2 August 2009

Simply Bewitching


The Natural
Model: Eniko Mihalik
Photographer: Emma Summerton
Stylist: Charlotte Stockdale
Vogue Nippon (June 2009)

Last night I watched the excellent film adaptation of The Crucible written by Miller himself. It was one which I had not seen in quite a while, and was thankfully better than I had remembered. As the narration unfolded my thoughts strayed into the realm of the historical basis of witchcraft and the fear of feminine sexuality.

There was in fact a time in Europe where many Germanic villages had but only a handful of women between them. Accusations of witchcraft were rife, and they were to be found wherever one could possibly even think to look. The Bible stated "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live" (ª), and the people were all too keen to abide.

It was believed that women had sold their souls to the Devil, and that their hyper-sexuality aimed to ensnare and ruin men. Of course femininity and sexuality have always seemed to go hand-in-hand, although only really in the minds of men. Yet the most interesting distinction for me, is that between sexuality and sensuality.

Sexuality tends to be blunt and direct in its approach. It tends to be of seeking to fulfil that preconceived social ideal that is most often uncomfortable and, if I may use the expression, tacky. However sensuality is by far the more elegant option. It is of understated sexuality, and the beautiful expression thereof. Sensuality will always be more appealing to me, simply because it feels so much more natural and instinctive. Indeed sensuality is what I find so fascinating about the editorial above, and I doubt that sexuality could have produced the same captivating charm.

(ª) Exodus 22:18 as written in the King James version. Although variations to the verse exist, the differences lie in the word witch being replaced by sorceress.

Currently playing: 23 - Jimmy Eat World

xxxx

76 comments:

  1. for me sensuality is about something being suggested, about what is not seen, and the mystery of something hidden

    and I see that in these shots, where the models are turned away or are holding the fabric close to their body.

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  2. Beautiful editorial. Eniko Mihalik is a Hungarian tresury. :-) Do you like it? :-)

    XoXo

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  3. wow..I always thought that was something here in the states back then. Not Europe but then again, people were trying to escape from there... You can even see that sort of thing in Tim Burton's Sleepy Hallow which I thought was excellent since at the time I had been reading a nonfiction book about the first murder in NYC which took place about the time of Sleepy Hallow. When in fact there had been plenty of murder only the justice system played it off. .. "oh, they just drowned in the river..." Of course, in the movie the NYPD a the time couldn't wait to get Depps character shipped out because he really was so scientific in his detective work... It seems the past wasn't much in to progress.

    Some rather foreboding and gothic pics.

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  4. Great photos. Very sexy.

    I hope you are doing better. Take care.

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  5. What an amazing post. I liked how you came about it. Very informative and so much more.

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  6. Sexuality is god given and natural, without it being forced, overrated or over exposed. I love these photos-the skill of the photography and the poses of the model.

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  7. Sexuality and sensuality seem so different, I suppose it would all depend on the person - and the moment - as to what they would prefer. Yet, sensuality is such a lovelier word - in terms anyway.

    The photos are really quite intriguing in a bewitched way, which I could see from the start was the intent. Everything is elegant about these shots.

    I'm glad you're feeling better dear :)

    xo,
    hk

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  8. yes, there is a difference between sensuality and sexuality. Hmm I think the 8th one ...second from the bottom... is in my opinion the more sensual one.

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  9. it is indeed a very sensual editorial

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  10. Sucha great model. She suits the concept so well.

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  11. I see sensuality as a feeling that evokes emotion out of you, and this editorial definitely does that.

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  12. Absolutely gorgeous photos! Fabulous post, DK!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  13. i am so in love with this session!

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  14. I really like this blog entry- its such a good point to touch upon and I think the third picture perfectly describes what you are talking about. Quality topic right here

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  15. Great shots. You write so beautifully. Wonderful post.

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  16. Wow this is such a gorgeous photo shoot! I agree very sexual, but beautiful to me nonetheless.

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  17. Thank you for your wonderful comment! ANd I do agree, that sometimes sensuality is confused with sexuality-- and honestly, what's the fun in that?

    Would you like to exchange blog links?

    Be sure and drop by & follow! It would really make my day. :)

    -Laila
    www.randomweavings.blogspot.com

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  18. tantalizing and bewitching spread..
    xx-LJ from SOS!

