17 posts tagged "Annie Leibovitz"
The Olympic Torch Tops Design Of The Year List, Beyoncé The Beautiful, Jack White’s First Feature Film Score, And More…
What topped the list for the Design Museum’s Design of the Year? The Olympic torch not only beat out Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding dress but also the Met’s McQueen exhibition. “Nothing is harder to get right than designing for the Olympics,” Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic tells Reuters. “The lightness and simplicity of Barber Osgerby’s Olympic Torch does just that.” [Vogue U.K.]
Beyoncé has been named the world’s most beautiful woman in 2012 by People magazine. The pop star says, “I feel more beautiful than I’ve ever felt because I’ve given birth. I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this earth.” [People]
Jack White has snagged his first-ever feature film score, for Disney’s upcoming film The Lone Ranger, starring Style.com beauty icon Johnny Depp. Reportedly, adaption of the 1950′s television show will include a “fresh take on the ‘William Tell Overture.’ ” [Spin]
Maria Shriver is set to present photographer Annie Leibovitz with the 7th Annual MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts on Tuesday. Also on the program for the awards luncheon—an Akris Fall fashion show. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Anna Dello Russo picks her top ten looks from Spring ’11, from Jil Sander and Balenciaga (left) to Mary Katrantzou and Haider Ackermann. Just as good: She pastes a picture of her cherry-hatted head atop each one. Think of it as a preview of every street-style blog you’ll read over the next three months. [Anna Dello Russo]
In case you missed it over the weekend, the FT‘s take on Annie Leibovitz and her continued financial difficulties is worth a read. The takeaway: If you’re going to stay solvent, it helps to kiss a little art-world ass. [FT]
Issey Miyake is set to receive Japan’s Order of Culture from Emperor Akihito next week on November 3, the country’s national Culture Day. [WWD]
And Harvey Nicks heads to Hong Kong: The English department store is opening up an 83,000-square-foot location in the Eastern capital. [WWD]
Designers design. Photographers photograph. Models model. That much—in broad strokes, at least—is clear. But what about the artists, technicians, and industry insiders, often unpublicized and underappreciated, who help to get clothes and accessories made and shown? Call them Behind-the-Scenesters: people who shape our experience of fashion but never take a bow on the catwalk or strike a pose for the camera. Without them—from pattern-makers to production designers—the show wouldn’t go on. And in a new series, Style.com sits down with a few of these pros to find out, basically, what they do.
Mary Howard is the set designer on virtually every key fashion photographer’s speed dial. She’s the consummate background professional, literally—she creates the mise-en-scène of a shoot. Howard (left works regularly with Steven Meisel, Annie Leibovitz, and Steven Klein, among others, and her sets range as widely as her collaborators’ styles. She does dazzlingly elaborate (Leibovitz’s 2008 Wizard of Oz shoot starring Keira Knightley), and she can make a set virtually invisible, too (Meisel’s Spring ’10 Prada campaign.) On any given day, you can find Howard mottling the gray backdrop at a studio shoot or packing up a selection of Art Deco lamps headed off on location. Here, she talks to Style.com about working with the masters, how much stuff is too much stuff, and learning when to leave the bobby pins in.
So, Mary: In one sentence, what do you do?
I call myself a set designer for print. Could be editorial, could be ads. In movies, they call someone like me a production designer; in fashion, the name “set designer” has stuck but it doesn’t entirely describe the job. There’s a lot of art direction involved; it’s not just about picking out a rug. But I guess if I have to boil down my job description to one sentence, I’d say—I create the world around the girl. I don’t have anything to do with the model, but I shape the physical environment that surrounds her and help the photographer and the stylist and everyone else involved with the shoot tell the right story and make the girl pop.
Why do you think the fashion industry has shied away from the title “production designer”?
I think some of it has to do with the fact that this is still an emerging field. It barely existed when I moved to New York; it wasn’t until recently that my studio even began getting credits in magazine. I work quite a bit with Grace Coddington at Vogue, and she’ll tell stories about sending her assistants out to just, you know, grab a chair. Or the photographer would send his assistant out to pick up props.
How did you get into set design?
I grew up in New Orleans, and after I got my MFA, I went back down there to build Mardi Gras floats. Then I came to New York City and built floats for the Macy’s parade. I was always making things—I’d make props for Saturday Night Live, for instance. Eventually I began working with a set designer—this was about 20 years ago, and it’s possible that she was the only one. We began working with Richard Avedon, and that led to other photographers and editors seeking us out. Then I went out on my own. Honestly, I feel like a grandma in this field.
What’s an average workday like for you?
I think that, like a lot of people in fashion, I do what I do because there isn’t really “an average day.” There are days on set, and there are prep days that involve a lot of thinking or researching or pounding the pavement looking at stuff. So there’s a routine, but the work itself is so dependent on the assignment—if I’m working with Annie, her process is totally different from, say, Steven Meisel’s process. Continue Reading “Behind-The-Scenesters: Mary Howard” »
It wasn’t a great night for traditional fashion books, but there were some stylish wins at the National Magazine Awards last night. New York took home four Ellies, The New Yorker and National Geographic three each, and GQ took home the award for General Excellence in the 500,000-to-1 million circulation category. [WWD]
The latest Louis Vuitton “Icons” campaign has leaked, starring footballers Zidane, Pelé, and Maradona enjoying some foosball in their downtime. Annie Leibovitz shot the campaign in Madrid. And, oh yeah, there are some pieces of LV luggage (Zidane’s monogrammed with his ZZ) lurking in the background. [Racked]
Speaking of models, Karlie Kloss and Anna Jagodzinska are the faces of Donna Karan for Fall 2010. Patrick Demarchelier shot them in New York for the label’s 25th anniversary campaign. [Fashionologie]
And another designer made it work. Seth Aaron Henderson was named the winner of the seventh season of Project Runway last night. [NYDN]
Chris Brown and Jean Paul Gaultier at JPG’s Fall menswear show. This picture is probably worth more than a thousand words. [NY Mag]
Louis Vuitton’s “Icons” campaign soldiers on, and the latest star is one who usually finds herself behind the camera: Annie Leibovitz. Apparently, she used her fee to hire another celeb to co-star with her, Mikhail Baryshnikov. No offense, Annie, but do you maybe have a better use for that check? [WWD]
The ladies at Jezebel line up Demi Moore’s Photoshopped fragrance ad with one of hubby Ashton’s twitpics to come to the following conclusion: Demi’s gorgeous; Photoshop’s bad. We’d say stop the presses but, y’know, we don’t have any. [Jezebel]
And shoppers, to your marks: Jonathan Saunders for Topshop hits the chain’s Soho store today. [Nitrolicious]