(NSFW) And The Best September Issue Goes To…

September 21, 2011 § 1 Comment

Every year, fashion lovers around the world impatiently wait for the highly anticipated drop of the September issue. These fashion magazines aren’t the regular monthly issue. These September issues are thick, heavy, and filled with all the latest fashion trends and tips for the forthcoming year. September marks the new year for the fashion industry, hence their grave importance. These issue releases are almost as exciting as the first morning of Christmas!

After perusing through various editorials from magazines across the globe, I finally settled on one issue: Numero #126

As seen evident in my blog posts, I have always admired and loved Numero. Their magazine issues are always sexy, interesting, and above the norm. I did try to be as unbiased as possible as I browsed through the September 2011 issues, but Numero captured my attention the most. Shot by the master himself, Karl Lagerfeld, the September cover is stark, clean, and a nice change from all of the other fussy and colorful magazine issues. The cover also features some great models: Karmen Pedaru, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Anja Rubik, Stella Tennant and Saskia de Brauw. Titled Heroines, the issue provides the reader with editorials that focuses on the strong and confident woman.

Let’s take a look inside!

1. Bagatelle featuring Aymeline Valade, shot by Liz Collins

I love this editorial because of the empowering theme. Valade is portrayed as a woman who is strong and sexy, two things that many women strive for! The overall theme of the editorial is a bit dominatrix, but it is done in great taste. Collins’ use of the dark lightning sets the tone of the photos, creating a mysterious mood for the viewers. I like how the lighting casts shadows on the model and solely highlights the angles of her cheeks, the muscles in her arms, and the curve of her bosom.

This technique is very suggestive, and I always look forward to that in editorials. I don’t like it when editorials play it too safe. The clothes are great as well. The combination of leather, bustiers and cut-outs amplify the sex appeal of the editorial. I also adore the sequined top that resembles bubble wrap; it provides a lighteness to an otherwise heavy editorial.

Rating: 4/5

View the entire editorial here

2. Love is in the Air featuring Eniko Mihalik, shot by Anthony Maule


Eniko is a model who knows how to give good face. The way she creates new facial expressions and molds her body shape in photo shoots makes her one of the most talented models in the industry (and I’m not just saying that because she is one of my favorites). A black and white theme with classic pieces is always makes for a stunning editorial. Not having color in the editorial provides a challenge for photographers, because any flaws become even more obvious. But Maule handles it perfectly.

The movement in this editorial is so fun and captivating; Maule does a great job of capturing Eniko’s moves. When editorials have movement, it makes the clothes come alive on the model. That is probably what I love most about these photos. My favorite shot in this editorial is the close-up of Eniko’s face. She is a gorgeous model as it is, but to place a delicate veil over her face transforms her classic beauty into something more seductive. I love it!

Rating: 4/5

View the entire editorial here

3. Madone featuring Abbey Lee Kershaw, shot by Sebastian Kim

I’m a huge fan of Gothic Romanticism in fashion design, so when a magazines uses that reference in an editorial they’ve immediately won me over. Combine that with a feature of one of my favorite models, and you’ve got me hooked! I’m not religious by any means, but I do appreciate the artistry of Catholicism. The clash of the delicate clothing combined with the heavy jewelry and headpieces is done just right; the styling is executed beautifully. Abbey’s expressions and poses are also a strong factor in this editorial; they make the editorial even more dramatic and story-like.

Rating: 5/5

View the entire editorial here

4. Hommage a Win featuring Daphne Groeneveld & Pascal Greggory, shot by Peter Lindbergh

Once again, the viewers are provided with a beautiful black and white editorial (and this is not even the last one)! I was first drawn to this editorial because of its cinematic quality. Lindbergh does a great job of capturing the emotions from the models, in order to create a mood of hurt, separation, and love. Greggory is an established actor in the industry, and his talent is highlighted in this editorial.

His facial expressions seem tangible and relatable to the viewer. I think he actually upstaged Daphne in this photo shoot! Her stances and facial expressions seemed forced to me; I feel like she could have made more of an effort to show the viewer that her and Greggory are portraying a couple in love. The only factor that I like about Daphne’s role is her styling; the wings are delicate and reflect the peacefulness that her character may be feeling.

Rating: 3/5

View the entire editorial here

5. Toni Garnn shot by Sean & Seng

When I was browsing through the editorials in this issue, I was shocked to come across one like this! The editorial is stark, unfussy, and surprisingly natural in comparison to the other editorials! The unexpected aspect that this editorial has is what makes it so unique, even for Numero! I love that this lighting is realistic; you can actually see the model’s face.

I also enjoy the cinematic quality to the shoot as well. The locations in the editorial remind me of stills from the set of an action movie! While I do commend the confidence that the creative director of this shoot had, I do think he or she could have pushed the envelope a bit more. This editorial is a good foundation for something that could be truly groundbreaking! 

Rating: 3.5/5

View the entire editorial here

6. Jac shot by Greg Kadel

This editorial (another black and white concept) just oozes glamour and wealth! I usually don’t see Jac in an editorial like this one, so it was nice to see a model try something new. The furs, the excessive jewelry, and the expensive gowns are all styled in a way that is classy and not gaudy. The wild-child hair roughs up the static looks, which adds some whimsy into the editorial.

Rating: 4/5

View the entire editorial here

Wrap-up:

The September issue of Numero magazine is a very strong one that stood out amongst the other hundreds of worldwide publications. The editorials included talented models, even more talented photographers, and some exceptional styling. The concepts of the photo shoots were innovative and dramatic, a concept that not many magazines can accomplish successfully. I always look to Numero for great editorial content, and I’m glad that this issue did not disappoint!

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Photos Courtesy of: Fashion Copious, Made in Presse, Models.com, Norifacade LiveJournal, TFS member scans (Carla-A, MelancholyBaby)

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