Super Bass

Fashion has always followed its own beat and V Magazine first ever Music issue (on stands January 12th) pays tribute to the dynamic influence of trend setting performers through the ages. Inside V75 Sebastian Faena and Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele explore the relationship between hip hop & high fashion in an outlandish editorial. Credited as the very first editor to embrace urban culture (Carlyne brought the look to the pages of Vogue Italia way back in 1990) Carlyne has a long history of taking looks off the street and translating them for the editorial pages. Cerf De Dudzeele tells V “I love girls that men want to follow in the street—glamorous, sexy, powerful. You’re born with it, it’s not something you learn. I have always been obsessed by hip-hop. L’attitude is always right.”

In Faena’s story she dresses Anais MaliCora EmmanuelRob Evans, Travone Hill and Chrishell Stubbs in looks that scream 90s-early 00s excess. Baggy pants, fanny packs and all the gold jewelry you handle. If we had to point to music references, we see little vintage Diddy, a whole lot of Lil Kim and a hint of Foxy Brown.

  1. Love it!! I never would’ve thought the era that spawned the word ‘bling’ would be a source of retro inspiration. Can’t wait to see how this era will inspire artists in 20 years.

  2. A true Hip Hop Artist would be beat up in the hood in these get ups – a liitle to early 90’s and less contempoaray – not cool

  3. janelle – i think caroline baker was the first editor to really bring street culture to high fashion magazines. first, with nova in the 60s and eventually with i-d in 1980 when she was their first fashion editor. and those 80s bennetton ads…

    10 magazine did a great blog post on her from this past summer.

  4. Gorgeous!!!! I’m head deep in Spring/ Summer already! So lovely -Dynamite face by Anais and Chrishell. Lil’ Kim forever baby!

    It’s a fashion spread dear.

  5. Glunge, yes I saw that 10 Mag post it was quite good. I think Caroline Baker and Carlyne have two different directions. Caroline pre-dates Carlyne yes, but I think her version of street culture was more about taking the look of London youth and bringing it to a fashion audience. With Carlyne I think it is more connected to that hip hop bling culture. When it came to bringing the fashion mainstream around to that particular look I think she definitely played a big part.

  6. Doesn’t this just say, ‘look, crazy hip hoppers!’ instead of trying to get into the mood, the sex appeal in earnest?

  7. I think it’s pretty clear that Cora & Crishelle don’t know how to model just yet. Anais is the only one working it hear, with the ridiculous styling & all. She is really becoming an editorial queen. Crishell’s shot is terrible.

  8. Love it, it’s just fun. Obviously it’s a satire… but then again maybe not. Just look at Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Lil’Kim in the past…
    Me, I’m really luvin the gold on the 4th pic.

  9. Awful. So trivial and basic. Love the styling, but the way everything is executed is wrong in every way. Meisel would have taken this to the next level, but Faena does it in a childish way

  10. WOW ! To read what people see and say…I am kinda of old school so forgive that I don”t get “the opinion thing in print”.
    I am so happy to see girls of color being used getting a chance to work and do it well that they could be stuck in the ground with duct tape and I would be happy.
    I love any creative gesture expressing a point of view. I always remember “its their point of view”. I weight the good with the bad and to me, this is good. I appreciate so much the creative expression even when I don’t agree. Thank you V magazine, Sebastian, and Carlyne. I enjoy seeing good images reflecting an important culture flung against fashion. After all, Hip Hop was all about “style” nothing to do with fashion, it lived without its opinion.

  11. Man I’m in love with this. I like hood shit mixed with chic clothes it feels like something from Italian Vogue seriously!

  12. i am shocked that the comments for the styling here is positive, its a one sided commentary on what this stylist thinks the hip hop culture is or rather was in the 90’s, that was cool, that culture is cool, this misses badly, poorly executed attempt at what should have been great, faena handles what he is given decently and the cast saves it almost, the models look amazing but its like handing a great actor a bad script this is a bad script, poor form Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele.

  13. janelle – just reading your reply to my post. we both agree about caroline and carlyne. they both took different elements of urban street culture (from different eras) as inspiration for their high fashion editorials. on a side note, i’m not liking carlyne’s current images as much as her earlier work – the photographers she is collaborating with now (including meisel) need to frame it better. with the right amount of irony and reverence. i would love to see juergen teller or nick knight give her baroque viewpoint a real intellectual edge for our time so it transcends “retro styling”.

    back to caroline baker – i wish more people (especially in the industry) would give her more credit for breaking styling ground. can you guys do an interview/article with her?

    i wish i had never sold my nova book. or at least not until i had scanned it!

  14. Im a bit late for this and while im not trying to discredit Carlyne coz i kinda know why she went so literal with it-hiphop has always been about being outrè and excessive- but i would have loved to see what June Ambrose would have done with this since she basically single handedly shaped the hiphop aesthetic from the mid ninties to god knows. It would have been fascinating to see her reinterprate her own work. That would have been epic!

  15. In the first picture, I’m looking at the model who was apparently styled with Lil Kim’s “Notorious K.I.M” album as inspiration, yet her homie is wearing Diesel underwear (circa early 2000s), with an Addidas outfit and sneakers (circa mid 1980s), with that presumably platinum “Jesus piece” (circa late 1990s- early 2000s). I refuse to dissect the rest of this crappy editorial.

    I can’t with the mixing of the eras. This whole editorial looks so contrived and unresearched. There are ways of portraying hip hop eras with a spin to it, but this editorial is not the case. Epic Fail.

  16. Sorry, but this is not Hip Hop at all! Beautiful girls, but this scene does not reflect a style that encompasses hip-hop/rap culture. They missed that mark!

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