I’m not going to talk or even post pictures from this ugly, boring, sad-ass collection. I am, however, going to rant like a crazy person about the fantastic bit of PR that happened in the middle of the runway which was infinitely more exciting that the pieces Karl marched about on it. Karl Lagerfeld’s past muses gathered around Chanel roulette tables to wear bespoke couture and gamble without care like the rich people they are. The group included Rita Ora, Lily Collins, Vanessa Paradis and her daughter Lily Rose Depp (who at 16 isn’t legally old enough to gamble), models Lara Stone, Stella Tennant, Alice Dellal and Jamie Bochert, various males that I assume are famous in some way but I don’t care because men all look the same to me, and Julianne Moore and Kristen Stewart, who played with a lipstick like a cigarette, pulled out Julianne Moore’s chair for her and then escorted her out like the chivalrous lesbian she is. Little styling touches – putting KStew in a velvet suit, a princess tiara on Lily Rose Depp, Vanessa Paradis in golden silk lounge wear, Jamie Bochert in vampire floating black chiffon – sold this little tableau, where everyone interacted only with each other and ignored the audience, giving the whole thing a voyeuristic thrill appropriate to any celebrity sighting.
Three queens stun is all in this inspiring editorial by Luigi & Iango for the current issue of Exhibition. I’m noticing lately that Luigi & Iango, who have always been very talented, have really upped their game lately. A lot of the editorials that have caught my eye this year have been by them. This shoot in particular is just stunning. I know everyone still loves Naomi, and she deserves all the love, but spend some time with Nadja and Stella as well, they’re both iconic goddesses.
Francois Nars is an icon in the fashion world. He’s done the makeup for such photographers like Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Steven Meisel, Ellen von Unwerth and more – he helped establish the 80’s big brows and earth tones by doing covers of Brooke Shields and early Cindy Crawford. His makeup line, NARS, has consistently ranked best-selling since it was established in 1994. The picture above is from NARS’ Fall 2014 campaign of the ethereal and wondrous Tilda Swinton, taken by Francois Nars himself. When I think of him, I always go to this great editorial from Jane Magazine in 1997 of some of the Supers in costume, photographed and made up by Nars. The Shalom Harlow pictures still make me swoon.
Amber Valetta , Carolyn Murphy , Stella Tennant , Linda Evangelista and Shalom Harlow by Francois Nars for Jane Magazine, September 1997
In the epic September issue of Vogue Italia Paolo Roversi delivers two gorgeous spreads – one dreamy couture shoot and another set of portraits of some of my favourite models like Saskia de Brauw, Guinevere Van Seenus, and Mariacarla Boscono.
It’s all about UNIQUENESS.
British photographer Tim Walker‘s unique style of whimsical, romantic scenes are marked by their combining of nature and the man made, chaos on the civility of the English manor house, decay on the luxurious, the strangely beautiful. Beautifully demonstrated in this random selection of his work over the last 10 plus years, mainly for Vogue UK, you can see what’s made Walker’s photographs the modern aesthetic for English fashion photography.