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The Look of Daniele & Iango

April 6th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

There are a lot of talented people on the scene, but it is rare to see a fresh photographer break through the glass ceiling. Let’s face it – most of the high profile work still goes to names like Testino / Lindbergh / Meisel, etc.  and while we love all those greats – charting the progress of newer talent can be riveting.  Daniele Duella and Iango Henzi are in the midst of an editorial moment right now, with beautiful work appearing in i-D Magazine, Vogue Japan, Vogue Germany and V Magazine.

The duo showcases a great deal of versatility within their work, but each image is marked by a certain off-kilter elegance. Whether it is China Machado carefully adding a Rick Owens hair comb to Shalom Harlow‘s up-do, or Natasha Poly posed like a debutante in seafoam Chanel, the pictures are always refined: every detail just so, not a hair out of place. Speaking of which, Danielle and Iango’s refined style is always enhanced by the genius hair stylings of their frequent collaborator Luigi Murenu.

Stylist: Patti Wilson | Hair: Luigi Murenu | Makeup: Stephane Marais | Models: Carolyn Murphy, Isabeli Fontana, Guinevere Van Seenus, Shalom Harlow & China Machado for i-D Magazine

Stylist: George Cortina | Hair: Luigi Murenu | Makeup: Jeanine Lobell | Model: Natasha Poly for Vogue Japan

Stylist: Joanne Blades | Hair: Luigi Murenu | Makeup: Karim Rahman | Casting: Julia Lange | Models: Eniko Mihalik, Snejana Onopka, Iris Strubegger & Karolina Kurkova for Vogue Germany

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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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The Life Aquatic

April 3rd, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Aquatic references were a big part of what made the several recent collections magical. Think back to Chanel’s dreamy mermaid inspired S/S 12 collection, or the equally alluring scuba jackets from Balenciaga that season, even Donatella Versace went underwater for spring and though each designer was cribbing from the same source material, the ideas they created were wildly different. It is fascinating to see those Master stylist Lori Goldstein takes statement pieces from each collection and weaves them together to create a spectacular showcase for Saskia de Brauw in Patrick Demarchelier‘s atmospheric Vogue Japan story.

The Versace gown with strategically placed star fish, the embellished Max Kibardin shoes that look like coral, the plastic paillette covered Vuitton dress that glitters like a fish’s scales; every piece chosen works perfectly. Hats off to Goldstein for giving us this festive fashion fantasy. We’re not sure if mermaids actually go on holidays, but if they did this is probably would it would look like.

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Hip Pop

January 4th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Stepping behind the camera and serving as photographer, legendary stylist Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele shares her vivid vision with Vogue Japan in a splashy editorial styled by Sissy Vian. The story features all the hallmarks of Cerf De Dudzeele’s work; over the top hair, vintage Versace and a kind of bold bravado that calls for equally outlandish ensembles. Lindsay Ellingson, Simon Nessman and Vika Falileeva work it in ombre coifs by Oribe and a selection of BalmainDolce & Gabbana and vintage, that makes Anna Dello Russo’s outfits look tame by comparison.

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A Lofty Perch

November 28th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

It takes an experienced beauty to maintain her composure while posing on the edge of a rock formation, but Carmen Kass manages to make even the most precarious poses look easy. In Cedric Buchet striking Vogue Japan story Kass is aloofly cool in designs from Loewe and Giorgio Armani chosen by stylist Sophia Neophitou. Playing with oversized proportions and dramatic shapes, Neophitou makes even the most sacklike outfits come alive with a little help from Carmen.

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mdc ♥s : over the top extras

October 27th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle



Aymeline Valade works a flamboyant look in an image by Giampaolo Sgura for Vogue Japan November 2011, styled by Anna Dello Russo

Minimalism is nice, but every so often you want to kick things into high gear and really go over the top. Take a look at trendsetting editors on the street style blogs and you’ll see how much fashion loves all out exhibitionists. Whether you’re a budding Anna Dello Russo, or just in search of a little extra sparkle, we’ve got a few extras you’ll love.

Alexander Wang Metallic Devere – Already a favorite of Garance Dore and seen on the shoulders of several Wang girls this season, the Devere is an appealingly Art Deco take on the classic satchel. In a notice me color like silver, it is sure to garner a few stares.

Miu Miu Glitter and Suede shoes – When it comes to girly glitter Miu Miu has the market cornered. This season Miuccia’s favorite color appears to be shiny and the glitter and suede open toe bootie is the best variation on the trend. We’ve already seen it cropping up in editorial after editorial, not to mention on the feet of stylish accessories experts like Teen Vogue‘s Shiona Turini.

Paco Rabanne Lady Million – Naturally when you’re going for the bold, you should smell like a million bucks. Who can resist a blend of orange blossom, amber and gardenia with a hint of patchouli? Or the inventive gold nugget packaging that we’re pretty sure ADR would turn into a makeshift clutch. Lady Million is playful, yet seductive – much like campaign star Dree Hemingway.

Beauty is Life Queen Eyelashes -  Glitter. Covered. False. Lashes. Completely impractical and utterly fabulous, perfect for Halloween, an evening at your local drag bar or something wild to wear to the Gaga concert.

Tom Binns Pastelle Necklace – More is more and Binns’ candy colored gems are the cream of the crop.

MAC Wild Color Pigments – Were in love with the campaign imagery starring Cindy Sherman and the vibrant colors are sure to unleash your inner artist. Wet pigments and use them as eyeliner, mix them with Vaseline to create a lip color, add a little to your favorite blush or powder for sparkle – the only rule is there are no rules.

Judith Leiber Cupcake keychain – Because everyone needs a rhinestone covered cupcake in their life.

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Flashdance

October 26th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Sui He brings style to the pages of Vogue Japan in a striking series of images by Terry Richardson. Were used to seeing Terry’s signature snapshot style, but Sui’s presence adds a layer of elegance, even when she’s dressed in neon zebra print chosen by George Cortina.

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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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