The Art of Anew

October 9th, 2014 Posted by jonathanshia » Post a comment

Art and fashion are far from strangers these days, but they form a special sort of connection in the latest issue of Italian magazine ANEW, the avant-garde brainchild of founders Francesco Bonami, Coco Brandolini D’Adda, and Martina Mondadori, in a richly textured feature that pulls inspiration from the groundbreaking work of performance artist Joseph Beuys and the Fluxus movement. Shot by CG Watkins and styled by Ilaria Norsa, with creative direction by Dan Thawley, the story features Tommaso de Benedictis and Karlis Adlers in some of Fall’s most memorable pieces, acting out a struggle of man vs. beast before works by Daniel Arsham and Peter Zimmermann at Paris’ Galerie Perrotin. “Shooting in a gallery was actually quite invigorating,” de Benedictis laughs. “You would get the occasional visitor who seemed a little perplexed when they encountered two shirtless models ‘fighting’ one another on the ground in front of an artwork.”

Those visitors might have taken some insight from de Benedictis himself, who began a master’s program in modern Russian art history at London’s Courtauld Institute last week and knows a thing or two about the intricacies of 20th-century art. “I got really excited when I learned that we were shooting in the Galerie Perrotin,” he says. “I had previously studied Beuys and the Fluxus movement at university and was familiar with their artistic objectives. The interesting thing about the Fluxus movement, with Beuys at its core, was the idea that interaction between the spectator and the artist became more important than any physical artistic outcome, and that this interaction actually became the artwork itself. So when we were shooting in the gallery, there was always a sense of interaction with the artworks on display, which adds another layer of meaning to the story.”

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Grey Areas

October 7th, 2014 Posted by Janelle » Post a comment

Grey Magazine has consistently served as a source of top notch fashion content and after 5 years as a beloved biannual the magazine takes things to the next level and moves into being a quarterly publication. With an expanded array of content including fashion, food, film, art and travel the magazine is bigger than ever with fresh new contributors like Advanced Style‘s Ari Seth Cohen. Everything you love about Grey remains, but its expanded content offers an exciting new feel bound to appeal to women (and men) with an eye for good taste in all its forms.

“The Grey Woman is an exquisite mortal. She loves, works, cooks, writes, reads, dances, jokes, runs, falls, flies, passes by, and keeps secrets. She is compassionate, strong, clever, fragile, sophisticated, active, lazy, warm, cold, crazy, magic, and dramatic. The Grey woman makes mistakes, forget things, gives everything, suffers deeply, hugs strongly, feels loudly. She’s human. She evolves through the ages and philosophies, following her own rules and style.” – Valentina Ilardi Martin, Editor in Chief of Grey

For even more Grey visit Grey-Magazine.com

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Gigi Hadid exclusively photographed by Christopher Anderson. In the story “Skypping School” Gigi is not attending school today but staying home and wearing our favorite sweater selection for fall. Styling by Valentina Ilardi Martin

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Tali Lennox is back on the fashion scene, and for us is performing in a main fashion editorial and cover. Tali has dedicated the past years mostly to painting with a side of acting classes. Now, more beautiful and self-confident than ever, she is coming back to the studio and interprets, in the story “Acting Class,” the Best Looks of the season according to Concetta D’Angelo. Fendi, Saint Laurent, Miu Miu, Chanel, Hermes and more brands are featured. Photographed by Spencer Ostrander, styling by Concetta D’Angelo

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The new italian rising star of modeling Vittoria Ceretti is shot by Fanny Latour-Lambert (Walter Schupfer Management) in all the freshness of her young age, for the “Post Rave” fashion story, shot in the countryside around Paris and styled by Mariaelena Morelli.

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Model Nadine Leopold shot by Billy Kidd (New York: Walter Schupfer Management, New York: Walter Schupfer Management) in the fashion story “The New Something,” a proper mismatch of amazing pieces styled in a street-wise mood, the classic way of Valentina Ilardi Martin.

