With full-time having yet to be called on Spring / Summer 2011 biannual issues, I would like to take a look at one Condé Nast edition that has been patiently biding its time on Magazine Mountain. Yes, it’s that British volume, whose title is written all shouty-like so that it reads LOVE. Amongst several editorials contained in the fifth issue of LOVE is a story by photographer Alasdair McLellan featuring Ford’s Valerija Kelava. Titled “Nonstop Erotic Dancing,” the Olivier Rizzo-styled story situates the ck one Fragrance, Jil Sander Navy, Aquascutum, and Diesel Black Gold S/S 11 campaign model on a stage more commonly associated with districts red light than theatre. As ever with LOVE, there is a twist, which comes in the form of gender ambiguity that is championed throughout the self-described “Androgyny Issue.” “Glamour, flamboyance, decadence; hair, clothes, and make-up, all exaggerated and souffléd up to a rousing crescendo of excess,” writes LOVE editor in chief Katie Grand, “creating a glorious sense of artifice that entrances the beholder so much more profoundly than the mundane matter of the gender of the person beneath it all.” To that end, Valerija first appears in the story clasping her hands, Antony Turner-styled hair slicked back, and wearing a Prada suit. The styling relaxes considerably for the final three shots wherein Valerija wears little more than a silk skirt by Dolce & Gabbana. And with that, color me entranced, Miss Grand!
Credits include: Publication, LOVE Issue 5 Spring / Summer 2011; Title, “Nonstop Erotic Dancing”; Photography, Alasdair McLellan; Fashion editor, Olivier Rizzo; Hair, Antony Turner; Makeup, Lucia Pica; Manicure, Sophy Robson using Chanel S/S 11; Production, Chloe Charlesworth at Art Partner; Set design, Vincent Olivieri; Photography assistance, Simon Bremner, Hazel Gaskin, Gareth Powell; Fashion assistance, Donatella Musco, Mara Palena; Hair assistance, Luke Anthony, Marcia Lee; Makeup assistance, Sofia Bermudez, Jenny Coombs, Yuko Fredriksson; Set design assistance, Oman Stewart; Retouching, Picture House NYC; Processing and prints, Bayeux.