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Retrospective : Vogue Hommes Japan

November 9th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Earlier this week it was announced that the consistently stellar Vogue Hommes Japan would be shuttering as part of Conde Nast’s decision to switch their men’s publications globally from Vogue, to GQ Style. Magazines come and go, but Vogue Hommes Japan was something special. Led by Nicola Formichetti and featuring the talents of some of fashion’s biggest names, the mag delved into the artistic, eccentric and boundary pushing side of menswear. Fashion can often be disproportionally focused on the ladies, but Formichetti and co. breathed new life into the world of men’s editorial with an outlook that was bold, brash and always on point. We’re going to miss VHJP and their in-your-face style, take a look back at some of our favorite editorials from the magazine and share your own in the comments.

One Impression of Francis Bacon
Ph. Tim Richardson
Fashion Editor – Shun Watanabe | MU Kristin Gallegos | Hair Cash Lawless

A mind-bending tribute to one of art’s heros, accompanied by an equally compelling film.


Digital Vol. 1 iPad Special
Ph. Pierre Debusschere
Fashion Editor – Nicola Formichetti

Before gifs became a regular part of our appreciation of editorials, Vogue Hommes Japan was creating content that utilized new media to tell fashion tales in a whole new way.


Ph. Mariano Vivanco
Fashion Editor – Nicola Formichetti

Gothic glamour at its finest, a theme the magazine has revisited since, but this story holds a special place in our hearts.


Samurai Fiction
Ph. Hedi Slimane
Fashion Editor – Nicola Formichetti

Pushing past the expected Slimane-isms and into new territory, this story explored the Asian influenced menswear trends in the most beautiful manner all in juicy, pops off the page color. We wish we could order prints of this one!


Glamourama
Ph. Miles Aldridge
Fashion Editor – Shun Watanabe | Makeup – Lloyd Simmonds

High gloss fantasy and saturated colors are Aldridge’s signature style, but this edit gives things a decadent menswear twist that makes things pulsate with energy.


Style & Product
Ph. Santiago & Mauricio Sierra
Fashion Editor – Shun Watanabe
Makeup –  Maud Laceppe | Hair – Diego Da Silva

You might remember this one from MDX recently, Shun Watanabe turned it out with the styling – Thom Browne has never looked this good.


The Americans
Ph. Hedi Slimane
Fashion Editor – Nicola Formichetti

Instant classic!


Bondage Warriors
Ph. Steven Klein
Fashion Editor –  Nicola Formichetti |  Makeup – Kabuki | Hair –  Shon

Steven Klein’s preoccupation with bondage has led to some truly exquisite editorials and this is no exception. Many fashion stories get called edgy, but this one pushed all the limits and it payed off big time.


The Creator of Devotion
Ph. Matthew Stone
Fashion Editor – Matthew Josephs
Makeup – Alex Box |  Hair – James Pecis

Pure beauty from one of the art world’s most exciting talents. Stone is a noted photographer, sculptor, performance artist, curator and more, this story utilizes his talents to create a sumptuous vision that went beyond fashion.


A Glowing Response
Ph. Richard Burbridge
Fashion Editor – Robbie Spencer
Makeup –  Peter Philips

Who says a men’s beauty story has to be dull? Burbridge plays with color and light, while Robbie Spencer’s styling talents are put to good use with the expressive styling.

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The Muses

September 14th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Fashion is driven by inspirational women and their power and Muse Magazine always gets that. The latest issue is filled with stunning new content and women whose beauty, talent and joie de vivre are nothing short of inspiring. Performance art legend, Marina Abramovic steps into the final frontier with a delightful, space themed story by Guy Aroch, while modeling vet Carmen Kass takes to the streets while sporting pieces from the Chloe archives. Inside you’ll also find: Dree Hemingway and Cass Bird‘s idiosyncratic take on luxury, Jacquelyn Jablonski showing off the season’s darkly elegant pieces, new stories featuring Sara BlomqvistHeidi Mount and so much more.

Daphne Groeneveld by Mariano Vivanco, styling by Charles Varenne

Dree Hemingway by Cass Bird, styling by Ethel Park

Carmen Kass by David Bellemere, styling by Ondine Azoulay

Jacquelyn Jablonski by Fabio Raineri, styling by Keegan Singh

Heidi Mount by Guy Aroch, styling by Joanne Blades

Marina Abramovic by Guy Aroch

Sara Blomqvist by Tim Barber, styling by Susan Winget

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Candice Or Nothing

June 22nd, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Candice Swanepoel.
Mariano Vivanco.
Muse Magazine.

