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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First Look: HEROINE

February 8th, 2016 |Posted by Irene Ojo-Felix

With their edgy approach to high fashion editorials Heroine Magazine drops their latest offering just in time for the fashion week melee. The fourth edition for this Spring season captures four unique characters for their limited edition covers – Fei Fei Sun, artist Jala Wahid, Phoebe English wearing her own collection, and street-casted models shot in the Hollywood hills. Interviews topics range from music, art, culture, and of course fashion with focus on the recent revitalization of luxury brands Paco Rabanne and Courrèges. With over 200 pages of fashion imagery, contributions from photographer and styling teams Emma Summerton and Gro Curtis, Yelena Yemchuk and Karen Kaiser, Carter Smith and Paul Sinclaire and much more are surely a must-see!

Take an first look inside HEROINE’s stellar new issue below.

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Photographer – Yelena Yemchuk | Stylist – Karen Kaiser

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Photographer – Emma Summerton (Camilla Lowther Management) | Stylist – Gro Curtis | Model – Fei Fei Sun

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Limited Edition Cover | Photographer – Greta Ilieva | Stylist – Hanna Kelifa (London: D + V Management , New York: D + V Management) | Model – Phoebe English

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Limited Edition Cover | Photographer-Eloise Parry | Model – Jala Wahid


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Photographer – Blair Getz Mezibov (Visual Artist UK )| Stylist – Gro Curtis | Model – Heather Kemesky


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Photographer – Fabien Kruszelnicki | Stylist- Steve Morriss| Models – Alice Buckingham and Harmony Boucher


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Photographer-Eloise Parry | Model – Jala Wahid


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Photographer – Emma Summerton (Camilla Lowther Management) | Stylist – Gro Curtis | Model – Fei Fei Sun


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Photographer – Emma Summerton (Camilla Lowther Management) | Stylist – Gro Curtis | Models – Gaby Loader, Cam Kerekes, & Frida Westerlund

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Calvin Klein Jeans swipes to the right

July 30th, 2015 |Posted by Irene Ojo-Felix

Is there no better way to evoke your love than through sexting? Calvin Klein Jeans certainly thinks not and put provocative conversations alongside their latest campaign featuring a whole gang of models. Shot by Mario Sorrenti, the, ahem, suggestive ads explore late night hookups and the conversations that got them there. Batteries not included.

Check out the images and the campaign video below.

Photographer Mario Sorrenti (Art Partner) | Creative Director Mother Agency with CRK Advertising | Stylist Melanie Ward (Art Partner) | Set Designer Philipp Haemmerle | Hair Shay Ashual (Art Partner) | Make-up Aaron de Mey (Art Partner) | Manicurist Rica Romain (LMC Worldwide) | Talent Grace Hartzel, Imaan Hammam, Kenya Kinski, Harmony Boucher, Tiana Tolstoi, Julia van Os, Laura Julie, Torin Verdone, Jamie Carpena, Alessio Pozzi, Piero Mendez, Will Peltz, Noma Han, Ethan James Green, & Reid Rohling

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First Look: SSAW Finland

May 11th, 2015 |Posted by Irene Ojo-Felix

SSAW Magazine, the London and Helsinki-based fashion magazine has released their latest bi-annual issue and the focus is on lucky number 7. With seven in-depth interviews with the buzziest design houses of the present – Julien Dossena, Jacquemus, Thomas Tait, Craig Green, Vetements, Satu Maaranen and Hood by Air, the publication’s biggest issue yet is more interested in the essence of now. Seven editorials follow featuring faces like Lindsey Wixson shot by Gia Coppola and styled by Heathermary Jackson looking delightfully fresh-faced, Maria Veranen shot by Chris Vidal Tenomaa in pieces that resemble wearable art, and 90s legend Rosemary Ferguson on the cover by photographer Drew Jarrett. The raw curation of the images translates remarkably for the viewing pleasure with colorful, dynamic imagery.

Check out our exclusive preview of the issue below.

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Photographer Charlie Engman | Stylist Lotta Volkova Adam (New York: ArtList NY, Paris: ArtList Paris)


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Photographer Charlie Engman | Stylist Lotta Volkova Adam (New York: ArtList NY, Paris: ArtList Paris)


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Photographer Paul Jasmin | Stylist Trevor Stones

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Photographer Paul Jasmin | Stylist Trevor Stones


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Rosemary Ferguson by Drew Jarrett (Society MGMT) | Stylist Tara St Hill

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Photographer Drew Jarrett (Society MGMT) | Stylist Tara St Hill


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Maria Veranen | Photographer Chris Vidal Tenomaa | Stylist Tuomas Laitinen

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Photographer Chris Vidal Tenomaa| Stylist Tuomas Laitinen


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Photographer Janneke Van der Hagen| Stylist Ellie Grace Cumming (Streeters London)


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Photographer Harry Carr| Stylist Anna Pesonen


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Harmony Boucher | Photographer Casper Sejersen | Stylist Lotta Volkova Adam (New York: ArtList NY, Paris: ArtList Paris)


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Photographer Cameron Alexander | Stylist Tuomas Laitinen


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Lindsey Wixson | Photographer Gia Coppola| Stylist Heathermary Jackson (Los Angeles: FRANK REPS LA, New York: FRANK REPS NY)


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HBA designer Shayne Oliver Photographer Fumi Nagasaka| Stylist Akari Endo-Gaut (New York: FRANK REPS NY, Los Angeles: FRANK REPS LA)


