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Top 90 Fashion Photography Trends in May

From Emancipated Actress Covers to Floral Fantasy Shoots

— May 31, 2015 — Fashion
These May 2015 fashion photography trends range from floral fantasy photoshoots to emancipated actress covers that show an elusive celeb's softer side. In celebration of the fashion industry's recent focus on opulence, photography is becoming less understated and more artistic.

Standouts include chromatic and color-coded fashion editorials as well as ad campaigns that celebrate realistic beauty ideals. These May 2015 fashion photography trends also include retro features like 60s-inspired songstress shoots and hipster portraits the reference the styles of the 90s.

When it comes to the month's conceptual photography, eccentric hoodlum images and moody garden catalogs stand out. While gritty street life is portrayed through a fashionable eye, a botanical backdrop is used to evoke an emotive and surreal theme. Overall, a focus on fantasy is present in these visual works that defy convention while challenging a viewer's expectations.
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Activity
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Familial Fiction Photography
Familial Fiction Photography
Sophie Barbasch's Series Fault Line Explores the Family Structure
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88
Emancipated Actress Covers
Emancipated Actress Covers
The Kristen Stewart Harper's Bazaar UK Story Features Feminine Styles
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87
Meditative Rapper Editorials
Meditative Rapper Editorials
The Kanye West T Magazine Spread Was Shot by Juergen Teller
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86
Presidential Offspring Covers
Presidential Offspring Covers
This Chelsea Clinton Elle Cover is Elegant and Understated
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85
Eccentric Androgyny Portraits
Eccentric Androgyny Portraits
The Rue Simon Le Franc Editorial Boasts Artistic Menswear Staples
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84
Moody Parisian Editorials
Moody Parisian Editorials
Design Scene's Lost in Translation Story Boasts Monochromatic Imagery
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83
Whimsical Plus-Sized Fashion
Whimsical Plus-Sized Fashion
Blogger Hayley Hughes' Instagram Account Features Fearless Styles
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82
Living Doll Advertorials
Living Doll Advertorials
Waleria Tokarzewska Karaszewicz‘s Latest Campaign Boasts Eclectic Looks
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81
Demure Accessory Editorials
Demure Accessory Editorials
Wallpaper Magazine's Light Theory Image Series Boasts Diamond Jewelry
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80
Playfully Nostalgic Editorials
Playfully Nostalgic Editorials
Shaira Luna Recalls the Past in This C-Heads Editorial
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79
Chromatic Roadside Editorials
Chromatic Roadside Editorials
Lucky Blue Smith Stars in This Summer Menswear Exclusive
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78
Disheveled Model Photography
Disheveled Model Photography
The We're Alive Image Series for The Ones 2 Watch Features Dancing
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77
Working Girl Editorials
Working Girl Editorials
Styleby's Editorial Exclusive is Captured by Markus Pritzi's Lens
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76
Scribbled Print Catalogs
Scribbled Print Catalogs
The Latest Dior Homme Print Resembles an Abstract Art Piece
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75
Eclectic Retro Editorials
Eclectic Retro Editorials
Magdalena Jasek and Darius Tralbalza Star in Russh Magazine #63
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74
Half-Bearded Photographers
Half-Bearded Photographers
Adrian Alarcon Fills in His Shaven Side with Random Objects
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73
Shattered Glass Editorials
Shattered Glass Editorials
Model Julia Nobis Poses for Karl Templer in Interview Magazine
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72
Romantic Traveler Editorials
Romantic Traveler Editorials
Jessie Andrews is a Love-Lorn Traveler in This C-Heads Exclusive
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71
Luxuriously Woodsy Editorials
Luxuriously Woodsy Editorials
Dani Witt Stars in the April Issue of Harper's Bazaar Brazil
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70
Sun-Kissed Beach Editorials
Sun-Kissed Beach Editorials
Harper's Bazaar Spain's Consance Jablonski Story is Lensed by the Sea
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69
Conceptual Crimson Editorials
Conceptual Crimson Editorials
Vogue China's 'A Study In Scarlet' Shoot Boasts Artistic Red Fashion
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68
