Miuccia’s World

June 19th, 2015 |Posted by steven.yatsko

One can imagine Miuccia Prada’s world “for the slightly disenfranchised” is filled with characters of an uncanny quality. In her designs there’s that murmur of jolie laide that fine-tunes weirdness and statement to resemble the regular (maybe it’s Miuccia’s mime training at work). Her fidelity to art-house actors has filled Prada and, the younger, more capricious, Miu Miu‘s campaigns regularly with a cinephile’s dream ensemble. The Italian empress has pulled from the silver screen A-list talent like James McAvoy, Dane Dehaan, Marine Vacth, and Elle Fanning for previous seasons and A/W 15 is true to form: Craig McDean lensed Scoot McNairy, Michael Shannon, and Tye Sheridan all uniformed in Prada menswear. The Miu Miu campaign photographed by Steven Meisel, entitled “Subjective Reality”, puts Maddison Brown, Hailey Gates, Mia Goth, Stacy Martin on the streets of New York City done up in Miu Miu wares. The images feature brand favorites and leads in Von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac”  Mia and Stacy. See both campaigns below.


Scoot McNairy, Michael Shannon, and Tye Sheridan by Craig McDean (Art + Commerce)


Maddison BrownHailey GatesMia GothStacy Martin by Steven Meisel (Art + Commerce), Makeup by Pat McGrath (Streeters London), Hair by Guido Palau (Art + Commerce)

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Asymmetries and Ambiguities

April 29th, 2015 |Posted by steven.yatsko

Steven Meisel delivered his visual quintessence for Prada’s pre-fall 2015 campaign. Appearing determined with penetrating glares, the duos Maartje Verhoef, Niels Trispel, Willow Hand, Artur Chruszcz, Aya Jones, Johannes Spaas, Natalie Westling, Finnlay Davis, Julia Nobis, & Tim Schuhmacher are a mixture of the freshest new faces and some Prada favorites. If Julia feels familiar it’s because she can add this to her Meisel-résumé, marking her second one for the brand along with her four covers of Vogue Italia. The pre-fall looks work tartan prints and mild pomp against the understated, and the introspective group executes that identity well, preparing us for the colder days to come. In Prada’s own words, the images play with “asymmetries and ambiguities” and elicit “elegance, poise and dare”. The campaign has the definitive feel of Meisel’s classic, cast-centric work and Miuccia’s visionary originality.

Photographer: Steven Meisel (Art + Commerce) Designer: Miuccia Prada

Finnlay DavisJulia Nobis / Artur ChruszczAya Jones

Natalie WestlingNiels Trispel /  Johannes SpaasJulia Nobis

Natalie Westling, Tim Schuhmacher / Louis BauvirMaartje Verhoef


Niels TrispelWillow Hand / Johannes SpaasMaartje Verhoef


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Prada Principles

January 5th, 2015 |Posted by Janelle

From the moment Gemma Ward stepped out onto Prada‘s S/S15 runway it seemed certain that she would front the corresponding spring campaign for the Milanese megabrand. Miuccia Prada never does things by halves, so when it came time for campaign season fashion followers eagerly awaited the final product and the streamlined ads by Steven Meisel, styled by Olivier Rizzo, do not disappoint. Gemma is front and center in a stark black and white shot, contrasted with a colorful image of the season’s must have accessories. Ine Neefs features in the campaign’s equally beautiful second shot sporting a sleek dress with contrast stitching and a perfectly coordinated bowler bag. Rounding out the cast of elegant blondes is Julia Nobis, a Prada fixture and perennial Meisel favorite who lends an air of austerity to her portraits.



Gemma Ward



Julia Nobis



Ine Neefs

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Prada’s Pastiche

May 21st, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Miuccia Prada‘s fall collection offered a subversive take on the films of Fassbinder and all things connected with German art, so it seems fitting that the corresponding campaign is equally esoteric. Mica Arganaraz and Karl Kolbitz pose against a backdrop of brutalist architecture as Steven Meisel shoots the duo looking aloof and oh so elegant. Prada is known for its inventive campaigns and quirky videos, so this seasons reserved almost severe imagery feels like a refreshing change of pace.




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Cover Confidential

March 20th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Feburary and March are big business for fashion magazines with glossies often debuting some of their best and brightest content during these months focused on spring collections, renewal and change. Take a look back at some of the most interesting covers from the boundlessly creative, to the simply beautiful.


Antidote Magazine‘s romance issue boasted multiple covers by Cuneyt Akeroglu featuring some of the world’s most beautiful women. United by their simple yet effective photography and their chic take on the magazine’s pristine subjects these covers were something special.

As one of fashion’s coolest faces Leona Binx Walton is typically photographed looking grungy, avant garde or off-kilter. Her Self Service cover with it’s effective beauty statement and clean layout showed another side. Collier Schorr portrait brings out Binx’s beauty, while maintaining her character.



There are few actresses as effervescent as Marion Cotillard and Interview Magazine‘s March cover captured the La Vie En Rose star’s elegant side with a shot by Craig McDean that positively crackles with good ol’ fashioned glamour. Styled by Karl Templer with makeup by Christophe Danchaud and a 40s coif by Sam McKnight the image strikes the right balance between retro film siren and modern glamour – as does the accompanying fashion story. 

On the flip side, Dazed & Confused‘s rough and tumble cover of Scarlett Johansson finds the star’s inner bad girl and brings it to the forefront with a vibrant shot by Benjamin Alexander Huseby . The combo of red background and Saint Laurent biker jacket and Scar-Jo’s glare makes for an appealing contrast to the typical smiling celebrity glamour shot.



