Enchanted Sicily

June 19th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Dolce & Gabbana‘s seasonal campaigns always serve to represent their collections in an manner that recalls classic cinema. With Domenico Dolce behind the lens the ads are always filled with smiling faces and a mix of models and compelling extras. This season the ‘Enchanted Sicily’ collection comes to life with a woodsy shoot starring Claudia Schiffer, Bianca Balti,Kate BogucharskaiaNastya StenEva Berzina and Vittoria Ceretti as a host of fairytale beauties clad in all the decadent embellishment Dolce is known for.

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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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Blast from the Past: Linda Loves Chanel

April 19th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

We couldn’t help but rejoice when we saw the supermodel to end all supermodels, Linda Evangelista, showing up in the latest Chanel eyewear campaign. Of course that got us thinking about Linda’s history with the brand; can you believe she’s been working with Chanel for over twenty years now?! Have a look back at some of our favorite Linda + Chanel moments, and be sure to share yours in the comments!

Linda for Chanel Spring / Summer 1991

Chanel No. 5 Fragrance Ad with Linda, Yasmin LeBon,Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell

Linda & Christy Turlington

Linda strutting her stuff down the Chanel couture runway in 1991

In the pages of American Vogue with Naomi CampbellCarla BruniNiki TaylorNadja Auermann & Claudia Schiffer, 1994

Linda and Karl Lagerfeld by Jean Paul Goude for Harper’s Bazaar, 2000

Coordinating Chanel couture looks with Marge Simpson for Harper’s Bazaar, 2007

Linda’s brand new Chanel Eyewear ads, shot by who else – Karl Lagerfeld

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Bits & Bytes: And we’re back!!

March 28th, 2012 |Posted by Betty

You know you missed us! We’re back in time for spring to give you interesting news from around the ‘net.

Charities, Model news and more:

Parker Gregory and Patrick Sullivan by Kevin Tachman

More fabulous boys of Jeffrey Fashion Cares at Kevin Tachman’s Backstageat. We love Jeffrey Fashion Cares, an organization that helps multiple incredible groups like Lambda Legal, The Hetrick Martin Institute, The AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA) and The Point Foundation. Check out the JFC website, here.


Sarah and friends try out all the ice cream in Milan.

We’re obsessed with models who shoot but Sara Blomqvist‘s images for The Last Magazine are especially fun: New York, Milan, Paris. (view it large for the full effect).


Claudia Schiffer by Ellen Von Unwerth, Guess 30th Anniversary Campaign Spring 2012

What child of the 80′s doesn’t remember Claudia Schiffer‘s iconic images by Ellen von Unwerth for Guess? She returns for the new campaign celebrating Guess’ 30th Anniversary (full story on WWD, subscription required)

Tao Okamoto, the lovely Japanese model is still tirelessly working to help victims of the Japanese disaster. “Contrary to some reports insinuating that Japan is a wealthy country that does not need help, there is indeed much need for assistance, and not just of the financial kind, but of physical and mental as well“. Check out their new Tumblr, where you can make donations, learn about different charitable organizations and send messages to people in affected areas.


Leighton Meester and Kerri Mullen, leukemia survivor, photographed by Alexi Lubomirski

DKMS is working with Vera Wang and Leighton Meester to encourage people to “get swabbed” to donate bone marrow. I’m registered, are you?

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Das Ist Gut

July 15th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

It doesn’t take much to make Claudia Schiffer look good. Other models rely on striking changes to keep our interest, but Miss Schiffer cornered the market on pristine blonde beauty two decades ago and never let go of it. Seeing her on the cover of Vogue Deutsch’s Made in Germany issue makes perfect sense and the seductive image by Miles Aldridge captures everything we love about our favorite ice princess. The lace mask, the bold red lip, that phenomenal platinum coif: so cool and so Claudia.

FASHION EDITOR Christiane Arp | MAKEUP  Kay Montano | HAIR Phillipe

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Blonde Venus

June 10th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Claudia Schiffer remains one of fashion’s timeless faces, so it is no surprise to find her on the cover of this month’s Bazaar UK, looking phenomenal in Prada stripes. The beachfront shots by Horst Diekgerdes remind us of Claudia’s early work and Cathy Kasterine‘s colorful styling brings out Miss Schiffer’s inner bombshell, whether she’s clad in Chloe or wearing pieces from her eponymous line of knitwear.

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Musings of A Muse

December 22nd, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin‘s campaigns for YSL have always utilized the industry’s best models to create iconic imagery. Who can forget those great shots of Claudia Schiffer posing in front of the Hollywood sign, or Naomi Campbell looking luxe in those sequined harem pants back in F/W 08? The brand has always been smart about combining the right model and setting and this season’s ads are no exception. After seasons of supers, the fresh faced Arizona Muse takes the reigns and looks incredible as she lounges in Marrakech.



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Star Girls

November 9th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

British Vogue enlists Mario Testino to shoot their favorite models, for a special portfolio of industry superstars that combines several generations of stars; from seasoned supermodels, to brand new girls they feel have the right stuff. Do you like the Brit Vogue lineup or are they missing a few great girls from this illustrious list?


Kate Moss

Natalia Vodianova


Lily Donaldson & Stella Tennant

Naomi Campbell


Sasha Pivovarova & Carmen Kass

Claudia Schiffer

Edie Campbell & Georgia May Jagger

Freja Beha Erichsen


Lara Stone


Daria Werbowy & Angela Lindvall

Karlie Kloss

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