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Celebs Are of Vital Importance

Fashion blogger Katya Bychkova and celebrity photographer Vital Agibalow at NYFW exhibition at Aureole

Vital Agibalow (Face of Hensel USA) and Katya Bychkova (blogger, StyleSprinter.com)

All celebrities in one spot, that’s how I would characterize Vital Agibalow’s photo exhibition at Aureole. I would specify “celebrities in their best outfits” since the opening reception of Vital’s retrospective took place on the eve of New York Fashion Week. 

ABT ballerina Irina Dvorovenko and Transporter 3 star Natalya Rudakova attending Vital Agibalow's NYFW exhibition at Aureole NYC

ABT prima ballerina Irina Dvorovenko and Transporter-3 lead actress Natalya Rudakova

Ben and I arrived to Charlie Palmer‘s gourmet restaurant Aureole located just a couple of blocks from my office early. Vital kindly invited us for an exclusive preview of his exhibition where we had a chance to not only examine each of the 25 black and white celebrity portraits, but also to enjoy some wine over conversation with our photo guru.

Rocco (Fashion Night Live) attending Vital Agibalow's NYFW exhibition at Aureole NYC

Rocco Leo Gaglioti (Fashion News Live)

During this conversation I found out that Vital’s talent for photography is hereditary: both his parents were artists, and his grandmother managed a photo studio back in Eastern Europe. Vital mentioned that some of the techniques that he is currently using in his work are tricks that his grandma taught him.

ABT ballerina Irina Dvorovenko attending Vital Agibalow's NYFW exhibition at Aureole NYC

ABT prima ballerina Irina Dvorovenko

As you might notice in the photos below, Vital is using a unique approach to lighting. Photo works created by Agibalow are full of soft yet precise light that brings out a model’s best features while naturally concealing imperfections.

Singer Concuelo Vanderbilt Costin attending Vital Agibalow's NYFW exhibition at Aureole NYC

Singer Concuelo Vanderbilt Costin

Vital’s approach to lighting in photography attracted the attention of the German photo equipment brand, HENSEL. In 2008 the brand discovered Vital’s talent. Since then Vital Agibalow is the brand ambassador of Hensel USA or, as he likes to call this collaboration, the “face of Hensel.”

Poker star Beth Shak attending Vital Agibalow's NYFW exhibition at Aureole NYC

Poker star Beth Shak

Later on, we discussed some of the celebrity portraits presented at the exhibition. Vital talked about Karl Lagerfeld (“professional and sophisticated”), Natalya Rudakova (“beautiful and intelligent”), Irina Dvorovenko (“talented and graceful”), Concuelo Vanderbilt Costin (“sweetheart with a strong voice and great taste”), and Beth Shak (“amazing person and a beautiful woman”).

ABT prima ballerina Irina Dvorovenko, Transporter-3 lead actress Natalya Rudakova, and guests of Vital Agibalow's NYFW photo exhibition

ABT prima ballerina Irina Dvorovenko, Transporter-3 lead actress Natalya Rudakova, and guests of Vital Agibalow’s NYFW photo exhibition

He also talked about how excited he was working with Victoria Secret’s “angels,” and that it is always fun to take photos of a good friend of Vital’s, Supreme’s model Yulia Kharlapanova.

Iryna Dvorovenko (ABT prima ballerina) and Vital Agibalow (Face of Hensel USA)

Irina Dvorovenko (ABT prima ballerina) and Vital Agibalow (Face of Hensel USA)

Listening to Vital’s stories, I really liked the fact that he always had something nice to say about everybody he was working with. Personally, I really appreciate and respect such an approach. In my opinion, it really shows the class of the photographer you are working with.

Vital Agibalow (Face of Hensel USA) and Transporter-3 lead actress Natalya Rudakova

Unfortunately, when celebrities and guests started to show up, Ben and I were forced to leave the exhibition. We had a previous engagement that we were unable to cancel, and even though we’ve attended the private preview, we still felt bad about leaving early.

Rolise Rachel (Social Life Magazine) and Debbie Rodriguez (Hamptons Social Network) attending Vital Agibalow's NYFW exhibition at Aureole NYC

Rolise Rachel (Social Life Magazine) and Debbie Rodriguez (Hamptons Social Network)

Later on, our friends reported that Vital’s exhibition was “one of the best events of the season” and that the NYFW kickoff party was “a tremendous success.” Knowing Vital’s work and being his friend and a colleague for many years, I am certain that everything Vital is destined for success.

Katya Bychkova and Benjamin Rinzler attending Vital Agibalow's NYFW exhibition at Aureole NYC

Katya Bychkova (Style Sprinter) and Ben Rinzler (Madison Property Management)

Katya: BCBG Max Azria Raya Pleated Dress (sold out; similar here) | Ben: Hugo Boss Juri Windsor Collar Shirt (sold out, similar here) | Photos by Vital Agibalow