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Top 100 Fashion Photography Trends in 2016

From Dazed Model Portraits to Gender Fluid Photo Shoots

— January 29, 2017 — Fashion
These 2016 fashion photography trends spotlight a variety of different editorials and promotional campaigns, with celebrity Vogue covers and expressive streetwear catalogs in the mix.

Jaden Smith's photo shoot for Vogue Korea challenged conventional gender norms, with the star sporting a black skirt and wearing a flower behind his ear in one image. In another, he wears a uniquely patterned blazer and a matching skirt, along with a statement hat.

Also featured in these 2016 fashion photography trends is Rihanna's work with Terry Richardson, which was a part of CR Fashion Book's ninth issue. Throughout the images, the pop star mirrored Marie Antoinette, adapting the late queen of France's look for a seductive and incredibly powerful editorial.

To get a better understanding of how brands are appealing to consumers through strong imagery and more, take a look at our 2017 Trend Report.
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Score
Popularity
Activity
Freshness
99
Breathtaking Travel Photography
Breathtaking Travel Photography
Johan Lolos Epically Photographs His New Zealand Road Trip
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98
Beachy Patriotic Editorials
Beachy Patriotic Editorials
The W Magazine Selena Gomez Cover Story was Shot by Steven Klein
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97
Vintage Starlet Editorials
Vintage Starlet Editorials
Numero Magazine's 'Pink Light District' Story Celebrates Retro Style
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96
Couture Paper Doll Photography
Couture Paper Doll Photography
Ajax Lee Reimagined Iconic Fashion Designs as Paper Doll Clothing
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95
Double Standard Photoshoots
Double Standard Photoshoots
Maya Fuhr Shoot Fashion Label Moses Gauntlett Cheng for Milk
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94
Tied Up Editorials
Tied Up Editorials
Mae Lapres Stars in an Artistic Editorial in the Latest Vogue China Issue
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93
Playful Goth Apparel
Playful Goth Apparel
The Ones 2 Watch Anti-Establishment Editorial Features an All-Black Wardrobe
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92
Whimsical Makeup Portraits
Whimsical Makeup Portraits
This Vogue Paris Beauty Story Features a Supermodel Cast
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91
Rebel Chic Fashion Ads
Rebel Chic Fashion Ads
Isabeli Fontana Stars in Karl Lagerfeld's Riachuelo Fall/Winter Campaign
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90
Glittery Youth Editorials
Glittery Youth Editorials
Maddie Ziegler is Photographed for Paper Magazine's Youth Issue
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89
Whimsical Wildlife Photography
Whimsical Wildlife Photography
Katerina Plotnikova Captures Fairy Tale-Like Scenes
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88
Diverse Beauty Editorials
Diverse Beauty Editorials
The New York Times Style Magazine's Latest Issue Captures Individuality
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87
Theatrical Couture Editorials
Theatrical Couture Editorials
Vision China's 'Lady Danger' Series Highlights Conceptual Clothes
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86
Eastern European Editorials
Eastern European Editorials
Pascha by Andrey Yakovlev is Full of Rich Colors and Accessories
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85
Blurred Supermodel Portraits
Blurred Supermodel Portraits
This Kendall Jenner Style Exclusive is Lensed by Karl Lagerfeld
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84
Contemporary Grunge Editorials
Contemporary Grunge Editorials
Ivan Genasi's 'Portrait of a Lady' Story Boasts Bold Beauty Looks
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83
Daring Hair Style Editorials
Daring Hair Style Editorials
'Color Blaze' by Marta Macha Highlights Vibrant Hair Dyes
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82
Vague Cinematic Editorials
Vague Cinematic Editorials
The Ones 2 Watch 'Untitled Film Stills' Series Highlights Sultry Images
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81
Fatigued Model Portraits
Fatigued Model Portraits
The Ones 2 Watch 'Recovery' Editorial is Captured by Elena Pirogova-Mares
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80
Exaggerated Manga Makeup
Exaggerated Manga Makeup
Vogue Japan's 'Manga Mirror' Series Features Superstar Daphne Groeneveld
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79
