Vogue UK: Master Class

Posted on August 02, 2011

Okay, precious unborn fawns, we are officially tapped out after a long day of ripping reality show whores and self-involved celebrities. We don’t know about y’all, but we’re feeling the need for some hardcore PRETTY right now. If a picture’s worth a thousand words, we’re granting ourselves the end-of-day right to sit back, shut up, and just let someone else speak for a while. Enjoy, darlings.

Louis Vuitton Fall 2011 Collection

Vogue UK September 2011
Editorial: “Master Class”
Photographer: Mario Testino
Stylist: Lucinda Chambers
Hair: Marc Lopez
Makeup: Linda Cantello
Models: Arizona Muse and Freja Beha Erichsen
Location: Boulevard Leopold, Antwerp

Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 Collection

Nina Ricci Fall 2011 Collection

Salvatore Ferragamo Fall 2011 Collection

Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 Collection

Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 Collection

Giles Fall 2011 Collection

Giorgio Armani Fall 2011 Collection

Giorgio Armani Fall 2011 Collection

Valentino Fall 2011 Collection

Givenchy Fall 2011 Collection

Louis Vuitton Fall 2011 Collection

[Image Credit: Kite via thefashionspot.com, elle.com]

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720742723 Sarah Winningham

      Jane Eyre in Belgium, so, Vilette!

    • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

      Yes, but does anyone want to look like a Catholic nun? I can’t say I’m in any rush to go buy one of these dresses.

      • Anonymous

        Heh, I was just wondering if any woman in New York City would be caught dead in these.

        • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

          If they pay well enough, maybe.

    • Anonymous

      Interesting, intriguing, dramatic and sometimes stilted come to mind before pretty. My favorite is the two girls in the archway. Overall, too much detail is lost in the murk, at least on my monitor, to really enjoy most of the garments. Thanks for the runway photos, even more so than usual.

    • Anonymous

      I simply hated the Crucible too much (and still do) to like this editorial.  I can appreciate it, but I don’t like it.

      • http://twitter.com/starrika Ali

        Uhhhhh, the Crucible. I teched for it twice, and I now loathe it.

        • Anonymous

          Oh, I am so very sorry.  One college performance and the move were bad enough – I can’t imagine having to survive two tours on tech.

      • Anonymous

        As Betty in my senior year of high school, I had the joy of having my the buttons on the front of my shirt pop off in the opening act (thanks a lot, costume crew). No one can hate the Crucible as much as I can.

    • Anonymous

      Um… I find their blush disturbing. 

      • Anonymous

        Too true! Am wondering about the bruised cheeks myself. How is that flattering?

    • Anonymous

      Meh, nothing special here IMHO.

    • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

      Took me a while to get used to the conceit but now I like this. I particularly enjoy the effect in the Givenchy photo.

      • Anonymous

        I liked the Givenchy too. I felt the editorial added a little something to the clothes that the runway lacked. Perhaps it was makeup and lighting – even though it was on the dark side. 

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      The clothes and headpieces are stunning, but the blush is a little unsettling.  Is it supposed to look like facial bruising?

      • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

        Maybe the blush is a kind of homage to Vermeer, Rubens, and other painters who depicted women often very pale with defined spots of bright color on their cheeks.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Vermeer_-_The_Milkmaid.jpg
        It looks spooky because the palette is so dark and the women are so thin, though.
        ???

        • margaret meyers

          I’m digging the big floating hands. 

      • MilaXX

         I saw it as smudges of dirt.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Elizabeth-Poytinger-Baumer/1516981341 Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

      thank you for the pretty you precious papa fawns.

    • Gail Otsuji

      That photo on the right in the Giles Collection, the fringe on the bottom …. is that hair aka Chris March detail from PR?

    • Anonymous

      Steampunk Sound of Music.  I like look #3 – it seems to translate to our planet easier than the others.

      • Anonymous

        Steampunk Sound of Music….oooh, I like that!

    • Anonymous

      Interesting and Innovative!

    • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

      I love those back and while shoes in the photo on the left in the last row.

    • http://twitter.com/Roy2ul RR

      gorg, but the Mcqueen white feathered dress looks so much worse than the loveliness it is on the runway!

    • Anonymous

      I wanted a dose of pretty too, but I got a dose of dour.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513945580 Megan Patterson

      Yaaay couture pilgrims!

      • margaret meyers

        Goth milkmaids!

    • Anonymous

      I especially like the Givenchy pic. Arizona Muse is quite striking in this editorial, I like her intensity here. Thanks for the dose of pretty.

