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July 24, 2014

Katie Grand x Tim Walker

The Fashion Wizards Conjure Up a Bohemian Fairytale for LOVE Magazine

Master storyteller Tim Walker and LOVE Editor-in-Chief Katie Grand reunite for Wizard, a hyper-dreamy shoot taken from the title's latest issue. Set on shooting his “favorite Brit girls,” Walker whisked homegrown talents including Kate Moss and Edie Campbell to Eglingham Hall, the fantastical 17th-century residence in Northumberland, England, that has defined much of his career. “Tim wanted to shoot a mystical fairy tale, and I never usually like wizards and all that hippy shit, but I loved the challenge of pulling in more magical clothing––especially from the great William Vintage,” says Grand, who unearthed the two-tone Halston dress as seen on Jean Campbell. New to the LOVE fold, Matilda Lowther and Jake Love also joined the cast, but it was the decade-plus teaming of Walker and Ms Moss that ultimately defined the made-in-Britain atmosphere on set. “They were sat in the forest having a cup of tea and a chat, and we were all like, ‘Tim, the light's going, Tim the light's going,’ but they were much more bothered about the tea,” adds Grand. Fresh from a road-trip across Utah and Arizona after closing issue 12, the super-stylist sat down with NOWNESS to talk Snow White, wishes and to-do lists.

When did you first meet Tim? 
Katie Grand:
We first worked together on Dazed & Confused about a million years ago. I think the story was called Poor Cow, and Grace Cobb styled it. I had been at college with Grace and she introduced us. They shot a cow on the M40, I think.

If you could describe shooting with him in emojis, what would they be? 
I don’t have emojis on my computer, but if I did there would be hearts and wizard hats, and perhaps the camels––they always make me smile, especially to accompany a picture when someone is showing a lot of cleavage.

Who else’s vintage collection do you admire? 
Stephen Philip at Rellik; he's always such a joy. Others’ I've admired are Azzedine Alaïa's, Miuccia Prada’s and Manuela Pavesi’s.

What do you most identify with in fairytales?
I like how sinister they are with such a dark overtone. Something bad always happens and someone always has a good cackle about it. Jean Campbell would be Goldilocks and Matilda’s got beautiful white skin, so she’d be Snow White.

What's on your to-do list?
KG: Answer these questions; get back to Irene at Marc Jacobs about the SS15 shoe fitting; get back to Condé Nast about our advertising sites for the new issue; look at the new Italian Vogue; send Hannah McGibbon a note to thank her for sending her excellent magazine; pick up a new cape from Prada. I think that's it today––not particularly stressful. 

Finally, one wish?
My rabbit Clara to come back (she died this week).

LOVE 12 Autumn/Winter 2014 is out Monday 28 July. 

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Avedon: Women

Gagosian Gallery Surveys the Influential Photographer’s Otherworldly Muses

Malgosia Bela and Gisele Bundchen glare theatrically while 60s supermodel Veruschka affects a contorted pose in these monochrome portraits by Richard Avedon. Opening today, Avedon: Women is the first solo exhibition of the late photographer’s work in Los Angeles in 37 years, showcasing the visceral and transformative imagery of women underscored by minimalist backdrops that became one of his calling cards. New York-born Avedon began his interest in photography by observing women in his own family, and looked to capture the nuanced emotions behind the act of dressing up, before being snapped up by Harper’s Bazaar in 1944. Conceived almost a decade after his death, Gagosian’s Beverly Hills show spans six decades and includes over 100 photographs drawn from The Richard Avedon Foundation's extensive archive, including his works as the first staff photographer of The New Yorker, who wrote of his authoritative motif, “As long as people remain curious about life in the 20th century, they will turn to Avedon’s photographs to see how it looked, and what it meant.”

Avedon: Women at Gagosian Beverly Hills runs from November 2 through December 21.

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Katsuya Kamo: Head First 

Reflecting on the Junya Watanabe Collaborator's Non-Conformist Hairstyling and Millinery 

The surrealistic head-top assemblages of Katsuya Kamo are paid homage to by 100 Headpieces, a new exhibition and accompanying book from Tokyo’s Lafforet Museum. The show displays many of his most prominent designs for the first time, and this curated collation showcases haute-couture work and magazine editorials alongside personal polaroids and intimate collages. Kamo entered fashion working with Junya Watanabe at Comme des Garçons in 1996—he created feathered structures for the Japanese designer in his own Spring 2012 show— going on to work on campaigns for Fendi, Chanel and Maison Martin Margiela, alongside commissions for Paris and Italian Vogue, The New York Times and Dazed & Confused. “Collaborating with Mr. Kamo is an incredible experience,” says Nicola Formichetti, whose work with the visionary milliner can be seen in today’s striking images. “I think of him as an artist or head sculptor. It’s so inspiring seeing him work, creating beautiful, magical pieces.”

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