Instant Classic

August 19th, 2010 Posted by Janelle comments (32)

Paolo Roversi creates a vision of classic finery for Vogue China‘s September issue. There are no avant garde costumes or blurry photography tricks, but the story doesn’t lack for anything; Nicoletta Santoro‘s vintage inspired styling and Liu Wen‘s timeless beauty are more than enough and Roversi showcases both with his engaging portraits. There is something almost painterly about the look of this editorial and its nostalgic feel.

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  1. janice says:

    Very pretty, liu wen is definitely having a moment, however this is not my favorite work of paolo’s.

  2. jake says:

    the third shot is simply wonderful.. liu has such a beautiful face shape.

  3. Marty says:

    I really starting to like her! Shes so unqiue looking for a asian.

  4. Janelle says:

    Not to start drama but, what does “unique for an Asian” mean exactly? I think Liu is unique period and a one of a kind model.

  5. W says:

    Lovely ed:D Liu Wen is stunning!

  6. ciaa says:

    Those are some of the best shots that I’ve seen of Liu!She looks classy and elegant there!

  7. sophie says:

    yeah wtf do you mean by that Marty?!? not cool

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  9. forreal says:

    Marty you suck.

  10. forevermore Dasha says:

    I haven’t seen anything like this for a long time…

  11. glunge says:

    i like this story for many of the same reasons you cited janelle. i know for certain i would have loved it if it had been shot with polaroid the way he used to. it’s hard to view his digital work without comparing. i hope he eventually pushes the use of digital towards something different as opposed to just using it to imitate the look of his previous work. move forward.

  12. PeterModelObsessed says:

    Omg! Liu, you’re killing it!

    Very beautiful.

    Liu’s face completes the 4 representation of almost Perfect Beauty….

    Natalia Vodianova, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington….. and Liu Wen

  13. antwan says:

    i love every image but the last one. Liu Wen is absolutely stunning and timeless. I’d love to see more of her.

  14. Kim says:

    Paolo Roversi is love…and I’m loving this editorial.

  15. opp says:

    She is a great model and she looks great in other editorials; but in this one she simply looks dead and ugly.

  16. lala says:

    I think Marty means Asians all look kind of the same.

  17. Marcus says:

    One hot editorial!

  18. Nigel S. says:

    Very new. The photographers and art directors are making a solemn effort to introduce new perspectives the images and it’s certainly working its magic on me.

    This is beauty. Exactly the type of romance that ensues on a dewy midnight on Shoin grounds.

  19. Nigel S. says:

    perspectives to* the images.

  20. Antonio Barros says:

    Wooow! I love the styling!

  21. John says:

    she is very variable! Nice

  22. John says:

    I mean, she is a real model, not Miss China or Miss Aisan!

  23. Iris says:

    Liu show the beauty of Chinese ladies who live in the 1930’s in Shanghai.

  24. abernathy says:

    hmm i really love liu, although i wish she showed more of a variety of expressions and posing in this ed

    but she is gorgsss nevertheless!

  25. R says:

    MDC *PLEASE* do a story for Peter Lindbergh’s “Black on Black”!

  26. fashion_nerd says:

    i like her a lot. and Du Juan. i hope the Chinese mainstream society will eventurally accepts this type of chinese beauty (slanted single eyelid eyes). it’s sad they don’t appriciate it, they even say very rude things about these oriental eyed beauties, and they say westerners are stupid to consider these as ‘beautiful’. they all want to look like Caucasions, so sad, sigh….

  27. carola says:

    Sometimes she looks gorgeous, sometimes she doesn’t. I still wonder why she got a Estee Lauder contract.. I mean she is pretty, and looks incredibly gorgeous in some pictures, but Du Juan is a thousand times prettier. And Tao, and another one who was on the group cover of Vogue China.. all more beautiful than Liu.

  28. chelsea g says:

    One of my favorite models so beautiful beyond words

  29. E says:

    Gorgeous editorial. I love Liu, but I would have liked a little more variation in her facial expressions.

  30. Vane F says:

    Wow! Amazing!

  31. Mimi says:

    Wow. She is BEAUTIFUL.

  32. consulia says:

    love her.

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