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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 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.


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


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


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


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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The Sporting Life

May 23rd, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

The Olympics are right around the corner and magazines are jumping on the bandwagon. Open up nearly any magazine this month and you’ll see a special on the London Olympics and/or a fashion special themed around all things sporty. Which story do you think captures the theme of athleticism, health and fitness best – we’re partial to the editorials that pair models with athletes for the perfect mix of glamour and fitness. Who can resist the sight of Joan Smalls taking of in a sprint while wearing shimmering Ralph Lauren? Or Karlie Kloss balancing on beams alongside gymnast Jonathan Horton! Take a look at the month’s best sporty stories and tell us which one strikes your fancy.

Karlie Kloss by Annie Leibovitz for American Vogue

Joan Smalls and Usain Bolt for American Vogue

Britt Maren by Greg Lotus for Vogue Russia

Athletes Jodie Williams & Louise Hazel by Peter Lindbergh for British Vogue

Gymnast Louis Smith & Jourdan Dunn by Alasdair McLellan

Natalia Vodianova by Cuneyt Akeroglu

Liberty Ross by Matt Irwin for Elle

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Visual Branding

August 13th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Nothing conveys the identity of a brand quite like its advertising and more and more mainstream fashion brands are attempting to tweak their image via campaigns that utilize fashion’s biggest powerplayers. Case in point, the F/W campaign for conservative brand, Talbots features the edgy pairing of Linda Evangelista and Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Meanwhile Jones New York enlists Annie Leibovitz and a slew of top names like Hilary Rhoda, Jessica Stam, Hana Soukupova, Jacquetta Wheeler, Du Juan, Yasmin WarsameAminata Niaria and Ujjwala Raut for their ads. Not to be left in the dust, mall staple Esprit enlists Coco Rocha for its collection ads and Anne Vyalitsyna, Du Juan and Missy Rayder by Mariano Vivanco for the mainline.

The addition of a familiar (and fashionable) face can add a layer of cool to a brand’s image, but does the trick work? Did any of these ads enhance your opinion of the labels in question? Tell us.

Linda for Talbots

Jones New York’s impressive cast

Esprit chose top models like Coco, Missy, Du & Anne V for both its lines

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Through the Years…

March 15th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Gisele Bundchen has been at the top of the heap for over a decade and her Vogue covers are always memorable. Whether she’s surrounded by other models or all by herself, Gisele stands out from the crowd and after being featured on the cover of Vogue US 11 times she lands on the cover of April’s shape issue looking better than ever.

Tell us which Gisele cover is your favorite?


July 1999 by Steven Meisel


November 1999 by Annie Liebowitz


December 1999 by Steven Meisel


May 2000 by Steven Meisel


June 2000 by Herb Ritts


January 2001 by Steven Meisel


June 2001 by Steven Meisel


December 2001 by Steven Meisel


September 2004 by Steven Meisel


April 2008 by Annie Leibovitz


April 2010 by Patrick Demarchelier

Image Credits | HFGL @ tFS and Just Jared

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High Praise

August 21st, 2009 |Posted by Janelle

As a model you know you’re on the right path when the greats like Steven Meisel and Arthur Elgort are singing your praises. With her remarkable poise, tireless work ethic and sparkling personality Karlie Kloss has garnered some very big fans in high places. In the September issue of Vogue, Karlie is shot by Annie Leibovitz and we get a chance to find out just why she’s such a photographer favorite. Hear what some of fashion’s finest have to say about Ms. Kloss.

“She’s disciplined and has danceability, repetition and gorgeous legs. And she’s happy to hang up her clothes after each picture. She was first a Teen Vogue girl and I was so delighted to shoot with her – light on her feet, happy to work, like a young Christy Turlington.”
Arthur Elgort

“She’s an amazing model. She knows clothes. She has tons of energy. She will add things to the shoot that I would never have thought of. She thinks from the point of view of an editor and photographer, not just that of a model. When she’s allowed to be free, to be creative she’s at her best. She likes extreme things. She likes to go all the way.” – Steven Meisel


Karlie Kloss by Annie Leibowitz for Vogue US Sept 2009

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Bits and Bytes: Multi Cover Mania

August 21st, 2009 |Posted by Betty

Kate Moss by Craig McDean for Another Magazine. (for full story on the covers and Another Magazine’s Decade in Style, click here).

