Filed under: Editorials | Tags: anais mali, anna wintour, azzedine alaïa, charlie welch, elissa santisi, kamo, lisa houghton, raymond meier, vogue
“Last, a brief word about this month’s fashion,” writes Vogue editor in chief Ann Wintour in her editor’s letter from the August 2011 “age issue.” She concludes that fashion is an endeavor teeming with surprise (see also Céline Resort 2012 and Givenchy Resort 2012). The previous three paragraphs of this opening letter, however deal with the aged, specifically the issue’s Sarah Jessica Parker cover story. The fashion that remains in the 229 page issue has value and none more so than an accessories story featuring Ford’s Anais Mali photographed by Raymond Meier. Titled “Mixed Media” the Elissa Santisi-styled story makes exceptional use of bold background colors to accentuate accessories in Lucite, alligator and python, glitter and suede. Making her fifth appearance for Vogue this year Anais opens the story with a Tod’s pochette bag slung over her left shoulder and wearing an alligator-and-python belt and clothing by The Row. Although there is nary an Azzedine Alaïa snakeskin handbag to be found, the story’s accessories on the balance are used to maximum effect. For example, take Anais’s final look, which is comprised of an amber python purse that absolutely pops against the green python dress and T-strap platform sandals, all by Gucci. Exceptionally blown-out hair by Kamo completes this trip down retro lane, which as ever Anais Mali takes in stride in both defiance of the issue’s theme of age and of course restrictions of the two-dimensional page.
Credits include: Publication, Vogue August 2011; Title, “Mixed Media”; Photography, Raymond Meier; Fashion editing, Elissa Santisi; Hair, Kamo for Mod’s Hair; Makeup, Lisa Houghton for Yves Saint Laurent at Jed Root, Inc.; Prop styling, Charlie Welch for Jed Root, Inc.