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Double Vision : Saint Laurent Paris

January 9th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

Hedi Slimane’s dramatic rebranding of Yves Saint Laurent was one of the most divisive collections in recent memory; everyone had an opinion, some more hotly debated than others. While many found Slimane’s changes to be completely in line with the spirit of the house and a much needed makeover that pushed the brand into the future, others felt the overhaul was unnecessary, overly hyped and even underwhelming. Wide brim hats and seventies style suiting aren’t for everyone, but no matter how you felt about the Saint Laurent Paris ensembles themselves, you knew you were going to be seeing a lot of them. Like the McQueen visors and Prada stripes that came before them, those SLP hats were destined for editorials; fashion editors can’t resist a look with instant visual impact and Slimane’s designs are always distinctive.

Though the chapeaus are shaping up to be one of the most photographed editorial pieces of the moment, few stylists have strayed from the vision Slimane presented on the runway. Every so often though, the mood of the image goes beyond simply rehashing the nonchalant cool vibe of Slimane’s Le Smoking influenced style and pushes into expressive territory. Take a look at the way Lori Goldstein adds a touch of 60s glamour in the Vogue Italia shots of Fei Fei Sun, putting a more structured version of the SLP headpiece to good use but making it right for a completely different kind of mood.

British Vogue photography by Angelo Pennetta, styling by Francesca Burns

Marikka Juhler & Kirsi Pyrhonen in Harper’s Bazaar UK photography by Tom Allen, styling by Cathy Kasterine

Jessica Stam in Vogue Japan by Victor Demarchelier (Paris: Management + Artists, New York: Management + Artists), styling by Sabino Pantone

Fei Fei Sun in Vogue Italia, photography by Steven Meisel, styled by Lori Goldstein

Gwen Stefani in American Vogue photography by Annie Leibovitz, styled by Tonne Goodman

Julia Nobis in Numero, photography by Anthony Maule, styling by Samuel Francois

Harmony Boucher in Marie Claire, photography by Danilo Giuliani, styled by Enrique Campos

Dree Hemingway in Vogue China photography by Max Vadukul, styled by Nicoletta Santoro

Anja Rubik in Elle UK photography by Jan Welters, styled by Anne-Marie Curtis

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Home Ec

October 12th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

While we prefer the brunette rock chick incarnation of Ruby Aldridge, it is nice to see a different side. Miles Aldridge transforms Ruby into one of his sullen housewives for Vogue Italia. Given the amount of times Miles has done a story featuring an aloofly beautiful, yet utterly bored homemaker were starting to think that he’s got a domestic fixation. That said, the pictures are always beautiful, colorful and Cathy Kasterine styling is on point.

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A Cut Above

August 5th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Vogue Italia‘s theme for the month is versatility and what better platform than a beauty story to showcase a model’s skill for transformation. Kirsi Pyrhonen sports a variety of looks in Josh Olins story, from boy short, to retro bouffant in shades of brown, blonde and firecracker red: the outlandish dos by Shon look phenomenal and so does Kirsi.

FASHION EDITOR Cathy Kasterine MAKEUP Sally Branka HAIR COLOR Sam Steele MANICURE Mike Pocock SET DESIGN Max Bellhouse

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Blonde Venus

June 10th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Claudia Schiffer remains one of fashion’s timeless faces, so it is no surprise to find her on the cover of this month’s Bazaar UK, looking phenomenal in Prada stripes. The beachfront shots by Horst Diekgerdes remind us of Claudia’s early work and Cathy Kasterine‘s colorful styling brings out Miss Schiffer’s inner bombshell, whether she’s clad in Chloe or wearing pieces from her eponymous line of knitwear.

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Swimming Pool

May 9th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Ashley Smith takes to the pages of Vogue Italia looking luscious in Miles Aldridge‘s beach bunny story, styled by Cathy Kasterine. Wearing cat eye shades, itsy bitsy bikinis and a swinging 60s hair and makeup courtesy of Peter Gray and Lloyd Simmonds, Ashley looks every bit the vintage siren.

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Doll Divine

March 22nd, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Kirsi Pyrhonen channels Mia Farrow with a pixie cut and babydoll dresses in the new i-D. Shot by Emma Summerton and styled by Cathy Kasterine, the story is an eye-catching look at the season’s short n’sweet silhouette. For more on the exhibitionist issue, check out i-D online!

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Come Undone

October 14th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Carlotta Manaigo creates an atmospheric story for i-D featuring the talents of stylist Cathy Kasterine. Using an eclectic selection of tweeds and knits, Kasterine creates an undone look for Ylonka Verheul, that enhances the moody feel of Manaigo’s pictures. The entire story works, but the styling is especially inventive; check out that layered Pringle skirt worn as a dress.

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The Office

October 11th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Charlotte Di Calypso is trapped at the office; Miles Aldridge casts the willowy blonde beauty as a bored corporate drone in Vogue Italia. Drowned in a sea of beige and looking aloof, Charlotte drinks from the water cooler, sorts through files and rests against the Xerox all while posing perfectly. Perhaps a little too perfect – is our heroine an idealized worker or is she simply robotic? Aldridge uses his surreal style to great effect and the flawless makeup by Lloyd Simmonds adds to the artificial feel of the pictures, as does the slick monochromatic styling by Cathy Kasterine.

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