We are living in the Chinese Century. The People’s Republic’s confiscation of an unmanned underwater vehicle in the South China Sea is but one of today’s leading indicators. If hard news is not your cuppa, then perhaps look to the January 2017 issue of Vogue China for a Nathaniel Goldberg story featuring none other than Saint Laurent favorite Agnes Åkerlund. Goldberg trains his lens tightly to remake a patch pavement into what could almost be anywhere in one of China’s 160 cities with populations over a million people, minus of course all those millions, nay, billions of people. The only warmblooded being on the page, then is the beautiful Agnes, who is pictured at a distance in an almost surveillance-like manner wearing a variety of looks for spring. The removed angles of course communicate dominance, which will undoubtedly appeal to domestic readership back in China and possibly even anyone outside with an appreciation for architecture. Although it might be China’s century, Agnes looks to be thriving all the same.

Credits include: Publication, Vogue China January 2017; Title, “Coming Undone”; Photography, Nathaniel Goldberg; styling, Daniela Paudice; hair, Vi Sapyyapy at Management Artists; makeup, Romy Soleimani at Tim Howard Management; Manicure, Yuko Tsuchihashi at Susan Price NYC; Casting, Piergiorgio Del Moro.

Agnes Akerlund | Vogue China January 2017 (Photography: Nathaniel Goldberg)

Agnes Akerlund | Vogue China January 2017 (Photography: Nathaniel Goldberg)