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Best of 2016 – Vogue Editorials

I look forward to writing this post every year because it is an excuse for me to trawl through the internet looking for images that I find inspiring. I trust Vogue’s all around the world to create stellar content that both inspire and evoke other emotions in me. I love a good fashion editorial. I wish that I could be paid to create them and that I had the resources to do so.

What makes a good editorial? To me, the model. I have to like the model and find her appealing or else I won’t enjoy the images, even if the styling is good. I also think the photographer is important as there are some whose style I don’t particularly like and others who I am taken by. Finally, the fashion editor helps immensely. Without their vision the editorial wouldn’t exist. I love how fashion is such a collaborative creative process. All of the people involved are needed.

Anyway, as per usual I’m reviewing British Vogue, American Vogue, Italian Vogue, and Vogue Paris in this post. Enjoy!

British Vogue

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Photographer – Tyrone Lebon, Stylist – Francesca Burns, Models – Frederikke Sofie & Damaris Goddrie

See full editorial here. 

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Photographer – Alasdair McLellan, Stylist – Kate Phelan, Model – Anna Ewers

See full editorial here. 

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As Time Goes By

Photographer – Mario Testino, Stylist – Lucinda Chambers, Model – Erin O’Connor (various)

American Vogue

Ready Set Gala

Photographer – Theo Wenner, Stylist – Sara Moonves, Models – Lily Aldridge & Emily Ratajkowski

See full editorial here.

Major General

Photographer – Mikael Jansson, Stylist – Tabitha Simmons, Models – Edie Campbell & Grace Hartzel

See full editorial here.

Drop Everything

Photographer – Alasdair McLellan, Stylist – Tonne Goodman/Michael Philouze, Model – Imaan Hammam

Vogue Italia 

Note: Since writing this the much loved Editor-in-Chief Franca Sozzani passed away at just 66 after a year long battle with an illness. This came as such a shock to me as I had no idea she was unwell. It was very sad news. In the days after her death you could truly see the admiration and love for her from the fashion community as a whole which was really beautiful. Rest in peace.

In the Mood for Lightness

Photographer – Paolo Roversi, Stylist – Jacob K, Models – Estella Boersma, Amalie Moosgaard, Cecilie Moosgaard, Julie Hoomans, Odette Pavlova, Peyton Knight & Roos Abels

See full editorial here.

Valentino

Photographer – Sarah Moon, Stylist – Patti Wilson, Model – Molly Bair

See full editorial here.

Freja Beha Erichsen

Photographer – Peter Lindbergh, Stylist – Clare Richardson, Model – Freja Beha Erichsen

See full editorial here.

Vogue Paris

Back to Black

Photographer – Claudia Knoepfel, Stylist – Veronique Didry, Models – Grace Elizabeth & Mathilde Brok Brandi

See full editorial here.

Mes Nuits Sont Plus Belles Que Vos Jours 

Photographer – Mert & Marcus, Stylist – Emmanuelle Alt, Models – Irina Shayk & Steffy Argelich

See full editorial here.

Oh! You Pretty Things

Photographer – Mert & Marcus, Stylist – Emmanuelle Alt, Models – Bella Hadid, Taylor Hill, Jena Goldsack

See full editorial here.

 

American Vogue, December 2016 – “Drop Everything”

In the oversaturated world of Instagram, it is hard for an image to make a real lasting impression. However, when I seen the series of images shared by Imaan Hammam from her December 2016 American Vogue shoot, I immediately stopped. Maybe I should back up a little bit. First of all, Imaan is probably my favourite model of the moment. She is stunning and works hard, plus seems like a nice, non-bitchy person. I follow her on both Snapchat and Instagram so I see a lot of her daily, but the images that she shared from the shoot are different than normal.

