2014 February

EDITORIAL ARCHIVE – CORINNE DAY FOR i-D MAGAZINE JUNE 2002

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TODAY’S EDITORIAL ARCHIVE was shot by Corinne Day and appeared in i-D magazine’s Streakers Issue in June 2002.

The shoot was styled by my close friend, the super talented  Karl Plewka and starred models Georgina Cooper, Diana Gartner & Erika Wall.

There’s a bit of a story behind this shoot as it wasn’t originally shot for iD Magazine…..

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In March 2001, British designer Julian McDonald was appointed chief designer at Givenchy, as the successor to the late, great Alexander McQueen who had just left heading the design team for Givenchy after 5 years.

Stylist Katie Grand, then Editor of the independent magazine POP,  and now Editor In Chief of LOVE magazine, had  requested a shoot to be done for POP with the new Givenchy Spring/ Summer 2002 Collection, created by Julian. She asked Julian who he would like to have shoot the pictures and he requested Corinne as his choice of photographer and Karl Plewka as the stylist. Karl had previously collaborated with Julian, styling for him on his own label shows in the past.

And so on a cold winter’s day in Dec 2001, we all set off to a forest just outside of London with Model Diana Gartner. I remember it being freezing cold and us all suffering with the weather, but Corinne had planned to create these haunting pictures in the forest, to juxtapose the light, Spring/Summer feel of the collection.

We all loved the shoot as did Corinne, but when she handed the final edit into POP magazine, they announced that they weren’t happy with the pictures of Diana as they wanted the clothes to only be Givenchy, but they weren’t .

Karl and Corinne had come up with the idea to mix the Givenchy clothes with some personal t-shirts and other 2nd hand ( more commonly known these days as “vintage”) pieces as they felt it made the pictures seem more believable, instead of her just being in designer clothes. Unfortunately POP didn’t like that the clothes had been mixed, so the shoot was dropped from the magazine completely.

I remember Corinne not being happy about the magazine’s decision to not use the shoot and,  because she loved the pictures so much, she arranged another day of shooting in the new year. And so with 2 more models in tow as well as Diana again, we began to create another shoot, using Corinne’s favourite pictures from the original POP shoot as a starting point. The new shoot went on to become less haunting than the original, and more about a group of girls who were living on derelict, abandoned land.  When the shoot was finished and edited, Corinne offered it to iD magazine and they loved it and published it in their June 2002 issue.  

I hope you enjoy looking at these beautiful, sometimes fragile and romantic pictures, as much as I enjoyed working on them and love looking back on them , 11 years later!   

NEW EDITORIAL OUT NOW! SIENNA MILLER PHOTOGRAPHED BY TOM CRAIG

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The gorgeous Sienna Miller shot by the talented Tom Craig for the cover of this months Esquire Magazine.  

Also in this issue, Sienna gives an honest and candid interview about her feelings on her career to date and how decisions she made a few years ago have affected her now.  

For more of the images……….

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Sienna Miller shot by Tom Craig for Esquire Magazine.February 2013

Fashion editor Mirana Almond.

Make Up Wendy Rowe

Hair, me!

MOODS COMEDY MONDAY – Clarkes Shoes TV AD from the 70’s

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To mix it up a little in “Moods Comedy Monday’ today I wanted to show you an old TV advert. TV Ads/Commercials have always been popular in Britain, winning many awards over the years for innovation, originality and creativity. Some have included personalities, created celebrities out of people or just created some of the most memorable moments in TV history. This particular TV ad is one I remember from the 70’s and I’ve been searching for it for a long time.

Well, we’ve finally found it and I’d forgotten how hilarious it was. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this little gem. The final, hilarious words that the girl speaks in this ad, became one of the most memorable catch phrases up and down the country at the time!! The actress in this ad is London born Alison Ruffelle (born 3 June 1967). She is an English actress and producer. Her mother is Sylvia Young , the founder of the theatre school at which Alison trained and where she began performing.  Her niece is the singer Eliza Doolittle.

MODELS ‘N’ STUFF – MAGGIE RIZER, 90’S SUPERMODEL

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(ABOVE. Some of Maggie’s Vogue covers. Her first ever shoot in the centre, shot by Steven Meisel.)

