This boston.com post about New York Fashion Week 2012 was beautiful yet disturbing. The photo essay appeared to be in three parts, each with a different tone and theme.
The first group of photos in the phot essay was of the models getting ready. The first photo in the series established the rest of the essay very well. In the background, in focus, was a model beginning to get ready with out of focus model Polaroids in the foreground. The second photo, as well as many others in this section of the photo essay, looked pained. Many of the photos look as though the models are kind of suffering, particularly the photo of the male model getting the dye rinsed out. Additionally, the hair and make-up transformations made the models begin to look warped and unreal, on top of the fact that all of the models in these photos are so gorgeous and skinny that they look alien to begin with. This section was a little eerie to me because of this; however, it was very interesting to see the contrasts between relaxed and nearly torturous stages in the fashion show preparation process.
The next set of photos was the fashion show itself. After all of the prep work it was satisfying to see the models made up, and see the crowd who came to the show. These photos portrayed Fashion Week in the way in which one excepts Fashion Week to be. It looks as glamorous and beautiful as one would dream it to be.
Perhaps the third section of the series was my favorite. I loved seeing the different outfits (and people in them) attending Fashion Week. What people wear and how people style themselves has always fascinated me, so I died I loved it so much. I also was intrigued by the way the outfits were shot. the three sections broke up the outfits which bothered me a little because the whole ensemble wasn’t shown, but it highlighted the aspects of the people and their clothes worth highlighting.