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January 12th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Campaigns. We can’t get enough of the Spring ads. Unlike previous seasons where an overarching theme repeated through several campaigns, S/S 2011 is all about individuality; whether that means smart city chic ala DKNY’s clean ads featuring Heidi Mount and Kori Richardson, or all out fantasy as in the butterfly filled, Lindsey Wixson ads for Alexander McQueen. Some campaigns keep true to the spirit of the collection – Louis Vuitton’s chinoiserie motif repeats in the Steven Meisel helmed campaign, while others go in bold new directions. Armani’s refined collection is given a styling update in the ads by Nick Knight, the addition of a turban on Elisa Sednaoui gives the look more drama.

Even the simplest campaigns seem to have different moods this season; both Valentino and Calvin Klein go for black and white purity, but Valentino’s feminine David Sims shots of Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Julia Saner and Freja Beha Erichsen, are the exact opposite of CK’s austere Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott images of Lara Stone.

Heidi Mount & Kori Richardson for DKNY

Lara Stone for Calvin Klein

Raquel Zimmermann, Freja Beha Erichsen & Kristen McMenamy for Vuitton



Elisa Sednaoui
for Armani

Lindsey Wixson for Alexander McQueen

Julia Saner & Caroline Brasch Nielsen for Valentino
Also featuring: Freja Beha Erichsen

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Private Eyes

December 1st, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Nick Knight unleashes his inner voyeur and takes Kate Moss in new directions for Vogue Italia; exploring the sensual side of the supermodel in a story that nods to vintage erotica. Edward Enninful styles, utilizing high heels, garters and bold prints to create a sexy retro look.





Image Credit | Z Fashion Blog

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Bits & Bytes: Saverio on L’OHL

November 17th, 2010 |Posted by Betty


New kid. New Magazine. Saverio Rotini in L’Officiel Hommes Levant (that’s the Middle East region to us laymen). Check out more images from the story here.

Ooh. Catfight. Check out the dueling biographies on Isabella Blow.

We love Helmut Newton and we always love a good story about Mr Newton.

See Nick Knight when he talks to BOF, next week in London.

American Vogue‘s Best Dressed of the Decade includes, unsurprisingly, Kate Moss. What do you think of their other choices?

Who do you think will appear with Tom Ford on the cover of December Vogue Paris?

Who doesn’t revere Guy Bourdin? The iconic photographer’s son talks to the NY Times about his father’s legacy… His new monograph, In Between is an incredible retrospective of his career with so many of his best images (see below), gorgeously printed. A must buy (get it here)!

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Boys Will Be…

October 25th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Menswear editorials have always played with ideas about androgyny and gender, but fashion is experiencing a drag moment these past few months. You could call it the Candy effect; the groundbreaking transgender fashion mag launched with a now infamous editorial / cover by Brett Lloyd and since then photographers from Nick Knight to Terry Richardson and Steven Klein have all incorporated drag looks in their photographs. Shots of boys in girls clothing test the versatility of male models (who knew Cesar Casier looked so great in a shift dress) and challenge archaic rules about who can wear what, but are you enjoying fashion’s love affair with all things drag? Let us know in the comments!

Benjamin Warbis by Nick Knight, styled by Nicola Formichetti for Arena Homme +

James Franco on the cover of Candy Magazine by Terry Richardson.

Jordan Coulter shot by Mariano Vivanco and styled by Nicola Formichetti in Hercules


Sweater girls Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin and styled by Vanessa Reid in Pop

Cesar Casier and fellow man in drag join Lara Stone in Steven Klein‘s story for Vogue Paris

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Surrealism

October 11th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Nick Knight and Lucinda Chambers team up for a madcap editorial in British Vogue, that takes Raquel Zimmermanns refined beauty and gives it an unconventional twist. With some daring  mod makeup, a few layers of black and white clothing and some expressive posing, Raquel is transformed into a whole new entity; wild, audacious and completely in line with the surreal world of Nick Knight.



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Well Heeled

August 13th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

If there ever was a truly over the top shoe, it has to be this pair of vintage Vivianne Westwood platforms worn by Kate Moss in i-D’s 30th Anniversary edition. The sky high heels add more than a foot to Moss’ lithe frame, but the veteran supermodel can make just about anything look good. Kate’s frequent collaborator  Nick Knight shoots as she poses in latex and leather, but nothing can take attention away from those dominatrix heels.

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Then, Now, Next

August 6th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Kate Moss.
Naomi Campbell.

Lady Gaga?

While the current ruler of pop might not be a model, she is featured prominently on one of the three covers of i-D‘s 30th Anniversary issue. Shot in glorious black and white by Nick Knight the issue and its instantly iconic covers are sure to become a collectors item – which is your favorite of the bunch?

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Bits & Bytes: Backstage Captured

June 16th, 2010 |Posted by Betty

Boys’ First Looks, gouache, watercolor, chalk, graphite & frisket on paper
50″ x 42″, Paris. Backstage at Givenchy Men’s show June 2009.

For you West Coasters, casting director and artist Daniel Peddle‘s show Backstage is in San Francisco for 3 more weeks. We adore Daniel’s dreamy watercolors works which not only captures the ephemeral world of backstage but transforms the normal hecticness into a surreal, contemplative realm.


Fashion news:

Wow, do we love Daphne Guiness, who bought Isabella Blow’s entire wardrobe. “Like any artist, it should not be dispersed, but remain as a monument with people having access to it,” said Ms. Guinness.

Nicola Formichetti rumored to be Thierry Mugler’s new artistic director…. True or false?

Brits invade France. “With Pugh probably in at Mugler, it seems like Paris’ major houses are getting a British makeover. Giles Deacon just took over the helm of Emanuel Ungaro with help from Katie Grand and Phoebe Philo has been holding it down in Paris for years, recently at Celine and previously at Chlöe (where fellow Brit Hannah MacGibbon currently resides).”

Harold Tillman (owner of Jaeger and Aquascutum and President of British Fashion Council) was awarded a CBE; Designer Tamara Mellon and uber photographer Nick Knight were awarded OBE’s from the Queen. That’s a pretty big deal for those who didn’t know about it.

Modeling news:

Constance, Freja, Natasha, Sasha, Sessilee. If you haven’t seen the preview for the Loic Prigent see it here now documentary for French Vogue, . A fascinating glimpse into the fabulous and oft times lonely life of the new supermodels.

Christy Turlington is not just a supermodel on the outside but a pretty super person on the inside. Check out her new documentary.

Dorothea Barth Jorgensen, on her really cool blog, interviews James Tinnelly from Women whose love and passion for the industry knows no bounds.

Agyness Deyn may be one of our favorite models ever for her awesome personality, her new website makes us even more of a fan.

Photographer Lara Rossignol found these long ago pics of Linda Evangelista; what’s great is the story she tells of Linda and why Miss E will always be the best supermodel ever.

Miscellaneous:

Check out new online magazine, Omit.

Photographers, you have 5 days till the deadline for PDN’s Fashion Photography competition.

Steven Klein, on his first music video, explains the Lady Gaga video.

New face Edmond R (left) and Carson (right) are 2 lovely surprises from Chosen Management (below)

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