Alexander McQueen models sightsee San Francisco in new F/W campaign

Alexander McQueen released their F/W 2018 campaign, executed by Jamie Hawkesworth who has been photographing their campaigns from F/W 2016, under Sarah Burton‘s creative direction since she joined the brand in 2010. Models Shanelle Nyasiase, Vittoria Ceretti, Rianne Van Rompaey are all principal models, individually backdropped by airy, architectural San Francisco views. Rich in color and composition, signatures of Hawkesworth, and fortified by its impressive cast, the campaign in total is a persuasive set of visuals. Preview it below.

Images from @AlexanderMcqueen

Shanelle Nyasiase, Rianne Van Rompaey and Vittoria Ceretti by Jamie Hawkesworth | Designer Sarah Burton | Stylist Camilla Nickerson | Hair Styist Jimmy Paul | Makeup Artist Dick Page

Blue is the warmest color for The Motif Magazine

Most magazines build a reputation for themselves through consistency—finding a formula that works and sticking to it. But for The Motif Magazine, the new venture from SSAW Magazine editor-in-chief Jakob de Tobon, the reputation will be one for variety. Each issue of the new title will be themed around a specific motif, be it visual, conceptual, or theoretical. As de Tobon explains, “The motifs can be anything: a feeling, a piece of clothing, a flower, a person, a year in history.” For the inaugural edition, he decided on blue, both as a color and an emotion. MDC Icon Vivien Solari takes to the water in her feature, with pared-down portraits by Emma Tempest paired with Solari’s own rich images of sea and sky captured during her open water swims. Famed hair stylist Rudi Lewis gives two local kids vibrant electric blue hair in Casper Sejersen‘s feature, while Marcus Ohlsson captures Marte Mei van Haaster in gentle blue and white.

After years at the helm of SSAW, de Tobon says the inspiration for The Motif came from both a search for something new as well as memories from his time working at the art publication Visionaire—where issues can come in the form of scent vials, a stack of postcards, or a polo shirt—a decade ago. “I have to admit I took a lot of inspiration from that publication,” he says. “I love how every issue is a new venture. Nothing happens twice. If anyone sees that connection I’m more then happy.” The contributors, who also include Kacper Kasprzyk, Amanda Harlech, Carlotta Manaigo, Boe Marion, Camilla Pole, came together through personal connections. “To keep it close is one way to make it special,” de Tobon adds.

Many of those collaborators took advantage of the freedom de Tobon gave them to create something completely unique and original. Solari, who named Tempest as her favorite photographer of the moment when asked with whom she wanted to shoot, describes a personal attachment to her feature as well. “I love taking pictures in the waves and trying to record the changing colors, textures, and conditions, and it was great to have a specific direction to focus on for this story and think about how the pictures would go together,” she recalls. “I enjoyed feeling more involved in the creative process over a period of time rather than just the day in which I modeled. I love that Emma’s pictures of me really convey my feelings with the sea and also it felt really good to put into words some of these emotions.”

Harlech, who invited Boe Marion and Heather Kemesky to her home near the border between Wales and England, feels a similar connection to their story. “Our days together in Shrawardine will remain with me forever,” she says. “We will never know exactly that other spirit that we traveled with in search of the blue, but we lit the touch paper that flamed our mad breakfasts, the climb up Boulder Hill, the children whooping down the bank field with Heather as their goddess and their Pied Piper. We discovered ghosts by the river at dusk and laughter under the table. We turned day into midnight navy and evenings into dawn.”

As for the next issue’s motif, de Tobon admits it is still up in the air, although he has plenty of time to decide, given he doesn’t expect to release until 2019. The only thing he can promise for now is that it will be, as this inaugural edition is, full of surprise and wonder. “That is the whole purpose with The Motif Magazine,” he says. “The aim is that it should not only vary from other publications but also from itself. The next motif will be nothing like The Blue Motif.”

