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W Magazine: Academy

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Anna Molinari silk coatdress; Chantelle polyamide and spandex bra

Here's another entry in the latest editorial trend of using men as eye candy while the women do the modeling: W Magazine's September 2009 issue, photographed by Steven Klein, styled by Camilla Nickerson. This time it's a Total Eclipse of the Heart starring Lara Stone and a bunch of boys shot on location at The Park Avenue Armory in New York.


Miu Miu wool and fox fur stole, wool and silk bra and wool skirt; Carolina Amato gloves; Prada boots



Guess by Marciano rayon and nylon corset dress; Prada belt and boots



Yves Saint Laurent wool and silk chintz jacket; St. John leather skirt; Yves Saint Laurent belt



Prada wool and nylon dress



Lanvin wool jacket and skirt; Yves Saint Laurent shoes



Hermes wool jersey jacket with mink sleeves and leather skirt; Prada belt



Jil Sander wool crepe dress



Prada shetland wool and mink top; Akris leather skirt



Dolce & Gabbana silk acetate dress



Donna Karan wool, silk and cashmere jacket; Chantelle polyamide and spandex bra; Dolce & Gabbana silk satin briefs



Fendi wool bustier and wool jersey dress



Valentino silk satin jacket and skirt


There's been a little buzz about this trend of using men as backdrops to showcase women's clothing, but it's not like it's anything new. There's just been a recent uptick in the frequency of its usage, probably due to the high number of gay male fashion photographers. Like all trends, it'll die down when everyone gets bored with it. In the mean time, you won't hear us complain.

Oh right. The clothes. They're fab. Dig those Prada boots. Love the '60s English public school drama styling too.

[Photos: wmagazine.com]


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106 comments:

Love the clothing, and especially that the hair was kept back and out of her face.


Since when is chintz fashion forward?

But the armory was a fabulous backdrop for the shoot. And so were the boys.


What the hell is "silk acetate"? Isn't acetate *whisper* polyester?


I know its a fashion shoot but does she have to stand like she is bracing for a poop?


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

Damn it TLo, now I got that song stuck in my head, and I haven't heard it in years!

Wow. Editorial out of Bunuel's Belle de Jour, if Severine was a school teacher?

Boys are hot, but please don't let this start a trend for guys in short pants and knee socks....


Acetate isn't polyester, it's another type of synthetic fiber. And the fabric is probably a mix.Which is an abomination. Leviticus 18:22.


Is she wearing garters below her knees or are those little belts part of the boots? Whatever it is it IS trendy, and I kinda love it.


I'm sorry, but most of those photos just made me laugh. There's kitschy-kinky Helmut Newton and then...there's just not.


So the under-the-knee belt is part of the boots?

Gay male fashion photographers have a thing for Mr. Spock?

Women are going to wear acetate bras under their blazers this fall? I'll believe it when I see Nancy Pelosi flashing her acetate bra!

And I vote Yay! on the bright, red tube sox.


Alexis, that was my question, too -- are they some sort of garters, or little "belts" that are attached to the boots? I'm on the fence (heh) about them -- I think they kind of chop up her legs too much.

So much black! Black, black and black, black and red. Yawn.


Yep, I also will have that song it my head all day (although it has now pushed out Flight of the Conchords' Leggy Blonde, which is a blessing).

I assume you guys have seen this (for surely you know all that happens on the interwebs), but in case anyone else hasn't, will post the 'literal video' link...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj-x9ygQEGA

Oh yes - the clothes. Fabulous. Love how they managed to make black and red look powerful and not chip.


I've been enjoying your columns for a while now but hadn't posted any comments so far. But this ode to fetishes really caught my attention, not least because I like that song and video {grin}! The fashion spread certainly does seem to have been inspired by it, though I'm not sure it's very effective, as I barely noticed the women at all, never mind what they were wearing. [Side note: if you haven't seen the literal video of "Total Eclipse of the Heart", Google it immediately and give it a look!]


suzq -- "Gay male fashion photographers have a thing for Mr. Spock?"

