A few days ago, we saw the first ad for theÂ Alexander Wang Spring 2013 collection (above). It featured (the truly great, truly beautiful) Polish model Malgosia Bela and, strikingly, no clothing whatsoever. Why, we fashion bloggers wondered, would a fashion campaign feature no fashion? This was all starting to seem a little masturbatory for us, but then the rest of the campaign dropped and… it’s pretty great!
Steven Klein shot the set, in which Bela is styled (by Patti Wilson) like aÂ futuristic warrior but also haunted cave woman? We don’t know.Â And, yes, there are clothes.
And maybe some nipple? More
We here at The Gloss like to talk about how awesome Vogue creative director Grace Coddington is as a person, but a quick search reveals that we haven’t explicitly made a point of showing you very much of her actual fashion editing work. Which is a shame, because it is great! For the January issue of US Vogue, The Cod enlisted Steven Klein to photograph models Carolyn Murphy and Karen ElsonÂ wearing colorful spring 2013 get-ups as they wandered through various bizarre, retro-futuristic scenarios. The resulting editorial feels odd, retro, glamorous and modern, all at the same time. Maybe fashion can be art, after all. More
W is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with four striking November covers, each depicting a different decade of the glossy’s existence. Steven Klein shot four Hollywood It girls–Keira Knightley, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara, and Mia Wasikowska–as It girls of the other eras. Oh, and the results vary from weirdly good to just really weird. More
HOW IS SHE SO ARTISTIC? More
Before the allegations of insensitivity toward mental illness flood in, take a look at this unsettling spread by Steven Klein for Interview. More
Last week, FHMÂ Philippines pulled their racist March cover starring a light-skinned woman flanked by dark-skinned women accompanied by the headline, “Stepping out of the shadows.” Not that we expect much ofÂ FHM, we still thought to ourselves, “How is this kind of shit still happening?” and then we couldn’t help but be reminded of a certain Interview spread starring Daria Werbowy.
…And then we remembered a more recent Donna Karan campaign,Â purportingÂ to be by Haiti/for Haiti but starring light-skinned supermodel Adriana Lima and a few impoverished Haitian teenagers literally in the shadows…. which then reminded us of Michael Kors‘ rich-white-people-romanticizing-Africa collection–terribly named “Afriluxe”–and its corresponding campaign, which then reminded us… you get the idea. The question is, when will this stop happening? Surely we all agree this stuff is flat-out racist? …Right? More
This is why they call her Kate the Great. More
Although Adele got the coveted cover spot, Nicki Minaj may steal the show in American Vogue‘s March issue. More
We make fun of American fashion glossies a lot because their covers are boring. For one recent example, Harper’s BazaarÂ shed its own tedious cover format and then did a bunch of press congratulating itself for the new French Vogue-y direction. The March 2012 issue of W, however, gets both a supermodel (as opposed to an actress) and quite an arresting portrait to boot.
You know what sounds like a good idea for a striking, funny, provocative fashion editorial? Imagine a beautiful model… wearing outlandish couture, flowing caftans, immaculately tailored sheath dresses… whileÂ buying groceriesÂ in a supermarket. Yes, a regular old, garden-variety supermarket. The most mundane of environs. Wouldn’t that be camp? And tongue-in-cheek?Â In fact, the whole idea of juxtaposing coutureÂ opulence with menial tasks is just so rich!
And that’s what we should have thought last week, when we saw thisÂ Jean-FranĂ§ois Campos-lensed cover shoot for Vogue Latin America starring Constance Jablonksi. But we didn’t. More
It’s been a long Fashion Week, let’s check out Rihanna in various states of undress! More
RIHANNA LOOKS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT More
Athletes tend to have eye-pleasing figures! Here is one. More