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Lanvin F/W 09.10 : Kristen McMenamy

Pretty + Kitty.


42-year-old model (and goddess) Kristen McMenamy for the Lanvin F/W 09.10 ad campaign, photographed by Steven Meisel.




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104 comments:

GAH-DAYUM, those dresses are gorgeous!


Indeed they are...But I'm mostly stunned by the skills of the Cat Stylist.


Love the last shot with the cat staring at the camera like, "What, bitch."


Agree about the dresses. HATE the photo styling - looks sick and twisted to me. A corpse with spread legs and cats crawling over her. Why do they think this would entice me to buy the dresses more than just showing the lovely dresses?


CanIGetYouAnything?

STUNNING!


Sixgable said, "I'm mostly stunned by the skills of the Cat Stylist."

I know. I'm a dog person, myself, but I've got to say those are some good looking cats.


All the clothes are TO DIE. Love the shots. She is FABULOUS, isn't she?


The shoes. The shoes. The shoes. I'm going to faint.


Wow.

But my question is, how did they wrangle the cats?

Maybe she just posed there for hours until the cats walked up just in time for the perfect photo.


The dresses - beautiful, the cats - obsessed with the feathers on the hat (which may have been dipped in catnip to ensure their cooperation.


LOL. Those are some diva cats. I love it!


Anonymous said...

Agree about the dresses. HATE the photo styling - looks sick and twisted to me. A corpse with spread legs and cats crawling over her. Why do they think this would entice me to buy the dresses more than just showing the lovely dresses
?

Funny, the styling was the best part, I thought. Reminded of Batman Returns, with all the cats crawling over the 'dead' Michelle Pfeiffer.


I agree with Anon 8/4/09 10:08 AM

basically creepy and can't see the clothes


All I see are crime scene photos. Agree with others who find this spread more creepy than fab.


GucciGirl on 8/4/09 at 10:12 AM said..."The shoes. The shoes. The shoes. I'm going to faint."


I AGREE! Where can one buy?

TampaBay


I, too am impressed by the Cat Stylist. Brilliant. I can't get my cats to pose for me no matter what I do.

Love the camera angle, the lighting and the styling. Well done.


The styling and schtick took over the clothes. Lanvin paid a lot of money to create a bunch of pictures that are all about Meisel and McMenamy, with the clothes coming in a distant third. Too bad, because the clothes are quite nice.


I love this spread. Divinely disturbing, which is not at all a bad thing for a successful shoot!!
Being a cat person, I am so impressed by whoever "posed" those beautiful felines!! PS: The model Magdalena Frankoiac IMHO is decidedly not one of my favorites.
She is disturbing looking, but not in a divine way.


A said, "The styling and schtick took over the clothes."

You know, I agree. The hot lighting and stark color contrasts are interesting enough, but didn't we see this a lot in the '80s? And the stiff, angular poses -- I'm sure it's all part of a concept, but why?


VERY impressed with the photos - massive drama and no idea how long they worked to get shots where both the model and the cats were right.

I do agree that the drama of the photos completely obscures the drama of the clothes for me - but I'm not sure Lanvin lost - people may not have the image of a dress burned into their brains, but many will remember "those Lanvin ads - you know, the ones with the cats and that woman - you-know-who-I-mean - "


I swear, some of the commenters sound like they've never opened a fashion magazine in their lives.


I've always been disturbed by these model-as-literal-mannequin type of shoots. She looks not only dead, but dehumanized in a way that's not interesting, but insulting. I agree that it's gorgeous if you look at everything in the photos as inanimate objects, but some part of me finds it offensive, too.


