12 supermodels bounded in the sporty pin-up vibe and pastel hues give something more than just sultry imagery of calendar girls. The editorial “Calendar Girls” photographed by Willy Vanderperre thanks to the refined eye of Carine Roitfeld presents the sex appeal that connotates the ladylike side in flower inspired presentation. There is no hint of vulgar message nor cheap posing of sweethearts. Instead, we have charming finesse of flowers and debonair attractiveness. Quite idyllic vision is spiced up with vintage claw.
VMAN issue 25
Photographer: Willy Vanderperre
Models: Doutzen Kroes, Joan Smalls, Lily Donaldson, Miranda Kerr, Adriana Lima, Izabel Goulart, Candice Swanepoel, Ana Beatriz Barros, Alessandra Ambrosio, Anne Vyalitsyna, Chanel Iman, Karolina Kurkova
Styling: Carine Roitfeld
Vintage leather – the smooth feeling of velvet on the surface juxtaposed with strong and sturdy texture of the material. With such a contrasting nature vintage leather is a contradiction for itself. Despite that fact, genuine leather especially in a vintage type can spice up the look and create very chic and edgy statement indeed. There is also another, most essential attribute – the timelessness of the vintage leather. According to the famous way of saying by Ives Saint Laurent: “Fashions fade, style is eternal”, we can observe what is verified by cruel time and what stays for ages. Vintage leather definitely leaves the impression of eternal classics in the dress code. That is why, without a glimpse of hesitation I joined great collaboration with Vintage Leather ind. – aspecial place “infusing the passion for vintage heritage and leather versatility.” You will find there great collections for men and women with smoothness and edginess of the vintage leather forming rock’n’roll chic, bohemian claw, vintage panache influenced by 70’s and 80’s vibes and rebellious nature of the garment all inclusive. One great vintage leather statement – vintage leather jackets, leather coats, leather skirts and dresses, suede and leather vests, and suede short dungarees with flirty attitude. Even the website leaves a genuine message of the vintage leather concept encoded into the design and graphics in a very smart and chic manner. If you check it you will know what I meanJ. Vintage Journey with Fashion time machine.
As far as I am concerned I’ve always had a great affection for vintage leather clothing no matter if we consider the line for men or women. I am a complete enthusiast of leather jackets, ultra appealing leather dresses and skirts or leather pants. What is more, my affinity to the vintage leather has probably subconscious background – either because of my music/lifestyle/other preferences or tomboy-ish way of thinking whenever I open my wardrobe. For example leather jacket is a must have for me on a daily basis. It is an indispensable element of my wardrobe and I always hunt for more vintage treasures whether possible. That is why I am very glad to join the project and start writing about vintage leather style, fashion inspirations and trends on the Vintage Leather ind. Blog.
While considering the everlasting significance, you may have this specific image of young Hollywood heroes like Marlon Brando or James Dean who actually initialized the Leather mania. And then to go further with the trends development and alternation of the leather clothing especially in the 70’s and 80’s decades that are considered to be a crucial era for the leather clothing growth. After all, we have a present picture, leather proudly worn by ladies and gents, no matter of the age and preferences, vintage leather with versatile meaning.
Numerous revivals of vintage culture are visible not only in catwalks, fashion inspirations that used to be an oracle of the latest trends. Nowadays we may observe very important change – the Armageddon of high street and it never-ending interpretations of style presented through bloggers, fashionistas and fashion icons. I am aware of the fact that I didn’t discover a great unknown. But nothing can hide my astonishment over vintage culture and its enormous impact not only into the fashion stage but also our mentality. We started praising things that were regarded as past and forgotten by the previous generations – our parents and grandparents to be more precise. And what is more, we recreate them into our own dress code with creative results. This game of mix and match is observable on every fashion blog giving a new taste and originality into the classics. We love comebacks, reversible returns and their present modifications. We love vintage culture indeed.
