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July 25th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

With her long black hair and piercing blue eyes, Kinga Rajzak has become the go-to girl for editorials in need of an eerie touch, but just because she’s everyone’s favorite ultra-cool beauty doesn’t mean she can’t deliver classic elegance when called for. Jem Mitchell‘s dynamic beauty shots for Vogue Japan are dark and brooding, but they’re also a sophisticated showcase for the timeless appeal of a berry lip, or smoky eye created by Petros Petrohilos. Chic styling by Jamie Surman, enhances the story, with gothic pieces from Ann Demeulemeester and lacy Dolce & Gabbana setting the sartoriali mood. Hair genius Neil Moodie ads the final bit of polish, crafting elegantly undone styles for Kinga, that mesh with the woodsy setting and folkloric feel.

Images Courtesy of Jed Root

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Campaign Confidential

July 6th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

The ads keep on coming, check out a few more of our faves from the season – take a look back at our previous campaign favorites post too.

Balenciaga

While we can’t imagine either Nicolas Ghesquière or Steven Meisel spending a lazy weekend at the shore, the Balenciaga campaign is set in such an idyll. Fresh faces Anniek KortleveLinn ArvidssonHirschy HirschfelderJulier BuggeJuliet Ingleby and Rosie Tapner lay out on the dunes in those eccentric looks from F/W.

Chanel

Simple, clean and led by a stellar cast, Chanel’s fresh ads feature Kati Nescher, Lindsey Wixson & Cora Emmanuel as styled by Carine Roitfeld. Naturally, Karl Lagerfeld is behind the camera – which depending on your perspective you either love or hate, that said the casting on this is flaw free.

Dolce & Gabbana

A taste of Italian nostalgia shot by Giampaolo Sgura and featuring Monica Bellucci, Bianca Balti and Bianca Brandolini – each image feels like a still from a Pasolini film.

Valentino

Valentino once again gives us a vision of pure class from the iconic Deborah Turbeville. Elegantly color coordinated looks on Jac JagaciakCaroline Brasch Nielsen and Frida Gustavsson - what’s not to love?

Fendi

When you have Joan Smalls and Karl Lagerfeld you don’t really need much else. With the natural setting and powerful poses, this new ads remind us a bit of Anja Rubik‘s S/S 10 ads for the luxe line. 

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Blast from the Past: Isabella Moments

June 4th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Every so often Vogue Italia comes out of left field and delivers a cover that features a true fashion legend. This month the honor goes to the incomparable Isabella Rossellini, one of the most photographed women ever and a model who ruled the world’s of fashion and film. Take a look back on her fashionable history, and some of those iconic images.

1982: Isabella by Richard Avedon in American Vogue

1986: With director David Lynch, photograph by Helmut Newton

1986: With actor Kyle Maclachlan in Lynch’s masterpiece, Blue Velvet.

 

1987: Giving the signature i-D Magazine wink on the cover of a vintage issue shot by Fabrizio Ferri.

1988: Shot by Robert Mapplethorpe

A prolific series of Vogue Italia covers from the 80s, until today.

1990: As bleached blonde bombshell, Perdita Durango in Lynch’s Wild at Heart. A look that went on to inspire several fashion editorials

1990: Alongside daughter Elettra Wiedemann on the cover of Vogue Paris by Brigitte Lacombe

1990: a classic image by Steven Meisel for Allure Magazine

1994: Isabella, alongside generations of legendary models on Vogue Italia‘s 30th Anniversary issue.

1996: Rossellini & Monica Bellucci for Dolce & Gabbana, it doesn’t get anymore Italian than that!

1997: An immaculate black and white by the late Irving Penn.

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Deja Vu : Food for Thought

April 12th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Richard Burbridge‘s latest over the top story for New York Times Magazine celebrates the season’s candy colored dresses & bold fruit prints, with a festive food meets fashion series of images. The idea is simple – take the plum prints on a Dolce & Gabbana dress and serve them with a side of fruit salad for good measure – but the magic is all in the execution. Robbie Spencer‘s styling on this story is nothing short of amazing – though we do wonder if he was the one picking up the cart at Whole Foods in addition to selecting the stellar designer looks. Hanne Gaby Odiele and Julia Nobis bring the concept to life with animated posing and the occasional taste of sweetness.

