Bazaar’s Beauties

July 31st, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

When Carine Roitfeld selects her favorite fashion icons you’re sure to get an eclectic list and for September’s Harper’s Bazaar the editor unleashes her biggest project since becoming the magazine’s Global Fashion Director. Sebastian Faena shoots and Roitfeld styles an impactful portfolio of models, actresses and influencers handpicked to represent fashion’s history and its future. From familiar faces like Lauren Hutton, Iman Abdulmajid, Cindy CrawfordStephanie Seymour and cover star Linda Evangelista, to brand new names like Roitfeld’s latest muse Gigi Hadid. Naturally Roitfeld faves like Lara StoneJoan SmallsMariacarla Boscono and Carolyn Murphy are featured and look exquisite alongside images of Hollywood A-Listers like Lady Gaga and Penelope Cruz.

See the full portfolio of icons on Harper’s Bazaar.com

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Supersize Me

June 9th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

When Jeremy Scott‘s exuberant vision for Moschino premiered on the fall runways the collection provided fashion fans with a tongue in cheek take on consumerism via fast food logos and larger than life slogans. For the corresponding campaign Scott’s outlandish clothes are balanced by elegant Steven Meisel shots of the biggest supermodels. Linda Evangelista, Carolyn Murphy, Raquel Zimmermann, Stella Tennant, Karen Elson and Saskia de Brauw feature in Meisel’s chic black and white portraits appearing chic even while clutching Big Mac bags and blingy baseball caps. With its mix of high and low, humorous and haute the campaign is a perfect representation of the Moschino ethos.

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Carine Crafted

April 4th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

If there is one editor whose perspective on fashion is essential it’s Carine Roitfeld. Mademoiselle C takes on the pre-fall collections in the pages of Harper’s Bazaar with a fresh story shot by Johnny DuFort with creative direction by Stephen Gan. Featuring the stunning cast of Riley Montana, Ashley Graham, Carolyn Murphy, Chiharu Okunugi, Sabrina Ioffreda, Ashleigh Good, Lexi Boling and Nadja Bender the editorial focuses on the season’s western influences and the vibrancy that comes with a fearless mix of statement looks.

See the full story and behind the scenes video on Harper’s Bazaar.com

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Women on Top

March 13th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Who can resist the allure of a magazine dedicated to dynamic, intelligent and take charge women! David Vivirido and Francesco Sourigues, the forces behind Hercules Magazine unveil their vision for women with Vamp Magazine, a tour de force take on fashion dedicated to those who are unafraid to speak their minds and express themselves via the best in power-dressing. The cover tagline “Being the woman you’ve always wanted to be” offers a compelling call to action – it isn’t enough to just wear pretty clothes, a girl has got to take on the world with gusto. The founders offered a mission statement of sorts to Business of Fashion and described the glossy’s ideal reader in no uncertain terms, “Vamp is for women who want to get ahead, stamp their foot and make a statement.”

We love the sound of that and the look of the 6 incredible new covers, which feature an impressive lineup of modeling fixtures. Each cover star is an impressive woman with personality to spare, from industry standard bearers like Carolyn Murphy and Liya Kebede, multi-hyphenate Rosie Huntington Whiteley, campaign queen Karmen Pedaru and in demand it-girls Andreea Diaconu and Emily DiDonato.

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Andreea Diaconu by Paola Kudacki, styled by Brandon Maxwell

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Rosie Huntington Whiteley by Paola Kudacki, styled by Brandon Maxwell

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Liya Kebede by Paola Kudacki, styled by Brandon Maxwell

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Karmen Pedaru by Giampaolo Sgura (Paris: ArtList Paris, New York: ArtList NY), styled by David Vivirido

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Carolyn Murphy by Santiago & Mauricio Sierra (Cadence New York), styled by Francesco Sourigues

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Editorial Inspiration : Rear Window

March 20th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

Hollywood costumer Edith Head’s legendary collaboration with filmmaker, Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most enduring fashion reference points. Head’s costumes with their luxurious detailing and elegant shapes were the ideal compliment to Hitchcock’s sophisticated heroines and together they shaped the iconic “Hitchcock Blonde” look. The duo worked together on nearly a dozen now classic films – Vertigo, Marnie, Notorious, To Catch a Thief, just to name a few and the legacy of those pictures has influenced everyone from Alexander McQueen to Bill Gayten.

