03/07/12 - 0 Comments
Kristen McMenamy for Love Magazine
Kristen McMenamy is not just a supermodel; she is a legend. Her rise to fame in the nineties could be attributed to her intriguing, androgynous looks and “who gives a f**k” attitude. Famous for her nude appearance in iconic Helmut Newton photos and her raunchy realism with Juergen Teller, she is a model with a real personality. Her voice, if you will, shines in each photo, and her poses speak to her audience. Since Love Magazine is just as provocative as McMenamy, the pairing made sense.
McMenamy may not be in her twenties anymore, but she still looks amazing and in the world of fashion. The shoot for Love Magazine’s spring/summer issue included some of her most recent work. The editorial, which was a haunting tale entitled “The Origin Of Monsters”, was the platform through which McMenamy graced the pages of a fashion magazine yet again. Photographed by Tim Walker, who was the surreal photographer behind the Lindsey Wixon story with the giant baby dolls in Vogue Italia, the piece imagined Kristen as a moth in constant transition, fighting off spiders. Did it make sense? I’m not quite sure, but who cares, because it was absolutely fantastic.
Styled by Love editor-in-chief Katie Grand, McMenamy’s looks were impeccable. Grand has an eye for composition, and she knows what people want to see, which was apparent even in the few shots. One striking image showed a Balmain jacket wrapped around McMenamy’s naked body like a cocoon. Everything luxurious flooded the pages, from flirty John Galliano and Louis Vuitton dresses, to chunky Tom Ford coats, to ornate Alexander McQueen gowns. The editorial was actually a work of art, since it featured numerous pieces and moth wings that designers created specifically for Love, as well as costume pieces from the theater. Even with such a dark theme, the photos had an ethereal quality about them, which sort of lingered behind each look.
Images courtesy of Mode