Joining in the multi cover party that V Magazine started with 4 Fall covers and the special edition V Magazine 19 cover bonanza by Paul Rowland, is Another Magazine‘s beauteous quartet of Natalie Portman, Vanessa Paradis, Kate Moss and Katie Holmes. Love Magazine also enters the fray with 2 covers, one of Coco Sumner (Sting’s daughter) and the other of young musician Alex Hartley. It looks like it’s never been a better time for readers with such a plethora of choices.


Katie Holmes by Craig McDean.


Vanessa Paradis and Natalie Portman by Hedi Slimane.


Coco Sumner by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott


Alex Hartley by David Sims

Amber Valletta, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista and Lady Gaga for V Magazine.

There’s always the next Kate Moss, but is this girl actually the one?

If you’ve ever met French model Vincent LaCrocq, you’ll know why he was picked for Alexander Wang‘s men’s lookbook. Completely swoonworthy.

When we want more black models in editorials, this is NOT what we were thinking of… Our own story on R’el and Melodie by Greg Kadel for Numero is also generating quite a discussion.

Annie Leibovitz, strange and sad story.

What is the future of fashion, modeling and the Internet? The Imagist ponders

September 10th’s Fashion’s Night Out in NYC promises to be big.. Mark your calendars now to meet supermodels, designers and photographers like Steven Klein and Annie Leibovitz. Click here for the official website.

How funny… the making of the Gucci campaign is preferred to the actual campaign.

Top model Sean O’Pry has been awarded the keys to his hometown city. Here’s a pic of him with his mayor.

13 year old style blogger Tavi is on the new POP cover…. and you are not.

Jessica White blogs; she talks about the ups and downs of her life. Besides the excitement of shooting for Sports Illustrated and Maybelline, she is frank about losing her money and the devastation of being sexually abused, this looks like a must read.

Speaking of all the calls for less Photoshopping… here’s Glamour Magazine‘s model with a belly and she looks beautiful!

Models go to the movies..Irina Lazareanu has landed the lead in the new Spike Lee movie! Agyness Deyn is also set to appear in a Kevin Sampson movie.

Kate Moss vs Scarlett Johansson, are we seeing double??

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Bits and Bytes: Model Home Project

July 28th, 2009 |Posted by Betty

“The Model Home Project was founded in 2006 with the simple goal of wanting to give back. We are now pursuing a vision to create a movement within the fashion community to utilize its unique influence on culture to inspire people to be involved in worthy projects and affect positive change around the world.” from Model Home Project website. Think top male models giving back to the community. See you there tomorrow!

What does it take to be a photographer’s agent? A Photo Editor talks to Carol Leflufy, former Art & Commerce rep who has worked with Steven Meisel and Annie Leibovitz.

Sean O’Pry talks to Matthew Edelstein for Interview Magazine about being one of the world’s top male models.

Aww, designers when they were young. Check out Michael Kors, Vivienne Westwood and Jason Wu.

The Brazilians always rock; look at this handsome male beauty shot by Didio.

Edilson Nascimento in a pool by Jeremy Kost. Guaranteed hotness.

Vogue UK interviews Nick Knight!

Casting director Natalie Joos, is interviewed by TheMalcolm. We learn about her first jobs as an assistant to Glenn O’Brien and studio manager of Craig McDean to her current casting gigs for Hugo Boss and working with Jay Z/Beyonce!

Hanne Gaby Odiele‘s place, it’s dark and cool

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Bits and Bytes: The Divine Editrixes

November 24th, 2008 |Posted by Betty

The iconic Linda Evangelista carries an Obama bag: WWD

Jessica White in Robin Thicke’s new video: Yahoo Video

Coco Rocha as Juliet, Roberto Bolle as Romeo in American Vogue: Sans Artifice

Naomi Campbell for Visionaire: Frillr

Interview with Dazed & Confused covergirl Kate Somers: Bunny Bisous

Raymond Meier has a website: A Photo Editor

Carine Roitfeld, Kate Lanphear, Anna della Russo, Taylor TomasiThe Rise of the Machine: Adrian Corsin writes on Jak and Jil’s blog

Roitfeld, Lanphear, della Russo and Tomasi. Photo from Jak and Jil Blog

Coco and Roberto Bolle by Annie Leibovitz for American Vogue. See entire edit here.

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