    • http://wipgirl.wordpress.com/ kristel

      I really like the Marc Jacobs dress. (Except for the hem maybe.) 

      But what’s with the bruisey cheeks?

    • Anonymous

      I really love this editorial. It’s so beautifully composed, right down to the details, and to me I think it makes a nice change of pace in fashion.

    • margaret meyers

      That was as good as the Tilda Swinton spread.  Smart evocation of Antwerp, with all the black ribbons,lace cuffs and collars, and that creepy, timeless past where everything looks way weird and unsettlingly insane (think Wisconsin Death Trip).  The clothes are awesome and the unworldly accessories an dleather goods are perfect: they complete the whole fraking scene.

    • Anonymous

      Love. Love. Love. Love. If I had bushels of money this is exactly how I would dress. Very austere, glamorous, and nunnly.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

      Pretty…..like a crack addict’s fever

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-Blais/682440192 Jennifer Blais

      LOVE the Marc Jacobs and Valentino. Not too sure about the pilgrim collars as done by Louis Vuitton. That along with the styling of some of the other pieces is giving the editorial a Hester Prynne vibe for me.

    • Anonymous

      pretty dresses but they all look so worried that it’s a downer. 

    • Anonymous

      The Armani and the Marc Jacobs…SWOON. Love love love this. Dark and a little sad but still stunning and romantic. Beautifully done.

    • Anonymous

      Love the styling of the models and the shots! Having said that, I cannot get behind the frozen mid-motion/mannequinish posing. It’s a gimmick this spread really doesn’t require to work effectively. Compare the Ferragamo and the Valentino shot, in both the model emotes like there’s no tomorrow but the effect in the Valentino is ruined by the cartoonish pose.
      Were I to PR judge this spread I’d call it ‘overworked’. (But so help me Frau Antje, the Ferragamo shot is fantastic!)

    • Anonymous

      Love the McQueens and the Marc Jacobs…I’m quite the black/white/grey type of girl.  Wish I had the bod and money for those!  Of course, my styling would be VERY different LOL.  I couldn’t carry the nun/pilgrim look.

    • http://www.jerseymall.org jerseymall

      http://tinyurl.com/4skyaqr                      

    • John Robison

      They look like Nuns from a Manga.

    • Anonymous

      Dear TLo:

      I am obsessed by you and this fab blog. But please, you must, you have to, put your foot down and say “No, you nasty granny panties! You shall not mar the ultimate fantasy world with garments that suggest that they may be filled with a load of doo-doo, that look like doo-doo!” It is really not something that anyone over toddler age should wear, and it has marred the spectacular eye candy posted here. I beg you. Put your dainty feet down and vote nay!

      All my love as I pack and get ready to go to Paris/London/Paris (really, tomorrow at 10:30 PST!)

      Your slave,

      Sonja

      • Anonymous

        You lucky dog!

    • MilaXX

      This is indeed a moment of pretty. At first I was like UGH, Hester Prynne goes glam, but the more I looked at the editorial vs the runway versions, the more I liked it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/emmajliberman Emma Liberman

      Fun fact – they’re dating each other! 

      That said, Freja this is not my favorite from you…

    • Anonymous

      Face it, this one is all about the jewelry.

      • Anonymous

        Yes indeed . . . .And what a considerable difference it makes here!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L3EOQYT7IIDBRXZNUN5GHKAXWI Kathleen Kinney

      The Elizabeth-ruff-esque detail on the white McQueen is beyond fantastic.

    • Anonymous

      The model in the Salvatore Ferragamo pic looks just like Rebecca Hall – maybe because I just watched The Town tonight.  Not sure.  Other than that – no real impression.  Oh, and granny panties – really?!

    • S Truswell

      Too much mourning for me.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve got “The Lonely Goatherd” in my head now. Sigh. I mostly like the Marc Jacobs dress, not wild about the others.

    • http://profiles.google.com/denise.alden Denise Alden

      Wow.  Lovely.  Well done.

    • Anonymous

      Because that is exactly what a designer wants to see when his/her clothes are featured in Vogue – said clothes compared to a nun’s habit

    • Robert Sanchez

      I expected a big embroidered scarlet “A” on half of these dresses.

    • Anonymous

      omigosh.  LOVE the mcqueens, especially the black.  love.  it looks like mcqueen, which is always reassuring. 

    • Rachelle Neame

      oh goodness. I drool, I die for those big-ass necklaces.