I've always loved Kristen McMenamy. She is such a great mannequin.


sixgables 8/4/09 10:05 AM said: "Indeed they are...But I'm mostly stunned by the skills of the Cat Stylist."

hellene said... "Wow.
But my question is, how did they wrangle the cats? "

YES! my exact thoughts! isn't in the essential feline nature to NOT do anything that humans want? so how did they manage to entice such sublime cooperation from those cats?

re: the pictures, for some reason not all photographers can make models & clothing look as good in pics as on the runway. So when it works, as this shoot does, I'm impressed.

and doubly so by their cat management skills!

srq


Yeah, I'm in the "creepy" camp on this one. Kristen looks like a corpse, and the last shot with her legs spread open looks very crude to me. I'm not usually a prude about these fashion shoots, but for some reason, that shot is ugly to me.


Why don't they have such gorgeous clothing on REAL women, showing off their beautiful curves and wide, beaming Barbie smiles? I don't like anything different. I wish they would show us the JOY behind these clothes, instead of using boring human hangers. *snicker snicker* Making fun of thin models is snarky!


That last shot.
...the purse between her legs... SOOO CLASSY
reminds me of a photo shoot on ANTM when the judges and designer were disgusted when Sheena put the purse between her legs

(why didn't they just put the cat there?)


Have you guys never heard of cat trainers? It's harder to train cats than dogs but not impossible. I have seen cats run through obstacle courses, jump into trainers' arms from 20 feet in the air, and even walk on their hind legs. Getting them to sit still for some photos seems like a walk in the park in comparison.


Anonymous said...

Agree about the dresses. HATE the photo styling - looks sick and twisted to me. A corpse with spread legs and cats crawling over her. Why do they think this would entice me to buy the dresses more than just showing the lovely dresses?

Funny, the styling was the best part, I thought. Reminded of Batman Returns, with all the cats crawling over the 'dead' Michelle Pfeiffer.


That scene in Batman Returns was exactly what I thought of. It seriously looks like a corpse with cats around it. I'm not big on it, to be honest, I think it's rather 'done' to see dead bodies in clothes posing for fashion shoots. Next.

The cats are gorgeous though, and I'm not a cat person.


Looks like a crime-scene, and the cats dunnit!!
Whatawaytogo...


She looks like a murder-victim to me. Creepy.


too many cats

The cats did not like her, nor did they like being there.

Trust me, those are some pissed off puddycats. (Well fed, but pissed off, nonetheless.)


I don't think she looks dead AT ALL. It reminds me of 101 Dalmatians - like, old, crazy aristocratic lady.

Love the first shot with her in the sunglasses. Don't love the last one - seems less cinematic and more awkward.

First thing I noticed was how the gorgeous neckline of the 2nd dress is obscured by the stupid "necklace" that they had her wear.


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Yes, I'm sure Lanvin could really use the advice of a bunch of anonymous blog commenters.


" Anonymous said...
Yes, I'm sure Lanvin could really use the advice of a bunch of anonymous blog commenters."


You mean like yours?


formerlyAnon at 8/4/09 10:50 AM said... I do agree that the drama of the photos completely obscures the drama of the clothes for me - but I'm not sure Lanvin lost - people may not have the image of a dress burned into their brains, but many will remember "those Lanvin ads - you know, the ones with the cats and that woman - you-know-who-I-mean - "

I hear ya and I will admit to being a bit schizophrenic on the matter, because when designers get too artsty and above it all, I am like "why are you choosing to play in the big leagues if you are not going to to recognize that you are running a business, go get yourself a little atelier in Paris or Williamsburg and knock yourself out."

At the same time I think there is a point where the business side overtakes the creativity, and it becomes more about buzz, eyeballs and event management than about displaying your creations in the best light and the creative expression of the designer -
as opposed to the creative expression of the photographer. Of course that is the designers prerogative... I guess I can understand this kind of set up more when it is for perfume, accessories and / or cosmetics.


" Anonymous said...
Yes, I'm sure Lanvin could really use the advice of a bunch of anonymous blog commenters."

She/He snarked anonymously.


11:49 and 11:50, the point flew right past your heads.


a said...

