Posts in the T’S PHILOSOPHY Category

Miles Aldridge Reflects Philosopher Albert Camus with Cara Delevingne in “Red Lion” for Numéro

The Zen Master of fashion-art, Miles Aldridge, infuses his own brand of tilted-vibrancy into modern suburbia, for Numéro #135.  Cara Delevingne searches for the “Red Lion” within, in this twisted tale of frenetic loneliness.  Turning the seemingly innocuous into high-style insanity, this master photographer finds elements of the extreme hidden beneath the veneer of everyday life.   

Arizona Muse is Divine in 25 Magazine by Katja Rahlwes

Slip into the avant-garde reverie of 25 Magazine’s (bi-annual) Summer 2012 issue, with Arizona Muse in, “Wet Apocalypse.”  Turning the mundane into magic, Katja Rahlwes transforms everyday activies into edgy fashion-fodder for the seminal publication.  Watching the neon glow of shaving gel, as it slowly makes its way toward the Louboutin (spike-toe) Pthyon-Stiletto, is pure style-stimulation.   

Ever the Rebel, Chloë Sevigny Shuns Mediocrity Vogue China

In the immortal words of Dirty Dancing, “Nobody put’s Chloë in the Corner.” Just when you think you’ve seen everything Ms. Sevigny has to offer, you get a huge avant-garde slap in the face, reminding you that she’s only just begun. Chloë Sevigny and Lissy Trullie go “Downtown Chic” in this divine character study, by Danko Steiner for Vogue China

Lara Stone in ‘Risky Business’ by Mert & Marcus for Vogue US, July 2012

The new, “Power 80’s” are back, and who better to deliver the message than high-gloss “Power-Duo,” Mert Alas & Marcus Piggot.  Embrace the taste, with Lara Stone & Joan Smalls as they re-imagine the era in, “Risky Business,” for the July issue of Vogue US.  Navigating our way through the murky waters of past fashion mistakes can be a lesson in humility, however, a solid resurgence is happening – and it’s time to honor the “80’s” contribution to the fashion-forward movement. 

Suki Waterhouse Comes Out Kicking for Damon Baker in InStyle UK

Damon Baker coerces the cool out of actress/model Suki Waterhouse for the August issue of InStyle UK. This London beauty is fast becoming a well-know name in the industry, and when you’re running with a crew like Georgia May Jagger, Cara Delivigne and Clara Paget, it’s pretty clear you’re on the fast-track for “Next Big Thing” status.  Capturing the essence of a star on the rise, Baker’s ability to entice the individuality out of his models, remains his creative calling card, and is what makes his art stand-out in a (very talented) crowd. 

‘Future Revival’ Vogue Germany Radical Re-Envisioning of Trends

A brilliant fusion of past & present, Vogue Germany performs a Fashion-Resurrection like none I’ve ever seen, in the July 2012 issue.  This ‘Future Revival’ is dedicated to honoring the best of the 80’s, in an eclectic-clash of cool.  With amped-up intentions, Claudia Knoepfel & Stefan Indlekofer introduce a resurgence of popular looks, that have been deconstructed & re-worked, for a progressive take on the ground-breaking styles.   

Achieve Fashion Fusion with Cross-Trending Skills in Exit

Julia Frauche plays a heavy metal hottie in this high-fashion game of twisted-steal & sex-appeal, for Exit Magazine’s Summer 2012 Issue.  Finding  a balance between edged-out cool and high-end chic, Benny Horne attempts to flush out the fashion in his pictorial, ‘Ultraviolet.’  Set against the dusty backdrop of a junk-yard, this layout examines the sartorial skill of cross-trending.   

A History of Androgyny and Trend Misconceptions

The power of androgynony has always been a style force to be reckoned with, and an integral part of the trend line-up each season. Pau Bertolini and Queeny van der Zandee do a little gender-bending for Alexander Neumann, in the June/July issue of L’Officiel Paris.  Apart from it’s avant-garde appeal, true androgynous designs speak to the male part of our being.  Within us exists both masculine and feminine energy, bouncing off each other, longing to be released.   

My Take on the Struggle to Stay Relevant – Cindy Crawford for S Moda Magazine

Cindy Crawford takes her annual editorial pilgrimage to the great outdoors, for the June issue of S Moda Magazine. Opposites meet in this juxtaposed high-fashion shoot by Alan Gelati. These severely structured pieces from Thierry Mugler, Versace, Alexander Wang and Herver Leger take on a razor-sharp edge set against the rugged terrain. Out in the wide open spaces, Cindy sets out to prove (yet again) she is still in the game, with looks that seem to be “above” the mortal effects of aging. 

Magazines are the Art Galleries of Modern Times Sølve Sundsbø’

Calling on the “Intergalactic” powers of avant-garde fashion, Sølve Sundsbø travels in time, in this fashion-forward look ahead, for the June issue of Dazed & Confused.  This prolific photographer triumphs, where others have failed, in this non-cartoonish look to the future.  In a photo-series that feels more like a live-art installation, Noomi Rapace wears Theysken’s Theory, combining just the right amount of stoic-somber/real-world vulnerable, for this captivating portrayal of “Supernova.”  Playing with the concepts of time & dimension, many of the  images appear to be free-floating pieces of inanimate art, once again, proving my point that magazines are the modern “art-galleries” of our time.   

The Towering Triumph of the Female Form, Robbie Fimmano for Interview Russia

In this year of the Olympiad, a Sculpted-Goddess rises from the ground, like a phoenix rising, in exaltation of female power. In all her supreme glory this stalwart picture of an “iron-maiden” depicts the invincible power of woman. A dynamic creature of complexity, she is at once a warrior and a queen. These towering show the triumph of dignity, artfully depicted by Robbie Fimmano, for the July issue of Interview Russia

How to Enjoy Summer without Damaging Your Future Beauty

Summer brings with it a whole new set of beauty stress, not the least of which, is how to protect yourself against the sun’s damaging rays.  So before you get your “Sun-Goddess” on, here’s a few tips n’ tricks to deal with nature’s force.  Ultimately –  the best protection is preparation – and when it comes to the assaulting powers of water/heat, planning is your best defense.