No matter the context in which photographer Nicolas Coulomb captures his boys and girls, and whatever they’re wearing—relaxed Paul Smith looks, shiny American Apparel swimwear or tie-dye Seventies knits—his models all look through the camera with stony, sexy eyes. Coulomb studied philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris, but then relocated to Switzerland to pursue a career in photography at ECAL, the school of art and design of Lausanne. In 2010, he started shooting for Novembre Magazine, a young journal that proved to be the perfect platform for experimentation, and he quickly became their editor-at-large, contributing features such as an editorial full of glittery and latex clothing by Meat (from Glamcult fav Alis Pelleschi). Coulomb often collaborates with make-up artist Isamaya Ffrench for unconventional beauty stories: smudged lipstick, high-gloss cheeks—and of course, the trademark Coulomb gaze. His commercial work includes lookbooks for the likes of Christian Lacroix, Lacoste Live, and Études Studio.