"formerlyAnon at 8/4/09 10:50 AM said... I do agree that the drama of the photos completely obscures the drama of the clothes for me - but I'm not sure Lanvin lost - people may not have the image of a dress burned into their brains, but many will remember "those Lanvin ads - you know, the ones with the cats and that woman - you-know-who-I-mean - "

I hear ya and I will admit to being a bit schizophrenic on the matter, because when designers get too artsty and above it all, I am like "why are you choosing to play in the big leagues if you are not going to to recognize that you are running a business, go get yourself a little atelier in Paris or Williamsburg and knock yourself out.
"

Most designers in "the big leagues" have no desire to see their clothes on everybody across America, and it certainly is about an artistic statement. Yes, it may be a business, but uh...these clothes sell as it is. Few people are going to pay $5,000+ for a dress, and these are marketed towards those who can and do.


Cat treats. Lots and lots of cat treats.

I'm a feline fan, so the kitty cats are all I really see in these pics. So pretty!


This is the kind of photo spread I love the most...simple, no frou-frou, with bold elements that just jump out at you.
Also, aren't cats just the most gorgeous creatures?


The cats are great, but the model is way too corpse-y. I honestly didn't even see the clothes -- I'll have to take a second look.


I get the idea, but I have to say I hate the styling and the rigor mortis expression they chose. The pose where she is both looking dead and grabbing a cat bothers me immensely. It looks like she couldn't decide which to do. The styling overwhelmed me enough that the clothes just slipped by me unnoticed. As for finding poseable cats, you just have to find the right ones. I have one wandering around in my house right now. I'm underwhelmed.


all i can say is...
the bitch is back! yes!
i, for one, missed her and her crazy shoots
prada went for evangelista last fall, lanvin for mcmenmy this fall, it looks like it is the return of "the" girls...


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Starlite at 8/4/09 11:57 AM said... Most designers in "the big leagues" have no desire to see their clothes on everybody across America, and it certainly is about an artistic statement. Yes, it may be a business, but uh...these clothes sell as it is. Few people are going to pay $5,000+ for a dress, and these are marketed towards those who can and do.

I don't disagree and not to sound snarky, but I did not state in my post that Lanvin was trying to appeal to the masses. At the same time, I am not convinced that a woman who makes six or seven figures and / or her paid stylists are more inclined or better able to differentiate the clothes from the styling and the schtick either. The bread and butter of a design house are the accessories, perfumes and cosmetics and guess what, for the most part the shoes and the handbags are being showcased quite well, so there you go. I like clothes that Alber Elbaz makes and IMO they were not showcased well in one lousy campaign, life goes on. My original post was that the styling and schtick took over the clothes and I stand by that, but if Elbaz is fine with it, cool beans.


a said...

Starlite at 8/4/09 11:57 AM said... Most designers in "the big leagues" have no desire to see their clothes on everybody across America, and it certainly is about an artistic statement. Yes, it may be a business, but uh...these clothes sell as it is. Few people are going to pay $5,000+ for a dress, and these are marketed towards those who can and do.

I don't disagree and not to sound snarky, but I did not state in my post that Lanvin was trying to appeal to the masses. At the same time, I am not convinced that a woman who makes six or seven figures and / or her paid stylists are more inclined or better able to differentiate the clothes from the styling and the sctick either. The bread and butter of a design house are the accessories, perfumes and cosmetics and guess what, for the most part the shoes and the handbags are being showcased quite well, so there you go. I like clothes that Alber Elbaz makes and IMO they were not showcased well in one lousy campaign, life goes on. My original post was that the styling and sctick took over the clothes and I stand by that, but if Elbaz is fine with it, cool beans
.

Well, you may not have stated that Lanvin was trying to appeal to the masses, but you were clearly implying that they should just "stick with an atelier in Paris" if they want to get all arty with their ads, which is fairly ridiculous because that is kind of the entire point. I think the mistake some are making here is that the people who buys these clothes don't necessarily do it because they see a pretty dress in the pages of Vogue. They or their stylists are scouting out the collections themselves. Ad campaigns like this are to establish presence and brand identity, as well as to create a 'feel' for the season. They are not meant to move more dresses off the shelves or show off the clothing in a detailed manner. That's what look books are for. "Fashion" is not marketed or sold in the same way as "clothing," and it is erroneous to conflate the two.


