Into the Woods

September 1st, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

What better way to celebrate fall’s array of whimsical and richly detailed runway looks than to place them in a fairytale setting. Emma Summerton creates a dream world for Vogue Japan with a fantastical story starring Bruna Rosa, Dasha Gold, Katryn Kruger, Pauline Hoarau, Sophie Touchet, Veroniek Gielkens and Zlata Mangafic. Styling superstar Giovanna Battaglia contributes an array of embellished looks from the likes of Thom BrowneMarc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen accented with a mix of vintage finds and custom add-ons from New York haberdashery, The Feather Place. The combination of Battaglia’s styling, Summerton’s distinctive visual style and the fresh faced cast makes for a truly interesting story.

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A Grand Finale

December 19th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

Marc Jacobs tenure at Louis Vuitton comes to a close with a stellar campaign shot by Steven Meisel and featuring a series of the designer’s muses. Film legend Catherine Deneuve, director Sofia Coppola and actress Fan Bing Bing share space alongside models Gisele Bundchen, Edie Campbell and Caroline de Maigret in Meisel’s elegant images. Sporting Mona Lisa smiles and pieces from Jacobs’ dramatic final collection Marc’s muses each represent a facet of the Vuitton ideal. Meisel’s portraits with their refined styling by Karl Templer, exquisite makeup courtesy of Pat McGrath and chic coifs by Guido Palau imbue his subjects a regal quality and capture the essence of each woman.

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The Sporting Life

January 31st, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

Sølve Sundsbø.
George Cortina.
Andreea Diaconu.
Vogue Japan

The strongest looks of the season come to life, in Sundsbø’s streamlined interpretation of athletic chic. Clad in barely there, Cortina selected pieces from Marc Jacobs, Azzedine Alaia and Prada, Andrea cuts a fine figure against the crystalline blue sky backdrop. Running in Tom Ford’s mile high heels isn’t a full-fledge sport yet, but Sundsbø’s beautiful shots  manage to make such impossible feats look downright appealing.

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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.

 

PAST

Designer Ossie Clark and one of his creations

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PRESENT

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

Marte Mei van Haaster in Louis VuittonMarc Jacobs and Michael Kors


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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Barbie Party

July 11th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Barbie Party – directed by Ellen von Unwerth for VS Magazine

The pink tinged exploits of Barbie have long been a fashion obsession. Everyone from Karl Lagerfeld to Marc Jacobs has put their own spin on the iconic doll, but what would it be like if Barbie herself came to life and had a little fashion fun? Ellen von Unwerth creates an outlandish romp based around that very idea for VS Magazine. Opting for a sex, drugs and rock n’roll version of things, von Unwerth’s suggestive clip is definitely not for the kiddies; this time around Barbie & her cohort Ken are up to something very naughty indeed. Models Valerie van der Graaf, Aleah Morgan, Lauren Young, Stephanie Corneliussen, Sissel, Paul Roemer, Sterling, & Xander bring the tale to life – along with a few police officers; we told you that girl was trouble!

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When Yayoi Met Marc

June 14th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

As the king of the artist collaboration Marc Jacobs has been able to pull in some real heavy hitters over the years to work with Louis Vuitton. Who can forget the mega-brand’s collaborations with Richard Prince, Julie Verhoeven and perhaps most famously, Takashi Murakami. Previous collabos aside, LV may have outdone itself with their collection created with Japanese art legend, Yayoi Kusama. Each piece is covered in Kusama’s signature psychedelic dot prints, but boasts a very LV take on chic. Dazed & Confused features the collection in a story by Leigh Johnson, featuring Tilda Lindstam. The shoot styled by Karen Langley captures Tilda’s innate cool and the appealing wearability of the designs.

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First Look: V’s American Beauties

April 18th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

As perfecters of the themed glossy, V Magazine never fails to choose a winning subject to center its issues around. Their latest edition is all about Summer Americana, a concept that for most people, conjures images of backyard barbecues and July 4th festivities. As blissfully nostalgic as that all sounds, there is another side to it – namely the influence of stylish Americans on the current fashion scene. The designers, the editors and of course the models who have shaped our definition of chic.

This all comes together in Sharif Hamza‘s simple and beautiful pre-fall shoot. Featuring looks from New York’s premier labels, the story covers everything from iconic brands like Calvin KleinRalph Lauren and Marc Jacobs to current it-labels like Altuzarra, all in shades of icy white selected by Tom Van Dorpe. Two generations of American top models wear the pieces perfectly and the whole crew from current sensations Karlie KlossDree HemingwayArizona Muse, to outright legends Carol AltChristie Brinkley and Elaine Irwin, looks phenomenal.

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Culture Pop

March 30th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

The events & people worth talking about.

VUITTON’S HISTORY LESSON

Marc Jacobs gets the gallery treatment a special exhibition at Les Arts Décoratifs simply titled, Louis Vuitton — Marc Jacobs. Charting the brand’s history from Vuitton’s inception to its Marc-ification with a look back on how LV moved from being a purveyor of monogrammed trunks, to one of fashion’s biggest powerhouses. Take a look at Louise Roe‘s guided tour of the exhibition below and experience her introduction to the word zoetrope.

ROSEN’S REIGN

Andrew Rosen, is the name on everyone’s lips. With labels like Theory, Proenza Schouler, Helmut Lang and Rag & Bone under his watch he’s created America’s most formidable fashion corp. When Anna Wintour compares your company to Europe’s luxury magnates LVMH and PPR, you’re kind of a big deal. The insightful Wall Street Journal profile of Rosen‘s business is an eye-opener and the week’s must read piece of fashion journalism.

NEWTON TAKES PARIS

In the pantheon of fashion legends, there is a special place reserved for Helmut Newton. With his boundary breaking, seductive style he revolutionized the world of photography and set the stage for a slew of provocateurs that followed — we wouldn’t have Olivier Zahm or Carine Roitfeld, without the influence Helmut Newton. The first French exhibition of his work since his death, launches at the Grand Palais Museum. Curated by his widow, June Newton the exhibit contains several hundred photos tackling the major themes in Netwon’s work; fashion, nudes, portraits, sex and humour.

ANDRE LEON TALLEY, REALITY STAR

After years of playing second fiddle to one maniacal fashion queen after another, ALT steps into the spotlight with his very own reality show, Fashion Stories of New York. According to BRAVO the show will ‘follow four up-and-coming fashion design teams as they produce the defining collection of their careers, all under the watchful eye of fashion icon Andre Leon Talley.” Sounds interesting, but we would prefer something where cameras just followed Talley around capturing those oh so witty bon mots he specializes in.

PRIEZLER’S PORTRAITS 

Speaking of artists, the very talented Naomi Preizler offers a model viewpoint on the season that was with her dreamy drawings and watercolors inspired by F/W 12. Everything from the floppy hats at Marc Jacobs’ Alice in Wonderland extravaganza, to the ethereal perfection of Raf Simons’ final collection is captured beautifully.

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