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Top 90 Editorial Trends in May

From Unedited Influencer Portraits to Conceptual Beauty Portraits

— May 30, 2016 — Fashion
Ranging from the hyper raw to the surreal, these themes of these May 2016 editorials will stun both fashion and art enthusiasts. While a heightened population of photographers continue to rejects traditional editing tools like Photoshop in exchange for imagery that promotes real beauty, others are opposing this idea entirely and are turning up the volume on fantasy.

While examples like Matt Adam's unedited portraits replace traditional agency models with social influencers and street style stars, others like Charlotte Rutherford's 'Kiss & Make Up' feature for Jalouse Magazine embrace opulence and portray beauty in an imaginative rather than realistic way.

Whether cinematic, eccentric or honestly raw, these May 2016 editorials fuse individualistic art direction with styling that ranges from subtle and youthful to ultra luxe and avant-garde.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
87
Underrepresented Techie Portraits
Underrepresented Techie Portraits
Photographer Helena Price Helps to Break White-Bro Stereotypes
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86
Patterned Retro Fashion
Patterned Retro Fashion
Elle UK's 'Space To Grow' Editorial Features Floral Fabric Prints
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85
Candid Supermodel Covers
Candid Supermodel Covers
This Gemma Ward Inprint Magazine Cover Marks the Model's Comeback
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84
Chic Librarian Fashion
Chic Librarian Fashion
Ryan Tandya's Latest L’officiel Indonesia Feature is Retro-Themed
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83
Avant-Garde Boomer Editorials
Avant-Garde Boomer Editorials
The Michele Lamy ODDA Magazine Cover Story Boasts Conceptual Imagery
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82
Retro Sportswear Editorials
Retro Sportswear Editorials
'Simmery Fantasia' Features 70s-Themed Apparel Designed for Modern Men
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81
Tropical Necktie Campaigns
Tropical Necktie Campaigns
The Hermès Cravates Catalog Features The Brand's Latest Accessory Range
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80
Chromatic 80s Fashion
Chromatic 80s Fashion
Aleksander Salski's 'Forbidden Garden' Series Boasts Colorful Light Filters
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79
Campy Race Track Editorials
Campy Race Track Editorials
DJ Sita Abellan Fronts this Moschino-Clad Editorial for ODDA Magazine
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78
Breast Cancer-Awareness Editorials
Breast Cancer-Awareness Editorials
The New Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Shoot Features Top Models
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77
Couture-Clad Celebrity Editorials
Couture-Clad Celebrity Editorials
The Latest Taylor Swift Vogue Cover Story is Rocker-Chic
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76
Spontaneous Streetstyle Editorials
Spontaneous Streetstyle Editorials
Common & Sense Magazine's Latest Series Features Dapper Apparel
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75
Urban Bride Editorials
Urban Bride Editorials
This Harper's Bazaar Turkey Feature Stars Dajana Antic
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74
Inflatable Model Photography
Inflatable Model Photography
This Pandamonia Fashion Story is Captured for ODDA Magazine
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73
Rocker Actress Editorials
Rocker Actress Editorials
Hailee Steinfeld Channels Her Inner Rock 'n' Roller for Interview
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72
Candid Boyhood Editorials
Candid Boyhood Editorials
Paul Rouvelin's Feature for The Ones 2 Watch Boasts Spontaneous Imagery
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71
Effortlessly Elegant Portraits
Effortlessly Elegant Portraits
Nylon Espanol's Danniel Rojas Feature Spotlights Parisian Styles
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70
Retro Headwear Editorials
Retro Headwear Editorials
Rui Faria's 'Hat Tricks' Fashion Story is Captured for Harrods Magazine
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69
Fill-in-the-Blank Fitness Fashion
Fill-in-the-Blank Fitness Fashion
The Calvin Klein Performance Campaign Stars Maud Welzen
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68
Subtle Skin-Baring Editorials
Subtle Skin-Baring Editorials
The Vogue Germany Gigi Hadid Cover Shoot is a First for the Magazine
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67
Playground Fashion Ads
Playground Fashion Ads
The Orla Kiely Spring/Summer Campaign Stars Model Lou Schoof
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66
Embellished Eyewear Campaigns
Embellished Eyewear Campaigns
The Dolce & Gabbana Eyewear Collection is Bold and Feminine
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65
Expressive Rainbow Cosmetics
Expressive Rainbow Cosmetics
This Arizona Muse Beauty Story Features Conceptual Makeup Looks
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64
Cruelty-Free Hair Editorials
Cruelty-Free Hair Editorials
BLOW Salon Celebrates Ethical Style with a Cruelty-Free Fashion Shoot
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63
Crocheted Beach Fashion
Crocheted Beach Fashion
The Latest Marie Claire US Issue Stars Model Behati Prinsloo
