Shauna Phoon’s shoot of model Meluxine in many ways epitomises 2012’s worldview on fashion. Michael Villani’s styling isn’t just a mix but a maelstrom sucking in influences from across the eras: amoung them we count 1920s-style finger waves, a Madonna-esque latex corset, an attitude of 50s rockabilly made modern. Nothing is too clear-cut in it’s historical references, and that’s favourable in so far as the year’s trends go.
Phoon confirms that it’s all about mixing the old with the new: “half the pieces in these images are actually original designs from Michael Villani and his couture line, and half are vintage pieces appropriated, collated, and refashioned into wearable pieces. Michael’s design hallmarks are pairing flowy, feminine fabrics with an dramatic edge that can be created in accessories and embellishments, and we tried to capture that elegant, but exciting and memorable look. ”
Sarah Baxter’s hair and makeup is perfectly matched, with a twist on old Hollywood glamour.
Phoon gives some insight into the shoot’s location, adding that it was shot in Melbourne’s warren of inner-city gritty lane ways. Her aim? To “capture the idea of iconic glamour being able to be created from something ordinary and usually overlooked.” And that she did.
You can view the full shoot of Meluxine by Shauna Phoon by clicking on the thumbnails above.