Style Renaissance

With the cold stone backdrops and still life props – grapes, pomegranates, loaves of bread, yellowed leatherbound books amoung them – you’d be forgiven for mistaking this shoot for a series of realist portraits. But it was Natalia Alaverdian’s lens, not Rembrandt’s brush, that created these. Taking on the dual role of stylist, Alaverdian brilliantly gives modern clothes the impression of being from another time.

And, if you thought wet look hair was just for the beach, this is styling that proves its versatility. Irina Nikolaeva wears it to perfection.

Irina Nikolaeva by Natalia Alaverdian

Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
Irina Nikolaeva: Harper's Bazaar Russia, May '12
Irina Nikolaeva: Harper's Bazaar Russia, May '12
Irina Nikolaeva: Harper's Bazaar Russia, May '12
Irina Nikolaeva: Harper's Bazaar Russia, May '12
Irina Nikolaeva: Harper's Bazaar Russia, May '12
Irina Nikolaeva: Harper's Bazaar Russia, May '12
Irina Nikolaeva: Harper's Bazaar Russia, May '12
Irina Nikolaeva: Harper's Bazaar Russia, May '12
Irina Nikolaeva: Harper's Bazaar Russia, May '12
Irina Nikolaeva: Harper's Bazaar Russia, May '12
Irina Nikolaeva: Harper's Bazaar Russia, May '12
Irina Nikolaeva: Harper's Bazaar Russia, May '12
Irina Nikolaeva: Harper's Bazaar Russia, May '12
Irina Nikolaeva: Harper's Bazaar Russia, May '12
Irina Nikolaeva: Harper's Bazaar Russia, May '12
Irina Nikolaeva: Harper's Bazaar Russia, May '12

For Harper’s Bazaar Russia’s May 2012 issue, you can view the full shoot of a stately Irina Nikolaeva at the gallery above.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.