Edita Vilkeviciute, photographed by Sølve Sundsbø for the November issue of Vogue Nippon’s beauty supplement.
A study in beauty, indeed.
O, what a noble mind is here o’erthrown!
The courtier’s, scholar’s, soldier’s, eye, tongue, sword,
Th’ expectancy and rose of the fair state,
The glass of fashion and the mould of form,
Th’ observ’d of all observers- quite, quite down!
And I, of ladies most deject and wretched,
That suck’d the honey of his music vows,
Now see that noble and most sovereign reason,
Like sweet bells jangled, out of tune and harsh;
That unmatch’d form and feature of blown youth
Blasted with ecstasy. O, woe is me
T’ have seen what I have seen, see what I see!
-Hamlet, Act III, Scene I
Ophelia, through the brush of Sir John Everett Millais:
Ophelia, through the lens of Mert and Marcus:
Inspiration never fades…
Image sources: Wikipedia, Vogue.com.
The boys are back.
The original scene stealers and directors of fashion films in the form of music videos are in top form, after more than 30 years. Duran Duran have given us a piece of visual culture as only they can deliver, in a shiny, oozing new vid for Girl Panic, featuring not models of the moment, but models whose collective momentum changed the face of fashion.
In other words, the girls are back.
Helena, Cindy, Eva, Naomi and Yaz are the girls on film in this classic rock star meets runway romp. The ladies each play a member of the band, with the Durans making cameos, along with Dolce and Gabbana, a chauffeur and a few other notable characters.
Is it cheeky?
Is it tongue-in-chic?
Is it dripping with double D-dom?
Why yes, darlings, it is.
It is a Duran Duran video after all.
In true media form, the December issue of UK Harper’s Bazaar has an editorial to accompany the video’s release, with a Super cover. The video was directed and the editorial, photographed by Jonas Akerlund.
Editorial images: TFS; Duran image courtesy of DuranDuran.com.
Harper’s Bazaar Spain featured a glossy group of images of French model Aymeline Valade, photographed by Txema Yeste. She is wearing Gucci archive pieces, to celebrate 90 years of glam at the House.
Images, via TFS.
It was so nice to see Anouck on the cover of a magazine…
Models on mag covers – imagine that!
No, your eyes are not dotted.
In Oz, actual summer was spotted.
Its breeze…its pure ease.
Whist we sit cross, in our tweeds. What a tease!
Another to love.
If Frida Kahlo was a Victorian Goth, Flamenco-dancing gypsy, who lived in a surreal painting in India, this is what she would wear.
Mr. Meisel – just when I was starting to yawn, you took me to a dreamy state.
I know these might be disturbing to some – and portray images of women as blah, blah, blah… To me, they are like paintings…surreal, fantastical paintings – and they become a visual study of form and space.
Meisel’s shoot was inspired by Granger, but I saw many mixed metaphors here.
Like Frankenstein’s monster, this too, is a piecing together of odd parts for a mad result, with the modern, monstrous mode being concocted with digital tools.
I don’t take each photograph in a magazine literally. Vogue Italia has always crossed a line – but I think they do so to provoke, to evoke, to start conversations – and to present fashion as art form.
The debate goes on…
In the Heroes-themed issue of V Mag, Ms. Winslet recalls…
…Ms. Taylor and her pearls.
We all know Ms. Taylor loved her pearls and other baubles. Well, now her entire collection of gems is going up for auction in December. Christie’s in New York will be selling the 300 pieces, valued at over $30 million. And yes, The Ring is included amongst that number.
Save your pennies, darlings – and be extra sweet to your sugar daddies, if you have them.
See more great photos of Ms. Taylor in Everlasting Elizabeth.
Images: TFS and doctormacro.com, respectively.
So while we wait for the September British Vogue, let’s review our August homework, shall we?
Here is the first shoot with Mrs. Hince – as photographed by Mario Testino for the August issue of the Vogue with the accent.
This might be the new Ms. Moss – but this whole editorial had me doing a déjà vu - a Dovima déjà vu.
The mass appeal of Dovima at the time, a Supermodel well before the word was coined, was undeniable. She defined elegance and wore clothes in a way that really allowed us to dream. These iconic photographs of her exemplify the very best in photography, in modeling, in style – in modernity – more than 60 years after they were taken.
The Moss appeal, too is undeniable. Since those images of a young Kate shot by Corinne Day and the emergence of Heroin Chic, this woman has carried us from the Supermodel heyday and grown up in front of our eyes. While she and Mr. Testino surely give a nod to Dovima here, she too, is already an icon. Lover her or hate her, but her place in fashion history, in modeling history, in style – stands on record – and will stand the test of time – 60 years from now.
And incidentally, this isn’t the first time I’ve done a Dovima double take.
More Kate. And yes, yes, I owe you my thoughts on her nuptials. Getting caught up slowly….promise.
Kate photos courtesy of British Vogue; Dovima in Balenciaga from Joao Chaves Spot. All other Dovima images courtesy of My Vintage Vogue - a wonderland of vintage fashion images and a constant source of inspiration.
Four more sleeps – until no sleep at all.
It’s that time of year in Toronna – things are in a tizzy for TIFF.
Glamour is coming to town, kids.
Be ready for your HD close-up.
What’s better than the September books?
September cover Supes!
First, there’s Cindy C in Louis V, vamping it up at 45 – as captured by Simon Upton for Harper’s Bazaar Singapore.
Three other Superfriends grace the cover of Vogue Spain, like the holy trinity of trend-setters. Photographed by Tom Munro, the girls are wearing star-printed Dolce and Gabbana frocks.
I’ll take personality over plain Janes, any day – and more models on magazine covers! That’s what the fashion gods originally intended, ‘innit?
Images: TFS, MagXOne.
There are special times in a girl’s life…
…when she gets her first pair of stilettos…
…when she finds her lipstick shade…
…when she picks up her first September issue for the year.
Elle US gets to be that first, this year – with a double dose of Gwyneth.
Have I really been reading Elle for 25 years?
Must buy more goop for my face at once!
The streets aren’t the only sources of heat these days.
In the blistering fight for your Tom Ford-shaded eyes, things are hot, hawt, haute on the editorial stands this August.
Which one will you pick up for a poolside peruse?
And of course, there is always Tilda on W Mag.
By the way, Ms. Moss has been busy this summer. If you’ve been living under a rock or busy gazing at the stars, you’ll have missed that she is now a rock-star wife – aka Mrs. Hince – thus the header. I’ll have my take on the festivities + great photos in this space soon-ish – am in slow, summer mode. Forgive? It’s too hot to move so fast.