I’m kind of geeking out over this. I have been riding the Underground for roughly 14 years and have always dreamed of styling a shoot on one. Well, Vogue Italia is apparently one step ahead as their latest cover – and accompanying photo shoot – was shot on an old school New York subway train (likely to be the “R11“, a prototype for the Second Avenue line that has been over sixty years in the making).
And it’s gorgeous. (Hello, Raquel Zimmermann!) The subterranean story was shot by Steven Meisel and styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, with make-up by Pat McGrath and set design by Mary Howard.
Though I wasn’t blown away by Lanvin‘s Fall/Winter 2011 campaign images (featuring Karen Elson and Raquel Zimmermann ‘dancing’), I was definitely intrigued. Dancing campaigns are usually chosen to show us the movement and texture in the garments, where the Lanvin shots were almost frozen stiff.
Then came the Steven Meisel-shot campaign video. It is the missing puzzle piece, thank the Fashion Gods. In the short-ish clip, we see Raquel, Karen, and two male models doing some poker-faced choreography to Pitbull’s “I Know You Want Me“. Never did I think I would see the day Lanvin would embrace Pitbull. It is delightfully tongue-in-chic, and expertly wrapped up with a little boogie from Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz. Tres cute.
The “major models” – Raquel Zimmermann, Joan Smalls, and Daria Werbowy – of Vogue’s Shape issue (out again this month) are apparently here to talk candidly about body, brains, and the secret to killer confidence. While these video-bytes tend to be an outlet for famous beauties to tell you how often they don’t work out, Vogue have done it a little differently.
“Women are their hardest critics, and we need to learn how to accept ourselves, how we are,” says Smalls. “Some of the models, you’d be surprised backstage, that their body isn’t perfect either. It depends also on how you dress, how you present yourself, but don’t be fooled by models being perfect specimens because we’re far from that.”
Vogue Spain revisits (with gratuitous nudity, obviously) La Dolce Vita with the stunning Raquel Zimmermann. The fact that it is Gucci galore and Mariano Vivanco really knows how to work a light keeps it on the right side of artistic and pornographic. View Post
Gareth Pugh is an avant-garde icon, so it’s only fitting that he has opened his first store somewhere a little left-of-center in regards to the fashion world. Like Hong Kong.
On the outside there are no window displays. In place of this, he plan’s to have an LED wall that displays various graphic projects and video clips. He has spoken of a possible working relationship with Showstudio‘s streamer Nick Knight on having his studio life broadcasted on the screens even while the store itself would be closed. On the inside, the shop is painted in a special jet-black rubber paint, with the dressing rooms lined with padded leather. A glorious tourist attraction if nothing else.
This is the only store on the cards for now, though he has said he hopes to eventually have his own boutique in London or Paris. Let’s pray for London, ma cheries. Seeing something like Gareth Pugh’s Joie de Vivre for Showstudio (featuring Raquel Zimmermann) on a LED while I shop would be intoxicating. See below.