city magazine

satellite of love

finding beauty on google earth

Satellite of Love beauty editorial close-up of model's eye with teal eyeshadow and island aerial view published in City Magazine, photographed by Thomas Rusch with makeup by Loni Baur and creative direction by Fabrice Frere of PlanetFab.

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City Magazine Beauty editorial

INDUSTRY

Editorial & Publishing, Fashion & Beauty

WHAT WE DID

Copywriting, Concepts, Creative Direction, Print

Creative Director: Fabrice Frere
Photographer: Thomas Rusch
Makeup: Loni Baur

When a photographer like Thomas Rusch arrives at your doorstep with a collection of images so striking, you know you’re holding something extraordinary in your hands. As we delved into these vibrant beauty shots while preparing for CITY Magazine’s Fall Travel Issue, we were awed by their rich textures and mesmerizing patterns, which transported us to another world entirely.

These studio-captured images bore an uncanny resemblance to breathtaking aerial vistas. The colors, contours, and the interplay of light and shadow evoked a sense of gazing down upon our beautiful planet from above. This sparked the concept for our story: input precise coordinates into Google Earth, then zoom in and out until we found ourselves virtually hovering above landscapes like the Maldives, the Great Salt Lake, and the rugged terrain of Mt. Krakatau.

The similarities were astonishing—a perfect mirror of the sun-drenched shores of the Maldives, the shimmering, salt-encrusted expanse of the Great Salt Lake. We realized we had stumbled upon something special: a visual journey that blurred the lines between the micro and the macro, a nod to the wonders of our planet. It was a beauty story designed to transport you to the far reaches of the globe, all without ever leaving the ground.

Satellite of Love beauty, finding beauty on Google Earth editorial close-up of model's eye with teal eyeshadow and island aerial view published in City Magazine, photographed by Thomas Rusch with makeup by Loni Baur and creative direction by Fabrice Frere of PlanetFab.
Close-up photographs of a model's eye with gold leaf makeup and feather details, reminiscent of aerial views in Google Earth, from the "Satellite of Love" beauty editorial in City Magazine, photographed by Thomas Rusch with makeup by Loni Baur and creative direction by Fabrice Frere of PlanetFab.
Close-up photographs of a model's eye with blue and green eyeshadow and colorful feather lips, juxtaposed with satellite imagery of Vinson Massif in Antarctica and the Straits of Magellan in South America, from the "Satellite of Love" beauty editorial in City Magazine, photographed by Thomas Rusch with makeup by Loni Baur and creative direction by Fabrice Frere of PlanetFab.

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