Saturday, January 31, 2015

Out of the Fire

It seemed serendipitous that on the same day I saw Oyster Mag's starkly light and yet sun drenched Beauty Daily that I find a matching editorial from Australian Vogue in their December 2004 edition. Don't ask why I have something so old and outdated (it's collage fodder OK?) just enjoy these artfully shot photographs and be thankful I didn't cut it up. What becomes apparent is the contrast of dressed up versus dressed down. Both share a common element of femme fatale figures and the allure of hidden sexuality but I feel Oyster has softened this motif especially since this publication is associated with youth. Whereas Vogue has opted for a high fashion approach, is firmly established and has built its reputation on premium wares and the unattainable. I like both for very different reasons. Oyster's grainy images and experimental approach encapsulate the uncertainty and discovery associated with twenty-something year olds. By contrast Vogue has a more dramatic angle and there is something somewhat self-indulgent about the characterization of their model.

1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 13- Oyster Beauty Daily January: 3182 Hair by Ashleigh from Shibui for KMS California. 2, 5, 9, 11, 12- in the mood for love, Australian Vogue, December 2004.
6- Gibson Fox.

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