W Magazine: Sweet Escape

Posted on September 25, 2012

Darlings, we’re wiped out, and a picture’s supposedly worth a thousand words, so we’re gonna let Miss Karlie do all the WERQ. She’s more than up to the task.

Enjoy your pretty of the day, dolls. It’s a keeper.

W Magazine editorial titled ‘Sweet Escape’ featuring model extraordinaire Karlie Kloss, modeling some of the Fall 2012 couture gowns, photographed by Nick Knight and styled by Edward Enninful. Hair by Sam McKnight at Premier Hair. Makeup by Val Garland at Streeters London. Set design by Anna Tavani. Produced by Ben Faraday for Octopix. Digital technician: Joseph Colley.

Chanel Fall 2012 Couture Collection

Christian Dior Fall 2012 Couture Collection

Christian Dior Fall 2012 Couture Collection

Armani Privé Fall 2012 Collection

Armani Privé Fall 2012 Collection

Giambattista Valli Fall 2012 Couture Collection

Giambattista Valli Fall 2012 Couture Collection

Atelier Versace Fall 2012 Collection

Chanel Fall 2012 Couture Collection

Iris Van Kempen Fall 2012 Couture Collection

Givenchy Fall 2012 Couture Collection

Giambattista Valli Fall 2012 Couture Collection

Giambattista Valli Fall 2012 Couture Collection

Giambattista Valli Fall 2012 Couture Collection




[Photo Credit: wmagazine.com, vogue.it]

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  • Squarah

    Loooooooove. This is the best I’ve seen in awhile that wasn’t in Vogue Korea. Right click save, repeat.

    • Squarah

      Actually, this is so good that I need to go hunt for big, high res versions of it.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2P2ANLRZ6YAVGONA36I2AQJYGI VicD

       I was just going to say … totally worthy of Vogue Korea.

  • Anathema_Device

    I adore this so much. I love the illustration effect. 

  • hughman

    Aubrey Beardsley FTW. Also, photoshop. But mostly Beardsley.

    • http://twitter.com/delysia_lafosse Delysia LaFosse

      That’s what I was thinking, too. Although I find it hard to imagine his work in cotton candy pastels.

    • nellcote

      More Erte than Beardsley, I’m thinking.


    • mellorcr

      Beardsley, Erte, & Klimt!!!  Stunningly gorgeous, butI have reservations about a magazine photoshopping a model this much.  Subliminal message is a woman can’t be attractive unless she is 8 feet tall and weighs 100 lbs.

      • Sartorial_She

        Yes; my first thought was that some of these are quite reminiscent of Klimt. Gorgeous!

      • holdstillnow

        I really enjoyed this, but the ‘shopping of her body made me a little less interested than I would have been otherwise.  I know it was intended to up the fantastical illustration quality, but it was so unnecessary.  

  • Spicytomato1

    Gasp. Just when I thought I’d chosen my favorite, another one would scroll up. I think my top three are the Christian Dior, the first Giambattista Valli (I’d take the blue or black) and the Givenchy. Stunning.

  • blogless

    Fairy tale dresses.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      indeed-just stunning, J’adore!

  • Sarah Thomas

    New for Spring 2013; the Trappere Keepere collection, by Haus of Frank.

  • Sarah Thomas

    Also, fashion editorials need to start crediting the intern who does their Photoshop, if that kid is going to have more control over the aesthetic than all the high-paid stylists. 

    • LuxuryLime

       They did give the credit! At least, I’m assuming that “digital technician” means Photoshop artist.

      Digital technician: Joseph Colley

      • j_anson

        TLo gave the credit, but I’m not sure where they got it – it’s not obviously to be found anywhere in the linked slide show.

        • Corsetmaker

          The full credits are on slide 12 – the tree image.

          • Sarah Thomas

            Ah, now I see it. Thanks!

    • LaylaSV

      The digital technician should technically be credited in every editorial. I’ll look for that to happen sometime after magazines start universally crediting the actual MODEL.

    • http://profiles.google.com/ameliaheartsu Amelia Logan

      I’m going to bet that the person who does photo editing is more than an intern, that might be insulting to many people for whom that is their actual profession.

      • tereliz

        Yes! Thank you!

  • A. W.

    Credit goes to Kloss of course, but let’s give a hand to the photoshop artists who made photographs into watercolors fit to grace the wall of any museum.

  • StellaZafella

    Okay, Erte…sashay, shauntay…who needs a runway? Yay!

    • Celandine1

       The Givenchy made me stop and stare, I would swear it was an Erte lithograph. This use of software on images I am all for, j’adore!

  • lbl

    Is it me or is W magazine infinitely more creative than Vogue?

    • MilaXX

       more than US Vogue at least. Vogue Korea is still wonderfully creative.

      • lbl

        Yes, American Vogue is what I meant. I think I just really dislike that magazine.

