British model Adwoa Aboah skyrockets into another rung of fashion industry achievement, teaming up with photographer Juergen Teller in a new photo collaboration for Burberry. The images will drop throughout 2018 and feature Aboah together with her friends and family. In almost USA southern tradition, we meet Adwoa's including her cousins Alfie Husband, George Husband, Richard Theodore-Aboah and Kwame N’Dow, as well as Montell Martin and Mae Muller. The group occupies a park bench along Regent’s Canal in North London, wearing pieces from the brand's new collection, which will be available to buy from January.
Commissioned by Burberry's departing creative director Christopher Bailey, Teller and Adwoa collaborated on cast, location and aesthetic, to produce a naturalistic set of 'unstaged' images that imbue Juergen Teller's snapshot signature style.
"It has been the great privilege of my working life to be at Burberry, working alongside and learning from such an extraordinary group of people over the last 17 years," said Bailey.
"Burberry encapsulates so much of what is great about Britain. As an organisation, it is creative, innovative and outward looking. It celebrates diversity and challenges received wisdoms."
Juergen Teller's work is popping up everywhere right now, with his trademark vision of scraping off glossy fashion veneer. Last night AOC featured The Cut's luxury jewelry and accessory baubles arranged in a first cousin of flower-arranging style Ikebana -- a look writer Stella Bugbee calls 'Freakebana'.
Perhaps I'm spending way too much time watching 'The Crown' in the age of Trump -- against the backdrop of Charlottesville and Harvey Weinstein. Writing for T Magazine, Deborah Needleman spoke of Ikebana's contemporary appeal to “its direct and personal connection to nature, its awareness of and emphasis on decay in an era in which our own ecological and environmental ruin feels more vivid than ever.”
There is something quite deep going on here, in these new Burberry images, in the shakeup at British Vogue and the rise of Edward Enninful as editor-in-chief.
Consider that over the weekend, NFL owner of the North Carolina Panthers Jerry Richardson announced that he will sell the team at the end of the season -- rather than face seemingly warranted sexual harassment charges. Who is moving swiftly to organize a syndicate to buy the team? Diddy, aka Sean Combs. I see a national, social media campaign of us supporting Combs -- who says he will bring in quarterback Colin (take a knee) Kaepernick. Golden State Warrior star Stephen Curry, an avid Panthers fan, also tweeted "I want in!" Curry refused to attend Trump's little awards ceremony at the White House.
For myself, we WON the senate race in Alabama last week, in an upset that brought together blacks, millennials, Democrats and progressives, AND college-educated Republican white women. Our senator-elect Doug Jones -- a white male Democrat -- successfully prosecuted two living members of the KKK responsible for the deaths of four girls in the Birmingham, Alabama church bombing. And we took down an ultra-conservative theocrat Roy Moore, who believes that the Bible trumps the US Constitution -- and that moral decay is consuming America.
Returning to Britain, we have terrorist attacks rocking London and Manchester, led by disenchanted British citizens in many cases -- not illegal immigrants. London's mayor Sadiq Khan -- and the British people by HUGE margins -- want Trump to stay out of Britain. And we have an upcoming royal marriage on May 19, 2018 between His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle, a mixed-race American. Two days ago, Harry interviewed his good friend Obama in a BBC broadcast focused on our future young leaders.
Juergen Teller and Adwoa Aboah, with outgoing Burberry visionary Christopher Bailey, capture this tumbling old-world order, modern-world chaos in these new images. Where we are going, nobody knows. But it's real, so fasten your seat belts, as the ride will be bumpy but more real than it's been since the late sixties. We are looking at a new zeitgeist -- I KNOW it. ~ Anne