August 23 2014

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Stella’s Sensual Spring Snaps


Stella McCartney Spring '14

Debuting exclusively here on, Stella McCartney’s Spring ad campaign stars Finnish model Suvi Koponen. Lensed in London by Mert and Marcus, the ads were styled by McCartney herself, who told us that her goal was to “capture the freshness and sensual side of summer.” The snaps juxtapose serene black-and-white photography against striking giant red lips, seasonal pomegranates, and berries. “I wanted to evoke a sense of lushness with the images of fruit bursting with life and love, while balancing that with a contrast in the directness of depicting Suvi simply in black and white,” McCartney explained. Barefaced and dressed in the daisy prints from McCartney’s Spring ’14 collection, Koponen—who also landed this month’s German Vogue cover—embodies the effortless, feminine spirit of Stella’s Spring woman.

Photo: Mert and Marcus

Mert and Marcus Talk Playboy, Lady Gaga, And Why They’re Better Together


Mert and Marcus

Lady Gaga for the latest Versace campaign, but they were also responsible for Givenchy’s Spring ’14 ads-seen-round-the-world featuring Erykah Badu. What’s really got everyone buzzing, though, is the London-based pair’s unconventional Playboy cover and editorial. The spread appears in the iconic girly mag’s sixtieth anniversary issue (on newsstands now), and stars none other than the sharpshooters’ good pal Kate Moss. Below, speaks to the enduring image-makers about nudity in fashion, late-night chats with Donatella Versace, the philosophy behind their Playboy snaps, and why they’d never go solo like Beyoncé. And because our bandwidth wouldn’t possibly permit us to ramble on about all the unforgettable photos Mert and Marcus have produced for Pop, French Vogue, the Pirelli Calendar, Interview, and more, we asked the duo to send us some of their favorite work. Click through their picks, here..

You two are good friends with Kate Moss, and have been working with her for years. How was the Playboy shoot different from your previous collaborations with her? Did you have any hesitations?
Mert Alas: Oh, my God, it was a no-brainer. When Kate asked us to shoot her for Playboy‘s sixtieth anniversary issue, you know, we had to do it.

Marcus Piggott: We didn’t have any hesitations. We were all in from the start. We’ve done a lot of things with Kate—a lot of role-playing, a lot of fashion pictures, a lot of personal pictures—and when we started this project, we asked ourselves what not to do. We wanted it to be really Kate. It wasn’t about the hair or the makeup, it wasn’t about styling or fashion. It wasn’t about all the frivolous tools of our industry. It was about her—her lips, her charisma, her body, her skin, her eyes…

What makes this shoot stand out from a typical Playboy spread?
MP: She’s dressed more than the girls in most Playboy editorials. It was a bit of a striptease. We wanted to leave a little bit to the imagination, and we wanted the reader to get excited imagining what’s underneath. But there are a lot of crazy pictures that you haven’t seen…

Oh, really? What kind of pictures?
MA: They were just fun pictures—a bit ruder and crazier than what’s in the magazine. Someday they’ll come out! Marcus and Kate and I were laughing, and we told her that we’ll get them out there when she’s 60.

Kate Moss in Playboy

You mentioned that you didn’t want this to be like a fashion shoot, but you can find naked women in pretty much any high-end fashion magazine. Do you think there’s too much nudity in fashion? We are selling clothes, after all.
MA: First of all, we must appreciate what a fashion magazine is. I don’t like calling them fashion magazines. I just call them magazines. In the old days, you’d see a great article, a great fashion picture, and a great nude all under one hat. So, no, I don’t mind seeing a naked girl in a fashion magazine as long as the photograph represents something beyond meat, flesh, and sex. If it’s about an object, or creating a beautiful print, or there’s a message in it, or it inspires you, or makes you happy or angry, then it has substance. And as long as there’s substance, I think, why not? Continue Reading “Mert and Marcus Talk Playboy, Lady Gaga, And Why They’re Better Together” »

Dsquared² Does Drag


There’s no arguing that Dsquared²’s Dean and Dan Caten are frightfully handsome men. But beautiful women? Who knew! The designers teamed up with Mert and Marcus to create their moody, Hitchcockian Spring ’13 film titled Behind the Mirror. And to show off Dsquared²’s short shorts, corsets, body-con dresses, and piles of gold jewelry, the Caten men dressed up in drag. “Twenty years ago, we used to play around at being models,” says Dean, noting that he and Dan used to play “dress up” when they’d go to parties. “Now we are looking back to the nineties, an era that has become the theme of our collection. We asked ourselves what we were doing back then and realized we were pretending to be people we weren’t,” he adds. However, the designers explain that it’s one thing to dance around in one’s underwear and heels, pretending to be Madonna among friends, but it’s quite another to do it in front of a camera crew. “You feel a little awkward [on set], not least because one day you’re a man and one day you are dressed up as a woman. It’s a bit strange,” says Dan. Dean admits, “I was terrified, and I really wasn’t comfortable until the last scene. I mean, nobody said, ‘Hey, you look hot!’ It was all very serious and there were no comments, no reaction…nothing, [which] is the worst.” Whether or not they were at ease in their feminine wares, the designers seem quite the pair of vintage glamazons (with fantastic legs, we might add) as they crawl around on their hands and knees inside a mirrored room. Unfortunately for us, it doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing the Dsquared² boys cross-dressing again anytime soon. “I’ll try everything once, especially if it means having some fun,” says Dan. “But I like to always move forward and evolve, so I doubt we’ll go back to doing this.” Catch the gorgeous gents while you can in the film’s online debut, above.

Kate the Great


Mega-model Kate Moss had kind of a mega year, what with the release of her book, aptly titled Kate: The Kate Moss Book, covers galore (Vanity Fair, Paris and British Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and W among them), and a slew of Spring ’13 campaigns (her Stuart Weitzman and Givenchy ads dropped this week). Today, Versace sent its Spring ’13 ads our way and surprise, surprise! They star 2012′s favorite super. Mert and Marcus shot Moss, Daria Werbowy, and Joan Smalls for the moody, gladiator-themed images. The ladies strike Helen of Troy poses, which are rivaled only by their male-model companion’s electric cherry hair. To add to her recent winning streak, Moss reportedly has a documentary in the works. Call it The September Issues.

Photo: Courtesy of Versace

Versace Kids’ Shop Opens, Gisele For Givenchy, Karlie Kloss For VS Pink, And More…


Versace has opened its first Young Versace boutique on the ground floor of the company’s headquarters in Milan. The kids’ line, which Versace debuted at Pitti Immagine Bimbo in Florence last June, includes girls’ and boys’ clothing for babies and kids up to age 12. [WWD]

David Yurman is reportedly not too pleased with Kate Moss’ new ad campaign for her jewelry line for Fred, calling the ads “embarrassingly similar” to the ones Moss did with him. The Sonia Sleff-lensed images feature a topless Moss, much like the ones Peter Lindbergh shot of Moss for Yurman’s Spring ’11 campaign. [Page Six]

Gisele Bündchen is Givenchy’s new girl. The supermodel, who appeared in Riccardo Tisci’s Spring ’12 show, is the star of the brand’s new Mert and Marcus-lensed ad campaigns. [Huff Po]

Karlie Kloss made her debut in the Victoria’s Secret show last month, and now she’s in the VS Pink lookbook. Kloss, who has caused quite a stir with her naked Vogue Italia shoot, appears in the lookbook wearing sequined sporty gear. [Styleite]

Photo: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott