Ava Smith features in W January 2013 in a story titled "Optical Allusions," photographed by Roe Ethridge and styled by Giovanna Battaglia. That artist-cum-photographer Ethridge is the personality behind the lens, all but guarantees an engaging editorial, and the portraits described and shown below are no exception.
Standing alongside model Bette Franke (DNA), Ava opens the story wearing a Louis Vuitton paillette-embellished jacket and skirt, a David Webb 18k yellow gold, platinum, enamel, and diamond ring, and a pair of Marc Jacobs pumps. Two besuited male models, replete with Residents-inspired eyeball headpieces occupying the frame's periphery, set the tone for the proceedings.
Page ahead, the hem of Ava's skirt adjusts considerably higher for her second look, a Moschino triacetate blend jacket and skirt, Cornelia James gloves, and Stuart Weitzman shoes. For Ava's final look, she elegantly reclines wearing an all-Marc Jacobs sequin-embellished ensemble comprised of dress, bag, and shoes.
If "Optical Allusions" extrapolates the dominant themes of artist-specific inspiration that emerged from the Spring 2013 runways, then it is Ava Smith's effortless transmission of those themes that so dramatically dilates the collective eye.
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Credits include: Publication, W January 2013; Title, "Optical Allusions"; Photography, Roe Ethridge; Styling, Giovanna Battaglia; Hair, Duffy at Tim Howard Management; Makeup, Sil Bruinsma for Diorshow at Streeters; Manicure, Honey for Exposure NY; Models, Ava Smith at Wilhelmina and Bette Franke at DNA; Set design, Viki Rutsch for Exposure NY; Lighting, Christopher Bisagni Studio; Digital, Jonathan Nesteruk at Root Capture; Photgraphy assistance, Jonathan Ciamillo, Will Englehardt; Fashion assistance, Solange Franklin.
Ava Smith (Wilhelmina) | W January 2013