Numero #123- May 2011: Magazine Review
May 27, 2011 § Leave a comment
One of my favorite magazines, Numero, released their May issue last month. I’m a huge fan of the French-based publication’s dramatic and visually entertaining editorials. The #123 issue greatly lives up to that expectation.
The cover features Australian stunner Abbey Lee Kershaw in a striking, dancer-esque pose, which sets the tone for what’s inside the magazine. I love the cover because it has the capability of catching the readers’ eye on a newstand, unlike other American magazines.
While Kershaw’s face looks slightly gaunt, the rest of the frame makes up for it with its curve-enhancing top, warrior-like leather harness, and a silk skirt that elegantly blows in the wind. Titled “Performance”, this Numero cover gears the reader up for strong, energetic, and innovative editorials. Let’s review them, shall we?
1. Edita Vilkeviciute shot by Camilla Akrans
I am a huge fan of Camilla Akrans work; she has the ability to highlight the best assets of a woman with her soft photography and dimmed lighting. When I saw this editorial, I was surprised that Akrans shot it. I wasn’t used to such a stark perspective from her; the imagery felt more suited to photography duo Mert & Marcus. Nevertheless, I do love this editorial.
The depth of color used in this editorial paired with a model like Edita makes for a great combination. The lighting used casts shadows in all the right places, showing off the model’s deep cheekbones and delicate frame. Overall, the editorial gives off a Ziggy Stardust vibe, with the strong make-up and heavy outfits. I mean, who doesn’t love the ’70s? Rating: 4/5
2. Elena Sudakova by Solve Sundsbo
This editorial is one of the stranger ones that I’ve seen over the past few years. It reminds me of what goes on behind closed doors in an insane asylum. The walls, sheets, clothing, and model’s skin/hair all share the same nude color, which I find very creepy. The contortionist poses elevate the theme even further; Elena’s twists and turns makes her seem like a doll, doing whatever the photographer tells her to. This editorial seems very controlling and manipulative, which I find interesting and refreshing for a magazine. Rating: 5/5
3. Abbey Lee Kershaw by Tom Munro
Camilla Akrans strikes again with another beautiful editorial in Numero. This time, the photographer goes back to her roots with soft lighting and elegant imagery. I love the juxtaposition of Laurent’s heavy leather jacket and the pale pink rose; it makes for very simple yet stunning imagery. Even though this editorial is only a two-fold, the images are ones that will be embedded in your mind. Rating: 5/5
The Numero #123 issue is a very strong, bold, and feminine issue. While some editorials did not pose well against others, the imagery portrayed were beautiful, modern, and very memorable. Overall Rating: 4/5
Photos Courtesy of: Fashion Gone Rogue, Management Artists