If the only editorials that were available were those blogged and reblogged on the interweb, then stories such as Paolo Roversi‘s excellent “‘Round about Midnight” featuring Ford’s Valerija Kelava would suffer not least because it hadn’t even appeared in its entirety in the so-called sphere of blogs. As it is there is something unseemly about uploading scans of pictures that are otherwise beautifully laid out on the page replete with captions, designer names, production credits and all printed on rich paper stock (depending on the magazine). Furthermore Roversi’s inimitable use of light, shadow, and color are qualities that continue to confound consumer-grade scanners, which sadly are only ever capable of making mud of his pictures. Suffice it to say that an editorial is best viewed in the magazine of origin and this story “‘Round about Midnight” is no exception. Nevertheless the Ford Models Blog will be both part of the problem and the solution by continuing with this entry.
Featuring in Man about Town Autumn / Winter 2010, the issue editor-in-chief Philip Utz describes as having “travelled [back] in time,” Valerija Kelava plays opposite Clément Chabernaud in a dimly lit recording studio of yesteryear. Styled by Jacob K Valerija looks every bit the role in the third picture wearing with an irrepressible smile a black wool jumper by John Smedley, grey satin twill trousers by Emporio Armani, and vintage red leather belt and black suede shoes by Jimmy Choo. In Valerija’s penultimate shot she wears a leopard print rabbit fur jacket by Dries Van Noten, brown cashmere and wool cardigan by Gucci, black nylon bra by Eres, black chiffon shirt by Paul Smith, and red patent leather belt with bow by Prada. All of which is another way of saying gorgeous.
If ever there were a girl meant to be styled to the nines, then it is Valerija. No matter the story she brings considerable presence to any picture and so it is no surprise that in the same month she has also another Paolo Roversi story in Vogue Italia — one would be something, two is nigh ridiculous — thus prompting suggestions that the Italian has stumbled upon another muse. Y’think?! Valerija also has no fewer than five F/W 10 campaigns presently running. If you weren’t already down with Valerija Kelava, then start today with the purchase of Man about Town A/W 10 and in the mean time enjoy all the pictures of her from this story after the credits.
Credits include: Publication, Man about Town 7 Autumn / Winter 2010; Title, “‘Round about Midnight”; Photography, Paolo Roversi; Styling, Jacob K; Hair, Shon at Julian Watson Agency; Grooming, Marie Duhart; Fashion assistants, Campagna, Clémence Lobert; Photography assistants, Arno Frugier, Letizia Latini.