Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Good Kate, Bad Kate x Steven Klein for W March

If one Kate Moss just isn't enough for you, then you'll be pleased that W Magazine's March issue features a double-dose of the supermod on its cover, lensed by Steven Klein with styling by Edward Enninful. The first cover channels 'Angelic' Kate, pictured in a Vera Wang silk dress and Erdem habit (yes, now you can dress like a nun if you really want to), and the alternative cover shows her darker and more demonic side, clad in a silk georgette dress by Gucci.
The shoot features a mix of religious and sacrilegious imagery, as well as a dyed red swan with jewel encrusted beak, horn-like headpieces, dirty urinals, an antiquated old wheelchair that looks like it was borrowed from the set of "Shutter Island", creepy crawlies on skin and some corpse-like close-ups. In the accompanying article by writer Will Self, he explores the two sides of Kate - the good and the bad, in a slightly sycophantic fashion, such as this:

"In the past few years, with scandal heaped upon bathos, her once legendary media froideur - no interviews, no comments - has been fractured in ways so prosaic that far from shattering her visual image, it has left it mysteriously shellacked. With each dull revelation, the glaze on those features becomes thicker and her essential self becomes even more enigmatic. She remains like a great silent-screen heroine who’s animated and reanimated and then reanimated again by the fizzing jolt of the kliegs. Long may it continue."

Hmm, *little* bit over the top, when really the only time you could mention fizzing in the same sentence as Kate is when you're describing the sound of Alka Seltzer, after another one of her legendary night's out. Croydon's finest could go through an entire "Wipeout" obstacle course carrying a glass of wine and she'd still not spill a drop - so yes Will, 
that'll be why she's got that "glaze" to her features. 
But heh, let's get back to the fashion which this shoot is just bursting with. 
Moss wears pieces by Max Mara, Comme des Garçons, Oscar de la Renta, House of Harlot, Lanvin, Rochas, Louis Vuitton, Jil Sander and accessories by Miu Miu, Stephen Jones for Giles, Pam Hogg, McQueen, Piers Atkinson, Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière and Celine, among others.

I don't know about you, but I prefer 'Bad Kate', especially the one rocking that B&W latex habit by Atsuko Kudo (below). Cue those annoyed Christians waving there crucifixes at me in disgust!

Images © Steven Klein / W Magazine


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