Miuccia’s World

June 19th, 2015 |Posted by steven.yatsko

One can imagine Miuccia Prada’s world “for the slightly disenfranchised” is filled with characters of an uncanny quality. In her designs there’s that murmur of jolie laide that fine-tunes weirdness and statement to resemble the regular (maybe it’s Miuccia’s mime training at work). Her fidelity to art-house actors has filled Prada and, the younger, more capricious, Miu Miu‘s campaigns regularly with a cinephile’s dream ensemble. The Italian empress has pulled from the silver screen A-list talent like James McAvoy, Dane Dehaan, Marine Vacth, and Elle Fanning for previous seasons and A/W 15 is true to form: Craig McDean lensed Scoot McNairy, Michael Shannon, and Tye Sheridan all uniformed in Prada menswear. The Miu Miu campaign photographed by Steven Meisel, entitled “Subjective Reality”, puts Maddison Brown, Hailey Gates, Mia Goth, Stacy Martin on the streets of New York City done up in Miu Miu wares. The images feature brand favorites and leads in Von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac”  Mia and Stacy. See both campaigns below.

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Scoot McNairy, Michael Shannon, and Tye Sheridan by Craig McDean (Art + Commerce)


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Maddison BrownHailey GatesMia GothStacy Martin by Steven Meisel (Art + Commerce), Makeup by Pat McGrath (Streeters London), Hair by Guido Palau (Art + Commerce)

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Change of Guard

June 10th, 2015 |Posted by steven.yatsko

As soon as Vanity Fair Italy previewed cover images from Vogue Italia’s “China” issue the internet was abuzz over the non-Meisel round-up of photographers– confirming the whispers that the storied lensman would longer shoot every cover. For models, having a VI cover by Steven Meisel served as a badge of honor and a telltale of imminent visibility.  Steven’s famous partiality for beautiful women and inimitable eye has forecasted and launched numerous careers. So needless to say, his absences after holding the fort since 1988 is big news.

For the the “China” issue, Vogue Italia enlisted Craig McDean, Mario Sorrenti, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and Steven Klein to help carry the weight of Meisel’s absence, shooting a cast of established Chinese beauties Fei Fei Sun, Xiao Wen JuJing Wen and newer faces like Yuan Bo Chao, Fernanda Ly and Gia Tang. Each cover bears the visual thumbprint from this league of extraordinary photographers: McDean’s romantic evocations; Sorrenti’s audacious arrangements; Mert and Marcus’ high-styled narratives and Klein’s surreal interpretations. Whether or not it’s enough to fill the void, the praise-worthy selection of models by these modern masters in celebration of China certainly stands on its own.


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Fei Fei Sun by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott (Art Partner) / Images courtesy of Women Management (New York)


 

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Jing WenGia Tang & Fernanda Ly by Mario Sorrenti (Art Partner) / Images courtesy of Supreme Management (New York) and DNA Models (New York)


 
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Yuan Bo Chao by Craig McDean (Art + Commerce) / Images courtesy of Next New York (New York)



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Xiao Wen Ju by Steven Klein (Art Partner) / Images courtesy of IMG (New York)

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Food For Thought

May 8th, 2015 |Posted by Irene Ojo-Felix

Steven Meisel‘s latest offering for Vogue Italia has newcomer Kayla Scott looking enticingly delectable in Spring’s latest wares. There’s a full course offering in the dilapidated, motel setting and has unique, edgy newcomers like Cierra Skye, Damaris Goddrie, Willow Hand, Tamy Glauser, and Josh Upshaw. Meisel is always about new talent and with the superb styling of Karl Templer, the newest crop is sure to be on everyone’s radar now. With a cool casting and contemplative mood, this stands as a refreshing editorial on newsstands. For a special behind the scenes video, check out Vogue.it.

Photographer Steven Meisel (Art + Commerce) | Stylist Karl Templer (Streeters London) | Set designer Mary Howard | Hair Guido Palau (Art + Commerce) | Makeup Pat McGrath (Streeters London) | Manicurist Jin Soon Choi (Jed Root) | Models Kayla Scott
Cierra Skye, Damaris Goddrie, Eilika Meckbach, Josh Upshaw, Molly Bair, Nyima Ward,Tamy Glauser, and Willow Hand

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Asymmetries and Ambiguities

April 29th, 2015 |Posted by steven.yatsko

Steven Meisel delivered his visual quintessence for Prada’s pre-fall 2015 campaign. Appearing determined with penetrating glares, the duos Maartje Verhoef, Niels Trispel, Willow Hand, Artur Chruszcz, Aya Jones, Johannes Spaas, Natalie Westling, Finnlay Davis, Julia Nobis, & Tim Schuhmacher are a mixture of the freshest new faces and some Prada favorites. If Julia feels familiar it’s because she can add this to her Meisel-résumé, marking her second one for the brand along with her four covers of Vogue Italia. The pre-fall looks work tartan prints and mild pomp against the understated, and the introspective group executes that identity well, preparing us for the colder days to come. In Prada’s own words, the images play with “asymmetries and ambiguities” and elicit “elegance, poise and dare”. The campaign has the definitive feel of Meisel’s classic, cast-centric work and Miuccia’s visionary originality.

Photographer: Steven Meisel (Art + Commerce) Designer: Miuccia Prada

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Natalie Westling, Tim Schuhmacher / Louis BauvirMaartje Verhoef

 

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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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