15 posts tagged "Inez & Vinoodh"
More often than not, “love at first sight” is written off as bullshit. But somehow, Dutch husband-and-wife photography duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin manage to make it a believable concept. “We knew the first time we met,” said van Lamsweerde while eying Matadin from across the table in their downtown New York studio. The year was 1986, and they became acquainted while at art school. “We each had a different partner, so it just wasn’t possible. But we worked together on and off for six years without dating,” she continued. “And then we met on the street in Amsterdam, went for a coffee, and it all sort of clicked.”
In the more than two-and-a-half decades since that initial encounter, the couple has married, had a son, Charles, and built a veritable fashion and art photography empire. You’d be hard-pressed to flip through a magazine’s September issue without stumbling upon an Inez & Vinoodh-lensed editorial, or one of the Fall campaigns they shot for Jason Wu, Balmain, Valentino, or a bevy of other powerhouses. Oh, and of course, they’re responsible for Lady Gaga’s latest album cover and video. Their next creative endeavor? A collaborative jewelry collection with TenThousandThings. “It’s a love project,” explains van Lamsweerde. “And it’s about having something to commemorate the love you have for your partner, your child, your best friend, your co-worker…”
The seeds were planted last year while the couple was working on a charity project with TenThousandThings’ David Rees and Ron Anderson. Before they wrapped, Matadin enlisted the jewelers’ help to design a one-off necklace for van Lamsweerde—an oxidized silver chain garnished with a pavé drop, two linked circles (representative of the couple’s wedding rings), and a star pendant. “That’s a symbol for Charles, because his middle name is Star,” said van Lamsweerde. “I started wearing it right away, and everyone would ask me, ‘Where did you get that?’ So it grew into more.” The photographers worked with Rees and Anderson to create a carefully considered debut range, which began with ten of the intertwined wedding-band necklaces (ten because Charles celebrated his tenth birthday this year). Each piece (available in oxidized silver, 18-karat rose or yellow gold, or leather) is garnished with various charms—a ruby resembling a drop of blood, a turquoise heart, a diamond briolette, a white Tahitian pearl, and more. An eleventh necklace combines all the trinkets on one chain. The same concept applies to the collection’s delicate rings, earrings, and bracelets, and van Lamsweerde and Matadin plan to update the offering biannually.
Naturally, the pair shot their own campaign—a selection of black-and-white images that depict friends and lovers including Stefano Pilati and his boyfriend, Christiaan Schoonis; The Misshapes; Charles and his best friend, Stella (“It only took ten frames; he’s seen a lot of people strike poses for us,” said van Lamsweerde, laughing); musicians Lou Doillon and Keren Ann (van Lamsweerde describes them as sisters in singing and songwriting); and van Lamsweerde and Matadin themselves. The latter two images debut here.
The collection—priced between $450 and $19,000—can be found at Colette, Net-a-Porter, and Barneys New York this September, and will officially launch via a personal appearance at Barneys’ Madison Avenue store on September 7 at 3 p.m. The event will also celebrate the pair’s Byredo fragrance, 1996, and offer a sneak peek at their forthcoming Taschen book, Pretty Much Everything, which follows a traveling retrospective of the same title.
So considering they’ve conquered the worlds of photography, art, and—now—design, it seemed only appropriate to ask the photographers if they felt like they had done, well, pretty much everything. “No,” said Matadin. “We’re working on a movie…. It’s just meetings in Hollywood now. It will take a bit of time.” No doubt they’ll enjoy spending that “bit of time” together.
The annual Pirelli calendar—famed for showcasing saucy shots of supermodels in the buff—celebrates fifty this year with a megawatt lineup, including Helena Christensen, Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr, Alek Wek, Karolina Kurkova, and Isabeli Fontana. But judging by the series of tribute images —reportedly lensed not by the yet-to-be-revealed 2013 calendar photographer, but by Pirelli vets Patrick Demarchelier and Peter Lindbergh to build hype around the half-century milestone—the calendar’s stars are decidedly more dressed up than usual—well, by Pirelli standards, anyway. The catwalkers were snapped in black lingerie, as well as white shirts and their Skivvies. The full calendar, which has, in the past,been shot by the likes of Bruce Weber, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, Karl Lagerfeld, and Inez and Vinoodh (just to name a few), will be unveiled thisNovember—no word yet if the final images will be more, ahem, stripped-down.
