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DUTCH MASTERS: Valentino went Dutch for its fall advertising campaign, calling on photographer duo Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin to snap a bevy of international beauties in scenes evocative of the golden age of Flemish portraiture.
The cast of models includes Maud Welzen, Kati Nescher, Magdalena Jasek, Irina Kravchenko, Sam Rollinson, Erika Labanauskaite, Tamara Weijenberg, Laura Kampman, Nouk Torsing and Sasha Luss — “women represented like paintings, caught in the intimacy and magic of their gestures,” said Maria Grazia Chiuri, while co-creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli said the campaign showed “the magnificence of Flemish lights and 10 different characters of contemporary feminine grace and regality.”
The images make use of classic still-life elements — a vase of flowers, say, next to a bunch of grapes and a brightly plumed bird — but red leather pumps are also thrown in for good measure.
The campaign, shot at Pier 59 Studios in New York, breaks internationally this month. Christiaan worked on the models’ hair, and makeup was by Dick Page.