April 15, 2008

iron maiden.


there’s alot of hate out there for gwyneth paltrow, but not from me. i love the girl. she’s fiercely private, supremely stylish, and a pretty good actress (i watched great expectations again this weekend…one of my faves). since anna also loves her, i knew a vogue cover was in her future, and i was pleasantly surprised to find it was this month. her ed, shot by “king of futurism” steven klein, is like a hybrid of ashton kutcher’s recent v man ed and klein’s tom ford ed from w. in a good way. her last vogue ed was a little too “english country” for me….it’s nice to see her go back to sleek and sexy. the styling and photography is perfect for the film but the three shots left me wanting more. where’s a w cover when you need it?

“daring do” by craig mcdean uses the upcoming costume institute exhbition as inspiration…casting coco rocha as poison ivy, catwoman, aurora, dawnstar, the little mermaid (not a superhero, i know), batman and the silver surfer. it’s a pretty good edit, although it reminds me of the meisel-lensed features that vogue did for fashion rocks a few years ago. one good thing: it actually makes sense that coco has her mouth open.

“making headlines” sort of continues the superhero theme, with maryna linchuk and smallville’s tom welling as cub reporter and editor respectively. steven meisel goes a great job capturing the workplace romance and the styling by tonne goodman is equally sharp…maryna wears sleek pencil skirts, fitted t-shirts, and a trench like a seasoned newspaper pro.

also in this issue is “keep it short” also by mcdean with raquel zimmerman getting vogue’s monthly jumping ed (no caroline trentini this time around)…i absolutely adore raquel, but this is definitely not her best work and the studio eds with the black wig is getting old. there’s “let’s get digital” by raymond meier, his requisite colorful accessories ed with shannan click, “light bright,” by patrick demarchelier featuring isabeli fontana, and “minding the gap” by norman jean roy, which focuses on the new direction for the iconic retailer (models include carolyn murphy, keisha nash-whitaker, devon aoki and creative director patrick robinson).

this is a great issue in a month that’s usually dead space. a vogue favorite in a new light, plus some new faces in the eds. this girl is pretty happy.

cover pic from fwd; scans from luxx at thefashionspot