Bazaar’s Beauties

July 31st, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

When Carine Roitfeld selects her favorite fashion icons you’re sure to get an eclectic list and for September’s Harper’s Bazaar the editor unleashes her biggest project since becoming the magazine’s Global Fashion Director. Sebastian Faena shoots and Roitfeld styles an impactful portfolio of models, actresses and influencers handpicked to represent fashion’s history and its future. From familiar faces like Lauren Hutton, Iman Abdulmajid, Cindy CrawfordStephanie Seymour and cover star Linda Evangelista, to brand new names like Roitfeld’s latest muse Gigi Hadid. Naturally Roitfeld faves like Lara StoneJoan SmallsMariacarla Boscono and Carolyn Murphy are featured and look exquisite alongside images of Hollywood A-Listers like Lady Gaga and Penelope Cruz.

See the full portfolio of icons on Harper’s Bazaar.com

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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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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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Derelicte!

March 5th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

A good ol’ Hefty bag gets the high fashion treatment in the pages of CR Fashion Book with an inventive editorial that mixes high fashion accessories with disposable plastics. Sebastian Faena shoots as Ashleigh Good poses in torn garbage bags she’s fashioned into outfits. The torn and tattered looks are paired with haute pieces from Saint Laurent Paris, Gucci and Chanel for a unique juxtaposition of high class and pure trash. With her platinum blonde coif and matte red lips Ashleigh carries off the total look with elegance and Faena’s cheeky shots strike the right balance between sexy and playful.

For even more fashion fairytales head over to CR Fashion Book.com

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Oh Gigi

February 19th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Miss Gigi Hadid is experiencing a high fashion moment this month with a slate of ultrachic editorial work the latest of which is V Magazine‘s cheeky story by Sebastian Faena. Gigi’s curves and curls are on full display in Faena’s images which offer a sexy take on the typical studio shoot. Julia von Boehm styles Gigi in an array of pieces from Burberry, Chanel and Calvin Klein but the natural beauty can’t resist showing off her birthday suit in a couple of coy shots.

For even more from V88 head on over to VMagazine.com

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Fashion Fairy Tales

February 12th, 2014 |Posted by Matthew

For the Spring 2014 edition, CR Fashion Book is all about Fairy Tales, and Disney better watch out. Per usual, Issue 4 features dual covers, two fashion-forward updates of childhood fantasies shot by Sebastian Faena and Bruce Weber.

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Dressing up Spielberg’ classic film, CR’s “E.T.” revisits the 1982 blockbuster with Lindsey Wixson in the role of Gertie (with much better clothes, of course). Photographer  Sebastian Faena brings his trademark for cinematic imagery to iconic scenes pulled from the original film, including the bicycle flying over the moon and E.T.’s glowing fingertips. Magda Laguinge and male model Abel Van Oeveren join Lindsey in showcasing Spring fashions from Prada, Miu Miu, and Proenza Schouler. /

See the full story on CR Fashion Book.com

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For Bruce Webers take on “Fairy Tales,” CR tapped newcomer and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills offspring Gigi Hadid to star in a hippie-style story. Combining wilderness whimsy with pieces from Givenchy, Giorgio Armani, and Hermès, Weber’s story spotlights Carine Roitfeld’s penchant for striking the perfect balance of hi-lo fashion. Playful, sensual, and super cool, this cover story looks like a perfect spring daydream.

See the full story on CR Fashion Book.com 

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Unexpected Pleasures

January 22nd, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Interview Germany continues its tradition of excellence with two new fashion stories that go for the unexpected. Cover star Lindsey Wixson turns in a stellar performance in Sebastian Faena‘s sensual story inspired by the films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder and filled with the same thrilling, avant-garde energy as his work (with set design by Jesse Kaufmann). Julia von Boehm styles Wixson and Jon Kortajarena in dramatic looks that echo the decadent costumes of movies like Lola. 

Charlotte Wales and Clare Byrne provide a different kind of surprise with a spirited denim editorial focused on the very best in blue jeans. The fresh-faced cast was culled directly from New York high schools, providing a unique change of pace and a distinctive set of teen beauties.

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Cindy C

November 12th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

Cindy Crawford is back and better than ever in the pages of V Magazine. Shot by Sebastian Faena in a simply chic menswear story that sees the her borrowing from the boys and spending time with the dashing Clement Chabernaud, Cindy looks every inch the star. Styled in pieces by BerlutiRalph LaurenLouis Vuitton and Eres selected by stylist Sara Jane Hoare, Crawford brings her 90s style larger than life supermodel sizzle to a Faena’s images and takes things to the next level.

See the full story on V Magazine.com, complete with a full interview with Cindy herself.

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El Bambi

October 24th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

Never underestimate the power of a well placed bit of cartoon magic; each season Riccardo Tisci comes up with at least one Givenchy must have that makes a splash and for the last few months its been all about Bambi. The opening look of the designer’s critically lauded fall collection was a Disney inspired sweatshirt that added touch of twee to the typically hard-edged Givenchy look and instantly became a cult status symbol. The signature piece has been making waves in magazines of late with the Bambi shirt appearing on the cover of Vogue Japan, the newly launched Miss Vogue AustraliaVogue China and Madame Figaro, not to mention inside appearances in i-D Magazine & V Magazine. Add in the fact that this little number has also been spotted on the backs of everyone from Beyoncé Knowles to Carine Roitfeld and you have the makings of a moment.

SHOP THE LOOK: Givenchy Bambi Sweatshirt at Net-A-Porter 

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Vogue Japan | Ph. Sølve Sundsbø | Model Daria Strokous | Fashion Editor - George Cortina

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V Magazine | Ph.  Sebastian Faena | Model - Dalianah Arekion | Fashion Editor - Carine Roitfeld

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i-D Magazine | Ph. Daniel Sannwald (Paris: Management + Artists, New York: Management + Artists)  | Model - Sam Rollinson | Fashion Editor - Charlotte Stockdale

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Ph. Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott | Celebrity - Amanda Seyfried

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Vogue China | Ph. Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin | Model - Fei Fei Sun | Fashion Editor - Nicoletta Santoro (Paris: Management + Artists, New York: Management + Artists)

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Miss Vogue Australia | Ph. Benny Horne | Celebrity - Elle Fanning | Fashion Editor - Christine Centenera

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Stylist Magazine (France) | Ph. Jonas Bresnan | Fashion Editor – Julie Levoyer

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