NYFW Spring/Summer 2016 – Jeremy Scott and Rodarte

September 16th, 2015|Categories: Fashion Designers, Fashion Models, Runway|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I am kinda horrified with myself right now.  I actually liked?  Liked, really?  Yes, liked.  In fact I maybe kinda loved both the Rodarte and the Jeremy Scott shows this season.  WHO AM I EVEN?  I haven’t liked a Rodarte show since those distressed knit dresses that looked so bloody that it seemed the last person who wore them was a girl in a horror movie.  Since then I’ve found their collections to be poorly tailored, blindly slopped together,explosion-at-the-discount-fabric-store messes.  This season definitely still had that, but amoungst all that unflattering garbage, there were these vintage, kinda goddess-y ensembles that look like the sequel to Love Story where Ali MacGraw is in heaven.

As for Jeremy Scott, ours is a love/hate relationship.  This man responsible for so much of the horror that lives in Miley Cyrus’ closet, relies so heavily on referential material that sometimes it feels like cosplay.  Yet I can not stop myself from loving things like his 80’s Barbie inspired collection for Moschino.   Again, the vintage references in this collection hit the right, playful mark.  With all star casting a la Hadid both Gigi and Bella, this is pure 60’s-vision-of-the-future kitsch, with big plastic bracelets and earrings, bright vintage TVs everywhere from the prints to the purses, and my favorite, a print made up of a page from a high school yearbook.

Rodarte

Jeremy Scott

 

Gigi Hadid by Steven Meisel for W, September 2015

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

This is such a refreshing tribute to Marilyn Monroe. I love when iconic shots are recreated, and there have been some excellent recreations over the years by stars like Madonna, Christina Aguilera, and Scarlett Johansson. What’s extra lovely about this set of model Gigi Hadid by Steven Meisel for the September Issue of W magazine, is that the shots aren’t instantly recognizable as Marilyn tributes. They celebrate Gigi’s own fresh modern style and serve more as inspiration by Marilyn’s iconic work with photographers like Richard Avedon, Douglas Kirkland, Eve Arnold, Cecil Beaton, and Sam Shaw, instead of direct recreations.

Forces of Fashion for Vogue US, September 2015

August 20th, 2015|Categories: Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Fashion Designers, Fashion Editorials, Fashion Models, Fashion Photographers|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This set of photos is a real fashion over-stimulation! Instead of speaking of it in a general term, I’m going to pick a few specific pictures to point out. If, however, I WAS going to speak of it in a general term I would say: YASSSSS! COMBINE MANY MODELS/MANY FASHION-FORWARD CELEBRITIES/ALL THE MOST INSPIRED DESIGNERS/A MIX OF WELL KNOWN AND UP-AND-COMING PHOTOGRAPHERS/AND HALF A DOZEN STYLISTS AND GIVE ME ALL THE FASHION GLORY! I CAN HANDLE IT! GIVE IT TO ME! I CAN’T HANDLE IT! GIVE IT TO ME ANYWAY!

Something like that.

That being said. Please take note of my five favourite images:

1. Beyoncé in Givenchy & designer Riccardo Tisci by Anton Corbijn
I mean, duh doy. But this shot alone is gorgeous. Beyoncé as a literal force of nature (for she is the WIND!) with Tisci sprawled at her feet, confident that she’s bringing glory to his art. It’s perfect. Also, I love the way Jay Z says Tisci in concert. It’s adorable.

2. Caroline Trentini in Dior, Karlie Kloss in Oscar de la Renta, & Raquel Zimmermann in McQueen- by Jamie Hawkesworth
This is the second shot in the 27 page spread. WHAT IF I TALK ABOUT ALL OF THEM? I will try to limit myself. But this shot looks like a shot from an early 90s Vogue, which is the Vogue baby Bo was first introduced to, so it’s where my heart lives. What a perfect trio of girls to create this iconic inspiration. Also I love when models cuddle. It’s adorable.

3. Raquel Zimmermann in Valentino by Tim Walker
This is a perfect trio of talent, all made for each other. I wish there was an entire spread of just Raquel with her renaissance look, wearing romantic Valentino, captured by Walker’s whimsical eye.

4. FKA Twigs in Prada by Inez & Vinoodh
If I saw this Prada outfit on anyone but Twigs I would have just drifted right over it, but she can literally wear anything and use her doll-beauty and magnificently contorting limbs to make anything work. I imagine Inez & Vinoodh were positively giddy to work with someone as strange and artistic and unique as themselves. This shot is positively iconic. I adore it.

5. Nicholas Hoult in Tom Ford by Theo Wenner
This picture would only be more perfect if Ford was in the shot with Nicholas. CAN YOU IMAGINE? I’M IMAGINING IT RIGHT NOW! I have such a thing for anything that combines the stars of A Single Man + Tom Ford. So any time Tom is Julianne Moore’s date to an event, or every time I see Colin Firth I think, “OUCH! MY HEART!” then “OOH! THAT’S HOT!” Nicholas + Tom is my favourite pairing though. It’s just so much throwback perfection. My heart, it aches.

A few additional notes: I love that Maggie Rizer is in a shot next to Karen Elson! KISS HER! Is that the Bjork All Is Full of Love robot in the Edie Campbell by Tim Walker shot? I’m going to imagine it is and it’s inviting Edie back to her Bjork love-pod. The Cara and Gigi and Adele portraits are gorgeous! Such lens piercing goodness! That last shot bums me out and makes me want to overdose on pictures of women to make up for having to look at it. But we accept all parts of those we love, and I love this editorial!

Gigi Hadid for Guess Spring/Summer 2015 by David Bellemere

January 19th, 2015|Categories: Fashion Designers, Fashion Models, Fashion Photographers|Tags: , , , |

Guess ads are an important part of our fashion history – from our early 90s obsessions came so many Ellen von Unwerth photographed memories of past Guess models like Drew Barrymore, Anna Nicole Smith, and Claudia Schiffer. This Spring/Summer season, one of our favourite photographers David Bellemere, whose gossamer romanticism blends beautifully with the buxom healthy girl theme of all Guess ads, shoots the magnificent Gigi Hadid. Gigi is a perfect Guess girl – a sweet faced, curvaceous bombshell who is endlessly fun to look at. Let’s look at her now!

2015 Pirelli Calendar by Steven Meisel

November 18th, 2014|Categories: Erotica, Fashion Models, Fashion Photographers|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The 2015 Pirelli calendar is a triumph! Steven Meisel photographs a diverse set of models, including Natalia Vodianova, Joan Smalls, Candice Huffine, Karen Elson, and Gigi Hadid, all posed like perfect little naughty pin-up cupcakes. I love every shot!

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