SO-EN Magazine: For A Girl

Posted on August 14, 2012

We’re cheeky little sunzabitches, which means that sometimes we like to slip in a “Pretty of the Day” that does not adhere to standard notions of pretty. But darlings, are we not here to expand your horizons as well as entertain you? We feel we are the inheritors of Oprah’s mantle, and that your spiritual and aesthetic fulfillment is our number one mission in life, right after making a fuckton of money. We do it for the children, darlings. The children who will carry our bags of money for us.

Besides, we like things that don’t adhere to standard notions of pretty, dammit.


Editorial titled ‘For A Girl’ featuring model Kelly Mittendorf for the September 2012 issue of SO-EN Japanese fashion magazine photographed by Shin Suzuki and styled by Yoko Omori.

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  • tallgirl1204

    Well, you fooled me.  I think these are beautiful and I don’t mind the styling.  I’m a sucker for rich prints, and I like to be able to see the clothes well. 

    •ía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

      I agree, It’s great to be able to identify the different items in each outfit. Love the rose top and the loooong earrings. And her face is spectacular.

  • EmilyMullasWilson

    Strikes the right balance between beautiful and bizarre.  This is eye candy!

  • Sobaika

    These prints are to die for. Love the blue/autumnal – third from the bottom.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    This made me laugh. I love the shots with the red roses and the pink peonies. That model has great ballet hands, and a spectacular brow ridge. 

    • Jill_3

       I, too, was admiring her brow ridge.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      I noticed the ballet positioning of her fingers, too.  Very poised.

  • Gabriella M

    Love! Thanks TLo. I wish y’all had your own magazine. (I mean, you sort of do, but you know what I mean – I can just see Lo in a Devil Wears Prada role and Tom as his Stanley Tucci, but more love and less manipulation). 

  • Sara__B

    Frokemon would approve.

    • Denise Alden

      This made me miss Frokemon!

  • MilaXX

    I love a non traditional looking model.

  • Rei Carter

    It reminds me of Bjork in a good way. 

  • SewingSiren

    I love them and would thoroughly approve of my children dressing like this. If I did, however it could be further accessorized with a shopping cart full of all my earthly possessions and muttering to myself .

  • wisenhar

    How many 0s are in a fuckton?

    • StellaZafella

      The same number, I presume, as there are in the words, “Ooooooooh, shit, that’s a fuckton of money!”

  • Sara Leigh Merrey

    These are great! I like the next to last the best.

  • kingderella

    its not *that* far out of the “standard notions”, is it?

    anyway, love it. very kenzo, which i also love.

  • Cassie

    This is fucking fabulous. I LOVE.

  • daisy1020

    Hmm… maybe next time pick a model who is over 13 years old.  I know the fashion industry fetishizes fetuses, but you don’t have to be complicit

  • maggiemaybe

    I want that black coat with the red cabbage roses on it SO MUCH I may start to weep.

    • Nancy Abrams

      That coat, in fact the whole outfit, screams Helena Bonham Carter.

  • norseofcourse

    Love it! (Especially the big-eyed child Barbie in the last pic.)
    There’s something about the model – her coloring? her face shape? her expression? – that reminds me of Chris Colfer. 

    • Margaret Carlson Nikoleit

      Yes, I thought the same thing — it’s Chris, if he wore a ton of rouge! By the fourth shot, with the blue dress and headscarf. Thanks for confirming it’s not just me.

  • Sisyphus .

    I love the makeup on these —- it’s crazy! It’s also like they’re thumbing your nose at the “matronly” advice you’ve been giving lately. Like a matron-to-hooker scrolldown. Which is awesome.

  • EEKstl

    I covet both the coat and the dress in the 2nd frame.  STUNNING.

  • hughman

    This does Anna Piaggi proud. 

    • Susan Crawford

      And Issy Blow. And Iris Apfel. And Frida Kahlo. And so many other women of great style whose looks just don’t “fit in” with the “norm”. I love these photos, the styling, the amazing clothing and this incredible young woman.

      • Stubenville

        Iris Apfel Barrel! I’d totally forgotten about her. 