Fashion’s love affair with nineties supermodel Christy Turlington never really ended, but in recent months, the 44-year-old has resurfaced in all her leggy, glossy glory. Calvin Klein, a label Turlington began working with in the eighties, tapped her to be the face of its Fall ’13 underwear campaign in May. That was followed by a megawatt June/July Harper’s Bazaar cover, and today we can report that Jason Wu has made her the star of his Inez & Vinoodh–lensed Fall ’13 ads, one of which debuts exclusively above. “Inez, Vinoodh, and I loved the concept of capturing a moment in what we imagine to be a glimpse into a supermodel’s life,” said Wu, who notably featured another nineties bombshell—Stephanie Seymour—in his Spring ’13 campaign. The Fall ads, Wu explained, are a continuation of the story he began to tell with his Spring snaps: “The idea is to create the next chapter through a set of instantly iconic images that depict a larger-than-life personality in a New York institution.”
While Seymour’s campaign was shot at uptown (in every sense of the word) French eatery La Grenouille, Turlington posed at Mr. Chow on East 57th Street. Perched atop a black booth, she dons a saucy scarlet Fall frock, which, we should add, is complemented by an untouched order of lobster on the table. When asked about his affinity for famous nineties faces, Wu said, “I gravitate toward personalities and will continue to work with women who bring their own sense of style to my designs.” After seeing Turlington’s shots, we’re hoping he stays the course and turns out chapter three for Spring ’14.
In case it wasn’t clear after Raf Simons’ first couture collection last year, Dior kind of has a thing for gardens. Case in point: The house’s latest film, which, debuting exclusively above, is actually the sequel to last year’s Secret Garden short. Lensed by Inez & Vinoodh and set to some haunting (but still dance-inducing) Depeche Mode, the mini-movie stars Daria Strokous as a reincarnation of Marie Antoinette. Filmed at Versailles, the short shows Strokous leaping through the palace, creeping through a forest, and frolicking at some kind of evil, enchanted garden party. Considering the model was filmed on location at the decadent queen’s abode, decked from head to toe in Dior’s Fall ’13 wares, we can’t imagine it was too hard for her to get into character.
Visionaire’s latest book, Issue 63: FOREVER, comes out on May 11. And this year, the project has been underwritten by G-Shock—the watchmaker known for its durable timepieces. What’s the tie-in, you might ask? Visionaire’s avant-garde edition is rendered entirely in metal, and features images by artists and fashion designers that have been either hammered or laser-etched into 9 x 12 inch plates. Thus, both the timepieces and the tome are, in essence, everlasting.
“The word indestructible is the catalyst—if G-Shock does the indestructible watch, we want to do the indestructible publication. It was a nice, tight concept,” said Cecilia Dean, Visionaire’s cofounder and editor in chief. G-Shock, who’s celebrating its thirtieth anniversary and a recent store opening in Soho, liked the pitch and came on board to sponsor the inevitably “expensive” production
The idea for an all-metal issue was spawned during Dean’s time spent with Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, while working on Visionaire’s Issue 60: RELIGION. “In religious iconography, there’s all this incredible metalwork, the metal on the altars, gold painting—it’s just so beautiful and rich,” said Dean, adding, “I have to say, it’s so funny, everything goes back to Riccardo—a big inspiration was also the Jay-Z and Kanye West album cover he designed,” referring to 2011′s Watch the Throne.
FOREVER features everyone from a nymph-like Kate Moss, shot by Mario Testino, to a Karl Lagerfeld-lensed in-the-buff Baptiste Giabiconi, to a suggestive Lady Gaga snapped by Inez & Vinoodh, to Linda Evangelista ringed in light by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari. “It’s Linda as a saint, basically,” said Dean.
To commemorate the coupling, G-Shock will open a mini-retrospective of Visionaire’s past (above) in its downtown outpost tomorrow. The exhibition runs through the end of May.