backstage at the susaNNe bartsch vogue italia fashion shOOt











What can I say? From the very first time Susanne Bartsch and I were photographed together, back in 2004, to be able to be present at many important  events in her super busy social life like the opening of her exhibit “Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch” at FIT. It felt very special to receive an invitation from her to appear at her historic fashion editorial for Vogue Italia shot by Steven Klein, styled by Patti Wilson and make up by Kabuki. For someone who is not a model like moi, it felt amazing, but also it was extra special to be standing next to my friend and artist Scooter LaForge, and yes I was fully dressed in Scooter, from wig to shoes…amazing.
The shoot itself spread over two days at Pier 59 Studios; needless to say it was a lot of fun; I was able to reconnect with old colleagues and meet fabulous people like the incredible Duo RAW from Sweden …yes, I very rarely go out now…unless it is a great event.
The fashion story spread “YES. IT’S ME SUSANNE BARTSCH” clearly pays homage to the queen of New York night life; the concept takes – naturally and evidently – readers to what it means to be in Susanne’s habitat, which is surrounded by her entourage of fashionable hostess and artists who visually take any party to the next level. She is the maestro of her parties, controlling every single detail with the security of someone who has seen it all. It was quite impressive to see the work of Steve and Patti bringing out incredible images. You can see the whole spread HERE.

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Personally, it meant a lot to me to be included in this great story. Back in 2006, I was also in a group photo(below) wearing an Apple Monitor headpiece for the “Happy Issue of iD magazine”, when Kenny Kenny and Susanne Bartsch had their favorite artists representing their party Happy Valley, and for that group of clearly amazing people I and Brandon Olson were the only ones at the Vogue shoot above…so I guess my job is done here 😀


Happy Issue for iD magazine / 2006 – photo by Jesse Chehak

Freak Chic
by Gazelle Paulo

vogue japan: 15 models celebrating its 15th aNNiversary

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Cover by Luigi & Iango

We all love super models, specially when they are “put” together on the spotlight; glamour and beauty just melt away in all corners. The celebration of the 15th anniversary of Vogue Japan is indeed a revival’s model feast; Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista, Stephanie Seymour, Nadja Auermann and Naomi Campbell on the cover, and if that wasn’t enough, the cover folds out revealing more gorgeous faces like Karen Elson, Natasha Poly, Carolyn Murphy, Eva Herzigova and Guinevere Van Seenus among others…yes among other beauties.
I must say that although the cover is fantastic, the cover is missing Christy Turlington and Kate Moss, but can you imagine how dramatic it must have been to schedule all these women together? Happy Anniversary Vogue Japan !!

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Claudia Schiffer and Nadja Auermann
photo by Luigi & Iango

Freak Chic by Gazelle Paulo

Gazelle also writes for TheBlot and NewYorkSPY

domestic violence fashion spread at vogue italia

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My most recent article about the Domestic Violence fashion spread by photographer Meisel for the Vogue Italia is now on TheBlot magazine:

FreakChic by Gazelle Paulo