Minggu, 27 Desember 2009
Continuing our year end wrap ups, we present MDC’s favorite covers of 2009. Be sure to catch our favorite campaigns too!
W’s November cover was a timely and irreverent send up of the current economic situation, risky subject matter for a fashion publication but W pulled it off admirably.
Acne Paper, always has striking covers but Daniel Jackson’s image of a blindfolded Missy Rayder was pitch perfect.
The Lakshmi as goddess theme never gets old and Dazed’s cover was simply stunning; if there was one magazine that jumped out at you from the newsstand, it was this one.
White orchids, platinum haired Magdalena - this cover was pure elegance.
05. Tar Magazine S/S 09
Artist: Damien Hirst
Model: Kate Moss
Artist collaborations always make for interesting covers and Damien Hirst’s vision of Kate Moss, was an especially intriguing (and attention grabbing) take on the issue’s theme of transparency.
Say what you will about Karl Lagerfeld, but he doesn’t beat around the bush : peel back the first image of Baptiste on Wallpaper’s cover and you will find an even more revealing picture of the world’s foremost male model.
i-D’s irreverent headlines never fail to amuse and The bold “pretty young things” on the cover, is the perfect description for these four beauties. 2009 had plenty of multi-girl covers but this was the coolest hands down.
Both covers of Natasha’s special issue were great but the shot of her in Givenchy’s couture finery was especially haunting.
You can’t just pick one Vogue Italia! This years strongest VI covers featured Meisel at his most idiosyncratic; from a wild boar joining Jamie and Christian on their cover to the voyeur feel of Hanne and Kinga’s image, the best covers were the ones that went off in wild directions.
Each year we see hundreds of fashion campaigns but only a few stand out from the fray, looking back at the year that was these were the campaigns that caught our eye and held our attention.
Adriana Lima for Givenchy may have been the casting coup of the year, but the entire campaign is a seamlessly chic representation of the Tisci aesthetic.
If anyone can take the concept of crazy cat lady and make it fashionable, it is Kristen, these ads were simply priceless and unforgettable.
Valentino’s fall images presented a seductive take on glamour : the combination of Iris and Mert & Marcus is always a winner and these ads play to their strengths as a team.
Whether you loved the idea of Disney creatures invading Stella’s ads, or found it cloying, you have to admit that the images were attention grabbing and fresh.
05. Balenciaga S/S 09
Photographer: David Sims
Models: Katie Fogarty, Elsa Sylvan, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Amanda Laine, Kinga Rajzak, Iris Strubegger, Anna Jagodzinska, Darya Kurovska, Anya Kazakova and Diana Farkhullina
David Sims is a master of futurist imagery and Nicolas Ghesquière’s S/S collection lent itself to this sci-fi interpretation ; lots of ads go for android chic but few succeed as admirably.
Everything about this campaign was a breath of fresh air ; the outdoor setting, the blurry look and the inspired casting made for a truly different take on Missoni.
There was something unsettling about Bottega’s Spring series, as perfect as Emma looked in Tomas Maier’s ensembles, you still got the feeling that things were awry. The mood created by Larry Sultan’s eerie photographs, leaves viewers wondering about the larger story within the pictures. Nothing like an ad that pulls you in and piques your curiosity.
When it came time to visually define Hannah Macgibbon’s unique perspective for Chloe, Mikael Jansson’s ads did just the trick. Taking two of the new generation’s most iconic blondes and casting them as the ultimate Chloe girls, served as an incredible showcase for Hannah’s soft seperates.
Willy Vanderperre’s images for Jil Sander represent everything a campaign ought to be : his pictures are striking, memorable and take the clothes to another level. Compare the way Raf Simon’s fringed pieces look on the runway to the way Vanderperre photographs them and you’ll be blown away by the artistry Willy brings to his work.
Meisel’s Prada muses campaign was destined to become iconic, it takes one of the best collections of the year and highlights everything that made it great. From the softness of Meisel’s color palette mimicing the muted bronzes and rusts Miuccia sent down the runway, to the references to classical art, each part of the campaign is flawless.
Minggu, 20 Desember 2009
Richard Phibbs’ latest editorial “Boot Camp” featured in the French publication L’Équipe, is a brilliant throwback to 1940’s propaganda. The feature includes favorites Chad White, Kerry Degman and Oraine Barrett and up and coming stars Mike Derr and Ryan Bertroche in an aesthetic similar to that of Frank Capra’s Army recruitment films during World War II. It captures a classic masculine ideal and hails to a disciplinary theme that we’ve seen reoccurring in recent editorials. (story by Gary Mazrek)
Jenry with Request.
who is more at home in an outdoor editorial than Daria Werbowy? The Canadian beauty seems completely at ease in Patrick Demarchelier’s vivid images of Lake Powell, Utah for American Vogue. Whether she is rock climbing or practicing yoga, Daria manages to make it look easy. The striking scenery paired with Daria’s athleticism and grace, makes for an incredible fashion story.
Vogue Russia kicks 2010 off the right way, with a singularly stunning shot of Natasha Poly. The image of Natasha looking blonder, bolder and more even glamourous than we’ve seen her, strikes just the right note and the caption “Beauty Above All” is the perfect motto for the new year.
Selasa, 08 Desember 2009
Vogue’s December issue is getting bewitched– literally– by fierce style star Lady Gaga. Starring in a Hansel and Gretel-inspired spread, shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, Lady Gaga channels her naughtier side to play a witch, dressed by her pal Marc Jacobs. The pop sensation tells the magazine, “I’ve always been an outspoken and extreme dresser.” And while her ruffled bloomer shorts and insanely high heels for the Vogue spread were nothing out of the ordinary for Gaga, Vogue staffers were intrigued by what the star wore to visit their office before the shoot! Lady Gaga reportedly showed up to 4 Times Square first wearing a trailing white chiffon Galliano goddess gown with a Philip Treacy headdress that spelled VOGUE in clipped white feathers, only to turn up the next day in a little black dress and flaming-red wig. And if that wasn’t outrageous enough, the singer arrived for the actual shoot “stark naked except for her white rubber raincoat and some very, very high heels!” recounts Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington. So where does she get her crazy fashion from? Her art director, Matthew Williams–”my Jean-Paul Goude”–was “the inspiration that made the connection for me between the art world and the fashion world,” Lady Gaga tells Vogue. “He used to say things like ‘If you want to make a shoulder pad, don’t research jackets—research sculpture, mineral rocks, paintings.’ He thinks in a different way; he is the designer of the future.” Check out the rest of Lady Gaga’s spread and hear more from the pop star at in Vogue’s December Issue, on newsstands November 24, or at Vogue.com.
For all those of you guys who asked me about the gown Gaga striked a pose in on a work of art pedestal for French Vogue, I believe this cascade of lace ruffles marvel is from Alexander McQueen Fall 2006 The Widows of Culloden collection.
Her hair stylist for this photo shoot was Peter Savic, the same man whose name you’ve probably read in VMagazine…
… and will spot in Flare Magazine credits.
And the same hair artist who did Gaga’s hair for MTV Music Awards. Yeap, that look so many of you adored!
The buzz surrounding the new Vogue Italia may focus on the Twitpic cover story, but the issue is filled with intriguing editorial content : Tom Munro’s striking story featuring Shalom Harlowand Taryn Davidson, is one of the clear standouts. Within the story, Munro creates a world of soft colors and shimmering textures that makes the clothes and the girls look amazing, plus the combination of Shalom’s inimitable poise and Taryn’s delicate beauty is especially lovely, you have to love great casting.