Brave New (and Beautiful) World

March 9th, 2016 |Posted by steven.yatsko


Olivia Jansing by Marcus Ohlsson & Andrew Logan by Philippe Vogelenzang

Beauty Papers is the two issue old publication with a predilection for all things beauty. That much can gathered from its title alone. But one look inside its sophomore release and it’s clear the brainchild of Maxine Leonard steers vehemently clear of any sort of prix fixe beauty others are serving. Beauty Papers is Maxine’s visual adage endeavoring to articulate a more modern language of makeup-ing. Inside is a cosmetic playground, the respective efforts of beauty veterans and photographers letting loose their explorative ideas of application, color and medium. We spoke to its editor in chief Maxine Leonard about the magazine and more, plus check out the preview of issue 1 “Plastics” below.

When did humor come into play for Beauty Papers or into your idea of beauty in general?
Humour like beauty is personal. Our approach is to hopefully inspire, the result in how this is viewed is left to the reader as to whether they sense or identify humour. I think it is emotive, however read. There is no beauty without emotion.

What was the most difficult part of conception for issue 1 (the second issue)?
Beauty Papers is at the start of its journey so we really don’t think in terms of ‘difficult’ because it is a very exciting time for us.

Why “Plastics”?
We chose ‘plastic’ because it defines the world we live in, and it has long been the byword for celebrity culture, the cult of plastic people-‘Fakeness’ is a look and lifestyle pursued by legions of women and men. And then there is the sheer joy of the material itself, the qualities of stretch, transformation and transparency. Plastic is defined by being easily shaped or moulded, which for us, is also a metaphor for how we change and mould ourselves to survive, fit in, and even succeed.

What were some conceptual guidelines and shoot dos and don’ts given out?
We explored the concept visually and culturally and created a collection of inspiration material that we shared with all our collaborators, they asked questions, observed and found their particular perspectives sometimes opening doors on less comfortable issues and ideas we encounter everyday. Plastic was the platform and from this dreams were created of exquisite fantastical extremes and contradictions. Without the dreams and dream makers where would we be? We have an open dialogue with all the artists that work with us but there are no do’s and don’ts. That is what is so exhilarating.

How has your own perspective of editorial beauty changed and what was missing that made you want to start the magazine?
On this journey there have been several occasions that have changed my perspective and made me reevaluate my approach. I interviewed Christiaan for issue 0 and the meeting was timely. He told me I would make mistakes and that it was never about agenda, it was about friends working together. I interviewed Serge Lutens and he told me not to lower my flag. Most importantly I met Valerie who restored my faith and reignited my belief and passion. Beauty Papers is about artists working together and inspiring each other. It is about community and creation, something we felt was lacking.

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Heather Kemesky by Liz Collins (Camilla Lowther Management) | Stylist Way Perry | Hair Samantha Hillerby (Streeters London) | Makeup Maxine Leonard (Jed Root) | Manicurist Jenny Longworth (Camilla Lowther Management) | Casting Shelley Durkan (New York: D + V Management, London: D + V Management )


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Leila Goldkuhl by Paola Kudacki (Camilla Lowther Management) | Stylist Akari Endo-Gaut (New York: FRANK REPS NY, Los Angeles: FRANK REPS LA) | Hair Kevin Ryan (Art + Commerce) | Makeup Mathias van Hooff (Management + Artists) | Casting Shelley Durkan (New York: D + V Management, London: D + V Management )


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Harleth Kuusik by Amy Troost | Hair Holli Smith | Casting Beth Dubin


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Anabel Krasnotsvetova by Julia Noni (Chris Boals Artists CBA) | Stylist Vittoria Cerciello (New York: FRANK REPS NY, Los Angeles: FRANK REPS LA) | Hair Franco Gobbi (Streeters New York) | Makeup Violette (Management + Artists) | Manicurist Eri Handa | Casting Shelley Durkan (New York: D + V Management, London: D + V Management )


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Briley Jones by Ben Hassett (Management + Artists) | Stylist Anna Trevelyan (Camilla Lowther Management) | Hair Peter Gray (Home Agency) | Makeup Isamaya Ffrench (Streeters London) | Manicurist Martha Fekete (Bryan Bantry)


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Sofia Fanego byPaul Maffi | Stylist Paul Sinclaire (Katy Barker) | Hair Tomo Kono | Manicurist Jin Soon Choi (Jed Root)


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Olivia Jansing by Marcus Ohlsson (London: D + V Management , New York: D + V Management, Stockholm: LUNDLUND) | Stylist Michelle Cameron (New York: FRANK REPS NY, Los Angeles: FRANK REPS LA) | Hair Rita Marmor (Streeters New York) | Makeup Benjamin Puckey (London: D + V Management , New York: D + V Management) | Manicurist Honey (Exposure NY) | Casting Shelley Durkan (New York: D + V Management, London: D + V Management )


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Harmony Boucher by David Oldham | Hair Raphael Salley (Streeters London) | Makeup Janeen Witherspoon | Manicurist Imarni (Saint Luke Artist Management)


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Lovely Day

May 20th, 2015 |Posted by steven.yatsko

Binx Walton covers Interview Germany‘s summer issue looking effortlessly fresh and lucid with her hallmark confidence photographed by Benjamin Alexander Huseby. For her interview, accompanying black and whites have Miss Walton strapped in Balmain styled by Jodie Barnes. Naturally prettified by crisp daylight, the modest, but lustrous, beauty look by Mathias van Hooff and Kei Terada keeps things simple.