Sultry Glamour Shot Editorials
Sultry Glamour Shot Editorials
Rui Faria's WYLDE Magazine Feature is a Subtle Nod to the 80s
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78
Sporty Summer Dresses
Sporty Summer Dresses
This Christian Oita Fashion Story is Lensed for Glamour Italia
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77
Corsetted Celebrity Covers
Corsetted Celebrity Covers
The Kim Kardashian Vogue Australia Photo Shoot Features Yeezy Season 3
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76
Embellished Beauty Editorials
Embellished Beauty Editorials
Remark Magazine's 'Star-Studded' Story Highlights Jeweled Makeup
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75
Punk Hair Portraits
Punk Hair Portraits
Takahiro Ogawa's 'Color Puzzle' Editorial Highlights Daring Beauty Looks
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74
Lonesome Hotel Editorials
Lonesome Hotel Editorials
Oyster Magazine's 'Hotel Life' Story is Lensed by James Tolich
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73
Reclusive Model Photography
Reclusive Model Photography
'Sometimes we dream of nowhere else' Promotes Stay-at-Home Style
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72
Incognito Grayscale Portraits
Incognito Grayscale Portraits
Japanese Photographer Zezn Captures Artistic Shots of Herself
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71
Korean Punk Apparel
Korean Punk Apparel
knave's 'Utopia Park' Lookbook Highlights Its Modern and Rebellious Style
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70
Lifeguard-inspired Editorials
Lifeguard-inspired Editorials
CR Fashion Book’s Eighth Edition Stars Model Camila Morrone
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69
Lounging Model Portraits
Lounging Model Portraits
The Ones 2 Watch 'Idle Hands' Editorial Spotlights Casual Clothing Pieces
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68
Sensual Flower-Infused Portraits
Sensual Flower-Infused Portraits
The Ones 2 Watch 'Roses' Image Series Boasts Botanical Accents
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67
Diverse Swimsuit Campaigns
Diverse Swimsuit Campaigns
The #SwimSexy Campaign Features Three Unconventional Models
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66
Oversized Monochromatic Fashion
Oversized Monochromatic Fashion
Vogue Netherlands‘ Latest Cover Story Features Julia Bergshoeff
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65
Botanical Menswear Portraits
Botanical Menswear Portraits
Dominik H. Mueller's 'Lost In A Dream' Series Boasts Botanical Prints
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64
Glam Grunge Editorials
Glam Grunge Editorials
The Archetype Magazine Caroline Winberg Photshoot is Full of Attitude
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63
Grunge Youth Editorials
Grunge Youth Editorials
Love Magazine's 'Headbangerz' Story Celebrates a Rock Subgenre
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62
Rocker Homage Editorials
Rocker Homage Editorials
Design Scene's 'Janis Joplin' Fashion Story Pays Tribute to the Musician
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61
Nerdy Beauty Editorials
Nerdy Beauty Editorials
Vogue Italia Beauty's Latest Feature Spotlights Geek Girl Fashion
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60
Minimalist Swimsuit Collection
Minimalist Swimsuit Collection
The Debut COS Swimwear Line is as Simple and Stylish as Its Clothes
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59
Youthful Witch Catalogs
Youthful Witch Catalogs
The Killstar Voodoo Lookbook Highlights Edgy Goth Apparel
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58
Suspended Supermodel Editorials
Suspended Supermodel Editorials
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Poses in Couture Gowns Upside Down
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57
Grunge Couture Editorials
Grunge Couture Editorials
L'officiel Ukraine's 'Rock Me' Editorial is Captured by Suzana Holtgrave
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56
Eclectic Retro Fashion
Eclectic Retro Fashion
The Vogue Mexico Antonina Petkovic Editorial is Full of Spring Energy
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55
Conceptual Outerwear Editorials
Conceptual Outerwear Editorials
Bryan Huynh Captures Interview Germany's 'Serpantine' Story
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54
Stripped Down Supermodel Covers
Stripped Down Supermodel Covers
Gigi Hadid Bares it All in a Tasteful Spread for Vogue France
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53
Gender Fluid Photoshoots
Gender Fluid Photoshoots
