Dubbed the “King of Kink,” Helmut Newton completely revolutionized fashion imagery with his erotically-charged black and white portraits of iconic models like Elsa Peretti and Charlotte Rampling, paving the way for contemporary portraiture as we know it today. In this intimate series of images lensed by Isabella Lombardini, CR girl Caroline Vreeland pays homage to the late German-Australian photographer, who passed away in 2004. “Helmut was a genius,” Vreeland explains. “Of course, he celebrated women’s sexuality, but it was more than that. He let his subjects take ownership of their sexuality; he gave them power in it.”
Three or so years ago, a then-21-year-old Lombardini in London contacted Vreeland, who lives in California, for an interview. The two instantly hit it off after an hour-long Skype session. A year later, after Lombardini found herself in LA, they reconnected. This Newton-inspired series is a compilation of images taken over the course of the time since. Explains Vreeland of the project, “We adapted this credo: she wanted to capture me owning my sexuality.” And that, she did.
PHOTOGRAPHS ISABELLA LOMBARDINI
MAKEUP NICOLE WALMSLEY @ THE WALL GROUP
HAIR CHRISTIAN MARC @ FORWARD ARTISTS
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