Fashion

Words and Images: 'ASEXUAL' by Ron Contarsy

As March comes to an end, we look back on our special project for our 10th Anniversary issue. We gave 10 photographers what every creative mind longs for – freedom of expression. Our only request: to be inspired by a word that contains the letter ‘X’

More and more brands are merging women’s and men’s shows, signalling an increasing blurring of the line between genders. Captured in Contarsy’s photographs are those grey areas. “Designers today are always pushing boundaries and finding ways to have their fabulous fashions alter the experience of sexual attraction,” explains Contarsy. “Fashion isn’t about male or female. It’s about style, which, once again, has zero boundaries.” Indeed, we’re moving away from the sexiness and tension between the sexes that encapsulated the noughties – all hail the asexual attitude. “The model we selected epitomises asexuality, and the clothing that our stylist Jason Rembert selected helped to emphasise exactly what we wanted to show: a unique elegance, with edge and confidence,” Contarsy adds. “The term ‘asexual’ not only applies to what’s happening in fashion, it’s also very topical with everything going on in life.”

ASEXUAL

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1) Beaded dress, Christopher Kane
Mirrored fabric thigh-high boots, Christian Louboutin
Fishnet tights, Falke
Straw hat, custom-made New York Vintage

2) Vintage velvet corset top, Vivienne Westwood from New York Vintage 
Leather biker pant with white detail, Alexander Vauthier
Patent peep-toe mules, Giuseppe Zanotti
Resin earrings, Giorgio Armani
Fishnet tights, Falke

3) Chiffon top, skirt and pants, Emilio Pucci
Plexiglass and leather strap pumps, Miu Miu

4) Technical voile dress and panties, organdi bra, stretch nappa thigh-high boots, Céline

5) Cotton top and Skelethon Levi’s jeans, Off White
Nappa leather Tromploia wedges, Christian Louboutin
Metal and plastic earrings, Delpozo
Leather Orion harness, Zana Bayne

Styling: Allysha Nila
Styling assistant: Kirsten McGovern
Hair: Dante Blandshaw/ Rona Represents
Makeup: Daniel Avilan/ Wilhelmina Artist 
Model: Varya/ Major Models-Movement Division

Special thanks to Contra Studios/ Chelsea-NYC

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