  • marilyn

    Strange.  The picture first dress is so airbrushed and treated, that it looks like a post impressionist painting of a model in a dress.  The effect is interesting, but does not give you an idea of what the dress really looks like.  It is nice that they continued in this fashion, drawing upon different styles of painting to showcase the dresses, most of which are gorgeous.  The quality of the artistic renderings seemed to be excellent,  capturing the essence of the dresses and the best of the artistic style for the ‘painting’.   The hideous black mess (Van Kempen) with the 2 stylized slits in the front is bad. However, we can expect to see it on Lady Gaga, or someone else determined to get everyone’s attention.  But for the most part, the dresses are gorgeous, both on the runway models and in the artisitic renderings of them.  The pink Armani Prive was a gorgeous dress, but I don’t understand the metal grid around the model’s face.  Is that the front of a football helmet?  The dress is great, but the face brace is not.  The purple dress with the models wearing it in tandem was a little freaky, but the dresses themselves are gorgeous. 

    An interesting interplay of art and fashion.

  • gabbilevy

    I know it’s an intentional choice, but I do wish the contrasts were a little higher in the whites. I want to see more of the details of her face, the makeup, the dresses. The photographer in me can’t help but go, “Ack! Overexposed!”

    But super cool editorial.

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

    The Givenchy picture is stunning. Do you think it really spreads out that far or is just artistic license?

  • Tatiana Luján

    This is the most beautiful editorial I’ve seen in years.

  • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com/ Rebecca

    She looks like a painting by Erté.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Y2NRENM73PYXEHSNLE7K2DY5PM Bethany

    Magnificent – Karlie Kloss is utterly transformed in these photos (largely due to Photoshop, but still… breathtaking).

  • RedRaven617

    Loved the editorial, hated the runway look. 

  • SpcilK

     I Just died and wnt to fashion heaven.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/21151157@N00/ rawrgrowlrawr

    Right now I am watching Touched by an Angel with my dear old grandmother, so thank you for this. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZBFH32YG44LIIZYLSQPMBXMYCU Sarah

    I like it, mostly (partial to the Givenchy and the second from last green floral GV because green is my fave) and since I’m an artist, I enjoy the photoshopping to the extent that these become more than fashion photos and something more atmospheric/magical, but I am freaked out by the elongation thing going on. It’s like the freaky combo of El Greco, the end of a Western movie, and Easter.

    • poggi

       Yes, me too.  I really like that the “photoshop” (it seems almost wrong to call it that) is so exaggerated that it makes the models seems otherworldly, inhuman as opposed to less extreme versions of photoshopping where the intent is to try to pass off the manipulations as reality (which reinforces problematic and impossible standards of beauty).

    • theblondette

       Oh phew, I thought I was the only one after all the positive comments. The elongation just looks distorted in a hall-of-mirrors way which I don’t think fits with the editorial’s aesthetic.

      Beautiful dresses.

    • http://twitter.com/ms_smartiepants Beth Mellone

      My take is that they are going for the effect of fashion illustration which typically uses a 9-head (or even 10-head) figure. Fashion illustration uses pretty unrealistically proportioned figures because the point is not the figure but showcasing the clothing: see Ruben Toledo and David Downton.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZBFH32YG44LIIZYLSQPMBXMYCU Sarah

        I hear you. I dabbled with fashion illustration in my youth, an I know the phenomenon you’re referring to, but I guess it’s like clown masks; I don’t like distortion and confusion of proportion on actual human limbs. Clothes can try to do that, and that is interesting, but actual human bodies with wrong proportions just give me the willies. A primal thing?

        • http://twitter.com/ms_smartiepants Beth Mellone

           That makes sense: it has a bit of an uncanny valley effect, which I happen to find really arresting in this editorial, but I can see it being quite off-putting.

  • MilaXX

    Beautiful. I would over to see the filming process for this. I know it’s heavily photoshoped but I love the watercolor effect we are left with.

    I always wonder about these post. Do you guys get the editorial with links and then have to locate the runway versions yourself?

  • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

    My god! Pretty for the day doesn’t begin to cover it.  More like amazingly gorgeous for the day!  Thank you, TLo!

  • j_anson

    These are awfully pretty, although at the point you’re altering it this much, I don’t see why you’re using photography instead of just hiring an artist. That’s not snark; these actually don’t look like photographs any more, and I like art too, so why not just feature fashion art? Maybe the photography route is still cheaper, even with the heavy alterations.

    • tereliz

      Cheaper AND quicker. Having a base layer to work with saves tons of time. And it’s so much more fun for the digital technician than airbrushing out rolls and acne and pores. It’s crazy how much time it can take to make a beautiful woman look flawless. 

