|20th March 2012||#1|
Join Date: July 2005
''Country Grace'': The Movie
Gorgeous as the Country Grace look book from Sealed with a Kiss certainly is, the new, principal video that accompanies the publication is every bit as captivating, yielding a host of breathtaking images of the campaign's gorgeous models wearing curve-accentuating feminine dresses in the shoot's lush, idyllic location.
As was the case with the previously released "teaser" trailer, which raised everyone's anticipations for the debut of the look book, the main video opens in cinematic fashion, featuring a credit slate. For putting together such a beguiling promotion, SWAK eminently deserves this acknowledgment.
As others noted when the title of the look book first became public, Country Grace is a perfect name for this beautiful promotion, acknowledging both the rustic charm and the timeless femininity of each element involved: the settings, the dresses, and, of course, the models.
The initial sequence of images shows Kelsey adopting languid, curve-accentuating poses, creating a dreamlike atmosphere that suits the idyllic location and the ultra-feminine attire.
The indolent manner in which she moves her limbs is supremely graceful--in keeping with the name of the campaign. With the cloudless welkin stretching above her like an infinite canopy of blue, she seems poised between heaven and terra firma, as much a creature of the sky as the earth.
The next image finds her joined by Jenn Purviance, and even at a distance, one distinguishes Jenn's robust legs, so full and round and gorgeously shaped.
Alas, some of the finest images that Michael Anthony captured have not yet been released, such as the captivating visual that appears in his viewfinder in the following still, showing Jenn luxuriating in her well-fed beauty, adopting a sensual, pin-up-style pose.
Nevertheless, the shots of her that do appear in the video are supremely beguiling, such as this close-up, which accentuates the model's voluptuousness, so daringly showcased by her citrus gown. Set against the backdrop of a prime orchard, the model invites associations of her luscious figure with the fruitfulness of the natural world. Her expression is excitingly appetitive.
For her part, Kelsey adopts seductively feline looks, exuding a glamorous sensuality that makes the heart race. In the first of two extraordinary stills, her allure is refined, with an aristocratic sensibility softened by the youthful girlishness of her golden tresses and the delicate fairness of her complexion. Coyly kittenish, one might term this image.
But with just a tilt of her head and a more intense gaze, Kelsey transforms herself into a carnal vixen--still soft and flawless, but now smouldering with a banked-down fire in her ice-blue eyes. Her pink lips are hungrily parted. This is surely one of the most arresting expressions that Kelsey, or any model, has ever generated. Her flushed, fair skin tone is immaculate.
Jenn's most alluring images follow Kelsey's hauntingly passionate looks. Whereas Miss Olson's seductiveness is romantic and dreamlike, Jenn's is fleshy and corporeal. These images celebrate the opulence of her physique in a captivating manner.
Observe the roundness of her limbs, the sensual crease of flesh at the bust. Even her facial features exhibit a rich fullness, highlighted by a curve under the chin. She exhibits a voluptuous physicality that stirs elemental passions, a pagan queen if ever there was one, a Cleopatra of the 21st century.
Viewed from a lower angle, making her beauty seem even more inaccessible and goddesslike, Kelsey adopts another alluring glance. Her limbs are gently rounded. What makes her beauty so utterly irresistible is that even when she generates seductive expressions, Kelsey's features always exhibit an element of babylike softness and vulnerability. In her sensual demenaour, she thus exudes a hint of naughtiness, the transgressive quality of a nymphet. If Jenn personifies the brunette Egyptian queen of the Nile, then Kelsey embodies the fair Heley of Troy. Has such a breathtaking pairing ever before existed?
Images more alluring than the preceding shots can hardly exist, therefore the video next switches to a number of scenes showing the models in a more light-hearted mien. Kelsey's relaxed moods are every bit as engaging as her passionate demeanours. In this still, she appears pleasingly docile, reassuringly approachable, as compared with the thrilling aloofness of the previous scene.
In the following picture, the girls share a comfortable smile in front of the camera. Observe how effectively they complement one another: fair hair alongside brunette tresses, and a dark gown opposite a lighter-hued dress, as if one model were the inversion of the other, just as a film negative shows the reverse colours of a positive photograph.
Kelsey's renowned sense of humour comes across in many of the stills, such as in this scene showing her switching from a captivating hands-in-the-hair pose to a playful, childlike gesture of covering her ears. Even in her more comic moments, she still appears enchantingly pretty.
Simply by running a hand through her tresses, she once more becomes the gorgeous supermodel, the embodiment of the world's desire, a timeless beauty of the first order, exhibiting a relaxed, fresh sensuality.
