Ashley Smith does Blondie for Vogue
by Alice Byrne
In this stunning shoot for Vogue Turkey, Ashley Smith pays homage to Blondie front-woman, Debbie Harry. This fashion editorial, captured by Ellen von Unwerth, tells a tale of secrecy and seduction. Fashion editor Sebastian Kaufmann creates a fast-paced, edgy editorial, with labels such as Bottega Veneta, Haider Ackermann and Burberry Prorsum. Each photograph tells its own story, with a powerful and rebellious narrative.
I feel this is one of Ashley Smith’s most successful shoots of recent times, with her quirky beauty translating perfectly into the rock and roll fairy-tale. She rocks denim, leather, fishnets and neon, capturing the essence of Debbie Harry perfectly in both attitude and seemingly effortless style.
This is the kind of editorial I love. It’s gritty and has a certain edge. It’s the kind of rock and roll, dirty glamor that the seventies were known for. The editorial has a cinematic feel, as if we are watching a beautifully shot, idealized documentary film on Debbie Harry. Each dark image is engaging and undoubtedly sexy, with Ashley charming the camera with her endearing gap-toothed smile.