Pretty In Pink

Karmen Pedaru has the confidence and sex appeal to play the femme fatale, but David Vasiljevic takes her into softer territory for Numero Tokyo. The candy colored cover is almost sugary sweet, but in the editorial Karmen looks as strong as ever. Charles Varenne‘s styling keeps things delicate and girlish; lots of lace, a little Chanel tweed and of course, loads of pink, the combination is wonderful.







  1. I like Karmen fine, really, but her presence is negligible. She lacks identity as a model and her beauty is so nondescript that I actually have trouble ID:ing her at times.

    Pretty but forgettable, just like this cover.

  2. seriously, how gorgeous is karmen?
    the whole idea of this editorial is quite meh, but still i can’t take my eyes off her

  3. I respectfully disagree Liv, I think Karmen is one of the most unique girls working right now and it is a shame that she is underutilized. She should be getting the cover of more magazines / campaigns, quite frankly. Designers / photographers prefer to use the old standards like Malgosia and Poly, etc. (blah blah recessionomics) but a girl like Karmen has yet to be given the opportunity to show her full potential.

    The cover is overly airbrushed and too “pretty” for my tastes but there are some shots in the editorial where she displays exactly the kind of strength that makes her special. It is almost a shame to see her in this pink frou frou nonsense when you know she’d look better in a ripped t-shirt and leather pants.

  4. I agree with Robert. She’s one of my favorites right now.
    I think the thing with models, for myself at least, is the ones that I can ID are either ones I like or ones that at least have ‘something’ (although I may not prefer them)
    And of course, as Liv’s comment proves, that is purely subjective!

  5. Kinda love it. Cover included. She’s a model! Naturally we should expect to see her in a bevvy of styles. Perhaps she’ll be clad in leather and pointy Balmain studs whilst pouring gasoline into an already blazing flame before you know it!

    It’s Tokyo, it’s apparently about.. Pink and she’s owning it. For the most part, she has been quite forgettable, in my view, but due to this feature, she just may see better bookings and so should be allowed to grow.

    The cover is bright, crisp, captures the GothicLolita meets constructed fashion, and will do its intended job, which is “Hey pick me up!”.

    Chanel forever. 😛

  6. Karmen is pretty in pink. That is the theme of the cover(story), and I think she nailed it. Of all the FW08 girls, some like Abbey Lee and Jourdan Dunn have reached bonafide model stardom. With at least two big campaigns coming up for FW10, and covers like these, it is safe to say that Miss Pedaru is finally having her ‘moment’. I have always loved her work. An absolute stunner!! She is nowhere near the pinnacle of her career, and I am looking forward to seeing her more often on covers like this. (Vogue Japan next time, maybe?l

  7. I agree that the cover does not suit her vibe.

    However, I uderstand why the cover has to be “TOO SWEET.”

    It has to deal with the ideal beauty of asian. Asians tred to prefer innocent-looking girls than edgy girls, and that is the reason why the cover looks like that.

  8. It’s funny how Karmen is always one of the most in demand models on the runway, but when it comes to print work, she is totally underutilised. It’s such a shame. She has the face AND the body, so let’s hope she gets more opportunities to do editorials, campaigns etc

  9. This looks very “CK” and “Zara” and “Express” to me. Its more than decent but it looks like an advertisement and not a distinct editorial.


  11. love the shot that has her in the see through jacket very bladerunner : zhora character.
    loveee it..

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