The Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Purple confirms its reputation as a key focus of fashion erotica with this set of Grace Hartzel, fashion royalty - all the way from small town Indiana. See the Daily Mail article at the link below.
In 1992, Elein Fleiss and Olivier Zahm started the magazine Purple Prose as a reaction against the superficial glamour of the 1980's; much as a part of the global counterculture at the time, inspired by magazines like Interview, Ray Gun, Nova, and Helmut Newton's Illustrated, but with the aesthetics of what usually is referred to as anti-fashion. Based on their personal interests and views; Purple was, and in a sense still is, made much in the same spirit of the fanzine. The magazine quickly became associated with the "realism" of the new fashion photography of the 1990s, with names like Juergen Teller, Terry Richardson, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Mario Sorrenti.
The famous 2009 F/W issue combined sensational images by Terry Richardson of Magadlena Frackowiak, Abbey Lee Kershaw and Eniko Mihalik modeling shoes and nothing else; and Dree Hemingway, niece of the famous author, by Inez and Vinoodh.
(L to R in first picture) Eniko Mihalik, Magdalena Frackowiak and Abbey Lee Kershaw
Her face is also seen regularly in magazines, occasionally on covers. She has graced the cover of top fashion magazines i-D, V, Self Service, and most recently Vogue Japan and Vogue Italia Beauty. Her face is also seen in the pages of Vogue and Numéro.
Leading women's magazine commented on last year's Miami Swim week by saying the 'frong' is still going strong. The frong is a one-piece swimsuit that cuts a dash by being minimal at the front bottom. They say:
"Miami Swim Week just wrapped up and if the runways are any indication, the frong is still going strong. WTF is a frong you may ask? According to ELLE's very own Sally Holmes, "a frong is a high cut bikini or leotard bottom," she wrote this time last year. "Very high cut. Like frontal thong-level high cut." Intimidating? Probably. But that didn't stop swimwear designers from splashing them all over the runway at this year's swim week."
The frong made a big splash at the 2013 with Minimale Animale mobilising lots of young models to reveal lots about their personal grooming styles. Not a lot of room there for anything other than the Holywood, not Brazil (see first video). After the Minimale Animale vid, some in your face stuff from last year's show.
The January 8 Golden Globe awards got publicity for many things, but among its most prominent features was a glittering array of designer dresses on the red carpet. At least 50% of them also featured a stunning display of cleavage, finally putting into touch the 'boobs are out' theories reported in our November 26 post. A few are featured here.
Left to right: Emily Ratajkowski, Kaley Cuoco, Naomi
Harris, Sofia Vergana, Pinkara Chopra, Rees Witherspoon, Jessica Biel, Blake Lively, Felicity Huffman,
Gina Rodriguez, Hailee Steinfeld, Kristin Cavallari, Mandy Moore, Charissa Thompson and Jessica Chastain
She claims the
swimsuit model took the “nude” dress to a new level, sporting no knickers and a dramatic side-split held together with a safety
pin, that went right up to her torso and
left almost nothing uncovered. Like, nothing.
Red carpet sexy: Chrissie Teigen (1-4), Bella Hadid, Ciara (5-6), Miley Cyrus, Gigi Hadid, Jaime Alexander, Jennifer Lopez, Kendell Jenner, Lisa Rina, Melanie Brown, Melody Thornton, Mikaela Scaefer, Naomi Campbell, Nicole Trunfio, Olivia Munn
to anyone harmed mentally or physically by my hooha,” Teigen joked on
Instagram.It has become almost standard for celebrities not to wear bras or
knickers on the red carpet.
Adrienne Bailon reveals all
Teigen's performance comes after a crescendo of very revealing red carpet performances over the last few years, in which celebrities compete with one another to get media attention by wearing more and more sexy dresses, which means less and less. Adrienne Evans and Sarah Rile call this 'cold intimacy', a deliberately sexualised performance to maximise publicity and attention.
Today, far from being really shocking, it's normal and generally accepted.
Hadid also had a go at a naked dress on the same red carpet atb the AMA awards wearing
a sheer lace Cavalli dress, teamed with nude underwear. But
compared to Teigen’s outfit, Hadid’s was tame.
In a Christmas (2016) interview with Net a Porter magazine Lara Stone expressed surprise at being a successful fashion model because, she says, she can’t walk in in heels and falls over all the time. Previously in an interview for Video Fashion (see below) she claimed that she fell over because her feet were so little compared with the big size of the shoes.
In the interview she explains that for years her agency sent her for castings and she rarely got picked, but then she was fortunate to get a 2008 contract with Calvin Klein to do photographic modelling, and then it all started to come right.
““I don’t know if my body shape helps or not. I guess people are always looking for something different so maybe it makes my life easier.”
Please, “don’t know” and “maybe”!! The reality is much more simple.
The fashion industry became fascinated with her body. Images by Mario Sorrenti, Mario Testino, Inez and Vinoodh, Terry Richardson, Victor Demarchelier, Mart and Marcus, Juergen Teller, Luigi and Iango
The tide for Lara began to change in the mid ‘noughties because fashion modelling became much more about photographic modelling, and because of her body shape – and the fact that be she did dozens of shoots nude. It was the sensation about her nude body that got her the lucrative Calvin Klein ads.
Lara really started to get noticed when she did a 2006 shoot with Terry Richardson for Sisley.
The shoot was smouldering but by later standards was relatively modest. A second breakthrough came in a February 2007 shoot with Mario Testino for French Vogue. This included an image of her with her knickers around her knees and a lot on show. And this – a nude vagina – in a magazine your grandmother might read having her hair done!
Later that year, in the 2007 the S/S issue of Purple.france, there were sensational nude shots of Lara by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. This is probably some of the greatest nude photography ever done and went all over the Internet in a flash.
After that Lara did repeated shoots with Mert and Marcus, including the famous Love magazine shots in an issue which also featured other top models naked. Mainstream fashion magazines began publishing Lara nude or topless – the industry become fascinated with her body.
Statuesque images with implants. Left to right, Daria Werbowy (1-4), Elle McPherson (5-6), Michelle Buswell (7-9). Pics 10 and 11, Michelle Buswell pre-implants.
Ealoner Morgan in The Guardian says that the fashion industry ignores big boobs – only a handful of top models have them and none of their products are suitable for larger breasted women. In fact Lara came after a trend towards top models getting implants. Top stars of the late ‘80s and ‘90s like Elle MacPherson and the evergreen Naomi Campbell had implants and then had them out.
Daria Werbowy also had big boobs for a time and did some stunningly statuesque work with them in, notably the 2011 Pirelli calendar, shot by Karl Largerfeld.
Look at the Victoria Secret stars, most of whom have walked as fashion models – no big boobs?! There are of course top designers who insist on self-like ultra-skinny and flat chested models, but there is now a much wider range of body types including big boobs. Part of that is the proliferation of swimwear and lingerie catwalk shows, bringing new levels of eroticism into the modelling mainstream.