2012 is the year mixed media exploded onto the pages of our favorite fashion magazines. Whether painted, illustrated, layered, collaged, or all of the above, editors internationally took a cue from the art world to offer up some truly original and visually enticing stories. In contrast to continually seeing the same superstar photogs, the name of the game has been collaboration for some time, combining different sensibilities and perspectives for new insights into the nature of fashion editorial. With so many elements in play it is easy to butcher the image with overkill, but we found plenty of successes in 2012. Some of our favorite conspirators in this trend include Damien Blottiere, Ina Jung, and Rosanna Webster.
Moving forward into 2013, the art meets fashion trend will continue to appeal to our highest aspirations when turning the pages of a magazine. Portraying objects of desire and still life’s go hand and hand, widening the path for conceptual photography in the fashion realm, and impacting the print world in a more prominent way. Dutch duo Scheltens & Abbenes continued to lead the way in this manner in 2012, as did Peter Lippmann and Dominik Tarabanski. We hope to see the interplay of the different realms continue its fruition in the new year.
Nicole Heiniger’s photography gets gritty and gorgeous with art direction by From Brazil, With Love in this editorial.