Edita Vilkeviciute, Allure, New York, 2012

2012, Printed Later
Digitally produced C-type print

Signed by artist. Certificate of authenticity included. Edition of 3 plus 2 artist’s proofs.

Mario Testino’s photograph of Edita Vilkeviciute for Allure magazine’s “Life of the Party” story is a captivating portrayal of glamour and intrigue. Set in the luxurious Dior Suite at the St. Regis in New York City, the image captures Vilkeviciute in a moment of seductive allure. Dressed in a low-cut charmeuse gown by J. Mendel, adorned with dazzling Oscar de la Renta earrings, Vilkeviciute exudes sophistication and confidence.

The scene is rich with narrative detail, adding depth to the composition. Vilkeviciute stands by the hotel door, one sleeve of her gown slipping down her arm, hinting at the intimacy of the moment. However, the presence of the hotel porter, handing her a note that strategically covers her exposed breast, adds an element of mystery and intrigue, leaving viewers to wonder about the nature of the interaction.

Behind Vilkeviciute, a discarded man’s dress shoe suggests a fleeting encounter, adding a touch of playfulness to the narrative. Meanwhile, a room service cart with a partially eaten cake and candles further sets the scene, hinting at a celebration or rendezvous.

Vilkeviciute’s gaze, directed straight towards the camera with a smoldering intensity, captivates the viewer, drawing them into the scene and adding to the sense of drama and allure. Testino’s mastery of lighting and composition elevates the image, highlighting Vilkeviciute’s beauty and charisma.

Throughout his career, Testino has often cited Vilkeviciute as one of his most glamorous muses, having collaborated with her on numerous prestigious projects, including Vogue, German Vogue, V Magazine, D&G campaigns, and her Versace pour Femme fragrance commercial. This photograph stands as a testament to their creative synergy and Vilkeviciute’s timeless allure.