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Meisel’s Masterclass

January 28th, 2015 |Posted by Janelle

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As a creator who has always let his work speak for itself, Steven Meisel rarely gives interviews or does press. A quiet, yet powerful presence within the industry he has come to represent the gold standard of photography; whenever he shoots a campaign or cover it’s big news, his work is often described as making the supermodels and in spite of his shy, introspective demeanor he continues to be one of fashion’s most fascinating characters. Perhaps that is why Tim Blanks‘s appealingly in-depth interview with Meisel for WSJ feels so essential. Tackling topics ranging from Meisel’s career retrospective, Role Model at Phillips de Pury, to his thoughts on controversial shoots for Vogue Italia, Blanks cuts a wide swath through years of industry history. As always Blanks’ insightful questions and wry writing style offer a new perspective on the familiar, showing us the personal side of a photographer who communicates his deepest feelings through his images rather than his social media account.

Head on over to WSJ.com to take a look at this week’s must read piece and enjoy a few choice Meisel quotes below.

On old pictures :  “Emotionally, it’s very difficult for me to look at old work. That’s why it was so hard to do the Phillips thing. I either look at what I could have done better, or I start crying. I’m ridiculously sensitive, that’s just who I am, so it’s really tough for me to look at old pictures.”

On changes within the modeling & fashion industries: “I think the business has changed so much. It’s more like how many likes you get on Instagram, which I do not do. I’m not into it. I don’t know what makes a star anymore. I’m just doing what I do. So is there an expectation? Not from me. And I hope not so much from the model, because I don’t want to disappoint anybody. My goal is just to do what I need to do on that day.”

On aging: I don’t care about age. Society is extremely ageist, obviously, and it’s just nonsense. To think of a woman’s life as only interesting and important until 25 is stupid and also so hurtful to women. The business creates it and then lets you hate yourself for it. Age is beautiful; life is that. You just begin to be a woman past the age of 30. You’re just learning life and having experiences.

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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.

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Bright Lights, Big City

January 1st, 2015 |Posted by Janelle

The year starts off with a bang and an understated new cover for Vogue Italia. It-Brit Hollie May Saker adds a touch of elegance to .
Steven Meisel‘s simple portrait which captures her at her most compelling. The corresponding film by Gordon von Steiner captures the energy and beauty of a newcomers entry to New York, complete with street scenes in dramatic black & white.

View more from the issue & Gordon von Steiner’s video on Vogue.it

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Past, Present, Future

December 8th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Steven Meisel delves into modern bohemia with a striking December cover for Vogue Italia starring Jamie Bochert and Valerija Kelava. Styled by Marie-Amélie Sauvé, in floppy hats and folksy prints the duo embodies the free spirited days of yesteryear while sporting some of the latest fashions around. Inside the issue they’re joined by Hollie May Saker, Gabriel Marques, Harmony Boucher, Jackie Sanchez, Olivier John Rodgers, Olympia Campbell, Steffy Argelich and Will Lewis for an appealing series of shots that look culled from a late sixties scrapbook. Meisel ditches his sleek studio style in favor of soft, dreamy images mixed in with still life images by artist & filmmaker, Benn Northover.

Jamie & Valerija may have snagged the cover, but the model who steals the show is the adorable August Kruse Templer, who makes his Vogue Italia debut alongside proud mom Christina Kruse.

Hair Guido Palau for Redken / Makeup Pat McGrath / Set Design Mary Howard /

See the full story on Vogue.it and in the fashion database.

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Pirelli’s Passion

November 18th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

The Pirelli Calendaris a time honored tradition and every year they turn up the heat another notch with the calendar’s blend of haute fashion and sensuality. This year’s cal is a collaboration amongst industry legends with Steven Meisel shooting, Carine Roitfeld styling and Pat McGrath and Guido Palau providing make up and hair. With a team that illustrious you expect only the very best and the final images deliver that level of quality. If the end result seems even more fashion forward than usual, it’s no accident, “I didn’t want to make a conceptual calendar,” says Meisel “or link it to some particular location, but rather to create 12 posters in which women, in all their sensuality, are the absolute protagonists of 12 very different images. Since I wanted to limit the use of clothes and accessories and since I had absolute creative freedom, I found it very exciting to play with the colors, the makeup, and the materials. It was a very rewarding experience.”

Take a first look inside the calendar’s gorgeous shots of Gigi Hadid, Joan Smalls, Sasha Luss and Anna Ewers below.


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Campaign Season!

November 14th, 2014 |Posted by models.com

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Ph. Jamie Hawkesworth

Jamie Hawkesworth breathes new life into Miu Miu‘s seasonal campaign with his colorful shots of Natalie Westling juxtaposed against natural shots of abstract landscapes and faded barns. Hawkesworth’s use of color creates parallels between studio shots of Miuccia Prada’s sixties influenced collection of paisleys and mod shapes with the rustic imagery of his outdoor work – together it makes for one of the season’s most striking ads.