 

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Binx Walton by Benjamin Alexander Huseby, Styled by Jodie Barnes, Hair by Kei Terada, Makeup by Mathias van Hooff (Management + Artists)

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Pure Couture

December 11th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

When we think of couture we often think of the pomp and circumstance that can accompany those gilded gowns, but V Magazine offers an alternative to the frou frou with a pared down couture story that’s all about the simple beauty of well made clothes. Amanda Murphy stars in Benjamin Alexander Huseby‘s editorial in the latest issue, sporting elegant pieces from Dior, Atelier Versace and Valentino in soulful black and white images. Jodie Barnes provides the styling wizardry, mixing in combat boots and long gloves for an added touch of chic.

For more from Issue 92 visit VMagazine.com

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First Look: Document No. 4

April 25th, 2014 |Posted by Matthew

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Many magazines set out to bridge the worlds of art and fashion, but few compare to the engaging volumes Document assembles with each issue. After last fall’s Paul McCarthy designed cover, Document’s offering for S/S 14 continues to combine arresting editorials, bastions of the contemporary art world, and vital conversations to provide a comprehensive window onto today’s cultural landscape.

Seeking “spontanaeity, authenticity, and simplicity,” Document No. 4 addresses authorship with photographer Nan Goldin, architecture with Brazil’s Carla Juaçaba, and diversity with Liya Kebede and Bethann Hardison. Elsewhere, fashion crossovers Willem Dafoe and Erykah Badu discuss unique presence in the respective worlds of cinema and music, while legends of style Didier Malige (Art Partner) and Joe McKenna (Art Partner) collide to discuss fashion past, present, and future.

As for the editorials, Document showcases top models Malgosia Bela and Freja Beha Erichsen on two different covers that illuminate each versatile beauty’s standalone presence. Photographer Benjamin Alexander Huseby shoots Malgosia styled by Jodie Barnes in an array of guises that hit the season’s boldest trends. Exploring performance, photographer Collier Schorr captures Freja’s nuanced turn as a Method actor. The unstoppable Amanda Wellsh plays around before Alex Olson’s lens, Lily McMenamy styles herself for a profile of designer Simon Porte Jacquemus, and things turn surreal when Camilla Akrans (Stockholm: LUNDLUND, New York: Management + Artists) shoots Missy Rayder. Not to be surpassed in the months between biannual issues, Document and photographer Christian MacDonald nominate 17 of spring’s most promising faces, all sporting pre-Fall looks styled by Document’s Fashion Director James Valeri.

Be on the lookout for Document No. 4, on newsstands now.

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Freja Beha Erichsen by Collier Schorr, styled by James Valeri

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Malgosia Bela, Neelam Gill, Valters Medenis by Benjamin Alexander Huseby, styled by Jodie Barnes

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Ehren Dorsey, Gryphon O’Shea, Maja Salamon, Hollie May Saker, Andreas Lindquist, Betty Adewole and Jacob Morton by Christian MacDonald, styled by James Valeri

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Stephen James, Matt Woodhouse by Collier Schorr, styling by James Valeri

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Roberto Sipos, Martin Conte by Brett Lloyd, styling by Tom Guinness

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Lily McMenamy by Alessio Boni, styled by James Valeri and Lily herself

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Hanne Gaby Odiele by Pierre Debusschere, makeup by Adrien Pinault (Management + Artists)

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Cover Confidential

March 20th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Feburary and March are big business for fashion magazines with glossies often debuting some of their best and brightest content during these months focused on spring collections, renewal and change. Take a look back at some of the most interesting covers from the boundlessly creative, to the simply beautiful.

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Antidote Magazine‘s romance issue boasted multiple covers by Cuneyt Akeroglu featuring some of the world’s most beautiful women. United by their simple yet effective photography and their chic take on the magazine’s pristine subjects these covers were something special.

As one of fashion’s coolest faces Leona Binx Walton is typically photographed looking grungy, avant garde or off-kilter. Her Self Service cover with it’s effective beauty statement and clean layout showed another side. Collier Schorr portrait brings out Binx’s beauty, while maintaining her character.

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THE BEST OF CELEBRITY

There are few actresses as effervescent as Marion Cotillard and Interview Magazine‘s March cover captured the La Vie En Rose star’s elegant side with a shot by Craig McDean that positively crackles with good ol’ fashioned glamour. Styled by Karl Templer with makeup by Christophe Danchaud and a 40s coif by Sam McKnight the image strikes the right balance between retro film siren and modern glamour – as does the accompanying fashion story. 

