 1980s and since my very first experiences there I felt a spirit I really connected with. I found, on so many levels, that whatever the Japanese did, they did with absolute and unwavering conviction. It was this, which I came to view as obsession; it is a way of being that I have followed in my own life and career.

MITSUKO WATANABE: “This is the first time Testino has worked with VOGUE JAPAN. I am delighted that we have been able to realize this memorable project in which Mario has undertaken everything from photo shooting to editing to mark this special 15th anniversary, and also that the pages are magnificently finished to an outstandingly high degree of quality. This superb quality has greatly impressed me personally more than anything else.”

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Miranda Kerr styled by Anna Dello Russo / Image Courtesy of Mario Testino for Vogue Japan, 2014 November Issue. ©Condé Nast Japan.

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Miranda Kerr styled by Anna Dello Russo / Image Courtesy of Mario Testino for Vogue Japan, 2014 November Issue. ©Condé Nast Japan.

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Chiharu Okunugi styled by Clare Richardson / Image Courtesy of Mario Testino for Vogue Japan, 2014 November Issue. ©Condé Nast Japan.

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Image Courtesy of Mario Testino for Vogue Japan, 2014 November Issue. ©Condé Nast Japan.

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Image Courtesy of Mario Testino for Vogue Japan, 2014 November Issue. ©Condé Nast Japan.

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Suvi Koponen styled by Sarajane Hoare (Home Agency) Image Courtesy of Mario Testino for Vogue Japan, 2014 November Issue. ©Condé Nast Japan.

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Transmission Transforms

September 26th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

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With its introspective point of view, unretouched images and art filled pages, Transmission Magazine is one of the most exciting publications of the moment. Helmed by model cum editor, photographer and author Dylan Forsberg and featuring an impressive array of artful images, Transmission provides a welcome respite from the super-glossy aesthetic that dominates much of fashion. With the publication’s 3rd issue set to debut during Paris Fashion Week with an all-star bash at Le Baron on Tuesday the 30th, we caught up with Dylan to discuss print, passions and the publication’s continued evolution.

What makes this issue different from the first two?

It’s the next step, the continuation of a series. Issue 01, Transition, was a beginning. Something from nothing; going somewhere new. Issue 02, Transparency, was about reflection and discovery; finding out who you are so you can become who you want to be. So now Issue 03, Transform, is that next step: becoming.

A year ago, at the beginning of the project, I would have said that Transform meant to actually, fully change into what one wanted to be. But over the year, thinking about it and trying to live it, I eventually realized that would mean to have transformed. So I began to see it more as a limbo period–a claustrophobic time of attempt and defeat; of hope and frustration … a flailing of the elbows, trying to break free from the constraints of the cocoon.

So I’ve laid out the magazine differently from the first two in an attempt to express that. The cover is meant to represent the goal of finally living within the present moment, while the inside is the struggle, and the back cover is the underlining and usually hidden feeling of discouragement. The entire piece is large and nearly bursting at the seams yet contained within its borders: the cocoon.

How did you decide on the content this time around?

Well, when I had to decide what I wanted to become, the first word that came to mind was silent. After being so introspective with the second issue, I wanted to take a break from thinking and criticizing myself so that I’d be able to live more in the moment. So I’ve used other people’s words rather than my own and all year I’ve held back from writing. The piece is meant as a meditation–a clearing of the mind, so that I don’t get too stuck in old themes.

I don’t want the magazine to be so easily categorized. I’ve realized we have many different characters trapped within us that we block out to satisfy the expectations of others. So many of the stories within the magazine are an expression of breaking free from that and becoming whoever we want, whenever we want.

How do you think the lack of ads / retouching impacts the final product of the magazine?

Well, I’ve begun to realize that what I’ve been making isn’t really a magazine. I’ve started to see the entire piece from cover to cover, and even how it’s distributed for free, as an art piece. I’m really not sure what else to call it. It’s creation for creation’s sake. As “pointless” as a painting. A magazine is meant to sell you something–a product or ideas–whereas Transmission is meant to make you feel something.

And it’s an entire piece: from beginning to end, it’s one solid story. An advertisement is a brand’s interpretation of itself for that particular season, so to include several ads would be to break up the story with several other mini-stories. I have, however, considered working with advertisers to make their product fit within the narrative. I first tried that in the Transmission Presents: FNT magazine and I think it worked pretty well. But for now with the primary Transmission, it makes more sense to keep things pure.

As for the lack of retouching, I feel it’s only the beginning of a new trend. It’s natural to strive for perfection, so I can see why in the past retouching became so popular. But we’ve attained perfection and gone too far. Now retouching seems like it’s only there to create jealousy to sell a product. And since it’s only natural to want the opposite of what you have, I now crave imperfection. I assume the next generation will want the opposite again as well.

