Vogue Germany: Glory Days

Posted on July 19, 2012

Before we dive headfirst into the screaming insanity of another season of Project Runway, let’s take a deep breath and center ourselves with a dash of fabulously chic B&W NYC glam in the old-school manner. With just a splash of cute sailors. What’s not to love? Light some Chanel No. 5 incense, do some chanting, and let the pretty wash away the cares of your day.


Vogue Germany Editorial: “Glory Days”
Photographer: Alexi Lubomirski
Fashion Editor: Christiane Arp
Hair: Ben Skervin for The Magnet
MakeUp: Tyron Machhausen for Bridge Artists
Location: Grand Central Station/New York City


Jil Sander Fall 2012 Collection

Emilio Pucci Fall 2012 Collection

Christian Dior Fall 2012 Collection

Ralph Lauren Fall 2012 Collection

Chanel Fall 2012 Collection

Stella McCartney Fall 2012 Collection

Marchesa Fall 2012 Collection



[Photo Credit: Alexi Lubomirski for vogue.de, vogue.com]

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  • PinkLemon

    this is kind of rad.

    • http://twitter.com/VivianSwett Vivian Swett

      If you hadn’t included the runway shots, I wouldn’t know what any of the dresses and coats look like. I like some actual fashion in my fashion photography!..AmazingWayOnlineCash.blogspot.com

  • GillianHolroyd

    These clothes look a lot more coherent in B&W, well sepia & white. Fantastic shoot.

    • http://twitter.com/MajorBedhead MajorBedhead

      I agree, most of them do look better shot like that, which doesn’t really speak well for the clothing. That Marchesa dress is ridiculous, which is par for the course. I covet that Jill Sander coat and the Pucci dress (glad the model didn’t wear those boots – they look insane with the dress). I also covet a couple of sailor boys to follow me around, looking smitten.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      My thought precisely. Reading minds again? Naughty Gillian!

      • GillianHolroyd

        Och, get away wi’ ye! 

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          Heh heh heh heh,….

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I really like the Marchesa in B&W!

      • http://www.facebook.com/izzzyy Dixie Murphy Ross

         99.9% of Marchesa’s stuff (which, for the record, I prounounce Mar-CHEESE-ah) would look better in black and white. WAY too many elements there.

    • http://www.facebook.com/izzzyy Dixie Murphy Ross

       Get out of my brain. the PUFs really DO have a psychic connection!

    • Jill Roberts

       You say coherent, I say hideous.  Gorgeous photos for sure.

    • ChaquitaPhilly

      Totally agree and the sailors make great accessories!

      • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

        Oh Sailor!  

        Anywho, if my fellow PUFs love a good Sailor, have a pic of Katy Perry with nearly a dozen for an Independence Day photo shoot she did.

        [eta link]

  • PeggyOC

    The photography is cool, but in every case except the first shot the clothes are completely lost in the sepia washout.  The model could be wearing anything.  That’s acceptable in an artsy coffee table book, but not in a fashion editorial.

  • MilaXX

    Dreamy. I would kill for that first coat.

  • http://twitter.com/Nancer Nancer

    The shots are pretty, but the clothing is obscured. If you hadn’t included the runway shots, I wouldn’t know what any of the dresses and coats look like. I like some actual fashion in my fashion photography!

  • Judy_J

    Fabulous shoot!  Love the sailor boys (and the clothes, of course!)

    • http://twitter.com/Merneith Merneith

       There’s just something about a sailor boy …

  • http://twitter.com/MajorBedhead MajorBedhead

    Must go to B&N to see if they have the German Vogue. Some of these photos are wall-worthy. 

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

    I’ve worked really hard to be ok with the body I live in; but how the hell am I supposed to reconcile that delicious coat in the first shot with my five-foot tall frame?  No styling in the world would keep me from looking like I stole my mother’s bathrobe.


    • pookiesmom

      To be fair, the coat looks kinda bathrobe-like to me even on the model in the color photo runway version, though it looks absolutely stunning on the model in the editorial. Methinks ’twas meant to be worn only by a 7 foot tall twig in a sepia world with photoshop. If that makes you feel any better.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/OF5UVSD5VFKMO2HHHRPMWZSEBY Deb

        Or SWINTON

    • formerlyAnon

       I’m just grateful that I eventually (eventually = well into my 30s) figured out that no matter HOW skinny I got, there were just some beautiful clothes I was too short to wear.  Some of the photographic evidence from my 20s & early 30s is just tragic.

