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Vogue UK: State of Grace by Mario Testino

Poodles, British Vogue and photographer Mario Testino turned their eyes toward the spring 2009 Couture collections and got Natalia Vodianova to model them.

Since a picture is supposedly worth a thousand words, we figure there's not much else for us to say. Let your eyes drink it in, darlings.




Christin Dior
Model: Bruna Tenorio





Chanel
Model: Pinkie





Atelier Versace
Model: Georgina Stojiljkovic





Christian Lacroix
Model: Georgina Stojiljkovic






Jean Paul Gaultier
Model: Alana Zimmer




Armani Privé
Model: Natasha Poly





Givenchy
Model: Stephanie Carta





Elie Saab
Model: Lily Donaldson


Model: Natalia Vodianova
Photography: Mario Testino
Fashion Editor: Lucinda Chambers


[Photos: Getty Images/MarioTestino.com]



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86 comments:

Um, WHOA. I'm thinking that in the 2nd Testino shot, the model's panties didn't need to be so, uh...anatomically correct. Ick!


Simply stunning.

--GothamTomato


a third laura

she makes it look effortless.

i love the last three.


Oh, my god, these are gorgeous. The first two especially have sparked some pretty serious yearning.


Bailey said...
Um, WHOA. I'm thinking that in the 2nd Testino shot, the model's panties didn't need to be so, uh...anatomically correct. Ick!

LOL, that um particular feature unfortunately and immediately drew my eye as well.
The pics are gorge but sometimes distract too much from the fashions. Some of them that I find particularly pretty on the runway end up looking fug and washed out in the photographs.
~Zombiebirdhouse


A third laura, this works out perfectly: I'll take the first two, you can have the last three (though you may have to let me borrow the Givenchy), and someone else can have those in between.

See how we're all getting along so well today?


Stunning! Simply Stunning!

Natalia Vodianova is a great model, one of the best of all time.

TampaBay


@ Brooklyn Bomber- you're on! especially if i get to try on number 1, which i do like quite a bit but not as much as the latter three. :)


I find it annoying how she's not even wearing the darn clothes in two of the pictures. Heck is the point of having a model there?


LOVE that Dior, but how many times has that been featured?

The Versace is also gorgeous.

But I really like the Armani Prive, and am counting the seconds until Courtney Love funks it up.


The first Dior gown is breathtaking... on the runway, at least.

Thanks, Mario Testino, for choosing to photograph the dress in a rumpled heap at her feet (a naked Siberian hussy is much more picture-worthy than the artful gown!)


Lauren said...
I find it annoying how she's not even wearing the darn clothes in two of the pictures. Heck is the point of having a model there?

To have a half naked skinny girl in the picture?? LOL! LOL!


Anonymous said...
LOVE that Dior, but how many times has that been featured?

The Dior reminds of a recycled version of Melina Trump's wedding dress. Dior keeps doing this same dress over and over again.


TampaBay


My favorite is the shot with the Givenchy. It's been done, but it's ALWAYS beautiful to me when I see a similar shot. I think the model does justice to all the clothes.

As for the shots with the model not in the clothes:

1- At least with the Dior you get the feeling that maybe she was frustrated about getting the dress on and her friend took a photo when she was in the middle of her frustration, but
2- The shot with the Elle Saab? I really wish they threw it out. The model has NO relationship to the dress whatsoever and it looks stupid.


Gorgeous. The Dior is my favorite.


Sorry dudes I meant the last picture reminds me of Melina Trump's wedding dress. how many times has this design me re-visited in the last 4 years?

TampaBay


The Dior reminds of a recycled version of Melina Trump's wedding dress. Dior keeps doing this same dress over and over again.


TampaBay

5/12/09 10:28 AM


It's the dress that Kit Pistol wanted to make, and failed miserably.

But the runway model wearing it is equally interesting. She's live anime!


Gorgeous photos!

I'm a sucker for the big gown. The Dior and Elie Saab are my faves. And I think the funky undies are fab in the setting.


The JPG reminds me of the armor-like pieces Jillian did for Fashion Week that a lot of people hated. Love it.


agreed that the last shot is not as strong. the dress has been done but i can't help loving it. i think it's the texture and colour that i like more than the shape.


"I find it annoying how she's not even wearing the darn clothes in two of the pictures. Heck is the point of having a model there?"

Agreed. Even the clothes that she is wearing she's not really wearing so much as taking off. They're nice pictures but I don't think they're doing the clothes justice.


