With bright yellow hair, lots of cuffs and clutching a doll in her likeness, Kate Moss is the star of the 2014 Spring Summer ad campaign for Alexander McQueen - her first time appearing in ads for the brand. Shot by the fabulous Steven Klein, the images are accompanied by a short film (shown further down in the post), also directed by the photographer.
In the majority of the dark and moody photos, Kate is clutching a 3D printed doll in her own likeness, who is wearing her own miniature versions of the Alexander McQueen fashions and in some of the shots, is stuck with pins.
I have opted to brighten up the following cropped details a lot so you can see them:
The print ads, as running (brightness not altered), in the campaign:
and a close up of those amazing shoes:
and now, brightened up by me so you can actually see them:
The four and a half minute film, directed and shot by Steven Klein, was inspired by the 1960 British thriller Peeping Tom, stars the 40 year old Moss and was shot in East London:
all images courtesy of Alexander McQueen
You may have seen some novelty shaped lipsticks such as the cute cat-shaped lipsticks by Paul and Joe and the Pipedream Products Lipstick Penises, but Hong Kong artist May Sum takes the concept of a sculpted and shaped lipstick a step further.
Kate Moss Struts Her Stuff In Thigh High Boots For Stuart Weitzman. A Look At The Film, The Boots And Behind-The-Scenes.
Shot by Mario Testino, this 2 minute and 18 second black and white short film (or long commercial, if you prefer), Made For Walking, is part of the 2013 Fall ad campaign for Stuart Weitzman in which supermodel Kate Moss struts her sexy stuff through the streets of London turning the heads of everyone from kissing couples to a transgender waitress.
above: a still from the short film/long commercial
Throughout the film, set to Nancy Sinatra's fabulous "These Boots Were Made For Walking", she's wearing some of the brand's coolest new boots - including the brand's iconic 5050 over-the-knee boots which are part of the label's upcoming 20th anniversary celebration collection.
Mario Testino, Moss and Weitzman have worked together before. “Shooting the campaign with Mario is always fun and, with such a great team, it really doesn't feel like work.” says Kate.
Here's a look behind the scenes:
And some stills for you:
In the video, Kate is wearing the following boots: 5050, The Highline, The Highland, The Hightest and The Reserve.
Shop for all the boots here.
Stuart Weitzman, Made For Walking
above: Lucian Freud self-portrait (one of many), Reflection, 2005
British realist, figurative and portrait painter Lucian Freud, who was one of the greatest artists of our time, passed away at the age of 88 on July 20th.
Conde Nast UK's LOVE magazine is a bi-annually fashion forward publication that launched in February 2009. Filled with edgy and artful photography by such well-known photographers as Terry Richardson, Mario Testino, Josh Olins, David Sims, Sølve Sundsbø, Juergen Teller, Angelo Pannetta and of course, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, the magazine is light on editorial and heavy on nude models.
An 18 karat gold sculpture of model Kate Moss in a yoga position is hardly my idea of a worthwhile way to spend approximately 2.75 million US dollars. But that's the estimated value of artist Marc Quinn's latest incarnation of his contorted life-sized Kate Moss figure.
above: Marc Quinn with "Kate" aka Siren.
Unveiled this morning in the British Museum as part of the Statuephilia exhibition, the work, entitled Siren, was created by sculptor Marc Quinn, best known for his sculpture Alison Lapper Pregnant, which stood on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.
above: Marc Quinn's most well-known sculpture, 'Alison Lapper Pregnant', in Trafalgar Square.
The statue of Moss, described as an “Aphrodite of our times”, now stands in the British Museum’s Nereid Gallery alongside legendary Greek heroines such as the Crouching Venus, a statue of Venus caught bathing.
The sculpture, which is hollow, weighs about as much as the supermodel herself according to the artist, and is believed to be the largest gold statue made in the world since Ancient Egyptian times.
Quinn said of his choice of Moss as a subject: “I thought the next thing to do would be to make a sculpture of the person who’s the ideal beauty of the moment. "
This isn't the first time Marc Quinn has used the iconic model in his work. He originally cast Kate in white-washed bronze in 2005 and called it Sphinx (shown below).
above: 2005, Sphinx, from all angles.
The golden Kate, who stands in a yoga position, is not alone in the exhibition in the British Museum. She has 200 Damien Hirst skulls for company, which commandeer the historic wall cases of the Enlightenment Gallery (shown below).
above: Damien Hirst's "Cornucopia" and a Noble and Webster work, sculpted entirely from mummified animal parts.
above: Anthony Gormley's Case for an Angel I, the precusor to his celebrated winged sculpture, iconic Angel of the North, fills the front hall of the museum.
The Statuephilia exhibition of contemporary sculptures will run at the British Museum from October 4 to January 25