Giorgio Armani Fall Winter ad campaign is a lesson of true ageless elegance. Photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggot in intense, paint-like black and white, the campaign centres on the models Aymeline Valade and Simon Nessman, the second most successful male model in the world behind Sean O’Pry and the the current face of Giorgio Armani.
26-year-old Aymeline Valade appeared in Marni for H&M ads this year, Valade being called “corpse-like” for her pale skin, hollow cheeks, dark eyes and skeleton silhouette.
The French model was tagged by designer Alexander Wang for his first runway show in 2011. She’s also walked for Gucci, Chanel, Balenciaga, and Louis Vuitton shows.
Canadian male model Simon Nessman appeared in A/X Armani Exchange Spring 2011 advertising campaign alongside Clara Alonso, Alejandra Alonso, Marlon Teixeira, and Francisco Lachowski. He becomes the face of Giorgio Armani fragrance Acqua di Gio Essenza in spring 2012. In addition, he has featured in ad campaigns for Versace, D&G, Givenchy, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent, Barneys, Gap and John Galliano.
Nessman is currently the second most successful male model in the world behind Sean O’Pry on models.com list of the Top 50 international male models, as of September 2011.