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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Vogue Italia Banks on Gigi

November 13th, 2015 |Posted by Irene Ojo-Felix

Gigi Hadid shows there’s power in numbers for her cover story in Vogue Italia‘s latest issue. High off of a Victoria’s Secret catwalk debut, the Californian dream is maximally transformed into a candy-colored hair siren with spunk to spare in this editorial shot by Steven Meisel. Stylist Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele works her audacious magic in zany, flashy pieces from Miu Miu, Saint Laurent, Roberto Cavalli, and Versace. Beauty looks created by masters Guido Palau and Pat McGrath round off visuals that are playfully dynamic.

See more below.

Photography – Steven Meisel (Art + Commerce) | Stylist – Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele | Hair – Guido Palau (Art + Commerce) | Makeup – Pat McGrath (Streeters London) | Nails – Jin Soon Choi (Jed Root)

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Food For Thought

May 8th, 2015 |Posted by Irene Ojo-Felix

Steven Meisel‘s latest offering for Vogue Italia has newcomer Kayla Scott looking enticingly delectable in Spring’s latest wares. There’s a full course offering in the dilapidated, motel setting and has unique, edgy newcomers like Cierra Skye, Damaris Goddrie, Willow Hand, Tamy Glauser, and Josh Upshaw. Meisel is always about new talent and with the superb styling of Karl Templer, the newest crop is sure to be on everyone’s radar now. With a cool casting and contemplative mood, this stands as a refreshing editorial on newsstands. For a special behind the scenes video, check out Vogue.it.

Photographer Steven Meisel (Art + Commerce) | Stylist Karl Templer (Streeters London) | Set designer Mary Howard | Hair Guido Palau (Art + Commerce) | Makeup Pat McGrath (Streeters London) | Manicurist Jin Soon Choi (Jed Root) | Models Kayla Scott
Cierra Skye, Damaris Goddrie, Eilika Meckbach, Josh Upshaw, Molly Bair, Nyima Ward,Tamy Glauser, and Willow Hand

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The Big 5-0

September 1st, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

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Vogue Italia hits 50 and graces the world with the most mammoth multi-girl cover ever. 50 models to celebrate 50 years and the highly anticipated Steven Meisel group shot does not disappoint. From the return of classic VI faves like Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington to the debut of beauties like Rianne von Rompaey, this cover is an epic must have for any model fans and fashion enthusiasts. The lineup of models is sure to be debated, but you’re almost certain to see a face you love on this cover.

See the full story on Vogue.it



Hair Guido Palau / Makeup Pat McGrath / Nails Jin Soon Choi (Jed Root) / Production Design Mary Howard

Models: Adriana Lima, Amanda Murphy, Amber Valletta, Anais Mali, Anna Ewers, Aymeline Valade, Cameron Russell, Candice Huffine, Candice Swanepoel, Caroline Trentini, Carolyn Murphy, Christy Turlington, Cindy Bruna, Coco Rocha, Daria Strokous, Edie Campbell, Elise Crombez, Fei Fei Sun, Guinevere Van Seenus, Hilary Rhoda, Isabeli Fontana, Iselin Steiro, Issa Lish, Jamie Bochert, Jessica Stam, Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn, Julia Nobis, Julia Stegner, Karen Elson, Karlie Kloss, Lexi Boling, Linda Evangelista, Liu Wen, Liya Kebede, Mariacarla Boscono, Meghan Collison, Miranda Kerr, Naomi Campbell, Natalia Vodianova, Natasha Poly, Ophelie Guillermand, Raquel Zimmermann, Rianne von Rompaey, Sasha Luss, Sasha Pivovarova, Saskia de Brauw, Stella Tennant, Vanessa Axente & Vanessa Moody

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Softer, Softest

November 28th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

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The resort collections are brought to life in the latest from fashion’s most influential glossy. A new lineup of Meisel approved beauties fronts the issue with Cindy Bruna, Anna Ewers, Ophelie Guillermand and Gracie Van Gastel looking elegant in soft focus. Pat McGrath, Guido Palau and Jin Soon Choi add the final touch of polish to a cover that fully captures the beauty of its youthful subjects. Inside the issue takes an appealing twist with a cover story themed around the concept of haute model comp cards!

See the accompanying video and more from the issue on Vogue.it

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A Healthy Obsession

June 4th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

Whenever Steven Meisel and Gisele Bundchen join forces for Vogue Italia you know you’re in for a treat. The June issue delves into beauty with a satirical look at the pleasures of primping – from your basic treatments and manicures, to controversial extremes like the much discussed ‘vampire’ facial. Meisel shoots in his signature high gloss style, while Lori Goldstein mixes in pieces from Louis VuittonFendi alongside a few larger-than-life Chanel Joaillerie sparklers. Given the subject matter the dream team of Pat McGrathGuido Palau and Jin Soon Choi are naturally a big part of the action – their elegant touch keeps Gisele looking flawless, even in the middle of chemical peels and deep conditioning masks.

View the Covers + Behind the Scenes Video on Vogue.It

 

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A look back on Gisele’s Vogue Italia covers.

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June 1999 & August 2001 | Ph. Steven Meisel

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Beauty Bytes: Pure Luxury

August 17th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Christy Turlington, Karolina Kurkova and Liya Kebede by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for Donna Karan Woman

Donna Karan has always stood for a celebration of modern femininty and the latest fragrance launch from her eponymous line captures that ideal perfectly. Donna Karan Woman is an elegant tribute to the many sides of being a modern woman and the result of a dynamic collaboration between some of the most prominent female talents working. Famed architect Zaha Hadid created the impressive, sculptural bottle, celebrated perfumer Anne Flipo crafted the intoxicating blend of sandalwood, Haitian vetiver and orange blossom and the stunning campaign was shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin and features 3 of extraordinary beauties of substance Karolina, Christy & Liya. The end result is truly a showcase for the power of women and the sensual scent itself is absolutely irresistible.

Francophiles and fragrance addicts rejoice – Serge Lutens comes stateside to Barney’s New York offering their previously Paris only scents at the Madison Avenue location.

Actress Jessica Chastain becomes the latest face of YSL Beaute, taking a starring role in the brand’s campaign for Manifesto. She also shares an adorable story about wearing Opium in the 5th grade.

Aline Weber shows off some beautiful hot pink lids on Into the Gloss‘ exploration of vivid eyeshadow color inspired by Dior Couture.

Nail innovator Jin Soon Choi – woman behind some of the greatest editorial nail moments ever – talks about her brand new line of polishes.

 

Tom Ford Beauty never fails to impress us with its commitment to all out glamour. We’re especially taken by the latest campaign imagery featuring Snejana Onopka wearing a glossy crimson lip and looking every inch the supermodel. You can almost smell the scent of Lavender Palm wafting through the air just by looking at this shot. Get the look on your own with a swipe of the oh so chic Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lipgloss in Lost Cherry. 

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Transformers

August 17th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Steven Meisel and Edward Enninful craft an inspired story for W Magazine that tributes timeless fashion icons with a little help from today’s best models and a certain super who needs no introduction whatsoever.

View the entire story on W Magazine.com 

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