Tribal on Venice Beach

There’s nothing really new, anymore, about shoots that take glamorous beauty and styling and transpose them to the unconventional setting of a gym or sports area. Nor are such shoots likely to slow down as the Olympics approaches. But reinvention is the fashion world’s fountain of youth, and there’s always a way to give a concept new life.

For Numero’s March 2012 issue, photographer Sebastian Kim and Fashion Editor Charles Varenne manage rather successfully.

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Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
Kasia Struss: Numero March '12 (NSFW)
Kasia Struss: Numero March '12 (NSFW)
Kasia Struss: Numero March '12 (NSFW)
Kasia Struss: Numero March '12 (NSFW)
Kasia Struss: Numero March '12 (NSFW)
Kasia Struss: Numero March '12 (NSFW)
Kasia Struss: Numero March '12 (NSFW)
Kasia Struss: Numero March '12 (NSFW)
Kasia Struss: Numero March '12 (NSFW)
Kasia Struss: Numero March '12 (NSFW)
Kasia Struss: Numero March '12 (NSFW)
Kasia Struss: Numero March '12 (NSFW)

The Venice Beach setting adds a hot, outdoor drama to their shoot starring Kasia Struss. Varenne’s styling, meanwhile, fuses the slickness of spring’s swimwear and evening offerings – from a Gucci Art Deco-inspired dress to Michael Kors’ stroppy swimsuits – with a luxe tribal beat. The topknot, the earrings, the animal prints and colour palette make Venice Beach an urban jungle for the fitness queen.

View the full shoot 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.