HA! Exactly what I was thinking. Now if only they had used Zachary Quinto instead :).

The shoot is graphically interesting with the pops of red on mostly black clothes, but it takes the school boy thing too far and is kind of cheesy.


OMG, I'm such a nerd. With the title "The Academy" and those haircuts, I flashed on Star Trek. They all look like Vulcans to me.


Not impressed with the clothes or the photo shoot. Seems rather trite to me.


It's an army of Spocks! Awesome.


I love the concept. I just wish they had picked more interesting clothes.


Steven Klein is a pervert and I LOVE it.


The Prada boots are TO. FUCKING. DIE.


Gorgeous! Steven Klein a such a great photographer, no wonder Madonna worships him.


NY Courier--

Recheck your Bible quote. Lev 18:22 is that classic quote that the picketers put on their signs to protest homosexuality.

You want the next chapter of Leviticus, Leviticus 19:19:

Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee.

Linen and wool? Imagine the wrinkles on that garment. And now I'm thinking that on top of committing a sin of fashion, Malvin may have violated Jewish law.

I'm pretty sure the Vayikra would have frowned upon mixing in synthetics as well.

It's nice to know that fashion snobs have a Bible quote to call their own.


I do love the clothes, and the location/boys/styling. I'm just rather confused as to why one would use the same pose so often it's distracting, yet not often enough to be intentional.


Like the clothes, but would rather see some hot men as the eye candy. These boys look like they're just an older black-haired version of those mutants from the "Village of the Damned." Or little Spocks without the ears.
Bleah.


suzq says:
"Gay male fashion photographers have a thing for Mr. Spock?"

LOLOLOLOL!
I also do not find the men attractive because of the hair thing. They all look the same. I didn't realize how important different hair is to my assessment of men. I prefer them all bald to this weird hair thing. I can't get past it.

Therefore, thumbs down. Strange... and maybe just attractive to gay male fashion photographers?


clothes are beautiful, poses are TERRIBLE.


It's a silly, contrived photoshoot.
Blech.


Is there ANYONE here for love?


I knew it was in there somewhere.


Kinky headmistress at the Vulcan boys school wants to know why you're wrestling on her bear skin rug.


This would be so much sexier if the model could have summoned a different facial expression. She looks like she's bored and worried about whether or not she's going to miss her bus.


Surprised no one else picked up on this yet: that girl has an uncanny resemblance to Rachel from Season 2...the one Zulema hated.


Agree with the Anon before me.
"Gay male fashion photographers" may enjoy this, but unless they are buying the women's clothes, this is just not effective.

I think a lot of women will just skim past and ignore this.

For years so little thought has been made to properly fitting and showcasing women's breasts IN clothes, that it seemed self-indulgent, like with this shoot.

I want to see women's clothing and shoots based on what will appeal to the CUSTOMER/the wearer of the clothes.


Anonymous said...

Agree with the Anon before me.
"Gay male fashion photographers" may enjoy this, but unless they are buying the women's clothes, this is just not effective.

I think a lot of women will just skim past and ignore this.

For years so little thought has been made to properly fitting and showcasing women's breasts IN clothes, that it seemed self-indulgent, like with this shoot.

I want to see women's clothing and shoots based on what will appeal to the CUSTOMER/the wearer of the clothes.





Grab a Sears catalog then.


Once again the commenters are confusing a fashion editorial with a catalogue.


Yes, every morning I wake up and say: "Gee, I wonder what dominatrix outfit I should wear today?"

The hairdos on those dudes made me snort coffee out my nose. I mean, come on, this is one Vulcan short of ridiculous. This is supposed to make me want to buy clothes?


Louise@10:45am, you beat me to the "Literal Version" of Total Eclipse of the Heart.

For anyone who missed it, here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj-x9ygQEGA


Meh. All the guys are missing are their pointy Vulcan ears and a "live long and prosper."


