You'll be forgiven for thinking that Azealia Banks is older than her 21 years. Since launching on the scene with 212 she's made it clear that she knows where's she going and exactly how to get there. As Karley Sciortino wrote in Banks' cover story in the September issue of Dazed & Confused, 'the intensity of her ambition is almost scary' - a sentiment that Rankin echoes.
As far as her fashion ambitions go, in little over a year she's managed to work with everyone from Nicola Formichetti to Alexander Wang and her new single sees her partnering up with Rankin again, who she worked with on the video of Liquorice too.
If you've been following her on Twitter you'll know that she shot the video for 'Van Vogue' recently in London in the photographer's studio. According to Grazia, the shoot took place 'at night, after a huge water tank had been specially built' for Banks to play around and generally get her sexy on. 'Azealia is a real grafter, and has a very clear vision,' Rankin told the title. 'She knows her own mind - and that makes each collaboration with her really inspiring, and challenging too! She knew exactly what she wanted, and tirelessly worked towards getting it. I love working with her,' he added.
As far as the clothes go, the video features a lot more brands that we've seen from her in the past thanks to stylist Scott Robert Clark who managed to secure looks from Roberto Cavailli, Miu Miu and Hugo Boss. Saying that, I still feel like there's something missing. While the styling in her videos is getting better, I'm still waiting for her to have that big moment. She definitely has the potential.
Aside from being excited about the big Lady Gaga cover of US Vogue's September issue and Gwen Stefani for Harper's Bazaar, another one that I've been excited about is Azealia Banks for Dazed & Confused. The pairing is the perfect match so I was really interested to see what they'd do with her. Sadly, though, it looks not everyone will be able to get their hands on a copy.
Yesterday the magazine tweeted: “Just been told our upcoming @AZEALIABANKS cover has been banned from 7 countries so far. Thank God for the Internet, huh?” At the moment the magazine haven't confirmed which countries they are and why it's been banned but if there can be a consilation, at least you'll be able to view the cover online.
Since filing for divorce with Seal back in April, Heidi Klum has kept a low profile. Aside from attending the FiFi Awards this week to pick up her award, the model has been noticeably absent on the red carpet and also didn't turn up at the Met Gala earlier on this month. Now it looks like she's coming back as she appears in the latest issue of Hunger magazine, channeling her inner rock chick.
In a video for the magazine, the German model appears getting a tattoo, pole dancing and generally putting her best bad ass face on, while a song she recorded called 'Turn Up The Night' plays. While the magazine might not sound familiar now, it definitely will do soon as Rankin is the force behind it and the launch, which took place back in November, came exactly 20 years after he co-founded Dazed & Confused and 10 years after he started AnOther.
As you will know, Dazed & Confused is 20 years-old and to celebrate, the magazine is going all out. Rather than releasing one special anniversary cover they have opted for 20. Shot by co-founder and photographer Rankin, each cover will feature new portraits of past cover stars but it doesn't end there. Each one will come as a pull-out to reveal a rising star attached.
Aside from being pleased that they're giving us two covers for the price of one, the change is more special than that. After 20 years the magazine is still championing undiscovered talent. In today's world where it's hard to find a fashion magazine with a model on the cover rather than a celebrity let alone a rising star, putting a completely unknown on the cover of such an important is a strong statement so deserves commendation.
As yet only four of the 20 covers have been released. Which is your favourite so far?
We all fell in love when she appeared on the cover of Dazed & Confused with fierce curly hair and nowTilda Swinton has charmed us again on the August cover of W magazine.
Rather than taking her out of her comfort zone, stylist Jacob Kjeldgaard played on Swinton's androgyny - but not in a I've-seen-this-one-hundred-times-before kind of way. The magazine also called on Jerry Stafoord, the creative director of a French production company who also helps Swinton pick looks for red carpet events, to direct the shoot.
Dazed & Confused magazine's new art director, Christopher Simmonds, made quick work revamping the publication's design. The April 2010 issue features a "video cover" starring the (quickly) rising band The xx, with a full video coming to DazedDigital soon. Beyond that, Simmonds took a new visual turn with the issue, with design that's "dominated by references to fanzine culture," a release explained.
"I want to focus on great photography, whether through established names, or new talent such as Pierre [Debusschere],” said Simmonds. “When I think back, I remember so many great covers from Terry Richardson's blood donor shoot, to Eminem smoking a bong, to the amazing Alexander McQueen-edited I see this cover with The xx as being the first of many iconic images taking the title into the next decade.”
Not only a photographer but also director of SHOWstudio, Nick Knight is responsible for bringing fashion media to the masses. Having won numerous awards for his work with magazines such as Vogue, Dazed and Confused, i-D and W, as well as fashion and advertising projects for clients including Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein, Levi Strauss, Yohji Yamamoto and Yves Saint Laurent, Knight's images still dominate magazine covers. Having built on his success since the early '80s photographing skinheads and gang culture, Knight has always pushed the boundaries of fashion photography exploring what is beautiful and often possible. He says about his love of photography: "It's a ticket to photograph the President of the US, or a heroin addict in Camden, or a prostitute in Paris, or the biggest recording star in the world. Becoming a photographer is a way of finding out about people – finding out about life – and experiencing what they experience."