In the last year of FADER fashion stories, we scouted models in the shopping malls of Malaysia, hung out in the favelas of Northern Brazil and partied with Clark University students down in ATL. With all the street castings (only the real girls and boys) and language barriers, contributing Style Editor Mobolaji Dawodu has a challenge (and adventure) on his hands pretty much every time we pack his bags with shoes, dresses and fancy pants. After 5-10 days on the road there are usually hundreds of photos and a few crazy stories that make it back to FADER HQ.
Our style stories are never what you expect from the average fashion spread, mostly because we usually send along our favorite documentary photographers. In fact, Peter Van Agtmael, responsible for the American Wars photo essay in F57, is off with Mobolaji shooting our extended spring fashion story right about now. Editing the photos often takes many hours, and multiple print-outs—it's really not uncommon to see our creative director paving the hallway with a stacks of potential magazine pages. For every image that makes the story there are plenty of pics that we love that don't make the cut. Here are a collection of our favorite outtakes from 2008 courtesy of photographers Krisanne Johnson (ATL and NYC) Leonie Purchas (Salvador) Andrew Dosunmu (Mayalsia) and Lauren Fleishman (NYC).