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"The Color Issue" of Iconography Magazine


So I’ve been doing a bit more contributing elsewhere and one of the publications I contribute to is Iconography Magazine. For their 9th issue, they chose the theme of “The Color Issue” and in light of the movie “For Colored Girls” I penned an article about four male models entitled “Four Colored Boys.” Basically it consists of short clips on four important male models: David Agbodji at Re:Quest, Corey Baptiste at VNY, Jonathan Marquez at Click, and Zakaria Khiare of Ford Models.


Photographer: Shannon Sinclair
Model: Yuri Pleskun
Publication: FIASCO Magazine‘s Face Issue
For those familiar with my twitter account or my tastes here on 803, it is probably no surprise that I’m covering the editorial shot by Shannon Sinclair and styled by Jamie M. Rosenthal. for FIASCO magazine’s latest issue, The Face Issue. While I do plan on eventually posting about the issue generally, I did want to post this editorial in it’s entirety just… well because I love it! You can say it’s just Yuri, and that may be partially true but I’d like to believe that there’s a fashion aspect to it that I like as well. That my love for the Red Dawn editorial extends beyond Yuri’s youthful and yet seemingly maturing face, and into items like the gorgeous jacket that he sports for his cover, and it’s accompanying collar!

See the rest of our commentary as well as the editorial below the clip

The photography, styling, and even the facial expressions that Yuri portrays for this editorial exude one thing to me: softness. Well that’s untrue they exude alot more, but there is this soft overtone to the whole editorial that is very peaceful, and very calming to me as I flip through the editorial for what may be the 93rd time since first viewing it. From the material of the scarf that Yuri wears, to the particular green, and yellows that are utilized in other garments, everything evokes a sense of tranquility in a way that I really don’t see many menswear editorials accomplishing it. So kudos to Jamie.

In addition to tranquility there is a youthfulness. Whether it be the shots with the minimal chin hair or the shots without any chin hair at all, Yuri seems to be in the stages of maturation during the photoshoot. While it doesn’t seem that he is maturing before our eyes, it does seem as if we have caught him, and encapsulated the in-between stage. While many of the menswear shows were filled with either prepubescent boys or brawny, hardened men, it seems as if Yuri is a happy medium between the two.

Shannon shoots BEAUTIFULLY. Whereas I know I’ve been heaping the praise on Yuri and a little bit on the styling, one can not deny that Yuri could model all day but if Shannon didn’t know when to take the shot, how to set everything up… if she had no clue of what were the best angles, and the correct distances to capitalize on the emotions… this would be a run of the mill editorial. She captures everything with such clarity, and such a distinctiveness… she is the reason that it feels as if we’ve encapsulated an essence… because she has indeed taken these bits out of the ongoing timeline.

Photographer: Shannon Sinclair
Model: Yuri Pleskun(RED)

EDITORIAL: Wild is the Wind

The rumor is that after you shoot for Steven Meisel it’s destined that you will become greatness. Well in the case of one Yuri Pleskun I think this is more of a confirmation than a declaration. Steven Meisel is known for telling a story with his photography and while I’m not positive of the EXACT story that he’s telling in this editorial, I’m positive of one thing. I LOVE IT!

See the rest of the editorial under the clip

Models: Yuri Pleskun(Request), Cole Mohr(Request), Will Lewis, Berthold Rothas, Eva Herzigova(d’management), Tanga Moreau
Photographer: Steven Meisel

Make-Up: Pat McGrath
Styling: Marie-Amelie Sauve
Published in: Vogue Italia June 2010