16 July 2010
If beauty is skin deep, then ugly is to the bone. Nothing could be more aesthetically displayed than Vogue China’s spread of Abbey Lee Kershaw “Skin Deep”, styled by Nicoletta Santoro and shot by Hedi Slimane. I’ve been looking at spreads from international versions of American fashion magazines and I have to say I’ve been impressed with the talent. Granted, it is a little strange that Elle Japan covers and Vogue Hommes Japan don’t have Japanese or Chinese celebrities on their covers but they are as skilled in capturing beauty as any American issue of Vogue. I will say that the main difference between American and International issues are the nature of the photographs. American magazines use their photo spreads as a means of setting a standard for the readers, inspiring them to what levels of beauty they should aspire. International magazines use fashion photography for more artistic and experimental purposes as seen in this shoot.
Styled in Maison Martin Margiela, the brand people can’t seem to get enough of nowadays, Bottega Veneta, known for their silent elegance, Timeless Yves Saint Laurent, Ann Demeulemeester, Balmain, and Hermès. A beautifully dangerous picture of the perfect black siren. Painting Abbey Lee Kershaw with part femme fatale and part girl-doing-it-for-herself, I’m an aficionado of black and I love Vogue China’s treatment of the pseudo-hue. If this beauty really is skin deep then us lesser mortals should be getting some Os-Cal from the store before we all turn to dust on the floor. Check out more photos from the spread at Coûte Que Coûte here.