Supermodels Alek Wek, Amber Valletta, Karen Elson and Gemma Ward, all represented by IMG Models, star in 14 Modern Classic Looks in Khaki story captured by fashion photographer Campbell Addy for WSJ. Magazine‘s May 2019 edition. In charge of styling was Clare Richardson, who for the session selected pieces from top brands such as Calvin Klein 205W39NYC, Prada, Tom Ford, The Row, Dior, Valentino, Marni, Burberry, Max Mara, Hugo Boss, Loewe, Dries Van Noten, Givenchy, and Nina Ricci among other. Beauty is work of hair stylist Teddy Charles, makeup artist Sally Branka, and manicurist Elina Ogawa. Set design courtesy of Gerard Santos.
Iconic models also took part in WSJ. Magazine‘s series of interviews. For more of the shoot and to read top quotes from Alek, Amber, Karen, and Gemma continue below:
Alek Wek on what she wishes never changed about the fashion industry:
“When it wasn’t so much about hits and likes, we got to do a lot of portraits and big Polaroids. You’d pick up the film and just look at the image. If I look at my videos now, I was having a ball. And just working with people such as, bless his soul, Alexander McQueen. I remember getting the chickenpox at 19, I had to go back to London and he’s like, No, I still want you for Givenchy, when he just started designing for them. So I had to do a molding of my body and then they did that amazing Hercules-looking leather piece for his first couture show for Givenchy. And the McQueen shows were just so much fun because you didn’t know what was going to happen. The car is on fire! It was absolute brilliance. And everybody got along which was really amazing.” Read more of Alek’s interview.
Karen Elson on what would have made modeling easier 15-20 years ago:
“I think what would have made things easier back then is a better chaperone system for girls who were under 18 and overall, a bit more accountability about when a teenage girl is traveling by herself all over the world and put in grown-up situations. I started modeling so long ago and lived in an apartment in Paris by myself with just a mattress of the floor and barely enough money to get by. Making my way through Paris all by myself—hopelessly romantic, but when you’re a teenage girl walking down the street, you’re trying to avoid a lot of unwanted attention from men. I was in an era of fashion where teenage girls were left to fend for themselves and I think things are changing now.” Read more of Karen’s interview.
Photography by Campbell Addy for WSJ. Magazine
WSJ. Magazine’s May Issue is available on newsstands May 4, 2019 – www.wsj.com