The Elegant Universe

May 23rd, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Though the Madonna / Katy Perry coverstory is sure to get the bulk of the attention, the most beautiful editorial in the latest V Magazine belongs to Nick Knight and Lady Amanda Harlech. In ‘The Elegant Universe’ Knight and Harlech utilize the best in Haute Couture to create a fantastical drama involving parallel dimensions, Mandelbrot‘s fractal geometry and Knight’s signature trippy visuals. Model (and mathematician) Alexia Wight is a striking presence in designs from Chanel, Dior and Atelier Versace, shifting in and out of focus as 2D and 3D converge.

View the story in full, along with an accompanying ShowStudio video on VMagazine.com

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First Look: Under the Influence

April 4th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

When you see Kristen McMenamy on the cover of a magazine you know you’re in for a treat! Under the Influence Magazine returns with an impressive issue filled with content centered around the theme of power. The choice of subject matter can be felt throughout the issue’s editorials and interviews – from McMenamy doing her signature avant garde poses for celebrated photographer, Nadav Kander  to timely features on the likes of Nick Knight, Paul Smith and John Porritt. Experience a preview of the issue’s fashion stories below along with an arresting video of Kristen.

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Shadows from Under the Influence Magazine on Vimeo.

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Kristen McMenamy by Nadav Kander, styling by Under the Influence’s new fashion director Toby Grimditch, hair by Ken O’Rourke, makeup by new beauty director Georgina Graham (Management + Artists)

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Senait Gidey by Andrew Vowles, styling by Raphael Hirsch, hair by Yumi Nakada-Dingle, makeup by Ciara O’Shea

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Aza Shade by Sarah Piantadosi, styling by Ellie Grace Cumming, hair by Philippe Tholimet, makeup by Jenny Coombs

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Dan Kling by Mark Kean, styling by Ellie Grace Cumming, hair by Keisuke Terada, grooming by Lucy Bridge.

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Hedvig Palm Palm by Frode & Marcus, styling by Sofie Krunegård, hair by Peter Johannson, makeup by Kristina Kullenberg

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Lera Tribel by Greta Ilieva, styling by Jack Borkett, hair by Sochi, makeup by Laura Dominique

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Cover Confidential

March 20th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Feburary and March are big business for fashion magazines with glossies often debuting some of their best and brightest content during these months focused on spring collections, renewal and change. Take a look back at some of the most interesting covers from the boundlessly creative, to the simply beautiful.

PURE BEAUTY

Antidote Magazine‘s romance issue boasted multiple covers by Cuneyt Akeroglu featuring some of the world’s most beautiful women. United by their simple yet effective photography and their chic take on the magazine’s pristine subjects these covers were something special.

As one of fashion’s coolest faces Leona Binx Walton is typically photographed looking grungy, avant garde or off-kilter. Her Self Service cover with it’s effective beauty statement and clean layout showed another side. Collier Schorr portrait brings out Binx’s beauty, while maintaining her character.

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THE BEST OF CELEBRITY

There are few actresses as effervescent as Marion Cotillard and Interview Magazine‘s March cover captured the La Vie En Rose star’s elegant side with a shot by Craig McDean that positively crackles with good ol’ fashioned glamour. Styled by Karl Templer with makeup by Christophe Danchaud and a 40s coif by Sam McKnight the image strikes the right balance between retro film siren and modern glamour - as does the accompanying fashion story. 

On the flip side, Dazed & Confused‘s rough and tumble cover of Scarlett Johansson finds the star’s inner bad girl and brings it to the forefront with a vibrant shot by Benjamin Alexander Huseby . The combo of red background and Saint Laurent biker jacket and Scar-Jo’s glare makes for an appealing contrast to the typical smiling celebrity glamour shot.

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MINIMAL MARVELS

You can’t go wrong with a picture of Daria Werbowy and The Last Magazine served up an epic large format image the superstar looking foreboding for it’s spring issue –  Mikael Jansson‘s in your face shot captures Werbowy at her rawest and best.

The Gentlewoman always errs on the side of minimalism, but the pulpy red cover of Vivienne Westwood by Alasdair McLellan (Art Partner) was the perfect merger of timelessness and modernity.

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CREATIVITY RULES

Nick Knight‘s trippy photography has always struck a chord with surrealists and on the cover of GARAGE‘s spring/summer edition he twists and morphs Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne into unbidden creatures designs that were eventually tattooed onto the skin of Garage readers – how’s that for taking things to the next level.

E.T. got a fashion makeover with Lindsey Wixson taking over the frontpage of CR Fashion Book with an expressive Sebastian Faena image that puts Wixson’s otherworldly visage to good use with a sweet nod to an 80s favorite.