        • Susan Crawford

          What a gal, amirite? Her sense of color, texture, pattern and styling is AWESOME. Talk about “make it work”? Iris wrote the book.

      • hughman

        And Lynn Yaeger.

        • Susan Crawford

          Absolutely – another iconic individualist. Whatever would we do without the grandes dames of style?

          • hughman

            I was lucky enough to have known Ms. Yaeger when I lived in NYC and she was also incredibly nice and funny (I worked in fashion). 

      • TieDye64

        God, how I adore Iris Apfel! 

  • guest2visits

    No love from me. Except the use of the grey background as a foil for the model; the colors are more intense.

  • umeboshi

    god bless the japanese.

  • Solange

    These remind me of Frida Kahlo portraits

  • RedRaven617

    To me she looks like a child playing dress up from Grandma’s closet. I think on a model who has hit puberty (late teens – 20s) they would look much better. 

    • CurbGirl

      Grandma saved her ‘commune years’ wardrobe for this very reason.

  • Alisa Rivera

    I like everything except the blush, which looks like rosacea. 

  • Stubenville

    Is she wearing teabags for earrings in the last shot?

    • Therese Bohn

       That’s exactly what I thought.

  • quiltrx

    The clothes are interesting, and the only thing I object to is the rosacea make-up.  If you have it (and I do) and can’t control when your face looks like this, it seems ridiculous.  And she’s so pretty without it.

    • MarinaB

      She is very pretty, without her head.  I can’t with this model…

  • unbornfawn

    Overall i like the odd pretty. The giant triangles of rouge – Awful.

  • Verascity

    Even for Japan, I think this is some pretty silly shit, but I’m glad it’s so well-received… Is that a hijab or just a headscarf? Gosh, I hope hijabs don’t get trendy here.

    • GillianHolroyd

      It’s a babushka.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Getting some definite “Grey Gardens” vibes here.  That’s a good thing, in my book anyway.

  • Sweetvegan

    Ugh – most of it is OK, but those fox cadaver parts in the last photo ruin it.

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  • Susan Velazquez

    I could never pull off any of the pieces put altogether like the model but I do like the dresses.

  • julnyes

    Interesting styling, but I would have enjoyed this more with some visual interest in the background.

  • Patsye Dickinson Peebles

    Very unexpected, very interesting, and very striking!

  • Joanie Hunt

    #4 and #5 work the best in my eyes. That blue brings out some lovely natural coloring as does the other.

  • margaret meyers

    Does this spread go to the front of the model’s portfolio, or the back?

  • afabulous50

    No. Dead. Animals. Please.

  • kaycem

    where do i apply to be a money carrier?

  • marilyn

    This is what happens when the 4 year old dresses herself.

  • Le_Sigh

    Fun!  I love the colors.

  • Judy_J


  • mjude

    i like

  • AthenaJ

    I loved everything until I scrolled down to the unfortunate dead animal draped around her shoulders in the last pic. What a waste… and such a shame, because everything else is creative and awesome.

  • Trisha26

    I’m looking at this a day later, and standard notions of pretty aside, the looks bear a strong resemblance to the Karen Gillan post of 8/15. Unconventional is one thing, but 2 mis-matched prints/color combos/aesthetics is something else. Something ugly.

  • belfebe

    You know?  I think that this is what Frokemon was aiming for.  We will never know how good or how bad he was at it.  But he’d never have won Proyect Runway with it.  I miss Frokemon already.

  • PrunellaV

    I would have a lot more fun with this if the model didn’t look like the undead. The clothes and styling are great, though.

  • NCDFan

    Sorry but this is just weird. I keep getting flashes of the renegade female replicant from Blade Runner.

  • oohsparkley!

    I think the styling is freaky but entertaining.  The model resembles my wholesome farm girl cousins.  They don’t wear makeup and have naturally rosy cheeks with freckles and short, sturdy bodies.  They have some excessive blush/rouge on most of those shots.

  • ccm800

    the return of fur is reprehensible. 

  • formerlyAnon

    Those print tights are incredible. I can see a fad for those spreading like wildfire amongst those young enough and boho enough to wear them.