Fabulous! I love these posts, Tlo!!!

The givenchy looks so much better on Natalia, I guess because she's taller.


dear gawd! Too early in the morning for those pictures.


"Mary said...
"I find it annoying how she's not even wearing the darn clothes in two of the pictures. Heck is the point of having a model there?"

Agreed. Even the clothes that she is wearing she's not really wearing so much as taking off. They're nice pictures but I don't think they're doing the clothes justice."


Folks,

It's an editorial for a high-end fashion magazine not the catalogue for Sears.


Your blog makes me wish that editorials would also conclude the shoot with pictures of the gowns from the runway. Editorials are lovely and fun to look at, but a lot of the time the clothing gets lost. If you only saw these photos, you wouldn't get to see how stunning some of those pieces truely are.


Beatiful spread, but I have a problem with the ugly, "anatomically correct" panties. Reminds me of the old ones that used to hold Kotex in place.

The Givenchy is timeless. I adore it.


LaFemmeFataledeNY

That Armani Prive is TO DIE FOR.


"Ally said...

Your blog makes me wish that editorials would also conclude the shoot with pictures of the gowns from the runway. Editorials are lovely and fun to look at, but a lot of the time the clothing gets lost. If you only saw these photos, you wouldn't get to see how stunning some of those pieces truely are."

It is assumed most of the people looking at the editorials would have seen the dresses already, either in person or online. These are not meant to "bring fashion to the masses" or anything like that. It's about the artistic statement of the clothing. The runway is where the clothes themselves are shown off. Two different media with two different purposes.


what's with the black bra?


It blows my mind that British Vogue is superior to American Vogue with regards to clothes. I never thought I would see the day.

TampaBay


Really beautiful!


I too am not a fan of the anatomically correct granny panties, or the bordering-on-sports bra. I feel like they detract from the clothes.

I at least really like the lines and shapes the dress is making at her feet. If it must be in a pile, let us make it a pretty pile!


Swoon!!!

The Dior, the Givenchy and the Armani are my three must-haves for Spring. In my alternate universe.


Anonymous said... "It is assumed most of the people looking at the editorials would have seen the dresses already, either in person or online. These are not meant to "bring fashion to the masses" or anything like that. It's about the artistic statement of the clothing. The runway is where the clothes themselves are shown off. Two different media with two different purposes."

First, Vogue is sold at newstands around the world, including Walmart in the US. So yeah, they are bring fashion to the masses. Second, they do include runway pictures in other parts of the magazine, so I don't think it would distract from the artistic nature of the shoot to include pictures from the runway separate from the editorial. Third, a lot of editorials (maybe not in Vogue) are about showing a different stying of the design.


If you think "the masses" buy Vogue, ok then. Yeah, they have a wide distribution - and fashion is a big industry. What I meant was basically what someone else said - it isn't a catalog. It would be ridiculous and boring to just shoot all the models straight-on with their hands on their hips. Editorials are NOT about the clothing details. Obviously. Otherwise people wouldn't be complaining constantly that "they're not showing the clothes enough!"


honestly? meh. something is lacking for me here in most of the shots

the wheel photograph is stunning however


Sorry, but I'm an old hen who thinks that the Givenchy dosen't look right on anyone whose first name isn't Audrey, or whose last name is Hepburn.

It's a beautiful gown, but just dosen't look like it fits the girls right.


The power panties and sports bra are stealing the spot light in every shot!


I meant, isn't Hepburn

Sorry, I can't type and cluck at the same time.


I'm clearly in the minority (so far, anyway), but I think the whole thing is rather ugly and a bit too artsy-fartsy in a self-conscious way. Yes, I get it that this isn't the Sears catalogue, but a fashion layout should make the clothes look good, and in my opinion, this one doesn't for the most part. Compare to the Emily Blunt shots a while back.


Gorgeous! I think the idea is a girl in her room trying dresses on and having fun with her wardrobe. Kind of like, what should I wear today?

I still love Sewing Siren's idea to wear that Dior to go grocery shopping. How fabulous would that be?


Anonymous at 11:08

No no no, you are misunderstanding Ally and my point. I'm not saying that they should just shoot the gowns straight on like they would for a catologue. That would be ridiculous and no one would buy the magazine. I just think it would be nice if they included the runway picture as well, so (1) you could comepare it to the editorial shot and (2) you could see the full gown as the designer intended it.


"It's an editorial for a high-end fashion magazine not the catalogue for Sears."