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Photographer Rachel Chandler| Stylist Delphine Danhier


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Photographer Ward Ivan Rafik (New York: ArtList NY, Paris: ArtList Paris)| Stylist Lotta Volkova Adam (New York: ArtList NY, Paris: ArtList Paris)


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Photographer Osma Harvilahti | Stylist Tuomas Laitinen


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Photographer Dennis Schoenberg | Stylist Anna Pesonen

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Past, Present, Future

December 8th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Steven Meisel delves into modern bohemia with a striking December cover for Vogue Italia starring Jamie Bochert and Valerija Kelava. Styled by Marie-Amélie Sauvé, in floppy hats and folksy prints the duo embodies the free spirited days of yesteryear while sporting some of the latest fashions around. Inside the issue they’re joined by Hollie May Saker, Gabriel Marques, Harmony Boucher, Jackie Sanchez, Olivier John Rodgers, Olympia Campbell, Steffy Argelich and Will Lewis for an appealing series of shots that look culled from a late sixties scrapbook. Meisel ditches his sleek studio style in favor of soft, dreamy images mixed in with still life images by artist & filmmaker, Benn Northover.

Jamie & Valerija may have snagged the cover, but the model who steals the show is the adorable August Kruse Templer, who makes his Vogue Italia debut alongside proud mom Christina Kruse.

Hair Guido Palau for Redken / Makeup Pat McGrath / Set Design Mary Howard /

See the full story on Vogue.it and in the fashion database.

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Seeing Spots

May 30th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

When Haider Ackermann filled his S/S13 runway with transparent creations emblazoned with black and white dots, it seemed like an unusual move. Polka dots are a fashion standard dating back years, but the diminutive patterns are more often associated with the prim styles of the 1950s than with the kinds of cutting-edge wares favored on Paris’ runways. The designer so known for his innovative use of lush, saturated color was showing another side, taking one of the most uncool of motifs and making it feel new.

In keeping with the current craze for all things graphic, stylists have embraced the versatility of these simple circles, working Ackermann’s creations into a variety of editorials. On occasion the interpretations don’t veer too far from the runway approach (fashion abides by the ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ mantra whenever it can) but the excitement comes when the spots are complimented by clashing patterns to create a dynamic visual treat. Whether it is layering in another of Ackermann’s prints from S/S or adding a bold kimono for interest, the real fun lies in the mix which offers stylists an opportunity to show their creativity.

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W Magazine | Photographer: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott | Fashion Editor/ Stylist:Edward Enninful | Hair: Malcolm Edwards | Makeup: Lucia Pieroni | Set Designer: Poppy Bartlett | Manicurist: Anatole Rainey | Model: Ondria Hardin

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Vogue China | Photographer: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin | Fashion Editor/ Stylist: Nicoletta Santoro (New York: Management + Artists, Paris: Management + Artists) | Hair: James Pecis | Makeup: Tom Pecheux | Manucurist: Gina Viviano | Casting: Piergiorgio Del Moro | Model: Arizona Muse

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032C Photographer: Jamie Morgan | Styling:Jodie Barnes | Hair: Tomo Jidai | Make-up:Laura Dominique | Model: Arizona Muse

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Elle France | Photogrpaher: Bjarne Jonasson | Stylist: Michele Beaurenaut | Model: Xiao Wen Ju

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Vogue Thailand | Photographer: David Bellemere | Stylist: Anna Schiffel | Model: Anna de Rijk

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Numero | Photographer: Greg Harris | Stylist: Sheila Single | Model: Stef Van Der Laan

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Elle Italia | Photographer: Alexei Hay | Casting: Paul Hunt at JN Casting | Model: Pau Bertolini

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Vogue China | Photographer: Sharif Hamza (Cadence New York) | Fashion Editor/ Stylist: Tiina Laakkonen | Hair: Esther Langham | Makeup: Francelle Daly | Model: Ji Hye Park

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Marie Claire Magazine | Photographer: Danilo Gallinari | Fashion Editor: Enrique Campos | Hair: Javier Palacio | Makeup: Tatyana Makarova| Manicure: Lucia Cheptene | Model: Harmony Boucher

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W Magazine | Photographer: Tim Walker | Fashion Editor/ Stylist: Jacob K | Hair: Julien d’Ys | Makeup: Stephane Marais | Set Designer: Rhea Thierstein | Model: Tilda Swinton

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10 Magazine |  Photographer: Robert Schoerner | Fashion Editor/Stylist: Sophia Neophitou | Model: Kristen McMenamy

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Vogue Russia | Photographer: Tom Craig | Fashion Editor/ Stylist: Olga Dunina | Model:Arizona Muse

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i-D Magazine | Photographer: Mari Sarai | Fashion Editor/ Stylist: Erika Kurihara | Hair: Tomo Jidai | Makeup: Janeen Witherspoon | Casting: Shelley Durkan | Model: Soo Joo

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Vogue Turkey | Photographer: Cuneyt Akeroglu | Fashion Editor/ Stylist: Semra Russell| Hair: Colin Gold | Model: Stina Rapp Wastenson

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British Vogue | Photographer: Josh Olins| Fashion Editor/ Stylist: Clare Richardson | Hair: Shon | Makeup: Sally Branka | Set Designer: Kadu Lennox | Models: Meghan Collison and Juliana Schurig

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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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