Meisel’s Masterclass

January 28th, 2015 |Posted by Janelle

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Meisel’s self portrait from Loewe‘s latest campaign

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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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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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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High Kloss

October 6th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

In case you had any doubts about the Karlie Kloss domination of the world take a look at what America’s sweetheart has been up to of late. In addition to being named as the new face of L’Oreal, Karlie has found the time to snap up a fresh cover of Vogue Italia alongside fellow stars Sasha Pivovarova and Lexi Boling. As though that weren’t enough Karlie also graces the October issues of Vogue Netherlands and Vogue Russia and the front page of a little magazine called Lucky - which is usually reserved for the Hollywood celebrity set. Editorially Karlie is no slouch either and her continued presence in Vogue Paris is a testament to that fact – all in all if you’re in need of a Karlie fix you’re sure to get it this month.

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Ph. Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia

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Ph. Paola Kudacki for Lucky

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Ph. Alique for Vogue Netherlands

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Ph. Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue Russia

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Ph. David Sims for Vogue Paris

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The Big 5-0

September 1st, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

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Vogue Italia hits 50 and graces the world with the most mammoth multi-girl cover ever. 50 models to celebrate 50 years and the highly anticipated Steven Meisel group shot does not disappoint. From the return of classic VI faves like Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington to the debut of beauties like Rianne von Rompaey, this cover is an epic must have for any model fans and fashion enthusiasts. The lineup of models is sure to be debated, but you’re almost certain to see a face you love on this cover.

See the full story on Vogue.it



Hair Guido Palau / Makeup Pat McGrath / Nails Jin Soon Choi (Jed Root) / Production Design Mary Howard

Models: Adriana Lima, Amanda Murphy, Amber Valletta, Anais Mali, Anna Ewers, Aymeline Valade, Cameron Russell, Candice Huffine, Candice Swanepoel, Caroline Trentini, Carolyn Murphy, Christy Turlington, Cindy Bruna, Coco Rocha, Daria Strokous, Edie Campbell, Elise Crombez, Fei Fei Sun, Guinevere Van Seenus, Hilary Rhoda, Isabeli Fontana, Iselin Steiro, Issa Lish, Jamie Bochert, Jessica Stam, Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn, Julia Nobis, Julia Stegner, Karen Elson, Karlie Kloss, Lexi Boling, Linda Evangelista, Liu Wen, Liya Kebede, Mariacarla Boscono, Meghan Collison, Miranda Kerr, Naomi Campbell, Natalia Vodianova, Natasha Poly, Ophelie Guillermand, Raquel Zimmermann, Rianne von Rompaey, Sasha Luss, Sasha Pivovarova, Saskia de Brauw, Stella Tennant, Vanessa Axente & Vanessa Moody

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A Simple Touch

August 13th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Eva Herzigova never fails to bring a special quality to all her images and in Yelena Yemchuk‘s dreamy story for Vogue Italia, the supermodel is at her mesmerizing best. Posing in dainty pieces from Dior accented with Charlotte Olympia clutches and retro shades Eva is the ultimate vintage blonde. Cathy Kasterine‘s artful styling brings a 60s sensibility Yemchuk’s imagery, but the industrial backdrop of powerlines provides unexpected contrast to the ladylike fashions.

See the full story on 2B Management’s official Tumblr or in the fashion database.

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The Dance

July 31st, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Isabeli Fontana.
Steven Meisel.
Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele.
Vogue Italia.

The Brazilian bombshell flamencos onto the cover of Vogue Italia with an expressive shot that showcases her peerless posing ability. No one moves quite like Isabeli so it’s no wonder Meisel enlisted her for his spirited tribute to Maria Felix. Dancer Timo Nunez joins Isabeli for the image and editorial, adding a sensual energy to the images and showcasing some jaw-dropping moves in Gordon von Steiner‘s accompanying film.

See the full story and film on Vogue.it

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