A month ago I waxed lyrical about the Chinese microblogging service called Sina Weibo. That service alone breaks more covers of Vogue服饰与美容 (literally “Vogue Fashion and Beauty”), what the West calls Vogue China, than even the excellent tFS Forums could ever dream.
If the name of photographer Matthew Kristall rings a bell, then it’s for good reason. He is the inspired presence behind the camera for many a T Magazine story and that memorable shot of Ford’s Julia Saner blowing a kiss at the closure of the Christian Dior F/W 2011 show in March.
Fourteen years ago the United Kingdom handed over Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China after having previously leased it for 99 years. Since that handover the former British dependency off China’s southeastern coast has become a de facto expression of the mainland’s juggernaut status on the world stage.
On Tuesday Models.com smacked the world upside the head with a cover preview of Dansk A/W 2011 featuring Ford’s Sigrid Agren photographed by Aitken Jolly. This cover makes it three so far for Sigrid this year that also includes Numéro Tokyo April 2011 and Bon International S/S 11.
LOVE 6, the sixth issue of the Katie Grand-edited biannual spelled in all caps, has hit Manhattan newsstands like any 432 page magazine for $19.99 ($21.76 w/tax) would — with a resounding thud. When the resultant plume of dust settled around the stack of LOVEs (8 different covers, mind, collect them all!), therein contained was an editorial by photographer Sølve Sundsbø featuring Ford’s Hannah Noble and Anais Mali.
If Diesel campaigns are all about cheek, then Dolce & Gabbana’s are all about correctness. Put another way, they champion rectitude in a world gone to the dogs or at least one perceived to have gone that way. A Dolce & Gabbana campaign is that older Italian brother who takes his junior to task for smoking that first cigarette despite himself being a seasoned pack-a-day smoker.
In Moscow they have it. In Brighton Beach they probably have it. I bet even Andrey Borisenko has it. Manhattan on the other hand likely won’t have it until Madison Avenue launches some sort of très chic glasnost reboot. But what is it they all have? I am talking about the August 2011 issue of Vogue Россия that carries a twelve-page editorial by photographer Ben Toms that features Ford’s Alana Zimmer.
The two hundredth issue of Dazed & Confused is finally on newsstands in Manhattan and rather majestically announces itself with a fancy guest-editor in Iceland’s answer to ubiquity, Björk. The August 2011 issue has its normal features including fashion, music, and everything else, but those that deal with Björk’s forthcoming Biophilia have the feel of an elaborate CD-booklet-cum-Nature-extract.
Although this page typically busies itself with foreign fare that does not also mean there isn’t any room for a domestic dish now and then. And fresh from the short order cook with Hearst Corporation on her foundation-smudged name tag is an Elle August 2011 editorial featuring Ford’s Ranya Mordanova photographed by Carter Smith.
In a recent FACT interview rapper and producer El-P was on to something when he said, “I don’t think ‘fuck you’ ever goes out of style.” No matter the moment in fine art, architecture, literature, music, or especially fashion, the need to savage the past and present in order to create anew will always exist.