Monday, July 19, 2010

Universal Coverage

 US Vogue's latest issue features a fashion story (oh so suitable at this time of year) about- you guessed it- coats. Shot by the magnificent Steven Meisel (who else?) against a fall-appropriate backdrop of overgrowth and autumn leaves, the editorial features designs by Burberry, Balmain, Roberto Cavalli and Prada. Maybe it's the models, or maybe it's the backdrop or (just maybe) the clothes or all the elements combined; whatever it is, this is one of the first US Vogue spreads I love.

The whimsical and almost ethereal set design, the subdued lighting, the background fog that reminds you of a crisp autumn morning in which these coats would be perfect. The styling; the way the coats are just thrown over a relaxed shirt or womanly skirt in such a haphazard way (when we all know there's nothing haphazard about it), the dishevelled hair, brocade Balmain that doesn't look at all disco, Sasha, the shearling and the socks and the smouldering stares. Simply breathtaking.

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