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Tom Ford’s Lingerie Renaissance
Posted by richard | September 15, 2013

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What happens when you take an international style arbiter, an A-list designer and a bunch of luxury lingerie labels, and put them to work imitating a Renaissance master with a flair for violent Biblical themes?

You get Candy Vaggio, an R-rated and very irreverent spin on the Italian painter Caravaggio.

Designer Tom Ford shot the controversial teaser series for ex-Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld‘s eagerly anticipated new style magazine CR Fashion Book.

The shoot includes one candy-colored tableau and one featuring mostly black pieces, and has raised a few eyebrows for its use of slightly plus-sized models.

Lingerie lovers will spot pieces from Agent Provocateur, Rosamosario, Fleur du Mal, Natori and Victoria’s Secret in the puzzle-like compositions. But the biggest shout-out goes to UK luxury independent Tallulah Love, which has three of its colorful bras featured in the second image below.

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Veiled Beauty
Posted by richard | April 24, 2013
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Karl Templer‘s Interview Magazine welcomes the arrival of spring this month with a vibrant, color-drenched photospread featuring pieces you can’t afford: lingerie looks from the world’s leading couture design houses.

Shot by Craig McDean against a background of color-blocked geometric shapes, the “Seduction” editorial features underwear-outerwear pieces from Prada, Balenciaga, Cavalli, Versace, McQueen and other brands best known for their womenswear collections.

The image above features a bustier and skirt from Alberta Ferretti. More images and product info are below, and you can see the full series here at Interview.

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Bra, Alexander McQueen.
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Bustier and skirt, Burberry.
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Top, Versace; bra, T by Alexander Wang.
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Bra and skirt, Calvin Klein.
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Bra and skirt, Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere.
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Bustier, Roberto Cavalli.
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Bustier, Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere.
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Bra and skirt, Prada.

It takes a delicate blend of technical skill and artistic sensibility to pull off a great lingerie photoshoot. Clichés are hard to avoid, critics will accuse you of shilling for fashion brands, and you’re always straddling the line between erotica and pornography.

Such challenges make the work of the world’s leading fashion photographers all the more impressive. And 2012 brought us some remarkably creative and courageous work from magazines, fotogs and models who collaborated to find new ways to celebrate the female form in various stages of undress.

We looked at hundreds of magazine editorials from 2012 that focused on lingerie fashions and chose the images below as a representative sample of this evolving artform. You’ll see some familiar names: the incomparable Ellen von Unwerth, Mert & Marcus, Greg Kadel; leading models like Karlie, Miranda, Constance (no surnames necessary!) and more; and some very exciting work from the pages of V Magazine, I-D, Schon, W, Numero as well as all the big books.

As for the lingerie, there’s a whole world of it in here; we’ll leave it to you to spot your favorite brands.

We’ve included a few items of commercial work not used in consumer magazines, but our list does not cover marketing campaigns by the brands themselves. Where possible, we’ve included both the model’s and photographer’s names.

Finally, if they gave out prizes for such things, the year’s crowning achievement for lingerie fashion editorials would have to go to the image above: Victoria Beckham in Elle mag, shot by Karl Lagerfeld on the mirrored staircase of Coco Chanel‘s Paris mansion. A once-in-a-lifetime moment and an instantly iconic image in a year filled with them.

Chanel Iman by David Roemer in DELUXE
Stefania Ivanescu by Tibi Clenci for FASHION GONE ROGUE
Nurgul Yesilcay in GQ TURKEY
Candice Swanepoel by Mert & Marcus for Brian Atwood footwear
(the campaign banned from New York billboards for being too racy)
Cihan Alpgiray for ELLE TURKEY
Ashley Smith by Ellen von Unwerth for GALORE
Constance Jablonski by Greg Kadel in VOGUE ITALIA
Karlie Kloss in NUMERO
Ginta Lapina by Greg Kadel in NUMERO
Martyna Frankow in GIOIA
‘Heart Breaker’ by Ellen von Unwerth in LOVECAT
Emily Jean Bester in RUSSH
Swanny by Klaas Jan Kliphuis in SCHON
Miranda Kerr in ESQUIRE UK
Julia Nobis in W KOREA
Victoria by Jesse Laitinen in ACNE
Saskia De Brauw in H&M MAGAZINE
Rachael Taylor by Michael Flores in TWELV
Paz De La Huerta in S MODA
Valerie Van Der Graaf by Pierre Dal Corso in LOVECAT
Evan Rachel Wood in FLAUNT
Megan Collison in VOGUE RUSSIA
Malina Corpadean for FASHION
Clara Alonso (wearing The Lake and Stars) in ELLE VIETNAM
Codie Young in BLACK
Kate Upton by Matt Jones in COSMOPOLITAN
Victoria Beckham in NUMERO TOKYO
Wedding lingerie feature in VOGUE BRAZIL
Zosia Nowak in ELLE GREECE
Anthony Vacarrello in V
Alyona Subbotina in GRAVURA
Caitlin Lomax in ZOO
Camille Rowe by Ellen von Unwerth in GREY
Editorial feature in FASHION QUARTERLY NZ
Iris Van Berne in NYLON
Natalia Vodianova by Mert & Marcus in W
Madison Headrick in VISION CHINA
Iris P in ELLE NETHERLANDS
Codie Young in SCHON (inspired by the film ‘Secretary’)
Rosie Huntington-Whitely in HARPERS BAZAAR UK
Karen Nuernberg in GQ ITALIA
Laragh McCann in ELLE FRANCE
Claudia Schiffer by Ellen von Unwerth for GUESS 30th Anniversary campaign
Garbo Unclothed: The Photo Series
Posted by richard | October 17, 2012

If you didn’t get a chance to visit the Greta Dreams photo exhibition in New York last week, we have the full series for you today.

The show combined the talents of Parisian lingerie designer and stylist Britta Uschkamp and NYC photographer Amber Rima.

Together they posed actress/writer Lauren LoGiudice in a series of portraits that were meant to complement LoGiudice’s new play, Garbo Dreams, about the reclusive screen icon’s battles with fame and loneliness. The play can be seen tomorrow (Oct. 18) at the Porter Contemporary Gallery in Chelsea.

Below are the series of 10 portraits from the Greta Dreams collaboration, with details on the lingerie pieces used.

‘Musical Forest’ silk dress & silk shorty by Britta Uschkamp;
Ballerina heels by Balmain
Bra by Chantal Thomass; high-waist briefs by Cheap Monday
Bra, knickers by Agent Provocateur; silk robe by Samantha Chang
Bra & knickers by Cheap Monday; printed silk blouse by Else;
Lounge pants by Samantha Chang
‘Beauty’ silk nightie by Britta Uschkamp; tulle/lace nightie by Samantha Chang;
Ruffled pink garter belt by Agent Provocateur; stockings by Sneaky Fox
Open scarf bra, double thong and silk scarf by Britta Uschkamp;
Vintage rolled-down romper; shoes by Pring
French knickers by Agent Provocateur; vintage bra;
Ropes by Britta Uschkamp; bracelet by Swarovski
Lace bra by Jagoda; silk scarves & ‘Rainbow Princess’ nightie by Britta Uschkamp;
Scarf by Marlies Dekkers; lace bow by Darja Richter; tulle/lace boyshort by Samantha Chang
Triangle bra & knickers by Underprotection
Same as above