OOF. I try not to harp on about it, but when it comes to fashion styling, I believe no-one beats Grace Coddington. Case in point number 736352829? “Eternal Optimist” from Vogue US’ March 2012 issue. The casting choice alone was phenomenal: we have Caroline Trentini, Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, Frida Gustavsson, and Aymeline Valade – all heavy hitters with a true transformational presence.

With Craig McDean on lens, Grace has pulled together a Fifties-inspired masterpiece without being contrived. Just look at that set design. Bow down. View Post

Vogue Olsen Twins Cover
A well-deserved “FINALLY” goes to the Olsen Twins for their Craig McDean-lensed cover of Vogue’s Best Dressed issue 2011. They’ve been in fashion’s public eye for almost their entire life, guys!

“They (the Olsens) get it right a lot of the time and then sometimes they don’t get it right. That’s actually great because it shows that it’s their hands reaching into their wardrobes. They don’t have someone telling them, ‘This is cool, this is hot, this is what you should be wearing.’ It comes from within them. It’s instinctual. […] Look at what they’ve done with (their fashion labels) The Row and Elizabeth and James. They are legitimate fashion forces.”
Vogue‘s Fashion News Director, Mark Holgate

Including them in the issue – as it is dedicated to international superstar siblings – is Beyonce and Solange Knowles, Kate and Pippa Middleton, Claire and Virginie Courtins-Clarins girls, Kate and Rooney Mara (no bad blood, she got last month’s cover!), Dakota and Elle Fanning, Poppy and Cara Delevigne, and Jane Birkin’s gorgeous daughters – Lou Doillon and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

FASHION PHEW! The issue will be released in five short days.

To see more photos of Mary-Kate and Ashley from the spread, as well as their latest and greatest promo video for StyleMint (imagine planking, storking, ‘plowling’ and owling in It’s a Wonderful Life, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Charlie Brown and The Wizard of Oz!), see below!
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Lara Stone One of a Kind
Every fashionista dreams of spending a day in couture pieces by Jean Paul Gaultier, Armani Prive, Givenchy, Chanel, Dior, Francesco Scognamiglio, Atelier Versace, Valentino and Oscar de la Renta. Lara Stone is the “One of a Kind” model who got to do so with help from stylist Alex White, photographer Craig McDean, and the wonderful W magazine. View Post

Joseph Altuzarra by Craig McDean Interview
Photographed by Craig McDean for a series of black & white photos to accompany an interview by the one and only Anna Dello Russo, fashion designer and social media junkie Joseph Altuzarra takes the pages of Interview Magazine.

ANNA DELLO RUSSO: You’ve only done four collections and already you’re more popular than Tom Ford. How do you think that happened?

JOSEPH ALTUZARRA: [laughs] I think it’s because of the Internet. You can build a brand very fast now, especially with bloggers and how fast images can get out—the message just goes out faster and stronger than ever before. But what I’m trying to do is something consistent every season, something strong. And I try to be nice—most of the time.

Read the full interview here.
Joseph Altuzarra by Craig McDean Interview

Georgia May Jagger W September 2010In W magazine’s “Georgia on Our Mind“, sexy Jagger Georgia May is in that ever-present Miu Miu dress as well as an array of feminine pieces styled from the mind of Alex White that all need to be put in my wardrobe immediately. The photography by Craig McDean is also personal and precious. View Post