You can’t go wrong with a picture of Daria Werbowy and The Last Magazine served up an epic large format image the superstar looking foreboding for it’s spring issue –  Mikael Jansson‘s in your face shot captures Werbowy at her rawest and best.

The Gentlewoman always errs on the side of minimalism, but the pulpy red cover of Vivienne Westwood by Alasdair McLellan (Art Partner) was the perfect merger of timelessness and modernity.



Nick Knight‘s trippy photography has always struck a chord with surrealists and on the cover of GARAGE‘s spring/summer edition he twists and morphs Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne into unbidden creatures designs that were eventually tattooed onto the skin of Garage readers – how’s that for taking things to the next level.

E.T. got a fashion makeover with Lindsey Wixson taking over the frontpage of CR Fashion Book with an expressive Sebastian Faena image that puts Wixson’s otherworldly visage to good use with a sweet nod to an 80s favorite.



Karl Lagerfeld’s watercolor inspired spring Chanel collection has proved a hit with editors, in addition to appearing in the pages of just about every magazine imaginable his paint by numbers dresses found themselves on a variety of covers in March, most notably Vogue China, where two of the designer’s creations took center stage.


Ph. Mario Testino for Vogue China | Ph. Marc de Groot for Vogue Netherlands | Ph. Nat Prakobsantisuk for Vogue Thailand

Not one to be outdone, Miuccia Prada also made a strong showing this March (and April) with a variety of painterly spring looks from her collections showing up on the cover of several different magazines.


Ph. Cuneyt Akeroglu for Vogue Spain | Emma Summerton for Vogue Australia | Mario Testino for British Vogue | Elle Greece | Thomas Whiteside for Elle UK | Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue Japan 

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Totally Head to Toe

September 12th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

Head to toe designer dressing is all about capturing the total look and all its intricacies and no one understands that better than Carine Roitfeld. In the latest CR Fashion Book, Carine provides a stylish guide to the biggest labels, enlisting an all-star cast to showcase the signature style of fashion’s powerhouse labels. Shot by Max Von Gumppenberg & Patrick Bienert the story a diverse cast and intriguing twists on what we’ve come to expect from an array of well known designers. Karolina Kurkova adds sex appeal to Tomas Maier‘s Bottega Veneta finery, while Xiao Wen Ju illustrates the luxuriousness of Christopher Bailey‘s sumptuous designs for Burberry. Else where Lakshmi Menon shines in a sleek Alber Elbaz look for Lanvin and Carine’s stunning daughter Julia Restoin-Roitfeld adds some coquettish charm to a ladylike look from Miuccia Prada.

Experience the full story and more from the latest issue of CR Fashion Book on their website – CR FASHIONBOOK.com





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The Miu Miu Age

July 25th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

In 1993 the Miu Miu line launched as an offshoot of Miuccia Prada‘s creative empire. With an ultra-feminine point of a view and a youthful, eclectic design sensibility the label quickly came into its own. Rising from a secondary project into a full-fledged powerhouse of its own, Miu Miu has grown exponentially, becoming a favorite label of insiders and celebrities alike. Over the years there have countless memorable moments of Miu and in their latest issue Dazed & Confused travels back through the archives with an atmospheric edit by Ben Toms. With a series of quintessential brand faces lounging around in key looks from seasons past, Toms and Robbie Spencer capture the essence of what makes the brand special – that intrinsic feeling of youthful whimsy and insouciance, infused in each outfit and brought to life here in chic style.



Irene Hiemstra


Delfine Bafort




Jamily Wernke Meurer



Vlada Roslyakova


Anne Catherine Lacroix

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The Sharper Image

August 2nd, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Far from being simply the icing on the campaign cake, films are becoming one of the primary ways fashion brands communicate with their audience. This season a slew of labels old and new came out with enticing videos to accompany their seasonal imagery. More than just pimping out product these videos create an aspirational vision of the viewpoint behind their respective brands.


Miuccia Prada‘s esoteric perspective is one of the primary reason’s why Prada is one of the definitive brands of the last century. Steven Meisel takes that ethos and channels it into a chess-centric and haunting film filled with unanswered questions. The presence of  Vanessa AxenteMagdalena FrackowiakMadison HeadrickElza LuijendijkIselin Steiro & Anne Vyalitsyna certainly doesn’t hurt either.


Director Katie Fischer brings Bibhu Mohapatra’s sumptuous fall showing to life with an elegant film that shows the collection’s beauty in great detail, Fischer’s film captures the line’s beauty and its luxury. Kaleidoscopic facets hone in on every last detail; from the snowy white eyeshadow on Mackenzie Hamilton‘s lids to the ombre finish of a showstopper dress.

Bibhu Mohapatra F/W 12 Campaign film from models.com on Vimeo.


We’re always partial to models over celebrities, but sometimes a little star power works. Alexander Wang brings in hip hop’s fiercest femme, Azealia Banks for the T by Alexander Wang campaign video, directed by Daniel Jackson and styled by Alastair McKimm. Bringing energy, style and her infectious track, Van Vogue to the project Banks feels like just what the doctor ordered.


Miu Miu’s behind the scenes vid isn’t unusual, but it features the unique pleasure of watching style icon Chloe Sevigny trying on clothes. There are whole issues of Self Service dedicated to this very concept and though Chloe has been on the scene since the mid-90s she’s still an ideal representation of the chic Miu Miu girl.

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