He has a penchant for obscure hair colours and
anything semi-sheer, but don't think that French fashion photographer Karim Sadli is a 90s-punk revivalist. His photoshoots are often reminiscent of times and places that he has probably never experienced: 40s suburban America, late 80s East Village New York, and the future.
Sadli has shot for Vogue Paris, Dazed and Confused, i-D, Man About Town, Vogue Homme Japan, Crash, Love... basically every glossy magazine that keeps us sitting on the toilet for hours longer than we intended. His shoots mostly feature waifish figures languishing around in little but their underwear (and sometimes less than that). It really makes you question how much this is fashion photography when there are so little clothes.
Even though many of his series are shot in a colour palette of dusty pinks and greens, the subject matter is far from innocent.
There is a sinister undertone to the beautiful models draped in luxury, and rarely do they look anything less than gloriously miserable.
Above is a collection of some of our favourite shoots he has done in the past months. It features three Dazed & Confused shoots, and one from classy men's mag Man About Town. The lovely lass that you see (all of) in the second series of photos is Hannah Holman, one of the rising models on the scene. Watch both her name and Sadli's.
More of his portfolio here.