Although the relative cultural merits of the Los Angeles hard rock group formed in 1985 that takes its name from the unlikely pairing of firearms and the woody perennials of the genus Rosa are open to debate, what is taken as gospel is the persistent adoption of its stylings. Paisley bandanas, leather jackets, animal print miniskirts, and the like all signify the proverbial urban jungle that continues to roar as loudly as it did in early 1990s and none quite as acutely as in the May 2014 issue of Vogue Russia for a story featuring Tanya K photographed by David Mushegain. Titled “Rose & Thorns,” this Olga Dunina-styled story takes downtown Los Angeles as its backdrop and duly delivers equal parts beauty and pantomime menace, the hallmarks of American hard rock. Believability is key to unlocking the potential of this distinctly L.A. rock aesthetic and to that end Tanya K is masterful.
Credits include: Publication, Vogue Russia May 2014; Title, “Розы и Шипы”; Photography, David Mushegain; Styling, Olga Dunina; Hair, Charles McNair at Jed Root; Makeup, Mélanie Inglessis at The Magnet Agency; Photography assistance, John Schoefield, Todd Stone; Styling assistance, Katerina Zolototrubova, Anastasya Kolomytseva; Production, Johnny Pascucci, Elena Serova; Associate production, Yusuf Yagci.