Coco Chanel once said, rather famously, “Before you leave the house, take a look in the mirror and take one thing off.” Assumedly she was referring to accessories – to leaving behind, say, one strand of pearls or maybe going a little more minimal on the headwear. One doens’t imagine Coco removing her pants, doing one last quick spin in front of the mirror, and nodding in approval to herself before heading out the door.

When it comes to a photoshoot, though, and in particular a sensual one, removing one key item of clothing can be more devastatingly sexy than being stark naked. Much of Tak Takei’s shoot for the latest issue of Bambi Magazine is styled in this way: a sheer top that looks like it might usually warrant a bra; a jacket worn with nothing underneath; a tartan pencil skirt worn with jewellery and no top at all. Credit stylist Bhoranie Selde for working partial states of dress to maximum effect.

tartan skirt topless styling

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Katja by Tak Takei for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Katja by Tak Takei for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Katja by Tak Takei for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Katja by Tak Takei for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Katja by Tak Takei for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Katja by Tak Takei for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Katja by Tak Takei for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Katja by Tak Takei for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Katja by Tak Takei for Bambi XVII (NSFW)

Glistening skin by makeup artist Pamela Sue Icochea and wet hair styled by Erol Karadag give model Katja a dishevelment that goes hand in hand with being semi-dressed. Under throws of soft light, Takei’s lens captures it all beautifully.

View the full shoot at the gallery, and be sure to check out all of Bambi issue XVII here.

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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.