I've been working my way through Love magazine issue 6, the 'Super Natural' issue A/W 2011, '432 pages of discipline, obsession and desire'. Love really is my fashion bible - the themed typography, the photoshoots, the pages and pages of articles and interviews on all sorts of fashion creatives, from fashion designers (Hakaan, Alessandro Dell'Acqua, Meadham Kirchhoff), to filmmakers, to a rather bizarre yet intriguing double-page spread on a dog called Cartier. I love the endless new campaigns and coffee-table feel this magazine has, but my favourite part, as always, is Katie Grand's editor's letter, in this issue entitled 'Return to Romance'. Here's a snippet:
'After seeing all the strictness and sobriety that dominated the autumn/winter shows, three words loomed large in our minds: fetishism, discipline and innocence. Fetishism has always been fundamental to the entire process of creating and consuming fashion, from the effort a designer puts into getting exactly the right shade of black, say, fussing over and perfecting the most minute and seemingly insignificant detail, to the desire enflamed within the rest of us to see, to touch, to own the finished product.'
The photoshoots are suitably themed, with Strangelove by Solve Sundsbo including a predominantly black palette and models with vampire-like, flawlessly retouched, glowing skin. What Lies Beneath, based on the 2000 film by the same name, by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott is beautiful as it is disturbing. Featuring Kristen McMenamy, Lara Stone and Mariacarla Boscono, amongst others, the models are bound in rope, semi-naked and submerged in a lake. If it wasn't for the early Italian renaissance influence and inclusion of the Greek myth of Leda and the Swan, resulting in surreal scenes and vivid colour against the nightscape, the shoot would be more forensic than fashion. Fortunately Mert and Marcus know what they're doing, also having shot 8 haunting covers of tear-streaked models and actresses for the issue. Here's their first ever fashion film to accompany the photoshoot of What Lies Beneath: