In the field of fashion photography, there is a small roster of names that sit perched high above the rest. They approach their work like old school masters -- Mario Testino, Annie Leibovitz, Patrick Demarchelier, Bruce Weber and Steven Klein among them -- taking cues from the generation that preceded, names like Herb Ritts and Irving Penn. They construct extravagantly detailed and lush fantasy worlds to frame their subjects, both models and clothing. They are not celebrities, but instead serve as all-seeing eyes that illuminate their subjects, hopefully capturing something fragile, beautiful and unique along the way.
Then there's Terry Richardson.
That is by no means a diss -- he shot porn star Francois Sagat earlier this year for us (above) -- but Richardson is a creature totally different from the rest, yet he works in the same small circle. His pictures are brashly lit, staged with unapologetic artifice, candidly transparent and blase in their sexual frankness. More than that, Richardson himself is a star in his own right. His plaid button-down, tattooed torso and omnipresent thumbs-up are all part of his special brand of celebrity, sometimes eclipsing even the famous personalities he shoots. But perhaps the most notable visual calling card he possesses is his oversized glasses made from vintage aviator sunglass frames. He's rarely, if ever, seen without them, and they often even find a place for themselves on the visages of the celebrities he shoots.
To get that picture perfect Terry look, the folks from Moscot have released a pair of the infamous spectacles in collaboration with the lensman, and named them -- appropriately -- TERRY LE. Clocking in at $290, they aren't cheap, but they are a vital step into fully realizing your inner-hipster.
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