Fashion Magazine celebrated their 35th anniversary by having a one-page feature called One Fine Photo on the last page of each issue. This feature looked back at a some of the best photos in Fashion Magazine's 35 year history, and one photo in particular made my breath catch in my throat.
This stunning photo of Jessica Stam (my second favourite model) taken by Gabor Jurina was part of a cover photoshoot for Fashion's February 2005 issue. From amongst all the fashion photography I have been exposed to, there are only a handful of fashion images that I love from the bottom of my heart (four images, to be precise - all of which contain the colour blue...there really is no hiding what my favourite colour is). I look at those images and I can find no fault in them. They make me sigh at their beauty time and time again, and it is exactly what this photo of Stam does to me. There is a clarity about the bright lighting that lends an air of innocence and warmth to the photo, and the purity of the surroundings and of Stam herself is alarmingly beautiful. Her skin flawless, her hair and lips fiery red and seductive...you almost think nothing can be more perfect until you see her penetrating blue eyes, which sharply draw you in and refuse to let you go. There's not much fashion in this photo besides the blush-toned lace corset, toeing the line between seduction and innocence, but in this case, the fashion is hardly important. Stam gives off a powerful aura that just cannot be ignored. While some liken this photo to Marilyn Monroe's last photoshoot, I liken Stam's intensity to another supermodel of times past, Linda Evangelista.
Although they don't share the same features, they share the same ability to hook you in with one look of their enticing eyes. It's not long until you find yourself drifting through a world of sublime. If you ask me, that's what a great fashion image has to do. Beauty is beauty, but it's only skin deep if it doesn't pull at your heart with indescribable emotion.