Celeb Eyewear Marketing
Celeb Eyewear Marketing
This Kristen Stewart Fashion Ad Features Chanel's New Eyewear Collection
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67
Eclectic Spring Couture
Eclectic Spring Couture
L’Officiel Ukraine's Na Vysote Story Captures Luxe and Theatrical Looks
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66
Conceptual Cosmetic Portraits
Conceptual Cosmetic Portraits
Oyster Magazine's Micro Beauty Shoot is Artistically Bold
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65
Quirky Gentleman Fashion
Quirky Gentleman Fashion
Marcin Dziak's Latest Photo Feature Boasts Elegant Menswear
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64
Sultry Easter Bunny Fashion
Sultry Easter Bunny Fashion
Design Scene's Belle Jess Editorial is Inspired by a Holiday Icon
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63
Underwater Engagement Photos
Underwater Engagement Photos
Love and Water Photography Captures Unique Couple Imagery
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62
Sunny Springtime Editorials
Sunny Springtime Editorials
Alena Blohm Stars in the April Issue of Elle Russia
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61
Road Trip Editorials
Road Trip Editorials
The Latest So It Goes Magazine Editorial Embraces Raw Boho with Erin Wasson
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60
Couture Punk Fashion
Couture Punk Fashion
Odda's Lili Sumner Exclusive is Inspired by Rock and Roll Rebellion
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59
Edgy Couple Photography
Edgy Couple Photography
The Ones 2 Watch Hej Du Exclusive is Fashion-Forward
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58
Ethnic Couture Editorials
Ethnic Couture Editorials
Vogue UK's Latest Exclusive is a Dreamlike Karen Elson Photoshoot
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57
Costumed Couture Editorials
Costumed Couture Editorials
Lida Fox Fronts This Edgy Fashion Story for this i-D Magazine
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56
Eccentric Hoodlum Photography
Eccentric Hoodlum Photography
F****** Young! Online's Dismissed Shoot Embodies Alternative Style
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55
Luxe Nautical Fashion
Luxe Nautical Fashion
ELLE UK's Jasmine Tookes Exclusive is Lensed by the Water
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54
Understated Desert Photography
Understated Desert Photography
L'officiel Turkey's Latest Exclusive Highlights Minimalist Fashions
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53
Chic Flower Child Photography
Chic Flower Child Photography
Elle UK's That 70s Show Editorial is a Throwback to Another Decade
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52
Viral Video Fashion
Viral Video Fashion
Hungry Castle's Latest Lookbook References Internet Sensations
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51
Witchy Vintage Fashion
Witchy Vintage Fashion
Design Scene's Purple Rain Editorial is Chic and Seductive
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50
Nostalgic Hipster Fashion
Nostalgic Hipster Fashion
Philosophy Magazine‘s Upside Down Story Channels Past Styles
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49
Edgy Adolescent Editorials
Edgy Adolescent Editorials
The Ones 2 Watch Ruff Ryder Image Series Features Normcore Sportswear
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48
Elegant Outdoorsman Editorials
Elegant Outdoorsman Editorials
Book Moda's Latest Exclusive Highlights Rustic Camp Fashions
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47
Fantasy Fashion Covers
Fantasy Fashion Covers
This Emilia Clarke Vogue UK Cover is Feminine and Demure
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46
Vintage Muse Portraits
Vintage Muse Portraits
Caroline Trentini Stars in W's Sculpture Garden Exclusive
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45
Retro Songstress Fashion
Retro Songstress Fashion
The L'Officiel Singapore Ciara Photoshoot Draws Inspiration from the 60s
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44
Androgynous Model Photography
Androgynous Model Photography
Commons and Sense Man's Latest Issue Features Cosme Carellas
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43
Poolside Gentleman Portraits
Poolside Gentleman Portraits
Top Model Sean O'Pry Stars in GQ Spain's Latest Editorial Exclusive
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42
Feminine Goth Editorials
Feminine Goth Editorials
Design Scene's Latest Story Boasts Edgy Fashion Staples
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41
Moody Garden Catalogs
Moody Garden Catalogs
Exhibition's Latest Lookbook Reveals Dramatic Fashion Photography
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40
Rebellious High School Editorials
Rebellious High School Editorials
Lucky Blue Smith Stars in this Sporty Shoot for F****** Young!
