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Paolo Roversi

is a pho­tog­ra­phy legend that the ed­i­to­rial team at Vogue Hommes In­ter­na­tional is de­lighted to wel­come to th­ese pages ( p.174 ). Born in Ravenna, Italy, this unas­sum­ing artist with the en­vi­ably husky voice, shot to fame in the early 1980s on the strength of his skill with the 20×25 Po­laroid for­mat, which in­stantly be­came his sig­na­ture style. Del­i­cate black–and–white, sub­tly nu­anced colours, no depth of field, his great­est images, awash with po­etry and mys­tery, were snapped up by Ital­ian Vogue, for ex­am­ple, or were used in mem­o­rable ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paigns for Yo­hji Ya­mamoto and Rei Kawakubo. A few years since, this adop­tive Parisian con­fided: “Nostal­gia is a se­ri­ous ill­ness that I have and find it hard to cure my­self of.” That’s easy to be­lieve. It runs like a haunt­ing strand through­out his work as the ephemeral, mag­i­cal di­men­sion of beauty.

Jerry Stafford

grew up in Brom­ley, South East London, in the 70s and 80s and ex­pe­ri­enced punk and new wave from the inside. He had an aes­thetic epiphany on see­ing David Bowie, with his swept–back hair and black–and–white jump­suit dur­ing the Sta­tion to Sta­tion tour at Wem­b­ley in 1976. The star’s pure­bred ar­ro­gance and love of ex­per­i­men­ta­tion went on to guide him through­out his ca­reer. He turned up in Paris in 1988 and im­me­di­ately hooked up with Tilda Swin­ton, who he dresses and ad­vises on the work she takes. He founded the Première Heure agency, which rapidly be­came a yard­stick for its fash­ion styling, ad­ver­tis­ing films and mu­sic clips. Proust, Os­car Wilde, dandy­ism, French the­atre, Ar­taud and Genet are Jerry’s cul­tural un­der­pin­nings. Re­cently, he was at long last able to work with his idol David Bowie, who made a spec­tac­u­lar sur­prise come­back with his clip “The Stars ( Are Out Tonight )”. For Vogue Hommes In­ter­na­tional, he scoured Kenya, from an­i­mal pro­tec­tion mecca, the Soysambu Con­ser­vancy, to Nairobi, where he met the most vo­cal de­fend­ers of im­per­illed wild habi­tats ( p.192 ).

Mert ALAS AND MAR­CUS PIG­GOT t,

the star duo of fash­ion pho­tog­ra­phy, have done their first cover for Vogue Hommes In­ter­na­tional ( p.154 ). It’s a su­per–pro­duc­tion shot in a London stu­dio in what they term a “pop in­ferno” dé­cor, to showcase model Filip Hriv­nak, whose ca­reer is re­ally tak­ing off right now. They have worked reg­u­larly for French Vogue ( their red lac­quer close–up cover shot of Vanessa Par­adis was a real traf­fic–stop­per ) and W, and have shot hugely suc­cess­ful cam­paigns for the likes of Ar­mani, Ver­sace, and Gucci. Their style hits you be­cause of the sheer blast of colour, and their flair for the graphic, and sheer per­fec­tion. It is ter­ri­fy­ingly ef­fi­ca­cious: Madonna, Mi­ley Cyrus, Pene­lope Cruz, the Beck­hams, Kate Moss, and Lady Gaga swear by them and by them alone. In 2012, they made the video clip for Madonna’s “Girl Gone Wild”. Add in an in­fec­tious sense of hu­mour and love of par­ty­ing, and you’ll see why the world is beat­ing a path to their door.

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