      This is totally not in response to your comment, but I also think digital techs get a lot of flack for making people look too thin, or changing their skin color, or even eliminating limbs, but it can be difficult to do the job you want to do while still pleasing those above you. 

  • sk8tfan

    I’m afraid to admit I love it because it might give legs to the Kelly Osborn purple hair monstrosity. Then again, if she dressed like this, I might make peace with it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JSGAZPEESHQT47ATH55GNOHHBY Erin

    Her poses are very Klimt-esque.  Gorgeous.

  • quiltrx

    I can’t decide whether I want to be a Chanel swan, a proper Dior lady, or a Givenchy lady of darkness.  Perhaps I could alternate days.

  • choco

    I can’t believe they would stretch karlie’s proportions!!! As if they needed to be longer… 

  • tallgirl1204

    How very odd and beautiful.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Givenchy for Pyramid Collection.

    I love the illustrative look of the editorial, but the stretching on her already naturally stretched proportions really throws off a few of the images. The Iris Van Kempen in particular. The colors and backgrounds are lovely, and she really can work that bod for a pose.


  • DeTrop

    The pink Armani Prive – so beautiful.
    Lots to like here. Brava.

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  • MzzPants


  • ChelseaNH


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

    This spread is absolutely glorious.  I love the whole water color line figure thing they have going on.  This is hands down the ONLY way photoshop should be used in a magazine.  To enhance artistry, not to obscure supposed flaws on the female body.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    the best thing youve put up in like, i dunno, eleventy million billion years. fabulously wonderous.

  • http://www.facebook.com/renate.yerkes Renate Yerkes

    they are like aubrey beardsley illustrations

  • theblondette

    I think the first image and the Givenchy Couture image are the most successful in creating length of the body in a way that doesn’t immediately say “woah, photoshop” but rather “ah, Mucha.” The black Givenchy in particular looks stunning.

    I love how romantic all these dresses are!

  • Judy_S

    Now that’s what photoshop is for.

  • SewingSiren

    Beautiful . I really miss fashion illustration, which is hardly used anymore. These images are much closer to illustration. I guess digital illustration.

    I wonder if the plastic surgery crowd would do this to themselves if it were possible. Probably would.

  • mjude


  • Le_Sigh

    Love it hard.  The shots keep getting better and better at the end too.  

  • In_Stitches

    I feel like it’s an ode to the many aesthetics of Katy Perry from candy to goth with everything in between.  

  • Marian Humin

    This is the most beautiful fashion spread I’ve ever seen!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=768540908 Badriya Al-Badi’a

    So very updated Erté, love it!

  • afabulous50

    I guess I’m not seeing what everyone else sees.  Not certain why photographers shoot white dresses on white backgrounds….

  • Jessi03

    Insanely gorgeous!  Thank you.

  • Verascity

    Oh my God. This is one of the best I’ve EVER seen. I would buy some of these for my walls… not the clothes, just the pictures!

  • minnye

    I saw this on my phone last night and couldn’t wait to take a look on the big monitor. It would’ve been really fun to see a video of this shoot and compare the real girl to the final images.

  • granddelusion

    Wow. Formidable.

  • mmc2315

    I’ll take the black Givenchy, and the first emerald green Giambattista, please.  And somewhere to where them to.  Thank you.

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

    Very first “weeping angel” shot/dress made me gasp.

    Still hate the last Giambattista Valli dress, even with the toned down photo. Like a model fell into a hedge.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vdunbarjones Valerie Dunbar Jones

    Do we really need to see a size zero woman elongated to a height of eleven feet? Must say, though, had to like the Erte vibe in the Givenchy.


    OMG!  Amazing!  I hatehatehate when photoshop is used to make a woman look proportionately impossible, but yet still try and make her look “real”.  
    THIS is what photoshop does best!!  Digitally enhance a photo making it interesting and flat out not “real”.  This is so reminiscent of fairy tales and old school fashion prints. But, her face still looks so current.  What a lovely editorial!    
    I would love to hang prints of these, the blue Versace, the second Dior and the black Givenchy.

  • http://twitter.com/carnivaltenten Ten Ten


  • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

    It’s Erte all the way. LOVE it!

  • http://www.lippsisters.com/ Deborah Lipp

    A living, human Erté.

  • Frederik Markusse

    The black gown by Iris van Kempen incorrectly credited. It’s actually by Iris van Herpen.

  • PrunellaV

    Stuh. Ning. This use of photo manipulation, to create an aesthetic instead of trying to make someone look “perfect”, I wholeheartedly applaud.

  • Abed Haddad

    the gowns in the  6th picture are valentino haute couture not Giambattista Valli

  • Mariah J


  • lilazander

    Can I cry?… I am.

  • aristida_girl

    this is amazing, so of the best eye-candy I’ve seen in a long time…

  • ccm800

    really great great styling and photos RUINED by terrible digital imaging.