ELLE Canada: Tribal Queen

Posted on April 11, 2012

Darlings, here’s your pretty for the day; a colorful editorial with some great looks, an interesting model, and a really dumb name.

Do try not to focus too much on the latter, won’t you? Enjoy.

Marni Spring 2012 Collection/La Fée Maraboutée Spring 2012 Collection

ELLE Canada May 2012
Editorial: “Tribal Queen”
Photographer: Jean-Claude Lussier
Fashion Editor: Azamit
Model: Chantal Stafford-Abbott
Hair and Makeup: Paco Puertas

BCBG Max Azria Spring 2012 Collection

Marni Spring 2012 Collection [including shoes]

Michael Kors Spring 2012 Collection [Marni Shoes]

Hervé Léger by Max Azria Spring 2012 Collection

Donna Karan Spring 2012 Collection

Burberry Prorsum Spring 2012 Collection [BCBG Max Azria Sandals]

Alberta Ferretti Spring 2012 Collection

S’nob Spring 2012 Collection


[Photo Credit: elle.com, Jean-Claude Lussier for ELLE Canada via thefashionspot.com]

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  • hughman

    Well I guess we now know what happened to all those Project Accessory contestants. 

    • joe_tey83

       The hat from the second last look definitely looks like a creation from Project Accessory. A make a hat from a scarf and a glue gun challenge.

    • kimmeister

      HAHAHA!  The barkdust pieces in the first shot and the wide blue bracelets in the Hervé Léger look all seem like they would be thoroughly uncomfortable.

    • http://twitter.com/Nancer Nancer

      That jewelry is so fugly I can’t handle it! I think the Flinstones might want their jewelry back…

    • http://profiles.google.com/lyzawhitney Lyza M.

      Oh yeah.  That hat scarf has to go.

  • http://twitter.com/amndad amanda lynn

    perfect example of what a stylist can do.  also: i want to learn how to do hair like that.  amazing!

  • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

    Freckles! Love it.

    • Jill_3

       Totally. I think the model is tremendous.

      • Isana Leshchinskaya

        oh my lord yes! i don’t want any of the clothes on the runways, but the second she poses, i want to buy everything

        • Pinup Ghoul

           She looks like a living Gene Marshall doll. Just so gorgeous and poised!

      • fursa_saida

        Yup. Really exceptional.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

         I don;t recall seeing her before–she’s amazing.

  • MilaXX

    heh, the jewelry reads more Flintstones than tribal, but I like the clothes especially the b/w Donna Karan.  oh and the gauze underskirt on the green dress looks a bit silly.

    • kimmeister

      But the shoes with that green dress?  Awesome.

      • MilaXX


    • AthenaJ

      I swear, it looks like they were trying to make the model look like Wilma Flinstone in the first pic. But I agree, the Donna Karan is much better… I also kinda dig that BCBG Max Azaria dress, too.

    • TheDivineMissAnn

      Yep.  It would be a great dress without that gauze underskirt.

  • Michele Forney

    I want to see the shoes she’s wearing with the Michael Kors dress.  Do you have info on them?

    • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

      [Info added] They’re Marni. http://is.gd/HxPmCu

  • http://twitter.com/tallyho21 Jennifer Weinstein

    Wow…the styling is very interesting, but what I adored was her freckles!!!  It is so nice to see color rather than porcelain skin!  (Although she is too skinny)

    • Ceur

      Take a look at the Marni model first and voilà, suddenly she looks normal weight! Gorgeous Tribal girl, her face is out if this world. But Marni girl made me hungry.

  • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

    Love that model (although the posing is weird.) She’s fab.

  • TieDye64

    Let’s hear it for the freckled redheads! Love the Donna Karan. Well, except for the funky pockets.

  • Anathema_Device

    Gorgeous. Such a tonic after that crotch-crashing, ace-bandaged horror show of the Prada on Freida Pinto.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      That Prada skirt is a horror. I wish I could unsee it.

  • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

    The title did give me Italian Vogue flashbacks, but it’s pretty cool, and the model is an interesting choice.  Just an aside, but the socks that the Marni runway model is wearing are hideous.

  • gdougs

    last picture: don’t mind me while I pick up my dress and pee right here

    • SayWTH

      I thought she was recreating the scene in “Titanic” where Rose goes en pointe during the steerage party.

      Interesting choice for a model – and her hairstyle brings to mind a Star Wars character – just can’t put a name to the face I am seeing in my mind.

      • gdougs

        hm, I don’t know which scene you’re talking about (guess I have to go see it again in 3D! haha) and I agree, the hair is very reminiscent of Princess Leia. 

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6RS6NLL44AED3E4QWIYTDQGU6I Psy_Chick

          It’s a little more Padme Amidala (Leia’s mom). Leia didn’t get quite that crazy with her hair. 

    • AthenaJ

       HAH! I was hoping someone else was thinking that! I feel so immature for saying this, but I half expected to see a puddle on the floor underneath her.

    • slightlybitterkitten

      Peeing?  Well, it’s earthy… it’s tribal… it’s white Topsy.  (I’m groaning.)

