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The Sporting Life

January 31st, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

Sølve Sundsbø.
George Cortina.
Andreea Diaconu.
Vogue Japan

The strongest looks of the season come to life, in Sundsbø’s streamlined interpretation of athletic chic. Clad in barely there, Cortina selected pieces from Marc Jacobs, Azzedine Alaia and Prada, Andrea cuts a fine figure against the crystalline blue sky backdrop. Running in Tom Ford’s mile high heels isn’t a full-fledge sport yet, but Sundsbø’s beautiful shots  manage to make such impossible feats look downright appealing.

For even more, check out Vogue.co.jp.

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Cover to Cover

January 14th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

It’s cover vs. cover in this roundup of the month’s fashion hits. Let us know which covers were your favorites and which one’s didn’t quite make the cut.

ANDROGYNOUS APPEAL

Both Saskia de Brauw and Milla Jovovich have an innately stylish vibe that sets them apart from other cover stars, so seeing their faces peering out from the newsstand is always a treat. On February’s Vogue Russia Saskia provides a bit of androgynous edge to Paolo Roversi‘s moody blue imagery in a serious yet sensual cover. Milla J on the other hand is looking resplendent in Saint Laurent Paris on Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin‘s New York themed cover of the new Vogue Paris.

SASKIA ON VOGUE RUSSIA OR MILLA ON VOGUE PARIS – WHICH COVER GETS YOUR VOTE?


2 SIDES OF CONSTANCE

February brings double the Constance Jablonski for you to enjoy, with two very different Vogue covers. Vogue Germany‘s Alexi Lubomirski (New York: Management + Artists, Paris: Management + Artists) image offers a sultry vision of the Estee Lauder face, complete with dark lips and a retro chic bob worthy of a classic film siren. Patrick Demarchelier shows another side of Constance on Vogue China‘s springy cover shot, a simple portrait that is about as pretty as it gets.

SULTRY CONSTANCE OR FLOWERY CONSTANCE – EVERYBODY WINS!


BATTLE OF THE BLONDES

It is hard to find a flaw on Scarlett Johansson, but how does Elle UK‘s Rankin cover with the Avengers beauty compare to their one and only Anja Rubik? Both stars are clad in minimalist chic, both are looking phenomenal, but ultimately Anja’s cover is the more dynamic of the two. Naturally that means it is also the more difficult one to get your hands on, if you’re in London head on over to Selfridges to get this limited edition Elle cover.

SCARLETT’S ELLE COVER OR ANJA’S ELLE COVER – WHICH GETS YOUR VOTE?


THE TEASERS

LOVE Magazine
s new ‘Clean Issue’ may not have debut just yet, but they really know how to amp up the anticipation. The teaser shots of models of the moment, Cara Delevingne and Edie Campbell by Sølve Sundsbø are elegant without losing any of LOVE’s trademark cool.

CARA OR EDIE – WHICH LOVE TEASER GETS YOUR VOTE?

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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: Just Kids

August 3rd, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Take an exclusive first look at Sølve Sundsbø‘s stunning new cover of i-D Magazine‘s Just Kids issue. Featuring Herieth Paul & Kel Markey in kinetic color and paint splattered coats from Gucci, as selected by fashion director Charlotte Stockdale. Capturing all the joy, raucous energy and fun of being a kid, the cover, corresponding editorial and film are a tribute to the power of youth!

To find out more about the Just Kids issue check out ID Online

Kel Markey and Herieth Paul
Photographer: Sølve Sundsbø
Fashion Director: Charlotte Stockdale
Kel and Herieth wear coats Gucci.

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Grand Chic

July 11th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Sølve Sundsbø.
Anastasia Barbieri.
Aymeline Valade.
Vogue Italia.

Proportion, color and texture come out to play in Sundsbø’s crisp images of a styled to the nines Valade. With no frills and a simple white background the team manages to make the clothes come to life.

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Deja Vu: Flower Girls

April 5th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

When we first saw Craig McDean‘s gorgeous new story in the latest Interview we were blown away. The combo of Katryn Kruger, a floral overlay and Stella McCartney‘s clothes made for an especially appealing series of images (see the full story on Interview Mag.com) but then we got to thinking – what did McDean’s shots remind us of?

There aren’t many wholly original ideas out there, so if you look back far enough you’ll find a recent editorial image that looks like something from the past. Turns out we didn’t have to look back very far since Sølve Sundsbø‘s beautiful images of Edita Vilkeviciute from last year were also sort of in the same vein. Fun coincidence, but not a real trip on the way back machine. Take a look at Emil Cadoo‘s double exposure images that look eerily similar to McDean’s shots but predate them by nearly 50 years. Twenty years before that the great fashion photographer, Horst P. Horst created his own spin on the theme with a singularly gorgeous shot in Vogue. Four photographers, one visually appealing concept and 65 years separating them. Who do you think captured the idea best?

2012: Katryn Kruger by Craig McDean for Interview

2011: Edita Vilkeviciute by Sølve Sundsbø for Vogue Japan

1963 & 1968: Emil Cadoo

1947: Horst P. Horst

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Weather Forecast

February 3rd, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Just in case 12 covers weren’t enough for you, take a look at four more from i-D Magazine‘s Whatever the Weather issue – the bold mix of photographic styles, models and even the occasional Spice Girl, gets us very excited for this one. For more on i-D be sure to check out i-D Online. 

Lara Mullen & Matt Ardell by Jeff Bark

Stella Tennant by Sølve Sundsbø

Lara Stone by Alasdair McLellan

Dylan Riley by Hedi Slimane

Victoria Beckham by Josh Olins

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Wilderness Retreat

October 25th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Sølve Sundsbø.
Joan Smalls.
George Cortina.
A singularly beautiful story where styling and nature merge seamlessly. Look at the way the Haider Ackermann suit coordinates exactly with the lush vegetation, or how the texture of Joan’s shimmering Roberto Cavalli is almost identical to that of the bark on the tree she’s against. Flawless little details like this are what make Sundsbø’s work so memorable and this Vogue Japan story so charming.

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