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  19. I'd have to agree with Soren Lorensen's thoughts on sensuality.. there's an allure about not knowing something. This layout is hot, for lack of a better description (well, sensual works too haha). I like how you tied it together with "The Crucible". I read that in English this year, and we watched the movie; Winona Rider played Abigail in the version we watched (we referred to her as "Slutty Abigail" :P).

    I hope you have a marvelous week, DK!
    peace&love,
    nicole.

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  20. i MUST agree - and never really thought about it that way. I do prefer sensuality. and the photos are gorgeous. i love the lighting and the shiny skin!

    thank you for your lovely comment... i take it you're out of the hosp now? my tooth is much better, yay!

    was wondering if you would like to exchange links? =)

    x

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  21. For some reason, this reminds me of a dirty Tinkerbell----a bit raunchy and sensual.

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  22. Love the third photo. The collection as a whole has such a sultry vibe with a little bit of crazy in her eyes. Beautiful.
    Oh and Jimmy Eat World is AWESOME in concert. I saw them last year, it was fantastic!

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  23. so well written DK! Certainly sensual with capital S!

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  24. I enjoyed reading this post...very well written and great editorial!

    Have a great start to the week DP!

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  25. I have always found it interesting that the parameters of "sexuality" have been dictated by men. Anywho...I love the spread! Eniko's body is fantastic and I love the styling.

    Paz
    Diego
    Freefall Blog
    http://freefallblog.blogspot.com

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  26. nice choice of editorial photos!

    -Jason
    http://www.citizencouture.com

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  27. beautiful editorial!

    and i will have to watch that movie, sounds intriguing!

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  28. So are you saying I should revisit the Crucible which made me cringe in highschool? You make it sound so much more interesting than I remember it.

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  29. There's such a fine line in fashion, and the fact that women are embracing editorials with a sadistic or misogynistic bent is a bit disturbing. But maybe that's the point of editorial-- to stir up the imagination a little, to make us slightly uncomfortable, but not overly so. Because ultimately, it's about selling hte clothes, selling the image.

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  30. Stunning photos.
    I agree with you on the sensuality versus sexuality comparison. Sexuality seems impersonal, while sensuality is more intimate...and of course I prefer the latter as well. ;)

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  31. oh i really like eniko mihalik, especially in the new h&m campaign!

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  32. Sensuality is so much more intriguing than sexuality!

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  33. Lovely editorial and a fascinating read. I think dictionaries tend to lump sexuality and sensuality together. I agree that sensuality is more understated and elegant. I would pick apart the word and say it's derived from giving pleasure to the senses, therefore it can be related to anything from a touch, smell or taste that will entrance the body and mind. I do think these images sum it up best, because it's not about the model putting herself out there but instead being captivated by a force that's putting her in that state of pleasure.

    Hope you have a terrific week ahead!

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  34. I love that spread. Its very circus meets hut/islander. Beautiful.

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  35. stunning spread, I fully agree with you on the distinction between sexuality and sensuality. Beautiful written. I hope you had a great weekend and that you are feeling better!

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  36. I perfer sensuality rather than sexuality myself! One of the reasons why I love reading your posts is that you explain fashion in a way people can understand. Eniko is one of my favorite models and I adore this editorial! xxoxoxoxo

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  37. such a sexy editorial. it is so raw and natural.

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  38. lol @ D bible says suffer a witch not to live and the people were to keen to abide..... loved that line..

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  39. I'm so happy you wrote about this. I was thinking about doing a post on sexuality vs. sensuality last week! Great thoughts.

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  40. such a beautiful/sexy editorials!!!
    xx

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  41. Amazing pics and I want everything she's wearing!

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  42. Oh and DK, can you do me a teeny favour! I'm getting in touch with everyone on my blogroll to help me with a new Discover the Undiscovered Blogs project I'm trying to kick start!
    Let's Hear It For The Little People!!lol!
    Info is here: http://chicknamedhermia.wordpress.com/2009/08/03/discovering-the-undiscovered/
    ...so please do help if you can!

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  43. Hmmm I DID comment on this yesterday saying I liked the shoot ...but my internet's been a bit crazy this weekend so maybe it didn't go through!!!
    Anyhoo ...just explaining why my above comment sounds like a continuation ...because it IS a continuation ...of an invisible ghost post, lol!

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  44. Ahhh another wonderful post! I was Tituba in the Crucible back in High School, I always found it interesting that the woman of color, in many ways, is seen as the person who brought the idea of witchcraft to the village and inspired the young girls to go forward with their "witchcraft" rampage.

