Fashion

Written by Ren

With sheer and fur, suspenders and chunky jewellery, Elle Russia pulls out all stops to produce visually alluring fashion. Santiago Esteban is intoxicating and captivating in this shoot which is worth viewing in full after the jump.

Santiago Esteban Elle Russia

You can view all of the Elle Russia images featuring Santiago Esteban by clicking through the thumbnails below.

Written by Ren

Bright hot pinks and reds are the primary colours in the Allure editorial featuring Daria Strokous. Tom Munro photographs these high quality images and enhances the blazing makeup as engineered by make up artist, Max Delorme.

Daria Strokous Tom Munro Allure

You can view all of the Allure images featuring Daria Strokous by clicking through the thumbnails below.

Written by Ren

It's hard to ignore the influence of fashion on film, and of film on fashion. After the success of Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan starring Natalie Portman, a ballet theme has crept into the world of fashion editorials. A well constructed shoot in Vogue Russia featuring Denisa Dvorakova showcases a ballet theme with one point of difference in each frame. Whether it be the navy ruffelled dress amid a sea of white graceful ballerinas, or a champaign dress positioned to contrast against a backdrop of tutus, there may not be a black swan but there's always a contrast.

Denisa Dvorakova Vogue Russia

You can view all of the Denisa Dvorakova images by clicking through the thumbnails below.

Written by Daniel P Dykes

Prior to its unveiling Lubov Azria, one half of the husband and wife design team behind the label, described the Herve Leger fall 2011 collection as glamazon, an armoured retake on the bandage dresses that the fashion house is known for. And she certainly wasn't wrong. Figure hugging as always, this wintery take on a well-established formula is something of a revitalisation of the warrior fashion trend.

While others have interpreted the warrior aesthetic as one of cuts and fabric, the latest Leger offering instead communicates its chosen glamazon appeal through adornment. Relying largely on a colour palette in shades of nude, black and white (with the nudes showing a subtle houndstooth pattern), Leger's adornment comes in the form of patent later, and silver and gold embellishments fused into each garment thus avoiding a change to the tight aesthetic the label is known for.

herve leger fall 2011

This fused embellishment is applied to all the collection's cuts, from it's short dresses to its floor length ones. The effect is eye catching, and precisely as Lubov Azria described it. Embellished with silver and gold rings that criss-cross the body, many of the pieces come across as a feminised take on medieval chain mail. Others still are so completely embellished that it's easy to overlook the sheer bandage dresses underneath and come away with the impression that you're looking solely at a dress made of ancient body armour.

Where pieces aren't encrusted with embellishment, fabric is woven like rope and stitched above the trademark bandage. When contrasted against the pieces embellished with gold and silver hardware its obvious that these roped pieces are less sumptuous, but the appeal is certainly still there and I feel, may actually last longer. These pieces aren't set apart form the collection, however. The rope motif feels very much a part of a glamazon story, while the exposed silver and gold zippers each dress feature ties the collection together.

Overall I walked away from Herve Leger's autumn (fall) / winter 2011 / 2012 collection feeling as if we'd seen it before. It's formulaic. It's tried. It's tested. And yet none of those facts will do this collection any damage as, when all is said and done, it delivers precisely what we want from the Herve Leger fashion house.

We'll have all our pictures online shortly and will update this article once we do.

Written by Daniel P Dykes

There's something about British menswear designer Simon Spurr's autumn / fall 2011 offering that strikes me as being both revivalist and modernist. Such is the charm of menswear that it is always looking backwards in order to (conservatively) evolve forwards. Yet in Spurr's latest offering modern and revival seem clearly separated. Spurr is, after all, a gent with menswear pedigree having worked with the likes of Heidi Slimate and directed the suiting efforts of Ralph Lauren's Black and Purple labels.

That pedigree sees his latest tailored offerings influenced by traditional men's tailoring, each suit having a distinctly British, romanticised Mod feel about. A young Michael Caine would have smouldered in each of these suits, thick set frames and all. In contrast it's the collection's casual offering that plays to the modern. Like so many other men's designers right now Spurr is designing away from the excessively skinny, and so we see a slim cut trousers paired against relaxed, toned down outerwear and accessories.

My personal picks from the collection are its three piece suits with a pointed lapel. Each is a statement suit courtesy of cut and cloth, but wouldn't be amiss in the wardrobe of any chap who has what it takes to rock a suit with that extra bit of detail.

You can see all of Simon Spurr's autumn / winter 2011 / 2012 men's collection by clicking on the thumbnails below.

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