Vogue Italia, March 2016

April 3rd, 2016|Categories: Fashion Editorials, Fashion Models, Fashion Photographers|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The March issue of Vogue Italia is a triumph! Starting right off the bat with a stunning cover shot by Steven Meisel of Rianne von Rompaey. This cover is a perfect example of why I have pledged my eternal undying love to Vogue Italia as my favourite Vogue publication and Meisel as my favourite cover artist. They are my most beloved marriage (after Bey & Jay of course) and I hope the separation they were going through is over, because this is what my heart desires – ethereal beauty!

And that’s just the beginning my loves, because inside, oh inside! The cover story is a unique selection of ingénue portraits, just what Meisel does best! Photographers featured in this issue are among the most talented of our time and each of their editorials seem to celebrate their own unique style and remind us just why we love them. I’m going to specifically show you a few stories, but there are also spreads by Craig McDean, Mario Sorrenti, Michel Comte, Miles Aldridge, and Sarah Moon, as well as a third by Paolo Roversi and a second by Ellen von Unwerth & Sølve Sundsbø. Truly we are blessed! Now go buy the issue because there is no sweeter feeling than stroking the glossy pages of a truly magnificent fashion magazine!

Without Borders by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia, March 2016

Anna Cleveland by Sølve Sundsbø for Vogue Italia, March 2016

Jessica Stam by Ellen von Unwerth for Vogue Italia Suggestions, March 2016

Mariacarla Boscono by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue Italia Haute Couture Supplement, March 2016

Paolo Roversi Editorials for Vogue Italia, March 2016

LesBeehive Throwback Thursday – Coco Rocha by Craig McDean for Vogue US, May 2008

October 8th, 2015|Categories: Fashion Designers, Fashion Editorials, Fashion Models|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The 2008 Met Gala theme was “Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy”. I remember loving it, though honestly all I can recall at the moment is Naomi Watts in Thierry Mugler and this fantastic photo shoot for Vogue by Craig McDean featuring wonder poser Coco Rocha dressed as various fashion warriors. Dig Coco as a Nici Ricci clad Poison Ivy and a perfect Catwoman in a Dolce & Gabbana molded corset, Swarovski crystal studded mask, and Christian Louboutin for Rodarte spiked heels that will SLAY ALL. Marvel at Coco as Gaultier’s Little Mermaid, the fiercest Batman in Rick Owens cashmere, and an angelic retro glam Dawnstar in Dior Haute Couture.

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.

Kristen Stewart by Tesh for Marie Claire, August 2015

July 16th, 2015|Categories: Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Fashion Designers, Fashion Editorials|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

When you want to do couture with a casual, who-gives-a-fuck edge, KStew is really your go-to girl.  She proved that last week when she nonchalantly walked the Chanel couture runaway and proves it again in the denim issue of Marie Claire, mixing high end pieces with distressed denim and vintage jean jackets.  She also proves again just how great she is in front of the camera, giving the perfect mix of butch cool and femme haughtiness.

Fall/Winter Couture 2015 – Alexis Mabille and Stéphane Rolland

July 15th, 2015|Categories: Fashion Models, Runway|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Alexis Mabille and Stéphane Rolland have emerged in the recent past to be two of the strongest, most unique names in red carpet ready gowns.  These two collections show exactly why.  Full of dramatic touches like agate belt buckles, corset detailing, bold colours – jewel tones, earthe tones, gold on white, black on gold – these dresses do exactly what you need them to do, they pull focus, accentuate, create drama.  Choosing to use older women, mothers, and fashion icons like Dita Von Teese doesn’t hurt either.

Alexis Mabille

Stéphane Rolland