The most mesmerizing body in the business bares all for a special issue of Muse dedicated entirely to her allure. Mariano Vivanco shoots a black and white portfolio featuring Candice in curls and little else and the elegant images are guaranteed to excite, because when you have Candice, what more do you need?

 

 

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Que Linda

March 9th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Though the epic model moments of the 90s can never be duplicated, it doesn’t hurt to see a little tribute every now and then. Muse Magazine enlists Mariano Vivanco to shoot two of today’s premier beauties in an alluring edit that aims to capture the spirit of Linda Evangelista and her effervescent personality. Kendra Spears and Toni Garrn star as the kind of runway divas of the highest order, while Beth Fenton provides a wardrobe of sexy looks that scream supermodel. The retro vibe is accentuated by Billy B‘s eyeliner and nude lip centric recreation of the mid 90s beauty look du jour and Ashley Javier‘s Evangelista-esque coifs.

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La Famiglia

December 23rd, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

The beauty of family is at the heart of both of Dolce & Gabbana‘s seasonal campaigns. Inspired by the sirens of Italian cinema Anna Magnani, Monica Vitti and especially Sofia Loren, Giampaolo Sgura shot ravishing Italian beauties Monica Bellucci and Bianca Balti for the womenswear images. Mimicking the feel of lighthearted classic comedies set in Southern Italy, Sgura captured Belluci and Balti as they enjoyed “afternoons at the beach, Sundays at home, family parties, the first boyfriend, and tender moments with the children,” it all makes for a lovely set of images that represent the traditional, yet sensual side of the Dolce & Gabbana spirit.



Mariano Vivanco
‘s menswear images continue the theme with gorgeous sepia tinted portraits featuring actors Giuseppe Fiorello, Francesco Scianna, Filippo Nigro, Thomas Trabacchi, Primo Reggiani and Chiara Francini as an especially elegant family. The candid and atmospheric photos feel vintage, but those exquisite D&G separates are completely modern.

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The Muses

November 30th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Muse Magazine never fails to excite with its combination of striking fashion editorials and compelling interviews and the latest issue is no exception. Alessandra Ambrosio and Lindsey Wixson grace dual covers that showcase two very different aesthetics: Ale goes futuristic for Chad Pitman with bobbed hair and metallics, while Lindsay is an innocent girl next door in Will Davidson’s shots. Inside you’ll find even more variety with a host of gorgeous new visuals – a few of which you’ll find right here in our preview.

Alessandra Ambrosio by Chad Pitman

Anna Selezneva by Steven Pan

Emily Baker by Tom Allen

Kendra Spears by Mariano Vivanco

Maryna Linchuk by Matt Irwin

Lindsey Wixson by Will Davidson

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Candy Darling

November 7th, 2011 |Posted by Betty

The always daring Candy Magazine‘s new issue has Chloe Sevigny posing as Terry Richardson and Mariano Vivanco shooting a gaggle of very masculine male faces in full bunny regalia and some pretty serious makeup by the always amazing Alex Box. The focus on the male body is stronger than ever and the fascination with Andrej Pejic shows that new boundaries for male beauty are constantly being reset. Candy’s celebration of transvestism, transsexuality, cross dressing and androgyny seems more relevant than ever. (For more Candy, go to their website).


(Not in order) Andrey Zakharov, Matt Trethe, Sam Lawson, Stefan Pollmann, Thom Morrell by Mariano Vivanco, styled by Luke Day, set design by Gary Card.


Chloe as Terry by Terry Richardson

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The Poly Principal

October 27th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Natasha Poly guest edits Vogue Espana and the magazine produces one of its chicest issues to date: coincidence? We think not! Inside you’ll find insight into the world of Poly, complete with a glimpse at her home and her fairytale wedding. The compelling content shows Natasha as a world-class model, but it also reveals other sides of the Russian beauty. Did you know Natasha is a beauty expert? She even does double duty as makeup artist on Maciek Kobielski‘s story, creating a glossy black lip and smoky eye with precision.

By Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

By Greg Kadel

By Maciek Kobielski

By Mariano Vivanco

By Lachlan Bailey

Designers pay tribute to Natasha

Natasha’s Wedding Photos

Inside Natasha’s art filled home

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