I have to admit, I purposely snubbed Vogue Germany’s October 2009 Anniversary Issue. And that’s easily understandable if you, just like I do, dislike Karl Lagerfeld’s clichés, obsessions and late convictions about models and fashion.
However, der Kaiser is pretty much a fashion carousel you want to jump in to sooner or later and catch that spinning malaise from the richness of all things life/style/fashion. That’s how I brought myself around to actually write something about the abovementioned 30th Anniversary issue: about some outstanding black and white portraits of Isabelle Huppert, Julianne Moore, Tilda Swinton, Heike Makatsch and Melanie Thierry. (the story continues right after the jump with more images!)
I asked myself why I stopped and looked at these portraits? After all, minus the two girls I know nothing about (Heike Makatsch and Melanie Thierry), the other three are well known celebrities, recognizable faces and reputed characters. But the simplicity of these photos, the black and white artsy rendering got me all charmed on the spot. The non-posing pose brings a subtle air of familiarity on this supposedly fashion stage, something we all know it’s difficult to achieve when being famous and posing.
My aesthetically naïve self is fully aware that the pictures were computer edited and, maybe, the subjects were computer-enhanced, but still, this is the kind of DIY photography that brings me closer to art. How do you like these b & w photos from Vogue Germany? And which of Isabelle Huppert, Julianne Moore or Tilda Swinton’s portraits you liked the most? (photos via)