What would summer be without reruns? In a word, cruel. That could well be a motivating thought behind the decision by Vogue Portugal’s editor in chief Paula Mateus to reprint Karmen Pedaru‘s Cédric Buchet editorial from Vogue Paris juin / juilett 2011 as her magazine’s August 2011 cover story.
The leopardess may not be able to change her spots, but that’s not to say she cannot further accentuate them with a Christian Louboutin Kathena leopard-print clutch. Come again? Indeed and that is in fact the bold look put forth in the early pages of V72, “The Transformation Issue,” by photographer Gregory Harris and V fashion & marketing editor Catherine Newell-Hason.
V72, the self-described “Transformation Issue,” takes metamorphosis as its theme. To that end the Fall Preview 2011 issue is chock full of change, rebirth, and renewal courtesy of a like themed letter on page 24, a beauty makeover subscription card, and a Penélope Cruz cover story by Mert & Marcus.
Were you to only read the Ford Models Blog, then you could be forgiven for thinking there were only a handful of magazines in the world and all but a very few didn’t have Paris or Italia in their title. Inconceivable, I know, but one North American market has been quietly making a case to the contrary.
A week ago Paul Rowland hosted an early summer barbecue on behalf of his juggernaut of an image board. High above the din Midtown traffic on the 18th story penthouse terrace at 57 W 57 I was shown something on a smartphone display by the beautiful Ming Xi that has taken a whole seven days and another 30 seconds of interweb research to elucidate.
Beauty and absurdity…at points there is very little daylight between the two. The former ultimately meets the latter by way of excess and superfluity. It is precisely this threshold that Dutch director/artist duo Lernert & Sander explore in a new conceptual art piece for video titled “Natural Beauty.”
As far as in-between seasons are concerned, resort with its breezy presentation calendar (roughly May-July) could not be more in tune with its existential origins — the island retreat. The near total disunity between designers presenting their resort collections as opposed to the rigidity of the fall / winter and spring / summer fashion weeks has made for a delightful surprise on occasion.
Despite having rattled on about Muse 26 for a minute — Sigrid Agren & Maryna Linchuk in case you blanked — there is still much to discuss. The Australian with a fawn tattooed on her wrist has been on Paul Rowland’s board for several weeks, but has yet to make her Ford Models Blog debut until today.