French icon Laetitia Casta covers the July 19th issue of ELLE France, styled by Barbara Loison in Acne Studios, Armani, Etam, Givenchy, Gucci, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and more. Photographer Blair Getz Mezibov is behind the lens, capturing Laetitia in all her sensual glory for ‘Long Hot Summer Day’. / Hair by Valentin; makeup by Gregoris Pyrpylis
As one of the world’s most sensual women, Laetitia Casta believes that embracing her sensual spirit is fundamental to her liberation as a person. While Casta has pushed back on certain planks of contemporary feminism, this earth goddess believes that while female identity is different from male identity, it should be revered (and sometimes feared) in its powerful nature.
Casta covers the February 2019 issue of Marie Claire France, styled by Anne-Sophie Thomas in a fashion story rooted in overtly-sexual, goddess power flowers that dominate designs from Off-White, Givenchy, Balenciaga and more. Nick Hudson makes the visual capture ‘Laetitia Casta, Terrienne et Chaotiq’.
The 2019 Pirelli calendar stars several of the world’s most famous women including Gigi Hadid, Misty Copeland, Laetitia Casta and Julia Garner with backup from Alexander Wang (with Gigi Hadid), Calvin Royal III (with Misty Copeland), Astrid Eika (with Julia Garner), and Sergei Polunin (with Laetitia Casta) — all lensed by celebrity photographer Albert Watson.
While the Pirelli calendar is more sensual than last year’s by Tim Walker, it is born of the #MeToo movement. The staged scenes of sex and debauchery — best lensed by Terry Richardson’s infamous image of Eniko Mihalik eating a banana — are gone.
Albert Watson, who is known for his cinematic images, chose to "show women who were dreaming of things."
The narratives were shot in Miami and New York and revolve around four glamorous female movie characters imagining their future success. Copeland, a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater, plays the role of an aspiring dancer biding her time at a Miami strip club; Hadid is a stylish but bored and melancholy heiress; Casta performs as a bohemian painter; and actor Julia Garner plays a photographer.
"The Pirelli calendar was, at the bottom roots, a pinup calendar for mechanics when they changed tires," Watson said at his vast Manhattan studio last month.
"They held onto the sexy thing for a long period of time, and when it came time for me to do it, (it) seemed wrong to take models to the beach to take their tops off. It seemed out of time with the #MeToo movement."
Talent and French muse Laetitia Casta is styled by Barbara Loison in ‘The Conquering’, lensed by Francois Rotger for ELLE France December 7, 2018./ Hair by David Delicourt; makeup by Gregoris
French icon Laetitia Casta is styled by Barbara Loison in images by Jean-Baptiste Mondino for 'Extreme Luxe' cover story in Madame Figaro May 18, 2018./ Hair by Valentin Mordacq; makeup by Gregoris
French icon Laetitia Casta covers the April 2018 issue of Tatler Russia, wearing a Saint Laurent scarlet leather dress and Boucheron jewelry. Stylist Renata Kharkova chooses designs from Chanel, Valentino, Paco Rabanne and more for images by Mathieu Cesar.