Stereotyping in the fashion industry is a very futile path to success, especially when photography and styling is concerned. Just how you can’t style an evening gown in a ballroom and expect it to be the talk of the town.
But then there’s another breed of conventional viewpoint that cannot be overlooked.
And that is a boy’s obsession with superheroes.
Whether you watched Superman on repeat as a 5-year-old, or now as an adult, you still own underwear stamped with the Superman logo. This childhood fascination is challenging to curb, and is adeptly verified in this editorial photographed by Clarence Paul Canlas.
It takes the fashion stereotype on a superhero pilgrimage where there’s a never-ending river of imagination and creativity. Inspired by characters like Wonderwoman, Nemo, Peter Parker and The Incredibles, the action shots create a deceptive illusion of maturity. It’s almost like seeing a kid in a full-grown man’s body, without being eerie. The prickly gold-studded bowtie and sunglasses are visually enchanting, so is the star-printed shirt teamed with sequin cropped pants. The shots flirt with the shadows against the silhouette and bright studio lighting.
The groomed, metrosexual look of the models, Mark Hutchinson and Kyle Sparks, makes you want to believe this isn’t happening in the same universe as you. It’s all a facade, just like the air-borne pose of the Incredible men.
Not often does it happen when an editorial overlooks the clothes and froths over the impeccable photography, but First Class is definitely heading towards infinity and beyond.
Click on the gallery above to view the shoot in full.