Blog Archives

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

Share:
  • Facebook
  • MySpace
  • TwitThis
  • E-mail this story to a friend!
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • Reddit

Posted in: General news

Velvet Underground

August 22nd, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Liya Kebede.
Cass Bird.
Vanessa Traina (New York: Management + Artists, Paris: Management + Artists).
The NY Times T Magazine

An immersive editorial that transports you to the lushness of upstate New York’s forests, all while displaying some of the season’s most luxurious velvet pieces. View the full interactive feature on NY Times.

 

Share:
  • Facebook
  • MySpace
  • TwitThis
  • E-mail this story to a friend!
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • Reddit

Posted in: General news

Beauty Bytes: Pure Luxury

August 17th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Christy Turlington, Karolina Kurkova and Liya Kebede by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for Donna Karan Woman

Donna Karan has always stood for a celebration of modern femininty and the latest fragrance launch from her eponymous line captures that ideal perfectly. Donna Karan Woman is an elegant tribute to the many sides of being a modern woman and the result of a dynamic collaboration between some of the most prominent female talents working. Famed architect Zaha Hadid created the impressive, sculptural bottle, celebrated perfumer Anne Flipo crafted the intoxicating blend of sandalwood, Haitian vetiver and orange blossom and the stunning campaign was shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin and features 3 of extraordinary beauties of substance Karolina, Christy & Liya. The end result is truly a showcase for the power of women and the sensual scent itself is absolutely irresistible.

Francophiles and fragrance addicts rejoice – Serge Lutens comes stateside to Barney’s New York offering their previously Paris only scents at the Madison Avenue location.

Actress Jessica Chastain becomes the latest face of YSL Beaute, taking a starring role in the brand’s campaign for Manifesto. She also shares an adorable story about wearing Opium in the 5th grade.

Aline Weber shows off some beautiful hot pink lids on Into the Gloss‘ exploration of vivid eyeshadow color inspired by Dior Couture.

Nail innovator Jin Soon Choi – woman behind some of the greatest editorial nail moments ever – talks about her brand new line of polishes.

 

Tom Ford Beauty never fails to impress us with its commitment to all out glamour. We’re especially taken by the latest campaign imagery featuring Snejana Onopka wearing a glossy crimson lip and looking every inch the supermodel. You can almost smell the scent of Lavender Palm wafting through the air just by looking at this shot. Get the look on your own with a swipe of the oh so chic Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lipgloss in Lost Cherry. 

Share:
  • Facebook
  • MySpace
  • TwitThis
  • E-mail this story to a friend!
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • Reddit

Posted in: General news

Heroes

July 19th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

25 Magazine pays tribute to the model altruists, with a beautiful special portfolio by Paola Kudacki. Focusing on women with “brains, savvy and, perhaps most significantly, dedication to a cause close to their heart” the series features Iman, Anja Rubik, Veronika Varekova,Elettra Wiedemann, Coco Rocha, Petra Nemcova, Liya Kebede, Katharina Harf, Summer Rayne and Helena Christensen in striking black and white images.

All photos courtesy of 25 Magazine

Anja Rubik

Liya Kebede

Elettra Wiedemann

Summer Rayne

Coco Rocha

Iman Abdulmajid

Petra Nemcova

Veronika Varekova

Helena Christensen

Katharina Harf

 

Share:
  • Facebook
  • MySpace
  • TwitThis
  • E-mail this story to a friend!
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • Reddit

Posted in: General news

Resort Hits

June 8th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Another season, another set of wearable designs for resort, even if you aren’t headed to your summer house for a seasonal stopover you’re sure to find something you like. Here’s what we’ve been loving from Resort so far – be sure to tell us your favorites in the comments!

BALENCIAGA
Pictured on Liya Kebede, Marte Mei van Haaster & Meghan Collison

Ballet inspired minimalism, that offers a welcome respite from the 80s infused disco vibe that Ghesquière has been giving us lately. A simple, elegant and dare we say it – pretty, collection that feels new. Plus, it goes without saying that those slate & coral heels are set to become an editorial (and street style) sensation.