Styled by Tonne Goodman, the shoot has a slightly retro vibe (probably down to the hair and make-up, which, by the way, is flawless) and is just all around goals. It is what I love to see from a Vogue shoot. They went out on location, they shot a zillion good looks (yes, the clothes are actually nice and don’t all just look like head-to-toe runway looks), and the output was good. I know that when I get this magazine in the mail I will probably keep it just because of this editorial.

Photographer – Alasdair McLellan, Stylist – Tonne Goodman/Michael Philouze, Model – Imaan Hammam


American Vogue, December 2016 – "Drop Everything"

In the oversaturated world of Instagram, it is hard for an image to make a real lasting impression. However, when I seen the series of images shared by Imaan Hammam from her December 2016 American Vogue shoot, I immediately stopped. Maybe I should back up a little bit. First of all, Imaan is probably my favourite model of the moment. She is stunning and works hard, plus seems like a nice, non-bitchy person. I follow her on both Snapchat and Instagram so I see a lot of her daily, but the images that she shared from the shoot are different than normal.

Styled by Tonne Goodman, the shoot has a slightly retro vibe (probably down to the hair and make-up, which, by the way, is flawless) and is just all around goals. It is what I love to see from a Vogue shoot. They went out on location, they shot a zillion good looks (yes, the clothes are actually nice and don’t all just look like head-to-toe runway looks), and the output was good. I know that when I get this magazine in the mail I will probably keep it just because of this editorial.

Photographer – Alasdair McLellan, Stylist – Tonne Goodman/Michael Philouze, Model – Imaan Hammam


Best of 2015 – Vogue Editorials

In what is now a tradition, I want to showcase my favourite editorials of the year from the big four Vogues: UK, USA, France & Italy. Some smaller editions also produce fantastic content (I really like Vogue Australia at the moment, for example) but I just focus on the traditionally most important in this specific post. I found it really interesting when working on this post that you can see how different the magazines are stylistically. Vogue Paris, under Emmanuelle Alt, is cool in a party-girl way; Vogue Italia is the most out-there, usually; British Vogue is often quite boring in its model choice but often showcases nice clothes; American Vogue is the original and therefore should be the best, but I find that it also overuses the same models (a lot of Kendall and Gigi this year). I do love Grace Coddington and Tonne Goodman’s work though. The same as last year, I’ll feature my favourite photos from the editorial and leave you a link to the rest. See below:

American Vogue

Light Brigade – March 2015

Models – Aya Jones, Imaan Hammam, Kai Newman, Leila Nda, Malaika Firth, Tami Williams

Photographer – Peter Lindbergh

Stylist – Grace Coddington

See full editorial here

Instant Classic – September 2015

Model – Kendall Jenner

Photographer – Inez & Vinoodh

Stylist – Tonne Goodman

See full editorial here

Flights of Fancy – October 2015

Models – Alisa Ahmann, Aya Jones, Dylan Xue, Hollie May Saker, Lily Aldridge, Natalie Westling, Sam Rollinson

Photographer – Willy Vanderperre

Stylist – Tabitha Simmons

See full editorial here

Hot Head – November 2015

Model – Emily Ratajkowski

Photographer – Theo Wenner

Stylist – Tabitha Simmons

See full editorial here

British Vogue

Blue Summer – June 2015

Model – Anna Ewers

Photographer – Patrick Demarchelier

Stylist – Clare Richardson

See full editorial here

Variety Show – August 2015

Model – Lara Stone

Photographer – Mario Testino

Stylist – Lucinda Chambers

See full editorial here

Vogue Italia

Close Up – March 2015

Models – Esther Heesch, Charlene Hogger, & Frances Coombe

Photographer – Luciana Val & Franco Musso

Stylist – Enrica Ponzellini

See full editorial here

A Unique Style – September 2015

Model – Leila Nda

Photographer – Paolo Roversi

Stylist – Panos Yiapanis

See full editorial here

The Power of Personality – November 2015

Model – Gigi Hadid

Photographer – Steven Meisel

Stylist – Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele

See full editorial here

Vogue Paris

Parlez Vous Francais? – May 2015

Models – Anna Ewers, Cameron Russell, Edie Campbell, Jordan Barrett, Karlie Kloss, Liya Kebede, Mica Arganaraz, Rianne Ten Haken

