In the July issue of W magazine, legendary photographer Bruce Weber captures the freshest talent livening up fashion today in a whimsical, yet strikingly provocative 36-page layout. The designers, coming from Paris, London, Toronto, New York and Los Angeles, and all of whom are on the onset of their careers, were flown to Miami for the two-day shoot. Here, the new designers, some of which include Alexander Wang, Daughters, Avalon Vega, and Rosamosario, mingled with top models Daria Werbowy, Kate Moss and Lara Stone to produce the end result summed up by the spread's title: "Summer Camp."
While the images portray nude models baking in the sun, smoking cigarettes, and spraying each other with a garden hose, the photos capture more than just a 'summer camp' free-frall. Weber, in collaboration with Creative Director Dennis Freedman and stylist Alex White, manages to capture the individual creative energy of the designers. As W's Executive Editor Bridget Foley expresses, "There is such a wealth and such a diversity of design talent out there. It’s good to see what great hands fashion is in. Will these people be around in five or 10 years? We really believe in each of them for one reason or another. Whether or not they all make it, it's very exciting to be able to represent their exuberance and passion in the magazine."
A male marketer on why hedge-funds are making "hot" women part of their business strategy: "Guys who have a load of money [invested] in these big funds are often pigheaded, type A male personalities. They want a hot chick with a nice ass and nice boobs who is going to come in and sell the fund to them. I have a friend in the industry who is drop-dead gorgeous, and even she knows that’s the only reason she has her job."
A "curvy blond" hedge-fund marketer on how business and pleasure can become a gray area: "Just last night I had dinner with a potential investor, and he e-mailed me 20 minutes after we left, saying, 'Great spending time with you tonight. Let's do it again soon.' That's not, like, a professional follow-up note. But, he was nice and cute, so I wrote back. Some guys flirt a lot, and you have to be very careful, because some of them get dirty. You can never get your reputation back."
A woman on the investment side of the industry on being mistaken as a marketer: "People always assume that I'm in marketing, because I have blond hair and maybe I spray-tan too much."
Pitanguy on how he takes a heavily psychoanalytic view of plastic surgery: "I have always worked like a psychologist with a knife."
Pintaguy on how many people channel their inner problems into their looks: "The way that you see your image may not be the way that I or others see it. Many people have dysmorphia; they see themselves as much worse that they really are. Many people sublimate problems that are inside them and project them onto, say, their nose."
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