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In an enigmatic garden, Prada presents its Fall/ Winter 2015 resort advertising campaign. New faces Adrienne Jüliger, Ine Neefs and Moya Palk pose for photographer Steven Meisel in this interesting composition. The 70s influenced resort wares with their top stitching, boxy skirts and belted dresses show of the casual & feminine side of the Prada look. Meisel’s series of monochrome portraits gives the collection a majestic feeling, even in the shots that call to mind Village of the Damned.

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Gucci
Ph. Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott (Art Partner)

The Gucci Cruise 2015 campaign is all about sensual elegance and new faces Julia Bergshoeff, Alisa Ahmann, Aneta Pajak, Ben Allen,Mihai Bran, and Julia Banas, are captured by photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott in sleek style. The Frida Gianini designed luxe bags and floaty dresses are the focal point as models pose in wicker chairs against a plain backdrop.

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Céline
Ph. Tyrone Lebon

Philo muse Daria Werbowy displays her make-up free beauty in the Celine FW resort 2015 advertising campaign, captured by photographer, Tyrone Lebon. Lebon brings a fresh perspective to the ads after seasons of Juergen Teller and Daria sports the new season’s garments with the same casual ease we’ve come to know and love.

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Bottega Veneta
Ph. Ryan McGinley

The dreamlike Bottega Veneta resort 2015 advertising campaign was set in the New York Botanical Gardens. Photographer Ryan McGinley creates a slightly surreal feeling while capturing Tilda Lindstam and Janis Ancens against a backdrop of cherry blossoms and lush greenery.

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The Iconoclast

November 7th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Isabella Rossellini.
Interview Magazine.
Bruce Weber. Steven Meisel. Peter Lindbergh. Herb Ritts. Robert Mapplethorpe.

Interview offers an inspired trip through the legendary beauty’s career from her photographic work, to cinematic endeavors. With a portfolio that includes images from nearly every major photographer and an equally diverse range of styles, the piece is a fitting tribute to one of fashion’s foremost personalities.


View the story and accompanying interview at Interview Magazine.com

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The Halloween Edit

October 31st, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Fashion has always held Halloween in a special esteem. Of all the holidays it allows for the most outlandish changes and transformations which means it is right up fashion’s alley. As such there are countless editorials that serve to inspire a bit of seasonal cheer, or at least serve as appropriate fodder for Halloween costumes. Take a look back at 10 editorials that make us think of all-Hallows eve and share your favorite spooky or kooky fashion story in the comments.

01. Ph. Tim Walker
Publication: Harper’s Bazaar
Who better to look to on Halloween than legendary filmmaker (and master of the spooky story) Tim Burton? Bazaar’s fashion trip through Burton’s filmography is a creepy classic.

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02. Ph. Jean-Francois Campos
Publication: Flair
Campos’ Nosferatu-esque zombies might not be as scary as the characters on The Walking Dead but it made for a great spooky editorial.

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03. Ph. Steven Klein (Art Partner)
Publication: Candy Magazine
There are quite a few Steven Klein stories that could be considered Halloween ready, but his fantastical male pregnancy saga for Candy is probably the most outlandish.

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04. Ph. Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello
Publication: Numéro
Sofia & Mauro took inspiration from Divine for this out there story that captures all the kitschy goodness of John Waters’ over the top film.

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05. Ph. Steven Meisel
Publication: American Vogue
The way in which each and every model on this story took on a classic rock persona was downright inspirational – Omhyra as Prince, Karolina Kurkova as Marilyn Manson, Sophie Dahl as Debbie Harry – the work by Pat McGrathGrace Coddington and Orlando Pita on this story was nothing short of iconic.

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06. Ph. Peter Lindbergh
Publication: Vogue Paris
Some of fashion’s own characters make for incredible costumes, case in point Sasha P morphing into John Galliano for Vogue Paris.

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07. Ph. Thomas Lagrange (Total Management)
Publication: Vogue Japan
You can’t have a Halloween roundup without a little vampirism and LaGrange’s slick beauty story puts a chic twist on bloodsucking.

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08. Ph. Steven Meisel
Publication: Vogue Italia
The inspiration for Meisel’s ‘The Discipline of Fashion’ was Ethel Granger, a woman who tightlaced for years in order to achieve a 13 inch waist! You don’t need to go that far to get into the story or the incredible, unnerving visuals.

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09. Ph. Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
Publication: V Magazine
A before and after of epic proportions where Eniko, Anja and Raquel are transformed via the use of Paddy Hartley’s transparent face masks. The clear plastic and cutouts distort the wearers face by changing its proportions in ways that range from beautiful to grotesque.

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10. Ph. Craig McDean
Publication: American Vogue
Before everyone was running out to grab their Avengers costume, Coco Rocha was playing fashion superhero in the pages of Vogue with this memorable McDean story.

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