Friday, May 14, 2010

Women and Fashion

It’s a moment to celebrate admirable women, be they top models, fashion icons, ballet dancers or grassroots activists. Here, they’re shown wrapped in spring clothes that have a romantic bent.

Photographed by Bruce Weber
Styled by Camilla Nickerson

Iris Apfel wears her own clothes, eyewear, jewelry and bag. From left: Dior’s silk chiffon dress, at Dior, 800.929.DIOR; Louis Vuitton’s polyester and elastane shorts. JuanJose quevz Heredia hat; Louis Vuitton shoes. Louis Vuitton’s embroidered cotton and silk dress and polyester and elastane shorts, at Louis Vuitton, JuanJose quevz Heredia hat. Dior’s silk chiffon dress, at Dior, 800.929.DIOR. JuanJose quevz Heredia hat; Alexis Bittar necklace; Louis Vuitton shoes.

Etro’s silk dress, at Etro, New York; Beverly Hills; Las Vegas and Coral Gables, FL; Saks Fifth Avenue, New York. Early Halloween vintage earrings; Isaac Manevitz for Ben-Amun necklace and bangles; on left hand, from top: C. Madeleine’s cuff; Early Halloween vintage bracelet; Rosena Sammi ring; New York Vintage metallic scarf.

Elaine Irwin Mellencamp wears Lanvin’s black linen jersey and elastic dress, at Lanvin, Bal Harbour, FL. Chanel shoes.

Gucci’s cotton and modal top and stretch polyester shorts, at select Gucci stores, 800.456.7663. Capezio hosiery.

Beauty Note: all skin needs serious protection on beach days. Hampton Sun Continuous Mist Sunscreen SPF 55 is a good choice.

Miami City Ballet dancers Jeannette and Patricia Delgado wear, from left: Valentino’s nude silk organza dress, at Valentino, New York; Neiman Marcus; and Saks Fifth Avenue. Burberry’s beige silk chiffon dress, at Burberry, New York.

Beauty Note: Don’t bare arms without an uber moisturizing lotion such as Donna Karan Cashmere Mist BodySuit misting spray.

Calvin Klein Collection’s cotton poplin dress, at Calvin Klein Collection, New York; Bergdorf Goodman, New York; select Saks Fifth Avenue stores. Chanel flowers (worn in hair); Stacy Adams socks; G.H. Bass & Co. shoes. Eloise Corr Danch paper flower.

Louis Vuitton’s embroidered cotton and silk dress and polyester and elastane shorts, at Louis Vuitton. JuanJose quevz Heredia hat.

Beauty Note: Self help care of Ken Paves Color infusion makes fair hues last between salon visits.

Marc Jacobs’s sequined nylon jacket, at Marc Jacobs, New York; St. John’s silk and polyester dress, at St. John, New York and Beverly Hills. Philip Treacy hats; Falke hosiery; Chanel shoes.

Eloise Corr Danch Paper flowers.

Beauty Note: Show off great limbs with Omorovicza Gold Shimmer Oil.

Jil Sander’s polyester dress, at Barneys New York, New York. Falke hosiery; Manolo Blahnik shoes.

Dolce & Gabbana’s black and white silk tulle and lace corset top and black silk jacquard bodysuit, at Dolce & Gabbana, New York. Tom Binns necklace; on right wrist, from top: Tom Binns, Kenneth Jay Lane and Yves Saint Laurent bracelets; on left wrist, from top: Noir, Janis by GJnis Savitt, Fallon and Tom Binns bracelets.

Style icon Iris Apfel, 88, says she prefers the title “geriatric starlet” or "the world’s oldest living teenager."

Moncler Gamme Rouge’s silk jacket, at Bergdorf Goodman, New York; select Barneys New York stores; Daang Goodman for Tripp NYC’s cotton and spandex pants with attached belts, at Trash & Vaudeville, New York.

This page: Miami City Ballet students Serena Tovar Otis and Maya Symes flank Coco Rocha wearing, from left: Mark Fast’s black elastic and polyamide dress, at Des Kohan, Los Angeles; Curve, Los Angeles and New York; Capezio’s leotard and hosiery; Capelli New York leg warmers. Gucci’s black cotton and modal top, at select Gucci stores; Hudson’s cotton and elastane jeans (cut into shorts), at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores. Tao Comme des Garcons boots. American Apparel’s bodysuit; Capezio’s leotard, at Capezio Dance Theatre Shop, New York; Moschino’s navy silk taffeta skirt, at Moschino, New York.

Marleine Bastien— Executive Director of Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami (Haitian Women of Miami)— helps women in Haiti start their own businesses.

Yves Saint Laurent’s white stretch cotton poplin blouse and black silk duchesse satin skirt, at select Yves Saint Laurent stores. Selima Optique glasses; Falke hosiery; Lanvin shoes.

Beauty Note: Hair stays soft and healthy with Rusk Deep Shine Oil.

Chanel’s silk tulle blouse, at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores; select Neiman Marcus stores; Dolce & Gabbana’s silk bra and briefs, at select Dolce & Gabbana stores. Yves Saint Laurent shoes. Custom dog collar by Blooming Design and Events, Miami.

Hair by Recine; makeup by Gucci Westman/Revlon; manicures by Jodi Cardenas/Artists by Timothy Priano. Models: Elaine Irwin Mellencamp/ Ford; Kirsten Owen/One Management; Sedene Blake/NY Models; Anne Marie kortright/Wilhelmina; Guinevere Van Seenus and Alyssah Ali, both at IMG; Coco Rocha and Dree Hemingway, both at Elite NY. Prop styling by Dimitri Levas; production by Little Bear Inc.; on-site production by Dawn Boller/Tandem Productions. Photography assistants: Michael Murphy, Frank Stanley, Jeff Tautrim, Joe DiGiovanna and Brian Jankic. Fashion assistants: Patrick Mackie, William Kahn and Kathy Lee. Special thanks to Nelson Silva.

(W magazine)

This shoot is both heartwarming and refreshing. While fashion is a part, it's more about the celebration of women and the girls shown in a most positive light. The shoot features one of my very favorite Style Icons, Iris Apfel. I have such admiration for her feistiness and belief in living life to the fullest. She's a great inspiration, not to mention that she has a wardobe that goes unmatched by any that I've seen. That bag in picture one is to-die-for.....I wouldn't expect anything less of Iris!

One of my favorite models is also featured; I have long been a fan of model, Elaine Irwin Mellencamp. She's just as beautiful as she was when she started modeling back in the eighties, though she is a great deal more than a model beauty. The wife and mother made history back in 2001 when she became the first woman to drive the pace car at the Indianapolis 500. Hats off to all!

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