Talent Lana Del Rey is styled by Arianne Phillips in ‘I’m Writing My Future’, honoring Del Ray’s self-publication of her first-ever volume of poetry. Photographer Steven Klein captures the trifecta June 2019 cover star for Vogue Italia. / Hair by Garren; makeup by Diane Kendal
Model Anok Yai didn’t even like the picture posted on Instagram, taken by a professional photographer who captured Yai, at Howard University’s homecoming week in October 2017. Eighteen months later Yai not only covers the May 2019 issue of Vogue Italia, but she is lensed by one of fashion’s most provocative, talented, transgressive photographers Steven Klein. Amazing!
Patti Wilson styles Anok Yai for ‘Best In Show’, a classic Steven Klein editorial. “Great fashion photography not only understands the clothes and makes them look beautiful and of-the-moment,” says Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, “but it also brings a twist that catches the eye and captures the imagination. In the case of Steven Klein, you give him a dress, and he will give you a girl in a dress with a robot in a garden. It’s clever, conceptual, and ultimately lyrical.” .
Carine Roitfeld probes the hot topic of gender fluidity that is sweeping through fashion with a groundswell of support among young people like the Parkland students. There are fashion trends and then there are cultural, human identity evolutionary moments. Gender fluidity feels like it’s a topic that is here to stay and will achieve major goals in changing the larger culture over time.
Who better than to probe this topic that Roitfeld’s friend, photographer Steven Klein who turns his eye to models Cara Taylor, Guinevere Van Seenus, Olley Eley, Bente Oort, Avie Acosta, and Evie Salvail. Klein knocks the crap out of common perceptions of femininity and masculinity with ‘Deviating From Gender’ for CR Fashion Book #14./ Hair by Didier Malige; makeup by Grace Ahn
In the Spring 2019 issue of LOVE Magazine, Steven Klein did an even more provocative examination of women’s bodies and society’s obsession with body parts. See ‘Boobs’ link after this editorial.
What's that Washington Post post-Trump banner:Democracy Dies In Darkness. Actually, within the context of this rant, the alt-right would probably take my thoughts and WaPo tag line out of context and run with them. Seriously, though, you must admit that Franz Kakfa could write one-hell of a small novel around this debate topic, a social critique bordering on utter madness. Think waking up as a roach in 'Metamorphosis'.
For Hadid, it was just easier to apologize for her transgression -- and she has more than a few crimes.
Notably, photographer Steven Klein has had nothing to say about this craziness, at least based on Google. But as a provocative, talented artist, I'll bet he thought plenty and said more than a few curse words at the social media, cultural appropriation police under his breath. ~ Anne
Tom Ford insists he's not political but his new Spring/Summer 2018 campaign is loaded with of-the-moment, discreet symbolism. Models Karen Elson, Joan Smalls, Imari Karanja, Adam Senn and Fernando Cabral are styled by Carine Roitfeld for images by Steven Klein. Simply stated, for Tom Ford, the gangs all here.