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January 30th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Steven Meisel.
Laura Kampman.
Karl Templer.

An intriguing take on elegance from Vogue Italia and perhaps a knowing commentary on the line between fantasy and reality, constantly being pushed in fashion imagery. Laura looks world’s different from her rocker-chic turn in the Balenciaga campaign, makeup by Pat McGrath and hair by Guido Palau, have a way of transforming a girl.

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Just Kids

January 17th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

If a campaign is the visual representation of a house’s current mood, what are Balenciaga‘s S/S ads saying about the storied label? Captivating new faces Laura Kampman, Juliane Grüner, Rosie Tapner & Kirstin Liljegren star in Steven Meisel‘s images as a rag-tag bunch of girls gone grunge. The inspiration? None other than the legendary Patti Smith – take a look at her personal photos from the book Just Kids, to see where the campaign gets its spirit. The look is recreated with bedhead courtesy of Guido Palau, smoky makeup by Pat McGrath and Marie-Amélie Sauvé‘s artful styling. A dilapidated hotel room and those larger than life accessories from the spring collection also play a pivotal role.

Patti Smith and Sam Shepard

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As Seen on TV!

January 6th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Were there an actual Italian Vogue channel we would watch it 24/7 as it would most certainly trump some of the lackluster “fashion” television on the air right now. The Conde Nast entertainment division has yet to provide us with such an incredible gift, but if the January Vogue Italia coverstory is anything to go by there is certainly potential for hilarity and hijinks. Sending up the popular Home Shopping networks with a Steven Meisel story featuring top models is a brilliant idea and one that translates beautifully. While we doubt that you’re ever going to be able to buy that Chanel gown off the back of Daria Strokous QVC, it is amazing to see the land of snuggies and SlapChops invaded by high fashion. With stellar hair by Jimmy Paul and gorgeous Dolce & Gabbana makeup by Pat McGrath all this story needed as a cameo by Joan Rivers to push it over the top and into the realm of iconic editorials.

View the full story & video on Vogue.it

Michelle Harper & Natasha Poly

Kegan Webb with Paula Patrice, Gertrud Hegelund & Karlie Kloss

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Transformers

August 17th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Steven Meisel and Edward Enninful craft an inspired story for W Magazine that tributes timeless fashion icons with a little help from today’s best models and a certain super who needs no introduction whatsoever.

View the entire story on W Magazine.com 

HAIR Jimmy PaulMAKEUP Pat McGrath MANICURE Jin Soon Choi

Linda Evangelista as Zizi Jeanmaire

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Type Casting

August 16th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Steven Meisel shoots his favorite faces as the embodiment of fall’s signature styles: Caroline Trentini, Daria Strokous, Fei Fei Sun, Jourdan Dunn, Mirte Maas, Coco RochaArizona Muse and Raquel Zimmermann, take on a variety of looks from romantically ethereal separates, to futuristic minimalism. Styled by Grace Coddington and Michael Philouze, with gorgeous hair and makeup by Guido Palau & Pat McGrath, the story is an absolute delight. American Vogue‘s September issue continues to leave us pleasantly surprised!

Image Credit | Woman Management Blog

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Quick Change Artist

July 27th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

As one of the few models to ascend to the numero uno position on Top 50, Raquel Zimmermann has had the kind of career few models can hope for. Top tier campaigns? Booked ‘em all. Coveted covers? Been there, done that. Seeing Raquel on the cover of Italian Vogue this month isn’t all that surprising, but Steven Meisel’s image of the famously blonde Brazilian as an aloof brunette feels unexpected. The curly wig renders Raquel almost unrecognizable and the simple image lets us know that we’re in for a studio shoot all about transformation.

Given the apt “versatile” headline, scrawled on the cover in lavender letters, we’re guessing that Meisel understands exactly what Miss Zimmermann’s appeal is all about. No one disappears into a new guise quite the way she does – take a look at the wildly different, flame haired look on her previous VI cover almost a decade ago.

Vogue Italia August 2011 FASHION EDITOR Karl Templer HAIR Jimmy Paul MAKEUP Pat McGrath

 

Vogue Italia June 2002

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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

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New Sensations

July 7th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Classic Steven Meisel imagery reigns in the new Vogue Italia, with a spirited story featuring a few VI newcomers. Juliane Grüner graces the cover and is joined inside by Josephine Skriver, Emily Baker, Fei Fei Sun, Anais Pouliot, Kelly Mittendorf and Antonia Wesseloh in a good ol’ fashioned studio edit styled by Karl Templer. With Pat McGrath handling makeup and Guido Palau crafting coiffures, the entire affair is stunning from start to finish.

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