Retrospective : Vogue Hommes Japan

November 9th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Earlier this week it was announced that the consistently stellar Vogue Hommes Japan would be shuttering as part of Conde Nast’s decision to switch their men’s publications globally from Vogue, to GQ Style. Magazines come and go, but Vogue Hommes Japan was something special. Led by Nicola Formichetti and featuring the talents of some of fashion’s biggest names, the mag delved into the artistic, eccentric and boundary pushing side of menswear. Fashion can often be disproportionally focused on the ladies, but Formichetti and co. breathed new life into the world of men’s editorial with an outlook that was bold, brash and always on point. We’re going to miss VHJP and their in-your-face style, take a look back at some of our favorite editorials from the magazine and share your own in the comments.

One Impression of Francis Bacon
Ph. Tim Richardson
Fashion Editor – Shun Watanabe | MU Kristin Gallegos | Hair Cash Lawless

A mind-bending tribute to one of art’s heros, accompanied by an equally compelling film.


Digital Vol. 1 iPad Special
Ph. Pierre Debusschere
Fashion Editor – Nicola Formichetti

Before gifs became a regular part of our appreciation of editorials, Vogue Hommes Japan was creating content that utilized new media to tell fashion tales in a whole new way.


Ph. Mariano Vivanco
Fashion Editor – Nicola Formichetti

Gothic glamour at its finest, a theme the magazine has revisited since, but this story holds a special place in our hearts.


Samurai Fiction
Ph. Hedi Slimane
Fashion Editor – Nicola Formichetti

Pushing past the expected Slimane-isms and into new territory, this story explored the Asian influenced menswear trends in the most beautiful manner all in juicy, pops off the page color. We wish we could order prints of this one!


Glamourama
Ph. Miles Aldridge
Fashion Editor – Shun Watanabe | Makeup – Lloyd Simmonds

High gloss fantasy and saturated colors are Aldridge’s signature style, but this edit gives things a decadent menswear twist that makes things pulsate with energy.


Style & Product
Ph. Santiago & Mauricio Sierra
Fashion Editor – Shun Watanabe
Makeup –  Maud Laceppe | Hair – Diego Da Silva

You might remember this one from MDX recently, Shun Watanabe turned it out with the styling – Thom Browne has never looked this good.


The Americans
Ph. Hedi Slimane
Fashion Editor – Nicola Formichetti

Instant classic!


Bondage Warriors
Ph. Steven Klein
Fashion Editor –  Nicola Formichetti |  Makeup – Kabuki | Hair –  Shon

Steven Klein’s preoccupation with bondage has led to some truly exquisite editorials and this is no exception. Many fashion stories get called edgy, but this one pushed all the limits and it payed off big time.


The Creator of Devotion
Ph. Matthew Stone
Fashion Editor – Matthew Josephs
Makeup – Alex Box |  Hair – James Pecis

Pure beauty from one of the art world’s most exciting talents. Stone is a noted photographer, sculptor, performance artist, curator and more, this story utilizes his talents to create a sumptuous vision that went beyond fashion.


A Glowing Response
Ph. Richard Burbridge
Fashion Editor – Robbie Spencer
Makeup –  Peter Philips

Who says a men’s beauty story has to be dull? Burbridge plays with color and light, while Robbie Spencer’s styling talents are put to good use with the expressive styling.

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Deja Vu : Food for Thought

April 12th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Richard Burbridge‘s latest over the top story for New York Times Magazine celebrates the season’s candy colored dresses & bold fruit prints, with a festive food meets fashion series of images. The idea is simple – take the plum prints on a Dolce & Gabbana dress and serve them with a side of fruit salad for good measure – but the magic is all in the execution. Robbie Spencer‘s styling on this story is nothing short of amazing – though we do wonder if he was the one picking up the cart at Whole Foods in addition to selecting the stellar designer looks. Hanne Gaby Odiele and Julia Nobis bring the concept to life with animated posing and the occasional taste of sweetness.

The story got us thinking about all the other time’s we’ve seen fashion and food collide. Though we prefer our meals on a plate something has to be said for the unexpected art that comes about when you re-imagine what every day items can do. Have a trip down memory lane and see some of our  favorite food meets fashion combos.

There is a Dolce & Gabbana dress hiding beneath all that produce.

Even if you didn’t notice the lobsters, this would be an epic shot.

Viktor & Rolf‘s decadent designs get coated in candy – very fitting!

Artist Sung Yeon Ju‘s Wearable Foods series (2009-2010) featured clothing crafted out of materials like banana peels and slices of eggplant.

