I am a well-documented believer in the life-changing (or, at the very least, day-changing) potential of makeup. Many girls are completely cool with going au naturel, while others like myself are just not that into it. It’s not that I feel like I need to wear makeup to be presentable, or like I’m hideous without it. I just prefer myself with my makeup on — I don’t even wear that much of it! For a new editorial in the June issue of avant-garde cultural glossy Dazed & Confused, makeup artist Yadim took the transformative power of cosmetics and spun it on its head by turning run-of-the-mill (as if) models into flesh-and-blood rough drawings inspired by the portfolio of fashion illustrator René Gruau. A daunting concept, yes, what with the insta-recognizability of the artist’s work, but the results are startlingly true to Gruau’s distinctive vision. Check out the whole (NSFW) shoot at Fashion Gone Rogue.
Instagram is the latest billion-dollar craze, but you probably won’t see me hopping on the bandwagon. I am biologically averse to anything that leads millions of middle schoolers with iPhones to believe that they are, in fact, skilled photographers. The pictures aren’t terrible, but I hesitate to call anything produced by a smartphone app “art.” I guess it really just depends whose hands it falls into, because British fashion photographer Nick Knight has defied my reasoning with the first-ever high fashion Instagram shoot. Keep reading »
Our love of Michael Fassbender is well-documented but even we were surprised to see that he’s such a damn good editorial model. The Irish actor boasts a feature in the May issue of Vogue, starring alongside serious supermodel Natalia Vodianova in a series of stunningly gorgeous Jazz Age-inspired photographs shot by the legendary Craig McDean, and take my word for it: Fass is a natural, evoking a striking utilitarian sensibility while also giving a nod to the nouvelle vague. I’m never all that impressed by screen stars modeling with high-fashion faces, but these photos are beyond — check them out after the jump. [Vogue] Keep reading »
Photograher Hayden Wood spent a lot of time as a retoucher and graphic artist, which is probably why his photos of models posed as Barbie and Ken are so eerie. His series, Living Dolls, transforms real people into plastic dolls, sans expression, emotion or proper proportions. [Flavorwire]
In 1915, Harry Whittier Frees published a book called The Little Folks of Animal Land. In it, Frees dressed up kittens and puppies in a bunch of human scenarios and created comical scenes. Because people have generally always loved laughing at animals in people clothes — long before ICanHazCheeseburger figured it out. Click through for a bunch of cute photos of pups and kitties from ye olde times.