And the Earth Died Screaming While I Lay Dreaming. Hugh Lippe’s inspired vision of modern androgyny takes a turn for the artistic in the Winter Issue of Exit Magazine. Kasia Struss plays the handsome heroine in this revival of authentic androgyny. A trend that has always been subject to the watered-down commercialism of the pop-culture machine, this powerful interpretation allows for the appropriate level of intensity, without fear of stigma or judgment.
Hugh Lippe offers an inspired vision of bridal bondage in ‘Bleached’ for the Winter 2012 issue of Fat Magazine. Daria Strokous plays the non-virginal bride in this highly conceptual piece, that dares to explore the hypocrisy of modern marriage. Visually arresting and mentally stimulating, this avant-garde editorial looks beyond the fairy-tale to the darkness that lies beneath the bleached facade.
It’s a fashion-coup as Cara Delevingne & Paolo Anchisi ‘Take Manhattan’ in the December issue of Centerfold Magazine. Guy Aroch captures the idealistic couple as they set out to effect change on the lonely streets of New York City. Inspired by the cult spirit of underground activism, this artistic editorial reflects youth in the era of the ‘Occupy Movement.’ Guy goes Guerrilla with candid style imagery, made to look like documentary footage taken at real events.
Willy Vanderperre transports us back to the 40’s in ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ for the January issue of W Magazine. Paying homage to the legendary, Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name, Jessica Stam, is reinvented in the captivating role as the beautiful, yet tortured, leading lady. Perfecting the art of suffering, Stam is a stunning amalgamation of iconic movie stars including Bette Davis, Lauren Bacall, Rita Hayworth and Katharine Hepburn.
Edita Vilkeviciute plays a new lady of the 80’s in, ‘Stardust,’ for the December 2012/January 2013 issue of Numéro #139. Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton-Jones take on one of the great female archetypes, ‘The Power Bitch,’ in this stunning tribute to the decade of dazzling. Stepping beyond the typical vintage inspired theme, this layout is a fusion of the past and future I’m calling, Retro-Modern.
Using Alexander Wang’s daring fashion as a tool for exploration, Patrik Sehlstedt has elevated the conversation on female empowerment in Dead End, for the Fall issue of Intermission Magazine. Breaking free from the overtly sexual themes used in many of this season’s noir-style editorials, we look at the concept of bondage where it really hurts – outside of the bedroom. Playing a lonely freedom fighter, Kolfinna Kristófersdóttir struggles to have a voice in a society that still longs to keep her silent.
‘On the Edge of Apparition’ Rose Botman stands regal as all falls around her in the November issue of Elele Magazine. Koray Parlak captures the echoes of aging opulence in the crumbling castle that hope forgot. Waiting in the twisted ruins of dilapidated decadence, our tragic beauty holds vigil, under the watchful eye of the Sad-Clown. Tortured by time, the once stunning surroundings have surrendered, leaving only the faint remnants of shattered dreams.
October 26, 2012
Published in: T'S PHILOSOPHY
Querelle Jansen soars as a small town girl with big city dreams in, ‘Lonesome Girl,’ for the November issue of Numéro #138. Capturing the subtle agony of the truly misplaced, Sophia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello tell the story of beauty seeking higher ground. Relegated to a life of repressed misery, the haunting echos of hollow footsteps ring out in an aimless pursuit of love and acceptance.
Hanne Gaby Odiele becomes a piece of interpretive art in, ‘Earth –>Hanne,’ for the current cover/editorial of Oyster Magazine #101. Entering the online world never to return, Will Davidson creates the ultimate fusion of real & digital, in this artistic ode to the terrors of the tech era. An eerie take on this ‘too close to home’ theme, Odiele represents a new hybrid of human and electronic.
Art is meant to disturb. And in the spirit of non-conformity, Greta Ilieva pushes back against the stereotype of beauty in, ‘Bubble Wrap Princess,’ for the October issue of Please Magazine. Anni Jurgenson models a cornucopia of Fall’s quirkiest attire, complete with trash-bag accessories and a dramatic, prosthetic head-growth. Pulling us out of our fashion coma, we are forced to go to extremes and experience an authentic reaction, free from the inoculation of popular culture.