Photographer – Inez & Vinoodh

Stylist – Emmanuelle Alt

See full editorial here

Amoureuse Solitaire – September 2015

Model – Natalie Westling

Photographer – Glen Luchford

Stylist – Suzanne Koller

See full editorial here

Etat de Grace – November 2015

Model – Frederikke Sofie

Photographer – David Sims

Stylist – Jane How

See full editorial here

Natural Hype – December 2015

Model – Willow Hand

Photographer – Gregory Harris

Stylist – Geraldine Saglio

See full editorial here

Cadeaux – December 2015

Model – Anais Mali

Photographer – Giampaolo Sgura

Stylist – Claire Dhelens

See full editorial here

Vogue’s Lack of Cover Diversity

UPDATE: This post has been edited to remove Jourdan Dunn from the below list as it has been revealed that she is British Vogue’s February cover model. Definitely a step in the right direction although she does look eerily whitewashed. Lets put it down to the Instagram filter right?

As we bring in the new year and move into the future, it is only expected that we reflect back on the past. Vogue, both its US & UK editions, rather innocently posted an image of all of their covers from the year of 2014. However, this move prompted much backlash. Why? Because of the lack of model diversity. For British Vogue, there were zero women-of-colour; for American, there were just a few (including Rihanna, Lupita Nyong’o and Joan Smalls who was on the multi-model September issue cover). British Vogue has no excuse. They had 2 Kate Moss covers, 2 Cara Delevingne covers and actually, to their credit, a few models – but no non-whites. It may seem slightly trivial to call such attention to a matter as, seemingly, small as models on a magazine cover but really it is a big deal. Now, I do think it would be slightly unfair to call the Vogue staffers racist but their actions aren’t far off. It is not like there is any shortage of beautiful women-of-colour out there: talented models, actresses, and singers.

Can we call this racism? I think so. Unfortunately, 2014 was the year that we all realised that racism really isn’t dead. I rather naively thought that it wasn’t as rampant as it was 50 years ago but have been proven completely wrong. The high profile cases of police brutality against blacks in the USA have brought global attention to the issue and have led to widespread outcry. It is so fucked up, that’s the only way I can describe it. When you highlight major issues like that, it sounds rather silly to complain about models on a magazine cover but it is actually a major issue in its own right. In Britain, we are a very multicultural society; even more so in London, where British Vogue is based. From looking at the magazine covers from the past year, you would never know. There is zero representation of anybody that is not white and that really doesn’t make sense. I mean, at least American Vogue did a little bit better but really, it is still not good enough.

Instead of harping on about race issues, something that I feel completely under-qualified to do, I am going to suggest some suitable models/celebrities who I think are deserving of a cover. As I have said previously, there are plenty of women-of-colour who could/would/should be on the cover of Vogue but I am going to offer up a few suggestions.

  1. Naomi Campbell – It seems insane to even have to suggest Naomi, especially since she is one of the biggest supermodels ever. She is on the same level as Kate Moss, I’d say, who had 2 covers this year and countless editorials all throughout. Just to let you know, Naomi hasn’t had a British Vogue cover since the August 2002 issue.
  2. Imaan Hammam – Technically she has already graced the cover of Vogue in the past year but it was a multi-model cover and this time around she deserves a solo. I think Imaan is one of the most stunning models of recent and clearly has success ahead of her. She is Dutch but of Egyptian and Moroccan descent and has what is perhaps the best hair in fashion at the moment (those curls!!). PS – She’s in the Givenchy campaign this season which I have another post coming up about…
  3. Malaika Firth – Another British model who has only made it big in the past year or two, Malaika has walked many shows and has fronted campaigns for Burberry (alongside Cara Delevingne) and Prada, where she was the first black model to star in a Prada campaign in almost 20 years.
  4. Kerry Washington – Perhaps one of the most stunning actresses EVER, Kerry Washington has held her own in her part in the US-TV drama Scandal, a role in which she has received much acclaim (An Emmy, A SAG & A Golden Globe). She also made it onto TIME Magazine’s Most Influential People in the World list in 2014.
  5. Beyonce & Solange – This seems a bit too dreamlike but how amazing would a Beyonce & Solange shared cover be? The sisters would contrast each other with their totally different styles (Solange, edgy and very-much fashion/Beyonce, laid back and casual). Also, everybody knows that Beyonce rules the entire world so why not share some of that with her sister?

