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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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Honesty

January 31st, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Honesty in fashion – a novel concept in this day and age. Everyone wants to make socially conscious and informed decisions when buying clothing, but designers almost never reveal those key details about their cost breakdowns and manufacturing – until now. Bruno Pieters introduces a radical new fashion concept, that lets buyers see every part of the process. From thread prices, to information on all materials their environmental impact and the business practices under which each garment was made: no detail is too small – even info on the markup is included.

The end result is a luxury fashion brand with complete transparency. Organic certified, cruelty free and ethical all while being rooted in the traditions of fine craftsmanship and streamlined design. Experience the freshly launched collection at the Honest by website and take a look at the elegant black and white preview images below.

Anouck Lepere

Iekeliene Stange

Cesar Casier

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Time for Intermission

June 22nd, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Intermission Magazine never fails to excite us with its engaging mix of fashionable editorials and profiles of the industry’s cutting edge talent that makes for the perfect merger of style and substance. The latest issue features contributions from the likes of Mario Sorrenti, Karim Sadli and Mark Pillai as well as interviews with Peter Philips, Bob Recine, Christophe Lemaire, Ezra Petronio, Geraldine Saglio, Alex Wiederin. Not to mention outstanding fashion content with models Guinevere Van Seenus, Anouck Lepere and Tao Okamoto: take a peek at our little preview of issue 4 and be sure to pick up your copy!



Guinevere Van Seenus
by John Scarisbrick Styling by Daniel Magnussen

Anouck Lepere by John Scarisbrick

Tao Okamoto by Patrik Sehlstedt

Photography by Greg Harris Styling by  Tony Irvine Hair by  Anthony Turner Makeup by Yadim

Recine by Mario Sorrenti

Christophe Lemaire by Mark Pillai

Geraldine Saglio by Karim Sadli

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Super Mario

June 24th, 2009 |Posted by Janelle

Campaigns keep coming in and star photographer Mario Sorrenti is showing his versatility with campaigns for two brands that couldn’t be more different. Christy Turlington re-teams with Oriol Elcacho for another season of Bally,  Sorrenti shoots the dynamic duo as they walk hand in hand looking like the powercouple they are. For Hugo by Hugo Boss Sorrenti takes things in a completely different direction with an austere black and white campaign staring the eternally gorgeous Anouck Lepere.

Which Sorrenti shot campaign do you prefer?

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