I don't know who Starlite is, but I love him/her.


Put me in the "they are creepy" camp. I don't like them at all and think they distract from the beautiful clothes.


I thought it was swell, but what do I know. I can see the perfect idea for the next "Make Me a Supermodel" challenge, however.


TLo, are you on the crack pipe?

I HATE these pictures! Goddess? Where? The cats? The model looks like Marilyn Manson photographed dead after a horrible heart attack / stroke trauma at a red carpet fund-raising event for the ASPCA. There, I said it.

TLo, please come to your senses!

~ MDO


" Anonymous said...

TLo, please come to your senses!"

Translation: Please think exactly as I do!


Fabulous. And I adore the cats


Jesus Christ. People who disagree with you about the styling choices of a fashion spread are not stupid or evil by virtue if that disagreement. This is a place for us to voice our opinions of whatever TLo throws out, so we're voicing them.

Me, I'm in the "she looks like a corpse" camp. Not a fan. But I don't think that people who find the spread beautiful are morons.


The cats did a fabulous job of modeling. Like most felines, they are perfectly dressed at all times, as well as elegant. I hope they were paid well.


...or smoking crack.


Ha ha!!! What can I say??? 98% of the time over the last 3 years I've been reading their blog I've been in line with their views, or at least understand where they're coming from. But this one time I think they're waaay out there! Sorry TLo!

~MDO


These photos are gorgeous and the cats did a fabulous job.


I don't mind that people don't like the pictures, but they sound ridiculous when they opine to the effect that people like Lanvin and Meisel don't know what they're doing.


Anonymous said...

Ha ha!!! What can I say??? 98% of the time over the last 3 years I've been reading their blog I've been in line with their views, or at least understand where they're coming from. But this one time I think they're waaay out there! Sorry TLo!

~MDO




And that is fine, you're entitled to your opinion and/or taste, but you shouldn't tell anyone to come to their senses just people you don't agree with their view on things.


Fresca said...

Jesus Christ. People who disagree with you about the styling choices of a fashion spread are not stupid or evil by virtue if that disagreement. This is a place for us to voice our opinions of whatever TLo throws out, so we're voicing them.

Me, I'm in the "she looks like a corpse" camp. Not a fan. But I don't think that people who find the spread beautiful are morons
.

Nobody said you had to like this or you are a moron. It was merely pointed out that it is a little odd to expect certain things from something that is entirely different. Don't like this styling? Fine. Complaining that it obscures the clothing? Doesn't make sense.


Well, you may not have stated that Lanvin was trying to appeal to the masses, but you were clearly implying that they should just "stick with an atelier in Paris" if they want to get all arty with their ads, which is fairly ridiculous because that is kind of the entire point.
.
No my atelier comment was not "clearly implying that Lanvin was trying to appeal to the masses," a lot of "stuff" exists between an atelier and mass merchandising. Secondly, you seem to be afflicted with the same strain of schizophenia that I referenced in the post of mine that you parsed. I was simply acknowledging the tension / balancing act between art / creativity: "it certainly is about an artistic statement. Yes, it may be a business, but uh..." and business: "[ad] campaigns like this are to establish presence and brand identity, as well as to create a 'feel' for the season." So I'll holla at you in macrame class.


Yuck. The facial expression - the same in all the photos - is dreadful.


EGADS! LIGHTEN UP EVERYBODY, IT'S JUST FASHION!!!!!!

~MDO


Thanks a. That almost made sense.


I was Anonymous 10:08. My head hurts more from reading these posts than from looking at the original photos. I have a few minutes before my macrame class, so I'll meet y'all in the bar. First round's on me.


"Anonymous
8/4/09 10:08 AM

Agree about the dresses. HATE the photo styling - looks sick and twisted to me. A corpse with spread legs and cats crawling over her. Why do they think this would entice me to buy the dresses more than just showing the lovely dresses?"