Spring/Summer 2012 Ad Campaigns seem to be on their full escapade with a great diversity of themes that encapsulate our desires for summertime along with first impressions of style inclinations for hot seasons of 2012. The most striking and recurring concept finds source in the vintage inspirations. Additionally, those vintage inspirations do not limit to only one decade but it is a procession of revivals with the 50s supremacy. You may find fashion brands’ exposing their key looks from Spring/Summer 2012 catwalk on imaginative and catchy pictorials emphasizing the signature of the brand with fabulous top models. Here is the selection of my favourite vintage admired Ad Campaigns for Spring/Summer 2012 season:
Prada’s Spring/Summer 2012 Ad Campaign mesmerizes with 1950s pin up vibe and saturated colours both on the Prada apparels as well as retro surroundings of petrol station, classy vintage cars and azure sky. The top models: Kati Nescher, Guinevere van Seenus, Meghan Collison, Natasha Poly, Elise Crombez, Ymre Stiekema and Kathryn Kruger are transformed into sweet retro blondes and brunette ladies captured in the lens of Steven Meisel.
Jil Sander inspired by Hitchcock’s uncanny thrill for Spring/ Summer 2012 transforms Natasha Poly and Daria Strokous into the heroines of some creepy movie cleverly captured by Willy Vanderperre. Interesting concept merges with 50’s stimulated silhouettes in the eerie surroundings of a haunted house.
Dolce & Gabbana created a genuine imagery of Italian life, habits and customs inspired by Old Italian cinematography for Spring/Summer 2012 Ad Campaign. With magnificent, one of a kind Monica Bellucci and Italian beauty Bianca Balti, the womenswear pictorial depicts a hint of the traditional sense of matriarchy in the Italian “famiglia” captured by Giampaolo Sgura. The menswear line is the mastership of photography by Mariano Vivanco. The pictures portray the vibrations and rhythm of the day from Italian man point of view as seen in the iconic Italian movies of Mario Monicelli, Vittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti and many other geniuses of Italian film making.View the whole Campaign here & here
Balmainwith its French glam signature hits glam rock twistfor Spring/Summer 2012 Ad Campaign. The top model Anja Rubik becomes a female metaphor of David Bowie’s artistic creations with slick back hair and opulent key looks from Balmain Spring/Summer 2012 catwalk. The acid colored, 3D inspired pictorial was captured by photographers’ duo – Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin.
As Marc Jacobs reported to WWD Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2012 Ad Campaign “is (…) very soft and sweet, yet at the same time very bold and very graphic”. This fashion story reveals the concept of Wonderland patisserie of 1950’s with the saturation of candy adorned interiors photographed by Steven Meisel. The models, Daria Strokous and Kati Nescher dressed up in iconic lace and pastel outfits, look like the images from the dreamy carousel that Louis Vuitton presented during the delightful catwalk for Spring/Summer 2012 season. View the whole Campaign here
Dsquared2 for season Spring/Summer 2012 reminds us about bohemian freedom and hippie sense of style marching straight from the Woodstock festivals. So is the Summer 2012 Ad Campaign illustrating Natasha Poly together with her companions on the gathering of rock’n’roll kids hanging out on the nature nook in the lens of Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
Siviglia for their Spring/Summer 2012 Ad Campaign focused on the family life taken from 1950s. The model Isabeli Fontana stars as the house wife with retro vixen charm surrounded by husband and children. The pictorial signifies with specific diffusion of deemed colours that is the specialty of photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
The Ad pictorial for Spring Summer 2012 from Proenza Schouler is saturated with vintage vibes thanks to numerous factors. The retro colours are a composition of raffia textured background merged with tropical prints of the Proenza Shouler’s collection and the undisputable appeal of Natasha Poly captured in the lens of Willy Vanderperre.