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62
Artful Accessory Portraits
Artful Accessory Portraits
This Fine Jewelry Photography by Piotr Stoklosa Embodies Opulence
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61
Elegantly Grayscale Fashion Ads
Elegantly Grayscale Fashion Ads
The Saint Laurent Cara Delevingne Campaign is Sophisticated
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60
Vacation-Ready Fashion
Vacation-Ready Fashion
The Edita Vilkeviciute WSJ Magazine Editorial is Chic and Playful
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59
Retro Yearbook Editorials
Retro Yearbook Editorials
Philip Meech Captures 'Class of 1969' for ODDA Magazine's Latest Issue
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58
Chromatic Shoe Photography
Chromatic Shoe Photography
Tamara Hansen's 'Shoes, Shoes, Shoes' Editorial is Visually Vivid
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57
Gilded Beach Editorials
Gilded Beach Editorials
Vogue Mexico Beauty's Latest Exclusive is Lensed by Enrique Vega
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56
Raw Retro Editorials
Raw Retro Editorials
The Exit Magazine Spring Issue Stars Actress/Model Dylan Penn
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55
Sporty Glam Editorials
Sporty Glam Editorials
The Latest Cover for ELLE China Stars Top Model Candice Swanepoel
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54
Gothic Couture Editorials
Gothic Couture Editorials
Dazed & Confused's Comme des Garcons Style Feature is Empowering
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53
Fiery Fill-in-the-Blank Fashion Ads
Fiery Fill-in-the-Blank Fashion Ads
The Calvin Klein Platinum Campaign is Shot During a Sunset
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52
360-Degree E-Commerce Shops
360-Degree E-Commerce Shops
The New Gucci E-Commerce Site Features an Editorial Section
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51
Futuristic Metallic Fashion
Futuristic Metallic Fashion
Josephine Le Tutour Stars in the Latest Issue of Vogue Ukraine
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50
Pink-Walled Fashion Ads
Pink-Walled Fashion Ads
The Louis Vuitton Lea Seydoux Campaign is Shot in Colorful Mexico
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49
Pierced Accessory Editorials
Pierced Accessory Editorials
'Dystopian Uprisings' Highlights Edgy Piercings for Men
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48
Macabre Menswear Editorials
Macabre Menswear Editorials
MMSCENE Magazine's 'Madness' Story Boasts Frightening Imagery
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47
Gold Leaf Hairstyles
Gold Leaf Hairstyles
Elizaveta Porodina's Latest Editorial is Featured in Gala Germany
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46
Dazed Couture Editorials
Dazed Couture Editorials
The Ones 2 Watch 'Between Us' Feature Highlights Eccentric Clothing
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45
Conceptual Dancer Portraits
Conceptual Dancer Portraits
Mario Sorrenti Captures Sergei Polunin for Vogue Hommes Paris
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44
Chic Suburbia Lookbooks
Chic Suburbia Lookbooks
Jack by BB Dakota's Summer Daze Catalog Stars Model Delilah Parillo
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43
Whimsical Beauty Portraits
Whimsical Beauty Portraits
Eliza Stegienka's Latest Editorial Highlights Artistic Makeup Looks
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42
Botanical Collage Campaigns
Botanical Collage Campaigns
The Latest Abury Spring Advert Boasts Artistically Layered Portraits
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41
Subtle Beauty Photography
Subtle Beauty Photography
WWD's 'Keeping It Real' Cover Story Promotes Natural Makeup Looks
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40
Dapper Street Style Portraits
Dapper Street Style Portraits
Mescole Photography's Latest Feature Highlights Monochromatic Images
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39
Sultry Starlet Campaigns
Sultry Starlet Campaigns
The Latest Kristen Stewart Chanel Ad Exudes an Air of Sensuality
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38
Candid Youth Portraits
Candid Youth Portraits
Tush Magazine's 'This is Not America' Series Examines Youth Subcultures
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37
Playful Rebellion Editorials
Playful Rebellion Editorials
D Magazine's 'The Crew' Fashion Story is Lensed by Luca Bellumore
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36
Opulent Roadside Photography
Opulent Roadside Photography
Tess Hellfeuer Explores Marfa, Texas in Marie Claire Italia‘s Feature
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35
Luxe Accessory Editorials
Luxe Accessory Editorials
L’Officiel Malaysia‘s 'Heads Up!' Series Highlights Eccentric Fashion
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34
Teen Activist Editorials
Teen Activist Editorials
Teen Vogue's 'The Global Issue' Edition Features Willow Smith
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33
Casual Normcore Fashion
Casual Normcore Fashion
The Ones 2 Watch 'State of Mind' Series is Effortlessly Cool
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32
Feminine Summer Fashion
Feminine Summer Fashion
Greg Adamski's 'A Lightness of Being' Story is Effortlessly Chic
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31
