Madonna by Mert and Marcus for Interview December 2014

December 2nd, 2014|Categories: Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Erotica, Music|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

What to say about this cover editorial for the Interview magazine’s Art Issue?  Madonna always works well with Mert and Marcus, having created many amazing photographs over the last couple decades.   These pictures are beautifully styled and Madonna is, as always, an amazing model.   I’m not against plastic surgery or air brushing, but the problem when it’s done to this extent is that it produces some serious uncanny valley vibes.  In most of these Madonna doesn’t resemble herself, and in some cases, doesn’t look like a real person, more of a digital painting.

PFW Spring 2015 – Jean Paul Gaultier’s Farewell and the School of Olympia Le-Tan

September 28th, 2014|Categories: Erotica, Fashion Designers, Fashion Models, Runway|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Two joyful designers, in two very different places in their careers, showed collections yesterday. Long time favorite Jean Paul Gaultier and relevative new-comer Olympia Le-Tan both put on fun-filled shows yesterday, embracing camp, spectacle, and all the different roles a woman can play.

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2015
This was JPG’s final ready-to-wear collection, after almost 40 years of collections. He has been one of my favorite designers since I was in high school in the early 90s and his designs, like Madonna’s cone bra, were defining culture and style. His career has been filled with risks, innovation, and above all else, a sense of caring and fun. It’s easy to see why stylists, editors, collectors, fashionistas, models and photographers love him – his consistent smile, the playfulness of his clothes, and his constant challenging of fashion norms. Having everyone from Dita Von Teese to Madonna to drag queens to older women to plus size models, he has never played by the fashion world’s rules. This collection, based around a beauty pageant, celebrated many of his peak moments in RTW, including that iconic cone bra dress, lots of corseting, the menswear as womenswear, the celebratory sexiness and the insistence that fashion belongs to everyone.

Backstage/Details

Olympia Le-Tan Spring 2015
Starting off as a small company that turns infamous book covers into embroidered hand bags, Olympia Le-Tan has taken this retro-influenced style and made it into a series of adorable collections, full of playful designs and above all else, some of the best prints currently available. This English schoolgirl inspired collection played off conventions – a pencil skirts made of pencil appliques, knees socks, ribbons, and lots of swinging ponytails. So many of my favorite looks here I could never pick just one.

Backstage/Detail

Behind the Scenes of the Pirelli 2015 Calendar with Candice Huffine, Adriana Lima and more

July 31st, 2014|Categories: Erotica, Fashion Models, Fashion Photographers|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Pirelli calendar is a great fashion myth, actually seen by few, talked about by many. Next year’s calendar is shot by Steven Meisel, who’s past work with Madonna is a great indication of the level of unabashed sex that will fill the twelve months. These just released behind the scenes pictures, taken by Marc Regasm reveal the ladies of next year – supers like Adriana Lima, newbies like Gigi Habib and the gorgeous plus sized model Candice Huffine, all decked out in latex and corsets and knee socks and Jesus H Christ this is a lot of fetishy wonderment.

Madonna by Meisel, Part 4

June 11th, 2014|Categories: Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Erotica, Fashion Photographers|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This iconic editorial for the October 1992 issue of Vanity Fair was released to promote Madonna and Steven Meisel’s book Sex. Madonna was 33-34 when she posed for the Sex book and this spread and has become an inspiration to Su & me in our mid-30s. Look at this fierce bitch pulling off a playground Lolita look like nobody’s business; all pigtailed and wide eyed, selling us cotton candy pink retro sex. Madonna has always provided a lush eroticism and it peaked perfectly during this time period, proving that grown women know exactly what they want and they demand it, without shame, with playful enthusiasm, and with full commitment to their desires. Working with Meisel on this project is perfect; their decade-long collaborative mind swirls together beautifully, showcasing their talents as both artist and muse.

Madonna photographed by Steven Meisel for Vanity Fair, October 1992

Madonna by Meisel, Part 3

June 3rd, 2014|Categories: Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Classic Celebrities, Fashion Photographers|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Madonna and Meisel pay homage to the greatest blonde icon Marilyn Monroe in this shoot for the April 1991 issue of Vanity Fair, recreating photos of Marilyn by photographers Cecil Beaton, Richard Avedon, Bert Stern, Sam Shaw, and Earl Moran from shoots ranging from the 1940s, through the 1950s, to the year of Marilyn’s death in 1962. Some of the photos are eerily similar – proving that no one has really referenced or paid homage to Marilyn quite as magically as Madonna did in the early 1990s. The cover image featured Madonna in the dress she wore to the Oscars that year where she performed her nominated song from Dick Tracy “Sooner or Later” and brought Michael Jackson as her date. The editorial also includes some adorable pictures of Madonna and Meisel cuddling, which is one of my favourite parts of a Madonna/Meisel editorial – the look of pure artist/muse joy on both their faces.

Madonna photographed by Steven Meisel for Vanity Fair, April 1991