    • http://twitter.com/capt_shiny Mags

      Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

    • Anonymous

      Pilgrim chic. I am now depressed.

      • Anonymous

        Agree!  I hought all the clothes looked better on the runway models than they do in  the editorial .

    • Anonymous

      These pictures should come with a warning that they may induce Vietnam like flash backs for those of us who went to Catholic school.

    • Anonymous

      Wonderful, really evokes the feel of the paintings. 

      I’d love to see the insides of those McQueens! They look deceptively structured. Although they both look a touch big on the models compared to the catwalk girls. Especially the ruff dress, which seems to hang a bit on her.

    • Jennifer Hofstetter

      The spread itself is GORGEOUS and I actually like some of the clothes.

    • Anonymous

      The stylist did a great job of evoking the Flemish Old Masters in this gorgeous editorial. And the photography emphasizes the textures of the beautiful clothes. Great work from all involved.

      And a question.  The Giles skirt on the right: Is that human hair trim at the bottom? The same kind of effect we saw first from Chris March in his final PR collection? The staggeringly original collection that all the judges turned their noses up at because… “Omigod! He used HAIR!”? I’m guessing it’s not polyester, so, you know–PR Judges, eat it!  I’m still a bitter kitten at how little respect I think the judges showed Chris.

      And a thank-you.  TLo, you guys cranked it yesterday! And on a Monday! We appreciate it!

      • Christine Campbell

        And a thank-you. TLo, you guys cranked it yesterday! And on a Monday! We appreciate it!

        Wait! Unless you are and TLo are somewhere ahead of the international date line or I am lost in a time warp (which I am not ruling out), yesterday was Tuesday, yes?  Nevertheless, I agree with the cranking out.  And the thank you.

    • Anonymous

      I adore the Armani.

    • Anonymous

      I adore the Armani.

    • Judy_J

      Oh, how I love the Givenchy! 

    • Anonymous

      I love the Giles look on the left (except for the open toed boots, of course).  Nothing else rocks my world, it just made me think, “Wow, those are some big honkin’ necklaces.”

    • Anonymous

      I’d love to spend a day inside Mario Testino’s head.

      –GothamTomato

    • Christine Campbell

      So gorgeous.  Beautifully done with minimal teeth showing.

    • Anonymous

      To me these models look so similar.   I read they are a couple.   Interesting.

      I love the styling.  I wonder who conceived this shoot.   

    • Anonymous

      An edgy, modern take on Vermeer.  Freakin’ fabulous.

    • Anonymous

      Alexander McQueen and Valentino… cartoon hearts in my eyes over those dresses.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EYYAY25W7VS5BYCOCTK62SSUBI tw125

      If by “pretty” you meant “pretty ugly” then I agree.  Most of the clothes look better on the runway.

      • sonictofu

        Agreed – I like the styling in every runway shot better.

    • http://mllesatine.livejournal.com/ mllesatine

      How is that pretty? The photos are too dark and the make-up makes the models look like they have bruises on their cheeks.

    • http://mllesatine.livejournal.com/ mllesatine

      How is that pretty? The photos are too dark and the make-up makes the models look like they have bruises on their cheeks.

    • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo Vickie Lord

      Love it!

    • Anonymous

      Overall methinks the styling in the editorial did the clothes no favors.  But the McQueen and Givenchy dresses are so stunning it didn’t even matter in those shots. 

    • Jessica Rowe

      Oh, I love it! So deceptively simple… complicated and elegant.  Like a Vermeer.

    • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=lf UltimaEsperenza

      Oh…those Giles pieces.  Swooning…

    • Rachel Council

      The most fabulous convent in all of Denmark, yes? I have to say, if this is what the nuns in my neck of the woods looked like, I might have a felt a calling to the cloth…

    • Lattis

      Thanks, TLo. This was really fun to look at. I had to do some research today on the Faroe Islands and this kind of dovetails with the stark, stony, northern look of that place. Also, now I am jonesing for a Faroese shawl with shaped shoulders. Sadly, I know it is destined to be an unfulfilled desire because I could no more knit a Faroese shawl than find the cure for cancer by 2 pm tomorrow.

    • Anonymous

      If you’re into sexy pilgrims then meow! This is hot for you.

    • Anonymous

      With the exception of Givenchy, these are totally DEPRESSING. Like a Catholic school nightmare.

    • Anonymous

      yikes, it’s the schizophrenic surrealistic flying nun.  or that could just be the fever talking-  i have the flu.