V magazine’s new issue hitting the stands in early January is an ode to the new; new year, new decade and new and interesting talent and objects of desire across the spectrum of creative fields.
On the fashion front, Willy Vanderperre’s stunning shoot of Russian supermodel Natasha Poly doubles as an introduction to the plethora of new exciting prints and bold textiles that are a key feature of the SS11 collections. Styled by Panos Yianpanis, the fashion story is an eye-catching exercise in controlled chaos as the best of the collections’ bold prints are collated with daring on the lovely Natasha, sporting a new brunette look.
Versace’s fun with the signature Greek meander motif or Miu Miu’s bold florals: the shoot is an illustrative eye-opener of how, this coming spring, bold prints take us in every direction from Op Art inspired lines in clashing colours to the romance of flowers with a distinctly psychedelic or even folksy feel. Céline’s boxy shirt and comfortable pants have an air of Russian folk textiles about them, for example; aptly romantic for the beautiful Natasha.
Plotting a course through the swirling sea of colour that awaits, Willy Vanderperre’s shoot –actually in both colour and black ‘n white- is the perfect antidote to the austere monotony of the cold winter months, a promise of the spring that will come eventually. It’s a fine example of the clear and crisp approach to fashion photography that has seen his talents very much in demand in recent years, not only as fashion editorial, but also as a fashion advertising photographer who has undertaken memorable campaigns for Jil Sander, Givenchy and Aquascutum, amongst others.
Here, his full body and three quarter shots not only bring us up close and personal with Natasha, but also give clarity about the detail of these intricate prints, which is probably a good thing. For, though the striking prints are undeniably beautiful, as any daytime television stylist can tell you, bold prints and elaborate textiles are a tricky thing on those not blessed with perfect model looks and proportions. So, it’s just as well that Natasha’s bold style is here to blaze a trail to successful approaches to the right combinations for the coming season.