Month: August 2016

Pepito by Chus: Colección Ba‎ño 2014







Four different costumes, all made from the same simple dotty material. The last one seems to be the “youngest” in style: the first has a higher cut leg than is usual for girls of this age, but maybe not so unusual for Spanish tastes: the second one is probably the same just with the little ruffle added. And being Spanish and consequently relaxed about swimsuit styles, they also sell the bikini bottom halves on their own. The brand is Pepito by Chus (usually all written as one word), and is the very common story of a talented mother first making clothes for her children:

“I started as an amateur as I always loved to design clothes for my three children: Victoria, Carlos and Fernando. Many people would ask me where I dressed them, so I decided to create my own brand….

……The logo of the firm is very personal touch that I want to share with you. It was designed in memory of my father, whom I adored as a father, as a person and as a great paediatrician who was passionate about children. His name was Pepe, hence the name pepito; and as for the cloud in the initial, I believe there is no need of explanation.” (Chus Escudero on

There’s a lot more to the brand than swimwear: but these make a very pretty collection in their own right – I’d promise to come back in the future with a selection of their other outfits, but I’ve got about half-a-dozen promises already pending at the moment……!!

(One thing that might make me come back to this brand is that, located in Barcelona, they often use one of my favourite models in their promotional campaigns: Barcelona-based Brazilian Julia Mayer. Click on the first Facebook link if you’d like to see more of Julia’s work.)


Youth: Dimitry Shkurenko (via



The model is clearly adult, but the Russian photographer Dimitry Shkurenko is using her to signify “Youth”: the title of the first image (the second is a number of asterisks). Since this includes pantie-flashing (for some reason a sign of youth and not soft p**n), it’s probably just as well she is adult… The signifiers include frilly white ankle socks, no shoes, very short skirts, Peter Pan collars, and jejune sitting positions which just happen to facilitate the pantie-flashing.

You may well ask why I’m posting them, if I’m being so snidey: for the simple fact that they’re arresting, interesting images. They’re like well-photographed age-play with a more-than-averagely attractive model – the purely photographic quality is high: the use of light masterly, and the posing and composition perfect for the subject – she’s erotic, but as an adult, as in successful age-play. If he thinks he really is representing the essence of youth, then he’s got problems….

[By the way, the photographer has apparently also got the same images in a gallery on, quite possibly with more in the set – but for some reason the site won’t open this evening. I’ll try again another time, adding any I find.] [Well, Photodom seems to be completely blocked, but I at least found another image by Dimitry that has a similar feel to the two I previously posted. It’s called “Modesty”….hmmm….]:


RIP Sonia Rykiel (1930 – 2016)






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….there’s so much photoshopping with these images from the Sonia Rykiel Enfant Summer 2015 collection that you feel the models probably never even stood in front of the trademark Rykiel stripes (sisters? One girl two wigs?) The founder of the brand, Sonia Rykiel, died yesterday: and it’s a tribute to the French passion for cultural icons that her passing was marked with real sadness and condolences from the highest level. She was a real one-off – a Russian mother and Romanian father, born in France and briefly married to Monsieur Rykiel, who had a women’s clothes shop: and there it all started. She even wrote a book of philosophy. Imagine Victoria Beckham doing that……

Orphan Ballerina











“Orphan” in the sense that I can’t find a source: or any reposts of it, come to that. I really hope, after all I’ve been saying recently about the almost overwhelming legitimacy of images of girls online from regular sites, that this doesn’t have a non-appropriate origin. I could perfectly well see this in someone’s Flickr photostream, or sitting in a dormant Photosight gallery (it is a bit old-fashioned in the treatment) – if anyone knows anything to the contrary, please say in a comment. Thanks.

In the meantime, it’s a rather charming, atmopheric set – the room seeming to be a strange cross between a gym and a child’s bedroom….

Zettai Ryouiki: The Ingénue (via TV






This model has the perfect expression and body-language to represent the essence of Zettai Ryouiki, or “Absolute Territory”:

“Absolute Territory” (zettai ryouiki (絶対領域) in Japanese) describes the area of bare skin exposed on the thighs between the skirt and stockings or socks for female characters . The term and the trope come from anime and manga, with the term being used as an homage to the AT fields in Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Since a Zettai Ryouiki is defined by the length of the stockings or socks, some people have categorized them into grades depending on the length of the socks. This ranking system goes from Grade F to Grade A . However, only Grades A (and thus S) and B are considered Zettai Ryouiki.


Since it is, by nature, a sensual costume, it’s a common trait for The Ingenue who is already aware of her attractiveness but not (yet) cynical enough to put it to use.” (TV

As you see, the characters that wear Zettai Ryouiki styles in Japanese manga and anime are basically “ingenuous”: they recognise their attractiveness, but don’t capitalise on it. I think that it’s rather different from the Western perception of girls wearing over-knee or thigh-high stockings or socks: Google the term and the connotations are almost always purely erotic….


Franzoni and Vignoni















The anonymity of brand photography means that we’ll probably never know who had the wonderfully simple idea of promoting girls’ legwear by sitting them on the floor, flanked and supported by the legs of the brand’s adult models (and yes, two in the middle are the same shot with a photoshopped colour difference to the girl’s tights and shoes). They are simply lovely portraits in themselves – the brand is the Italian Franzoni company: and the Italians do have a reputation for some imaginative work with children’s fashion promotion, like the Spanish – in fact the next group are by a similar Italian brand, Vignoni:










….not as immediately attractive (and saving money by just using one model): they are still simple, clear and again work as well as portraits as sales material.

Polina by Paul Apal’kin (on


Ukrainian photographer Paul Apal’kin‘s models are more young woman than girl, with this one – Polina – being perhaps the youngest. He usually sticks to monochrome/sepia, which suits his resolutely”old school” approach to portrait photography: this one also having been given a “vintage” Actions treatment to produce what’s termed a “dirty negative” result. It’s not that he’s old-fashioned or out of touch – these poses and treatments are careful artistic choices. His use of light and editing techniques exalt the beauty of the models – but even accepting that, he’s found some exceptional girls:








He’s had problems with a digital artist, Thomas Churchwell, who has marginally altered some of Paul’s images, then called them his own work – and even using Paul’s images in video “digital painting” tutorials: according to Paul without permission. For all the details, see the link to his site in the text above.

(By the way, I’ve got a feeling that the image with the blonde girl and the ghostly male figure leaning forward to kiss her could well be Paul and his girlfriend. It’s entitled “Morpheus’ Mortal Beloved”.)