  • http://twitter.com/NJPaganelli NJPaganelli

    They should’ve photoshoped Patti Lupone’s name into the Evita Marquis. Also the boys are cute again. 

  • http://twitter.com/TheRedZavodnik Ginger

    I hate that Marchesa thing with the passion of a thousand housewives watching Magic Mike all at once.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Adams/1143985903 Sarah Adams

    Excuse me a moment – is Vogue Germany trying to say that Germany’s glory days were somewhere in the midst of the early Cold War? The days of the Berlin Wall? Because that’s the vibe I’m getting here.

    • http://twitter.com/starrika Ali

       I thought this was referring to USA’s glory days – it’s NYC, right? And US naval uniforms?

      • http://twitter.com/starrika Ali

         And not so I sound like a self-centered American, but from what I understand, Germany’s naval uniforms did look different from this back in the day, which is why I thought that. Not because I think everything revolves around the US.

        • AthenaJ

          Yup, they were different. The sailors in this spread are definitely wearing American uniforms.

    • LesYeuxHiboux

       Thank you! I kept waiting for someone to say that (Though I got a WWII vibe, which is worse). The Stella McCartney and Dior have a wartime-vibe.

      • Bridget Dierks

         I thought the same thing… Do they consider America during WWII to be Germany’s glory days?  Why would they celebrate OUR glory days of WWII?  This message is highly confusing. Best just look at the pretty clothes, I guess.

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

          Thank you to everyone trying to figure out this shoot, which has left me very confused. Maybe it’s my age, which is considerably more than that of the art directors on this shoot, but American sailors in the streets of NYC mean V-Day (Victory in Europe) to me, as in the sailor kissing the nurse. This is the uniform my uncle wore while trying to kill Germans. Which leads me to asking why would the conquered be glorifying the conqueror? And a Japanese American sailor when most of the Japanese living in America during WWII were put into detention camps? WTF?

          • formerlyAnon

            I think it’s safe to assume that this shoot is celebrating iconic images which have lost most of their historical meaning, because the originators don’t know or don’t feel strongly about the original context.  As we get older, we can expect more and more of these WTF moments in popular culture.

          • Mefein

            “American sailors in the streets of NYC mean V-Day (Victory in Europe) to me.”

            Or it could just be Fleet Week…!

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

            Good point. Not living in New York, that didn’t occur to me. Now I’m not confused any more.

          • Mefein

            I’m terrible.  When I see pics of sailors in NYC I’m just as likely to think of Joan Rivers’ Heidi Abromovitz.  Off to greet the fleet.

            I don’t know if it makes this editorial any less confusing, though.  But I guess “why?” is a fool’s question in fashion!

          • AthenaJ

            True, but I think most Germans wouldn’t know anything about Fleet Week. Shoot, I’m from Pennsylvania and would never heard about it if it werent for that SATC episode (the one where Charlotte flashed her boob to a Navy guy lol).

          • AthenaJ

            You said exactly what I was thinking. I kept having to scroll up to make sure it was really Vogue Germany. If Vogue Germany wants to do an NYC spread, then there’s nothing wierd with that – but this whole thing is completely all-American… and I am definitely seeing WWII here. Sailors and women out on the streets of NYC definitely evokes the feel of the end of the war when everyone was out and celebrating – that would be America’s glory days, NOT Germany’s! That being said, the looks in this editorial are very beautiful, but the reason for this theme is confusing enough to be distracting.

    • Sara__B

      Since this was shot in NYC, maybe Vogue Germany is saying that the USA’s glory days were somewhere in the midst of the early Cold War. Or maybe they’re saying (faux) sailors are glorious. Or maybe they’re saying nothing at all…

  • SpcilK

    Love the photos! The clothing in real life pales in comparison to the pictures.

  • kingderella

    fabulous and sexy! love it!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RHLSUVX3NCPB4OSS5BM7GZIXUE P. Capet

    i hope next time i’m at grand central station i look this glamorous!!  i’d better bring my compact!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RHLSUVX3NCPB4OSS5BM7GZIXUE P. Capet

    ps but i love it

  • Lilithcat

    That Jil Sander coat is astonishingly gorgeous.  