And your point is what? A fashion magazine, whether "high-end" or low, is a vehicle, presumably, for displaying fashion.

What's the point of the first photo?


" lisa said...

And your point is what? A fashion magazine, whether "high-end" or low, is a vehicle, presumably, for displaying fashion. "

No, it's a vehicle for INTERPRETING fashion. Previous anon was right: catalogues are for "displaying."


bitchybitchybitchy

Bailey said:

Um, WHOA. I'm thinking that in the 2nd Testino shot, the model's panties didn't need to be so, uh...anatomically correct. Ick!

My thoughts exactly on that photo.

but, I must again profess my love for that Dior gown in the first photo, and the Givenchy gown is simply fabulous-what a stunning look


Anyone else notice the tan lines on the runway model for the first dress or is that just me? Loved the shots and the dresses but I found the black bra and creepy underwear too distracting...


bitchybitchybitchy

Gorgeous Things said...
Swoon!!!

The Dior, the Givenchy and the Armani are my three must-haves for Spring. In my alternate universe.

Gorgeous, perhaps we can share????


That model is astonishing. I spend too much time watching "model" reality shows and then when I see an actual model, I'm just stunned.

I think the photos are gorgeous and think it's witty to have the model posed in I've-got-cramps post next to the dress. Well, maybe not witty. But funny, nonetheless.


I love that Dior dress : )


What a beautiful editorial!


"Bailey said...
Um, WHOA. I'm thinking that in the 2nd Testino shot, the model's panties didn't need to be so, uh...anatomically correct. Ick!"

I know, I couldn't stop looking at it and then I realized it's the design not her you know what.


"sixgables said...
That model is astonishing. I spend too much time watching "model" reality shows and then when I see an actual model, I'm just stunned."

I know, right? I feel the same way. It's like WOW now you know why they get chosen. They know what they're doing.


"No no no, you are misunderstanding Ally and my point. I'm not saying that they should just shoot the gowns straight on like they would for a catologue. That would be ridiculous and no one would buy the magazine. I just think it would be nice if they included the runway picture as well, so (1) you could comepare it to the editorial shot and (2) you could see the full gown as the designer intended it."

I did not misunderstand your point. I think you misunderstood mine. Yes, some fashion editorials DO show the clothes in better details than others, however it is not a requirement and it is not what editorials are for. They are not to sell clothes, they are to display them in an artistic fashion. Sometimes this does necessarily mean that you can't really see a lot of detail. Whether or not you think they should, that is what editorials are for and that is why sometimes you end up shots of a model with a dress around her ankle. I don't particularly like this shoot either, so I'm not saying it's particularly good. However, I would not really fault it for not displaying the clothes because no, the purpose is NOT to show them as the designer would.


For the record, all I was saying was that I preferred you boys to high gloss fashion mags because you give us the runway look too. :) Vogue can do whatever they want with their editorials as long as we still have T-Lo!


so I've been in PR withdrawl so I've reread some of TLO's older posts and now all I can think about is how much the first dress looks like Kit Pistol's avant garde design and how much the second one looks like Mycheal's coffee filter dress


I really don't like the first one for some reason -- but love the dress.

MUST have the Givenchy... so gorgeous.

All around fab.


honesty.not.pc

God I LOVE that Dior! Just....spectacular.


""I find it annoying how she's not even wearing the darn clothes in two of the pictures. Heck is the point of having a model there?"

Agreed. Even the clothes that she is wearing she's not really wearing so much as taking off. They're nice pictures but I don't think they're doing the clothes justice.
"

My feelings exactly. The shoot/spread is conflicting to me. Is is about the clothing? is it about the model?

If it's about the clothing, how come most are not being worn or at least presented in a way that highlights what makes them special? A couture gown in a crumpled heap is still a gown in a crumpled heap.

If its about the model, then why have the added distractions of amazing clothing she's not wearing?


Love the Dior and the Versace. The model is way hot.


I actually adore the vintage "granny panties", I only wish the bra was also a nude (the black draw the eye a little too much). I like that she isn;t always wearing the clothes either, for me it makes the clothing seem more realistic, not less. I actually like the whole shoot overall and the actual garments in the shoot are totally making me swoon!


Fabulous!


I get all but the last one, which I think is the one where the photographer just gave up, having used all his other ideas.