Best of 2014 – Vogue Editorials

As per last year’s post, of around the same time of year, I have decided to round up what I consider to be the best editorials of the year. In this post, I will deal specifically with the four big Vogue magazines: British, American, Italian & French. Although, historically, these magazines are considered the best of the Vogues, I’m not 100% sure that that is still the case. Vogue Nippon (Japan) and Vogue Russia are, in my opinion, shining as bright stars in terms of editorials (I have no idea about actual content, I can’t read either language). However, like last year, I’m going to use this post for the Big Four and a separate one for the other, smaller Vogue magazines along with the myriad other fashion publications, from the biggest to the most indie. Now I realise that this post will be very photo-heavy so apologies in advance if that is not your preference. To strike, what is hopefully, a balance, I will only post my favourite shots from each editorial and link the rest for you all to look at elsewhere. Let us commence!

BRITISH VOGUE

“Paradise City”

Models – Georgia May Jagger & Charlotte Free

Photographer – Tyrone Lebon

Stylist – Francesca Burns

See full editorial here.

See short film here.

“Santa Barbara”

Models – Andreea Diaconu & Ashleigh Good

Photographer – Josh Olins

Stylist – Clare Richardson

(This is probably my favourite British Vogue editorial of the entire year, Diaconu looks stunning all throughout).

See full editorial here.

“The Wolf in Her”

Model – Lara Stone

Photographer – Mario Sorrenti

Stylist – Kate Moss

See full editorial here.

See short film here.

Honorable mention to the Anna Ewers editorial “Two Weeks in September” which I have already made a post about previously. 

AMERICAN VOGUE

 “A Fine Romance”

Models – Lara Stone & Kit Harington

Photographer – Peter Lindbergh

Stylist – Tabitha Simmons

See full editorial here.

“The Feminine Mystique”

Model – Fei Fei Sun

Photographer – Peter Lindbergh

Stylist – Tonne Goodman

See full editorial here.

“The Dance of Seduction”

Models – Chanel Iman & A$AP Rocky

Photographer – Mikael Jansson

Stylist – Camilla Nickerson

See full editorial here.

VOGUE PARIS

“Un Week-End”

Models – Andreea Diaconu & Edita Vilkeviciute

Photographer – Mikael Jansson

Stylist – Anastasia Barbieri

See the full editorial here.

“Vent Du Nord”

Model – Andreea Diaconu

Photographer – Gregory Harris

Stylist – Veronique Didry

See full editorial here.

“L’Automne En Douce”

Model – Isabeli Fontana

Photographer – Scott Trindle

Stylist – Geraldine Saglio

See full editorial here. 

VOGUE ITALIA

“Horror Movie”

Models – Natalie Westling, Issa Lish & Bernd Sassmannshausen

Photographer – Steven Meisel

Stylist – Karl Templer

See full editorial here.

“Wild Chic Style”

Models – Langley Fox Hemmingway & Ruby Stewart

Photographer – Michel Comte

Stylist – Ayako Yoshida

See full editorial here.

As I have said before, there are many brilliant editorials in fashion publications that are not the Big Four Vogues. For that reason, another post choosing my favourites from the other magazines will be coming up shortly. Let me know what you think of my picks, are there any of your favourites that I missed?