Introducing Behind the Blinds

Originally founded by Michael Marson as an online platform to explore what he calls the “fascinating world of all things visual,” Brussels-based Behind the Blinds has now made its way into print, with a second issue just out that celebrates the theme of “No Ordinary Love.” “The magazine is fueled by frequent encounters with an international collective of stylists and photographers,” Marson explains, “and complemented with carte-blanche interventions by invited artists and interviews with creative talents, both established and upcoming.”

With four covers, by Pierre Debusschere, Alexandre Haefeli, Gregory Derkenne, and Marco Van Rijt, the issue delves into passions and loves, offering its contributors the opportunity to explore their own creative ideas with editorial independence. “We give them a platform where they can express themselves freely and deeply,” Marson says. “Following our gut feeling, the challenge is to let go and respect each other’s creative output, to create a chaos of harmonies.”

Marson, an avid fan of visual culture since a young age, says the move to print felt like a necessary change, even as the website attracted contributions from a range of talents like Alessandro dell’Acqua, Paul Smith, and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. “We realized the web’s limitations,” Marson explains. “It could never equal the quality and feel of a printed copy. We wanted to create a tangible object, a collection of images and points of view. I like very much the idea of discovering something new with every page you turn—like a novel in which you jump from a fashion story to a review to an artist contribution and back again.”

As for the future, that is still to be decided, which is exactly how Marson wants it: “We like to surprise and deviate from the expected paths with every issue. We hope to discover through these orchestrated encounters what is now unknown to us. That is why we give our collaborators a maximum of freedom to express themselves and explore different visions, without compromise.”


Axel at Hakim Model Agency (Brussels) and Juliet at Tomorrow Is Another Day (Cologne) | Photographer – Pierre Debusschere (New York: Art + Commerce, New York: Art + Commerce) | Stylist – Pierre Daras


Roos van Bosstraeten | Photographer – Gregory Derkenne | Stylist – Michael Marson


Lasse Gronkjaer Jensen at Scoop Models (Copenhagen) | Photographer – Marco van Rijt (2DM MANAGEMENT) | Stylist – Oliver Fussing (Linkdetails)


Photographer – Alexandre Haefeli | Stylist – Michael Marson


Joshua Bering | Photographer and stylist – Michael Marson


Vincent Van Duysen | Photographer – Alex Salinas


Anton Schmidt at Scoop Models (Copenhagen) | Photographer – Marco van Rijt (2DM MANAGEMENT) | Stylist – Oliver Fussing (Linkdetails)


Lasse Gronkjaer Jensen at Scoop Models (Copenhagen) and Wilbert Eskildsen | Photographer – Marco van Rijt (2DM MANAGEMENT) | Stylist – Oliver Fussing (Linkdetails)


Photographer – Alexandre Haefeli | Stylist – Michael Marson


Axel at Hakim Model Agency (Brussels) and Juliet at Tomorrow Is Another Day (Cologne) | Photographer – Pierre Debusschere (New York: Art + Commerce, New York: Art + Commerce) | Stylist – Pierre Daras


Axel at Hakim Model Agency (Brussels) | Photographer – Pierre Debusschere (New York: Art + Commerce, New York: Art + Commerce) | Stylist – Pierre Daras


David Trulík | Photographer – Ignazio | Stylist – Thomas Davis


Damien Chapelle | Photographer – Nagib Chtaïb | Stylist – Michael Marson


Dries Van Noten | Photographer – Schohaja


Mathis Magni | Photographer – Nagib Chtaïb | Stylist – Michael Marson


Irina Liss | Photographer – David Alexander Flinn | Stylist – Heathermary Jackson


Roberto Sipos | Photographer – Zeb Daemen | Stylist – Alex Van Der Steen


Jack Chambers | Photographer – Aline & Jacqueline Tappia | Stylist – Alba Melendo


Safari and Iago Santibanez | Photographer – Sean Alexander Geraghty | Stylist – Benoit Bethume


Mateo Garnier | Photographer – Maxime Vigato | Stylist – Pauline Collet


Roos van Bosstraeten | Photographer – Gregory Derkenne | Stylist – Michael Marson


Roos van Bosstraeten | Photographer – Gregory Derkenne | Stylist – Michael Marson

First Look: Narcisse Magazine

For Narcisse Magazine‘s 6th issue, the task was simple enough: nude. The order becomes more obvious–more decidedly understated, less naked–the moment seeing inside any of the 5 cover stories that star the likes of Emily DiDonato, Luma Grothe, Lucky Blue Smith and more. “Nude” celebrates the untampered, untouched and the color itself and done so respectively by each of the magazine’s image-makers with undecorated restraint. Exclusively preview the covers and inside the issue below.


