Posts in the Avant-Garde Category

Steven Klein 'The Polaroid Issue' Vogue Italia February 2017

Succumbing to Madness of Their Own ~ Self Obsession

Guinevere van Seenus & Coco Rocha lead the way, proving sometimes life requires that we go astray in “The Polaroid Issue” Part III, Steven Klein for Vogue Italia, 02/17. The third story in this compelling quartet comes out strong, as art involves us in a kind of swaray of the senses. Secrets show in the dark, as these women are caught consorting undercover. The lithely frame of Erin O’Connor is covered up, showing a side of her visceral intensity. 

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Steven Klein Dips Into Darker Side "The Polaroid Issue"

Madonna opens the show for a story set to go in Part II of “The Polaroid Issue” by Steven Klein shot for Vogue Italia, 02/17. Something kinky comes our way, as this four person game is set to play. The art of fantasy fuels the fire as Klein shocks us into submission. Darkness brings life to the night, as it invites us to explore the other side of light. Guinevere van Seenus, Hannelore KnutsNatasa Vojnovic & Anna Ewers merge into one as they travel inside pleasure’s palace. 

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Pay Tribute to Friend of High Fashion ~ Forever Franca

Steven Klein pays tribute to the great, Franca Sozzani, in “The Polaroid Issue” for Vogue Italia, 02/17. This honors the Spirit of Sozzani, a renowned figure of high fashion that we recently lost. Art revels in the unknown, as this story calls out to the liberated souls of high creation. Part 1 of this delicious series is a place where extreme is but a dream. A tale of two worlds colliding. Creativity is on fire and fashion’s the flame, as excess meets an elite class of haute couture. 

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Half Bird Half Woman ~ Hana Spreads Wings to Fly High

Hana Jirickova summons us forward to the front lines of fashion in “Call to Arms” by Camilla Åkrans for Porter Magazine #19, Spring 2017. Hana flies in from above, Half Bird ~ Half Woman. I call to the winds… I call to the air… I call to the women who fight for our fair. I seek to find fortune in the form of female empowerment. Mere words aren’t just sounds strung together for effect. 

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Kate Moss Pulls Us Into a Tale of Secrets/Seduction, W Magazine

Kate Moss and Luka Isaac pull us into a tale of secrets and seduction, in “Belle De Nuit” captured by Mert & Marcus for W Magazine, 03/17. Two enigmatic figures drawn together yet torn apart, this plays to the somber tones of silent era films. An ode to the artistry of decadence. Dress me up dress me down, this plays like Liz Taylor losing her mind in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, or the incomparable Marilyn Monroe in Niagara

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Kate Crashes Party Coming in with Twist "Kinky Nights"

Stella Lucia, Lily Donaldson, Issa Lish & Dillon Storey delve into decadence in “Kinky Nights” by Mert & Marcus for Vogue UK, March 2017. Kate Moss sneaks into this story as a stylist with a wicked mix of high-octane wares. A fearsome foursome captures our attention, with one male model who fits right in. So fierce are these shots we have a hard time determining where they originate. Are we viewing this as vintage, a clever take on the art of the 80’s, or is this fashion built on a future trip. 

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Anja Rubik Plays in Pure Plastic "Erotica" Tale for Vogue Ukraine

Anja Rubik arouses excitement in “Erotic” by Chris Colls for Vogue Ukraine, February 2017. A dark tale told in the light of day, with a dream like effect that will take you away. Stimulating images send us into another dimension. as Rubik comes in close, for shots that take us back to the age of 20’s erotica. This sassy story was built to highlight the idea of excess. Unlike sexual titillation of more the recent fare, this is a tale told on the cinema of a stare. 

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Catherine McNeil Impossible to Subdue "L'Indomptable" Numéro

Catherine McNeil cannot be subdued in “L’Indomptable” by Jean-Baptiste Mondino for Numéro #180, February 2017. Deeper & deeper we go where we stop nobody knows. Denial is set in artful motion as each piece of fabric tells a tale of truth. The title of this issue is ~ Volupté. Mondino crafts a couture masterpiece that mimics a trip to the dark-side, surrounding the idea of sensuousness.  

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Julie & Ulrikke Strike While Iron is Red Haute in “Rose Absolu”

Julie Hoomans strikes while the iron is red haute in “Rose Absolu” by Glen Luchford for Vogue Paris, February 2017. Valentine’s Day is in the air as an exotic blend of red revs things up. The 70’s is reborn with a collection of Caftans built for the era of, Free Love. Flowing fabrics fill the page as silk slithers over each image in a righteous rage. Having a true affinity for the vintage fair, seductive styles make us feel like we’re having a retro affair. 

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Edie Campbell Picture of Purity "Portrait of a Lady" Vogue Paris

Edie Campbell takes a compelling looks at the history of avant-garde fashion, in “Portrait of a Lady” by Alasdair McLellan for Vogue Paris, February 2017. The past and future collide as this story celebrates the creativity of couture. An ode to the art of sartorial craftsmanship. Haute History takes a stand while Edie embodies the eras gone by. A parable of historic relevance is postured in poetic form, as the power of prose lies in the ability to penetrate the soul. 

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Luigi & Iango Ask Us To Unleash Avant-Garde Beast Out of Order

Lia Pavlova & Odette Pavolva, Jessica Miller & Tina Veshaguri in “Join the Club” by Luigi & Iango for Out of Order Magazine, S/S 2017. The monarchy of the muted come to be as all things go quiet with thoughts we can see. Words would merely conflict the constitution of this piece, with quiet renderings made to make you think. But, don’t get it twisted – just ’cause there’s a limit of volume doesn’t mean there is a restriction of the extreme. 

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Sara Grace Deigns to Embrace Ben Tom's Bird Blending Beauty

Sara Grace shines in “Birds” by Ben Toms for Vogue China, February 2017. Birds don’t just possess the power to fly rather they signify the triumph to try. “In general, birds symbolize the presence of a higher being with a connection to the sky.” Airborne creatures defy our ideas of what is possible, “by freeing themselves from the restraints of gravity.” As we look through these images our brains start to bend, believing that we are seeing the impossible.