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DESIGNER DOMINATION

Karl Lagerfeld’s watercolor inspired spring Chanel collection has proved a hit with editors, in addition to appearing in the pages of just about every magazine imaginable his paint by numbers dresses found themselves on a variety of covers in March, most notably Vogue China, where two of the designer’s creations took center stage.

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Ph. Mario Testino for Vogue China | Ph. Marc de Groot for Vogue Netherlands | Ph. Nat Prakobsantisuk for Vogue Thailand

Not one to be outdone, Miuccia Prada also made a strong showing this March (and April) with a variety of painterly spring looks from her collections showing up on the cover of several different magazines.

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Ph. Cuneyt Akeroglu for Vogue Spain | Emma Summerton for Vogue Australia | Mario Testino for British Vogue | Elle Greece | Thomas Whiteside for Elle UK | Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue Japan 

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High Voltage

February 26th, 2014 |Posted by Matthew

To emerge among the several quarterly and biannual publications out there, a competitive magazine has to carve out its niche and present unique, arresting content. Doing just that (and then some), London-based Volt Magazine has amassed an impressive offering for its Issue No. 15. In collaboration with French brand The Kooples, Volt has multiple cover stories for Spring 2014, including Idina May Moncrieffe photographed by Luc Coiffait and Jeremy Dufour shot by Dean Rogers. Generating a comprehensive look at trademark London aesthetics, Volt achieves a captivating balance between urban style and high fashion fantasy. On one hand, there’re “Ordinary Boys” Michael Sharp and Reece Sanders styled by Christopher Preston and a shoot by Piczo, while Jamie Bochert embodies fashion editor Victoria Adcock’s “Femme Severe” and Nick Knight photographs Cynthia Lawrence-John’s stylings in “She Sells Sanctuary.”  Haven’t gotten your high voltage fix? Don’t worry, there’s even more inside Volt 15.

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Photography: LUC COIFFAIT | Fashion: CYNTHIA LAWRENCE-JOHN | Hair: ERNESTO MONTENOVO | Make-up: JULIA LAZA | Models: IDINA and EARL JAMES

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Photography: NICK KNIGHT | Fashion: CYNTHIA LAWRENCE-JOHN | Hair: JAMES BROWN | Make-up: LINDA OHRSTROM |
Model: SAM DROUIN-ASPDEN

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Photography: REN ROX | Fashion: KATE RUTH | Hair: PETER BECKETT | Make-up: JAIMEE THOMAS | Model: KAMILA FILIPCIKOVA

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Photography: SAMANTHA RAPP | Fashion editor: VICTORIA ADCOCK | Hair: BRIAN BUENAVENTURA | Make-up: LUC BOUCHARD | Model: JAMIE BOCHERT

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Photography: PICZO | Fashion: NAZ & KUSI | Hair: ROKU | Make-up: NAMI YOSHIDA | Model: HARRIET at IMG

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Photography:NIKO MITRUNEN | Styling: GRACE JOEL | Hair: SUSANNE LICHTENEGGER | Make-up: LINDA OHRSTROM | Model: ALINA at IMG Models

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Photography: LUC COIFFAIT | Fashion: CYNTHIA LAWRENCE-JOHN | Hair: ERNESTO MONTENOVO | Make-up: JULIA LAZA | Models: IDINA at Select and EARL JAMES at Nevs

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Photography: CHAD & PAUL | Fashion: CHRISTOPHER PRESTON | Hair and make-up: SOICHI | Models: MICHAEL SHARP at Elite, REECE at FM, and MEL at Select

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Photography: DEAN ROGERS | Styling: DAVID ST JOHN JAMES | Grooming: MATT MULLHALL at Streeters | Model: JEREMY DUFOUR at Select Models

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Photography: LUC COIFFAIT | Fashion: CYNTHIA LAWRENCE-JOHN | Hair: ERNESTO MONTENOVO | Make-up: JULIA LAZA | MUSICIANS: CHLOE LITTLE, JAMES TAYLOR 

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Dazed Declares Independence

February 24th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Fashion thrives on reinvention on and off the runway, so when it was announced that Dazed & Confused was going seasonal it heralded a new beginning for one of the business’ most beloved magazines. The re-imagined Dazed hits newsstands on the 27th and with it comes a wealth of exciting new visual content headlined by the best and brightest talents. With film star Scarlett Johansson on the front page shot by Benjamin Alexander Huseby and sporting two very different looks the issue begins by turning expectations on their head. Presenting one of pop culture’s ultimate pinups as a tough street chick is right in line with the Dazed ethos and it sets the stage for a stellar issue. Inside you’ll find new editorial content from Ruth HogbenLachlan Bailey (New York: Management + Artists, Paris: Management + Artists), Harley WeirBen TomsRobbie Spencer and Tony Irvine (New York: Management + Artists, Paris: Management + Artists) and more. Each story offers an original take on the season’s wares, but the 50 pages of collections imagery is a special sartorial treat.