GUCCI
Pictured on Bette Franke, Karmen Pedaru & Nadja Bender

The Gucci flora print is iconic and Frida has always found interesting ways of incorporating it into her designs. The Resort collection offers a colorful and feminine take on the Gucci standards and even boasts a little restraint – there is only one pastel suit!

DEREK LAM
Pictured on Monika Sawicka & Ava Smith

We admit that we don’t quite see the Coming to America inspiration, but we’re happy that Derek Lam looked to a film that hasn’t been run into the ground for inspiration. All we see is clean, classic American design with a modern twist and really we can’t complain about that.

Share:
  • Facebook
  • MySpace
  • TwitThis
  • E-mail this story to a friend!
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • Reddit

Posted in: General news

Ear to Ear

January 11th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

There is no smiling in high fashion. Seriously.

There was a point in the pre-recession days (if you can remember those) when spotting a smile on a cover or in a campaign was was something akin to seeing Anna Dello Russo in khakis and Keds – it simply wasn’t done. Don’t believe us? Take a look at Fashion Iconography for a year by year cover rundown of blank stares and suggestive pouting.

We’re not sure if it is the lighter than air feeling of spring’s floucy separates, the inescapable influence of smize-queen Tyra Banks, or a tie in deal with Crest, but this season is all about laughing, grinning and being incessantly cheerful.

Mirte Maas and Mathias Bergh‘s Tom Ford ads are beyond upbeat and bordering on manic – who would guess that Mr. Ford himself was behind the camera? Beneath all that carefully crafted sexiness, we knew he had a sense of humor.

Julia Stegner, Miranda Kerr and a couple of baby goats for Bally. Cavity. Inducing. sweetness.

Only a hint of a grin for Bottega Veneta, but seeing Liya Kebede always makes us smile. Plus, lets be real who wouldn’t be grinning if they found themselves in the possession of that tote.

Arizona Muse for Isabel Marant, stuck in the backseat of a convertible (cars are another of the season’s big fashion ad motifs, see Prada’s gas station-fest) shielding her face from the sun and STILL smiling.

Hearing the words Milla Jovovich by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, automatically makes you think of a really arty black and white shoot, possibly with some cool face painting or an M/M Paris design scrawled along the side. Luckily I&V are saving that kind of stuff for Justin Bieber this month and instead have graced us with this shot of an ecstatic Milla.

Share:
  • Facebook
  • MySpace
  • TwitThis
  • E-mail this story to a friend!
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • Reddit

Posted in: General news

En Vogue

July 18th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

No offense to cover girl Sarah Jessica Parker, but we like our American Vogue best when it focuses on models. Steven Meisel‘s winning feature in the August edition is a good example of why: featuring 10 of the best girls working, styled to the nines by Marie-Amélie Sauvé, the studio shoot is a gorgeous showcase for the best seasonal wares; a Celine blouse worn with a Fendi fur and a Dries skirt – pretty impressive combo.

The mix of favorite faces is also serves as a great way to illustrate issue’s Age theme. Kristen McMenamy, Karen Elson, and Audrey Marnay join newbies like Anais Pouliot and Fei Fei Sun and each shot looks great. That said, the range of ages could be even greater – wouldn’t it have been nice if Vogue had pushed the casting mix one step further and included Carmen dell’Orefice?

MODELS Raquel Zimmermann, Liya Kebede, Candice Swanepoel, Miranda Kerr, Guinevere Van Seenus, Karen Elson, Fei Fei Sun, Anais Pouliot, Arizona Muse, Kristen McMenamy & Audrey Marnay

HAIR Guido Palau | MAKEUP Pat McGrath | SET DESIGN Mary Howard

Share:
  • Facebook
  • MySpace
  • TwitThis
  • E-mail this story to a friend!
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • Reddit

Posted in: General news

The Force

April 25th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Naomi Campbell graces the cover of Vogue Japan in a stunning shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Wearing the oh so popular Gucci S/S dress and an intense look, Ms. Campbell looks as powerful as ever. Did you know that Naomi is one of only two black models to ever grace the cover of Vogue Japan? Naomi has two covers (June 2011 and November 1999) while Liya Kebede was on the cover of the January 2004 issue.

Share:
  • Facebook
  • MySpace
  • TwitThis
  • E-mail this story to a friend!
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • Reddit

Posted in: General news

Next Posts Previous Posts