Leire Cardoso and Alexandra (Agnishka) Lenarchyk: Gaudì Teen

Leire Cardoso and Alexandra (Agnishka) Lenarchyk: Gaudì Teen

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The models’ skin quality and tone are a bit unrealistic, but it sure makes the contrast with the lace/broderie anglaise gorgeous….. These are the type of teen styles that mothers plead on Instagram for the manufacturers to make in adult sizes – and even the teen girls appreciate, since they’re pretty enough to appeal to their little girl side, but sensual enough to satisfy their inner young woman…

The brand is the Italian Gaudì, under their very under-promoted “Teen and Boy” sideline. It’s on the main site, almost grudgingly, and nowhere to be seen on their Instagram or Facebook accounts.

I eventually gave up researching the brand, and turned to the two main models for this collection: the one on the left in the first image being Alexandra (Agnishka) Lenarchyk, and her friend the better-known Leire Cardoso  – tho’ how the logistics worked I can’t imagine: Alexandra lives in Connecticut, and Leire in Barcelona:

Leire has been the putative subject of a post for some time, except she has so many lovely portraits that I’d need to divide it into at least two, like Aroa Renau (at this point seasoned followers start checking their schedules for the next few days)…..

Here are the ones that are lace-free:

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….very straightforward, expository photography (obviously anonymous – unless the photographer concerned happens to pop up during an image reverse-search, acknowledgment is semi-impossible): ‘shopped, but the result is to generally to enhance the attractiveness of the shots, helped by the excellent, expert models. Why Gaudì don’t push promotion of the teen line more convincingly, I’ll never know…..

Dany Desneux (Danywendy)

Dany Desneux (Danywendy)

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This intriguing set was my introduction to French photographer Dany Desneux, from the Paris suburb of Suresnes (Boulevard Aristide Briand, to be precise). She has an intimate Facebook account here, with silly self-portraits and all the usual personal stuff, but the bulk of her work is on a different account, L’Oeil de Dany, with an image link below. She doesn’t come from the fulsome school of female photographers, with lots of “love this girl!” gushing: she’s a serious art photographer with girls’ portraits and treatments as one of her predominant themes – tho’ she isn’t ashamed to slip in the occasional wedding.

This next set gives you a good idea of how she can achieve the difficult attractive/thought-provoking combination:

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This set she calls “La Bohème”:

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The “Danywendy” moniker is the one she uses on 500px and Flickr (image-link below), but I haven’t seen an explanation why she uses it. Here’s a mini-bio:

Born in 1975, Dany Desneux is a French photographer.

This specialist in childhood is fascinated by the beauty and sensuality of this age of life. Dany Desneux sees herself as an instinctive photographer, a quality that she undoubtedly shares with her young models, girls and boys.

Most of the time, these are her own children with whom she invents situations, disguises in complete freedom on both sides. It is enough, she says, to be reactive to children who play the game with sincerity and take you away because, as everyone knows, the truth comes out of the mouths of children.” (Artsper.com)

….interesting that the models are sometimes her own children – she does use a couple of them quite often – as in the “La Bohème” set – here’s another example, but with a different girl:

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….and two featuring plaits:

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…..daughters or not, she has some lovely models, as always in a variety of imaginative treatments – the models in fact often being the only unifying elements in the portraits:

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…..and some longer shots:

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She really has no one set style, and clearly prefers the chance to experiment over a recognisable Desneux “brand” – as in Magda Berny for example – happily switching from b&w to colour, ‘shopped to in-camera, heavily posed and composed to “au naturel”: all-in-all a refreshingly unpredictable artist. To finish, here’s a set that has at least one unifying element: a gorgeous red dress – and I’ll bet that’s a daughter wearing it, too:

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The Maiden’s Tower (Young Girls on Salacak Beach Istanbul, 1957)

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The photographer is unknown, but it’s a nice image connecting two girls and a legend concerning another maiden…. The building on an island in the middle of the Bosphorus is called “The Maiden’s Tower”, and has this attached story:

“The legend goes that it was built to isolate and protect the daughter of a Sultan because an Oracle had predicted that she would be killed by a snake on her 18th birthday. She lived alone in her tower visited only by her father. On the day of her 18th birthday, happy to have foiled the Oracle’s prediction, the father gave his daughter a beautiful basket of exotic fruit without realising that a poisonous snake was hidden in it. So, the Oracle’s prediction was fulfilled.” (European Best Destinations.com)

It rather begs for the obvious interpretation that the snake represents male threats to her innocence, now she’s reached maturity – but like many of these legends, the origins are often more recent than supposed……

The girls are lovely, with charming period plaits…

Milibe Copenhagen, the Invisible Presence

Milibe Copenhagen, the Invisible Presence

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Sticking with portraits having a fashion origin, these are quirky but fun styles from a really odd-ball brand. As you can see from its name, Milibe Copenhagen, it’s based in the Danish capital – but it doesn’t seem to have a home site or even a social media presence.

I know it was founded by Maria Raben and Mille Milt in 2002, having their products manufactured in Turkey for the quality of the cotton – but more than that I can’t tell you. A lot of good, reliable kids fashion sites like MilK and Little Scandinavian have covered their designs and product quality with praise, but every link is broken…

The brand doesn’t seem to have foundered, as you can still buy their outfits on sites like Copenhagen Styles, but they really do seem to be relying on supporters to get their name across….while at some time in the past they were keen enough to hire whoever took these rather memorable promotional images (and great MUH for the ‘dos in the last shot).

