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Dazed & Confused Magazine
Vol. 2 Issue #73 - May 2009
Photographer: Horst Diekgerdes
Stylist: Bryan McMahon
Models: Zdenek, Cole, Rogier, Joseph,
Craig, Chris, Jakob and Bertrand.

Whilst I had intially picked up the May '09 edition of Dazed & Confused earlier this month for the fabulous cover featuring Beth Ditto, I was rewarded by one of the most colourful and appealing menswear editorials I have seen as of late.

In a true testament to the photographer, Horst Diekgerdes, and stylist, Bryan McMahon, I felt far more excited about the pieces featured than I had previously, when solely based on the runway shows. The beautifully expressive make up and colourful garments made a wonderful combination. There was a sense of juxtaposition between the inherent elegance of the clothing, when laid aside the energy and vibrancy of the concept.

I especially enjoyed the photograph of Cole in the layered Bottega Veneta suit upon the Vivienne Westwood. The shape of his pose gave a very interesting silhouette, and with the subtle light fall off towards the right, the clothing was gently cut into shade on the left. This contrast was further emphasised through the use of the colourful make up over just the one side of his face, whilst the other sat in shadow. The shot was also brought forward towards the viewer with the trail of string falling off the bottom. Indeed this added quite a fascinating visual element with regards to the depth of the shot, despite the plain studio backdrop.

I was also intrigued by the continuation of the jewels around Bertrand's neck, in the last shot, with the speckles of paint in his beard. The subtle embroided detailing of the Gucci jacket added a beautiful depth to the black cloth. Indeed the light allowed the creation of further shades of black, which has always interested me visually. It was also fascinating to note how the detailing on the suit, especially around the shoulders, when hit by the light, created the illusion of being ostensibly level with the colourful jewels and paint drops.


Now if I could only grow a paint speckled beard...

Currently playing: This Is Not The Fire - My Tiger My Timing

xxxx

30 comments:

  1. Oooh the colors are great!
    Very different, but the shots are brilliant!

    l,
    Hannah

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  2. I love the colors and I love the face painting (make up?? I don't know the appropriate word for it) with such serious outfits!

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  3. You articulate your thoughts beautifully.

    Adore the muted tones of the kenzo look, men really need to start wearing head pieces.

    - frouu/ nadia

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  4. haha that reminds me of the Joker's make up in Batman :) And the shots are amazing!!

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  5. LOVE that third picture. It makes my life. No really. And then I read what you wrote about it, and the smile that was already on my face grew even bigger =.D

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  6. I loved this editorial. The picture of Cole is stuck on my 'inspiration wall' hah.

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  7. Wonderful photos! And a speckled beard would be awesome! ;)

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  8. These are very intriguing. There's a sense of the artist in all of the "characters" portrayed. Like this could be someone snapped in their studio.

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  9. Wow - and I thought men had it boring :)

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  10. Hahaha, you'd probably look fab in a paint speckled beard dear! Oh oh, I really like the make up in the third pic(: Very artistic...

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  11. I just don't know if I could go for that if I had that in my beard...oh..and what a pink shirt that is..very cool.

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  12. Those photos are amazing! I really like the last one, it reminds me of you!! That would be pretty awesome to have a painted beard! xxoxoxoxo

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  13. That printed top is amazing..
    xx-LJ from SOS!

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  14. fantastic..i agree, best menswear editorial ive seen in a while.
    i love the one with the beard...
    x

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  15. Givenchy Homme is so PINK!!!
    ~Please Collect a 'DEER Award' darling...Congrats!!!

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  16. Wow! These were really fascinating to see. I really liked the second pic.

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  17. oh.. i'm still recovering from the Givenchy outfit. i could say it's my favorite.

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  18. It would have been fun to be the makeup artist for this shoot---yeah, fun.

    Like the fact that in some of the shots, the models kind of reminded me of puppets or dolls---with no control over their limbs---way cool!

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  19. i'm liking the makeup in these! and the fourth shot is really cool. he looks like an extremely chic hobo :D

    meanwhile, i've just realised that i visit your blog heaps but i've never bothered to ask to exchange links until i saw your little note up there. haha i just randomly stuck you in my daily reads! so dapper kid, would you like to exchange links with me? :)

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  20. Interesting editorial ...its D & C afterall :o]

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  21. Really cool post, DK! I love the magenta outift, both on the runway and in the editorial!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  22. The clothes and colors are beautiful, I love the second photo and Cole always looks amazing in editorials!

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  23. amazing clothes and photos. What about the make-up and that feathered mask. Gorgeous. Great wonderful inspiring photos. Carla

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  24. That editorial is seriously amazing! Wow!

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  25. Omgosh fabulous! I love these outfits! They remind me of Heath Ledger's outfits..

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  26. ha these outfits rock. if only you could grow a paint speckled beard :)

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    check it out
    thanks heaps

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  28. The makeup is amazing and I love the colours! :D The pink shoes are so lovely ^^

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  29. Love the hot pink Givenchy!

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