Friday, November 12, 2010

Mert & Marcus

I am obsessed with the work of photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Turk Mert and Welshman Marcus met in 1994 and their style gelled so well they decided to work as a duo. "Marcus was a photographer's assistant, and I had a little design shop," says Alas. "We did some tests, and some were cool, so we showed them to [the London cult fashion magazine] Dazed and Confused, and next thing you know, they had published them. And they never looked back.
To be honest quite often I find myself rapidly leafing past pages of fashion editorials that really don't catch my eye. Blank, vacant looking models, dull colours, lifeless poses and odd styling. Their work with Kate Moss first captured me. One of my favourite editorials of all time is this stunning beach shoot for Vogue UK, Castaway. Truly one of the sexiest, best shoots of Kate Moss I've seen, all tousled beach hair, glossy tan and swathes of salty sand with that amazing bikini - a cross between Raquel Welch in One Million Years BC in and Pocahontas!
Maybe I'm a classicist when it comes to fashion photography, and that's why I adore the photographers who shoot glossy, glam images of strong sexy women - not miserable looking waifs slumping in a dark corner. Most of my favourite images from the last ten years always seem to be by Mert & Marcus - Julianna Moore for Bulgari, Kate Moss for Cavalli, Victoria & David Beckham for Armani, LOVE Magazine, Interview and W covers, Kate Moss for Top Shop.
Mert & Marcus have such a way with their depth of lighting, deep, rich colours, and striking poses that leap off the page. Case in point - Mert & Marcus'es Gucci Spring 2010 campaign - I mean how can these stunning images not totally capture and transfix the eye? Visual candy!

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