The May 2019 issue of Vogue Portugal takes sex as its theme, which given the precarious state of women’s health at this moment could not be more timely. As this is Vogue, the attendant stories are visual in nature and emphasize the many faces of eroticism viewed through the prism of cinema. Up there in the marquee lights is but one name, Claudia Lavender, who not surprisingly dominates the page of this editorial by photographer Filip Koludrović and stylist Christopher Maul. This story has it moments, chiefly is a two-page spread (pictured) on which Claudia reprises that evocative falling rose petal scene from the film American Beauty (1999). Claudia’s bed, though is not comprised of plucked roses, but rather delicately arranged garments in various shades of red from Acne Studios, Balenciaga, Bally, Dunhill, Louis Vuitton, MSGM, Palmer Harding, Prada, Pringle of Scotland, Versace, and Victoria Beckham. The story has other standout moments that are clearly drawn from Eyes Wide Shut (1999), American Psycho (2000), and others. All told, this story realizes the very expressive freedom women today can only dream of achieving with their bodies.

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Credits include: Publication, Vogue Portugal May 2019; Title, “Liberdade de Exxxpressão”; Photography, Filip Koludrović; Styling, Christopher Maul; Hair, Hirokazu Endoo; Makeup, Jinny Kim; Manicure, Yasmine Elwakil; Set design, Ciaran Beale; Production, Myra Gonzalez, Ash K Halliburton, Timotej Letonja; Casting, Timotej Letonja at ArtFactory Studio & Haze Media.

Claudia Lavender | Vogue Portugal May 2019n (Photography: Filip Koludrović)

Claudia Lavender | Vogue Portugal May 2019n (Photography: Filip Koludrović)