Posts in the Avant-Garde Category

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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 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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


Maren Behringer "The Future is Theirs" for Off Black Magazine

Maren Behringer in “The Sleeper Awakes” by Chloé Le Drezen for Off Black Magazine, F/W 2016. Art breaks as beauty awakes to the subtle tones of tomorrows light…. and there we’ll find in the moonshine of our minds, what once was lost is now but found. Fashion was at one time a staple of style that was only used to cover the body. But now we see passion is present, as each piece is a projection of hope. 


Back Becomes Front ~ As Surreal Picture Pops Off Page

Nimue Smit, Lily Donaldson & Amanda Googe fly through the mind’s eye by Viviane Sassen for Pop Magazine, F/W 2016. Fate is held in the hands of destiny, as fortune is found at the feet of the future. My weapon is my pencil the power’s in my mind, all is but a secret that life has left behind. Part I and Part II unfolds in two distinct sections, as I weep in quiet corners a respite from the pain, of what I’m sworn to conquer is the will that keeps me sane. 


Coco Rocha Braves the Baron but Beautiful Icelandic Coast

Coco Rocha travels through the baron but beautiful Icelandic coast by Silja Magg for Glamour Iceland. She commits to every movement like pieces of poetic intention. We feel the fluid motion of her being experienced through her bodily connection. Coco creates the first ever coherent collusion. By giving herself over to the process, her soul succumbs to the innovative spirit of Iceland. Long limbs stretch out as she showcases the sinuous steps of her graceful lines ~ lithe and supple ~ we bare witness the limber specs of her balletic form.