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Lovefest: Kate & Katie

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at a Shoot for LOVE with Fashion’s Great Influencers Ms. Moss and Ms. Grand

Kicking off NOWNESS’ Valentine’s week celebration of all things romance, LOVE Editor-in-Chief Katie Grand casts a beguiling Kate Moss as a Pre-Raphaelite muse. Shot by the venerable Tim Walker and showcased here in an exclusive expanded edit, the belle époque scene’s floral accessories dominate the supermodel’s otherwise minimal wardrobe. Accompanied by handwritten passages from Angela Carter’s 1967 coming-of-age novel The Magic Toyshop, the result adds a blush of decadence to the current issue of Grand’s London-based brainchild. In addition to today’s stunning story with Moss, whose ever-flourishing career has been leading the industry for over 20 years, LOVE’s latest tome includes intimate features with British fashion darlings Cara Delevingne, Liberty Ross and Edie Campbell, as well as American actress Chloë Grace Moretz. Grand paused for a moment before the Fashion Week rush to reveal details behind the shoot and talk personal romantic highlights, from the awkward to the irresistible. 

What’s the strangest thing someone has ever done for you in the name of romance?
Katie Grand: Steve [Mackey, Grand's husband] proposed to me after holding my hair back while I threw up in a field at Charlotte Stockdale’s wedding. I’m sure there have been other strange incidents, but that's the most prominent.

This issue casts three models as muses—Kate, Cara and Edie. What’s the thing you love most about English girls and how does your portrayal of them harness that essence?
KG: I’ve always loved English girls. My whole career is sprinkled with my various English girl crushes, which is why Liberty and Agyness are also in the issue. I don’t think they take the whole modeling thing so seriously and generally know how to have a good time. I love Nigel Shafran's pictures of Cara and Edie as they are so ‘normal’ and charming, and very English too.

How did you achieve the flower styling for Kate’s shoot with Tim Walker and were there any awkward moments?
KG: Ha ha! We had a prop stylist who placed Kate’s flowers. I’m so used to seeing Kate naked, so it was just another day at the office for us. Her body looked incredible on the shoot though and it was nice to see her naked in such a romantic way.

What were the overarching themes that most interested you in putting together this issue?
KG: British girls were the running theme, and Chloë [Moretz] is an honorary Brit as she’s spent so much time here.

If Chloë Moretz is a modern day Ophelia in her cover photo, what characters would you liken Cara and Kate to?
KG: I wanted to do something different from our last few covers, which have been quite romantic and painterly. We had looked at Antonio Lopez’s work and wanted to nod to his sense of glamor, so Cara and Kate are kind of Jerry Hall and Grace Jones for me.

What is your ultimate Valentine’s fantasy?
KG: To be whisked off somewhere exotic by my husband. The reality is I will be working on London fashion shows! 

What’s the sexiest shoot you’ve ever worked on?
KG: There have been so many. Gisele is always so sexy and hot to work with, so are Kate, Daria [Werbowy] and Lara [Stone]. Our first cover shoot with Beth Ditto naked was pretty sexy too. It was a gorgeous hot day at the Chateau Marmont. 

What’s the most erotic moment in film?
KG: 9½ Weeks is still pretty erotic.

What’s the sexiest thing you’ve seen or heard lately?
KG: A trip to Azzedine Alaïa is always sexy.

What song do you find most seductive?
KG: “Little Red Corvette” by Prince.

See Tim Walker’s shoot in LOVE nine, “The Clean Issue”, out now in print or via LOVE’s iPad app.

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Conversations (4)

  • Spenyo
    I never really got the kate moss thing But i personally think she looks really great,the photographer has caught her perfectly!!!
  • Ellington
    janjamm! you are spot on! I so agree with what you are saying in regards to this Kate & Kaite photo shoot.
    • Posted By Ellington
    • February 11, 2013 at 2:37PM
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  • akaLizzee
    Totally agree w/ janjamm. Tired of this sort of thing -- and these images are not even fresh or interesting, just tired, cheesy poses by a bored and boring mannequin.
    • Posted By akaLizzee
    • February 11, 2013 at 10:18AM
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  • janjamm
    I am getting really tired of the constant editorial choice to take every opportunity to objectify the female body. Ugh. Men get to be "revitalizing the lost era in British sound and image" for example, while women mostly participate in soft porn images. Let us see some of the women shaking up the world with their minds and ideas, too.
    • Posted By janjamm
    • February 11, 2013 at 9:59AM
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