The latest industry power player to find inspiration Head / Hitchcock is none other than Vogue Creative Director, Grace Coddington, who creates an impressive take on Rear Window’s 50s style fashions using the season’s key pieces, with the regal Carolyn Murphy filling the shoes of Grace Kelly and actor Tobey Maguire in the Jimmy Stewart role. The story shot by Peter Lindbergh recreates the atmosphere of L.B. Jeffries’ apartment down to the last detail, but gives things a Vogue twist. Ladylike pieces from Marc Jacobs, Oscar De La Renta and Miu Miu are mixed perfectly for a wardrobe that is steeped in vintage glamour, yet keeps its modernity. Carolyn certainly captures the All-American elegance of Grace and even though Tobey Maguire isn’t our first choice for a Jimmy Stewart substitute, this story still has all the charm & intrigue of a Hitchcock flick. 

VIEW THE FULL STORY ON VOGUE.COM

TAKE A LOOK BEHIND THE SCENES AT GRACE CODDINGTON’S PHOTO DIARY 

THE INSPIRATION: Rear Window

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THE EDITORIAL: Window Dressing

Photographer: Peter Lindbergh
Fashion Editor: Grace Coddington
Models: Carolyn Murphy & Tobey Maguire
Hair, Didier Malige
Makeup, Stéphane Marais.
Set design, Viki Rutsch for Exposure NY
Produced by Ricardo D. Martins for North Six.

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All Images Courtesy of Vogue  - for more on the April issue check out Vogue.com

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Past Meets Present: The Mod Moment

January 23rd, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

By its very nature, fashion is in a constant state of change, but the industry has a way of rehashing the past every few seasons with collections that draw inspiration from key moments in fashion’s history.  Nostalgia was the predominant fashion mode of the aughts, and it saw  designers revisiting everything from 1920s flapper fixtures, to ’80s powerdressing and (gasp) ’90s grunge redux. We may have just entered into 2013, but when it comes to manufacturing clothing that looks awfully similar to styles that could have been worn generations earlier, designers show no signs of stopping.

Case in point, S/S 13′s mod moment, which saw a wealth of graphic prints invading the runway. Checks, stripes, and houndstooth patterns  made appearances on the runways of labels like Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Michael Kors and Dolce & Gabbana, offering a pleasant alternative to spring’s tried-and-true florals and providing a bit of deja vu. Granted, these design elements are timeless, but fans of ’60s style will recognize the cuts and patterns that make up these new designs as the hallmarks of mod innovators. Take a look at  the work of Pierre Cardin, Mary Quant, André Courrèges, and Ossie Clark,  and you can’t help but see where Marc Jacobs and co. took their lead from.

With the very same designs getting major play in the pages of this month’s magazines, editors have been showcasing these looks in a variety of ways. Most choose to play up the retro appeal inherent in these collections by creating stories reminiscent of days past: what says ’60s more than an angular Vidal Sasson bob or an oversized bouffant? Others focus in on the graphic element, shooting the pieces against white backdrops and playing up the contrast.

 

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Vogue Japan | Ph. Emma Summerton | Styling Patti Wilson | Model Aymeline Valade | Makeup Dotti


American Vogue | Ph. Steven Klein | Styling Grace Coddington | Models Carolyn Murphy and Karen Elson


Harper’s Bazaar | Ph. Greg Harris | Stylist Tony Irvine | Model Marte Mei van Haaster | Hair Akki Shirakawa | Makeup Pep Gay

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Harper’s Bazaar Spain Ph. Txema Yeste | Styling Melania Pan | Model Ginta Lapina | Hair Olivier Lebrun (See Management) | Makeup Christopher Kam

Ginta Lapina in Louis VuittonDolce & Gabbana & Michael Kors


Vogue Japan Ph. Victor Demarchelier (Paris: Management + Artists, New York: Management + Artists) | Styling Sabino Pantone | Model Jessica Stam | Hair Didier Malige | Makeup Adrien Pinault (Paris: Management + Artists, New York: Management + Artists)

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Vogue China Ph. Daniel Jackson | Styling Nicoletta Santoro | Models Kel Markey, Agnés Nabuurs, Athena Wilson, Bo Don & Chiharu Okunugi | Hair Yannick D’Is (Paris: Management + Artists, New York: Management + Artists) | Makeup Yadim

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State of Grace

November 19th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

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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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First Look: Americanarama

April 26th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

V Magazine‘s trip through American’s summer past times makes a pit stop in tawdry territory in Sebastian Faena‘s neon tinted story, Americanarama. When you have the most pristine of all the pristine blonde models, Carolyn Murphy dressed up in leopard print spandex and 80s mall perm, you know that V’s tongue is planted firmly in cheek. This is a knowing wink to the kind of kitsch 80s culture that brought us hair bands and acid-washed jeans. Nicola Formichetti‘s styling is over the top yet authentic – admit it, you knew a girl back in Tallahassee who would have been all over that tie-dye, leopard print Salvatore Ferragamo pantsuit.

See the full story on VMagazine.com

 

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