In the world of magazine editorials, few bookings come more richly than 16-page spreads in Vogue Paris by photographer Mario Sorrenti. For Karmen Pedaru (Ford), however that is precisely the plum booking landed for the March 2012 issue in a story titled “Nuit Blanche” or “all-nighter” en français. The Estonian model is no stranger to Sorrenti having previously shot with him for the evocative Emporio Armani Fall 2010 campaign that featured tons of granite and steam as its backdrop. For this Jane How-styled story, however a dichotomous mixture of studio and street portraits brings to life the day/night divide of handful of Spring 2012 collections. Below Slides 1 and 2 illustrate precisely this split. In the story’s opening frame (Slide 1), Karmen, hair tousled, wears a decidedly paired-down look comprised of a vest in silk by Lanvin and denim trousers by Pierre Balmain Homme. To the right underneath the story headline, Karmen, sporting a beauty evening look, wears a jacket and trousers in washed silk crepe, chiffon top with danse de serpent print, grosgrain brass necklaces with cross and eagle pendants in brass, pewter and rhinestones, all by Lanvin. Turn the page a few times and two sides of Céline are shown, the first (Slide 11) pictures Karmen holding a public telephone to her ear and wearing a belted leatherette dress and the second (Slide 12), a long-sleeved, striped cotton shirt and faded denim trousers. The contrasts of this white night series are striking and yet demonstrate that Karmen Pedaru’s dynamic range is as wide as the night is long.
Credits include: Publication, Vogue Paris N°925 Paris mars 2012; Title, “Nuit Blanche”; Photography, Mario Sorrenti; Fashion, Jane How; Hair, Recine using Rodin by Recine; Makeup, Aaron de Mey for Lancôme; Manicure, Myrdith Leon-McCormack; Fashion assistance, Lucy Bower.