Agnes Akerlund | Photographer – Camilla Akrans | Stylist – Lisa Lindqwister

Heather Kemesky | Photographer – Boe Marion | Stylist – Amanda Harlech

Vivien Solari | Photographers – Emma Tempest and Vivien Solari | Stylist – Camilla Pole

Photographer – Casper Sejersen

Marte Mei van Haaster | Photographer – Marcus Ohlsson | Stylist – Natalia Altewai

Photographer – Kacper Kasprzyk | Stylist – Oliver Fussing

Photographer – Kacper Kasprzyk | Stylist – Oliver Fussing

Heather Kemesky | Photographer – Boe Marion | Stylist – Amanda Harlech

Heather Kemesky | Photographer – Boe Marion | Stylist – Amanda Harlech

Versace’s panoramic 54 model campaign is peak multi-model casting

Donatella’s casting cup runneth over. Rumored to have a lot of models, Versace just dropped its massively-cast FW18 campaign. The designer sets the bar for multi-model castings with a whopping 54 models–yes 54–which includes, well, just about everybody. Photographed by Steven Meisel, pieced together #TheClansOfVersace all stand in one impressive panoramic image that is very, very Versace. Plus there’s a video directed by Ferdinando Verderi. See the full credits below.

Aaron Shandel, Adela Stenberg, Adut Akech, Ali Latif, Ansley Gulielmi,Aube Jolicoeur, Bella Hadid, Blesnya Minher, Cara Taylor, David Trulíkk, David Alexander Flinn, Dylan Fender, Eduarda Bretas, Emily Gafford, Fei Fei Sun, Finnlay Davis, Fran Summers, Gigi Hadid, Gisele Fox, Grace Elizabeth, Hannah Motler, Heejung Park, Hiandra Martinez, Imaan Hammam, Imari Karanja, João Knorr, Josh Upshaw, Julia Nobis, Kaia Gerber, Kris Grikaite, Léa Julian, Lexi Boling,Lily Nova, Malick Bodian, Matthew Pitt, Naomi Chin Wing, Natalie Ogg, Natalie Westling, Nora Attal, Olivia Forte, Oscar Kindelan, Paul Hameline, Rachel Marx, Remington Williams, Remington Williams, Salomon Diaz, Sara Grace Wallerstedt, Shanelle Nyasiase, Skylar Penn, Sohyun Jung, Stella Maxwell, Vittoria Ceretti, Xu Meen, Yasmin Wijnaldum by Steven Meisel | Designer Donatella Versace | Fashion Editor/Stylist Jacob K | Creative Director Ferdinando Verderi | Hair Guido Palau | Makeup Pat McGrath | Casting Piergiorgio Del Moro & Samuel Ellis Scheinman

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Gigi Does Her Own Stunts for V Magazine

Photographer – Mario Sorrenti | Stylist – George Cortina | Hair – Recine | Makeup – Kanako Takase

She dives! She jumps! She gets dirty! It seems there’s nothing Gigi Hadid can’t do stuntwise in the latest cover story of V Magazine out on stands today. With jetskis and ATVs in tow, an action packed editorial captured by Mario Sorrenti goes to new depths all without Hadid breaking a sweat. Slated as a fall preview, George Cortina makes athlesiure out of couture with looks from Fendi, Chanel, Philipp Plein, and Versace styled from heels to wheels. Hadid finesses neon war paint with a sleek braided pony and not a baby hair out of place (drop the edge control brand!!!). Thank Kanako Takase and Recine for the beauty magic.

Vogue Germany Focuses on #WhatMatters

Photographer – Daniel Jackson for Vogue Germany | Fashion editor – Christiane Arp | Hair – Ward Stegerhoek | Makeup – Petros Petrohilos and Mariel Barrera

Oh, do we love a role model and the August issue of Vogue Germany seems to love them too. Photographer Daniel Jackson captures the piercing gazes of model activists Doutzen Kroes, Edie Campbell, Naomi Campbell, and Anja Rubik who all take a stand on the issues of today with much fervor. While Dutch Super Kroes continues her conservation efforts to save the elephants, the Campbells tackle diversity and the fashion industry’s response to #MeToo, with Rubik rounding it up as she leads talks on sexual education in her ultra-conservative, native Poland. Inside the magazine reveals more of the models making a difference like Alek Wek‘s continuous humanitarian work with refugees, Jacquelyn Jablonski‘s foundation Autism Tomorrow, and Hanne Gaby Odiele‘s efforts to bring awareness to being intersex. No matter how big or small the problem, Vogue Germany sets out to prove that making a difference starts with a spark.