Steven Meisel has that special ability to script and tailor his fashion editorials so that each can reference and reflect current social trends, situations and events. We should be extremely thankful for the fact that Italian Vogue is willing to go the extra mile and give this talented photographer carte blanche when putting together his shoots.
The pages of the August issue of VOGUE Italia look nothing short of deadly. The spreads illustrate a shocking, painful yet incredibly powerful visual message. The ‘Water & Oil’ images shot by Steven Meisel, feature a Kristen McMenamy covered in oil and were inspired by the recent oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
Sweet, colourful candybars and lollipops are often used as an inspiration for hair, make-up and clothes. In the Sixties, mini dresses with their square, round, or fluid movement prints already gave off a candy association, but the creatives of our time have really used their sweetest dreams to get to the following outcome.
Whether opening a newspaper, watching television, scanning a magazine or clicking online, we are constantly under a barrage of high-impact, controversial, violent, provocative images and information. With up-to-the-minute data just a finger-click away, now more than ever is the time to be more aware and open-minded. Yet considering all that is available, fashion seems to continually receive the hard rap when it comes to so-called “controversial” images.