Maggie Rizer is a model from the 90’s who took the fashion industry by storm and I was privileged to work with this lovely natured, beautifully pale skinned, strawberry blonde, for my first ever shoot for US Vogue back in 1997 with the legendary fashion director/editor, Grace Coddington.   

Born in 1978 in Staten Island, New York City, this strawberry blonde Supermodel grew up in Watertown on the shores of Lake Ontario.

Maggie’s high school picture used to hang in a photographers studio and shopping mall in her home town. Neighbours saw the photograph and encouraged her mother to send the image to Ford Modelling Agency in New York.

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She initially turned down modelling offers to continue her education, but when she decided to concentrate on modelling more, Ford persuaded Maggie to dye her hair a brighter red and before she knew it her first major editorial shoot was booked in 1997, shot by Steven Meisel for Italian Vogue, where she was on the cover and featured in a 20 page couture shoot.

She had to be taught how to walk in the high heels on the job. She played hockey as a youngster and had never worn a high heel before!

After the Meisel shoot her career took off immediately; campaigns for Gap, Louis Vuitton, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Viktor & Rolf all came along, and famously the she became the face of MaxMara shot by Richard Avedon. 

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(ABOVE, Maggie in the 1998 Yohji Yamamoto campaign shot by Inez & Vinoodh.)

Her agent descirbed this pale kin freckled beauty as “a canvas you could manipulate and mould into whatever mood or look you were doing”, which obviously made her a very popular model. That and the fact she was so eager to please.”

During the peak of her career Maggie earning so much, that she hired a manager to oversee her finances. 

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(ABOVE, some of Maggie’s beautiful editorial work.)

Unfortunately, her stepfather, John Breen, persuaded her to drop her financial advisor within weeks of appointing him and let him take up the job, he was still working in insurance. 

He had managed to hide that he had two big addictions in life, gambling and alcohol. He managed to keep his drinking under some sort of control for a while, but his gambling spiralled out of control, and before long he was using Maggie’s money to fund his habit. 

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(ABOVE, the famous 1998 MaxMara campaign shot by Richard Avedon.) 

As Maggie’s mother forced her husband into alcohol rehab and while he was gone, she came across receipts, documents, and forged checks in his office. She slowly unraveled the details of his addiction and discovered that he had gambled away all of Maggie’s modelling income which amounted to millions of dollars, plus the money she had inherited upon the death of her biological father, Kevin in 1992.

Maggie said on the matter years later “I remember feeling like someone took a bowling ball and knocked me in the head with it.” Her stepfather was jailed and Maggie quit modelling due to the stress.

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(ABOVE: Maggie’s famous i-D cover on the left and Vogue cover shot by Annie Leibovitz on the right.)

Maggie has since gotten married, had 2 children,  become a HIV/AIDS activist, following the death of her father to AIDS and is also an ambassador for Operation Smile, a US based charity that provides help and assistance for cleft lip and palate repair surgeries to children worldwide. Maggie also recently started modelling again. 

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(ABOVE: Two of Maggie’s Steven Meisel Vogue covers, with Kate Moss on the right.)

I worked with Maggie on a few occasions in her modelling prime and I’d like to take this opportunity to send Maggie my best wishes and all the best for the future.

I hope you enjoy the pictures we’ve gathered of this 90’s beauty! 

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(ABOVE: Editorial I worked on with Maggie in 1997, shot by Carter Smith for American Vogue.)

NEW EDITORIAL OUT NOW, ITALIAN VOGUE FEB 2014 WITH GUINEVERE VAN SEENUS SHOT BY EMMA SUMMERTON

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I have a new editorial shoot out in Italian Vogue’s February 2014 issue, starring one of my favourite models, Guinevere Van Seenus.  

Accompanying the shoot is an interview with Guinevere. 

FOR MORE OF THE ITALIAN VOGUE SHOOT AND A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT CLICK BELOW.

I have a special announcement also: Next month I’m running an exclusive Q&A with the delightful Guinevere on MARCH 8TH 2014. Be sure to check back. 

Below is the accompanying video shot for the Vogue Italia website BY Alex Moreno. 

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CREDITS: 

MODEL:Guinevere Van Seenus

PHOTOGRAPHER:  Emma Summerton

Styling: Patti Wilson

Make up: Dotti

Hair by me.