The image with Laetitia Casta was photographed by Dusan Reljin. (source)
December is not even started but here we are, presenting our first 2014 covers recap already!
As usual, Numéro Tokyo is the first magazine to wrapped up their front pages line up for this year. They started the year with a soft palette cover and styling of this year’s IT model, Cara Delevingne. Valerija Kelava, with a blunt bangs, fronted the magazine’s March issue shot by Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello who shot the most covers this year. Another cover model with blunt bangs hairstyle was Vlada Roslyakova on the April issue by Ellen Von Unwerth.
Continuing their tradition of having studio shoots, Numéro Tokyo photographed most of their covers with plain backdrop in various colors. From Kiko Mizuhara beauty shot, flower girl Meghan Collison, to classic faced Julia Frauche, cool veteran catwalker Maggie Rizer to model turned actress Tao Okamoto. The only time they have outdoor shots were the one with Elizabeth Olsen (by Michael Schwartz) and Lindsey Wixson (by Guy Aroch)—our favourite image of the year from them.
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Shanghai Tang celebrates its 20th anniversary as the global curator of Modern Chinese chic with a series of collaborations with visionary creative talents.
Inspired by the beauty of nature, Shanghai Tang released a captivating pop-art short film entitled “A Garden of Vibrant Dreams” that will take you on a mesmerizing journey through a series of six artworks by the talented Shanghai-born artist Jacky Tsai. His recent works include an exquisite large blue and white porcelain egg for Faberge Big Egg Hunt in New York City, which was auctioned in Sotheby’s New York in April 2014.
The mystic spiral made of round artworks imitate a hypnotic fall where one enters a world within a world (mise-en-abime). The original cinematic music by Charlie Nguyen Kim combines sounds of the East with a modern twist.
The six original artworks (Lotus Porcelain, Flying Tiger, Ginger Flower, Carved Dragon, Petrol Rainbow and Mix Landscape) were inspired by the beauty of nature and filled with colourful energy which reflect the optimism of modern China.
Floral Play captures attention with the opening gates of leaves, followed by acrobats and ballerinas dancing on tree branches, among a kaleidoscope of butterflies, forming a surreal universe embracing the vitality of life. The sudden splash of ink introduces the world of peaceful Lotus Porcelain inspired by Chinese porcelain. Carved Dragon grown from Chinese motifs of wiggly tree branches and birds on a glowing red sunset.
The vibrant vegetal universe of Ginger Flower takes you through a tunnel of birds, dragonflies, and koi fish to come together in a picturesque portrait. Petrol Rainbow set in the landscape of an iceberg with dolphins and gold fish and colorful valley. Last but not least, Chinese acrobats and Western performers work together jumping and swinging up in the sky to celebrate the prosperous Chinese New Year on a festive background of Chinese lanterns and dancing lions for Flying Tiger.
The Jacky Tsai x Shanghai Tang collaboration inspired a limited edition capsule collection of apparel and accessories for women and men. These include the traditional qipao dresses, box clutches, cashmere shawls, porcelain dining set, home products, iPad and iPhone cases and even skateboards.
In Asia, Seruni (in Bahasa Indonesia) or Chrysanthemum is often believed as the symbol of life and immortality. Based on that spirit, prominent Indonesian fashion designer Biyan Wanaatmadja presented his latest collection on Tuesday evening, June 17th 2014 at Hotel Mulia Senayan, Jakarta which was inspired from the fusion of Japanese art and culture and the tribal nuance of Sumba-Indonesia.
On the first sequence, silk flowing dresses in soft muted colors like cloudy blue, blush pink and mint green with chrysanthemum and paintings-like prints were dominating the runway. The serene feeling was completed with the occasional crane and floral appliqué. We love how Biyan perceives his women as feminine, pure/innocent, stylish and at the same time they are also strong, cool, open minded and both equally balance and beautiful.
Darker colour palette like black, midnight blue and aubergine purple took over the second sequence, where you can drooling over those heavily embellished top and jacket/coat with droopy shoulder. The intricately authentic Indonesian traditional Sumba figurative inspired ikat were seen in this sequence. Tribal essence on some of the beading details gave a nice surprise in the collection. The trapeze and A-line silhouettes made recurring appearances with various placements of ruffles (hemline, neckline and sleeve).
Other than the crane appliqué and floral print, the Japanese inspirations were elaborated even more in the form of loose shapes, kimono collar, and Samurai-inspired pants. Not to mention the post-runway-show-selfie-backdrop-ready bamboo forest where the models came out to strutting down the runway. We were excited when we see his favourite models such as Hege Wollan (the show opener), Paula Verhoeven, Izabel Jahja, Laura Basuki and Nayla Alatas walked the runway in sky-high wedges on wooden floor with sleek Samurai chignon. White highlights adorned models’ eyelids and some of them wearing beautiful handmade Japanese-inspired necklaces made out of horns, feathers, shells, cowries, crystals and semi-precious stones.