  • Pterodactyl111

    It’s nice to see a freckly model.

  • formerlyAnon

    I’d call this a successful editorial: I think the clothes are uniformly more appealing than in the runway photos.

    My deepest affection, though, is claimed by the Marni (?) shoes the model wears with the green houndstooth print Marni dress.


    • Celandine1

       Oh yes, and the similar ankle strap pair she is wearing with the Michael Kors dress. Those shoes are fabulous. I want them in every color Marni did.

  • sunandmoon24

    love the model….and her hair. The clothes? meh.

  • Dejah_Thoris

    Clothes look like stuff I see at Kmart and Rite-Aid. Those two-tone Mary Janes, however, will be on my feet in all my fantasy-dream barbie daydreams.

  • crash1212

    LOVE that Donna Karan and the last pose is killer. 

    • sleah_in_norcal

      she would make a good artist’s model.  i’d love to draw (or better yet, paint) her in these unusual poses.

  • tinyredlocks

    Red hair and freckles! Yay! Love it!

  • snarkykitten

    what the fuck tribe are designers referencing? 

    • Sara__B

      Good question.

      • anotherkate

         Gingers. Duh.

    • sleah_in_norcal

      the freckle-armed red head tribe

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6RS6NLL44AED3E4QWIYTDQGU6I Psy_Chick

        I believe we were once called the Celts.

  • judybrowni

    Love the model’s “’60s Vogue” makeup and hair

  • PaulaBerman

    This collection is what Gretchen WISHES she could have done for her final collection! Not a pair of granny panties in sight, you’ll note. Love these looks, so wearable, saturated with color, and fun. The jewelry is sufficiently bizarre and visually interesting to make it artistic. Lastly, LOVE the model’s red hair freckled arms. So beautiful.

  • CatherineRhodes

    All those clothes look like bad Project Runway. Hate the clothes, hate the styling. 

    • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

      And hate the poses.

      I was proud, though, to recognize the Project Runway model wearing the Michael Kors.

    • guest2visits

      I’m seeing alot of Gretchen-type styling here. Lackluster tones, baggy-bohemia (Burberry, BCBG, etc).
      Clunky 70s sandals, accessories.   There’s something I like about the Marni green dress; but it looks like something
      that would only live on a runway model.
      I also like the structure of the Kors tie-died dress; minus the sheet-sized wrap, -thats just too much tie-die.

      But if that dress has no back ( a la Gretchen); then take it off my list.

  • Judy_J

    Very ’60’s Vogue. And I love that model’s freckled arms.

  • Sarah Thomas

    Where’s Bam-Bam?

  • http://profiles.google.com/lyzawhitney Lyza M.

    Finally some REAL fashion.  Gorgeous clothes.  I love the makeup in the first page.  The nude lips and a few of the rock accessories I could do without, but altogether this is wonderful.

  • alyce1213

    Very interesting, though not all really wearable, and visually stunning.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    The shoes slay me, the clothes are shockingly wearable and (heaven help me) Squee!  Freckles! So much pretty today!

  • MissAnnieRN

    Yes, Freckles, OK – great.  But anyone else think it’s weird that instead of using a model of color they chose a white girl for this shoot?  A dark skinned model would have been so much better, imho.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6RS6NLL44AED3E4QWIYTDQGU6I Psy_Chick

      Hey, people with pigment in their skin aren’t the only ones who had tribes, you know. Though ours didn’t dress quite like that. I guess this is thinking outside of the box?

      • MissAnnieRN

        Very true!  I just can’t help thinking what a gorgeous Indian woman would have looked like in this shoot.  Or an African woman.  And given that the theme was “Tribe” it just seems like a missed opportunity to represent multiculturalism in mainstream fashion mags.

    • Corsetmaker

      If they had done that there would doubtless have been accusations of racism and stereotyping.

      • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

        Exactly – we slam them for tokenism when they do a lazy tribal = black editorial, then when they do quite a sophisticated, modern take on tribal they get slammed for not using a woman of colour!

        • MissAnnieRN

          To be fair, I didn’t slam them.  I said I thought it was a missed opportunity to represent multicultural women in mainstream fashion mags.

        • Corsetmaker

          Yup, damned if they do, damned if they don’t :/

      • MissAnnieRN

        Really?  How would using a dark skinned model in this shoot be racist?  I’m genuinely asking because I don’t see it at all.  Last week, some of the BK’s thought it was horribly inappropriate for Katy Perry to wear a Bindi.  Something about how appropriating other’s cultures as the White Majority was Wrong Wrong Wrong.  I just think we have to chill out on some of this stuff.

        • Corsetmaker

          I didn’t say ‘I’ thought it would be. I said there would probably be accusations – going on past comments here and elsewhere. Personally I agree that some chilling out is needed.

      • TheOriginalLulu

        Exactly. As I was looking through the editorial, I was wondering how long it would take for someone to bring up some sort of race issue.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Love the Donna Karan mudcloth and the Burberry Prorsum!

  • PeaceBang

    That’s like what Gretchen would have designed had she had actual talent. Love it.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    “Tribal Queen”? More like haute couture Wilma Flintstone.