  • sockandaphone

    that marchesa coat is such a joke.

    • YoungSally

      Must Marchesa put a pouf on EVERYTHING???

      • sockandaphone

        the answer is probably yes :/

  • http://aldonsusi.blogspot.com/ Susi R

    I love the first outfit- so chic. 

  • Snailstsichr

    I am getting fixated on how beautiful the model’s eyebrows are. Count me among the PUFs who like a lot f the clothing better in sepia tone.

  • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

    I’d cut a bitch for the Jil Sander coat in the first picture.

    The whole shoot is beautiful!

    • pghgirlrikki

      I agree with you 100%. Im a history nerd so I don’t mind the ww2 reference.

  • marilyn

    Good looking  young men in uniform can pretty much sell anything.  The clothes are fine, but the styling, scenery and mood certainly sell them.  Good job Vogue.

    They are calling this Glory Days, but the sailor’s uniforms appear to be American.  That should not call up fond memories of the past to many Germans.  Whose glory days are they talking about?  The US’s?  Is anybody in Germany going to buy this magazine? 

    • formerlyAnon

       Very few Germans, (or Americans or anyone), under, say, 30, even has *parents* who have clear memories of WW II. You’ve got to be at least 73 to have been 6 when the war ended.

      Time fades the emotional impact.

  • formerlyAnon

    The Chanel and the Marchesa are particularly well-served by the obscuring effect of the photography.

    I enjoyed this one greatly.

  • Introspective

    Beautiful shots. But Like the others have said I cant really see the clothes. I also would love for the model to close her mouth. She is striking on her own without that fish mouth action.

  • crash1212

    Man, I love me some sailor boys! Yum…also, that model is beautiful and perfectly suited for this spread.

  • elirt

    I love it all except the Marchesa. Why does everything that comes from that line look like it’s throwing up tulle. 😛


    That first outfit is gorgeous. And I’ve fallen in love with Mister Man Model McPoutyLips there.

  • Jill Roberts

    I don’t totally love the lacy corset-y thing bisecting it, but the rest of the Pucci dress is beyond divine.  I love me a high neck, a long sleeve, and a fabulous print.  Yes, please.

  • guest2visits

    I like most every design on display here. The sepia tone is evocative of the period; but almost too blurry to appreciate.

  • sk8tfan

    I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but I actually kind of like the Stella McCartney. I must now go into Witness Protection.

  • quiltrx

    Beautiful…and I suddenly want to go watch Monica Vitti movies.

    But I can’t, because I’m on a deadline for a quilt contest, and subtitles and sewing do NOT mix. :)

  • MissAnnieRN

    This is sublime. The photos, lighting, styling, model, all combine to make these clothes look better than they do on the runway. Even the Stella and the marchesa manage to look great.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sauchih Sau-Chih Feng

    <3 sailor boys….

  • judybrowni

    Yummy sailors, evocative photos, but that purple and black Chanel dress looks like A Series of Unfortunate Events,the fashion statement.

  • Aurumgirl

    Count me in as another who thinks the photography is getting in the way of the clothes–it just changes the entire “feel” of the piece shown.  That Jill Sander dress and coat takes on a very different aspect on the model than it does in the B&W photo, where it suffers by looking flat and stiff.   As for the other pieces, the Chanel, the Stella, and the Marchesa (which is an identical copy of a dress one of my Barbies wore, way back in the 60’s, I kid you not) do not improve when they’re shown on the pidgeon- toed model in the editorial, but maybe that’s because they’re pretty sad no matter who wears them.

  • plinkiedoodle


  • http://www.facebook.com/aboutelle Ashleigh Boutelle

    Can I just say, I am L O V I N G the inclusion of an Asian model…I have been saying for years: Asian is the new black. 

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

    It’s amazing how well they made the Marchesa and Chanel work, the runway versions are stunningly ugly, imo.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    T and Lo – who is the model?  She is FABULOUS!

  • Laura Hand

    This to me looks retro 40’s ish, and it’s the Glory days of Germany? Hmmm…