August 31, 2011 10:48 am

So long as you weren’t battling actual record-breaking flooding in Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Upstate New York or fully consumed by the Manhattan-centric Irene news cycle and an apartment thereafter filled with PBR empties and Trader Joe’s Sweetened Dried Green Mango wrappers, then whatever clarity (or dignity in the latter case) you still possessed might very well have been trained on that brilliant Vogue Japan October 2011 story featuring Ford’s Crystal Renn by photographer Giampaolo Sgura and fashion director-at-large Anna Dello Russo that was previewed Monday on Models.com. There are beauty stories and then there are stories that are just plain beautiful. “Call Her Diva” was clearly both. But wait, there is more to the issue than that siren of story. Less than a hundred pages earlier (or later depending on your pagination persuasion) in the edition is a four-page fashion story by the same creative team featuring the Barneys New York Carine’s World F/W 2011 campaign model. This masculine-feminine story titled “A Policy of Flash” is surprisingly lucid for the normally maximalist Dello Russo, which is no doubt owed in large part to the all-Dolce & Gabbana styling. Crystal opens the story with a bang wearing a gold-sequin dress with white star details, hand on hip, and right arm extended fanning a bejeweled clutch. Two signature Dolce menswear-inspired looks are followed by a starry closer and a swing of Crystal’s hips. With an air of seduction and a dash of Milanese bravura Crystal seamlessly enters that special world created Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. Both stories are a testament to the allure of Crystal Renn, which is set to continue into the November issue of Vogue Japan with another story by, you guessed it, Giampaolo Sgura & Anna Dello Russo.

Until Vogue Japan November 2011 hits newsstands, be sure to watch the below behind-the-scenes video from the “A Policy of Flash” editorial photo shoot featuring Crystal Renn.

Credits include: Publication, Vogue Japan October 2011 N°145; Title, “A Policy of Flash”; Photography, Giampaolo Sgura; Fashion editing, Anna Della Russo; Hair, Andrew Guida at CloseUp Milan; Makeup, Jessica Nedza at CloseUp Milan; Manicure, Maria Centorbi at Nuova Immagine; Styling assistance, Viviana Volpicella, Virginia Cuscito.

Title, “Call Her Diva”; Photography, Giampaolo Sgura; Styling, Anna Della Russo; Makeup, Jessica Nedza at CloseUp Milan; Hair, Andrew Guida at CloseUp Milan; Manicure, Maria Centorbi at Nuova Immagine; Styling assistance, Viviana Volpicella, Virgina Cuscito; Image source, Models.com.

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Crystal Renn behind the scenes for Vogue Japan October 2011 (c/o YouTube.com/AnnaDelloRusso)

Slide Show

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    Crystal Renn | Vogue Japan October 2011
    Photography: Giampaolo Sgura
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    Crystal Renn | Vogue Japan October 2011
    Photography: Giampaolo Sgura
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    Crystal Renn | Vogue Japan October 2011
    Photography: Giampaolo Sgura
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    Crystal Renn | Vogue Japan October 2011
    Photography: Giampaolo Sgura
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    Crystal Renn | Vogue Japan October 2011
    Photography: Giampaolo Sgura
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    Crystal Renn | Vogue Japan October 2011
    Photography: Giampaolo Sgura
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    Crystal Renn | Vogue Japan October 2011
    Photography: Giampaolo Sgura
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    Crystal Renn | Vogue Japan October 2011
    Photography: Giampaolo Sgura
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    Crystal Renn | Vogue Japan October 2011
    Photography: Giampaolo Sgura
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