  • sid123

    can she not close her legs?! poor dear!

  • buildmeatower

    You know, I find practically all the clothes to be almost aggressively ugly,  yet still I couldn’t look away due to the model. Major props to her for making it come together.

  • quiltrx

    I really like the model. She’s serving up classic Barbie-doll face.  (I do prefer closed-mouth to the faint-surprise-open-mouth look, though.)  I wish they had done more than one style for her fab hair.

  • Bozhi

    I like these clothes.  There are some great spring/summer dresses, especially the Donna Karan and the Michael Kors.

  • ccm800

    Aw – she has Rose McGowans old face. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micaela-Cannon/1465504041 Micaela Cannon

    that model is world class.

  • http://twitter.com/DarthJaeda Jaeda Laurez

    gorgeous shoot, even given my mixed feelings about it. The model really is serving fierce here. And I really would dropkick your mama down a flight of stairs for those shoes and bag the runway model is wearing in the Burberry Prorsum pic.

  • demidaemon

    I’m sorry. That last picture looks like she is taking a dump.

  • http://aris-tgd.dreamwidth.org/ Aris Merquoni

    That model is fierce, like most people here I love the freckles, but mostly I want to praise the LIGHTING of this shoot. The solid-color-background isn’t so much different than the Terry Richardson editorial y’all posted earlier today, but Richardson can’t light to save his life. This looks so much more dynamic and cool!

    A little confused by the “tribal” thing, but what are you gonna do.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3QK7O6OXEX3AYERJWQUXBSVCTY Candy Kane

    I know I’m risking being “that girl,” but I really dislike the racial implications of this. African-inspired jewelry and bright colors on a white woman makes her a “Tribal Queen.” *Eyeroll* I love to look at pretty, but things like this are why I abhor the fashion industry sometimes.

    • PaulaBerman

       There are plenty of tribes in Canada, and in fact, pretty much everywhere there were people. I’m also not positive the jewelry is African– pieces of wood as a cuff? Rocks as a necklace? More fantasy-tribal than any real tribe IMO.

  • http://profiles.google.com/briarmoss11 Alexander Rich-Shea

    This is like a fashion editorial about colonialism.

  • http://www.thirteen.org/downton-abbey/category/the-downton-dish/ Gotham Tomato

    Love the use of diagonal lines. Love the first green dress (except for the slip-is-showing part). Love the patterns on the first piece, and the block print pattern at the bottom. But the photos are rather awful, as it the choice of model.


  • Aly Light

    I love how interesting and yet wearable the outfits look in this editorial– it’s eye-catching, but it still serves its purpose of making me want to wear these clothes in my real life.

  • P M

    This looks like a polished version of Mondo. And what’s with the sundays being longer than mondays? (ie slips showing?)

  • allisankelly

    So many beautiful clothes and the model is gorgeous. The green Marni is cute, but take away the shower curtain underskirt. Was liking that they didn’t take the easy way by putting the redhead in the obligatory green clothes, but then it happened. All the heavy jewelry reminds me of my mom’s jewelry box in the late 70’s.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001998855370 Fatima Siddique

    That last picture is hilarious! I can’t believe somebody put her in such a gorgeous dress, allowed her to pose like she’s going to tinkle, and then photographed it for posterity’s sake. 

  • Pinup Ghoul

    The model is very striking! She looks like a living Gene Marshall doll! I love the Burberry Prosum and the Feretti. Cool editorial! Short sentences everywhere!

  • Sunshine16

    Love her freckles!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Stone/100001328135240 Mary Stone

    so when did Max Azria and S’nob hire Anya?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DNWEFT2SVBX5T3NPMROQCT4U2U jennyv

    FAB.U.LOUS! Thanks for that boys, I needed it this morning!

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Ooooh, I’m in love with that Herve Leger dress and the Burberry top (but not the skirt).
    The green Marni dress is adorable, but I hate the sheer slip thing showing at the bottom. Is this going to be a thing now? Also, what’s with the geriatric styling with the socks-and-sandals in the runway version. Oh, these fashion designers! So kooky!

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

    Love the dresses, hair, and model in general, hate the half-assed ‘tribal’ jewelry and douche-hats.

  • AlieMichelle

    Anything “tribal” automatically gets a side-eye from me. This whole fascination with dressing up white models in African drag makes me really uncomfortable.

  • Terri Smith

    Is she having a baby in that last photo?

  • jameela_the_jewel

    See grandma? You WERE beautiful after all. Much love to all the women who had freckles they tried to hide.

  • Thundar99

    She’s totally channeling Lady Miss Kier Kirby of Dee*Lite fame, no?

  • http://profiles.google.com/valencia.lucia87 Lucía Valencia

    Wow, that model is working the shit out that paycheck! Attagirl!

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    What a lovely, fierce looking model.  Don’t care for most of the clothes, but she is just mesmerizing!

  • http://stitchingincircles.etsy.com Tina

    fantastique! The model is so lovely and while the tribal stuff gets a bit much, I love that green on her. And her freckles are so sweet.