Friday, November 14, 2014

The cover stars of Vogue Japan’s September 2014 issue need no introductions, or, for that matter, last names. Naomi, Linda, Claudia, Karen, Nadja, Stephanie, Mariacarla, Natasha, Tao, Saskia, Eva, Maggie, Malgosia, Guinevere, and Carolyn: these fifteen ‘Perfect Icons’ are known worldwide as some of the most glamorous women in fashion. In this story, though, there isn’t a spindly stiletto or slinky gown to be found. Instead, photographer duo Luigi Murenu and Iango Henzi team with stylist Giovanna Battaglia to evoke the madcap gamine aesthetic popularized by Japanese design luminary Rei Kawakubo. Their collaboration spotlights the best of Japanese fashion, featuring pieces by Kawakubo, Junya Watanabe, Yohji Yamamoto, and Jun Takahashi alongside an array of F/W 2014′s choicest offerings from Prada, Alaïa, and Céline . Swaddled in magpie layers of oversize knits, feral-looking furs, and sturdy leather, the supers have their feet firmly on the ground in platform creepers and mannish brogues.