The camera just barely manages to capture this delightful still of the model erupting into peals of laughter. No wonder everyone who works with Kelsey attests that she is a joy to have on set. Notice the seductive curve under her chin, as well as the dazzling manner in which the sunlight illuminates her fair tresses, making them glow with a heavenly radiance.
An interlude follows, during which the models change into a second set of attractive outfits. In a tight close-up, Jenn is featured adjusting her floral garland. Observe the soft fullness of her facial features.
Kelsey, meanwhile, is presented with what is a very attractive hairstyle on her--and indeed, on any plus-size model--the "wet look," her hair clearly having just been washed and being still damp. Her round facial features are utterly enchanting, as is the sensual curve under her chin.
We have had the privilege of seeing Miss Olson in real life, and we can attest that these two screencaps present her authentic look better than any images we have yet encountered. In particular, they show how astonishingly large her beautiful azure eyes appear. In her modelling work, Kelsey often coyly narrows her eyes, but when she relaxes in the company of friends, her eyes are as big and blue as the eyes of a living doll or an animated Disney princess.
First, Jenn is shown modelling SWAK's lovely pink gown, which bares her full, rounded arms and accentuates her buxom contours. On a meagre frame, the dress would have none of the appeal that it gains from being shaped into a womanly form by the model's generous physique.
Next, Jenn is shown emerging in her stunning white dress. She appears quite commanding in this figure-embracing outfit, and the low angle of the camera, along with the tree in the background and the deep blue sky stretching off into infinity, make her appear supremely majestic. Notice the seductive slope of fullness toward the throat.
The cameraman is clearly infatuated with the model's sumptuous figure--and who can blame him? As Jenn walks by, her curvaceous profile is clearly defined by the lace dress, which showcases her heavy voluptuousness and the alluring fullness of her arms. Lace is a delicate and pretty fabric, but Jenn effectively shows how gorgeous it looks on a robust, well-fed body.
Jenn's facial features appear full and rich, showing the sensual curve under her chin. The body-conscious SWAK dress closely embraces her figure, showcasing her every alluring contour, from her generous bust to her full arms and womanly hips. Her pose, relaxed and open, casually displays her physique, with the model's body-confidence matching the figure-defining nature of the outfit.
And now, at last, we come to the high point of the shoot. The video first teases the viewer by preseting Kelsey in a tight close-up, showing the tell-tale lilac-coloured floral accessory pinned into her golden tresses.
An even closer view displays the immaculate fairness of her visage--not a pallor, but a living, vibrant, English Rose complexion, a delicate white hue invigorated by a hint of flush at the cheeks, the "spun sugar" look that is the epitome of perfection when it comes to female skin tone. Kelsey's pink lips harmonize with the floral accessory and her blushing cheeks, while her docile blue eyes, beneath doll-like eyelashes, soothe the senses.
Before we come to the centrepiece of the campaign, we see a dramatic tracking shot of Kelsey reposing in the green grass, the white fabric of the tents behind her fluttering in the breeze like the sails of a windjammer at sea. Once again, the upwards-looking camera angle gives Kelsey's beauty an epic quality, as if she belonged as much to the sky as to the earth. The blue heavens complement her shining golden hair and fair skin, just as the lush grass sets off her lilac dress.
Here it is--the most gorgeous visual of Country Grace, recording the very moment when Michael Anthony snapped the photograph that forms the heart of the new SWAK look book. Miss Olson stands in the midst of a spring meadow alongside her faithful steed. The sunlight bathes the pair in an ethereal light, as if they were a vision of fantasy. No Valkyrie was ever so soft and pretty, nor any Classical goddess ever so vibrant. She seems an angel who has ridden through the sky on her winged mount, and has alighted upon the earth as a blessing to mankind. In a medieval romance, she would be the impossibly beautiful young princess whom a poet has spotted in the midst of an idyllic, Arcadian glen, only to become hopeless enamoured of her transcendent beauty. The tranquility of the image, with the way in which the stallion calmly delights in the fresh clover of the meadow, and Kelsey serenely stands alongside her companion, cast a spell upon the viewer, never to be forgotten.
The video, however, offers extra treasures which the look book does not, such as these captivating stills showing both the model and the horse in a touching close-up. Kelsey's tresses glow with a celestial radiance in the sunlight, while her pose accentuates the soft fullness of her arms and her plump voluptuousness. Her eyes are the most delicate blue. The fuchsia/lilac hue of the gown stands out richly against the tan colour of the horse, the muted green environment, and the pink fairness of Kelsey's skin.
