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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Fashion Meets Art

October 13th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Fashion, art and politics converge on the cover of W Magazine. The November art issue features Sui He in an image art directed by Chinese contemporary artist Ai Wei Wei and shot by Max Vadukul. Take a look at NY Times’ fascinating article about how the cover came to be.

From the NY Times

In an unusual collaboration with W magazine, Mr. Ai created a story line for a series of photos that were shot on location in New York by the photographer Max Vadukul as Mr. Ai looked on, art directing via Skype on a laptop computer…

The scenes are reminiscent of photos Mr. Ai took of the Tompkins Square riots in the 1980s, when he lived in New York, which he used as inspiration for the project. They also unavoidably refer to his own confinement, which China’s government has forbidden him from discussing.

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Split Personalities

October 13th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Max Vadukul and stylist Nicoletta Santoro show two different sides of Patricia van der Vliet and Karlie Kloss for November’s Vogue China. On the cover the girls are a picture of sweetness in coordinating looks from Vuitton, but their editorial tells a very different story; dressed in shades of red and sporting long wigs, Karlie and Patricia play vixens. Which look do you prefer – sweet or sexy? Let us know in the comments!

Image Credit | Aja Mok @ tFS

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Phenomenal Women

January 14th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Vogue China salutes the best in Asian talent with a portfolio of the industry’s leading Asian models shot by Max Vadukul. Featuring Liu Wen, Du Juan, Kiki Kang, Tao Okamoto, Danni Li and Ping Hue Cheung , the images show the current superstars as well as the rising talents sure to make an impact in 2010.  This dynamic group of girls and their combined successes are a testament to the way in which the fashion industry is slowly but surely diversifying.

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Kiki Kang | Image Credit Kazaf @ tFS

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Michaela Rising

August 2nd, 2006 |Posted by Elite+ New York

At just 17 years old Michaela Hlavackova has already shot with Patrick Demarchelier, Mario Testino, Max Vadukul, and Vincent Peters. But her new story in Citizen K photographed by Thomas Schenk proves she’s come into her own. Check it out……………..

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