Sometimes it can feel like the only way to move forwards is to look backwards. In the fashion world, it uncomplicating your process, and reigning things in – coming home to simple tasks like cutting, threading, dyeing and hemming textiles – can almost always be reliably leant on to create something beautiful.
For Balenciaga, their Fall Winter 23 collection was all about paring things back – a sensibility that might, on the surface, seem far from the direction the House has taken in recent years. Creative director Demna returned to his roots, reminiscing on his childhood love of clothing as inspiration for the collection.
Here, for the pages of our September Intuition issue, models Ella Rattigan and Bilel Ben Ahmed shed pretensions for the lens of Julia Marino, as styled by Rebecca Purshouse. Get your first look at the full shoot below.
Left: BALENCIAGA dress and bag. Right: BALENCIAGA bodysuit, skirt, belt and earrings.
Left: BALENCIAGA top, skirt, shoes, earrings and ear cuffs. Right: Ella wears BALENCIAGA top, skirt, shoes, earrings and ear cuffs. Bilel wears BALENCIAGA coat, jeans and shoes.
Left: BALENCIAGA dress and leggings. Right: BALENCIAGA top, skirt, belt and earrings.
Left: BALENCIAGA coat, jeans and shoes. Right: Bilel wears BALENCIAGA coat, pants and shoes. Ella wears BALENCIAGA dress, bodysuit and belt.
To experience the Intuition issue in its entirety, the September edition of RUSSH will be available on newsstands from 31 August and through our shop online.
Read more about the inspiration behind the issue in Jess Blanch's editor's letter, and get to know our cover star, Emily Miller, through our exclusive . Wanting to purchase the Intuition issue in person? profileFind a stockist near you.
PHOTOGRAPHY Julia Marino
FASHION Rebecca Purshouse
MODELS Ella Rattigan @ Women Management, Bilel Ben Ahmed @ M Management
HAIR Michael Thanh Bui
MAKEUP Sohphea Yen
PHOTOGRAPHER’S ASSISTANT Emil Kosuge
STYLIST’S ASSISTANT Agnes Solhall
CASTING DIRECTOR ‘STUDIO Bauman’
PRODUCTION 91 Productions
Special thanks to Henri Pier @ World+