Demure styling gone wild: Fulvio Maiani for Bambi

It’s an intriguing feat of styling that manages to hybridize grandma stereotypes with sex kitten ones. This assimilation of styles, this cross-breed that mixes purple hair rinse and Dame Edna cateye glasses with subtly revealing semi sheer blouses and lithe long legs wrapped in suspenders stockings, is a sort of case-in-point for the fact that the what is never quite so important as the how.

The right stylist (would Pia Johansson please stand up) can take any random assortment of things and gel them together in a surprising and visually appealing way. The right model (in this case Maxime Van Der Heijden) can pull anything off with confidence and grace. It’s how you style it; it’s how you wear it.

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Maxime by Fulvio Maiani for Bambi XIII (NSFW)
Maxime by Fulvio Maiani for Bambi XIII (NSFW)
Maxime by Fulvio Maiani for Bambi XIII (NSFW)
Maxime by Fulvio Maiani for Bambi XIII (NSFW)
Maxime by Fulvio Maiani for Bambi XIII (NSFW)
Maxime by Fulvio Maiani for Bambi XIII (NSFW)
Maxime by Fulvio Maiani for Bambi XIII (NSFW)
Maxime by Fulvio Maiani for Bambi XIII (NSFW)
Maxime by Fulvio Maiani for Bambi XIII (NSFW)
Maxime by Fulvio Maiani for Bambi XIII (NSFW)
Maxime by Fulvio Maiani for Bambi XIII (NSFW)

And of course, how you present it. Photographer Fulvio Maiani turns what are essentially mundane, everyday settings into the fitting backdrops of shoot that feels like it’s about a woman wanting to break free. She’s got an untamed core beneath a bookish exterior and – while she wears both equally well – the former looks set to overcome the latter, in the best possible way.

With brilliant hairstyling by Kilian Marin and makeup by Chiara Guizzetti, Maiani’s shoot for Bambi Magazine’s 13th issue can be viewed in full at the gallery. Head to bambimagazine.com to check out more of the issue.

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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.