Special Saturday Edition – Givenchy SS 2016 at New York Fashion Week

September 12th, 2015|Categories: Fashion Designers, Fashion Models, Runway|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Well children, here we are back again for another round of Fashion Weeks.  Let’s all hold our collective breaths that this season is better than the ugly, drab and weirdly proportioned pieces of Fall 2015 that have plagued editorials since their debut.

We start with Givenchy, showing at NYFW this season because Ricardo Tisci wanted to show this season in New York on September 11th, as well as this being his 10 year anniversary as designer for Givenchy. Tisci, with his army of famous BFFs, is like a laconic, gay, swarthy Taylor Swift who is into power bottoms.  I have definitely fallen in love with some of his past Givenchy couture shows, and some of his pieces have gone on to be icon on the red carpet and in editorials, but there has been a long drawn out feeling of reductiveness.  Instead of a new, inspired collection each season, there is a lot of referencing back to past ideas that have been popular.

This season he took this to a whole other level by literally recreating past couture looks, and not from the past ten years of his tenure, rather mostly coming from his Spring 2010 collection.  The reason behind this isn’t exactly clear.  In fact there is so much going on here, that no direct narrative seems to present itself.   The show had a funereal feeling to it, but how lingerie references mourning in this sense I am not sure.  I know he meant these pants to be a part of the menswear vibe, but to me, they look like slacks. Like the Tabi brand loose, poorly tailored black slacks that women in their 40’s wear to their office jobs in Hoboken, NJ. There were boys in this show, and as Bo says “male models, gross.”   Also, two models, including the human embodiment of the letter S Candice Swanepoel and another lovely young thing both fell on the runway. The first girl completely bit it, falling down the wooden steps on her knees.  What do you expect is going to happen when you make models walk on flats in stilettos, too long pants, trailing ribbons and dragging shoe laces. You could later see that the model who fell’s knee was bleeding.  But her and Candice both got up and kept walking like nothing had happened because these girls are goddamn professionals and know that they must go on no matter what.

Amongst all the themes and references that were incoherently bumping into each other, two strong visuals emerged.  The first was Jourdan Dunn in a black gown thick with moss-like embellishment.  Through her fierceness alone, JD makes this rather awkward dress work, all bold lip color and sharp cheekbones.  The other strong visual were the gem and lace face masks, painstakingly glued to the faces of five models by make up genius Pat McGrath.   This is one of the few things in this collection that leave an impression.  Grotesque in its reptilian like texture, beautiful in the details of pearls and intricately layered lace, they are like scars, of an expression made permanent by a trauma.   Perhaps this is the clearest message from this show, the idea of something in the past still leaving its influence on the present.

Joan Smalls & Candice Swanepoel by Luigi & Iango for Lui, September 2015

September 1st, 2015|Categories: Erotica, Fashion Editorials, Fashion Models|Tags: , , , , , |

Love the Lui so much. It never ever disappoints. The September issue features two covers – one of Joan Smalls, another of Candice Swanepoel, as well as two editorials inside featuring each model. Both editorials are shot by classy filth masters Luigi & Iango. I love Candice, she’s so stunning, and her butt makes me happy to be alive, and her story is great, but Joans is OUT OF THIS WORLD! The cover is frameable and every shot inside features Joan contorted into such gorgeous poses. I can’t stop looking at it. Such perfect disco throwback, I’m filth smitten!

Joan Smalls by Luigi & Iango for Lui, September 2015

Candice Swanepoel by Luigi & Iango for Lui, September 2015

Simply the Best by Sebastian Faena for V Magazine, 2015

August 24th, 2015|Categories: Erotica, Fashion Models, Fashion Photographers|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

There are many good things about this editorial – starting with the fact that its title gets an awesome Tina Turner song stuck in your head. Also! White lingerie! *bites fist* Each of these models: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Amber Valletta, Candice Swanepoel, Miranda Kerr, Joan Smalls, Anja Rubik, Karmen Pedaru, Lily Donaldson, and Kate Upton are uniquely beautiful, but placing each of them barely clothed on white sheets gives them all a similar naughty angel vibe, and I am smitten!

Candice Swanepoel by Gilles Bensimon for Maxim, March 2015

March 2nd, 2015|Categories: Erotica, Fashion Editorials, Fashion Models|Tags: , , , |

Candice Swanepoel has a butt that, when asked, refuses to quit. This sun-drenched beach shoot by Gilles Bensimon for the March issue of Maxim makes me ache for summer.