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State of Grace

November 19th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Grace Coddington by Sebastian Kim

On the eve of the publication of Grace Coddington‘s memoirs the famously flame haired fashion editor is everywhere. Pick up a copy of i-D Magazine‘s latest issue and you’ll see her on the cover, head to any news website worth its salt and you’ll find an excerpt from the tasteful tell-all (or just check it out on Vogue.com) detailing the backstory of some epic editorial moment straight from Vogue’s pages.  Indeed it seems we’re living in a state of Grace, so to speak, so what better time to look back on the trademarks of her work – those quintessential details that set her styling apart from everyone else. It would be impossible to go through twenty years of Grace and pick a few editorials that sum up the depth and diversity that make her work great, instead we look to four Coddington calling cards that are certain to appear in every one of her stories; glamour, history, fantasy and humour.


GLAMOUR

It goes without saying that Vogue is a repository for high-glamour imagery, but Grace has always pushed the borders of what that means. It isn’t enough to showcase off the runway looks or exquisite couture, the image has to convey something powerful and iconic.

‘The Heat of the Moment’ – Photographer Ellen von Unwerth, Model Naomi Campbell American Vogue, March 1998

‘High Art’ Photographer - Annie Leibovitz, Model - Natalia Vodianova, American Vogue November 2004

‘Daydreams’ Photographer Steven Klein, Models Daria Werbowy and Natalia Vodianova American Vogue September 2004

‘Talk to Her’ Photographer - Steven Meisel, Models - Joan SmallsCoco RochaKaren ElsonGuinevere Van SeenusCaroline TrentiniLiya KebedeAbbey Lee KershawDaphne Groeneveld, American Vogue 2012


HISTORY

Recreating the look and feel of historical periods with contemporary design has become something of a Vogue standard and when Grace takes on history the end result is always memorable. From haute baroque, to 50s style Brando-chic and 70s style glam rock, her interpretations of the past have always been fresh and dynamic.

‘French Twists’ Photographer - Annie Leibovitz, Models – Lily Cole, Gemma Ward, Gisele Bundchen, Daria Werbowy, Karen Elson, American Vogue May 2004

‘A Feast for the Eyes’ Photographer -Steven Meisel, Models – Kylie Bax, Amy Wesson, Elsa Benitez, Carolyn Murphy, Naomi Campbell, Michelle Behennah, Guinevere Van Seenus, Trish Goff, Chandra North,  American Vogue December 1996

‘Custom of the Country’ photographer Annie Leibovitz, Model Natalia Vodianova, American Vogue August 2012

‘Wild At Heart’ Photographer - Peter Lindbergh, Models – Helena ChristensenCindy Crawford,  Linda EvangelistaClaudia SchifferNaomi Campbell, Karen Mulder, Tatjana Patitz, and Stephanie Seymour, American Vogue 1991

Rock the House, photographer Steven Meisel, American Vogue, November 2001


FANTASY

No one creates a fantastical scenario via clothes quite like Grace does. Her instantly recognizable fairy tale collaboration with Annie Leibovitz has raised the bar for just about everyone by taking the familiar childhood tales and re-imagining them as fanciful fashion moments. Who says Alice can’t fall down the rabbit hole while wearing head to toe Tom Ford? Even with the elaborate sets, mythical allusions and high concept themes, Grace makes you notice the clothes first and foremost.

‘Joy to the World’ Photographer Steven Meisel, American Vogue December 2002

‘It’s a Jungle Out There’ Photographer – Steven Klein, Models – Maggie Rizer, Trish Goff, Oluchi Onweagba, Liisa Winkler, Anouck Lepere, Karolina Kurkova, American Vogue June 2001

‘Garden of Delights’ Photographer -Steven Meisel, Model - Caroline Trentini, American Vogue December 2006

‘Alice in Wonderland’ Photographer - Annie Leibovitz, Model - Natalia Vodianova , American Vogue December 2003

‘Wizard of Oz’ Photographer - Annie Leibovitz, Model - Keira Knightley, American Vogue December 2005

‘Romeo and Juliet’ Photographer - Annie Leibovitz, Model - Coco Rocha, American Vogue December 2008


HUMOUR

A concept that is regrettably missing in most fashion editorials yet always has a place in Grace’s work. Whether it is Stella Tennant leading a troop of boyscouts or Karen Elson starring as Grace herself, there is always that added touch of whimsy that makes her work a delight.

‘A Shot of Scotch’ Photographer - Arthur Elgort, Model - Linda Evangelista, American Vogue September 1991

‘Graceful Elegance’ Photographer - Steven Meisel, Model - Karen Elson, American Vogue August 2008

‘O’ Pioneers!’ Photographer - Arthur Elgort, Model - Stella Tennant, American Vogue June 2001

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Seaside

October 18th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Caroline Trentini.
Patrick Demarchelier.
Grace Coddington.
American Vogue.

An elegant story that transports us to another era via beautiful styling that calls to mind the Edwardian age. Simply stunning.

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Type Casting

August 16th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Steven Meisel shoots his favorite faces as the embodiment of fall’s signature styles: Caroline Trentini, Daria Strokous, Fei Fei Sun, Jourdan Dunn, Mirte Maas, Coco RochaArizona Muse and Raquel Zimmermann, take on a variety of looks from romantically ethereal separates, to futuristic minimalism. Styled by Grace Coddington and Michael Philouze, with gorgeous hair and makeup by Guido Palau & Pat McGrath, the story is an absolute delight. American Vogue‘s September issue continues to leave us pleasantly surprised!

