The Big 5-0

September 1st, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

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Vogue Italia hits 50 and graces the world with the most mammoth multi-girl cover ever. 50 models to celebrate 50 years and the highly anticipated Steven Meisel group shot does not disappoint. From the return of classic VI faves like Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington to the debut of beauties like Rianne von Rompaey, this cover is an epic must have for any model fans and fashion enthusiasts. The lineup of models is sure to be debated, but you’re almost certain to see a face you love on this cover.

See the full story on Vogue.it



Hair Guido Palau / Makeup Pat McGrath / Nails Jin Soon Choi (Jed Root) / Production Design Mary Howard

Models: Adriana Lima, Amanda Murphy, Amber Valletta, Anais Mali, Anna Ewers, Aymeline Valade, Cameron Russell, Candice Huffine, Candice Swanepoel, Caroline Trentini, Carolyn Murphy, Christy Turlington, Cindy Bruna, Coco Rocha, Daria Strokous, Edie Campbell, Elise Crombez, Fei Fei Sun, Guinevere Van Seenus, Hilary Rhoda, Isabeli Fontana, Iselin Steiro, Issa Lish, Jamie Bochert, Jessica Stam, Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn, Julia Nobis, Julia Stegner, Karen Elson, Karlie Kloss, Lexi Boling, Linda Evangelista, Liu Wen, Liya Kebede, Mariacarla Boscono, Meghan Collison, Miranda Kerr, Naomi Campbell, Natalia Vodianova, Natasha Poly, Ophelie Guillermand, Raquel Zimmermann, Rianne von Rompaey, Sasha Luss, Sasha Pivovarova, Saskia de Brauw, Stella Tennant, Vanessa Axente & Vanessa Moody

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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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Super Size

August 26th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

When you combine 7 of the biggest models of all time and Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott you are guaranteed a full scale fashion event. Interview Magazine delivers the month’s sleekest front pages via its September model issue, a tour de force trip through the models that matter, past and present. The star studded issue comes complete with a jam packed cover story that pays tribute to the timeless allure of the industry’s premier beauties.

For even more from the Model Issue – including interviews with each of the cover stars – go to Interview Magazine.com 

AMBER

Amber Valletta

DARIA

Daria Werbowy

CHRISTY

Christy Turlington

LINDA

Linda Evangelista

KATE

Kate Moss

NAOMI

Naomi Campbell

STEPHANIE

Stephanie Seymour

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Anniversary Party

July 1st, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

More is more and for the 25th Anniversary of Steven Meisel and Franca Sozzani at the helm  Vogue Italia unleashes a slew of collectible covers starring fashion’s best and brightest. Naturally, the legendary Meisel shoots each cover and uses the opportunity to showcase his versatility and signature flair for drama. Running the gamut from a stark exploration of S&M chic, to an all out Avedon-esque glamour shot, Meisel captures the fashion set from supermodels to rising stars.

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Linda Evangelista, John Pearson, & RJ King

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Amanda Murphy, Ethan James GreenMeghan Collison, Frederik MeijnenCameron Russell & Louis Steyaert

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Gisele Bundchen & Tony Ward

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Raquel Zimmermann & Dorian Reeves

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Stella Tennant & Peter Marino

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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: Claude Montana

November 9th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Looking back on the season that was and some of the runway proportion plays, we started to think back to the larger than life silhouettes of the 1980s. Back when a shoulder pad was de rigueur you couldn’t open up a fashion magazine without seeing the incredible designs of Claude Montana. Focusing on exquisite construction, luxurious materials and of course shape, Montana’s eponymous label flourished from 1979 until 1997, and for two years in the early nineties he even held down the reigns at Lanvin and yes there was life before Alber.

The amount of designers who namecheck Montana as an inspiration is staggering, the late Alexander McQueen cited him as a primary influence and numerous others owe a great deal to Montana’s inventive spirit. Take a trip back to the past with a glimpse at some incredible House of Montana pieces, as worn by top models of the era. The clothes may be over 20 years old, but notice how relevant and modern they still seem – the ruffled skirt on the red suit wouldn’t seem out of place on this season’s Balenciaga runway, the oversized shearling jacket would work with today’s Rag & Bone and that dramatic white column for Lanvin, could appear on any red carpet today and be completely refreshing.

Jenny Howarth by Paolo Roversi for Montana, 1986

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Linda Evangelista in Montana in American Vogue, 1987

Annelisse Seubert in Montana, 1992

Linda Evangelista by Paolo Roversi for Lanvin S/S 90, by Montana

Karen Mulder by Paolo Roversi for Lanvin by Montana, 1991

Claudia Mason on the cover of British Vogue in Montana, 1993

 

Emma Sjoberg in Elle by Gilles Bensimon, 1991

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Blast from the Past: Naomi Moments

May 22nd, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Happy birthday to supermodel Naomi Campbell, who turns 42 today and is still one of the most in demand faces within the industry. Naomi’s career is legendary not just because of her phenomenal accomplishments (there isn’t a campaign she hasn’t booked or a runway she hasn’t walked) but also because of the series of ground she broke, not just for herself but for models of color everywhere. Take a look back at some of our favorite Naomi moments from her 20 years in the industry.

1988 – THE 1ST

As a true trailblazer Naomi was not only the very first black model to appear on the cover of Vogue Paris, she was also the first to land a spot on the cover of American Vogue‘s coveted September issue.

1994 – PRADA

Not to mention the very first black model to appear in ads for Prada, also one of the few to ever set foot on the mega-brand’s runways. Fashion historians will note that it took 10 years for another black model to grace the Prada catwalk.

90s – THE TRINITY

The iconic faces of a generation; along with friends Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington, Naomi owned the 90s runways. More than just a group of besties, the trio banded together with Evangelista and Turlington refusing to do shows unless Naomi walked alongside them.

1989 & 2008 – YSL

As a mentor, friend and supporter, Yves Saint Laurent was an important part of Campbell’s success. “He was the one who campaigned to put me on the cover on French Vogue and I was the first woman of color to be on the cover — that was because of him. He was so supportive of me. Not just for me, for women of color everywhere.”

1992 – THE KING OF POP MEETS THE QUEEN OF MODELS

We know the George Michael Freedom video is another fashion milestone, but only one supermodel shared the dancefloor with the King of Pop!! Jackson’s In the Closet video, directed by Herb Ritts, shows two enduring talents at the top of their game.

1993 – VERSACE

Richard Avedon‘s Versace ads are modern classics and Naomi’s history with the house is well documented, from her friendship with Donatella & Gianni to her numerous appearances on the Versace runway.

2003 – CHANGE CLOTHES

A decade later and still serving it up in memorable music videos, this time for Jay-Z and Pharrell.

2007 – THE NAOMI DIARIES

Could most models turn their community service into one of the best fashion editorials of the year? The answer is no.

2008 – DREAM A LITTLE DREAM

You have to love Mario Sorrenti‘s images of Naomi for V Magazine.

2009 – SO GOUDE

Jean Paul Goude + Naomi is a winning combination, especially when recreating one of his classic Grace Jones images with the help of Marc Jacobs.

2010 – PUSHING BOUNDARIES

Never one to be afraid of controversy, Naomi has appeared in countless editorials that push the limits, most recently her Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott story in Interview was an especially striking example.

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