For more on the new Dazed head on over to Dazed Digital for a full look at Vol IV. 

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Photography Benjamin Alexander Huseby | Styling Jacob K | Scarlett Johansson

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Photography Ben Toms | Styling Robbie Spencer | Models Eva Berzina, Julie Hoomans & Lera Tribel

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Photography Lachlan Bailey | Styling Tony Irvine | Model Meghan Collison

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Photography Ruth Hogben | Styling Katie Shillingford | Model Hollie-May Saker

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Photography Harley Weir | Styling Elizabeth Fraser-Bell | Model Hanne Gaby Odiele

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Balenciaga Moments

November 5th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Nicolas Ghesquiere by Steven Meisel

We were shocked and a bit saddened today to hear of Nicolas Ghesquiere‘s departure from Balenciaga. After 15 years at the legendary house, Ghesquiere is parting ways with the luxury powerhouse, a label he helped become one of the most influential and respected in the business. Though we know this is likely the start of an exciting new beginning (let the rumors begin) we can’t help but look back at a few of our absolute favorite Balenciaga moments, from the very first collection to those infamous leggings. Take a look at our favorites and let us know yours in the comments.


THE REVIVAL

In 2012 it seems like there are new designers shuffling in to breathe life into old houses every few months, that wasn’t so much the case back in 1997. At 25 after assisting designers like Jean Paul Gaultier and paying his dues behind the scenes at several brands, Ghesquière came to Balenciaga to design for the brand’s Japanese licensing partner. Hardly the most glamourous gig – but his talent was evident and soon he found himself creative director of a brand that had yet to rediscover its footing. His first show back in S/S 98 changed all that, with a darkly chic update on the brand’s identity that made the fashion press stand up and take notice. View the collection in full for yourself at Balenciaga.com.


THE BAG

Seasonal styles of the popular Balenciaga bags

It bags come and go, but modern classics are very rare indeed. Ghesquière knocked the ball out of the park when he launched Balenciaga’s Lariat bag in 2000, the oft imitated but never duplicated style has been seen on the arm of everyone from Mary-Kate Olsen to Carine Roitfeld and is still going strong.


THE GAINSBOURG CONNECTION

Nicolas Ghesquiere and Charlotte Gainsbourg by Jean Paul Goude for Harper’s Bazaar

Twilight cutie Kristen Stewart may be the latest actress to catch Ghesquière’s eye, but the original Balenciaga-fille has got to be Charlotte Gainsbourg, a woman whose idiosyncratic beauty and avant-garde career choices mirror the spirit of Ghesquière’s boundary breaking aesthetic. Serving as both muse and face of the line’s signature fragrances, Gainsbourg is a fixture in the Balenciaga front row and in the brand’s iconography.


THE FLOWERS

Jennifer Connolly for Balenciaga S/S 08 by David Sims

It is hard to go back through Ghesquière’s 15 years at Balenciaga and pick the most memorable collections, each collection has its own merits but there are a few that take on special significance. S/S 2008’s floral explosion remains one of the most daring and influential, just when we thought we knew what to expect we got hit with a strong dose of flower power. Reactions to the collection may have been divisive, but it jumpstarted the current craze for bold, head-to-toe print and has been replicated by everyone from H&M to Celine.


THE ARCHIVES


Cristobal Balenciaga Cape, 1963 – Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere F/W 2006 cape on Coco Rocha

Every designer working at a storied house has access to a wealth of archival inspiration, but only a select few put it to good use. Ghesquière was always adept at taking Cristobal’s shapes and points of reference, then modernizing them, either with subtle changes or grand re imaginings. Take a look at how Cristóbal’s 1963 cape compared to the oversized brocade cape from the F/W 06 show.


MOD MOMENTUM

Freja Beha Erichsen for Balenciaga F/W 05 by David Sims

Sixties style mod looks often found a place on Ghesquière’s runways and made for some of the most memorable looks; who can forget the mod touches in the F/W 05 and F/W 06 collections?


MARIE AMELIE

Marie Amelie’s interpretation of Balenciaga in Strict Elegance from Interview – Ph. Craig McDean

As much as we love Nicolas’ work, all the credit for Balenciaga’s longstanding cultural impact can’t rest solely on his shoulders. As the brand’s stylist, muse and loyal supporter, Marie-Amélie Sauvé has shaped the Balenciaga look for years on the runway and in numerous editorials. Some of our favorite Balenciaga moments occurred while looking at her artful and creative interpretations of that look in the pages of magazines like Interview and Vogue Paris.


i-ROBOT

Kate Moss by Sølve Sundsbø for Numero Tokyo‘s inaugural issue.