Dior-shape-scroll work in mirror

Chanel-contrast/texture- mottled stone wall

Versace-shape-trumpet thingy (my fave)

Lacroix-shape/contrast-hard wheel against soft crinoline

Gautier-shape-body form

Prive-color texture contrast-stone wall

Givency- color study with black and white, texture study with hard and soft

Saab- as best as I can fathom, it's a color study reflective of the door colors and texture contrast. Not my favorite.

Also, the high fashion meets technology/industry is very steampunk or retromodern and very in right mow.


I'm with Sewing Siren and Flamenco Kitty. I don' like the model at all she is a detraction to me.


Love it. Though that first dress is a Vagina Dress if there ever was one. Which would explain the underwear.


Enh. I liked that first dress better in Vanity Fair.


I love these posts. Great job!

As an strange asside, though NV is stunningly beautiful, she just finished making a bit of a dogs dinner of hosting the first SF of the eurovision song contest (which, for those unfamiliar, is one of the most watched annual TV events in the world). With the static camera and Testino, however, she is imperious!


Actually, it seems to me the focus is more on her undergarments than on the artistry that is the clothes.

Yawn....

I can see better half-naked posing in Playboy.


Some of these posts are so snatchy! It's not that deep!

I love this spread, and didn't notice the weird panties. My favorite is the Givenchy dress.


Loved all the pics, looked at them many times b/c they were so beautiful. Reeeallly good fantasy aspects. Her odd undies, even the extreme bra worked in this too. That's art. Amused as heck that some commenters found the underpants so real. You don't get out much! The frankenstein stitch isn't representative of how a normal ladies part looks in any way, the placement or the look of it, just the nude shade. Whew. Tlo, more shots like these. Loved it.


Love Natalia, love these dresses, and didn't even notice a problem with the panties. I was too busy salivating over the shots.


These are beautiful photos, but if I were the designer of these clothes I'd be a little annoyed that my design was lying on the floor or on a dress form instead of on the model. Also, those panties are ugh.


SOME of the shots are great. Some of them I feel are just poorly laid out. The very last one particularly irked me; the model showed no character (just an bland pose) and the dress was just on a dress form. Neither of the focal points were at their best.

All in all it's a very beautiful spread, but I think some of them were poorly done. The model I feel got a similar treatment as some of the clothes: not properly utilized.


I'm not sure I'd describe the panties as "anatomically correct." At least my "anatomy" doesn't go all the way up to my waist.


why didn't they give poor natalia a chance to change out of her spanx before they started snapping photos?


Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. But they forgot to do her hair.


Absolutely stunning - both the editorial pics and the gorgeous couture. The model is perfection, even in the casual state of pose.

By the way, she's wearing silk panty hose over the cool satin granny panties. Have to agree the black bra is jarring and a little distracting but obviously intentional for the shoot.

Jilly


Anonymous said...
"Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. But they forgot to do her hair."

The undone hair goes with the bra/panties and the "attic" setting of trying on ball gowns stored away until "The Season".

I think I read that Kate Mossa and Claudia Schiffer store their vintage clothes from past seasons in an airplane hangar.

TampaBay


a third laura

@ TampaBay- this I need to see: an airplane hangar full of fabulousity! that sounds dreamy.


a third laura said...
@ TampaBay- this I need to see: an airplane hangar full of fabulousity! that sounds dreamy.

Laura III, I think it would be agreat shoot to Have Claudia Schiffer and Kate Moss do an editorial apread in their hangar wearing their favorite vintage pieces from runway collections past.

TampaBay


Does the Jean Paul Gaultier on the Model Alana Zimmer sorta kinda remind anyone besides me of Laura Bennett or do I need some more coffee to properly wake up?

In this dress and especially the styling, I see Laura Bennett stepping out of her comfort zone.

TampaBay


a third laura

@ TampaBay-
absolutely! great idea!
someone needs to MAKE IT SO.
that way we can all die of envy... or wonderment.


Everything is amazing.

End of story.


In some of these shots that overly focus on those big panties, I can't help but think of The Duchess' S1 E1 comment to Stacy, "Showing those big step in briefs, yeah, you're alluring."


Absolutely gorgeous.

I adore the Christian Lacroix dress.


The Elie Saab is STUNNING.


Is it just me, or does she hold the SAME POSE through perhaps 9 out of 10 shots here? "Left knee forward, lean left. Left knee forward. Left knee forward. Oops! Legs apart! Left knee forward. Left knee forward." The shots have wonderful texture and the lady obviously wears the hell out of the clothes, but that pose is HELD.


The Jean Paul dress is out of this world! <3!





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