Age of Innocence

July 16th, 2015 |Posted by Irene Ojo-Felix

The latest issue of Vogue Italia celebrates beauty at any age and features a wide range of influential women shot by some of the greatest photographers in the business. The champion of women of all ages, Steven Meisel returns (that was quick!) with the cover story capturing prolific modeling veterans like Donna Jordan, Erin O’Connor, Frankie Rayder, Sasha Pivovarova, Yasmin Warsame, and their new-school, supermodel-progeny counterparts Anna Cleveland, Kaia Gerber, and Sasha P’s adorable toddler, Mia Isis Vishnyakov. The various range of ages shot by Meisel challenges society’s propensity for ageism in a delightfully refreshing way.

Bruce Weber continues the theme with “Leaders of the Pack” that highlights women that have made an impact culturally like Cheryl Tiegs, Marianne Faithfull, Pat Cleveland, and Penelope Tree. Francesco Carrozzini glams up the incomparable model and personality Heidi Klum for beauty portraits that show the veteran in all her alluring glory. Michel Comte rounds it up with his take on the theme with “Women of Today” featuring some of the most prolific actresses, models, choreographers, & artists with appearances from Anjelica Huston, Tatjana Patitz, Karen Alexander, & Claudia Mason.

Check out Meisel’s return below and to see the other stories visit Vogue.it and pick up the issue on newsstands now!

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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.

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


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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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Change of Guard

June 10th, 2015 |Posted by steven.yatsko

As soon as Vanity Fair Italy previewed cover images from Vogue Italia’s “China” issue the internet was abuzz over the non-Meisel round-up of photographers– confirming the whispers that the storied lensman would longer shoot every cover. For models, having a VI cover by Steven Meisel served as a badge of honor and a telltale of imminent visibility.  Steven’s famous partiality for beautiful women and inimitable eye has forecasted and launched numerous careers. So needless to say, his absences after holding the fort since 1988 is big news.

For the the “China” issue, Vogue Italia enlisted Craig McDean, Mario Sorrenti, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and Steven Klein to help carry the weight of Meisel’s absence, shooting a cast of established Chinese beauties Fei Fei Sun, Xiao Wen JuJing Wen and newer faces like Yuan Bo Chao, Fernanda Ly and Gia Tang. Each cover bears the visual thumbprint from this league of extraordinary photographers: McDean’s romantic evocations; Sorrenti’s audacious arrangements; Mert and Marcus’ high-styled narratives and Klein’s surreal interpretations. Whether or not it’s enough to fill the void, the praise-worthy selection of models by these modern masters in celebration of China certainly stands on its own.


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Fei Fei Sun by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott (Art Partner) / Images courtesy of Women Management (New York)


 

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Jing WenGia Tang & Fernanda Ly by Mario Sorrenti (Art Partner) / Images courtesy of Supreme Management (New York) and DNA Models (New York)


 
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Yuan Bo Chao by Craig McDean (Art + Commerce) / Images courtesy of Next New York (New York)



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Xiao Wen Ju by Steven Klein (Art Partner) / Images courtesy of IMG (New York)

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Industrie Darlings

June 2nd, 2015 |Posted by Irene Ojo-Felix

Power is the focus for the latest issue of Industrie Magazine. The bi-annual publication is dedicated to the hard working, creative and business veterans that run the fashion industry and gives a peek into their environments, whether they be conventional offices or atypical settings. For their eighth issue, cover star Edward Enninful poses along side friend and muse Naomi Campbell for photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and gives an exquisite retrospective on his 25-year long career of producing beautiful imagery for books like i-D Magazine, Vogue Italia, and W Magazine. The inside interview includes never-before-seen printed Polaroids from a time long before social media and quotes from colleagues and friends in the business.

Also inside the issue, top model favorite Anna Ewers is interviewed by her number one champion, Alexander Wang, where she talks about her burgeoning career and her first jobs as a teen studying abroad in Colombia. Shot by Erik Torstensson, the pouty, German beauty is visually stripped down for an introspective look at what makes her alluring to the masses. Take a look at our exclusive preview of the issue, available now on newsstands in the UK and June 29th in the US.

Photographers – Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott (Art Partner), Stylist – Jack Borkett, Grooming – Caroline Sims using Bobbi Brown.

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Photographer – Erik Torstensson, Stylist – Stevie Dance (Home Agency), Hair – Jimmy Paul, Makeup – Frank B (Print & Contact), Nails – Elissa Ferri
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Food For Thought

May 8th, 2015 |Posted by Irene Ojo-Felix

Steven Meisel‘s latest offering for Vogue Italia has newcomer Kayla Scott looking enticingly delectable in Spring’s latest wares. There’s a full course offering in the dilapidated, motel setting and has unique, edgy newcomers like Cierra Skye, Damaris Goddrie, Willow Hand, Tamy Glauser, and Josh Upshaw. Meisel is always about new talent and with the superb styling of Karl Templer, the newest crop is sure to be on everyone’s radar now. With a cool casting and contemplative mood, this stands as a refreshing editorial on newsstands. For a special behind the scenes video, check out Vogue.it.

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Cierra Skye, Damaris Goddrie, Eilika Meckbach, Josh Upshaw, Molly Bair, Nyima Ward,Tamy Glauser, and Willow Hand

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Industrious

February 3rd, 2015 |Posted by Janelle

Steven Meisel plays with various styles for his Vogue Italia covers, but many of the best have a cinematic quality that makes them appear like stills from a motion picture. Meisel’s photography is energetic, richly detailed and often seems ready to start moving the moment some unseen director yells “Action!” The February cover of VI is a prime example of this a Dolce & Gabbana clad Lexi Boling may be the first thing to grab your attention, but each detail adds to the story. The sewing machines in the background, Mary Howard‘s comprehensive set design and even the blur of men moving all around Lexi. It all makes for a stunning tribute to fashion workers anchored by Marie-Amélie Sauvé styling, Pat McGrath doing makeup and Jimmy Paul handling hair.

View more from the February issue on Vogue.it

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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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