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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T Magazine China: Pride of Place

March 13th, 2015 |Posted by steven.yatsko

For the inaugural issue of T Magazine China Fei Fei Sun takes pride of place in the meditative cover story “A Moment of Momentum” photographed by Paola Kudacki (Camilla Lowther Management). The ensuing editorial evokes a balanced landscape with harmonizing elements of design, Fei Fei as its axis. Beautifully contoured and contrasting styling courtesy of Lucia Liu summons a zen symmetry against the minimalistic, sparing scenery. Operating within the spatial compositions Liu artfully utilizes silvery two-tones scarce in color and simple contours to help realize that moment of momentum. For the two cover images Fei Fei wears a more graphically ornamented dress from Louis Vuitton’s S/S 2015 collection. Slick wispy hair by Kevin Ryan and satiny makeup from Sil Bruinsma (Streeters New York) instill essences of romanticism and nature within the coldness of the rock garden of shape and line. An equally meditative fashion film accompanies the story, seen below. In it the Chinese model’s airy, tranquil movements are backed by a droning atmospheric track becoming altogether something that feels quite philosophical and culturally appropriate. T China is an extension of its lifestyle and fashion namesake The New York Times Style Magazine.

Photos and video courtesy of T Magazine China, exclusively for models.com

T Mag China from models.com on Vimeo.

 

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First Look : W Korea’s K-Fashion

August 18th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Phoebe Philo’s ladylike yet casual take on fall fashion is front & center on W Korea’s chic September cover starring Georgia May Jagger. Shot by Maciek Kobielski with fashion director Yoo Kyung Choi and styled by Ethel Park the cover & corresponding editorial offer a stripped down version of chic that juxtaposes ultra-luxury pieces with a gritty backdrop. As always Georgia May is an appealing presence, radiating an easy-going sensuality with her loose waves and pouty lips. Clad in Philo’s Céline knits, oversized coats and shiny platforms Jagger is the ultimate cool girl and completely in line with the look of the moment. September editions are all about cementing the year’s sartorial viewpoint and the thrilling headline “this is K-Fashion” promises that there are even more fashion moments within the issue’s pages.

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Model: Georgia May Jagger @ IMG / Photographer: Maciek Kobielski / Fashion Director Yoo Kyung Choi / Stylist: Ethel Park / Makeup: Ralph Siciliano (New York: D + V Management, London: D + V Management ) @ D+V / Hair: Kevin Ryan @ Art + Commerce / Manicure: Casey Herman @ Kate Ryan / Casting: Larissa Gunn @ Art + Commerce / Production:Sasha Jenny Park


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All images courtesy W Korea

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Made In Heaven

September 3rd, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

You can always count on V Magazine to pull out a great reference. For their Icons issue, V looks back at the influencers who have come to shape popular culture and Sebastian Faena‘s dreamy shoot with Miranda Kerr looks back to 70s/80s original, Cicciolina. Art aficionados may remember Cicciolina for her short-lived romance with Jeff Koons and Made In Heaven, the ensuing series of paintings, sculptures and artifacts dedicated to their love affair. The dream team of Julia von Boehm, Jeanine Lobell and Kevin Ryan recreates the Cicciolina look on Miranda with platinum blonde hair, colorful makeup and an array of lacy white dresses. Top it all off with a floral crown and one bared breast and you have an accurate, yet updated portrayal of a sex symbol.

See the full story on VMagazine.com

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First Look : W Korea

September 20th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

W Korea heads into autumn with a brand new cover by Greg Kadel featuring Daphne Groeneveld and a focus on androgynous new womenswear styles. Styled by Havana Laffitte and featuring chic looks by Ralph Lauren, the cover marks Kadel’s first for the magazine. As always Daphne shines, whether she’s wearing a bejeweled evening gown or a three-piece suit.

Hair stylist: Kevin Ryan  | Make-up stylist: Tyron Machhausen | Manicurist: Dawn Sterling @ Starworks Artists | Producer: Ernesto Qualizza @ Greg Kadel Studios | Producer: Sasha Jenny Park @ PIER59KOREA+ Collective Warehouse

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Color Schemes

August 16th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Harper’s Bazaar‘s latest story is a decidedly on trend take on the season’s shapely separates in the very boldest colors. Shot by Paola Kudacki and styled by Tony Irvine, the story features a variety of striking pieces on Kendra Spears, in tones that pop against the white background. Natural makeup by Lisa Houghton and sleek hair by Kevin Ryan complete the minimal chic look.

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Dog Day Afternoon

June 24th, 2010 |Posted by Betty

Ryan McGinley and his subversive self takes the Californian beauty, Estee Lauder supermodel Carolyn Murphy and throws things at her: bottles, bowls and dog kisses. The Nowness’ exclusive film, with makeup by James Kaliardos, styling by Jay Massacret and golfish strewn hair by Kevin Ryan is a tribute to fashion as art and fun. Ms Murphy doesn’t take herself too seriously all while still looking gorgeous, which shows why she’s still at the top of her game. Go watch the short film now

Read the interview with Carolyn where she reveals how they tempted the dog.

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