The story got us thinking about all the other time’s we’ve seen fashion and food collide. Though we prefer our meals on a plate something has to be said for the unexpected art that comes about when you re-imagine what every day items can do. Have a trip down memory lane and see some of our  favorite food meets fashion combos.

There is a Dolce & Gabbana dress hiding beneath all that produce.

Even if you didn’t notice the lobsters, this would be an epic shot.

Viktor & Rolf‘s decadent designs get coated in candy – very fitting!

Artist Sung Yeon Ju‘s Wearable Foods series (2009-2010) featured clothing crafted out of materials like banana peels and slices of eggplant.

2010 Kirsi Pyrhonen wore lettuce as a fashion statement in images by Magnus Unnar for the Barneys holiday catalog.

Who can forget that meat dresses Lady Gaga wore on the red carpet & the cover of Vogue Hommes Japan in 2010 – also designed by Sung Yeon Ju!

Cintia Dicker delights in a dress full of M&Ms in Ryan Yoon‘s shoot for Virgine Magazine - 2010

And now for something you can actually put in your mouth. How about some Chanel & Christian Louboutin cupcakes? Prop stylist Lisa Edsalv and photographer Therese Aldgard collaborated on these and we’re petitioning Aaron de MeyKarl Lagerfeld to get them in stores.

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Backstage Boys!

January 23rd, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Dolce & Gabbana knows a thing or two about male beauty. The iconic brand’s imagery is always chock full of the very best boys and their F/W show was no exception. This season they let the cameras backstage capture the guys at their most candid, showing off personality, perfect physiques and of course that ingeniously tailored fall collection. Keep your eyes peeled for River Viiperi, Benjamin Eidem, Jacob Coupe and all your favorites in this exclusive video courtesy of Swide. What a wonderful way to start out the week – it is sure to bring a smile to your face!

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Collective Soul

January 10th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Daniel Jackson celebrates the looks of the season in British Vogues collections special. Shooting the signature pieces from the spring/summer collections as selected by Francesca Burns. Every piece you’d expect to see is there, from the salmon tinted Calvin Klein spaghetti strap shift, to McQueen’s extravagantly detailed chiffon numbers. Added bonus – each ensemble is paired with a girl who elevates the look, from Maria Bradley’s innate edge adding an ounce of cool to Armani’s classic suit, to Elise Crombez showing you exactly how YSL ought to be worn.

Romee Strijd in Calvin Klein

Maria Bradley in Giorgio Armani

Doutzen Kroes in Dolce & Gabbana

Ymre Stiekema in Ralph Lauren

Emily Baker in Donna Karan

Kirsi Pyrhonen in Burberry

Codie Young in Alexander McQueen

Vika Falileeva in Chanel

Kati Nescher in Louis Vuitton

Elise Crombez in Yves Saint Laurent

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As Seen on TV!

January 6th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Were there an actual Italian Vogue channel we would watch it 24/7 as it would most certainly trump some of the lackluster “fashion” television on the air right now. The Conde Nast entertainment division has yet to provide us with such an incredible gift, but if the January Vogue Italia coverstory is anything to go by there is certainly potential for hilarity and hijinks. Sending up the popular Home Shopping networks with a Steven Meisel story featuring top models is a brilliant idea and one that translates beautifully. While we doubt that you’re ever going to be able to buy that Chanel gown off the back of Daria Strokous QVC, it is amazing to see the land of snuggies and SlapChops invaded by high fashion. With stellar hair by Jimmy Paul and gorgeous Dolce & Gabbana makeup by Pat McGrath all this story needed as a cameo by Joan Rivers to push it over the top and into the realm of iconic editorials.

View the full story & video on Vogue.it

Michelle Harper & Natasha Poly

Kegan Webb with Paula Patrice, Gertrud Hegelund & Karlie Kloss

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Hip Pop

January 4th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Stepping behind the camera and serving as photographer, legendary stylist Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele shares her vivid vision with Vogue Japan in a splashy editorial styled by Sissy Vian. The story features all the hallmarks of Cerf De Dudzeele’s work; over the top hair, vintage Versace and a kind of bold bravado that calls for equally outlandish ensembles. Lindsay Ellingson, Simon Nessman and Vika Falileeva work it in ombre coifs by Oribe and a selection of BalmainDolce & Gabbana and vintage, that makes Anna Dello Russo’s outfits look tame by comparison.

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