Mario & Naomi : The Empire Strikes Back

Ugh overtime. This is the most gorgeous fashion photoshoot I've seen so far this year. Mario Sorrenti shot Ms. Campbell on the lean streets of Manhattan in a 12-page black and white spread for V Magazine. The images are gritty, Naomi's poses are haphazardly placed, the couture is absolutely at the top of its game and New York's corners are just as they should be; grimy, grainy and grandiose.

Also in the issue (and gracing the cover in barely there butt cheek exposed shredded denim) is none other than the leggy, anatomically amazing Brazilian bombshell Gisele. I was happy with the spread but the interview with her was the real treat. She is amazingly down to earth and more concerned with being able to live a paparazzi-free life and paying scientists to study future global environmental threats than buying $50 bottles of nail polish and being a Vicki's Secret supermodel.

V hit the newsstands the same time Italian Vogue dropped their first ever All Black Issue. Black models and fashion designers from cover to cover. I flipped through it at Rich's Cigar Store on Alder St. a couple weeks ago, agonizing over the $15 price tag. Even though the concept is classic, I so prefer dropping a wad of cheddar on mags like W, V and Trace simply for the ability to drink in the oversized, glossy pages. Perfect for wallpapering.

Xoxo - S.

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