Looking Back : 2009’s Best Editorials

Rounding out our 2009 lists are our picks for best editorials of 09. Given that there were literally hundreds of editorials that came out this year, we went with the ones that stood out in our minds, kept us talking or just plain dazzled us. Keeping the list to just 10 was difficult, so be sure to tell us your favorite editorials of 2009 too.

01. Game Girl
Vogue Paris May 2009
Photographers: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
Fashion Editor: Emmanuelle Alt
Model: Daria Werbowy

Daria, warrior princess! This high kicking, Russ Meyer influenced editorial was fun and ferocious.


02. Scientific Glamour
Vogue China August 2009
Photographer: Greg Kadel
Fashion Editor: Brian Molloy
Model: Eniko Mihalik

The juxtaposition of those metallic dresses with the modern architecture was beautiful, plus it made us appreciate the incredible design of both.


03. Lara Fiction Noire
Vogue Paris February 2009
Photographer: Steven Klein
Fashion Editor: Marie-Amelie Sauve
Model: Lara Stone

Pop culture was full of vampires and villains this year, so Klein’s controversial tale of a bloodthirsty Lara was especially relevant.


04. Graffiti Couture
Vogue Paris November 2009
Photographer: Mario Sorrenti
Fashion Editor: Emmanuelle Alt
Model: Raquel Zimmermann

Who would have thought that Kaws’ artwork and couture would work so perfectly together?


05. Let There Be Light
V February 2009
Photographer: Nick Knight
Fashion Editor: Jonathan Kaye
Model: Lily Donaldson

It was exciting to watch this story being shot on Showstudio and then to see the beautiful final result.

Lily Donaldson - Nick Knight

06. It’s A Madcap World
Vogue US February 2009
Photographer: Steven Meisel
Fashion Editor: Grace Coddington
Models: Viktoriya Sosonkina, Anna Jagodzinska, Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, Natasha Poly & Liya Kebede

This story was an absolutely joy, hands down one of the best editorials we’ve seen in American Vogue. Ever.


07. Fashion Does Scrapheap
Dazed & Confused October 2009
Photographer: Richard Burbridge
Fashion Editor: Robbie Spencer
Model: Lyle Lodwick

Dazed is always pushing the boundaries of editorial and this was another cool concept : everyday objects turned into visually arresting fashions.


08. Live from New York
V September 2009
Photographer: Mario Sorrenti
Fashion Editor: Jane How
Model: Freja Beha Erichsen & Sasha Pivovarova

Times Square has never looked as fashionable as it did in this energetic story.


09. Idol Worship
Vogue Hommes Japan F/W 09
Photographer: Josh Olins
Fashion Editor: Shun Watanabe
Model: Marshall Brockley, Shi Han Hsiao, Keith Hernandez, Andrew RuffinAlexander Johansson,Ethan James Green, Philip Huang, Joseph Culp

Male models as music idols – everyone from Michael Jackson to Grace Jones is payed tribute in this story.


10. Meiselpic
Vogue Italia December 2009
Photographer: Steven Meisel
Fashion Editor: Karl Templer
Models: Linda Evangelista, Karen Elson, Christy Turlington, Agyness Deyn, Lara StoneKasia Struss, Karlie Kloss, Anna Selezneva, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Sessilee Lopez, Sasha Pivovarova, Viktoriya Sosonkina, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Kristen McMenamy, Jamie Bochert, Gisele Bundchen, Natalia Vodianova, Natasha Poly, Naomi Campbell, Freja Beha Erichsen

Finally fashion goes into the hands of the models themselves : the years most talked about and tweeted story lampooned social media while giving us a peak at the private lives of our favorite models.


What were your favorite editorials of 2009?

  1. I loved Sasha Pivovarova in Paris Vogue June/July, Love makes the world go round, ph. by Bruce Weber. SO CUTE!!
    And Natasha Poly in Paris Vogue October, BB, ph. by Mario Sorrenti.

  2. This is quite a pickle. There were so so many. To name a few..

    From the list above:
    *Eniko – Vogue China
    *Raquel Z. – V
    *Freja/ Sasha etc. – V
    *Vogue Hommes Japan

    My picks; In random order. (This was hard work people)
    *All of Vogue Paris – August
    *Rose Cordero – Vogue Paris – Dec.
    *Raquel Z. – Vogue Nippon – July
    *Daria – Vogue US – May
    *Jourdan Dunn – Vogue Russia – Sept.
    *i-D – Best of British – March
    *Isabeli Fontana – Vouge Paris – Nov.
    *Linda Evangelista – W Magazine – Nov.
    *Freja & Baptiste – Deutsch Vogue 30th anni.
    *Jessica Stam – Numero Korea – Sept.

    Sorry gotta add a few more..
    *Mey & Tao – Vogue Russia – August
    *Eniko – Vogue Paris – April
    *Eniko – The Room #10 – Aut/Wnt
    *Eniko – Numero – October
    *Iris – Vogue Italia – Dec.
    *Brian Shimansky – Hercules – S/S 09

    My head is about to pop…

  3. Hi Janelle

    Please note both Travis Hanson and Doug porter were also in the VOGUE PARIS/STEVEN KLEIN storry with LARA STONE

  4. #6 was amazing, Karlie just fit in perfectly in that one.

    #1 was good too, only a handful of girls can pull that off, Raquel, Gisele, and Daria of course.

  5. Vogue Paris November 2009 and Vogue Paris February 2009.
    But there were sooooo many incredible editorials, I couldn’t pick my favourites
    That pic of Daria is rocking :)

  6. Right Eamon! That’s the big one that I forgot. The Rianne VI spread was bewitchingly incredible!

  7. Natasha Poly’s Vogue Paris ed shot by Mario Sorrenti ‘BB’ should be on here, so feminine and hippy, loved it. 60’s Nostalgia.

    I absolutely adored the Daria shoot! It’s definetely memorable!

  8. Also, isabelli’s last VOGUE PARIS cover and Story should be in top 10 as well

  9. Natalia Vodianova – by Nick Knight for Vogue uk (Under her spell)

    Cameron Russell – by Solve Sundsbo – for Vogue Nippon

    Abbey Lee – Greg Kadel – muse magazine (styled by Katie Mossman

    Daria – inez van lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin _ in the field

    Nicola – greg kadel for numero

  10. Why is this on Anna Jag’s news if she’s not even in any of the editorials?
    Felicia Avila Kastell

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