Gisele Balloons Vogue
Vogue UK‘s colourful December 2011 cover is my favourite of theirs, in 2011 retrospective. Just look at it! Not only do we have supermodel Gisele Bundchen styled to stun (thanks to Lucinda Chambers), but the rest of the ‘cast’ includes photographer Mario Testino, make-up artist Linda Cantello, and gorgeous hair expertise of Oribe.

Ryan Gosling GQ Russia
Holy…..who turned the heat on? Though many male-only editorials are about as useful as a bedtime story, I am obsessed with GQ Russia‘s November 2011 cover and spread featuring (comeback kid?) Ryan Gosling, who is promoting his new film Drive. With Mario Testino‘s photography capturing a playful young actor in commendable styling, I don’t have a single piece of criticism to share. Bravo! View Post

Burberry Prorsum SS12
Award for the most tech-savvy show of Spring/Summer 2012? Unless someone in Milan or Paris pulls out a teleporation device, it’s going to have to be Burberry. Not only were my favourite Fashion Week travellers in attendance (Kanye West, Sienna Miller, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Anna Wintour, Olivier Theyskens, Rachel Zoe, and Mario Testino), but the rest of the internet seemed to be in attendance too. There was a Tweetwalk, live stream, and instant online shopability for the collection (though the pre-orders won’t be mailed for six months). An excellently digital production.

And then there were the clothes. In reflect, it looks like designer Christopher Bailey was heavily influenced by London’s non-existent summers, as it was the darkest colour palette of the entire week and had a gorgeous abundance of plum and teal trenchcoats that were styled with incredibly detailed, wide belts. Patterns were large, rustic, and that tribal trend definitely found it’s way in.

The key anchor to this collection? Time. Time spent on constructing basket-woven sleeves, raffia hoods and beaded collars. Time spent on perfecting the ideals around pattern-complimentary wedges and oversized handbags. Time that equals justified pricepoint. View Post

Charlotte Casiraghi Vogue
Though British and American Vogue opted for the stun of a supermodel to front their September issues for 2011, Vogue Paris chose French royalty, Charlotte Casiraghi. The beautiful granddaughter of Grace Kelly and fourth in line to the throne of Monaco was shot by Mario Testino – a man who can boast being behind the lens of all three major international September Vogue covers. The unkempt glamour shot is captivating, and much more unwound than I would have expected from the dark-haired beauty.

Freja Beha Erichsen Vogue UK September 2011
The effervescent Freja Beha Erichsen shines on the cover of British Vogue‘s September 2011 issue, marking her third cover for Vogue’s posher partner. The aqua-hued dress and star-spangled accessories are both from Dolce & Gabbana‘s Fall/Winter 2011 collection, and the cover was shot by Mario Testino.