MODEL PERSPECTIVE Demy De Vries Is “Vermillion Miles From Home” For Harper’s Bazaar UK October 2020
The Isle of Sheppey is the secluded setting for Demy de Vries‘ Harper’s Bazaar UK editorial. The editorial, shot by Agata Pospieszynska, styled by Charlie Harrington, with hair and makeup by James Rowe and Polly Osmond, is yet another reworking of the rejection of 2020-pandemic life.
With similar vibes to the Jacquemus Summer 2021 show “L’amour”, except for the inclusion of brilliant shades of red, the editorial itself isn’t exactly groundbreaking work. The editorial is a return to simplicity, a natural state, with an undertone of the endurance of the human spirit (particularly with the pops of carmine, carnelian, and claret). The photography seems a little stale, a little too simple, and doesn’t bring out the best in Demy’s poses, with the exception of the shot with the velvet dress by Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini. However, Demy in that dress is stunning, so it would be hard to not do them both justice in pretty much any shot.
It’s a pretty shoot, perhaps reflecting more of an “Instagrammer“ style than what would be expected of Harper’s Bazaar level of editorial. Perhaps this aesthetic is the beginning of fashion’s response to 2020-pandemic life, but perhaps more substance is needed in developing the shoot’s underlying message of the human spirit and endurance, if that is the message that was intended?