Darkly Ornate Editorials
Darkly Ornate Editorials
EIKON by Elizaveta Porodina is a Photo Shoot for OE Magazine
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30
Hazy Boudoir Photoshoots
Hazy Boudoir Photoshoots
Andrey Yakovlev's Unsaid Photo Series Stars Model Svetlana Yufkina
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29
Exotic Streetwear Editorials
Exotic Streetwear Editorials
Hunger Magazine's Latest Issue Spotlights Louis Vuitton Menswear
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28
Narcissistic Model Portraits
Narcissistic Model Portraits
Ion Leibar's 'Narcissus 2' Series Explores an Obsession With Vanity
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27
Dreamy Lingerie Photoshoots
Dreamy Lingerie Photoshoots
Myself Magazine Imagines Spring Lingerie as Outwear in Desert Shoot
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26
Nostalgic Street Style Portraits
Nostalgic Street Style Portraits
Elle Magazine's Londone Myers Story Highlights Past Era Fashions
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25
Glamorous Desert Fashion
Glamorous Desert Fashion
Model Luma Grothe Stars in the Latest Issue of Harper’s Bazaar Singapore
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24
Cinematic Thriller Photography
Cinematic Thriller Photography
Emma Hartvig References Alfred Hitchcock Films in Her Vivid Images
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23
Street-Side Summer Editorials
Street-Side Summer Editorials
The Ones 2 Watch 'Pass the Vibes' Editorial Celebrates Urban Fashion
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22
Vintage Starlet Editorials
Vintage Starlet Editorials
Numero Magazine's 'Pink Light District' Story Celebrates Retro Style
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21
Highlighter Haired Portraits
Highlighter Haired Portraits
This Seventeen Magazine Mexico Editorial Boasts Daring Hair
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20
Graphic Beach Editorials
Graphic Beach Editorials
The Vogue Thailand Summer Sensation Photoshoot Stars Behati Prinsloo
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19
Nostalgic Rebel Photography
Nostalgic Rebel Photography
Agustín Fallas' Tony Parlo Exclusive Spotlights the Modern Mullet
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18
Fairy Girl Fashion
Fairy Girl Fashion
The Vogue Japan May Issue Stars Models Meredith Mickelson and Zoi
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17
Multicultural Beauty Editorials
Multicultural Beauty Editorials
Harper's Bazaar's 'Shades of Beauty' Feature Features Vivid Looks
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16
Contemporary Grunge Editorials
Contemporary Grunge Editorials
Ivan Genasi's 'Portrait of a Lady' Story Boasts Bold Beauty Looks
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15
Fatigued Model Portraits
Fatigued Model Portraits
The Ones 2 Watch 'Recovery' Editorial is Captured by Elena Pirogova-Mares
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14
Incognito Grayscale Portraits
Incognito Grayscale Portraits
Japanese Photographer Zezn Captures Artistic Shots of Herself
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13
Feminine City Fashion
Feminine City Fashion
Concrete Jungle by Trever Hoehne Stars Margaux Brooke
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12
Youthful Witch Catalogs
Youthful Witch Catalogs
The Killstar Voodoo Lookbook Highlights Edgy Goth Apparel
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11
Minimalist Swimsuit Collection
Minimalist Swimsuit Collection
The Debut COS Swimwear Line is as Simple and Stylish as Its Clothes
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10
Grunge Couture Editorials
Grunge Couture Editorials
L'officiel Ukraine's 'Rock Me' Editorial is Captured by Suzana Holtgrave
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9
Exotic Androgyny Editorials
Exotic Androgyny Editorials
The Ones 2 Watch 'Banana Flowers' Image Series is Gender-Bending
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8
Conceptual 90s Fashion
Conceptual 90s Fashion
The Ones 2 Watch 'Holly Holly' Exclusive Highlights Nostalgic Apparel
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7
Tropical Floral Editorials
Tropical Floral Editorials
Anais Pouliot Takes a Hot Vacation for Some Fashion Inspiration
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6
Hipster Rooftop Editorials
Hipster Rooftop Editorials
Cult Factory's "In Rainbows" Series Features Festival-Ready Fashions
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5
Conceptual Beauty Portraits
Conceptual Beauty Portraits
Jalouse Magazine's 'Kiss & Make Up' Story Boasts Expressive Cosmetics
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4
Sporty Beach Fashion
Sporty Beach Fashion
The Edit Alessandra Ambrosio Editorial Introduces Summery Activewear
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3
Tattooed Hipster Photography
Tattooed Hipster Photography
Giuseppe Vitariello Captures Josh Mario John in a Candid Image Set
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2
Gender-Fluid Menswear Editorials
Gender-Fluid Menswear Editorials
The Ones 2 Watch 'Crying Tango' Series Boasts Androgynous Apparel
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1
Sensual Influencer Photography
Sensual Influencer Photography
Matt Adam's Latest Editorial Features Instagram Model Lily May
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