Kelsey's expression in the second still is even more moving, a pouty look that makes her mouth appear especially pretty, and gives her a tender vulnerability that stirs the heart. Even the horse seems to be conscious of the presence of the camera, and gazes at the viewer with supreme equanimity, as if it too were cognizant of its aesthetic appeal. Each of these images is ravishingly romantic.
In profile, Kelsey's voluptuousness is particular apparent, the dress being highly flattering on a buxom physique. The tender manner in which she touches the horse is quite endearing, while her bearing is noble and self-assured, though still soft and feminine. One can truly believe in her persona as a high-born lady discovered taking a break from her midday ride, while the poet looks on in rapture, conscious of his lower station, yet aspiring to win the heart of such a lofty beauty.
The video's final glimpse of Kesley with the horse finds the model breaking character and showing a look of bemusement, a smile tugging at her lips. The gown fits her figure in the most becoming manner imaginable, while the heavy necklace is opulent and decorative, helping to establish her princess-like identity. Her physique is sensually soft, without a hint of unattractive muscle tone, consisting of the fairest feminine flesh, which would be as yielding as a pillow to the touch.
The video, however, does not end there, but adds a gorgeous additional sequence that is not at all represented in the published look book. In images of pure magic, scarcely less captivating that the visuals of Kelsey alongside her mount, Jenn is seen in the midst of an orchard, the fruit ripening on the boughs.
As she walks amid the trees, the wind catches her tresses and sweeps them behind her in dramatic fashion.
The most beguiling scene of all is the following, in which Jenn strolls along a tree-lined trail as if she were walking in the Tuscan countryside, the wind gently billowing the fabric of her lacy dress. Her brunette tresses stand out vividly against the off-white hue of her outfit, the earthen trail, and the emerald glow of the leaves.
An especially sensual shot follows, in which the slope toward the model's throat--the most attractive of all facial features--is softly illuminated in the late-afternoon light, as if the sun itself were tenderly caressing the plump curve under her chin.
A subsequent still highlights the model's heavy voluptuousness and celebrates the soft curves along her back. She seems to be walking into the golden sunlight, its radiance giving the entire sequence the quality of a waking dream.
One often associates plus-size models with the splendour of the living world, as both are ideal embodiments of natural beauty. In The Book of the Courtier (1528) Castiglione writes,
The final scene in the video superimposes a promotional credit over another eye-catching visual of Jenn's sumptuous figure, her buxom curves appearing especially full and generous.
The new Country Grace video from Sealed with a Kiss is every bit as beautiful a bit of film as the label's eponymous look book is a publication. Both present Kelsey and Jenn, two gorgeous and genuinely full-figured models, in the most attractive manner possible, dressed in flowing yet body-conscious dresses that embrace their every succulent curve. The lush, idyllic setting harmonizes with the feminine allure of the models to create a harmonious presentation of natural beauty, a vision of loveliness so superlative that one can hardly imagine it to be anything but a dream.
Last edited by HSG : 20th March 2012 at 12:01.
|20th March 2012||#2|
Join Date: May 2010
Re: ''Country Grace'': The Movie
Whenever I see the beautiful, fair Kelsey alongside her tawny horse, I can't help but think of the most famous scene from the old German film Opfergang ("The Great Sacrifice"). Many of the movies made at the time were dreary military fare, but this was a purely aesthetic celebration of beauty, with some of the loveliest cinematography I've ever seen.
In the most evocative scene, the lead character -- a fair-haired, curvy girl named Äls, played by Kristina Söderbaum -- is first shown practising archery. A pair of onlookers are impressed. Äls then mentions that archery is even more challenging from horseback, and the next scene shows her riding a magnificent white horse along the beach.
She hits the target, then goes swimming on horseback in the waves. Rider and horse emerge, then gallop up the green hillside, where her male companion joins her.
The scene appears in this video from 0:24 - 2:36. It's quite beautiful. The music is very evocative.
The green hillside, the endless blue sky, the light-coloured horse, the fair-haired curvy girl – it all richly reminds me of the SWAK look book, especially the images of Kelsey alongside her mount. Magical visuals, truly.
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|28th March 2012||#3|
Join Date: July 2005
Re: ''Country Grace'': The Movie
There have been so many lovely videos published this season, featuring Hayley B. in her bridal campaign, Sophie Sheppard in Perth, and others. But of them all, I find this film to be the most beautiful. The sight of Kelsey in this dreamlike location, wearing such pretty, feminine fashions, looking so soft and fair, and even being accompanied by a horse, it all seems to have come straight out of a storybook or a fairy-tale. I've watched it many times, and I love every minute of it.
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