There is still some unfinished business for 2011 that simply cannot wait for the planetary chronometer to roll over one more digit. Having photographed on several occasions with Paolo Roversi throughout her modeling career, Valerija Kelava (Ford) reunites with the master to end the calendar year with an exclamation point in the pages of Vogue Italia dicembre 2011. Titled “Clean and Graphic,” the Jacob K.-styled story as ever serves as a lesson in unfettered clarity. There is very little in the way of color enhancement to this otherwise entirely monochromatic story, which serves to underscore the clothing textures. To that end the story opens with the Slovenian model wearing slicked back hair and a woven lace wool coat and pinstriped trousers, all by Dolce & Gabbana. The focus of Roversi’s lens is so exacting that Valerija’s left shoulder, which is on an entirely different plane than her face, goes blurry. Roversi deliberately plays fast and loose with the story’s title promise of cleanliness by deftly employing a very subtle double exposure in the story’s final shot, which if given only a passing glance will not become immediately evident. Look more closely at Valerija’s visage and it appears that she in fact has two left eyes. She also wears wool coat by Paul Smith and holds a metal mask by Louis Vuitton. Exquisite, refined, the story is Paulo Roversi through and through and significantly helped thusly by Valerija Kelava.
Credits include: Publication, Vogue Italia N°736 dicembre 2011; Title, “Clean and Graphic”; Photography, Paolo Roversi; Fashion, Jacob K.; Hair, Luke Hersheson at Julia Watson Agency; Makeup, Lucia Pica at Art Partner; Manicure, Elsa Durrens at Artlist; Image source, Vogue.it.