Sunday, May 29, 2011

La Dolce Vita

Brazilian model Isabeli Fontana channels Sophia Loren for the cover of the June/July issue of Paris Vogue. Photographers Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott pay homage to Steven Meisel's iconic shots of Linda Evangelista for Vogue Italia circa 1989. The forecast for summer is intoxicatingly hot, as Fontana morphs into an oversexed bombshell whilst posing alongside male model Clement Chabernaud. Fontana who has been modelling since 1996, appeared on her first Paris Vogue cover in March, 2002. At age twenty seven and as a mother of two, Fontana has never looked better. Fontana's modelling career shows no sign of waning, with recent editorial appearances in US Vogue, Paris Vogue, Vogue Espana, V Magazine, Self Service, Muse, and Man about Town. Nine years since her Paris Vogue debut, Fontana is living proof that beauty and age coupled with life experience, is indeed a winning formula. 

Isabeli Fontana & Clement Chabernaud
Paris Vogue - June/July 2011
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Pretty Baby

Baby faced Dutch model Anna de Rijk transforms for Harpers Bazaar Spain in a punk meets surfer inspired editorial. Posing for photographer Txema Yeste, de Rijk is clearly making the transition into womanhood and looks utterly convincing in fringed denim and leather ensembles embellished with studs, held together by a ricochet of safety pins. With slicked back, jet black hair and charcoal-lined eye make up accentuating her piercing baby blues, de Rijk looks menacingly beautiful.

Represented by DNA Models in New York, twenty three year old de Rijk has been modelling since 2006 and made her mark along with fellow Dutch compatriots Lisanne de Jong, Ymre Steikema and Mirte Maas at the Fall/Winter collections in 2009. De Rijk has posed for some of the fashion industry's heavyweight photographers such as Mario Testino for US Vogue, Steven Meisel and Paolo Roversi for Vogue Italia, Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinnodh Matadin for Paris Vogue, Mario Sorrenti for W Magazine. De Rijk has been able to consolidate on her editorial appeal with blue chip campaigns for Prada, Sonia Rykiel, Vera Wang, Trussardi Jeans, Top Shop and Chanel Cosmetics. If this editorial is an indaicator of things to come, de Rijk looks set to make the transition from modelling ingenue to a model with real staying power.

Anna de Rijk
Harpers Bazaar Spain - June 2011
Photographer - Texema Yeste
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Friday, May 27, 2011

Herb Ritts

I recently had the immense pleasure of seeing an exhibition of the work of photographer Herb Ritts at the Camera Work Gallery in Berlin. I have been enamoured with Ritts' body of work ever since my childhood, and in that respect, having grown up with his imagery, my appreciation of beauty and the human form has been greatly influenced and shaped by his vision.

Ritts was one of the most influential and sought after photographers in the 1980s and the 1990s, and had a prolific career working for the likes of Vanity Fair, Interview, Rolling Stone, Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. Ritts' name is synonymous with some of the most iconic images of superstars such as Madonna, Richard Gere, Michael Jackson, Tom Cruise and Julia Roberts. It was however his portraits of the original supermodels which would change forever the way we would look at models. Ritts had an innate, magical ability to capture and encapsulate the essence of his subject within a single frame. Whether it be Christy Turlington posing serenely underneath a fountain of water or Tatjana Patitz frolicking on the beach, Ritts' images were always beautiful and a true celebration of the human form. 

Ritts sadly passed away in 2002 due to HIV-related complications. In 2010, a book entitled "The Golden Hour" was published in tribute to Ritts, and featured previously unpublished works as well as scores of interviews with those who knew him best. Below are excerpts from interviews with some of his favourite muses. 

Stephanie Seymour, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington,
Tatjana Patitz & Naomi Campbell, Hollywood, 1989
© Herb Ritts Foundation, Courtesy of 

"I was kind of an up-and-coming young model, definitely on the "one to watch" list. Herb was on that list to. He was in L.A., and I was in New York, but I kept hearing his name. I think the first job I did for him was for Macy's. It wasn't particularly creative for either one of us. We were both still taking those jobs to pay the bills. After that Herb started booking me a lot, and I started going to L.A. a lot. Herb was just such a gentle person. A lot of times it's very daunting or intimidating walking into a studio, especially when the photographer is a big shot, and you're twenty years old... The photographer sets the tone for the whole studio. Herb was so gracious and real and sweet, and so everyone showed up with their best selves. He really was one of those people that, even though I was sixteen, or whatever, when I met him he always treated me like an adult, and not in a sophisticated way, but just with respect." - Christy Turlington (Courtesy of the Golden Hour)

Christy Turlington, Hollywood, 1988
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Christy Turlington, Hollywood, 1988
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Christy Turlington, Los Angeles, 1988
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"I say this kindly, but I just don't see that many photographers - up-and-coming photographers - that have that same finesse, that understand light so well, that understand film, that understand also how to communicate. But Herb was always so excited, and that's so contagious. You feel like you're actually creating things together, and the great photographers all have that. They know they're capturing something that's fantastic, but you have to wait until they show you the contact sheet to see what it is. You feel excited, and then you can't wait to see the layout. And it was magical. That's the best way I can describe Herb, is it was always magic." - Tatjana Patitz (Courtesy of the Golden Hour)

Tatjana Patitz, Joshua Tree, 1988
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Tatjana Patitz, Hawaii, 1987
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Tatjana Patitz, St Barthelemy, 1987
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"Herb Ritts was an amazing photographer and I was really grateful to get to work with him. His pictures are definitely something in fashion that are missed today... I just did some really incredible work with Herb and I miss him very much." - Naomi Campbell (Courtesy of Fashion for Relief)

Naomi Campbell, Los Angeles, 1988
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Naomi Campbell, Hollywood, 1988
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Naomi Campbell, Hollywood, 1989
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"You knew you were going to look gorgeous - the way Herb photographed you was the way you wanted the world to see you. Herb saw the best in everyone, so that's how he photographed you. It was like, yeah, I wish I looked like that when I woke up in the morning... I think because you knew you were going to look great you could totally trust him. For a model it's very unsatisfying to come in when a photographer's already worked out the photo: Where's me in this picture? I never felt that way with Herb. You definitely felt like you made a contribution." - Cindy Crawford (Courtesy of the Golden Hour)

Cindy Crawford, Hawaii, 1988
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Cindy Crawford, Hawaii, 1987
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Cindy Crawford, Hawaii, 1987
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"On the beach Herb was incredible. I worked with him on the beach so much, but the shoot that stands out the most was the Playboy shoot. I almost didn't go, because I had a big cold sore on my face and it was breaking out. I was only twenty. He said, "Just come, I promise, I'll let you see all the pictures. Of course I was nervous about doing anything for Playboy. So anyway he got me there, and we had the best time, and the pictures were incredible. The beauty in shooting like that is that you don't really know until you get the film. But you think you know. You're there, you're shooting it, you see it, you feel it, its organic. He had this huge water truck. And they heated the water so that I could wash off afterwards. Who does that? He always thought of everything. I used to get up in the morning and go shopping for all the drinks and food with the assistants. I just loved feeling a part of everything." - Stephanie Seymour (Courtesy of the Golden Hour)

Stephanie Seymour, Los Angeles, 1990
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Stephanie Seymour, Los Angeles, 1989
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Stephanie Seymour, Hawaii, 1989
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Models from the past, present and future, team up with photographer Scott Trindle for an exhibition of portraits to mark the opening of Viva Model Management's London office. The exhibition currently showing at the Rochelle School of Art in London, features Viva's superstar models and budding hopefuls in a series of paired-back, black and white portraits. The exhibit entitled "Untouched" takes the audience up-close-and-personal with established names including Natalia Vodianova, Kristy Hume, Raquel Zimmerman, Edita Vilkevicuite, and relative newcomers, Codie Young, Jessica Clarke and Emily Baker, amongst others, in a series of untouched images. With minimal make-up and styling, the uniqueness and natural beauty of each model is magnified ten-fold. 

Jessica Clarke

Raquel Zimmerman

Edita Vilkevicuite

Saskia de Brauw

Natalia Vodianova

Kristy Hume
Above images courtesy of

In an interview with, Trindle asserts that "It doesn't scare me that the images aren't retouched, it adds another layer of interest and intrigue... The fear that surrounds an untouched image is quite amazing - and again I'm no martyr. So much can be adapted in post, and so I suppose the main benefit is purity." Viva's director Natalie Hand adds that "His images stood out because it is just so interesting to see the girls like that: he shot them with no additional hair, make-up and styling. They were shot exactly as they were in person, exactly how they were when they walked through his door. And they looked really beautiful. The blemishes added to their charm. And you could definitely learn something about the model's real character from the pictures."

Amanda Norgaard & Emily Baker

Kirsi Pyrhonen & Maryna Linchuk

Linn Arvidsson & Carla Gebhart

Ping Hue & Rosie Tupper

Laura Blokhina & Taryn Davidson

Kelli Lumi & Emily

Ileana B & Codie Young
Photographer - Scott Trindle
Paired images courtesy of

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Set Adrift

Iconic model Daria Werbowry sets sail for the high seas in this free spirited editorial for the International Herald Tribune Style supplement, T magazine. The editorial shot by Cass Bird in St Bart's, features Werbowry at her best, thanks to the "less is more" styling by Sara Moonves. A sun-kissed Werbowry looks at one with nature in bikinis, tank tops and casual wear by Missoni, Erro, Liza Bruce, Opening Ceremony and Alexander Wang. 

Being a keen sailing enthusiast, Werbowry looks completely in her element. In fact shortly after this shoot, Werbowry was scheduled to embark on a two month island hopping sailing trip from Guatemala to Belize, with the final port of call being in Costa Rica. Werbowry reveals to T magazine that "Sailing is the closest I can get to nature - it's adrenaline, fear, a constant challenge and learning experience, an adventure into the unknown, and of course there is nothing better than wearing the same T-shirt for days and not brushing my hair for weeks." Werbowry's passion for sailing and life, permeate the editorial and illustrate why Werbowry has always been more of a character model rather than simply another pretty face.

Daria Werbowry
Photographer - Cass Bird
T magazine - May 21, 2011
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