Alessandra Ambrosio by Yu Tsai (Cartel & Co) | Stylist Cat Wennekamp | Makeup Kathy Jeung | Hair Stylist Giannandrea | Art Director Rene Gloor


Daphne Groeneveld by Aingeru Zorita (De Facto) | Stylist Azadeh Zoraghi | Makeup Steven Canavan (L’Atelier NYC) | Hair Stylist Rudy Martins | Manicurist Kelly B (De Facto)


Lucky Blue Smith by Marcin Tyszka (ONIRIM) | Stylist Rene Gloor | Makeup Damian Garozzo | Hair Stylist Helene Bidard (Paris: ArtList Paris, New York: ArtList)


Emily DiDonato by David Roemer (Atelier Management) | Stylist Azadeh Zoraghi | Makeup Frankie Boyd (Streeters New York) | Hair Stylist Nicolas Eldin (Art Department)


Luma Grothe by Damien Krisl (Cadence) | Stylist Rene Gloor | Makeup Morgane Martini (The Wall Group) | Hair Stylist Jean Baptiste Santens

All stories cast by Amy Lowles

Both Sides Now

The crowd milling about after any fashion show can be separated into two groups—those who walked and those who watched. Most models, no matter how many fashion weeks they’ve done, will tell you that they’ve never actually seen a runway show, but V Man is here to fix that, with a new video that puts British model Patrick O’Donnell in the editor’s seat during the Milan Fall 2017 shows. Dressed in an appropriately varied selection of designer looks, O’Donnell sits front row, hits up the best parties, and heads backstage for quick chats with Donatella Versace, Jeremy Scott, and Dean and Dan Caten of Dsquared2 on a packed trip to the Italian city.

Check out the video below and read more at VMan.

Freedom in Intersectionality

Eight fresh, but familiar, covers arrive in the form of METAL Magazine 37th issue. Just having celebrated ten years in independent magazine publishing, the Spring/Summer 2017 edition of the transatlantic biannual not-so-subtly references some of the most memorable images in fashion history like Alexander McQueen for “The Face” or Leonardo DiCaprio clutching oversized lips. Here, those and more, are revisited in a modern lens by up-and-coming image makers to make an unmissable statement on image consumption in the new world. In addition, topics on Gucci‘s Alessandro Michele and Vetements highlight how far western society has come in accepting the diverse personality types and far from norm looks. Interviews with photographer Oliviero Toscani of Benetton ad fame, former The Face creative directors, Lee Swillingham & Stuart Spalding, artist Gavin Turk. and ​designer Glenn Martens ​from Y/Project round up a stellar roll out focused on reinvention in all its forms .

See the exclusive preview of Metal 37 below and pick it up on newsstand today!

Text by Derrick Gaitér

Photographer – Alice Rosati | Art Director – Domino | Stylist – Rogelio F. Burgos | Hair – Christos Vourlis | Makeup – Yvane Rocher | Models – Palina Zavi, Domino, Martin L, Sami Y, Paul Manniez, Nastya Skaia, Jeremie Trojman, Assa, Mia Quinn, Zacharie V, Nassim G, Nicolas Boeuf, Theo Spitz, Jason, Linda Novotna, Paul B, Remi Laforet, Serena M., Ilana Davies, Harold Vente, Asger Wollmer

Photographer – Piczo (We Folk) | Stylist – Tess Yopp | Hair – Yuko Setoyama | Make up: Athena | Model – Jordan

Photographer – Steph Wilson | Styling – Peghah Maleknejad (Saint Luke Artist Management) | Hair –Yusuke Morioka | Make up – Lauren Reynolds | Models – Evangeline, Chen (Storm)

Photographer – Mehdi Lacoste | Stylist – Jeanie Annan-Lewin | Hair – Johnnie Biles | Makeup – Gina Blondell | Models –  Kiki, Romee, Karin, Mathilde, Yvonne, Emily Viviane

Covers— Lindsey Wixson by Gabriela Celeste; styling by Lisa Jarvis | Yuri Pleskun by Steph Wilson; styling by Peghah Maleknejad (Saint Luke Artist Management); make up by Rebecca Wordingham (Saint Luke Artist Management) | Sarah Abney by Anna Alek; styling by Marcela Jacobina; hair: Shinya Nakagawa (ArtList); make up: Allie Smith | Joana Preiss by Noel Quintela; styling by Audrey Taillee (Milan: Atomo Management, Paris: Atomo Management); hair by Asami Maeda; make up by Hugo Villard | Paul Boche by Jana Gerberding; styling by Mine Uludag; grooming by Patrick Glatthaar; set designing by Studio Leonardo Papini | Photography by Ben Lamberty (De Facto); styling by Romina Herrera Malatesta (See Management); hair by Jerome Cultrera (See Management); make up by Deanna Melluso (The Wall Group) | Vincent Beier by Emmie America; styling by Caroline Harbro (Scoop Artists); hair by Line Bille (Scoop Artists); make up by Gitte Guldhammer (New York: BRIDGE Artists, København: Scoop Artists) | Marina Perez by Biel Capllonch; hair and make up by Sonia Pena.

Persons of Interest

Inside its 3rd issue the newly established DRY Magazine features photographer Jeff Bark‘s LA casting editorial featuring 50 out-of-the-ordinary individuals who have something to say. A medley of familiar faces like Staz Lindes join ranks with persons of interest and to-be discovered muses in their own right. See the circle of inhabitant who make Los Angeles greater than the sum of its parts.

Images courtesy of Jeff Bark