Boldly rendered buildings designed by architect Richard England, “the fun uncle of Mediterranean modernism“, appear like fictitious setting in this fashion editorial.
The magazine described England as “the fun uncle of Mediterranean modernism” – he typically worked with colourful planes similar to the style of Mexican architect Luis Barragán and Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill.
In Laprade’s phototset, rendered walls detailed with portholes, arches, gabled roofs and steps offer a graphic setting for the playful fashion editorial.
A grey-hued wall with arched cut-outs – painted dark blue on the inside to offer a shadowy effect – forms the backdrop in another shot. Mieses, who was styled by Camille-Joséphine Teisseire, models an orange Hermès trousers to contrast the architecture. His a silky Charvet polo shirt, meanwhile, blends into the sky behind.
England, 81, completed a string of projects in his home country Malta, many of which are documented by Laprade.
Another photo captures a curving wall meeting two intersecting planes. Each wall is rendered in different colours – ranging from reddish tones, peach and a creamy hue – that match the striped De Fursac jacket on show.
England’s architecture takes on a more commanding presence in two shots featuring swimwear by Vilebrequin. A wall towers above the model in one image, and fills the background in the other.
Architectural landmarks are frequently used as backdrops for fashion shoots and catwalk shows. The ancient Egyptian temple at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art provided the cues for a recent Chanel collection, while Oscar Niemeyer’s Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Niterói and IM Pei’s Miho Museum have both been used as runways by Louis Vuitton.
Similar to Kinfolk’s recent editorial, Harpers Bazaar used Barragán’s colourful San Cristóbal horse ranch in Mexico City as the backdrop for a shoot featuring “Spanish-inflected pieces”.
The original article is published in Issue 31 of Kinfolk.
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