How do you think the theme of Transformation relates to the industry as a whole?

Well an obvious answer might be that we’re still in the process of moving from physical to digital … or that people are craving honesty and natural beauty rather than retouching, or how things are changing around us so rapidly that we can’t seem to find our footing. But what I really feel is that we’re close to a breaking point. So tired of repetition, of quantity over quality, of doing things without knowing why … I’ve begun to feel a lack of conviction. In previous generations, repetition and imitation weren’t so glaringly obvious. But now, with the internet, it’s impossible not to notice. How many times can the same picture be re-blogged? How many times can we have a heated debate about some political topic, only to forget it and move on to the next one, forget that and move on again? And finally, how much longer can we cater to those who will click on the most links?

But the discouragement involved with transformation is the most essential part of change. When you’re able to see what you don’t like, it’s easier to learn what you do. Because I believe we could all create what we love rather than what we think others want to see and still be successful. And I believe there’s a way to be more progressive and productive, without working ourselves to the bone. People seem to have forgotten that their own lives are their greatest art. I try to spend as much time on my own as I can and Transmission is really just a peek into that. Hopefully it’s an inspiration as well.

What themes / ideas are you thinking of exploring for issue no. 4?

Transcendence. Acceptance.

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Model As Muse

September 25th, 2014 |Posted by models.com

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Jamie Bochert is the ultimate model muse and her presence in an editorial almost guarantees that the photographer will take things to the next level. For the new issue of Numero China Txema Yeste showcases a romantic side of Jamie’s demeanor with a cover & story that mix laid back cool with the thrills of youthful passion. Jamie and her handsome companion give the story a rock n’roll sensibility but the boy meets girl tale is as classic as it gets. Tim Lim‘s selection of luxe casual pieces from Louis Vuitton adds to the elegant yet appealingly streetwise feel.

Photographer : Txema Yeste / Stylist : Tim Lim / Hair : Marki Shkreli / Makeup : Tyron Machhausen / Model : Jamie Bochert / Casting : Pancho Saula

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Women on the Verge

September 24th, 2014 |Posted by models.com

The British menswear magazine HERO has come a long way in just five short years. Since launching in 2008 with a cover story featuring Robbie Wadge, the publication has graduated to rising actors like Dane DeHaan and Bill Skarsgård, both shot by Hedi Slimane, and a uniquely incisive perspective on the fashion scene. Editors in chief Fabien Kruszelnicki and James West expand their portfolio this week with the launch of a women’s title, named, appropriately enough, HEROINE. “We’ve constantly been asked when a women’s version of HERO would be coming out,” Kruszelnicki and West explain, “and we have always known that we didn’t want to make a straight copy of HERO for women. HEROINE has a different vision, but with all of the same energy.”

That energy can be seen vibrantly throughout the inaugural issue, which can be seen in an exclusive preview below, starting with cover star Juno Temple, interviewed by Daniel Radcliffe. Paola Kudacki shoots the iconic Hilary Rhoda as the epitome of the “modern woman,” writer-slash-actress Brit Marling takes a starring role, and designer features on Saint Laurent, Paul Smith, and Balenciaga, find their place alongside a convergence of Prada with the artist Carsten Höller, who opens up his latest exhibition to the Fall collection. The emphasis throughout is on power and drive, two features that Kruszelnicki and West believe exemplify the HEROINE reader. “We really wanted to make a magazine that was intelligent, that blended fashion with current affairs, culture, and genuinely interesting interviews with strong, aspirational, driven women,” they say. “It’s about an attitude that transcends generations rather than trends, but we also love celebrating fashion and style. All of these things feed into a complete picture of modern society, coming together to represent a modern woman.”

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Photographer: Sebastian Kim, Fashion editor: Gro Curtis, Model: Juno Temple

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Story title: Balenciaga, Photographer: Paul Maffi, Fashion: Taryn Bensky, Models: Anais Mali

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Story title: Two Years In, Photographer : Steven Pan, Fashion : Gro Curtis, Models: Manuela Frey and Mijo Mihaljcic

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Story title: KIMX6, Photographer: Johnny Dufort, Fashion: Emma Wyman, Model: Kim Peers

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Story title: Paul Smith, Photographer: Emma Tempest, Fashion: Gro Curtis, Models: Ana Buljevic

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Story title: Modern Woman, Photographer: Paola Kudacki, Fashion: Karen Kaiser, Model: Hilary Rhoda

