Numéro Korea May ’09
Abbey Lee & Karmen Pedaru ph by Mariano Vivanco
L’Officiel Singapore October ’09(2nd Anniversary issue)
Frizzy red hair, Burberry coats, double the fierce models… can you see the similarity? Rip-off or just plain inspired… between two different magazine empires?
[images: models.com, l'officiel Singapore facebook]
Just two weeks ago Vogue Paris stirred up controversy for colouring Lara Stone’s skin into a dark, near brown tan for an editorial ph by Steven Klein (see full spread here).
It’s a misstep on Carine’s part that the spread is linked with racism, if they would like to feature a black model for a supermodel issue, they could get Naomi or Liya any time. However, there is not a singlre black model for this issue. But seeing this from an artistic vision, they are probably trying to do something different with Lara because she already had one entire issue dedicated to her and theref0re a fresher, newer look had to be used for Lara’s future spreads if they were to feature her again and again, something team Vogue Paris love to do. For example, she went brunette for the September main story.
Darkening a model’s skin tone is one of Steven Klein’s trademark. Remember this Vogue US 2008 September issue spread he shot, where Caroline trentini was dyed black?
And check this out, power model twins Donna and Gwen Loos in a spread together for Dutch Glamour (not by Klein though), Donna (or Gwen?) is in black.
Depending on how people see it, colouring a model’s skin tone is quite a risky thing to do right now, no?
[images: TFS scans]
These have been set up for quite a while, but not really hugely publicized so fyi, here are the several ways to track Rock The Trend — events, updates, news, videos and unseen photos will be constantly uploaded to the following places:
A new look/layout is coming your way (I know, I get bored of things pretty easily…) so stayed tuned to this space.
V magazine, as early as ever, is already featuring Cruise ’10 pieces in editorials. Coming up right this minute is the sneak preview of ‘Pin Me Up, Pin Me Down’ featuring Victoria Secret babes Miranda Kerr and Ana Beatriz Barros as postmodern pinups under Willy Vanderperre’s (who shoots all the Jil Sander campaigns) sleek, high contrast photography.
Miranda has been doing quite a lot of high fashion cross-overs lately. First it was her turn at the Balenciaga runway earlier this month which sent shock waves around model watchers, and now add a V editorial to the list. Don’t you love unexpected model choices like this?
V #62 will be out 3rd November, more sneak preview coming up.
Excuse my blurry phone camera pictures, but here’re a few snaps of Max Tan’s all-white collection.
The pictures obviously don’t do the collection any justice, see the full show video here.
Max Tan’s pieces were a clear standout on Friday. Well, Gian Romano’s was close second (if not for the similarity to Rick Owens + Rad Hourani…), but the minimalist aesthetic of MT is just spot on for me. It seems like he has an obssession with the white shirt, manipulating it into different forms and silhouettes, all of which are totally wearble and feels totally Spring-y. One entire collection of white is a statement by itself. There is this one-shoulder single sleeve white dress that looks like half of the shirt had been slashed, but the result is almost dream-like, rather sweet.
ETA: pictures by Fadli Rahman