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High Kloss

October 6th, 2014 Posted by Janelle comments (4)

In case you had any doubts about the Karlie Kloss domination of the world take a look at what America’s sweetheart has been up to of late. In addition to being named as the new face of L’Oreal, Karlie has found the time to snap up a fresh cover of Vogue Italia alongside fellow stars Sasha Pivovarova and Lexi Boling. As though that weren’t enough Karlie also graces the October issues of Vogue Netherlands and Vogue Russia and the front page of a little magazine called Lucky - which is usually reserved for the Hollywood celebrity set. Editorially Karlie is no slouch either and her continued presence in Vogue Paris is a testament to that fact – all in all if you’re in need of a Karlie fix you’re sure to get it this month.

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New Era

October 3rd, 2014 Posted by jonathanshia comment (1)

Call it an example of the stars aligning—quite literally. GQ Taiwan has managed to gather together the five top Asian male models working today for a winning story in their latest issue by Chiun-Kai Shih, celebrating a new wave in the industry. Take a look at the feature starring Dae Na, Sung Jin Park, Daisuke Ueda, Jae Yoo, and Zhao Lei in an exclusive preview below.

GQ Taiwan – We are the Best from Chiun Kai Shih on Vimeo.

photographer Chiun-Kai Shih, directed by Sam Roden, stylist Micah Johnson (See Management), grooming & hair Scott Mcmahan

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Fashion Love Story

October 2nd, 2014 Posted by Janelle » Post a comment

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Sasha in Louis Vuitton by Nicolas? Yes please! i-D Magazine offers up a gorgeous fall edition with the ‘What is Love’ Issue, filled with all the things we’ve come to expect from i-D – fashion, wit and an eye towards what’s next.

View the full story and more from the ‘What Is Love Issue on i-D-Vice

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Dreams of Russh

October 1st, 2014 Posted by models.com comment (1)

Who better to do a dream themed issue than Russh? The always fun glossy has been pushing an ethereal aesthetic for years and for issue 60 it all comes together with a gorgeous cover by Will Davidson. The black and white image with its gorgeous cover stars Ira Chernova, Kellie Jones, Staz Lindes, Nola Palmer and Paulina Shafir is refreshing. Russh has always championed emerging model talent (Abbey Lee, Karlie and Anja all graced their cover before becoming superstars) and this shot is a thrilling introduction to five fresh beauties.

Experience the cover and even more from the 60th issue in this exclusive first look.


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PHOTOGRAPHY Will Davidson, FASHION Ilona Hamer, MODELS: Ira Chernova, Kellie Jones, Staz Lindes, Nola Palmer, and Paulina Shafir. HAIR: Jenny Kim @ M.A.P. using KMS California, MAKEUP: Sam Addington using Chanel, PRODUCTION: Cat Lewis

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PHOTOGRAPHY: James Nelson, FASHION: Billie Iveson, MODE:L Anmari Botha, HAIR: Lauren McCowan using Evo and Cloud Nine, MAKEUP: Nadine Monley using Chanel

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Arno Frugier, FASHION: Anna Schiffel, MODEL: Melina Gesto, HAIR: Marion AneÅLe, MAKEUP: Niamh Quinn using M.A.C. Cosmetics

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PHOTOGRAPHY by Dario Catellani (New York: ArtList NY, Paris: ArtList Paris), FASHION: Dianna Lunt, MODEL: Othilia Simon, HAIR: Joey George, MAKEUP: Ralph Siciliano

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Pierre Toussaint,FASHION: Kym Ellery, MODEL: Emma Balfour, HAIR: Alan White, MAKEUP: Charlie Kielty using NARS from Mecca Cosmetica

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PHOTOGRAPHY Will Davidson, FASHION Ilona Hamer, MODELS: Ira Chernova, Kellie Jones, Staz Lindes, Nola Palmer, and Paulina Shafir. HAIR: Jenny Kim @ M.A.P. using KMS California, MAKEUP: Sam Addington using Chanel, PRODUCTION: Cat Lewis

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Testino Obsession

September 29th, 2014 Posted by models.com comments (3)

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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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 » Post a comment

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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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Iekeliene Stange & John Swiatek by Joachim Johnson

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Lindsey Wixson by Dylan Forsberg

 

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Samantha Gradoville by Dylan Forsberg

 

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