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Story title: Prada / Höller, Photographer: Axel Lindahl, Fashion: Naomi Itkes, Models: Lisa Verberght

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Story title: Aunt Ruth, Photographer: Fabien Kruszelnicki, Fashion: Nell Kalonji, Model: Aunt Ruth

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Story title: Saint Laurent, Photographer: Tetsu Kubota, Fashion: Gro Curtis, Models: Maja Salamon and Nic Neiman

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Story title: Silhouette, Photographer: Victor Demarchelier, Fashion: Gro Curtis, Model: Katryn Kruger

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Unrealism

September 23rd, 2014 |Posted by jonathanshia

Fall 2014 is shaping up to be one of the most varied seasons in recent memory, at least if the latest issue of ODDA Magazine is anything to go by. The progressive fashion publication releases its new edition this week, celebrating the multifarious strands that have come together to create a sense of excitement and change for the coming months. Working off the theme of “Unrealism,” this seventh issue takes to task nothing less than the way we live in the world to today, constantly bombarded by a stream of changing images, pulling bits and pieces, like magpies, to construct our unified selves. ODDA gives us plenty to work with, starting with the dual covers, one featuring Stephanie Hall in a vibrant Prada coat photographed by Philip Meech, and the other a hazy Garrett Neff in a hazy multiple-exposure Polaroid by Jeremy Kost, whose provocative new book Fractured is also previewed within. The various visions keep on coming, from a dreamy look at Eden and an Alaïa special at the barre to an insightful Hussein Chalayan retrospective and an interview with Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, with beauty, hair, and even fragrance in between. The issue ends with a look ahead at Spring 2015, a reminder that, even in the swirl of the new, there is always something even newer.

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Polymath

September 22nd, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

It is hard to think of a model more innately chic than Natasha Poly and when you look at her latest work it’s easy to see why the Russian beauty is fashion’s go-to girl for glamour. On Luigi & Iango slick cover for October’s Vogue Germany Natasha is a vision in smoky eyeshadow and nude lips by Virginia Young (London: D + V Management , New York: D + V Management). The seductive editorial showcases Natasha at her most alluring, especially when she’s wearing little more than a wide brimmed hat ad a come hither stare.

In the pages of Vogue Paris Natasha heads in a completely different direction via an enchanting story with her daughter Aleksandra. Shot by Mario Testino (Art Partner) and featuring two generations of Poly pretty the cover celebrates Natasha’s new chapter as muse & mother. Though it might be a little too early to pick the Prada opener of S/S 2035 we can already see where the adorable Aleksandra could easily follow in the footsteps of her model mom; she’s already landed a Vogue cover and a space in Testino’s star-studded towel series before even learning how to walk.

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Good Breeding

September 19th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Garage Magazine doesn’t stick to the typical when it comes to editorials, so it comes as no surprise that one of the month’s best stories is found within their pages. Platon shoots a lineup of stars including Carmen dell’Orefice, Jessica Stam, Jamie Bochert, Lindsey Wixson, Sam RollinsonLiu WenKirsten OwenCara DelevingneCharlotte FreeDree HemingwayEmily DiDonatoJourdan DunnKid PlotnikovaOla Rudnicka and Sabrina Ioffreda for a series of lush portraits. As compelling as the cast is the stars of the show are array of puppies and pooches who inspired the designer looks styled to perfection by Charlotte Stockdale.

See the full story ‘Deep Breeding’ from Garage Magazine on Platon Photography.com

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Richard Bush for Document

September 18th, 2014 |Posted by models.com

Richard Bush never fails to bring creativity to a project and in the pages of Document Journal the master photographer goes digital with a combination editorial and film in collaboration with Sean Ash, starring some of the best models of the moment in collaboration with Viva London.

Stella Tennant, Codie Young, Olympia Campbell, Edie Campbell, Lena Hardt, Jessica Clark, Misha Hart, Kati Nescher, Rianne von Rompaey, Vanessa Axente, Eleonora Baumann, Christina Carey, Imaan Hammam, Linn Arvidsson, and Jean Campbell feature in Bush’s stellar mix of high end fashions and high tech eccentricity. With Sarah Richardson working her magic with layers of wild pieces from luxe labels like Louis Vuitton and vintage Pierre Cardin with gym class staples like Fila and Y-3. The combination works and creates an athletic chic look completely in line with current craze for all things sporty.

Hair Stylist: Chi Wong Hair for Jean Campbell: Martin Cullen Make Up Artists: Kirstin Piggott using Rimmel and Petros Petrohilos using Laura Mercier. Vanessa Axente: exclusive to Chanel Cosmetics Retouching: Andy at Love Retouch.
With a special thanks to Sean Ash

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