Giorgio Armani Spring/Summer 2014 campaign goes artistic-and wins the bet.

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The Giorgio Armani Spring/Summer 2014 campaign is indeed shot with exceptional mastery and an eye to conceptual arts with bold colors yet floating lines,pieces that are almost blurring one into the other,showcasing the beauty of the Armani collection while work in life,not in a static photography.Photographers Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott provided the almost cinematic concept with colors-in-motion,without leaving aside the somehow romantic essence of the campaign.Perhaps one of the most interesting fashion campaigns of the season.Enjoy.
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”Shadows Of Her Mind”

”Shadows Of Her Mind’‘ is a black and white fashion editorial beautifully lensed by Guy Aroch for Muse Magazine #35 Fall 2013 starring model Rosie Tapner. An almost cinematic approach and the beauty of different fabrics promptly showcased via black and white imagery,make this editorial one of the best for the new year.

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Fashion Editor: Joanne Blades
Hair: Ward Stegerhoek
Make-up: Ayami Nishimura

Elle Denmark December 2013 is ”Cold As Ice”!

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With an excellent selection of garments and a great styling that showcased the beauty of structure and form in juxtaposition of the one of colors, Elle Denmark December 2013 featured one of the best editorials we’ve come across so far. Lensed by Oliver Stalmans and styled by Anna Katsanis, starring model Gertrud Hegelund, ”Cold as Ice” is surely hot!

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POP Magazine #10 Spring/Summer 2005 presents ”Valeria” lensed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

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Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott presented a highly stylized editorial,starring super model Karen Elson,with the fashion editorial care of Katie Grand. Inspired by Guy Bourdin’s aesthetics fused with clean-cut pop visuals present a series of images where bright colors of the season take the lead.

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”Íntimo Secreto” Elina Kechicheva captures the winter luxury essence for Marie Claire Spain November 2013.

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The November issue of Marie Claire Spain featured an excellent editorial with photographer Elina Kechicheva capturing the beauty of model Agnete Hegelund,in the story of relaxed luxury and subtle provocation,excellently styled by Fashion Editor Enrique Campos. Gilles Degivry took care of the hair and mua Lili Choi created the stunning dark eye effect.

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L’Officiel Ukraine’s November issue stuns with a great fashion editorial lensed by Jenny Brough.

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Its one of my personal pleasures to see magazines that are not considered,wrongly if you ask me, ”part of the ”elite” to present high quality and aesthetically convincing fashion editorials. L’Officiel Ukraine impressed me with a fashion editorial featured in its November issue, shot by Jenny Brough,with the model Dioni Tabbers successfully appearing as the new age relaxed,sensuous yet still dangerously dark diva.Kudos also to Natascha Hawke for a great styling work.

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Mario Testino shoots Liu Wen for Vogue China December 2013-Mind the crocodile!

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Mario Testino,taking literally the recent trend of art and fashion fusion lenses Liu Wen for Vogue China December 2013, in an almost surreal bright new world with several weird-looking objects as if from an art gallery- and a pretty much alive crocodile.Those model’s ”close encounters” with the animal where beyond me though,now i know i could never be a model if there where crocodiles and snakes involved..Enjoy!

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”Maleficent”,the new Mac collection inspired by recent Angelina Jolie’s film.

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”Maleficent” is the name of a brand new Mac collection, inspired by Angelina Jolie’s villainous new character  aka the evil Maleficent in the upcoming Disney film she stars,under this very name as en evil character not devoted of charm,though.The limited-edition collection will include face, eye, lip and nail products,always according to WWD. It is not coincidental thought that,on the actual film’s set,while  make-up artist Toni G was responsible for Jolie’s sinister look, special effects make-up were left to Rick Baker – a previous MAC collaborator. The idea that derives from carefully studying the film stills is of a evil creature that possess the darkest of power therefore being much enchanting. Jolie look much like a goth princess,like starring a film such as the old ”Labyrithe”,only with darker colors and an enchanting,evil yet unprecedentedly charming princess.Still,given the buzz that happened the previous times that Mac launched a series inspired of a Disney film (2010,the ”Venomous Villains” make-up collection) we can but only expect a new dark look to much winter’s dark-yet-elegant fashion.

At this point,MAC cannot confirm that the collection will be sold in Britain at this stage, but Maleficent will be released in May 2014.

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Regarding Nick Knight’s aphorisms-a conversation between a renowned photographer (Chad Muller) and a journalist(Ilia Sybil).

European Playboy charity event (shot on film, in candlelight).

European Playboy charity event (shot on film, in candlelight).

I must admit that even though i am not a photographer and have little knowledge of techniques and styles,Mr Knight’s aphorism ”Essentially, an iPhone camera is as good as the Hasselblad I used to use”, in his Another mag interview left me in awe.Was i a traditionalist that believed in the quality of the light,the camera brand,the choice of angle and at the very end, the photographer’s work as art.Had i to redefine my visual perception of new age imagery via the one coming from mediums such as Instagram and mobile phone cameras? At this point i knew i had to discuss the issue further.Here’s the result of my discussion with Bambi magazine Editor-In-Chief plus renowned photographer Chad Muller.

