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Toy Story

March 26th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Tim Walker brings boundless creativity to the pages of W Magazine, with a spirited couture story that transforms models into living dolls straight out of the toy chest. Edward Enninful provides a treasure trove of spring couture looks selecting the very best from Schiaparelli, Dior, Chanel and Valentino then mixing them with pieces from National Theatre Costume and jewels from Buccellati and Harry Winston. The combination makes for an fairytale mix that seems fit for a Broadway production or fantastical film. The appealing cast of Nastya StenMalaika Firth, Natalie WestlingOla RudnickaEsmerelda Seay ReynoldsRiley MontanaLaura O’GradyJake Love and Sang Woo Kim add to the story’s beauty bringing their fresh faces and a bouyant youthful spirit to Walker’s images.

See the full ‘Babes in Toyland’ story on W Magazine.com

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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.

PURE BEAUTY

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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Royals

March 19th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Luigi + Iango.
Patti Wilson.
Vogue Germany.

Couture comes to life in all its grandeur. Luigi + Iango shoot and Wilson styles pulling from the best of Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana‘s couture collections. Auguste Abeliunaite, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Maja Salamon, Irina Kravchenko, Nastya Kusakina, Codie Young, Meghan Collison, Xiao Wen Ju Holly Rose Emery, Sophie Touchet, Steffi Soede star in this thrilling tribute to fashion artistry opulent enough for Marie Antoinette herself.

See the full story in the fashion database

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Hey, Big Spender!

March 14th, 2014 |Posted by Matthew

Whetting your envy for retail therapy, British Vogue’s April issue follows a bevy of fresh faces as they embark upon a shopping fantasy along Paris’ storied Avenue Montaigne. Nigel Shafran shoots 9 rising girls—Estella Brons, Binx Walton, and Olympia Campbell among them—as they set to popping tags at fashion’s biggest brands, including Céline, Louis Vuitton, and Alaia. Snapping each girl at a different stage of the shopping ritual, the series finds Natalie Westling at David Chipperfield’s Valentino boutique and Ine Neefs hilariously praying before the window at Chanel. Though Irina Liss and Elodia Prieto are the only girls seen leaving stores with bags in tow, we can’t pity the others; styled by Joe McKenna, every girl, from Harleth Kuusik to Alewya Demmisse, looks like she owns the place. / See the full story on MAP

 

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Beauty & the Beast

February 20th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

A tale as old as time! Beautiful young woman, a ravenous beast and Karl Lagerfeld? Continuing with their theme of fairytales CR Fashion Book unleashes another modern take on a classic story with Kate Upton and Marlon Teixeira re-imagining Beauty & the Beast with a luxury twist. Karl shoots and Kate dons an assortment of sensual looks complete with Agent Provocateur lingerie and a touch of Chanel joaillerie for good measure. Though it’s hard to see anything even remotely off-putting about a Givenchy clad Marlon Teixeira, the story provides the right mix of fantasy and fashion.

For more from Issue no. 4, check out CR Fashion Book.com

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Campaign Trail

January 6th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

PRADA

The gang is all here! Miuccia Prada’s artistic spring collection comes to life in vivid images by Steven Meisel. Catwalkers Amanda MurphyAnna EwersAshleigh GoodCindy BrunaGracie Van GastelJulia BergshoeffLexi BolingLieke Van HoutenMagdalena JasekMaggie JablonskiMaja SalamonMalaika FirthNastya StenOla RudnickaOphelie GuillermandSabrina Ioffreda & Viktor Van Pelt  share space in colorful campaign but the clothes steal the show. The painted faces that made the collection so memorable are in full effect in the accessories shot and Miuccia’s ladylike shapes make the cast of newcomers look gorgeous.

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CHANEL

Lindsey Wixson and Sasha Luss strike a pose for Karl Lagerfeld‘s lens and add a touch of cool to the eclectic Chanel spring collection. Sporting rainbow colors, oversized pearl baubles and a plethora of handbags Lindsey & Sasha are technicolor muses worthy of Chanel’s vibrant, painterly collection.

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GUCCI

Gucci’s boudoir ready spring collection gets a suitably sensual campaign by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott (Art Partner). Sultry rising stars Amanda Wellsh and Elisabeth Erm pose against a crimson backdrop in sequined pieces by Frida Gianinni, while Tommaso de Benedictis takes center stage in the equally sleek menswear ads.

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CHLOE

It’s been a few seasons since Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin helmed the Chloe campaign, but the duo doesn’t miss a beat. With Lou Doillon and Julia Stegner front and center in summery images filled with floaty minidresses and espadrilles, Inez and Vinoodh perfectly capture the laid back look & feel that defines Chloe.

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A Fresh Start

January 6th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Vogue Italia starts 2014 off with a bang, offering up a serene January cover starring a Chanel clad Julia Nobis. Sporting a Mona Lisa smile and platinum bleached hair Julia looks exquisite in Steven Meisel‘s shot. Inside an all-star cast of models including Cindy Bruna, Daphne Groeneveld, Vanessa Axente, RJ King, Iselin Steiro, Jamie Bochert, Caroline de Maigret, Ashleigh Good, Sasha Lusss, Lexi Boling, Kim Williams, Doug Porter, David Axell, Cartwright Lee, David Flinn, Miles Langford & Henrik Fallenius poses in luxe Karl Templer selected pieces from the Spring collections. // Vogue.it

HAIR – Guido Palau |  MAKEUP – Pat McGrath

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Resort Roundup

November 1st, 2013 |Posted by victoria

Campaigns are debuting left and right, with fashion labels showcasing their finest wares for the resort and beyond.

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Another always-anticipated Chanel campaign has arrived. Ashleigh Good, Nadja Bender, and Dalianah Arekion are featured in an unusual yet beautiful1920’s inspired ad for Chanel Cruise 2014, photographed by none other than Karl Lagerfeld himself. Look closely and you can see Ms. Bender sporting a mustache, which has some speculating this represents Coco Chanel’s rumored affair with Salvador Dali.

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BOTTEGA VENETA

Bottega Veneta teamed up with famous art photographer, David Armstrong to shoot the latest resort campaign for the brand. The campaign features the beautiful Laura Love and Lucas Mascarini in styles rich with details and embroidery, perfectly embodying the practicality and comfort of Bottega Veneta’s finely crafted designs.

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MIU MIU

Youthful, bold, and vivid – three words to sum up Miu Miu’s resort campaign, which features actresses Léa Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos from the controversial film Blue is the Warmest Color. The iconic duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin shot the campaign, which features the French actresses in vibrant prints and patters, perfect for anyone who loves to make a statement.

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GUCCI ACCESSORIES

Sølve Sundsbø shoots Nadja Bender for Gucci’s latest accessories campaign, showcasing a new version of the line’s Bamboo Bag. The always stunning Ms. Bender stands out in a plunging white ensemble appearing completely elegant yet relaxed. The campaign perfectly embodies all things Gucci with its upscale sophistication.

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