In what may be March’s most unexpected cover – the dream team of Steven Meisel and Marie-Amélie Sauvé transform Saskia de Brauw with an arresting image that is unlike anything we’ve seen from Vogue Italia this year. With otherworldly blue face paint courtesy of Pat McGrath and an array of taxidermied creatures from Mary Howard, Saskia takes on a whole new identity – check out the corresponding video for a preview of the accompanying story and a masterclass on inventive posing.
Vogue Parishas always loved a dynamic girl on the go story and this month they serve on up featuring Saskia de Brauw. Sporting a bleach blonde crop and a bold red lip courtesy of Yadim (Art Partner) Saskia looks more glamorous than ever. The luxe story is styled to perfection by Clare Richardsonwho pulls piecesfrom Givenchy, Dior, Blumarine and Moschino, mixing transparent sequined gowns and ornate cocktail dresses to create a look that works with Terry Richardson (Art Partner)’s sleek snapshot style. With city lights flickering the background and a decadent vibe running through each image, this editorial stands out in an issue filled with chic model content.
As one of the most versatile models around Saskia de Brauw was certain to make an appearance on a choice September cover and the newVogue Parisdoes not disappoint. Shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and featuring a blonde, buzzcut sporting Saskia done up in bikini top and combat boots – the cover makes a statement and stands out from this month’s more traditional offerings.
The master of avant garde fashions sits down with director, Wim Wenders for an in depth discussion of his work and continuing influence. Wenders previously captured Yamamoto in the documentary, Notebook on Cities and Clothes and their latest conversation proves insightful and refreshing. The accompanying photographs by Roversi capture the beauty of Yamamoto’s work and its quiet majesty.
Leave it to David Bowie to return to pop culture with a project that blazes across music, fashion, and film. Directed by filmmaker Floria Sigismondi (The Runaways, 2010), Bowie’s fashion-film-meets-music-video for “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” is a surreal visual feast. Accompanying the latest track off the glam rock icon’s imminent 24th studio album, the film is equal parts Fellini imitation and David Lynch devotion, twisting a wild narrative around tabloids, domesticity, and androgyny. Tilda Swinton lends her acting chops playing Bowie’s wife as Saskia de Brauw and Andrej Pejic‘s deviant celebrity couple invades their lives. Iselin Steiro, rounding out the film’s trio of top models, gets the glammest gig of all playing a young Bowie–the two even lip the words together! What do you make of the video for “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)?” (text by Matt Meyer)
We’ve all seen enough fashion films featuring slow motion models whose hair blows elegantly in the wind and though there is nothing wrong with that per se, the most engaging campaign movies we’re seeing this year break from the tried and true formulas. Going for over the top humour, cinematic imagery or full on designer commentary, these brand new campaigns excite and delight.
T BY ALEXANDER WANG S/S 13
We last saw Anjelah Johnson’s Bon Qui Qui character on old episodes of Mad TV, but she’s back and has upgraded from her old job at King Burger. Starring as a sales associate at Wang’s trendy Soho boutique, Bon Qui Qui manages to insult everyone from Alessandra Ambrosio to A$AP Rocky with her in your face brand of customer service. For anyone who has ever worked retail, or had an especially crazy shopping experience this clip will make you crack a smile.
CALVIN KLEIN PRESENTS PROVOCATIONS
Calvin Klein has a long history of memorable advertisements that push boundaries with a strong dose of sex appeal and their latest fashion film, Provocations adds to their oeuvre with a slick Fabien Baron helmed vision of minimalist eroticism. Starring actor, Alexander Skarsgard and Suvi Koponen, the avant garde ad provides some truly remarkable imagery.