Gorgeous sheer evening dresses with divine details closed the final sequence of the evening. If you look closely, you will appreciate the hard-work and craftsmanship from those who created the beautiful dresses. The magnificent embroideries and embellishments were superb! The juxtaposition of bright-light and dark-intense, pure and strong, feminine and masculine in Seruni collection were a total feast to the eye.
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Lifelong friends and collaborators Matthew Stone and Katie Shillingford discuss the extraordinary Rick Owens story they created for AnOther Magazine‘s latest issue—actor Mia Wasikowska is on the cover.
For all the hyperbole written each season, it is rare for the impact of a fashion show to reverberate long after the clothes have been packed away and the dust has settled. But Rick Owens’ Spring Summer 2014 show – an intoxicating swirl of urban energy that tipped all preconceived notions of what defined “high fashion” on their heads – left every witness breathless, and set the course for AnOther Magazine’s Spring Summer 2014 fashion feature. “I left the venue feeling exhilarated and euphoric,” says AnOther’s fashion director Katie Shillingford. “I was genuinely moved and I wanted to applaud this fearless move and celebrate women of all colours and sizes.”.
What inspired the shoot’s aesthetics?
Matthew Stone: The starting point was a series of group nude photographic artworks that I worked on in 2008. The series is both simple and complex. The set and environment are both painted black to pull focus to the bodies and their entangled configurations. At the time I thought of them almost as abstracts. I thought of the body as a manipulatable gesture, much like an expressive brushstroke within a sculptural frame. It’s always interesting to me to return to the body used in this way. It seems that there are limitless combinations and forms that can be made. When I first started making these types of images I felt like the nudity was not sexual. In a way my feelings have changed now. I think of them of images that have the potential to be erotic, but that function in a different way to the sexual imagery that dominates advertising and pornography. They still discuss power and hierarchy but not in a way that glorifies violence or traditional social hierarchies. For that reason it felt like a relevant project to approach again for this project. I want to create a space for powerful and visceral exploration of the naked body that is both empowering and positive.
Katie Shillingford: I wanted us to shoot images that were somehow as bold and powerful as the show was or at least pay tribute to it. The show was towards the beginning of Paris Fashion Week so it was starting off on a high. I left the venue feeling exhilarated and euphoric, I was genuinely moved and excited that I’d had the pleasure to attend. I think it was very admirable that a designer with such a big brand, who is commercially successful too, had made such a brave choice. There is not enough of that in the fashion industry today, no one is brave enough to take a risk because everyone is worried about selling clothes. Of course selling clothes is the whole point but I do think we’ve lost the sense of ‘show’ and that is a real shame. I wanted to applaud this fearless move and celebrate women of all colours and sizes. That’s also why I wanted to show a lot of nudity, because for me it wasn’t just about clothes, it was about a really powerful message and putting that into print form.
What does Rick Owens‘ work represent to you?
Matthew Stone: I like collaborating with designers who have a creative vision that extends beyond just the clothes. Rick is an artist in that sense. He has built his own world and he finds various forms for its expression. There was a real fearlessness and sophisticated power to the Spring Summer 2014 show, with the steppers, that moved me emotionally and intellectually. On the one hand it was positive, progressive and blew so many ugly and bourgeois constructs out of the water, but on the other it was still powerful and aspirational. There is a tendency, particularly within fashion, to associate progressive politics with a shutting down of fun or glamour. This show was proof that it is still possible to make potent political statements within an industry that is so often politically compromised and a part of the everyday problems that surround us.
Katie Shillingford: Cult.
Read more on the interview with Matthew Stone and Katie Shillingford (they also talked about casting the models and shared their favourite memory of adolescence), and also view the complete fashion story images, here.
Images courtesy of AnOther Magazine.
The Solo-born fashion designer closed 2013 with his brilliant latest collection which was inspired by two international figures: Madame Grès and Irving Penn, who were popular at 1950′s (his favourite era of fashion). Drapped ball gown with hour glass silhouette, emphasizing on woman’s slim waist, was one of his signature designs this time.
Adjusting with current modern era, Sapto Djojokartiko made the dresses more practical, with light movement as the main focus. You can see lots of movement from the use of chiffon in the first sequence that was only presented in bold red and black. Shoulder was also one of the highlights from the first sequence, as lots of the dresses were showing the sexy area.
In the second sequence, Sapto presented more ladylike silhouette with elaborate brocade, luscious lurex, amazing beading works, and intricate draping technique. One of our favourite looks was the one worn by Katya Talanova. It was elegant yet sophisticated. You can expect to see his latest designs hitting red carpet events and fashion editorials very soon!
The latest collection from Sapto Djojokartiko was presented on December 18th 2013, at Kerastase 50th Anniversary event in Ritz Carlton Pacific Place Ballroom, Jakarta. Click here to view the complete collection.
Images courtesy of Sapto Djojokartiko.
