Fine China

April 23rd, 2015 |Posted by Irene Ojo-Felix

China has been haunted by literary tropes that have shown but a fraction of the rich, dynastic culture it has. For this summer’s Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition, “China: Through the Looking Glass”, The Costume Institute in collaboration with the Met’s Department of Asian Art, will examine the influence of the Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion. For the latest issue of American Vogue, Steven Meisel and Grace Coddington have taken this examination one step further highlighting elegant, vintage couture creations on the lithe form of Fei Fei Sun. From the blossoming branches of a new season to come to the alluring, sensual mystery of a woman not to be trifled with, this year’s exhibit shows the range of narratives that surrounds the enigmatic country of the Far East.

Pick up the latest issue of Vogue on newsstands this week.

Photographer- Steven Meisel (Art + Commerce), Stylist- Grace Coddington, Model- Fei Fei Sun, Make-Up-Pat McGrath (Streeters London), Hair- Guido Palau (Art + Commerce)

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Prada’s Haunting Postscript

March 9th, 2015 |Posted by steven.yatsko

Prada released three hauntingly beautiful backstage videos as a postscript to their Spring/Summer 2015 campaign that was photographed by Steven Meisel. As Gemma Ward, Julia Nobis and Ine Neefs recede into speckled shadows or are enveloped by a spectral, ultraviolet glow their floaty movements are eerily entrancing. The trio of models, each with their own video, convey only whispers of emotions to great effect. Passing close-ups of the stitchings and patterns concentrate on the garments’ details. The pithy, dream-like videos add even more expression to the still campaign. An adagio piano score and doleful expressions conjecture feelings of melancholy and establish the wonderfully seductive hints of unconventionality that is Miuccia’s domain.

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Industrious

February 3rd, 2015 |Posted by Janelle

Steven Meisel plays with various styles for his Vogue Italia covers, but many of the best have a cinematic quality that makes them appear like stills from a motion picture. Meisel’s photography is energetic, richly detailed and often seems ready to start moving the moment some unseen director yells “Action!” The February cover of VI is a prime example of this a Dolce & Gabbana clad Lexi Boling may be the first thing to grab your attention, but each detail adds to the story. The sewing machines in the background, Mary Howard‘s comprehensive set design and even the blur of men moving all around Lexi. It all makes for a stunning tribute to fashion workers anchored by Marie-Amélie Sauvé styling, Pat McGrath doing makeup and Jimmy Paul handling hair.

View more from the February issue on Vogue.it

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Coach’s Chameleons

January 28th, 2015 |Posted by Janelle

Few fashion brands have the name recognition of Coach, the global powerhouse has long represented attainable chic and American style, for better or worse. In recent years Coach has attempted to reinvent itself upping the luxury factor and revamping its ready-to-wear under the direction of the talented, Stuart Vevers. For the 2nd collection under Vevers’ leadership Steven Meisel captures the fresh faced cast in pastel & black and white for a series of images that merge ideas about youthful insouciance and Americana. Looking like the ultimate gang of cool kids, Molly Bair, Binx Walton, Julia Bergshoeff, Lexi Boling, Valery Kaufman, Dylan Xue, Grace Hartzel and Helge Vonderau look right at home chilling out in Ditmas Park.

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Meisel’s Masterclass

January 28th, 2015 |Posted by Janelle

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As a creator who has always let his work speak for itself, Steven Meisel rarely gives interviews or does press. A quiet, yet powerful presence within the industry he has come to represent the gold standard of photography; whenever he shoots a campaign or cover it’s big news, his work is often described as making the supermodels and in spite of his shy, introspective demeanor he continues to be one of fashion’s most fascinating characters. Perhaps that is why Tim Blanks‘s appealingly in-depth interview with Meisel for WSJ feels so essential. Tackling topics ranging from Meisel’s career retrospective, Role Model at Phillips de Pury, to his thoughts on controversial shoots for Vogue Italia, Blanks cuts a wide swath through years of industry history. As always Blanks’ insightful questions and wry writing style offer a new perspective on the familiar, showing us the personal side of a photographer who communicates his deepest feelings through his images rather than his social media account.

Head on over to WSJ.com to take a look at this week’s must read piece and enjoy a few choice Meisel quotes below.

On old pictures :  “Emotionally, it’s very difficult for me to look at old work. That’s why it was so hard to do the Phillips thing. I either look at what I could have done better, or I start crying. I’m ridiculously sensitive, that’s just who I am, so it’s really tough for me to look at old pictures.”

On changes within the modeling & fashion industries: “I think the business has changed so much. It’s more like how many likes you get on Instagram, which I do not do. I’m not into it. I don’t know what makes a star anymore. I’m just doing what I do. So is there an expectation? Not from me. And I hope not so much from the model, because I don’t want to disappoint anybody. My goal is just to do what I need to do on that day.”

On aging: I don’t care about age. Society is extremely ageist, obviously, and it’s just nonsense. To think of a woman’s life as only interesting and important until 25 is stupid and also so hurtful to women. The business creates it and then lets you hate yourself for it. Age is beautiful; life is that. You just begin to be a woman past the age of 30. You’re just learning life and having experiences.

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Prada Principles

January 5th, 2015 |Posted by Janelle

From the moment Gemma Ward stepped out onto Prada‘s S/S15 runway it seemed certain that she would front the corresponding spring campaign for the Milanese megabrand. Miuccia Prada never does things by halves, so when it came time for campaign season fashion followers eagerly awaited the final product and the streamlined ads by Steven Meisel, styled by Olivier Rizzo, do not disappoint. Gemma is front and center in a stark black and white shot, contrasted with a colorful image of the season’s must have accessories. Ine Neefs features in the campaign’s equally beautiful second shot sporting a sleek dress with contrast stitching and a perfectly coordinated bowler bag. Rounding out the cast of elegant blondes is Julia Nobis, a Prada fixture and perennial Meisel favorite who lends an air of austerity to her portraits.

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Bright Lights, Big City

January 1st, 2015 |Posted by Janelle

The year starts off with a bang and an understated new cover for Vogue Italia. It-Brit Hollie May Saker adds a touch of elegance to .
Steven Meisel‘s simple portrait which captures her at her most compelling. The corresponding film by Gordon von Steiner captures the energy and beauty of a newcomers entry to New York, complete with street scenes in dramatic black & white.

View more from the issue & Gordon von Steiner’s video on Vogue.it

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Past, Present, Future

December 8th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Steven Meisel delves into modern bohemia with a striking December cover for Vogue Italia starring Jamie Bochert and Valerija Kelava. Styled by Marie-Amélie Sauvé, in floppy hats and folksy prints the duo embodies the free spirited days of yesteryear while sporting some of the latest fashions around. Inside the issue they’re joined by Hollie May Saker, Gabriel Marques, Harmony Boucher, Jackie Sanchez, Olivier John Rodgers, Olympia Campbell, Steffy Argelich and Will Lewis for an appealing series of shots that look culled from a late sixties scrapbook. Meisel ditches his sleek studio style in favor of soft, dreamy images mixed in with still life images by artist & filmmaker, Benn Northover.

Jamie & Valerija may have snagged the cover, but the model who steals the show is the adorable August Kruse Templer, who makes his Vogue Italia debut alongside proud mom Christina Kruse.

Hair Guido Palau for Redken / Makeup Pat McGrath / Set Design Mary Howard /

See the full story on Vogue.it and in the fashion database.

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