The Vogue Korea February 2016 Issue Challenges Gender Norms
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52
Dazed Model Portraits
Dazed Model Portraits
Diego Ricci's 'Lost' Editorial Spotlights Stylish Outdoor Photography
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51
Exotic Androgyny Editorials
Exotic Androgyny Editorials
The Ones 2 Watch 'Banana Flowers' Image Series is Gender-Bending
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50
Modern Monochrome Editorials
Modern Monochrome Editorials
Elle Sweden's Lameka Fox Feature Highlights Sleek Wardrobe Picks
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49
Sensual Beauty Portraits
Sensual Beauty Portraits
Harri Peccinotti's 'A Tribute To Nova Magazine' Story is Suggestive
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48
Menswear Alleyway Editorials
Menswear Alleyway Editorials
The Ones 2 Watch 'Backstreet Boys' Feature Highlights Urban Apparel
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47
Gender-Neutral Beauty Editorials
Gender-Neutral Beauty Editorials
Donte Maurice Captures a Candid Series That Explores Unisex Style
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46
Luxe Sportswear Editorials
Luxe Sportswear Editorials
The Ones 2 Watch 'Jungle' Series Highlights Men's Leisurewear
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45
Avant-Garde Punk Portraits
Avant-Garde Punk Portraits
Design Scene's 'Divine' Editorial is Captured by Jurgen Knoth
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44
Fashion Show Attendee Photography
Fashion Show Attendee Photography
Highsnobiety Lensed Some of the Most Stylish at YEEZY Season 4
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43
Unusual Retro Self-Portraits
Unusual Retro Self-Portraits
Juno Calypso Continues Her Quirky Series with Femininely Kitsch Shots
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42
Experimental Streetwear Editorials
Experimental Streetwear Editorials
The Ones 2 Watch 'Enervate Posture' Series is Effortlessly Cool
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41
Rebellious Street Style Editorials
Rebellious Street Style Editorials
WSJ's 'Two for Road' Story Highlights Youthful Wardrobe Picks
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40
Artistic Actor Photography
Artistic Actor Photography
This Brad Pitt Photo Series Was Lensed by Craig McDean for The NY Times
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39
Conceptual 90s Fashion
Conceptual 90s Fashion
The Ones 2 Watch 'Holly Holly' Exclusive Highlights Nostalgic Apparel
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38
Heart-Pounding Underwater Photography
Heart-Pounding Underwater Photography
Shark Shepard by Benjamin Von Wong is Ethereally Dangerous
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37
Tropical Floral Editorials
Tropical Floral Editorials
Anais Pouliot Takes a Hot Vacation for Some Fashion Inspiration
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36
Rare Streetwear Editorials
Rare Streetwear Editorials
Highsnobiety's In-House Shoot Captures Supreme's Lesser-Seen Looks
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35
Remixed 70s Fashion
Remixed 70s Fashion
The Ones 2 Watch 'Good Morning Sunshine' Story Spotlights Nostalgic Clothes
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34
Branded Confidence Campaigns
Branded Confidence Campaigns
Cara Delevingne is the Focus of a Puma Campaign Dubbed 'DO YOU'
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33
Free-Spirited Lingerie Lines
Free-Spirited Lingerie Lines
The Free People Valentine's Day Collection is Made for Bohemians
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32
Conceptual Flower Child Fashion
Conceptual Flower Child Fashion
Annie Li's 70s-Themed Apparel is Spotlighted on The Ones 2 Watch
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31
Rebellious Menswear Portraits
Rebellious Menswear Portraits
VMan Magazine's 'Spy vs Spy' Editorial Highlights Edgy Fashion Picks
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30
Neon UV Light Portraits
Neon UV Light Portraits
Adriano Rodrigues Uses UV Lights and Black Light For Stunning Portraits
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29
Dreamlike Fashion Photography
Dreamlike Fashion Photography
Nice Lies by Anna Radchenko is Full of Imaginative Imagery
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28
Quirky Chromatic Photoshoots
Quirky Chromatic Photoshoots
Dean Bradshaw's Latest Project is Inspired by The Master of Disguise
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27
Idiosyncratic Fine Art Photography
Idiosyncratic Fine Art Photography
Natalia Evelyn Bencicova Captures Almost-Surreal Moments
