Strictness & starch: Freja and Arizona

Starchy, high white collars and long black skirts are often translated, editorially, into sexy nun outfits. Pair them with nudity and cigarettes and you’ve got a perfect contrast on your hands – hence why, for a while, the mix of sensuality and religion gave us everything from Miranda Kerr to Jess Hart and Lydia Hearst all breaking out of the religion stereotypes.  It was like Sister Act, only sexier.

Now, those starchy high collars and midi-length skirts are being taken back to a more demure purpose. Back to the golden age of Dutch art, in a homage to the Masters.

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Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
Master Class: Vogue UK September '11
Master Class: Vogue UK September '11
Master Class: Vogue UK September '11
Master Class: Vogue UK September '11
Master Class: Vogue UK September '11
Master Class: Vogue UK September '11
Master Class: Vogue UK September '11
Master Class: Vogue UK September '11
Master Class: Vogue UK September '11
Master Class: Vogue UK September '11
Master Class: Vogue UK September '11
Master Class: Vogue UK September '11
Master Class: Vogue UK September '11
From the headwear resembling Dutch bonnets to the stiff, deliberate poses taken by models Freja Beha Erichsen and Arizona Muse, everything about the editorial has a painted, portrait-like vibe. That doesn’t at all mean the outfits are too harsh – though wearing some would give you the air of a stern, Victorian schoolmistress. It’s simply a matter of applying the right accessories and the right hair and makeup. In these outfits, pale skin and ruddy cheeks are not your closest friends.

For the full shoot featuring Freja Beha Erichsen and Arizona Muse, photographed by Mario Testino for the September 2011 issue of UK Vogue, click on the thumbnails 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.