Again with the yawn. Maybe I'm just getting old, but honestly, styling humans as mannequins or dolls, with no facial expressions, no warmth, no energy -- it's just boring and, in this case, silly. There's a feature article on haute couture in Vanity Fair this month with photos of models from eras past, and the elegance and beauty is still breathtaking. The models are still remote, for the most part, but they are styled as humans, with grace, movement, wit, life....


Some of these photos look like a 2009 version of Dorothy Shaw inspecting the US Olympic team.

That said, the clothes are fab.


Gorge! The Prada boots are my favorite.


Men in bangs just don't do it for me. I like her clothing, though. But for the rest of it, all I could think was "they're trying way too hard...."


Reminds me of yesterday's news story where a female high school teacher arrested for having sex with two students.


Frankly I think that it is going a tad overboard, they are doing it for too many shoots. I'm not complaining but.. .I do like my fashion.


Some of the clothes are stylish, some are actually boring (i.e. the Lanvin in the pic 8th from the bottom, but like others have said: good GOD can't they come up with ONE different expression on the model besides bored? It's weird how overtly sexual the images are yet she radiates not one iota of sexual energy. Some might say the contrast is intentional but who cares? It's so lazy and unimaginative at this point.


i personally like the hair a lot (yes, the spock hair), but i've got a thing for bangs :)


I love those boots! Very cool.

I HATE the hair on those boys. Way too "Spock" for me. But the bodies are very nice eye candy.


It looks like Vulcan porn.


To me, all of the fellows look like they are auditioning for the part of Mr. Spock and I'm having some trouble getting past it. Otherwise, it's very beautiful.


Photos are too STATIC.
Not an iota of sexual energy.
Location is kinda cool, love the very last shot.
Can't say as the clothes are really showcased well either.


I didn't even noticed the hair, I guess I'm the only one here not into Star Trek or whatever.


Am I the only one getting an "Ain't There Anyone Here For Love" vibe from soome of those photos?


They look so similar to the ones that they had of Bruce Willis and his new Demi Moore.


Does the fox have a PAW hanging off of it? Ugh, the way it's sort of hanging off of her shoulder it looks like she went on lunch break from her dominatrix job to tramp through the forest where she hides her leg traps for unsuspecting rodents.

Yeah, and the Spock hair was just silly! The styling reminds me of pre-gay porn "athletic" videos of the 40s and 50s. I also hate the blue/cyan overlay on the photos -- seeing that a lot lately in magazines, vampire moves and wedding photos. I guess it's better than PR's green buildings!

I'm loving the long fitted jackets and the fact that the model has a larger bust, thus the presence of supportive underwear and bustiers. I have 2 that I wear as outerwear. As a larger busted woman I welcome the return of more structured pieces; slip dresses and halters just never worked for me!


Robin said...
I also hate the blue/cyan overlay on the photos -- seeing that a lot lately in magazines, vampire moves and wedding photos.


Me too. That's getting old and it's so annoying. Love the shots, though.


Marketing Diva

I love love the clothes and shoes. Lord give me Prada boots. I liked the whole Spock meets English School thing but I do not like the model to washed out and not sexy enough. If they had shose a more curvy model this would have been hot


Anon 11:12 and 11:13
- because anyone who doesn't like this is beneath the elites in style and taste?

Or too stupid to understand. Ok malvin/JP.


Uh...no, anon 12:21. I don't know where you got "elite" from and as far as I can tell, no one has been called stupid. But when people say things like "this doesn't make me want to buy the clothes," they're confusing an editorial with a catalogue. An editorial isn't necessarily meant to make you want to buy the clothes.


Hmm. My first thought at the male models was Spock, but the one that really stuck was Jon Stewart in Death to Smoochy. That haircut was incredibly unfortunate. Plus that role was not suited to lovable Jon Stewart... But I digress.

Still coveting those Prada boots, but finding the Spock/Smoochy men too distracting to really look at the clothing. My first glance should not be at the men's wigs in horror.


I'm not seeing Star Trek so much as "Mad Men Gone Bad" ... I like to imagine this is what it would be like if Betty Draper took control of the Sterling Cooper offices :)


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

Lilithcat said:
Am I the only one getting an "Ain't There Anyone Here For Love" vibe from some of those photos?


No offense Lilithcat, but comparing these photos to that classic is like replacing Jane Russell with Keira Knightley...the va-va-voom is just lost.

I do see how you came to that, though. If the boys were a bit more manly it'd work....


Hellooooo, fantasy material! Thank you!


Maybe I'm just too much of a reality whore, but the "Spock" in the first picture -the one nearest to the camera- looks like Brendan from Make Me a Supermodel Season 2! It made me jump from my seat.


What's with the vulcan hair cuts on the man candy?


Anon at 12:36, I'm not sure what you think a fashion "editorial" is supposed to do? This one from the Star Trek Academy featuring the boys of Spock House just made me laugh. I think we are all aware this is not a catalogue, dearie. That doesn't mean we have to buy the silly concept.


"Anonymous said...

Anon at 12:36, I'm not sure what you think a fashion "editorial" is supposed to do? This one from the Star Trek Academy featuring the boys of Spock House just made me laugh. I think we are all aware this is not a catalogue, dearie. That doesn't mean we have to buy the silly concept."

What's with the "dearie?" Don't complain about being called stupid when no one did so and then turn around and start slinging the insulting nicknames.

And once again, this isn't about whether or not you like the editorial or think the editorial is silly. That's a matter of taste and I'm not arguing that point. It's about ascribing an intent to editorials that they don't have. They're not meant to get you to buy the clothes. They're meant to showcase the clothes in interesting and even artistic ways in order to evoke a feeling and provide striking and unforgettable images. Maybe this editorial didn't do that; I'm not given to an opinion on that either way. But it's not meant to get you to buy the clothes. Stores and catalogues are for that. Editorials are more expressive and have less direct goals.


As T Lo pointed out, the reference for this shoot is British dramas of the sixties set in public or boarding schools, like "If". That's why the guys all have Beatles hair.


The color choices make me wonder if The White Stripes were on the stylists ipod the night before the shoot.


1:40: Right, and when the viewer is paying more attention to the vapid look on the model's face and the stupid wigs on the guys--that's detracting from the clothes--all of which I am finding eminently forgettable in contrast to the silliness of the styling. That, in my book, doesn't make for an effective "editorial".


These clothes are gorgeous and I'll never complain about the men as eye candy.


I'm all for men as eye candy, but this doesn't look like eye candy to me.

This looks like some sort of Three Stooges nightmare dreamscape where the illegitimate sons of Moe have formed some sort of zombie cult in a British boarding school.

--GothamTomato


"Anonymous said...

1:40: Right, and when the viewer is paying more attention to the vapid look on the model's face and the stupid wigs on the guys--that's detracting from the clothes--all of which I am finding eminently forgettable in contrast to the silliness of the styling. That, in my book, doesn't make for an effective "editorial"."

Fine. As I said, that's not a point I'm arguing. My only point was that an editorial is not intended to get you to buy the clothes.


"SuzyQ said: You want the next chapter of Leviticus, Leviticus 19:19:"




Anyone who wants proof that crack existed in ancient times need only read Leviticus.

--GothamTomato


Who cares about the look on the model's face or the boys' haircuts? I'm looking at those gorgeous CLOTHES!


hehe...literal video has scarred me for life and now I can only think of this whenever someone mentions Bonnie Tyler:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj-x9ygQEGA


Vulcan's aside, the hair reminded me of some distant farming relations from Tennessee, who literally get bowl hair cuts from their mother. It's creepy as hell. Get those banjos out, boys!


I was wondering how this season's Prada would translate beyond bad vampire/werewolf inspired photoshoots.... And now I see it! Perfect match to the setting.


Gotham Tomato said:
"This looks like some sort of Three Stooges nightmare dreamscape where the illegitimate sons of Moe have formed some sort of zombie cult in a British boarding school."

Better idea than lots of the movies coming out these days! Let's pray a movie executive doesn't read this blog... that movie will be out next year!


edinamonsoon

I have this issue at home, but haven't had time to check it out yet. Now, I have good reason. I've seen the Prada boots in almost every fall issue and deem them highly covetable. They're simply gorg! Loooove the women's apparel & accessories, but the implied sexuality and concept of using the young (?) boys only made me titter.

- edina -


Fabulous! I absolutely love it!


JessicaSloet

I really like it and the Prada boots are something else, gosh, I love her shoes.


The clothes are great, but the styling and the posing leave me a little cold. Like most people, I like a little fetishism with my fashion, but I hit the wall on this shoot by the third photo.


The clothes are FAB. As for the man-props, well, I kind'a prefer the other ones. You know, the ones with body hair and jawbones.


The garter boots are interesting. I cannot imagine that they would look good on any but the model-thin, but they are new without being appalling, so points to Prada. It's got to be hard to come up with something new in shoes. "I know! We'll make the heel come off the end of the toe cap! And the uppers will be made of banana skins!"


I have a prematurely arthritic knee - I wonder if those Prada boots knee straps - um garters - will act like the neoprene straps I put on my knee before I play sports?


Naaahhh,

I say bring back the fur-trimmed men from the previous post. I didn't like school age boys when I was school age. They are even less interesting now. It is all too pedopholic for my taste.


..philic, arrgh, that word was pedophilic. I even previewed !!!!


formerlyAnon

The hair styling on the young men bothered me out of all proportion to its importance. Liked the clothes, don't like posing the models to look awkward in the clothes. I know its an accepted mode, but for me it detracts.

whine, gripe, carp, bitch


Love the YSL jacket!


CanIGetYouAnything?

I think it's a fabulous editorial.


I know it's been said before but those Prada boots me wants badly.


Awesome! Steven Klein is one of my favorite photographers.


It's like Mad Men plus bondage and ecstasy.


LifeTimeforHomos

Beautiful work by Steven Klein , as usual. The pictures look even better in the magazine.


Very Soviet Union 1950s.


" Hannah said...

It's like Mad Men plus bondage and ecstasy."


Really? I don't see Mad Men at all. Interesting.


I, too, must register my disgust with the extreme blue cast. It distracted me more than the bad haircuts.

But I have to say, there's nothing pedophilic about this photo shoot for me, since I have several friends quickly approaching 30 (or already beyond) who still look like that. Besides the haircut, I'm going to keep admiring.

Also love the Prada boots, plus a couple of the dresses (which almost make me wish I had bigger boobs so I could actually wear things like that...).


I think Lara Stone looks amazing in this editorial. Thank you for this, guys!


I don't get any pedophilic vibe from this because the guys are so obviously of a comparable age to the female model. It also kind of negates the theme of the spread. I'm not saying they should have used 10-year-olds, but this comes across as the school "boys" being visited by a girl from the neighboring school.

The female model is very beautiful, but could have been replaced by a mannequin for all the expression she is showing. The same with the guys. It seems to be the trend now in editorials.

I do love those boots!


"Ellen M said...

I don't get any pedophilic vibe from this because the guys are so obviously of a comparable age to the female model. It also kind of negates the theme of the spread. I'm not saying they should have used 10-year-olds, but this comes across as the school "boys" being visited by a girl from the neighboring school."


I was coming here to say the exact same thing. I think people read too much into things. It's just a fashion spread.


LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the boots.


Feels like the photos were taken the season before Spring Awakening.


enhh....


The styling here just left me flat. By about the 3rd photo I was so distracted by trying to figure out what the I was supposed to be feeling, or why the hell her face is so dead, that I completely forgot about the clothes. Whatever the intent was, I'm sure it wasn't to bore me.

Also sure it wasn't to make me pop over to utube to watch the literal video (posted by others) but glad I did, that was hilarious! Much more enjoyable than this editorial!


More of the same over-stylized, drab colored photography.

But oh, it's "Steven Klein" so it "MUST" be good.

*Yawns* ... same old same old. It's as if Klein is incapable of doing anything creative or new.


while watching lady gaga's "Alejandro" i was thinking to myself, haven't i seen all this before?

turns out i have.

turns out steven has one schtick.





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