Thursday, June 28, 2012

Lara Stone and Joan Smalls: Risky Business

Addicted to Love

With her big blazer and matte lipstick, model Lara Stone channels the airbrushed perfection of an early MTV girl—but she pulls her pieces together with a sophistication you never saw in any Robert Palmer video. Stella McCartney wool jacket ($2,195) and wool-twill trousers ($845); Stella McCartney, NYC. Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci earrings. Céline leather scarf and pumps. Yves Saint Laurent cuff. Tom Ford bag.

Lady in Red

Scarlet and black—the one-two punch of old-school power dressing—look “hard chic” in the polished materials that have captured our interest lately. Proenza Schouler woven-leather top ($3,775) and leather trousers ($2,575); Proenza Schouler, NYC. Tom Ford cuffs and belt.


Goody-Goody Two Shoes

Who would have guessed a dress-for-success double-breasted blazer and prim spectators could look . . . avant-garde? Balmain leather jacket and jersey skirt ($2,800); Maxfield, L.A. Tom Ford cuff. Céline pumps.

Hungry Like the Wolf

Model Joan Smalls wears big hair and leather on leather on leather (a 1983 Duran Duran combination if ever there was one). But this nuanced color palette? Shades of 2013. Céline leather top ($4,400) and scarf; Céline, NYC. Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci leather trousers, $4,480; select Barneys New York stores.

Manic Monday

The coat has soft-tailored, classic proportions, yes, but the looser, cropped trousers and chunky heels add up to an entirely different—previously unseen—workweek silhouette. Céline wool coat ($4,400) and trousers with zipper detail (1,550); Céline, NYC.


She Blinded me With Science

There’s something about the blasted-flawless, flattened, slick surfaces of this look that reminds us of New Wave fashion illustrator Patrick Nagel. Yves Saint Laurent leather top, chain-mail skirt, and silver lily bracelet; YSL, NYC. Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière gloves.

Hip to be Square

In today’s reductive minimalism, simple geometric shapes (triangles, circles, squares) are the logical embellishments. Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci bicolor bonded-leather coat; Bergdorf Goodman, NYC. Tom Ford bracelets.
Beauty Note: Focus your look with a matching lip and nail—like Estée Lauder’s Pure Color Lipstick in Scarlet Siren and Nail Lacquer in Pure Red.

Men at Work

In the eighties, padded shoulders were meant to make women look more mannish (read: powerful) in the boardroom. Today we wear a bold shoulder because we’re comfortable (read: powerful) enough to dress creatively at the office, too. Lanvin wool-and-felt coat; Bergdorf Goodman, NYC. Tom Ford necklace.

Frankie Say Relax

This has an air of elegant authority, but it’s actually a jumpsuit (a supereasy, comfortable alternative to a pantsuit). Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière iridescent silk coverall, $4,650; Balenciaga, NYC.

In this story:
Hair: Christiaan
Makeup: Lucia Pieroni for Clé de Peau Beauté
Produced by: Lalaland
Set design: Gerard Santos for the Magnet Agency
Fashion Editor: Camilla Nickerson
by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot,