Photos: Charles Howells
There's a certain style of editorial that I associate with New Zealand fashion magazines – a little grungy, a little raw, tops slipping off the shoulder, one bra strap (or cup) exposed, an emphasis on edgy-cool as opposed to glossy-pretty. No doubt it's the influence of magazines like Pavement and NO, photographers like Derek Henderson and Karen Inderbitzen Waller and stylists like Zara Mirkin. It's obviously a popular and successful aesthetic – just the other day I found myself marvelling at a shoot of that nature. But sometimes it's nice to be blindsided by something completely different, like this editorial by Charles Howells from the latest issue of Pilot. I was obsessed the moment I saw it. It reminds me of two quite different children's books – Where The Wild Things Are and Le Petit Prince (see below, you'll understand why). It's naive and hopeful and playful and it showcases our varied landscapes. I have it on good authority that Pilot's Creative Director Andy Pickering plays the part of the bear on the swing. Who said fashion can't be fun?
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