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Stylist Mel Ottenberg picks from the VFiles vaults

Brooke Shields' crimped hair and styling Pamela Anderson in stars – Mel Ottenberg delves into VFiles' digital archives and pulls his top ten images

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Pamela Anderson by David Lachapelle, Dazed VFiles vaults
Pamela Anderson by David LaChapelle

As part of our new summer US project States of Independence we've invited our favourite 30 American curators, magazines, creatives and institutions to take over Dazed for a day. Today, as part of our State of Fashion week, the radical New York-based brand, store and online phenomenon VFiles is curating our content – from the debut of new show Intern Files, where hopefuls battle it out for a coveted position, to Preston's favourite Model Files picks.

We managed to tempt the one and only Mel Ottenberg to take some time out from personally styling Rihanna, fashion directing the Berlin-based 032c magazine and being a certified pop culture expert to have a virtual rummage in the VFiles vaults. Below, he presents his most inspirational images.

#1 – WORK IT IN WALTER

Love the Walter Van Beirendonck SNOW jeans with tight party top and bicep pads for wading in the jacuzzi, and a cute hat to block sun rays.

Skin Tight, Sensibility of the Flesh, Dazed VFiles vaults
Walter Van Beirendonck SNOW jeans, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Filed under: Skin tight

Take a look at Walter Van Beirendonck's amazing archive below:

#2 – SEEING STARS WITH PAM

I styled this shoot with Pamela Anderson in 2001. This is one of the first photos I ever styled, and this moment with Pam might be the most genius moment of my career.

Pamela Anderson by David Lachapelle, Dazed VFiles vaults
Pamela Anderson by David LaChapelle

Filed under: David LaChapelle

Check out our Pop Quiz with David LaChapelle here.

#3 – RETRO HOMOEROTICA

Art direction that looks like a baby did it is really speaking to me these days and Tony Ward is my everything idol beyond forever.

Anal Magazine cover no 168, Dazed VFiles vaults
Oh, Tony! Anal Magazine cover no 168

Filed under: Tony Ward

#4 – BABY BROOKE

The crimped hair and Brooke Shields' "fake best friend glamour" creative vision is perfect for a future shoot.

Lisanne Falk with Brooke Shields 1978, Dazed VFiles vaults
Crimped hair and the hand on hip look – Lisanne Falk with Brooke Shields 1978

Filed Under: Jailbait 4 Eva

#5 – REBEL REI

Rei is killing the personal style game here and forever, she cuts glass.

Rei Kawakubo, Dazed VFiles vaults
Rei Kawakubo giving Punk vibes in her biker leather jacket

Filed under: Comme des Garçons

#6 – WHEN DONATELLA MET DIDDY

This arresting Puff Daddy collage by Ari Marcopoulos from the early 2000s caught my eye when I looked up "DADDY" on VFiles. NICE!

Puff Daddy for Versace Magazine, Dazed VFiles vaults
Puff Daddy aka Diddy aka Sean Combs collaged in Versace Magazine

#7 – MILLENNIAL GISELLE 

I need to go back to 1999 to get these fucking pants back. They are mine.

Gisele Bündchen in Vogue Paris, Dazed VFiles vaults
Gisele Bündchen in Vogue Paris, 1999

Filed Under: Vogue '99

#8 – THE ULTIMATE LATIN LOOK

Perfection is perfected at The International Male. SS15 shoe research for all the European houses.

Dazed VFiles vaults
A very impressive shoe spread. We'll take the white booties

#9 – ORIGINAL GANGSTAS

So many feelings. #IMMATURE

Dazed VFiles vaults
American R&B group Immature – loving that eyepatch

Filed Under: Telfar's faves

#10 – HARLOW GOES HAREM

Shalom Harlow in Dior Couture SS97 is a perfect couture moment for all the gays.

Dazed VFiles vaults
Shalom Harlow gets her fashion tits out in Dior Couture

Filed Under: Fashion Tits

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