Perhaps the singularly most infamous pair of leggings in history and certainly one of the most iconic Balenciaga pieces of all time. How many leggings find their way onto the bodies of Terence Koh, Kate Moss and Beyoncé Knowles? Not to mention the omnipresent place these leggings held in fashion edits for nearly a year. We love it when Balenciaga goes on a sci-fi streak!


THE GIRLS 

Balenciaga S/S 2002 by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

Every season we’ve looked forward to see which beauties would be featured in the Balenciaga campaign and to date we’ve yet to be disappointed. Whether it is a bonafide supermodel like Gisele Bundchen, or Christy Turlington or a fresh crop of brand new faces, Balenciaga always goes for the unexpected and remains one of the few brands whose campaigns can really launch a compelling face.


THE COPYCATS

The one thing we’ll miss most about Ghesquire at Balenciaga is his ability to kickstart a design trend. There are whole websites devoted to looks cribbed from Balenciaga and while all designers get inspired by each other every now and then it was always amusing to see who was drawing inspiration from Ghesquire.


THE EDITORIALS

There were and are so many great editorial images that involved Balenciaga, but we’ll end on this great shot of Gemma Ward by Nick Knight for Pop Magazine.

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Exclusive: Lane Crawford Behind the Scenes

July 31st, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

The statement-making fashions of the season come to life in Lane Crawford’s first-ever campaign film. Nick Knight brings his visionary touch to the project, taking Chinese beauties Ming Xi, Xiao Wen Ju, and Wang Xiao, transforming them into fantastical sartorial sirens in a mind-bending clip. Superstar stylist Edward Enninful creates the ultimate modern wardrobe using a selection of key pieces from names like Azzedine Alaïa, Alexander McQueen, Altuzarra, Balenciaga, Celine Jil Sander, Proenza Schouler, and Yves Saint Laurent – just to name a few. The depth and variety of the labels featured speaks to the impeccably curated Lane Crawford selection and is tailored to the taste point of a consumer who knows their fashion heavyweights. Enninful’s pitch perfect seasonal edit and Knight’s surrealist perspective combine for a unique and engrossing campaign experience.

Take an exclusive first look below, in a behind the scenes video of Lane Crawford’s first ever campaign film to see the work that went in to creating the brand’s seasonal vision. See the new campaign in full on LaneCrawford.com

LANE CRAWFORD F/W 12DIRECTOR Nick Knight | STYLING Edward Enninful | HAIR Sam McKnight | MAKEUP Val Garland

Lane Crawford Behind the Scenes F/W 12 from models.com on Vimeo.

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Blast from the Past: Editors As Models

March 28th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Much is said about the relatively short span of most modeling careers. If you’re among the lucky few like Malgosia Bela or Naomi Campbell, you can model for decades, but most people who start their careers on the catwalk find that 15 minutes of fame comes and goes quickly. This isn’t always a bad thing, many move on to bigger and better things; you can’t see a movie without spotting a model-turned-actress and you can’t work on a fashion shoot without stumbling into someone had a modeling moment. Today we take a look at a few of the fashion editors who’ve done their share in front of the camera.

Camilla Nickerson  – Camilla has been styling since the 80s, but back in 1993 she graced the cover of Vogue Italia shot by Steven Meisel and if that doesn’t count for a model moment, we don’t know what does.

Tabitha Simmons – Shoe designer, stylist, Vogue Contributing editor – Tabitha Simmons has got a full plate on her hands, but somehow she found the time to strut down the Balenciaga runway back in Spring/Summer 02 when she was modeling. We have to say that Ms. Simmons looks right at home in those Ghesquière trousers – wouldn’t mind seeing her on back on the catwalk again if she ever gets a moment free!

Julia Sarr-Jamois Wonderland Magazine‘s Fashion Editor is a rising star and a regular on the street style blogs, where she always looks camera ready. It should come as no surprise then that she modeled in her teens in ads for brands like Diesel and Fred Perry, but switched to styling because she wanted to express herself creatively.

Grace Coddington – If you’ve Netflixed The September Issue, you know that Grace began her fashion tenure as a model for 60s superstar photographers like Avedon & Carpatian – see her 1962 Vogue cover below. Her modeling career was cut short by a car accident at 26, but she went on to innovate the industry behind the scenes at British Vogue & American Vogue.

Edward Enninful – When he was 16, Edward was spotted on the train by none other than Simon Foxton, two weeks later he was scouted by a modeling agent! By 17 he was shooting with Nick Knight and introduced to i-D’s Terry Jones – thus began one of fashion’s most prolific and interesting careers.

 

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