You know something is extra fantastic when you can only respond with Anne of Green Gables gifs. This is how it is DONE, SON. From the venue, New York’s fabled Ziegfeld theater where the art of spectacle was invented, to the presentation, with the girls walking the red carpet, being photographed by the paparazzi, and then walking the aisles of the theater as a band played, to the collection itself, this all works together perfectly as a wonderful tribute to Americana through out the ages. From vintage film actress dresses to bandstand festooning to Letterman jackets to Bowie-esque blue suits to motorcycle jackets and everything in between, Marc Jacobs showed all of these important pieces of fashion from the last century done his way, with a cheekiness and a delight that so many other designers lack. All this plus some amazing casting, including Beth freaking Ditto. I think my only complaint about this show was that the girls were all so unsmiling. If there was ever a reason to have some happy models, this collection was it. You can read more about the references to past icon fashion moments here, and watch the video of the show here.
This set of photos is a real fashion over-stimulation! Instead of speaking of it in a general term, I’m going to pick a few specific pictures to point out. If, however, I WAS going to speak of it in a general term I would say: YASSSSS! COMBINE MANY MODELS/MANY FASHION-FORWARD CELEBRITIES/ALL THE MOST INSPIRED DESIGNERS/A MIX OF WELL KNOWN AND UP-AND-COMING PHOTOGRAPHERS/AND HALF A DOZEN STYLISTS AND GIVE ME ALL THE FASHION GLORY! I CAN HANDLE IT! GIVE IT TO ME! I CAN’T HANDLE IT! GIVE IT TO ME ANYWAY!
Something like that.
That being said. Please take note of my five favourite images:
1. Beyoncé in Givenchy & designer Riccardo Tisci by Anton Corbijn
I mean, duh doy. But this shot alone is gorgeous. Beyoncé as a literal force of nature (for she is the WIND!) with Tisci sprawled at her feet, confident that she’s bringing glory to his art. It’s perfect. Also, I love the way Jay Z says Tisci in concert. It’s adorable.
2. Caroline Trentini in Dior, Karlie Kloss in Oscar de la Renta, & Raquel Zimmermann in McQueen- by Jamie Hawkesworth
This is the second shot in the 27 page spread. WHAT IF I TALK ABOUT ALL OF THEM? I will try to limit myself. But this shot looks like a shot from an early 90s Vogue, which is the Vogue baby Bo was first introduced to, so it’s where my heart lives. What a perfect trio of girls to create this iconic inspiration. Also I love when models cuddle. It’s adorable.
3. Raquel Zimmermann in Valentino by Tim Walker
This is a perfect trio of talent, all made for each other. I wish there was an entire spread of just Raquel with her renaissance look, wearing romantic Valentino, captured by Walker’s whimsical eye.
4. FKA Twigs in Prada by Inez & Vinoodh
If I saw this Prada outfit on anyone but Twigs I would have just drifted right over it, but she can literally wear anything and use her doll-beauty and magnificently contorting limbs to make anything work. I imagine Inez & Vinoodh were positively giddy to work with someone as strange and artistic and unique as themselves. This shot is positively iconic. I adore it.
5. Nicholas Hoult in Tom Ford by Theo Wenner
This picture would only be more perfect if Ford was in the shot with Nicholas. CAN YOU IMAGINE? I’M IMAGINING IT RIGHT NOW! I have such a thing for anything that combines the stars of A Single Man + Tom Ford. So any time Tom is Julianne Moore’s date to an event, or every time I see Colin Firth I think, “OUCH! MY HEART!” then “OOH! THAT’S HOT!” Nicholas + Tom is my favourite pairing though. It’s just so much throwback perfection. My heart, it aches.
A few additional notes: I love that Maggie Rizer is in a shot next to Karen Elson! KISS HER! Is that the Bjork All Is Full of Love robot in the Edie Campbell by Tim Walker shot? I’m going to imagine it is and it’s inviting Edie back to her Bjork love-pod. The Cara and Gigi and Adele portraits are gorgeous! Such lens piercing goodness! That last shot bums me out and makes me want to overdose on pictures of women to make up for having to look at it. But we accept all parts of those we love, and I love this editorial!
The September issue of Vogue UK is almost magnificent. It just slightly misses the mark. The cover story featuring the always stunning Emma Watson is just a little skewered in its styling (the hair?). A story by Alasdair McLellan featuring Anna Ewers is fantastic – it looks like a Robert Palmer Video Girl in an editorial (I’m thirty seven!). Paolo Roversi features twelve models in a classic Roversi portrait shoot, and I think it’s my favourite story of the issue, each girl brings her own fresh unique style to his very recognizable style. Rianne Van Rompaey stars in a spooky ethereal Craig McDean shoot that made me realize I miss McDean, I haven’t seen much of his work that has stood out lately, and he used to be one of my top five favourite fashion photographers. So yes, nothing eternal, but definitely some memorable shots by some of the best photographers, three of whom – McLellan, Roversi, and McDean, are spectacularly talented at capturing an autumnal mood. Bring on the fall, fuck you summer!
Emma Watson by John Olins for Vogue UK, September 2015
Anna Ewers by Alasdair McLellan for Vogue UK, September 2015
Paolo Roversi for Vogue UK, September 2015
Rianne Van Rompaey by Craig McDean for Vogue UK, September 2015
This immense, intense, technicolor editorial in the September W magazine is like an ever lasting disco fever dream. It’s what your imagination creates when you think of what it is that the beautiful people of the world do. It’s models new and established, actresses, musicians, It Girls, boy toys and the gorgeous people who orbit them. It’s like moments caught in a strobe light, brief flashes of sex, abandonment, beauty, lasciviousness, and the universal search for the best party ever.
I cannot get enough of Anna Ewers. She’s so fresh faced and pouty, so Claudia Schiffer/Lara Stone. I adore her. And this shoot makes me ache for autumn.