Archive for September, 2011

Vogue UK October 2011 – “Tech Mate”

This as far from last month’s Flemish painting inspired editorial as you can get – a futuristic, stark-white studio shoot by Patrick Demarchelier.

Here, the emphasis is on clean lines, sleek forms and bright, almost unnatural colours. By pairing the clothing with robotic toys (the Transformers!), Chambers playfully highlights the futuristic aspects of the clothing. There is a lovely rhythm between Freja and the robot props – the figure-hugging neoprene shorts emphasise Freja’s lean body, much like the utilitarian limbs of a robot which are designed for function. The strikingly elegant coats are reminiscent of the veneer of machines, while the bright colours of the Celine and Blumarine pieces add further emphasis on the likeness between Freja and the brightly coloured robots. The shoes and accessories are quite futuristic too.

While I wish Demarchelier was a little more adventurous with the angles of the photos, it’s still a very cute and playful editorial. A thumbs up from me!

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Spur (Japan) April 2010 – “フライヤ、男前モデルの素顔”

(According to Google Translate, the title is “Flyer, handsome famous model”. Heehee.)

I hadn’t seen good quality scans of this editorial before, so I bought a copy of this issue and scanned it. For those who can’t read Japanese (myself included), a good translation of the article can be found here.

This shoot focuses on Freja’s personal style. No surprises here: black leather jackets (one by Balenciaga and the other by Rick Owens), skinny jeans and big boots.

Here, Freja plays herself. Instead of looking relaxed, Freja’s body language comes off rather guarded (sitting with a knee up to her chest in one image, crossed arms in another, hands thrust into pockets, hard gazes in other photos).

Freja’s guarded body language reminds me of an observation made in a Vogue UK article last year (August 2010): “Face to face, Freja’s personality is harder to discern. Although she embodies an intoxicating cool, she’s shy, reserved and defensive about her privacy in a way that doesn’t invite girly conversation.”

The author’s astute observation applies to this – despite being a relatively benign style article, the personal nature of it would probably make a private person like Freja a little defensive. Fair enough. Thankfully this is a nice article that doesn’t rock the boat.

W September 2011 – “Kapow!”

Bright colours, a myriad of textures and patterns and a mountain of accessories – this editorial is as explosive as the title, “Kapow!” implies. It’s a veritable feast for the eyes.

Shot at the Carlton Arms Hotel in NYC*, the setting provides the prefect backdrop of colour and texture to transport the viewer into a sumptuous world. This choice of setting is inspired – I would have never thought that the sequinned gypsy style of Roberto Cavalli could be paired so beautifully with Australian Aboriginal art (first image).

Both Sasha and Freja look like larger-than-life characters (especially in the eighth shot – Sasha resembles an Aztec god in full regalia). Their serious but relaxed looks save the images from being clownish and lend credibility to this excessive style. If anyone could pull off these looks walking down the street, it’s these two (and possibly Hanne-Gaby Odiele, whom I also love).

With so much going on, it’s amazing that these images are so wonderfully balanced – Sasha and Freja’s energetic poses, along with windswept hair and liberal flashes of bare flesh lighten up the heaviness of the clothes and the accessories. This balance of light and heavy keeps the images fresh and stimulating. I could look at these images all day and still find new details to catch the eye.

In short, this is an inspired editorial from Jane How and Mario Sorrenti. More please!

*as mentioned by “Guest” on fashiongonerogue