FRESH APPROACH TO FASHION: EMBRACING A WORLD OF BEAUTY - models: Ajak Deng, Grace Mahary, Jourdana Phillips, Lameka Fox & Nykhor-Nyakueinyang Paul - photography: Silja Magg - fashion direction / styling: Katie Trotter - hair: Seiji - makeup: Toni Malt - text: Louis Nichol - location: The Hamptons, New York - Harper’s Bazaar Arabia April 2017
TOGETHER WITH GUCCI WE’RE CELEBRATING THE BEAUTY OF DIVERSITY AND A KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLOUR FOR SPRING / SUMMER 2017
“The fashion industry has the ability to make the less visible, visible.” ~ Jourdana Phillips
“The inspiration for the story is the sentiment of Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele, “If we are going to push the conversation forward then we have to look beyond simply talking about models on the runway, and focus instead on individuality and faces that show humanity.”
The appliquéd and cutout stylized flowers—either peonies or plum blossoms—are drawn in an Art Nouveau style, which was prevalent from 1890 to 1914. The dramatic sleeve silhouette along with the great amount of ruching and hand pin tucking throughout the bodice and skirt make this a very expensive garment, perhaps part of a trousseau.
The period from 1900 until the outbreak of World War I in 1914 was an era of beautiful, extravagant, and ultra-feminine clothes. The high-collared bodice and the soft, draping trained skirt were worn over an S-shaped corset. The corset pushed the bust forward and the hips backward, creating an S-curve in the silhouette of the body.