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39
Vanguard Sportswear Editorials
Vanguard Sportswear Editorials
Florian Joahn Captures This Monochromatic and Edgy Portrait Series
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38
Urban Warrior Editorials
Urban Warrior Editorials
Anna Haftenberger Dons Her Armor in L'Officiel Ukraine's April Issue
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37
Cool Kid Editorials
Cool Kid Editorials
Hip Hop Scene Veteran Isabela Talamini Stars in a C-Heads Exclusive
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36
Richly Tropical Editorials
Richly Tropical Editorials
Paradise Lost by Aorta is Elegantly Exotic for Schon Magazine
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35
Elegantly Casual Editorials
Elegantly Casual Editorials
Olivia Palermo Stars in the April 2015 Cover Story for ELLE Vietnam
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34
Immaculate Toga Editorials
Immaculate Toga Editorials
Josephine Le Tutour is Wonderful in White for Vogue China's May Issue
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33
Fashion Collage Editorials
Fashion Collage Editorials
The Ones 2 Watch 'Grinding Youth' Image Series Boasts Edgy Styling
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32
Whimsical Couture Fashion
Whimsical Couture Fashion
The Couture Shimmers Cover Story is Lensed for Vogue China Collections
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31
Urban Hiking Editorials
Urban Hiking Editorials
This FOTT X North Face Editorial Takes on Moscow on Foot
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30
Floral Fantasy Editorials
Floral Fantasy Editorials
Glamour Italia's 'Tutte In Fiore' Feature is Whimsically Styled
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29
Urban Indigo Fashion
Urban Indigo Fashion
Elle Brazil's Latest Cover Story Boasts Blue-Hued Styles for the City Girl
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28
Flamboyant Sportswear Editorials
Flamboyant Sportswear Editorials
Judo Fighter Celio Dias Stars in WRONG WEATHER's Latest Editorial
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27
Vintage Beauty Editorials
Vintage Beauty Editorials
This Miles Aldridge MAC Feature Highlights Retro Hair and Makeup
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26
Pastel 90s Editorials
Pastel 90s Editorials
Maritza Veer Brings the 90s Back for Vogue Mexico's April Issue
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25
Theatrical Graffiti Cosmetics
Theatrical Graffiti Cosmetics
This Male Makeup Editorial is Artistic and Visually Bold
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24
Androgynous Makeup Editorials
Androgynous Makeup Editorials
Fantastic Man's Latest Issue Experiments with Vibrant Male Cosmetics
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23
Blossoming Spring Fashion
Blossoming Spring Fashion
Mojeh's Latest Issue Features a Garden Fashion Feature
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22
Desert Metallic Fashion
Desert Metallic Fashion
Stylist Arabia Captures Model Paulina in Edgy Shimmering Pieces
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21
Sultry Body Builder Photography
Sultry Body Builder Photography
Athlete Juliana Malacarne Fronts Hunger Magazine's Latest Story
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20
Nostalgic Grunge Fashion
Nostalgic Grunge Fashion
Sam Rollinson Fronts This Editorial Exclusive for Vogue Germany
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19
Psychedelic 60s Editorials
Psychedelic 60s Editorials
Vogue Ukraine's Kasia Jujeczka Story Features MOD Fashion Staples
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18
Refined Bohemian Fashion
Refined Bohemian Fashion
This Elle Bulgaria Fashion Feature Boasts Eclectic Wardrobe Picks
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17
Eccentrically Masked Editorials
Eccentrically Masked Editorials
Under the Skin Explores Experimental Makeup for Men
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16
Girly Alternative Fashion
Girly Alternative Fashion
The Ones 2 Watch Shawty Like a Melody Exclusive is Effortlessly Cool
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15
Edgy 70s Lookbooks
Edgy 70s Lookbooks
Americana Manhasset Casts Hanne Gaby Odiele and Marlon Teixeira for Photoshoot
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14
Retro Street Style Photography
Retro Street Style Photography
F****** Young! Online's Rockers Shoot References the Past
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13
Enigmatic Girlhood Portraits
Enigmatic Girlhood Portraits
Betina Du Toit Photographs a "Portrait of a Girl" for C-Heads
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12
Desert Flower Editorials
Desert Flower Editorials
Kristine Froseth Stars in Numero Tokyo's May Issue
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11
Luxe Tennis Fashion
Luxe Tennis Fashion
Mirror Magazine's Tennis Club Editorial is Preppy and Sophisticated
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10
Glam Rock Beauty Editorials
Glam Rock Beauty Editorials
HGISSUE's Burning the Ground Story Boasts Wild Rocker Makeup
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9
Provocatively Surreal Photography
Provocatively Surreal Photography
Fabio Esposito Explores Dark Sensuality in His Photographs
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8
Youthful Spring Fashion
Youthful Spring Fashion
The Latest H & M Divided Lookbook Features Model Frida Aasen
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7
Modern Art Beauty Editorials
Modern Art Beauty Editorials
Beauty Scene's LINEament Story Boasts Creative Makeup Looks
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6
Sultry Poolside Photography
Sultry Poolside Photography
Camille Rowe Sports Designer Swimwear in S Moda's Latest Cover Story
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5
Plus-Size Padding Portraits
Plus-Size Padding Portraits
Refinery29 Uncovers a Plus-Size Practice That's Bad for Body Image
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4
Feminine Fitness Editorials
Feminine Fitness Editorials
Alejandro Bauducco Photographs Alina for C-Heads
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3
Visionary Fashion Photography
Visionary Fashion Photography
Tush Magazine's Gertrud Hegelund Shoot Celebrates Fantasy and Glamor
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2
Retro Diva Editorials
Retro Diva Editorials
Ya Miris Stars in this Disco Fashion Editorial
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1
Symbolic War Paint Editorials
Symbolic War Paint Editorials
Atlas Magazine's Latest Exclusive Features Artistic Cosmetics
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