Image Credit | Woman Management Blog

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Bits & Bytes: MIB winners!

July 28th, 2011 |Posted by Betty


Images by Stewart Shining courtesy of Made in Brazil.
For the latest models.com/Made in Brazil magazine giveaway, we have 5 winners! If you are Ming.mil; Adan; Paulo; Matthew Owyang or luka, three of you have responded and will be getting their copies. The 2 who have not, contact Made in Brazil ASAP for your very own copy right now!

Heat Is On: Raquel Zimmermann on Nowness.com.

Check out Raquel Zimmermann‘s moves in this Nowness video for Elle Brazil’s special all about Raquel issue. With the Vogue Italia cover and her recent suite of campaigns, Ms Zimmerman proves time and again why she’s one of the industry’s favorite faces.

We love a model agent turned photographer. See Sam Scott Schiavo‘s timeless pics of new face Misa P.

Another Brazilian favorite of ours, Caroline Trentini talks to Marilyn Paris about her years in the biz.

Ponyryder catches up with Kristy Kaurova and new Balmain face Patrick Kafka.

We adore the amazing Arthur Elgort, see him talk to The NY Times about his favorite images.


See Sebastian Sauvé jumping around in Christian Oita‘s video for the British music magazine Crash>.

The god-like David Gandy emotes in this special video by Mike Penn.

Andrej Pejic moves for Michelle Carimpong and 1883 Magazine.

Jon Kortajarena is gorgeous AND he gives back. See how you can have dinner with Jon at the link.

Factor Models has a free APP to see how you can be discovered. Welcome to the future of modeling.

See a very blonde eyebrowed Lorenzo Martone and Jules Kim at the resort show of their bathing suit line Nycked.

Attention models: If you are with any of these agencies on the models.com agencies page, there’s a casting for a feature film directed by a 3-time Sundance Director who’s looking for 5 models (you must be represented by well-established agencies on the MDC list) for lead roles. You can audition directly online worldwide here at Letitcast, and click on “Paradise” before August 5th. Good luck you future Gemma’s and Rosie’s!

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Savage Beauty

April 14th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

American Vogue pays tribute to the late Alexander McQueen with a thrilling retrospective of his work and a preview of the MET’s upcoming Savage Beauty exhibition. Shot by Steven Meisel and styled by Grace Coddington, the story is a fitting tribute to one of fashion’s true masters.



Karen Elson



Coco Rocha



Karlie Kloss



Caroline Trentini



Raquel Zimmermann



Stella Tennant

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Jumper!

April 12th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

With her boundless energy and skill for posing mid-air Caroline Trentini has become synonymous with the Vogue studio editorial; it isn’t a proper issue of Vogue without at least one shot of Trentini jumping. Good thing the magazine’s latest issue features Trentini in two stories: the first a seasonal special by David Sims and Camilla Nickerson that pays tribute to the current fixation with all things mod and the second a preview of the Met’s McQueen extravaganza complete with stunning portraits shot by Steven Meisel and styled by Grace Coddington.

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Cover Up

July 20th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Steven Meisel serves up an elegant story with an impressive cast for Vogue; Christina Kruse, Sasha Pivovarova, Caroline Trentini, Daria Strokous and Mirte Maas, star in Meisel’s woodland fantasy and look impeccable in fall’s ornate and luxurious coats. The girls aren’t the only stars of the show though,  Marie-Amelie Sauve‘s skillful styling, makes the eclectic pieces look even better than they did on the runway.

Image Credit | Fashion Gone Rogue

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Met Mavens

May 4th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

The red carpet of the Met’s Costume Institute Gala is always a scene for fashion moments and mishaps, the attendees either look incredible or completely regrettable but no matter what the outfits are memorable. This year was no exception with scores of actors, models and fashionistas turning up in their sartorial best, but who won the evening when it came to style? Did Chanel Iman’s Kors jumpsuit look refreshingly modern, or overly glittery? Was Doutzen’s Zac Posen a little too prom queen for you, or was the look perfectly sweet? Was Sasha’s beige Marni the bomb or a total bust? Tell us who you think looked the best, or the worst and take a look at the roundup of chic model looks. 

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Liu Wen in Naeem Khan & Constance Jablonski in Jason Wu with John Demsey of Estee Lauder

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Lily Donaldson in Marc Jacobs

Angela Lindvall attends the Costume Institute Gala Benefit to celebrate the opening of the "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity" exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 3, 2010 in New York City.

Angela Lindvall in Versace

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Coco Rocha in Zac Posen

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Naomi Campbell in Dolce & Gabbana

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Alessandra Ambrosio in Versace

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Doutzen Kroes in Zac Posen with the designer

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Karlie Kloss in custom Donna Karan

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Jessica Stam in Rachel Roy

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Anja Rubik in Altuzarra

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Jamie Bochert in Rodarte for Gap

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Dree Hemingway in Calvin Klein

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Rosie Huntington Whiteley in Burberry

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Bar Refaeli in Rag & Bone

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Caroline Trentini in vintage

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Liya Kebede in Rachel Roy with the designer

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Karolina Kurkova in Altuzarra with the designer

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Amber Valletta in RM by Roland Mouret

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Elisa Sednaoui in Chanel with Karl Lagerfeld

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Chanel Iman in Michael Kors

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Hilary Rhoda in Prabal Gurung, with the designer

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Sasha Pivovarova and Kemp Muhl with Sean Lennon, all in Marni

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Natasha Poly and Noah Mills both in Michael Kors

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Gisele Bundchen in Alexander Wang, with husband Tom Brady

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Iman in Prada

Image Credits | Style.com

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