November 17, 2011 12:33 pm

With the London 2012 Olympic Games looming somewhere beyond an international sporting horizon dominated by the 14th UEFA European Football Championship in the preceding month, the British are a bit mad for anything even remotely athletic. Stella McCartney and Christopher Kane teased out various sporty threads with their Spring 2012 collections and in turn joined a growing chorus that is beckoning forth the games. i-D Magazine seizes this very Olympic torch with its Winter 2011 issue’s seven steps to warming up, none of which are likely to feature in any International Olympic Committee Consensus Statement (e.g., “Step 4: Look in the mirror and say wow”). For today’s purposes, however the issue’s final step, relaxation, is the most important as it involves Karmen Pedaru (Ford) photographed by Paola Kudacki like she’s never before been.

Titled “Breathe Out and Relax…”, the Havana Laffitte-styled story pairs the Gucci Resort 2012 campaign model with Ukrainian model Yuri Pleskun (Request) for a shoot that opens on the shores of the East River. For her first look, Karmen is seen wearing short-cropped hair and a white and black ensemble by Dior Homme. The next two portraits retreat into an interior space for further repose. Karmen’s blue eyes call out in the third shot in which she wears a shirt and coat by Limi Feu. Relaxation gives way to a state more resembling disorientation. Karmen clutches a chain link fence wearing a white dress by Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci and shoes by Lanvin whilst Yuri sits, face obscured, rubbing his eyes. The story closes with Karmen wearing little more than the covering provided by Yuri’s Yohji Yamamoto coat. As far as relaxation goes, Karmen Pedaru puts in a 9.8 effort that surely brings home the gold for herself and the rest of i-D 316.

Credits include: Publication, i-D Magazine 316 Winter 2011; Title, “Breathe Out and Relax…”; Photography, Paola Kudacki; Styling, Havana Laffitte; Hair, Brent Lawler at Streeters; Makeup, Alice Lane at Jed Root; Photography assistance, Craig Salmon, Joe Leonard; Styling assistance, Rudy Mance; Digital, Alessio Boni; Models, Karmen Pedaru at Ford, Yuri Pleskun at Request; Casting, Natalie Joos.

Slide Show

  • Karmen Pedaru (Ford) & Yuri Pleskun (Request) | i-D 316 Winter 2011
    Photography: Paola Kudacki
  • Karmen Pedaru (Ford) & Yuri Pleskun (Request) | i-D 316 Winter 2011
    Photography: Paola Kudacki
  • Karmen Pedaru (Ford) | i-D 316 Winter 2011
    Photography: Paola Kudacki
  • Karmen Pedaru (Ford) & Yuri Pleskun (Request) | i-D 316 Winter 2011
    Photography: Paola Kudacki
  • Karmen Pedaru (Ford) | i-D 316 Winter 2011
    Photography: Paola Kudacki
  • Karmen Pedaru (Ford) & Yuri Pleskun (Request) | i-D 316 Winter 2011
    Photography: Paola Kudacki
  • Karmen Pedaru (Ford) & Yuri Pleskun (Request) | i-D 316 Winter 2011
    Photography: Paola Kudacki
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