Well, not all being memorable for the right reason:

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…..the outfit on the right might very well be extremely comfortable, but girls of that age are extremely fashion conscious: I don’t think it’ll be appearing at many sleep-overs…

Here are the culprits – Maria on the right, Mille on the left:

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Dancing Queen: Renata (@curated_by) for Bella and Lace

Dancing Queen: Renata (@curated_by) for Bella and Lace

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The Australian photographer/model’s mother really likes this tutu by Bella and Lace:

It is poetry when designers infuse new vision to breathe a fresh life into a classic and create an artisanal view of it for the next generation of the dancing queens.

The Tutu.

All girls want one. All girls have one. And my friends, this is the one. Full stop.

With the perfect blend of romantic hues, referencing a rock n roll spirit and a slither of folk aesthetic, this glittering, pretty as a painting frock is one for all lovers of Paris with a side serve of Los Angeles.

Robyn beats blasting your earphones is prerequisite for a full sensory experience.  

And just like that a new dancing queen is born.” (Curatedby.co)

….led by Tutu du Monde (whom she’s also worked for, image coming up), it seems that Australia is the new home of the tutu… Here are some more from the series, the collection it comes from being called Dancing Queen…… this time her balls are bigger:

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….and the rest of the set, featuring a mask, wings and flowers:

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The Sydney-based photographer’s name is Renata (no surname that I can find), and she uses @curated_by as her Instagram moniker (see image-link below) – she doesn’t have Facebook linked to her business activities.. She’s really thrown all the props at this set, and the only strange thing is that the client doesn’t feature any of the lovely, atmospheric shots on their home site, Facebook or Instagram – the link I gave at the beginning is for a tutu from the same collection – but still no related shot by Renata…

And talking of tutus – this isn’t one: it’s a onesie by Tutu du Mondeand another of her lovely portraits of girls, proving that she doesn’t just save her best work for her daughters (yes, that’s a plural – she seems to have about four):

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….the “Dream Sequence” onesie in cocoa, I’ll have you know.

Renata has teamed up with another photographer recently, Maya, to create The Descendants, and I’m sure I’ll get round to posting on the collective very soon (remember “I’m sure” is a bit less binding than a promise….), as they have some gorgeous (mainly fashion-based) portraits.

Seven today 🎈🎈🎈🎈 je t'aime à la lune 💫

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Dancing Queen: Bella & Lace

CS Teen – Primavera/Verão 2013

“Go back to Grandma’s time and bring her back!” – What a scary thought! The photographer I think is Catherine Ferraz – lovely ’60s colours, but the styles look a little more modern. Personally I’d happily swap both of my grandmothers for the car…..!

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A linha teen da marca Carmen Steffens foi lançada em 2011, toda pensada pra essas mini-fashionistas de hoje em dia. Semana que vem será lançada a coleção Primavera/Verão 2013 da CS Teen

A marca também colocará nas lojas a nova edição da sua revista customizada, que traz uma campanha dedicada as meninas apaixonadas por acessórios. Confira as fotos… são fofas!!

SIXTIES! Viaje ao tempo da vovó e traga a tiracolo – e nas pontas dos pés! – as cores que fizeram a alegria de toda uma geração.

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Aroa Renau II

Aroa Renau II

This piece wasn’t meant to be divided over two posts, but the sheer quantity (and high quality) of her portfolio eventually made it the only way to do her justice, and not have lovely pieces skimmed past as desperate viewers try to reach the end of an over-long gallery.

This, then, is the touted work she’s done with Alba Soler (perhaps best known for her sessions with Claudia Seguì – link here for both), who lives in Xàtiva/Játiva, near to Aroa‘s Valencia:

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Alba is also a photographer of mildly erotic adult glamour sets (sometimes featuring herself), and she usually seems to see her girl models in rather sensual poses and outfits – never with toys, playing games, etc., even for children’s fashion sessions. She has two Facebook accounts, but features some of her kids’ work in the “adult” one as well – see below for the image links.

Next is Aroa‘s work with another Valencian photographer, Carol Bellver – featuring a swimsuit set for equally-Valencian brand Salacadula – but before we begin, watch the following short video and see what poor Aroa was experiencing: at least seven adults (at about 1:14) watching and giving instructions, while she’s standing with the other models, wearing just a culetin (bikini bottom) – no wonder she looks a little unsure in the first two photos:

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…..and while I rate the professional capabilities of Alba and Carol very highly, I think Aroa comes over better in the playful/neutral settings that the Lourdes Kids and Kid’s Chocolate photographers put her in: she still is just ten, and her character doesn’t seem to thrive as much in more sophisticated shoots. Have a look at these two short videos by Maá Shoes, made in 2014, but giving an idea of what a little girl she was/still is. (Also take a look at the couple of videos at the end of the post showing the making of a short horror film she acts in called “Three Wise Monkeys” – I haven’t seen the film itself yet):

Anyway, head/head-and-upper-torso shots are pretty neutral by definition – let me start with one, and finish my pontificating:

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…….another contender for the fatuous-but-fun “Most Beautiful Girl in the World” title? She looks about 10% prettier when she isn’t pursing her lips….but the mascara was probably unnecessary…

The first two are also by Carol:

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…..if she burns out young you can hardly blame her: she’s doing everything to make for a successful career – luckily Valencia seems to be teeming with artistic/design talent….