On the flip side, Dazed & Confused‘s rough and tumble cover of Scarlett Johansson finds the star’s inner bad girl and brings it to the forefront with a vibrant shot by Benjamin Alexander Huseby . The combo of red background and Saint Laurent biker jacket and Scar-Jo’s glare makes for an appealing contrast to the typical smiling celebrity glamour shot.

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MINIMAL MARVELS

You can’t go wrong with a picture of Daria Werbowy and The Last Magazine served up an epic large format image the superstar looking foreboding for it’s spring issue –  Mikael Jansson‘s in your face shot captures Werbowy at her rawest and best.

The Gentlewoman always errs on the side of minimalism, but the pulpy red cover of Vivienne Westwood by Alasdair McLellan (Art Partner) was the perfect merger of timelessness and modernity.

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CREATIVITY RULES

Nick Knight‘s trippy photography has always struck a chord with surrealists and on the cover of GARAGE‘s spring/summer edition he twists and morphs Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne into unbidden creatures designs that were eventually tattooed onto the skin of Garage readers – how’s that for taking things to the next level.

E.T. got a fashion makeover with Lindsey Wixson taking over the frontpage of CR Fashion Book with an expressive Sebastian Faena image that puts Wixson’s otherworldly visage to good use with a sweet nod to an 80s favorite.

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DESIGNER DOMINATION

Karl Lagerfeld’s watercolor inspired spring Chanel collection has proved a hit with editors, in addition to appearing in the pages of just about every magazine imaginable his paint by numbers dresses found themselves on a variety of covers in March, most notably Vogue China, where two of the designer’s creations took center stage.

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Ph. Mario Testino for Vogue China | Ph. Marc de Groot for Vogue Netherlands | Ph. Nat Prakobsantisuk for Vogue Thailand

Not one to be outdone, Miuccia Prada also made a strong showing this March (and April) with a variety of painterly spring looks from her collections showing up on the cover of several different magazines.

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Ph. Cuneyt Akeroglu for Vogue Spain | Emma Summerton for Vogue Australia | Mario Testino for British Vogue | Elle Greece | Thomas Whiteside for Elle UK | Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue Japan 

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Dazed Declares Independence

February 24th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Fashion thrives on reinvention on and off the runway, so when it was announced that Dazed & Confused was going seasonal it heralded a new beginning for one of the business’ most beloved magazines. The re-imagined Dazed hits newsstands on the 27th and with it comes a wealth of exciting new visual content headlined by the best and brightest talents. With film star Scarlett Johansson on the front page shot by Benjamin Alexander Huseby and sporting two very different looks the issue begins by turning expectations on their head. Presenting one of pop culture’s ultimate pinups as a tough street chick is right in line with the Dazed ethos and it sets the stage for a stellar issue. Inside you’ll find new editorial content from Ruth HogbenLachlan Bailey (New York: Management + Artists, Paris: Management + Artists), Harley WeirBen TomsRobbie Spencer and Tony Irvine (New York: Management + Artists, Paris: Management + Artists) and more. Each story offers an original take on the season’s wares, but the 50 pages of collections imagery is a special sartorial treat.

For more on the new Dazed head on over to Dazed Digital for a full look at Vol IV. 

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Photography Benjamin Alexander Huseby | Styling Jacob K | Scarlett Johansson

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Photography Ben Toms | Styling Robbie Spencer | Models Eva Berzina, Julie Hoomans & Lera Tribel

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Photography Lachlan Bailey | Styling Tony Irvine | Model Meghan Collison

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Photography Ruth Hogben | Styling Katie Shillingford | Model Hollie-May Saker

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Photography Harley Weir | Styling Elizabeth Fraser-Bell | Model Hanne Gaby Odiele

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The Dance

October 24th, 2013 |Posted by models.com

American newcomer, Natalie Westling, lands her first ever solo editorial for Vogue Russia. In “Anna Pavlova in Dance” by Benjamin Alexander Huseby, the fresh-faced beauty shows complete elegance, gracefully portraying the late Russian ballerina. We see this as her first of many great editorials to come.

Stylist:Katie Shillingford | Hair: Akki Shirakawa | Make-up: Lotten Holmqvist

Text by Victoria Perillo

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Magical Realism

May 28th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

Benjamin Alexander Huseby creates a dreamy tribute to one of the season’s key looks in the pages of The NY Times T Magazine. With its lush tropical backdrop and faded colors Huseby’s ethereal imagery has all the beauty of a carefree summer day, while Vanessa Traina‘s (Paris: Management + Artists, New York: Management + Artists) chic styling provides the fashion focus. Traina dresses Anais Mali in a refined series of looks that center around cinched waists, unfussy prints and just the right amount of skin. As always, Anais looks divine and the selection of GivenchyChristopher Kane and Prada is perfect for summer. 

View the full story on NYTimes.com

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