Melodie Monrose and Anais Mali by Solve Sundsbo
Gisele Bundchen by Steven Meisel
Abbey Lee Kershaw and Edita Vilkeviciute by Mario Sorrenti
I can't recall a moment when fashion was as provocative as it is now. Perhaps back when it was chided as "racist" by outsiders, but truthfully, those folks just wanted to see diversity in pages of magazines and on the runway. They got what they wanted (not because of social pressure, but because of the evolution of fashion and cultural development). Now the issue, or should I say, topic, at hand is a bit different. Sexuality has nothing to do with fashion, though it seems the industry is more receptive to homogenous types. After all, that's where we stereotypically belong. I don't know many lesbians in the industry, but it just sounds like a breath of fresh air among the excessive catty faggotry.
Giselse Bundchen is not just a model. She's an Amazonian, married to one of the most successful ballers on the NFL and a mother of one. Part of her success and notoriety comes from her years at Victoria's Secret, which suggests; she's lanky, with beautiful features and oozes sex-appeal. Looking at the image of the recent unveiled Spring 2011 Baleciaga ad campaign shot by Steven Meisel, the notion of "sexy" is nowhere to be seen (sex and its derivatives are subjective). The woman is wearing a butch lesbian blonde wig, leather vest and sleeveless polka dot shirt, standing in the most masculine pose. All she needs is a cigar and a mustache, probably resulting in Rosie O'Donnell. The campaign does echo the collection, but any hint of femininity is best found on her lip color.
Elsewhere, it was with little surprise while I was flipping through Interview I found "Double Vision" shot by Solve Sundsbo, a story of two seemingly-curious girls fondling in spring's lithe garbs. Interview is a magazine that tends to push the boundaries of fashion, art and sex, so these type of editorials do not come as shocking, at least to me. I thought the girls were instructed to act as friends more than lovers by the low level of eroticism emitting from the photos. However, this was not the case in "The Bride Whisperer" shot by Mario Sorrenti and styled by Karl Templer. Vera Wang's weddings gowns? You only see a veil and gaiters on one model, a diaphanous black beaded dress on the other. And breasts on full view. This is certainly a non-traditonal ceremony. While this may came off scandalous, I admire the care and thought behind the photos. It's not pornographic, but tasteful, visually arresting imagery with a pinch of sex.
Does that mean that Ellen Degeneres is gracing the cover of Vogue anytime soon? I don't think so.