    Anyway, there are so many ways to approach the story of the Crucible, I love how you examined the the role of gender relations. Do you watch Mad Men? Wow what a poignant show about gender!!

    Have a great day! And those pictures are marvelous, by the way!

    Cheers!

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  45. Very interesting. I however feel that women and sexuality were only connected recently. Women have been sexual objects yes, passive even, but sexual beings, very rarely. And when a woman did show a sexual urge then it seems she was unnatural--a witch even...

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  46. You totally hit the nail on the head when you called these "bewitching." Stunning, gorgeous, that hair is ridiculously hot.

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  47. Oh my goodness is it hot in here?!

    I appreciate sensuality much more than sexuality. This editorial is a perfect example of that...stunningly done. Although, sometimes being blatantly sexy can be fun as HELL...sold soul to the devil and all :)

    D.K how come you always know what to say to make me feel better?! I daresay you might be my favorite blogger/friend/ever.
    YEP!

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  48. I love The Crucible! The psychology of the witch hunts really fascinates me.

    Cool editorial.

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  49. That girl is a fine beauty. I agree with your incredible thoughts =), I find that sensuality has more limits and needs than sexuality. I think sensual nature has the passion to pleasure with their senses and indulge in that essence instead of giving your body away to a stranger and not owning it for yourself. A lady should always have her sensuality more than her sexuality and the editorial shows it 100%. I think its quite preposterous and disgusting when a women shows lack of mind to give herself away in a sense of not caring about her own body.

    Dapper kid, you've done it again, this entry was very exquisite to read and I love just how your words finish the pictures off like a puzzle waiting to be finished.


    Hope you have a lovey week ♥


    - michelle

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  50. The Crucible was so intense as a kid. I can't believe my mom let me read it so young.

    This is a very sexy editorial with the big hair!

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  51. amazing photo's! they are really enchanting! the light, her face, the clothing, it's just perfect.

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  52. HI Dapppppppppperrrrrrr, Hope you are well. Love this shoot, so simply shot inside a fence on a beach but so wonderfully executed. Love the pics, the model and the styling. Thankssssssssss Carla x ps blog looks amazing.

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  53. Beautiful ! awesome....



    joolliiesss!!!!!!!!!!!

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  54. I remember reading a book a while back about witchunts, and as a christian myself I find it really disturbing that people went out doing things like that. Ohh and I think sensuality is far more attractive than sexuality. Sexulaity is often too raw [for want of a better word] but sensuality can be so gentle and understated - I love it. Nice post dear ♥

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  55. i really enjoy the post! the editorial is great! :))

    xx

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  56. DK, you naughty boy for posting these pics, LOL. Not one for selling myself to the devil, LOL. Definitely love sensuality without vulgarity. Hope you had a fantastic weekend, hon! xx

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  57. ah.. this is so inspiring, thank you for sharing. i really adore this look and the surrounding.

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  58. oh i love this shoot, it is utterly sensual.beautiful. i love the mood so much!hope your so much better
    xx
    marian

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  59. such an intriguing and elegant editorial.
    Miss Eniko captures beautiful moments!

    glad to hear you're feeling much better (:



    *dani

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  60. if a guy leans towards the sensual rather than sexual, he's got half my interest already (besides being intellectual of course).

    this beautiful pics make me want to take up sewing, to put together pieces for myself ;-)

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  61. these are wonderful. so magical and wow. really wonderful.

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  62. Wow, the styling is out of this world! So stunning.

    xo, Becs

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  63. ooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhh! i just love this!!! beautiful and sensual.

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  64. I am mesmerized by this shoot. It caught my attention a while back. The text you have to go along is also just great and I highly agree. Sensuality is always a lot sexier. I can't stop looking at these pictures! XX

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  65. the 4th photo from the bottom is amazing- love that headpiece! very true words about sensuality!

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  66. Love that pictorial. The model is stunning.

    I so loved studying The Crucible and is the film you're talking about the one starring Winona Ryder? I've watched that while I was studying the play in both GCSE English Lit & GCSE Drama. I think it was a good film. Great play though, twas a fun play to analyze.
    I agree with what you're staying. Great writing in this post btw. (^_^)

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  67. Amazing editorial!!!!
    Great blog!!!

    I will start to follow!!

    http://thesingular.blogspot.com

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  68. Whoa, awesome shoot! It's so... creepy and gorgeous at the same.

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  69. I love this post! The text is so well written :) The photos are beautiful. I want to stop breathing haha :) hugs

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