-Dear Chad,i am very much aware of your career in photography but could you refresh readers’ minds a little bit?Thanks

I started shooting fashion decades ago, around the age of twelve. Now, I run this thing called Bambi Magazine

-I know that the way every photographer chooses to shoot has much to do about the means,isn’t it?

Different photographers shoot with different cameras, for different reasons. Some are limited financially. Some have favorite brands, cameras they’re comfortable shooting with. Some are drawn to technical specs. Some still shoot with film, which, provides a number of options, as well. Some care about the lens quality.

-Nick Knight,a famous fashion photographer,recently dismissed several photography methods and tools by commenting ”Essentially, an iPhone camera is as good as the Hasselblad I used to use.” How do you find that?

I think it’s great if he wants to appeal to young Twitter and Instagram users but professional editors, photographers, knowledgeable models, various clients…one can’t take that seriously.

- I,as a journalist feel its a way to attract attention,even negative one,regarding the Diesel campaign.Does that justify his statement?

Whether he’s out of ideas, trying to appeal to a younger crowd, creating controversy…or just out of his mind, I honestly can’t comment as I don’t know where he’s coming from here.

-Do you really think and feel there will be a day all all things will be digitalized?I mean ,light and film used in older fashion editorials provided them with a specific look-charm.Do you find a new aesthetics being born in our modern age?

There will come a day, sadly. Eventually, companies won’t be able to justify the production of film anymore, rendering analog cameras useless. This has already begun, several of the best films ever produced are no longer being manufactured. I would say, the new aesthetic is already here. Thank goodness for people like Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino, people who still prefer the old aesthetic, people that aren’t persuaded to switch, people who still argue quality over convenience.

-Didn’t know that about the film.Sounds a bit sad,though.Now,Nietzsche wrote ;”Aesthetics is the ethics of the future” Agree in a sense? 

Did Nietzsche write that on a piece of paper or on an iPad?

-Loved that one!And i also take it as a hint relating to our initial problematic, Mr Knight’s aphorisms and him influencing young photographers.I thank you.

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07/08. — with Evan Biddell and Kat Climie.

Chad Muller’s full work can be seen at:

http://www.chadmuller.com/

http://chadmuller.tumblr.com/

http://www.bambimagazine.com/

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“Dior Glamour: 1952-1962″ by Rizzoli-Dior’s most creative decade captured by Mark Shaw.

Book cover,photo by Mark Shaw

Book cover,photo by Mark Shaw

”In a machine age, dressmaking is one of the last refuges of the human, the personal, the inimitable.”
~Christian Dior~

Mark Shaw was a legendary house-hold name fashion photographer back in the 50’s and not without a reason,he is the photographer that most captured and showcased almost a whole decade,perhaps the best, of dazzling Dior haute couture moments. But not only he captured beautiful dresses. Mark Shaw is being considered as a ”revolutionary” in fashion photography as he is the first to shoot in wide takes,allowing for context and ”personality” to the outfit and the subject he was shooting. The publishing house of Rizzoli has just released a visual transcription of this very era in a luxurious volume,with Mark Shaw’s amazing photographs taking the lead.Titled ‘‘Dior Glamour: 1952-1962’’, the book contains both black-and-white and color photographs with many of the images never been published before along with some of the very first fashion photographs in color.

Mark Shaw has been given the benefit of  unlimited access inside the Dior House, even being backstage at Dior’s fashion shows in a era where Dior whereabouts were kept secret from the public and little exposure was desired given the absence of copyright issues,therefor with the ”danger” of being copied always present.However he managed to make people at Dior to trust him,providing him the opportunity to shoot during fittings,backstage and even to capture celebrities,when arrived.Therefore prepare yourselves for an amazing book,and ”Dior Glamour:1952-1962′ comes with several images unpublished before, plus accompanied by a preface by Lee Radziwill (Jackie Kennedy’s younger sister), ”which focuses on the photos he shot of Christian Dior during his stay in the city of light during the brand’s heyday post-New Look heyday in the 1950s and 1960s.” 

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Dior by Mark Shaw. Hyménée dress, Spring/Summer 1961 Haute Couture collection, Slim Look range.

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Dior by Mark Shaw. Romance dress, Spring/Summer 1960 Haute Couture, Silhouette de demain range.

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Dior by Mark Shaw. Evening dress, Fall/Winter 1953 Haute Couture collection, Vivante range.

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Dior by Mark Shaw. Lola dress, Fall/Winter 1958 Haute Couture collection, Courbe range.

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Dior by Mark Shaw. Jungle, Canada and Amsterdam from the Fall/Winter 1961 Haute Couture collection, Charme 62 range.

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Dior by Mark Shaw. Gazette dress, Fall/Winter 1945 Haute Couture collection, H range.

‘Dior Glamour: 1952-1962″ published by Rizzoli.

Text by Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni, preface by Lee Radziwill, photographs by Mark Shaw.