Top 10 Fashion Editorials of 2011
by Alice Byrne
It is not easy picking our top 10 editorials of the year. Granted, most of these are from the latter half of the year, but these are essentially the editorials that have stuck in my mind for one reason or another. Whether its the fashion, the narrative, the creative direction or the context of the shoot, these editorials each have something special. They are not listed here in any particular order.
So firstly, the shoot for Muse Magazine, which features the beautiful Australian model, Bambi Northwood. In some ways, this is a fairly typical summer shoot, but we love the various locations, the colors, and the fashion. Shot by Tim Barber, this summer road trip is varied, dynamic and endearing, with so much variety, it is impossible to pick a stand out image.
Next on the list is an editorial that was featured in Karen Magazine, starring Andressa Fontanna and shot by Amanda Pratt. I have remembered this editorial all year, love the dreamy, fantasy aesthetic as well as the bubbles, the oversized sets and the wonderful styling of Andressa by Kate Envin. It reminds me of Tim Walker’s photography, yet I love Amanda’s feminine, fairy-tale take from a photographic perspective.
For Dazed & Confused, this editorial, titled Crystaline, was shot by Ruth Hogben, and stars Kinga Rajzak. This stuck in my mind purely because it is so unusual. I love the textures and specific color palette in each shot, and I just feel the overall creative direction of this editorial is seriously strong and eye-catching. It is a memorable fashion editorial, due to its unique styling.
For Vogue Turkey, two of my favorite models of all time, Jon Kortajarena and Dree Hemingway shot this nostalgic, scrapbook style fashion editorial. Photographed by Sebastian Faena, these two take a romantic trip down dusty roads and intimate waterfront locations. This editorial really stuck in my mind, I loved the whole appearance of the series, from the scrapbook style text to the torn, vintage style edges. It is a classic “escapism” editorial, and it does this perfectly.
Next up is a moody, and very floral editorial starring Raquel Zimmerman, and shot by Steven Klein, titled Late Bloomers. I loved this editorial instantly, Zimmerman has an amazing look, and this editorial direction works perfectly for her. I feel the over the top, more is more styling of this shoot looks amazing, and I love how the statement fashion featured actually works alongside the creative direction, rather than detracting from it or letting it take over.
This is one editorial, from 2011 that seriously sticks in my mind. Shot by Mert & Marcus for LOVE Magazine, this 46 page editorial is major in every way. Starring a huge ensemble cast including Lara Stone, Saskia de Brauw and Anais Pouliot among many others, these images are disturbing, haunting and yet eerily beautiful.
Maybe an obvious choice, but the Vogue US editorial coverage of the wedding between Kate Moss and Jamie Hince is definitely an editorial highlight of the year. The intimate portraits are personal and tender. The candid shots in particular stand out, as Kate looks so genuinely happy and radiant. The photographs were shot by Mario Testino, who is a great personal friend of Kate’s, and this close relationship is clear from the touching nature of the images.
Another Vogue shoot, this time for Vogue Italia, this editorial is titled A Family Portrait, and is shot by Miles Aldridge. The photographs see Bianca Balti as a long suffering mother to a beautiful little brunette girl who is running around after her wayward mother. The colors in this editorial are fantastic, and I think the whole concept and narrative is distinctive and charming.
This bohemian fashion editorial stars Anja Rubik and was photographed for Vogue Paris by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. This editorial really stuck in our mind, purely because we love the hippy, bohemian styling and overall look. It’s the fashion choices, by Melanie Ward, that make this editorial so memorable for me. In particular I love the shot of Anja in front of the fireplace with the peacock, as the composition here is so strong.
Finally, Georgia May Jagger for Harper’s Bazaar US. This tongue-in-cheek editorial is fun, playful and imaginative. We see Georgia parading around London, taking on the role of former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. Shot by Terry Richardson, the editorial concept is obviously not being taken too seriously, and this is part of it’s appeal.