Outer Limits – Highlighting fall’s ladylike yet nontraditional shapes, the August issue of Vogue China taps eight new comers for studio portraits lensed by Daniel Jackson. Models Andie Arthur, Anniek Kortleve, Codie Young, Julia Frauche, Laura Kampman, Magda Laguinge, Melissa Stasiuk, Ondria Hardin, Tian Yi and Xiao Wen dons a luxe selection of outerwear styled by Alastair McKimm. Designs from the likes Balenciaga, Jil Sander, Haider Ackermann and Celine take the spotlight with transformative hair and makeup by Yadim and Yannick D’iS.
Neon Lights – Kenzo taps Chinese model Xiao Wen for its fall 2012 campaign photographed by French photographer Jean Paul Goude. Starring alongside male model Simon Sabbah, the two form a perfect X shape in front of a background of neon lights forming the Kenzo logo. Xiao and Simon wear matching sweaters adorned with a tiger illustration and form-fitting pants. (WWD)
Olympic Hopefuls – Opening Ceremony teams up with adidas Originals for a capsule collection made in anticipation for the upcoming summer Olympics. Starring Camille Rowe and Xiao Wen, the style book images showcase the swimwear and streetwear inspired looks. Explosive prints and sporty silhouettes dominate the capsule collection in photos shot by Josh Olins with styling by Jay Massacret.
Anja Rubik (Next)
BLK Beauties – Photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin recently held a casting and shot 100 women in the BLK DNM Tux Jacket 11. We have a selection of the stunning black and white portraits featuring models Anja Rubik, Aline Weber, Alyssa Miller, Behati Prinsloo, Cara Delevingne, Charlotte Free, Dorothea Barth Jorgensen, Dotuzen Kroes, Elisa Sednaoui, Jamie Bochert, Kel Markey, Lily Donaldson, Maryna Linchuk, Maud Welzen and Xiao Wen–but you can view all 100 images on BLKDNMCloseup.com.
Wild West – Xiao Wen looks ready to duel in a cowgirl chic ensemble featuring Miu Miu boots for the June-July cover of Numéro China. The Chinese model was photographed by Tiziano Magni with styling by Joseph Carle for the new issue.
Otherworldly Beauty – Xiao Wen covers the April issue of Numéro China in a garment from Chanel’s spring haute couture collection. The Chinese model poses for Tiziano Magni’s lens with a wild hairdo and purple eye shadow.
Keeping it Simple – Sonia Rykiel creative director April Crichton created a pared down showing of sophisticated knitwear and suiting for the label’s fall 2012 collection presented during Paris Fashion Week. Using a muted color palette of pewter, ash grey, black and sherbet, the Rykiel woman embraces mix and match separates for the new season with a modern edge. Asymmetrical hemlines, thin belts and cropped jackets all dominated the runway as models sported slick hair matched with headbands. A finale of mostly sheer black ensembles brought a sense of dark romanticism to the practical collection.
Ricci’s Dark Elegance – For fall 2012, Nina Ricci creative director Peter Copping delivered dark elegance with an autumn color palette of inky black, plum, burgundy and ash grey dominating the runway. Despite the gothic colors, the Ricci woman was still her ladylike self with fur embellished gloves, hourglass silhouettes and modest hemlines. Lush wool coats were matched with sheer chiffon pieces and heavy knits. Using a mix of the classic and the modern, Copping managed to give the signature Ricci sophistication a slight edge for the upcoming autumn.
DSquared2′s Teenage Dream – Well known for collections with quirky themes, the fall 2012 showing from DSquared2 designers Dan and Dean Caten went back in time for their own take on 1960′s high school fashions. Opening with modified versions of the pencil skirt, knitted cardigan and cigarette pants, models walked the runway with cigarettes in gloved hands and teased tresses. A color palette of powder pink, forest green, canary yellow and light blue transformed into black as the Catens took on evening wear or “prom fashions”. Black, slinky gowns adorned with jewelry and sparkling sequins closed the show for a more sumptuous take on the upcoming autumn.
Missoni’s Slinky Fall – After last season’s explosion of colors, the fall 2012 collection from Missoni muted the color palette and focused on form-fitting shapes for the new season. Designer Angela Missoni created cozy yet seductive knitwear in dreamy tones of sage green, camel, ash grey and burgundy. Accessories included thin belts above the waist, fur hats, latex gloves and boots with chunky heels. Of course, Missoni’s signature prints were also put on full display with a mix and match of luxe winter layers.