Melanin signed with a swipe of coral lipstick. Warm weather, warmer colors, bright prints, and a beautiful muse. Thailand-born, Australia-based photographer Piyathath Patipranprasert elevates my ideal aesthetic, inspiring me to throw on high-top Converse with a mix of cocktail of prints. Model Vanessa Umugabekazi shows us something we know to be a fact: There is power in the fabrics we wrap our bodies in, power in the pigments we touch to our faces, power in the ornamentation of self.
This editorial boasts international roots – both Vanessa and make-up artist Gabby Webb are from Australia while stylist Misaki Tonomura is from Japan. This global perspective provides an element of coolness that feels like an ice cube meeting the nape of your neck on a hot summer day, fresher than melting water pooling in your collarbones and dripping down your spine. Dive in below.