Dockers a la Mode

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Posted by HSG on January 27, 2005 at 05:43:00:

In Reply to: Re: Fairest of the fair posted by Emily on January 26, 2005 at 07:53:07:

If you love seeing Valerie in all her natural beauty, then you will undoubtedly adore this brand-new promo from the Dockers Woman spring campaign, which was just unveiled yesterday.

This is the most attractive figure study that we have seen from Valerie in at least a season, and a remarkable image altogether. The pink looks terrific on her, as always.

From a photographic standpoint, the image has a distinctly Michel Arnaud-like feel--deceptively simple, but actually carefully arranged for colour, positioning, and most intangibly, mood.

Arnaud's Mode images always communicated a feeling of pure, unadulterated joie de vivre, of a liberation from life's cares, and utter delight (on the part of the models) in themselves, and in the environment around them.

Looking at an Arnaud layout was like being on vacation. The colours were vivid but gentle. His models always appeared to have entered a separate realm, an environment that was wholly free of the negativity and resentment of the workaday world. ("The Pleasure Zone," Mode aptly termed it.) And when you immersed yourself in one of Arnaud's Mode layouts, you almost felt like you were partaking of that better world. It was like entering a dream world at will--a dream from which one never wished to awaken.

To complete the picture, and to establish the mood, Valerie adopts the perfect expression for her Dockers photo, one of those great, life-affirming looks that communicate energy, vitality, and joy. Through her talent, she allows us to return to that Mode world, just one more time.

Alas, if only we could still visit that realm on a regular basis . . .

A fondly-remembered vignette from M. Arnaud's Mode world:

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