No offense, but anyone who makes comments like your probably cannot afford them anyway. The ones who can afford Lanvin get it.


Screw the dresses and the model, those scary ass cats are awesome.
Wonder how many takes were required to get the cats to stop and look at the camera?
Someone has some uber cat whispering skills.
Or they are photoshopped.


"No offense, but anyone who makes comments like your probably cannot afford them anyway. The ones who can afford Lanvin get it."

Au contraire, huggitbear, I take great offense at your retort. How you think you can deduce my financial status from my opinion of a photo layout is perhaps the most ridiculous comment yet. In my original post at 10:08 did I imply that I didn't like the dresses or that I couldn't/wouldn't buy them? You know nothing about my fashion tastes or investment portfolio. I just offered to buy everyone a drink. You can pay for your own frickin' Bud Light ... and one for the horse you rode in on.


A, I think you may want to reread what I wrote. I don't think you understood it at all (and I don't mean that in a snarky way).

You brought up ateliers, not me. Of course there is a lot of things between that and mass-market, I'm not a dolt. I'm still not sure how it applies to our conversation at all.

I was not afflicted with any "schizophrenia," since I basically explained how the two parts (creativity and business) are separate. Creating a brand identity and presence is only "businessy" in the sense that is is about brand. It is not about selling clothing, it is about an artistic statement. These ads are not meant to increase sales numbers.

Nobody is arguing they aren't related at all, but I'd hardly call it an issue of balance considering the industry is pretty divided between the businessy "sell" part and the arty "creative" part. True, these types of ads are maybe the closest thing to the two sides meeting, but again, these ads are not meant to sell clothes. And why would there be a balance between art and creativity, since for these purposes it is the same thing? I don't mean this rudely, but your post honestly doesn't make a lot of sense. It's a lot of mashed-up quotes and punctuation without a real point.

I wasn't trying to accuse you of being "wrong" or trying to be aggressive, I was just adding to the conversation. I'm not sure what macrame has to do with anything, but...ok. Good one.


Well, I didn't even look at the clothes, the styling and poses distracted me so much. I will have to go back to look at them again, so I don't know if it was successful or not.


I can't help but think she looks like she's on some cat-atonic drug.

Pretty clothes but a weird message.


formerlyAnon

Lordy, lordy, are all y'all *enjoying* getting all riled up with each other?

Ain't nobody important hanging on anybody's thoughts on this blog, it's about expressing our various opinions, which no doubt range from expert to pig ignorant.

Now, I stand corrected if someone *is* getting consulting fees based on how large a proportion of the posters here can be educated/bludgeoned into agreeing with you.

But ya know, in that case, you'd best be giving our hosts a cut, y'hear?


I love it!

The quilted bag in the first (?) shot is gorgeous.

The Divine Ms. McMenamy certainly does make those runway models look like dull little girls, doesn't she?

And I didn't see a corpse at all. I saw an eccentric society dame a little trashed after a fabulous night out.


I am reminded of Catherine Deneuve in The Hunger. I love it!


Anna said...

Love the last shot with the cat staring at the camera like, "What, bitch."


YES.


I don't know about the clothing but suddenly I'm in the mood to adopt two black cats. Who knew cats were such chic accesories :) I really like the fall feel of these ads. The colors of the dark clothing and pale skin are just lovely. The poses aren't my taste. I see this kind of awkward posing on ads and editorials all the time. I don't like the last picture where her legs are spread open. It reminds me of all those trashy stars who go around with no panties on and have to open their legs as wide as possible when getting out of a car. It's like she's trying for a crotch shot. Come on, Lanvin, be classier than that.


Tamarama said...
I love it!

The quilted bag in the first (?) shot is gorgeous.

The Divine Ms. McMenamy certainly does make those runway models look like dull little girls, doesn't she?

And I didn't see a corpse at all. I saw an eccentric society dame a little trashed after a fabulous night out.




I love you, Tamarama. YOU are fabulous.


The photos are amazing and so are the clothes. Thanks for the post, guys! I love when you guys do those magazine things.


McMenamy is magnificent.
Meisel is a master.
Three cheers for Lanvin! I hope you sell the heck out of this collection. If I had the money, I would buy it all.


Starlite, I readily admit that my post at 1:42 PM was not well constructed, apologies. In spite of myself, based on your post at 2:24 PM, it seems like you get the points that I was making in my 1:42 post and the ones that preceded it. All is well.


So the idea wasn't to have her look like a corpse??? Ok idk, its not the best shoot imo, the leg positions were just distracting as well as the whole corpse, not a corpse vibe....Cats however très class! They stole the show here. I'm a cat person through and through so Im partial:P


I have to agree that the cats stole the show. Maybe having the model be more fluid and feline rather than stiff and corpse-like would have left you with less of an uncomfortable feeling (? aftertaste). That said, I think it is memorable, as most disturbing things are.


I would love to see the pics that didn't make the spread. When I had a portrait taken with my cat they told me to keep smiling and they would pose the cat. I wish I had kept the proofs - they were hysterical - me smiling and the cat in various stages of trying to get the hell out of there.


Add me to the scary corpse group. She looks like she's ready for a pelvic exam in that last shot.

The clothes are gorgeous, but I just don't "get" this kind of shoot.


Poopie said...
"I don't know about the clothing but suddenly I'm in the mood to adopt two black cats. Who knew cats were such chic accesories :)"

As staff to 2 cats I can tell you that there is nothing more chic than having a cat spontaneously wash some personal area in front of dinner guests, and even black cats sport at least 1 or two white hairs to provide the maximum contrast when shedding on one's best clothing.


The clothes are gorgeous, I love every piece.


Dayum. She looks young, but I keep seeing a whole lot of chin and not a lot of face, and I hear Miss J in my head saying "we don't want to see your big old chin"


WOW
i agree what everyone is saying about the cats and the legs open thing....
but i am still trying to take in the fact that she is 42 and still able to pull of something so Dark and high fashion so effortlessly.. Many models way younger than her cant pull this off...

FABULOUS!!!


Kristin is so AWESOME at doing fierce and stark and I feel like her talent was somewhat wasted here with all the Dead Face going on. I'd like it a whole lot more with everything the same, except for her facial expressions....have her give that same "What, bitch?" face that the cat is giving in the last shot, and I'd give the photos a thumbs up.

I like my McMenamy fierce and strong, not corpse-like. She's kick-ass!


I love you too, CroqueMonsieur <3!


The dresses are very pretty, and the shoes are most impressive, especially with her beautiful legs, but I'm not crazy about the photo styling. I like the first two, where she looks like she's still breathing, but the others? Not much.


Dior in the MATRIX


The cats are so fabulous! LOL


She's one of my favorite models. I'm so happy to see that she's still fabulous and working it.


I can't stop looking at the cats. They're striking!!!


" Tamarama said...
I saw an eccentric society dame a little trashed after a fabulous night out."

You nailed it :)


I predict that the next campaign, they will chuck the model and keep the cats.


"HATE the photo styling - looks sick and twisted to me."

Very true, Anonymous. My thoughts exactly. The shots look like the photographer purposefully took them when Kristen wasn't ready, or she was stretching or something. Or perhaps the photographer was trying wayyy too hard.


"Pretty corpse" photos have long been a cliche in fashion spreads--the only thing I can say about them is that I'm surprised someone still thinks they're a good idea. Also: that old adage about working with children and animals, and avoiding both (because they will upstage you every time) holds true here too. Those are not real cats, I'm fairly sure. It's not the posing that gives that away, it's the fact that they've been groomed and treated with some kind of hair product--not bloody likely, in the feline scheme of things. (And I'm saying that as a proud cat mom of two domestic american shorthairs, as black as the two pictured here).

That being said, the model is still very capable--a great argument for extending that modeling contract past adolescence, when the talent is there. The clothes, however, all look better on the living.


Great combination this season...





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