Oyster #91 explores fame and duality though separate covers and a stunning black and white shoot with media whipping girl and much maligned starlet Lara Bingle. Shot by Stephen Ward and Georges Antoni, Bingle is afforded her own Black Swan/White Swan moment with each photog offering their own interpretation of the divisive Sydney beauty. Hint: Ward captures the demure side while Antoni goes for hard-edged glam. Styling, hair and makeup follows accordingly with stylist and Fashion Director Imogene Barron opting for statement pieces like a Burberry motorcycle jacket and House Of Fetish metallic crop top for Black-Swan-Bingle while White-Swan-Bingle tones it down in demure wares from Josh Goot and Chanel. The transformation is deftly realized, an idea that extends to the magazine itself.
Following a spate of personnel shake-ups in recent years, Oyster #91 marks the first issue under newly appointed Editorial Director Alice Cavanagh, a regular Australian Vogue contributor who has also written for Russh, Harper’s Bazaar Australia, Sunday Magazine, Yen and Nylon. Currently based in Paris, Cavanagh’s inaugural issue with Creative Director Shane Sakkeus (interview here) boasts interviews with NYC photographer Ryan McGinley, male model du jour Andrej Pejic, art rock trio Blonde Redhead and London fashion legend Lulu Kennedy. New year, new direction. We like what we see.
Oyster issue 91 hits newsstands this Friday 11 February.
All images supplied by Oyster Magazine.