2010 Kirsi Pyrhonen wore lettuce as a fashion statement in images by Magnus Unnar for the Barneys holiday catalog.

Who can forget that meat dresses Lady Gaga wore on the red carpet & the cover of Vogue Hommes Japan in 2010 – also designed by Sung Yeon Ju!

Cintia Dicker delights in a dress full of M&Ms in Ryan Yoon‘s shoot for Virgine Magazine – 2010

And now for something you can actually put in your mouth. How about some Chanel & Christian Louboutin cupcakes? Prop stylist Lisa Edsalv and photographer Therese Aldgard collaborated on these and we’re petitioning Aaron de MeyKarl Lagerfeld to get them in stores.

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Homme Goods

March 14th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Sean O’Pry.
David Sims.
Vogue Hommes International.

The iconic men’s publication rediscovers the power of having a model on its cover – sure we would have liked to see a corresponding editorial, but when you’ve got Sean, Sims & some white on white styling courtesy of Beat Bolliger you don’t need anything more.

Meanwhile on Vogue Hommes Japan, a male model dream team shot by Terry Richardson makes the cover. Allen Taylor, Dae Na, Justin Halley and the stunning Stenmark twins (Jordan & Zac) wear matching tuxes in the sleek shot styled by Nicola Formichetti.

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The Warriors

September 7th, 2009 |Posted by Betty

Vogue Hommes Japan‘s new issue is out and it’s a bonanza of arresting images by Steven Klein. Titled “Bondage Warriors” and styled by Nicola Formichetti, the story, with the stark images of powerful built men as “slaves” (to fashion?), is also striking in its utter anonymity for the models. They, by the way, have some of the best physiques in the industry: Travis Hanson, Oraine Barrett, Jason Morgan, Doug Porter, Colby Jamar, Anthony Gallo, Stephen Novak and new cover star Ryan Koning who opened the star packed Roberto Cavalli show this past July. Which is your favorite image and can you spot who is who? Discuss.

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Ph: Steven Klein, styled by Nicola Formichetti. For more pics go to Nicola Formichetti’s blog.

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Bits and Bytes: Vogue Hommes Japan #2

March 2nd, 2009 |Posted by Betty

Love Magazine sells out, making it the fastest selling debut magazine ever.
(Purple with grand dame Diane Von Furstenburg is doing quite well too)

Some last thoughts on what went on behind the scenes at Rad Hourani from Wayne/the Imagist.

Donatella’s a fan of Christopher Kane.

A description of Gisele’s dress when she married Tom Brady and details about their wedding.

Take a look at Edward Enninful, Solve Sundsbo, Stephane Marais and Luigi Murenu.

Shoulders are back with a vengeance. Peek at Carine, Anna, Emmanuelle on Jak&Jil.

In case you’re wondering where Abbey Lee is

Supreme‘s Rose Cordero finally shows up… in the Burberry show.

OMG! Anna Wintour smiles!

The new Vogue Hommes Japan is out! Why oh why can’t we ever find VHJ here in NY?

Victor Chambon/DNA. Ph: Hedi Slimane, styled by Nicola Formichetti. pic from Nicola’s blog

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Wild Boys

September 11th, 2008 |Posted by Janelle

Mariano Vivanco captures the very freshest boys in the new issue of Vogue Hommes Japan. Styled by Nicola Formichetti, new boys Sam Jadwat, Stuart Jones and Josh Bloun are at their gothic best in spiked colors and dramatic jet black makeup.

Mariano Vivanco for Vogue Hommes Japan, Styling by Nicola Formichetti

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Homme Star

September 8th, 2008 |Posted by Janelle

Vogue Hommes Japan hits newsstands with a bang. Hedi Slimane’s Samurai Fiction story is an electric mix of avant punk sensibility and tradition. Nicola Formichetti’s inventive styling takes the pictures to the next level while Models 1’s rising star Ash conveys the best of the Slimane aesthetic.

Ash by Hedi Slimane, Styled by Nicola Formichetti for Vogue Hommes Japan, Image from Nicola Formichetti Blog

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Vogue Hommes Japan Issue 1

August 19th, 2008 |Posted by Betty

Nicola Formichetti, avant garde stylist, now adds fashion director of Vogue Hommes Japan to his impressive resume. Nicola previews the new Hedi Slimane lensed cover of the inaugural issue. Debuts September 10th.

Ash/Models 1. Ph: Hedi Slimane, Vogue Hommes Japan Issue 1 from Nicola Formichetti’sblog

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