September 2 2014

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EXCLUSIVE: Point And Shoot: Christiaan Plays Shear Genius—And Shutterbug—For 25


After a splashy reveal in Cannes last month, Anja Rubik’s 25 Magazine is a week away from hitting newsstands—much to the delight of voracious glossy readers chomping at the bit to peruse the supermodel’s first editorial venture. Inspired by the now defunct seventies title Viva as well as old issues of Penthouse and Playboy of the era, Rubik describes the collectible read as a publication for “very strong-minded, ambitious women, who are very comfortable with themselves and their sexuality.” It’s also very much for fashion obsessives. “It’s been created from inside of the industry,” according to Rubik—and features the work of many of the biz’ biggest names: Inez van Lamsweerde, Ellen von Unwerth, and one Christiaan Houtenbos. “I have been working with Christiaan for many years. I call him my ‘hair whisperer,’ ” Rubik jokes of the man who gave her her short crop a few years back. “He is very unique; he has a very interesting view on things, and one of the reasons why I think he is such a great hairdresser is that he is more than hair. He possesses a huge imagination, loves art, does sculpture”—and is pretty handy with a camera. “I have always seen him clicking away in the studio, getting the coolest shots,” Rubik says of Christiaan’s photography habit, a pastime he rarely shares with others, until now. The first issue of 25 (which can be preordered at Colette) features a spread of intimate portraits snapped by the hairdresser as he jets from one shoot to the next, one country to another. Here, previews a selection of ten of these portraits for an inside view of the editorial process, from behind the hairstylist’s chair.

Photo: Christiaan for 25 Magazine

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