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Drawn Together

August 6th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

Over the past three decades celebrated illustrator David Downton has captured numerous fashion icons in his instantly recognizable style. Everyone from Carmen dell’Orefice, to Cate Blanchett has been immortalized by Downton, so it seems only fitting that two of the business’ current queens have gotten the full Downton treatment in the September Vanity Fair. The beauty of Joan Smalls and Karlie Kloss is captured in fluid brushstrokes to create stunning one of a kind portraits brimming with elegance and creativity. It’s easy to see why VF has dubbed Karlie and Joan ‘The New Supers’ – on and off the catwalk they’re truly works of art.

SEE THE FULL FEATURE ON VANITY FAIR.COM

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Woman of Steel

June 13th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

Joan Smalls: Woman of Steel on Nowness.com

If high fashion has a superwoman it is surely the unstoppable Joan Smalls and in Barnaby Roper‘s (Cadence New York) latest film modeling’s premiere star is transformed into a haute hero of blockbuster proportions. Playing with the idea of big summer movies and larger than life heroines Roper creates an in your face clip that takes Joan to infinity and beyond. Keegan Singh provides the au courant selection of Balmain, Altuzarra and Eddie Borgo and Joan brings the attitude required to heat things up.

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Castaways

May 29th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

Liya Kebede.
Joan Smalls.
Edward Enninful.
Mikael Jansson.
W Magazine.

Costa Rica serves as the backdrop for an epic exploration of summer fashion. From barely there bikinis to luxurious gowns, the dream team of Jansson, Enninful, Smalls and Kebede cover all the bases to create a visual feast fit for the ultimate haute tropic getaway.

See the full story on W Magazine.com

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Dark Matters

March 25th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

Mikael Jansson
Alastair McKimm.
Joan Smalls.
i-D Magazine.

A fittingly edgy tribute to the season’s most alluringly avant garde pieces. Unexpected shapes and textures abound in McKimm’s expertly edited selection of looks from Givenchy, J.W. Anderson, CelineMaison Martin Margiela and more. The stark wares are highlighted Jansson’s sleek photographic style and of course the endlessly appealing Joan. Top it all off with hair by Anthony Turner and shimmering bronze shadow by Hannah Murray and you have the makings of a spectacular cover feature.

See more from the Q&A Issue – including a special behind the scenes video & interview with Joan – on i-D Online

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One & Only

November 27th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

It is always nice to see Joan Smalls‘ smiling face on a magazine covers, so the newest issue of Vogue Turkey is an automatic delight. Shot by Cuneyt Akeroglu and featuring a smiling, dancing Joan doing what she does best – adding a touch of vibrancy to each image with her trademark poise. Akeroglu’s gorgeous black and white shots put Joan’s grace to good use, making her looking as elegant as is humanly possible. All in all the issue provides a fitting showcase for the world’s number one model – call us biased, but we’re especially partial to the Models.com shoutout in the interview!

Joan Smalls by Cuneyt Akeroglu for Vogue Turkey | Images courtesy of Cuneyt Akeroglu

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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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The Essentials

September 8th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Joan Smalls by Sean and Seng.
Lara Stone by Karim Sadli
032C.

Fashion’s most essential girls cover one of the chicest magazines on the scene. Sean and Seng’s elegant pictures of Joan and Karim’s of Lara are a beautiful and classic tribute to epic beauty. See an exclusive peek at the 26 page story with Ms. Smalls by the Sean & Seng duo.

032c Issue 23 – Countryside from 032c on Vimeo.

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A Family Affair

July 31st, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Every so often a fashion story lets you into the real world of a model and shows you another side of her persona. Girl of the moment, Joan Smalls shares the spotlight with her father Eric and sisters Erika & Betsy, in the latest issue of American Vogue and the resulting editorial is a pure delight. Norman Jean Roy shoots the stunning family in their hometown of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, while Tabitha Simmons styles them in striking looks from Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana & Rag & Bone. Take a look at the gorgeous behind the scenes video for even more of Joan & her family – plus see the full story in the August issue of Vogue.

Images courtesy of Vogue / Condé Nast

Vogue’s August issue featuring Marion Cotillard by Peter Lindbergh

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