Vogue Germany is one of the best Vogue editions who delivers great covers, in our opinion. They always tapped top models, and famous celebrities as the cover stars. This year, they presented unexpected cover subjects with Karl Lagerfeld‘s infamous feline Choupette, who’s gracing their July issue (together with supermodel Linda Evangelista), and the legendary singer Tina Turner who was their April cover star! Both of the covers were photographed by Kaiser Karl and Claudia Knoepfel and Stefan Indlekofer respectively. We love how Tina still looking fierce and fabulous at 74. And we believe that she’s the oldest living person to ever graced the cover of Vogue.
Vogue Germany continues to working together with some of their past cover models such as Doutzen Kroes, Kati Nescher (she landed two slots this year!), Saskia de Brauw, Anja Rubik, Julia Stegner and Constance Jablonski. The models posed in front of the lens from renowned fashion photographers Daniel Jackson, Daniele Duella and Iango Henzi, Claudia Knopfel and Stefan Indlekofer, Giampaolo Sgura and Alexi Lubomirski.
The editors also give Karmen Pedaru, Vanessa Axente, and Edie Campbell their first cover slot for Vogue Germany. The established fashion models graced the June, October, and November issues respectively. Those images were shot by Alexi Lubomirski, Luigi and Daniele + Iango, and Daniel Jackson.
Last but not least, Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman, and Academy Award-nominated actress Jessica Chastain were the remaining celebrities who landed the front pages of the monthly fashion publication this year. The 46 year old Mrs.Keith Urban collaborates with two powerhouse photographers, Patrick Demarchelier and Camilla Akrans, for the August issue, while fellow redhead Jessica Chastain (36) was shot by Bruce Weber for the magazine’s first issue in 2013.
British model and Fall Winter 2013 campaign queen Edie Campbell is clearly snatched the title of Vogue Italia‘s current favourite model. She was photographed three times by Steven Meisel on the front pages this year. From the quirky and unusual look on the April issue, to the effortlessly beautiful May cover with runway veteran Karen Elson, to the classic black and white image on the October issue. Franca Sozzani and her long time collaborator Steven Meisel really loves the 5′ 9″ model.
Another favourite this year is American stunner Amanda Murphy, who is also the current fave of Miuccia Prada. The model who landed #18 spot on Models.com prestigious Top 50 list graced Vogue Italia‘s July and August issue respectively. Brazilian powerhouse Gisele Bundchen has been a long time regular cover star for the magazine, and this year she added two more slots to her ever growing cover list. She once again collaborating with Steven Meisel for the June issue, and also featured as one of the many cover subjects for the magazine’s July edition (alongside Tony Ward, Linda Evangelista, Natalia Vodianova, Raquel Zimmermann, RJ King, Dorian Reeves, Peter Marino, John Pearson, Ethan James, Cameron Russell, Frederik Meijnen, Meghan Collison, and Louis Steyaert)
The statuesque Hungarian Vanessa Axente was the Edie Campbell of 2012. She got featured twice on the cover last year, and in 2013 she landed yet another cover (for March issue with promising new male model Gustav Swedberg). This marked her third appearances for the monthly fashion publication in less than a year! Talk about a future established star in the making.
Special note came from Chinese catwalker Fei Fei Sun who’s featured on the January issue. The minimalist cover (also by Meisel) made history because Fei Fei is the first Asian model who landed an only-girl cover slot for Vogue Italia. Congratulations!
This year’s line up is complete as Steven Meisel also photographed top names Naomi Campbell, Doutzen Kroes, Ashleigh Good, and newcomers Anna Ewers, Ophélie Guillermand, Gracie Van Gastel, and Cindy Bruna as cover girls. Which one is your favourite this year?
Our concerned on Vogue Paris covers last year was their dull and boring grey/white backgrounds, which they applied in most of the issue. This year, they stepped it up a bit with some interesting outdoor settings. Even though they still used the basic colors as the background for half of the edition this year, but the remaining issues which was shot outdoor makes up for it.
First they have actress/model Milla Jovovich who was shot against Manhattan skyline by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. We love the sephia and black combination here. The team then headed to the mountains of Cuzco, Peru, to shot Isabeli Fontana in front of Mario Testino‘s lens, The issue was a special issue promoting Mario Testino‘s beautiful homeland. St. Barts was their next destination, as Mario Sorrenti photographed first-time cover girl Andreea Diaconu wearing nothing but sands all over her body. The last outdoor cover was featuring the ever sexy Edita Vilkeviciute, who wears Balmain in front of the iconic view of French Riviera. Mario Testino also photographed this strikingly vibrant image.
The rest of the covers which was shot against white and grey backdrops were featuring models Suvi Koponen, Freja Beha Erichsen, one of Vogue Paris favourite established cover girls Daria Werbowy, Saskia de Brauw (we love this!), and Gisele Bundchen. The magazine also photographed singer turned prominent fashion designer Victoria Beckham, and her dreamy husband, David Beckham for the last issue of 2013. It’s such a nice surprise to see the power couple channeling Gone With The Wind poster in front of Inez & Vinoodh‘s lens.