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Dark Matters

March 25th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

Mikael Jansson
Alastair McKimm.
Joan Smalls.
i-D Magazine.

A fittingly edgy tribute to the season’s most alluringly avant garde pieces. Unexpected shapes and textures abound in McKimm’s expertly edited selection of looks from Givenchy, J.W. Anderson, CelineMaison Martin Margiela and more. The stark wares are highlighted Jansson’s sleek photographic style and of course the endlessly appealing Joan. Top it all off with hair by Anthony Turner and shimmering bronze shadow by Hannah Murray and you have the makings of a spectacular cover feature.

See more from the Q&A Issue – including a special behind the scenes video & interview with Joan – on i-D Online

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Striking A Chord

February 8th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

This season has been full of striking ads and the latest batch doesn’t disappoint when it comes to arresting visuals.

ALEXANDER McQUEEN
Ph. David Sims | Stylist: Camilla Nickerson

McQueen goes angelic for S/S with Zuzanna Bijoch posing in a heavenly Sims shot that calls to mind classic religious imagery.

CELINE
Ph. Juergen Teller

Juergen’s ads for Celine are instantly recognizable, but throw in the all star cast of Marie Piovesan and Stella Tennant and you have the makings of an unforgettable ad.

PRABAL GURUNG
Ph. Daniel Jackson | Stylist: Tiina Laakkonen | Hair: Didier Malige | Makeup: Hannah Murray

Is there anything Candice Swanepoel can’t do? The South African beauty pulls off dark hair and some serious yoga poses in the debut ads for Prabal’s label. Those stunning violet dresses from the show have never looked better.

EDUN
Ph. Ryan McGinley | Models: Bradley Soileau, Charlotte Free, David, Dempsey Stewart, Ehren Dorsey, and Herieth Paul

Butterflies float across the page in Ryan McGinley’s ethereal shots for Edun. The soft colors and cast of ultra-cool newcomers makes this shoot memorable.

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Perfect 10

October 29th, 2009 |Posted by Janelle

Every season there are a few choice moments that get us excited about fashion all over again. Whether these moments come courtesy of established designers or emerging talents is irrelevant: what matters is how these instances make us feel. This season was chock full of excitement for everyone involved, but these were the moments, places, people and things that made me stand up and take note.

01. Alexander McQueen

The show of the season hands-down and a personal favorite: everything, from the sci-fi makeup to the outlandish shoes, was unlike anything else. In a season where designers were cutting back, scaling down and generally eschewing creativity in favor of monotony,Alexander McQueen managed to break boundaries and inspire.

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02. Acne

Ingenious little details are what set Acne Jeans apart from other lines; the metal touches on their jeans this season managed to be reminiscent of Balenciaga without feeling derivative. I cannot wait to see these jeans worn in real life by especially daring girls

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(Image Courtesy of Acne)

03. Danielle Scutt

There was something so unabashedly girly about the glittering pink lips Hannah Murray gave the girls at Danielle Scutt’s show. The look isn’t particularly user friendly off the runway, but the hard texture of the glitter just stands out beautifully against that bright fuchsia lip color: tiny little changes can really elevate a look from ordinary to extraordinary.

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(Image courtesy of WWD)

04. Viktor and Rolf

The idea of Viktor & Rolfsawing into their tulle ball gowns with chainsaws is the kind of ultimate fashion moment that deserves to be preserved. Here’s to hoping that someone has video of the momentous preparations that led up to their S/S show.

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05. DARIA at Balmain

In a season dominated by newcomers, it was refreshing to see a familiar face. Ms. Werbowy’s opening slot at Balmain was the highlight of the show – gold lamé bondage dresses notwithstanding – and the selective appearance reminded us just how a true modeling MVP can elevate a whole look.

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06. Christopher Kane

Like everyone else looking at Kane, I really expected an encore presentation of either fall’s tough girl chic or last spring’s dainty scalloped edges: unforeseen were the series of plaid dresses straight out of a Laura Ingalls Wilder book. If there was anyone on earth who saw this coming, they deserve either a special medal or their own psychic hotline ala Sylvia Brown. Christopher just keeps us on our toes, even if you didn’t love this collection you still have to wonder just what is coming next.

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07. Gareth Pugh

Granted, the Pugh feathers were definitely conjuring images of Phillip Treacy’s creations for McQueen, but you can’t deny the visual impact they gave on the runway.

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08. Rick Owens

This was perhaps the lightest, brightest, most freewheeling Rick Owens collection ever crafted. One could practically hear birds chirping in the background, from the cheerfulness of it all.

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09. Ohne Titel

If you didn’t pick up on the strappy bondage inspired shoe trend this season, you were either fast-asleep or purposefully ignoring the wave of perilous footwear coming our way. Of all the staggering heels designed to entice our inner foot fetishist, Ohne Titel‘s were the most fabulous.

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(Image Courtesy of Elle.com)

10. Givenchy

Riccardo Tisci is constantly critiqued for his lack of cohesiveness within collections, but I have always found that the lack of cohesion can make for welcome surprises. One of my favorite dresses of the season was a frothy yellow number worn by Ranya Mordanova: in a collection praised for its graphic black and white severity, this was a welcome and wholly unexpected touch of softness and delicacy. On the right girl – someone please contact Thandie Newton’s publicist – I can imagine this being the perfect spring dress.

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(Image courtesy of Vogue.co.uk)

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