Reality television protégé Shanina Shaik is making a nice career out of looking divine in next-to-nothing. After placing second in Make Me A Supermodel back in 2008, she’s landed successive gigs for Victoria’s Secret alongside fellow antipodeans Miranda Kerr and Jess Hart, and now sizzles in the pages of Australian Vogue’s January 2013 issue.
Taking athletic swimsuits by Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors and Jets for an off-road test drive, Shanina is yet more proof that killing it in a modeling competition shot for reality television doesn’t always end careers before it starts them. Parading around in brightly-coloured lycra and things held together primarily by sequins and underwire is no doubt her vocation, but it’s not hard to see her making an equally sizeable splash in RTW. Shanina modelled for labels such as Shipley & Halmos, Catherine Malandrino, Ann Taylor and Jason Wu in New York before walking in the Chanel Pre-Fall 2012 presentation in Paris. She has also featured in advertisements for General Pants, RMK, Revlon, Seafolly and Urban Outfitters.
The Vogue shoot was lensed Todd Barry on the New South Wales Central Coast, with barely-there makeup and tousled hair courtesy of Kellie Stratton and a really unfair genetic code.
Images: Chic Management
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When you want to create images with a nostalgic, cinematic feel, your go-to guy is Peter Lindbergh. That signature aesthetic of his is fully evident in Bottega Veneta’s Spring 2013 ad campaign, which features Freja Beha Erichsen and Baptiste Radufe. The collection was beautiful when it made its way down the runway and the clothes translate wonderfully in the campaign.
“Really enjoying what I'm seeing so far,” TomFordforGucci commented. “I like that they went for the natural face, tousled hair, etc. rather than the glamorous bombshell we've seen a million times over.”
“The photography is absolutely gorgeous, what a beautiful use of light. Makes everything look so desirable,” Wolkfolk noted. “One of the top campaigns of the season for sure,” he concluded.
Even those who didn’t necessarily appreciate the collection were taken by the ads. “This is absolutely beautiful,” Psylocke remarked. “I agree that Lindbergh once again managed to make a simple shot look very cinematic and atmospheric. I find both the dress and the bag really ugly but I don't mind, the outfit seems like such an essential part of the narrative here. The strong pose and her intense stare are very captivating. I'm completely in love with this.”
I’m completely in love with it too – especially that first image with Freja in the red flower print dress. When I look at that photo I want to be that girl, and doesn’t Bottega Veneta kind of want me (and everyone else) to be that girl too?
Images: Bottega Veneta via the Fashion Spot forums.
We’ve only seen the subscriber cover, but so far, we’re obsessed with Naomi Watts (who’s starring in an upcoming film as the late Princess Diana) on Vogue Australia’s February issue. Styled by Stevie Dance, Watts is pictured in a ruffled green Gucci gown against a multicolored floral background with the caption “Fashion in Full Bloom.”
“This is absolutely beautiful!” birdyandme exclaimed. “Naomi looks gorgeous here, and everything about the cover is a huge hit for me; the colors, the pose; the gown.”
“Love Naomi!” MulletProof gushed. “And that background is gorgeous,” she added.
YoninahAliza posted: “This is an amazingly beautiful cover; from Naomi's pose, to the gown, the background, and the minimal text…it's the whole package. What I really appreciate about this cover is that Vogue Australia was able to take a celebrity who's career/life-story I've never particularly followed and suddenly make me interested in reading an interview with her and seeing an editorial with her, just from the cover alone. Very impressive and I'll be honest, not something that happens a lot these days. And now I'm actually more curious about seeing her performance as Princess Diana, someone who I've admired since I was a little girl. So well done Vogue Australia!”
Well done, indeed. Vogue Australia went through a bit of a regime change last year, but it doesn’t seem to have hurt them one bit. They keep turning out beautiful cover after beautiful cover, and I look forward to seeing what they do to try to top this one as the year progresses.
Magazine cover photographed by Fashion Spot forum member AL92.
Gucci pared back its ad campaign this season, going for a type of minimalism reminiscent of Tom Ford’s era at the brand. Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott photographed models Anja Rubik and Karmen Pedaru against a simple grey background sporting looks primarily of one color (from what we’ve seen thus far). Forum members couldn’t get enough of the campaign.
“Gorgeous,” wrote WolkFolk. “The minimalism of the ad reminds me of the good old glory days of the brand. Perfect way to capture the collection and the girls look absolutely stunning.”
Kokobombon posted, “The good old days are back!!! I’ll take 1990s minimalism over the over-the-top opulence of recent campaigns any day of the week.”
“I think they both look incredible,” Psylocke commented on the models. “Very good job on the hair, makeup and editing. This is really good for a Gucci campaign. I'm surprised by how they managed to make such a huge turnaround from all of the last few years' campaigns and yet it still looks so right, it totally works. I love this!”
Personally, it wasn’t until I saw the second image that the throwback Gucci feeling clicked for me. Between the simple lines of the clothes and the light and tone of the background I got a flashback of the infamous Spring 2004 campaign photographed by Mario Testino featuring Carmen Kass and Louise Pederson with a “G” shaved into her nether regions. I don’t anticipate this campaign getting quite so scandalous, but I appreciate the new “old” route Gucci seems to be exploring with this campaign and I'm curious to see more of it.
Images scanned by Fashion Spot forum member Northern Star.
Meghan Collison tends to be more edgy than ethereal, but dress her in pastels and put her in a surreal under-the-sea setting as lensed by Tim Walker and art directed by Ronnie Cooke Newhouse, and you have Mulberry’s whimsical Spring 2013 ad campaign.
Walker, who photographed Lindsey Wixson in a Where the Wild Things Are-esque campaign for Mulberry’s Fall 2012 collection, described his vision for this season to WWD:
“I wanted to focus on the girl as part of the landscape, rather than a character within it. Thus the pictures of Meghan Collison become more like portraits. She was…able to hold your gaze, but almost otherworldly, she inhabits a dreamscape.”
Cooke Newhouse noted:
“Mulberry campaigns always tell a fantastical story. The campaign is located in a kind of lunar landscape below the sea…in a world that almost exists but may be more of a beautiful dream.”
Whatever the inspiration, forum members responded to the resulting images. “Soft, feminine, elegant and very beautiful! I love it!” MON exclaimed.
Greenway commented, “I love it, it's so strange to see the soft side of Meghan…but the art direction and styling woos me.”
“I love the styling and backdrop for these advertisements, they just work so well together,” YoninahAliza shared. “It's a beautiful campaign, Mulberry and Tim Walker are always a delightful combination!”
Though I’m not typically one for pastels, there’s something about Meghan in this campaign that, like Greenway, is wooing me. It could just be the fact that Meghan looks as though she's some sort of nymph who was dropped into the landscape of a mermaid snow globe (sea globe, sand globe?) that I had as a child. I prefer to believe that it’s the charm of the brilliant Walker-Cooke Newhouse combo though – because this campaign is much cooler than that glittery old globe thing I used to have.
Images: Mulberry via the Fashion Spot forums.