Ming Xi’s Lazy Day in Vogue China

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The words desolate, dark, wet and lonely don’t really suggest a sensible shortcut via an alley, let alone a fashion shoot.

But Ming Xi’s mastery of her expansive and empty surroundings lends life to an industrial landscape in this editorial for Vogue China. Called Lazy Day, it doesn’t look very lazy (or very enjoyable, sitting around in warehouses or hoofing it across damp grit) but Boo George’s eye, combined with Joanna Schlenzka’s styling somehow takes simple monochrome shapes and dark backgrounds to create something vibrant and atmospheric.

And how beautiful are the tux trousers, and jumpsuit? I haven’t found a jumpsuit that fits perfectly so far (it’s a toughie when you’re really tall) but I think it’s time to look a bit harder.



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Stellar in Stella: Bo Don good



This is Bo Don, or more specifically Bo Don’s remarkably charismatic fringe, doing a star turn in Latin American Harper’s Bazaar, in the August 2013 issue (photographed by Hans Neumann). The shoot was all Stella McCartney, and the photos have a chilled, cool feel, as if we’re all all going for a stroll together, after the tourists have abandoned a seaside resort for another year. Summer seems to be nearing its end (and it’s officially autumn, meteorologically speaking, so that’s no great surprise). Neumann’s captured that back-to-school feeling – the ache where you look back and wonder if you made enough of the good weather, stayed out late enough, climbed enough trees or drank enough fizzy gin and Pimms concoctions.

That said, you’re not likely to be clambering up any stretch of bark in a Stella McCartney coat,  any time soon. It’s not a real heartbreak either. You might glance fondly on summer’s excursions, but camel coats like the pair featured here suggest more strolls, maybe with hats, gloves, scarves and  warm embraces on crisp nights.