There are editorials that wow, then there are editorials that WOW. Can you guess which one supermodel Kristen McMenamy would deliver when paired with photographer Steven Meisel? This Vogue Italia editorial is strictly titled "McMenamy." And really, that's all the words it needs because the photos are the real stunners. They remind me — not that I needed a reminder — why Kristen was a hot hit in the '90s. Recall for yourself . . .
>> Peter Lindbergh seems to be quite taken with this no-makeup, minimal-to-no retouching concept: In April, he captured Eva Herzigova, Ines de la Fressange, and a slew of European actresses without makeup or retouching for French Elle. A month after, he told the New York Times that he was tired of subjects in fashion magazines looking like overly-Photoshopped “objects from Mars": “My feeling is that for years now it has taken a much too big part in how women are being visually defined today. Heartless retouching should not be the chosen tool to represent women in the beginning of this century.”
Lindbergh continues to lead the charge against excessive retouching, this time by capturing supermodels Amber Valletta, Nadja Auermann, Helena Christensen, Shalom Harlow, Claudia Schiffer, Tatjana Patitz, Cindy Crawford, and Kristen McMenamy without makeup or excessive retouching for Harper's Bazaar's September 2009 issue.
For Fall '09, Lanvin chose Kristen McMenamy to show off its delectable collection. Her stricken pose captures the pure essence of Lanvin's collection: dramatic sophistication. The stark lighting and monochromatic theme keep me focused on Lanvin's impeccably tailored slate gray dress and prominent jewels — doesn't her pouty lip remind you of McQueen's runway models? I'm usually not a cat person, but I like the fuzzballs here. They play into the Autumn theme and their facial expressions are priceless. Here, kitty, kitty . . .
>> Steven Meisel, Kristen McMenamy Reteam for Lanvin Fall 2009 —When Steven Meisel reteamed with Kristen McMenamy for the July 2009 Vogue Italia cover and a 31-page editorial called "The Legend," he wasn't done. The pair worked together again for Lanvin's Fall 2009 campaign, the first image of which paints Kristen as a petrified woman, surrounded by black cats. [TFS]
The androgynous Super Kristen McMenamy is back and stuns in Vogue Italia's July issue.
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>> Kristen McMenamy has been resurrected on and off for the past few years since her heyday in the '90s, making an appearance on the Spring 2008 Givenchy runway and in the Fall 2006 Marc Jacobs campaign, and now Steven Meisel has brought the her back for the July 2009 cover of Vogue Italia and an accompanying 31-page spread dubbed "The Legend." For anyone, a Vogue Italia cover is a score, but it's not every day that Meisel — who generally likes to go with green talent for the magazine — picks a 42-year-old, nearly two decade fashion veteran.
Gallery is NSFW.
Okay, so you're not fans of Sienna Miller's bold brows shown here. But you can't blame the girl for following trends. Just like fashion, eyebrows follow cycles of thin, thick, arched, and everything in between. FabSugar pointed me to an article about the history of brow shaping (from Nightline, of all places! Maybe Sam Donaldson had something to do with it.) Here are some interesting tidbits:
During the "golden age" of Hollywood, female movie stars often removed their eyebrows completely. Think of Marlene Dietrich and Bette Davis. "There was a real interest in ramming home the difference between the genders," says Zoe Williams, a columnist with The Guardian newspaper of London.
For more brows-throughout-the-years trivia and a gallery of images, read more