Futuristic coolness of clever geometry and clarity of minimalism mixed with the flirty vintage aura give a base topic for Cushnie et Ochs’s label for Spring/Summer 2012 season. The creative designers’ duo – Carly Cushine and MichelleOchs, believe in constant progress of forms and purpose. That is how they want to lead their fashion paths and creative growth. We may also observe their inventive signature relentlessly developing in sharp silhouettes, subtle intricacy in form, sophisticated tailoring and meticulous precision of drape craft. The Ad Campaign reveals body conscious edge merging into slight leather fetish that is cunningly exposed by the model, Milou Van Groesen with feminine A-line and pencil shapes. With her rockabilly pompadour and perfect styling byKeeganSingh, she emphasizes the distinctive attitude of Cushnie et Ochs. The subtle yet definite cuts, graphic insertions, smart drape, well-designed suiting are juxtaposed with monochromatic palette of white, citrine and pink. The ad pictorial captured by HughLipp allures with minimalism accentated by flames enhancing this edgy and darker nature of the baby doll appeal that Cushnie et Ochs’ signature may provide. The Ad Campaign was exclusively released for MDX here.
Maurizio Anzeri known for his innovative approach into imagery and craftsmanship was enlisted in the “MakeUp”Exhibition at the A Palazzo Gallery in Brescia, Italy. Among other 12 artistsMaurizio presented 2D and 3D portraits that clash the vintage culture of old photographs and embroidery mastership. As a result there is a collection ofaltered pictures creating fascination about transformative attributes with the experimentation in stitching. Anzeri’s passion for conversion is visible through the various techniques of needlework on the images. Maurizio seeks to present his own vision of “ideal beauty”. Because of the stiking contrast in the concept he explains to Dazed Digital:“Beauty is always present, it is the idealthat is constantly changing”.
There are numerous experimental andinnovative approaches in which fashion is presented through unconventional wayseither by recycled wood designs, traditional craftsmanship of the beadingskulls on the red sole heel, mesmerized jewellery with butterfly wings or evenby crafted Vogue covers as many more examples difficult to enumerate in one. Nevertheless,there is also an opposite direction of the fashion message with the use oftypical fabrics like denim for alternative purpose than jeans apparels. IanBerry, known as Denimuis a Britishartist based in Sweden who uses denim fabrics for hisartistic work composing imaginative pictures of denim icons, portraits, cityscapesand many more.
Everything started from thechildhood memories accidentally reborn in one of the charity shops whileobserving a pile of cast off jeans. Ian completely amazed about the structure, fadedbeauty of the denim fabrics and their sea of shades decided to transform itinto the striking idea of denim images. That is how the concept of denimpictures was initialized. This is a captivating way of expression to evokeforgotten memories, the ability to materialize the thoughts and renewtraditional conventions. Denim always played an important role for Ian being fascinated by its richheritage and significance in the society. Becoming Denimu, he found his ownlanguage in which he could fluently present his artistic inspirations.
Dior Cruise 2012 Model: Monika “Jac” Jagaciak & Antonio Navas Photography: Ellen von Unwerth Saturated colors of summer vibes, unforgettable memories captured on film, the joyfulness of bright days – this is how we could describe the relaxed candidness of the Dior Cruise 2012 lookbook. There is no theatrical drama, no affected performance, no constrained act of sophistication, just youthful naturalness and feelings of freedom. Rising stars in modeling Monika Jac Jagaciak and Antonio Navas channel succulent summer atmosphere in the lens of Ellen von Unwerth. Jac being a perfect choice for the theme of praising youth elevates the vintage spirit. She divides the image into two icons resembling the ladylike charm of Grace Kelly and flirty frivolity of Brigit Bardot. The style stands for the vintage inspired pieces stamped by the Dior signature. The collection hallmarks an interesting presentation of chunky transparent bracelets, cat eye shades, oversized bags, and holiday kaftans. (…)
CREDITS: Vogue UK April 2011 Editorial: “L’Air Du Temps” Photographer: Javier Vallhonrat Model: Guinevere Van Seenus Stylist Lucinda Chambers
Florals, spring prints, ethereal vintage aura and hippy lady with fanciful frizzy red blonde hair is the main theme of “L’Air Du Temps”. The chameleon look of the legendary model Guinrvere Van Seenus is even more indescribable. She transforms into the embodiment of the floral lady surrounded with flowers, patterns, buttrflies – all of the Spring attributes. As the styling is apparently messy, the appearances are sometimes misleading. The same happens this time when everything is polished till the last detail composing the imagery of vintage collages.