Love On The Run.

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Is it only a lover’s clandestine meeting? Or, is something more sinister going on here? It’s usually hard to tell with narrative style fashion photography, and in the end, who cares? The Mikael Jansson shots are deliciously dark in this vintage 2000 Donna Karan campaign photo suite, “Love On The Run”, starring Milla Jovovich and Gary Oldman.

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You Can’t Spend It In Prison.

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Breaking in? That’s the easy part. That is, if you’re an expert safe cracker, which model Isabeli Fontana apparently is in this 2010 Vogue Brazil fashion editorial. Escaping with your loot? Now that’s another story…

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Sasha Luss’ Anna In Elle Russia.

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I’ll revive an old post from July 2019: Sasha Luss doing what she’s best known for (modeling) while doing a little timely promotion for her 2019 Luc Bresson film Anna in this espionage editorial lensed by Guy Aroch for Elle Russia magazine.

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Crimes Of Fashion.

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Well, I’d have been happier if it included Jill Hennessy’s Claire Kincaid or Angie Harmon’s Abbie Carmichael, but we’re all partial to our own preferred TV ADA’s. Mark Seliger shoots the cast of Law & Order for Harper’s Bazaar in 2009 in an editorial called (surprise!) “Crimes OF Fashion”.

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“Would you kill for the perfect outfit? The cast of Law & Order tracks down a model murderess and brings her to justice,” the copy reads, though it looks to me like the photos tell a different story, with Sam Waterson’s Jack McCoy and crew beguiled by the fashionable femme fatale, even though she was caught red-handed trying to make off with a homicide victim’s killer golden heels.

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Dial M For Murder…Again.

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A preceding post showcased Terry Gates’ photos of Ming Xi for Vogue China from 2012 in a suite titled “Hitchcock Beauty”, noting that Hitchcock homages seem to attract fashion creatives. Case in point: Annie Leibowitz for Vanity Fair in 2008, here with actress Charlize Theron recreating the same scene from Dial M For Murder.

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“Hitchcock Beauty”

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Hardly the only time it’s been done, and fashion mag creatives will no doubt do it again…but why not?

Terry Gates shot model Ming Xi for Vogue China in 2012, styled by fashion editor Yi Guo to recall memorable scenes from Alfred Hitchcock films. Okay, a couple scenes elude me, and the black cat is really throwing me (why am I thinking Kim Novak in 1958’s Bell, Book And Candle instead of Hitchcock?).

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No Honor Among Thieves.

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It should be so simple: Here are the gems. Now, where’s my money? Greed gets you nowhere except dead on a lonely rooftop in nowheresville, like this foolhardy fence, who obviously didn’t know just who he was tangling with…

By Bulgarian photographer Nikola Borissov.

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Bonnie And Clyde, 1991.

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Revisiting the work of photographer Peter Lindbergh, who passed away last week on 9.3.19. Shown here is his 1991 shoot with models Karen Mulder and Linda Evangelista as Bonnie And Clyde. The Depression era gangsters more or less mimic scenes and the ‘feel’ of the groundbreaking 1967 film Bonnie And Clyde produced by star Warren Beatty and directed by Arthur Penn, with Burnett Guffrey in charge of cinematography. Okay, neither Mulder or Evangelista look like the real Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, or even like Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway for that matter, but I could argue that Peter Lindbergh’s fashion editorial homage is no more historically inaccurate than screenwriters David Newman and Robert Benton’s story was in that iconic film.

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R.I.P. Peter Lindbergh.

Peter Lindbergh, R.I.P.

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Photographer Peter Lindbergh, whose work has appeared here multiple times, passed away last week (9.3.19) at age 74. Lindbergh was born in the waning days of World War II in what was still German occupied Poland. After studying art and photography, he worked as a window dresser in Germany and Holland, finally opening his own photo studio in the 1970’s. By the late 1980’s he’d achieved international acclaim for numerous high-profile fashion editorials and was instrumental in the rise of the 1980’s-90’s celebrity supermodels, including Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford and others.

In a marketplace dominated by lush, color-saturated images and severe figure distortions designed to enhance the apparel and accessories, Lindbergh’s work was characterized by a uniquely naturalistic style, often in black and white and looking more like candid shots, even though this was achieved with an army of stylists and assistants. Here are just a few pieces of Peter Lindbergh’s work with models Mila Jovovich and Mariacarlo Boscono. Indulge me with this and the next post, an adaptation of an older one from back in February showing a 1991 shoot with models Karen Mulder and Linda Evangelista as Depression era gangsters Bonnie And Clyde.

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