David Vivirido and Francesco Sourigues like to use the term “power-woman,” along with the descriptor “woman on top.” In fact, that’s how the duo sums up both the subject matter and target audience of their new magazine, Vamp, which launches next week.
“Vamp is for women who want to get ahead, stamp their foot and make a statement,” Vivirido asserts.
Accordingly, the magazine features profiles and portraits of women at the top of their game, as well as strong, yet refreshingly unconceptual fashion spreads shot by emerging photographers, all in a straight-forward aesthetic that harks back to American fashion imagery from the 1970s and 1980s. “It’s about inspiring women with stories about other successful women. It’s not another magazine for fashion people, it’s for real women, power-women, women on top, who like beautiful things — clothes, hair, skin,” Sourigues says.
American Apparel, who recently featured a 62-year-old model in lingerie in a campaign and outfitted some of their window-front mannequins with fake pubic hair, just revealed its newest ad. Featuring the words "Made in Bangladesh" across a model's bare chest, this campaign is guaranteed to cause a stir.
According to the information under the image, the model's name is Maks, and she's a Bangladesh-born merchandiser who's been with American Apparel since 2010. Raised Islamic, Maks, whose family moved to California when she was four, followed her parent's religious traditions until she was in high school.
She is a merchandiser who has been with American Apparel since 2010. Born in Dhaka, the capitol of Bangladesh, Maks vividly remembers attending mosque as a child alongside her conservative Muslim parents. At age four, her family made a life changing move to Marina Del Rey, California. Although she suddenly found herself a world away from Dhaka, she continued following her parent's religious traditions and sustained her Islamic faith throughout her childhood. Upon entering high school, Maks began to feel the need to forge her own identity and ultimately distanced herself from Islamic traditions. A woman continuously in search of new creative outlets, Maks unreservedly embraced this photo shoot.
She has found some elements of Southern California culture to be immediately appealing, but is striving to explore what lies beyond the city's superficial pleasures. She doesn't feel the need to identify herself as an American or a Bengali and is not content to fit her life into anyone else's conventional narrative. That's what makes her essential to the mosaic that is Los Angeles, and unequivocally, a distinct figure in the ever expanding American Apparel family. Maks was photographed in the High Waist Jean, a garment manufactured by 23 skilled American workers in Downtown Los Angeles, all of whom are paid a fair wage and have access to basic benefits such as healthcare.
In the recent past, patents on our genes have been purchased. Are we still the sole proprietor of our bodies?
From this question arises a sense of arrested freedom in one's most intimate, solitary state.
A mix of ready-to-wear and couture pieces is presented with artist Lawrence Malstaf -who specializes in the interaction between biology and physicality.
Models float in the air, embryonic, seemingly weightless and in a meditative suspended animation. Metamorphosis is suggested through intricate enmeshing of materials. Imprisoned fire opal beads gleam through lacerated weaves, artificial fibers compose voluminous, architectural structures, the organic ripple of light on water.
A 3D printing collaboration with Julia Koerner fuses the artisanal with the technical to create a kinetic dress which dances as it amplifies bodily movement. Molded boots in collaboration with United Nude accelerate and reconfigure the silhouette.
The 3 models used were: Iekeline Stange, Soo Joo Park, & Hannelore Knuts. (More images)
I featured Alexandra Elizabeth back in July, but with Louis Vuitton & Miu Miu behind her these past couple of days I suspect we'll finally be seeing more of her. I'm not aware she's joined any other agencies since last year.