Kristen Stewart for Italian Vogue

The bitch is back.

dress by Giambattista Valli

Photo: Michelangelo Di Battista for Vogue Italia

Kristen Stewart is no model, but when styled correctly, and when her glumness is appropriate for the mood of the photoshoot, she can sell a fucking dress. Vogue Italia did an excellent job with this editorial: everything with a touch of hardness or darkness, to de-girlify it enough that Kristen might actually look natural. Lord knows that woman seems to cringe at the sight of high heels. The above picture is beautiful: a dramatic and stunning gown that surprisingly doesn’t overwhelm Kristen. The focus is still on the dress, but you don’t forget that there’s a woman wearing it. Pretty impressive.

dress by Blumarine

Photo: Michelangelo Di Battista for Vogue Italia

A fantastic and surprisingly sexy shot. She’s not exactly cozy, but she looks more comfortable in a tight lace LBD than I’d have thought she’d look. The disheveled hair and black nails are what keep the look a little gritty, in a great way. And you’ve got to give it to the girl – her eyes really are beautiful.

Left: blouse by Roberto Cavalli. Right: gown by Alexander McQueen

Photo: Michelangelo Di Battista for Vogue Italia

I don’t love the photo on the left, just because I don’t think Kristen gives good enough face to warrant a close-up fashion shot. Not that she doesn’t have a pretty face – just that she has absolutely no idea what to do with it.  And the shot on the right looks a little silly, because she is most certainly overwhelmed by that dress, and those shoes in particular. But I love the hair in that shot.

dress by Chanel

Photo: Michelangelo Di Battista for Vogue Italia

Again, the expressionless close-ups of her face are less than impressive. The most beautiful thing about this photo is the lighting. Great from a photography standpoint, but it doesn’t do the job of selling the clothes – or the star.

coat by Giorgio Armani, shoes by Christian Louboutin

Photo: Michelangelo Di Battista for Vogue Italia

This, I love. And this coat is so phenomenal, I can’t stop looking at it. And maybe crying over it just a little bit.

Left: dress by Giles. Right: dress by Francesco Scognamiglio

Photo: Michelangelo Di Battista for Vogue Italia

Bahh, the expressionless close-ups! At least the one on the right is saved by the fucking fabulous dress she’s wearing. But you see how she gives the same look in every picture. It’s exhausting.

dress by Aquilano.Rimondi

Photo: Michelangelo Di Battista via Vogue Italia

Phenomenal. Everything from the clothes to the pose to the lighting to the styling to the hair and makeup – it’s all coming together for one beautiful shot. I’m a sucker for gritty-meets-pretty done right, and this is exactly that.


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6 responses to Kristen Stewart for Italian Vogue

  1. Haley

    I thought this entire shoot was terrible. The clothing was bad, KStew is a horrible model and I thought she was styled in a way that makes her look like she was pulled out of a drain. The lighting was good. That was it. Also, is that a cigarette in her hand in the last photo? What, is she auditioning to be in the next Herman Cain ad?????

  2. Marie-Louise

    I agree with your comments, i think the lack of facial expression focuses the shot on the clothes.
    Love your blog!

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