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26
Vibrant '60s Fashion
Vibrant '60s Fashion
The Daily Summer Features Stella Maxwell in Jeremy Scott Designs
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25
Expressive Makeup Photography
Expressive Makeup Photography
Elle Bulgaria's Latest Exclusive Highlights Technicolored Cosmetics
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24
Painting-Inspired Editorials
Painting-Inspired Editorials
Left March by Yakovlev Andrey Brings Modern Art to Life
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23
Conceptual Beauty Portraits
Conceptual Beauty Portraits
Jalouse Magazine's 'Kiss & Make Up' Story Boasts Expressive Cosmetics
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22
Seductive Socialite Editorials
Seductive Socialite Editorials
Complex Paired Its Kylie Jenner Interview with a Series of Images
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21
Vibrantly Urban Photoshoots
Vibrantly Urban Photoshoots
The Chris Habana My Enemy Campaign was Shot by Daniel Bolliger
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20
Conceptual Cosmetic Portraits
Conceptual Cosmetic Portraits
Nancy Gabriela's 'Unconventional Beauty' Editorial is Visually Vivid
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19
Retro Sci-Fi Hair Editorials
Retro Sci-Fi Hair Editorials
This Salon Editorial from BLOW Shows Off Fantasy Colored Hair
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18
Worldly Headdress Photography
Worldly Headdress Photography
The 'Etno' Series Shows Each Woman Adorned in a Beautiful Headdress
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17
Futuristic Folk Fashion
Futuristic Folk Fashion
Design Scene's 'Romantic Folk' Story Highlights Opulent Outfit Pairings
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16
Psychedelic Landscape Editorials
Psychedelic Landscape Editorials
This Vogue Italia Exclusive Boasts Solve Sundsbo Photography
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15
Retro Streetwear Editorials
Retro Streetwear Editorials
A New Stüssy Summer Lookbook Incorporates Vibrant Vintage Themes
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14
Cosmic-Colored Portraits
Cosmic-Colored Portraits
This Photo Series Contrasts Negative Images with Cosmic-Colored Overlays
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13
Earthy Witch Catalogs
Earthy Witch Catalogs
Killstar's Season of the Witch Lookbook Boasts Occult-Inspired Fashions
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12
Queen-Emulating Editorials
Queen-Emulating Editorials
Rihanna Poses as Marie Antoinette in This Terry Richardson Cover Shoot
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11
Tapestry-Inspired Streetwear Catalogs
Tapestry-Inspired Streetwear Catalogs
The Latest Les Benjamins Collection is Titled 'Ottoman Punk'
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10
Expressive Adult Photography
Expressive Adult Photography
This South African Photographer Captures Jamaica's Male Adult Stars
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9
Fierce Gown Photoshoots
Fierce Gown Photoshoots
The CR Fashion Book Gigi Hadid Editorial is Elegantly Edgy
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8
Freckle-Celebrating Portraits
Freckle-Celebrating Portraits
Brock Elbank #Freckles Photography Project Promotes Real Beauty
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7
Provocative Beach Photoshoots
Provocative Beach Photoshoots
This New Out Magazine Editorial Was Lensed by Hard Cider NY
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6
Sensual Influencer Photography
Sensual Influencer Photography
Matt Adam's Latest Editorial Features Instagram Model Lily May
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5
Cosmic Wedding Photography
Cosmic Wedding Photography
Neringa Rekasiute Lensed a Young Couple in a Poetic Galactic Setting
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4
Regal Underwater Portraits
Regal Underwater Portraits
Phoebe Rudomino's Aquatic Photos Capture Homes Fully Submerged
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3
Impromptu Award Show Portraits
Impromptu Award Show Portraits
Mark Seliger Captures a Candid Side at Vanity Fair's Oscar Party
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2
Moody Stay-at-Home Editorials
Moody Stay-at-Home Editorials
The Ones 2 Watch 'Bibi, Baby' Feature Boasts Comfortable Fashions
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1
Vivid Glam Rock Editorials
Vivid Glam Rock Editorials
Vogue Spain's 'DB' Editorial is a Hana Jirickova Feature
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