Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Beauty of Violence....

The Beauty of Violence is Karl Lagerfeld’s portrait of his newest muse, the darkly handsome Italian fashion model Baptiste Giabiconi, whom Lagerfeld first spotted in French Vogue. For Lagerfeld’s lens, Giabiconi enacts an erotic seizure in myriad facial and corporeal expressions, and in various degrees of clothing. Well chosen as a portrait subject, Giabiconi is a theatrical chameleon: he confronts the camera with a provocative, sultry stare, or withdraws from it into a state of feigned self-absorption. Lagerfeld loves to engage such seductive subjects and to capture their bodily rhetoric of sexual aggression: The Beauty of Violence is the latest chapter in his love affair with the many incarnations of male Eros.