(NSFW) Vogue Paris – October ’11 Issue Review

October 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Sasha Pivovarova shot by Mert & Marcus

 When I first saw Vogue Paris’ cover for their October issue, my jaw dropped. The cover of Vogue Paris is coveted by many models, as not all of them are chosen for it. I’ve been impatiently waiting to see when Sasha Pivovarova was going to grace the cover; finally her moment has come.

The Russian model looks nothing like herself in this cover shot, but it works. She is transformed into a blonde sexpot with curves and a “come hither” stare who is bold and brazen, thanks to Mert & Marcus’s famous color saturation. While this cover screams July rather than October, it is fresh and stands out from the other magazine covers (October is usually a boring cover month).

Let’s take a look inside!

1. “Les Feux de la Ville” featuring Arizona Muse, shot by Inez & Vinoodh

I never understood the buzz surrounding newcomer Arizona Muse, but after seeing her performance in this editorial I saw why she was so favored in the industry. Inez and Vinoodh photography is always bold, and Muse’s various facial expressions pair nicely with it. The open mouth, red lip and expensive jewelry all make for a campy editorial. Yet I don’t mind it because it injects some humour into an otherwise serious magazine. I also enjoy that the background of the close-up shots are a location, rather than a boring white studio backdrop. It provides some dimension and flavor to the editorial.

Rating: 5/5

Click here to see the full editorial

 2. “La Deesse” featuring Isabeli Fontana, shot by Mario Sorrenti

 

Mario Sorrenti is an incredibly talented photographer and Isabeli Fontana is a modelling heavyweight (and one of my favorites in the game). So to pair both for a location shoot is bound to leave the viewer with some serious eye candy. This editorial finds Fontana channelling supermodel Stephanie Seymour in a glossy 80s-inspired shoot. The high-waisted wet look leggings, the chunky crop jackets and the piled-on gold accessories are all throwback looks but are brought to “now” with the straightforward styling, modern poses and delicate lighting. I love how the styling highlights Fontana’s perfect body as well. All in all, it is a sultry and successful editorial.

Rating: 4/5

Click here to see the full editorial

3. “Fatale?” featuring Sasha Pivovarova & Anja Rubik, shot by Mert & Marcus

This editorial, which derives from the issue’s cover, is my favorite out of the bunch. Models Anja Rubik and Sasha Pivovarova are extremely talented when it comes to posing and giving face, so to have them both in such a sexy editorial was a great choice by Emmanuelle Alt. I like that Rubik’s shot are in black and white, and Pivovarova’s shots are both in black and white and in color. Both models get to excel in their own ways. Rubik knows how to exude sex appeal with or without clothes on, so having her in the black and white shots further highlight her beautiful body and stunning face. Having the cover girl fully nude was unexpected, but it was refreshing to see Pivovarova step outside her comfort zone and give her fans something new. The ultraviolet light, white-hot hair and leather amps up the sex appeal as well.

Rating: 5/5

Click here to see the full editorial

4. Par-dela Les Nuages featuring Maglosia Bela, shot by David Sims

With all the overtly sexy and exposed editorials in this issue, it is nice to see an editorial that strictly focuses on the art aesthetics of photography. While this editorial with Maglosia Bela (another model heavyweight) is refreshing to see, it doesn’t pack the same punch as the other editorials. The posing is stagnant and dull, and the location is lifeless. The execution of the photography itself is a bit off. In some places the focus is clear and in others it is foggy; it makes the work seem a bit amateur and not arty.

Rating: 2/5

 Click here to see the full editorial

5. Rebelle featuring Hanaa Ben Abdesslem, shot by Claudia Knoepfel and Stefan Indlefofer

I love this editorial’s 80s-Madonna reference with the leather vest, page-boy cap and boyish poses. The influence is blatant but the magazine makes it their own and very Parisian with the model’s cool demeanor and nonchalant styling.

Rating: 3/5

Click here to see the full editorial

6. Une Femme Pressée featuring Joan Smalls, shot by Hans Feurer

Looking at this editorial took me back to when I was a little girl growing up in the 90s and browsing through the pages of Vogue US. From the styling to the bright colors to the saturated photography tones, this editorial screams 90s urban glam. Smalls exudes 90s supermodel with her confident poses and strong demeanor. I like how the editorial brings the 90s into modern-day with the addition of neon and metallic accessories. The editorial is a mesh of the future and the past, which makes for a visually fun editorial.

Rating: 4/5

Click here to see the full editorial

Wrap-up:

Vogue Paris’s October issue is definitely a strong one. I like that the editorials weren’t too fussy with the lighting/design and let the models and the clothing shine. Each editorial varies from one another, and gives the magazine interesting dimensions of art concepts. The magazine also used some of the top models in the business; the models alone dominated their given editorial and made it their own.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Photos Courtesy of: Fashion Screen LiveJournal, Vogue Paris Twitter, World Mags

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