If you were waiting for the long Thanksgiving weekend to come so you could safely look at the 2014 Pirelli calendar in a place that wasn't your office, we're happy to show you those pictures now. But you should know that unlike in past years, no one in this edition is naked.
That's because instead of hiring a photographer to shoot nude models as the calendar traditionally does, this year, the company dug into its archives and used unpublished photos taken by the legendary Helmut Newton in 1986. They differ from more recent calendars in another way, too: in this one, you actually see Pirelli's tires.
A look at a few shots from the 2014 Pirelli calendar here in the gallery.
>> Hedi Slimanefirst met Georgia May Jagger at Fourchette, her father Mick Jagger's French residence in 2007, where he photographed her. The two have reteamed for Harper's Bazaar's November 2010 issue, for which Slimane filmed and photographed Georgia in New York — where she recently moved — in September. Slimane set the film (above) to a soundtrack from British band Egyptian Hip Hop, because he "want[s] more people to be aware of their music" and because "the band is precisely Georgia's age, and generation." The film, according to Slimane, is "meant to also be evocative of the glamorous heritage of Georgia M. Jagger, [and her parents] Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall['s] legacy."
Slimane captures Georgia topless — not something new for the model, who has more than a few discreetly topless ads for Hudson Jeans floating around. She says her parents don't mind. "My mum did a lot of very provocative work with Helmut Newton. She understands. It is pretty crazy, though. I didn't think that it was going to be on giant billboards everywhere. I'm sort of like, Oh, God!"
She likes modeling jeans, though: "When Mum was first modeling, it was all about that Thierry Mugler woman with the tiny waist and the giant ass. They used to pad their hips. I think it's much sexier. Lizzy [Jagger, her sister] and my dad are naturally skinny. I model jeans. You need a bum for those."
But despite the leniency when it comes to toplessness, Jagger says of Hall: "My mum is actually really wholesome. She remembers everything because she didn't take drugs like everyone else. She'll see a black-and-white picture taken 40 years ago and say, ‘I was wearing a red dress and gold eye shadow.' It's incredible." Also: "My mum hasn't been to New York for so long, but she used to live there in the '80s. So when she found out I was moving to Alphabet City, she freaked out."
And as for her father, Mick: "My dad's not a very intimidating father figure." Georgia has been dating Django James Stewart, the musician son of Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, for the last two years. "Our parents know each other," she adds. "My dad's cool with that kind of stuff."
>> Anna Dello Russo, stylist and fashion director-at-large at Vogue Nippon, credits The Sartorialist's Scott Schuman with giving her "another career" as a streetstyle star, she tells Swide. "Us lot were invisible; there was the model, the photographer and a whole team of people. When the camera turned to us it enabled us to start a new career. The styling work was the same, only done to myself. And so when the whole thing happened I was prepared, I knew what to do."
She says that capturing streetstyle is in many ways like staging a fashion magazine editorial. "The whole streetstyle thing these days is like a job, it's all planned and thought up in advance; it's not as though you just 'happen' to run into one another. Outfits are prepared in advance . . . I get ready like six months beforehand. I edit the clothes (about 90 outfits for each fashion week). I think of what would look good on camera . . . I just hope it doesn't end up making it lose its spontaneity and make it become fake."
Inspired by Helmut Newton photographs, the Michael Kors pre-fall collection is heavy on feminine looks with architectural details. His updated little black dresses—one with lace cutouts and another made with a detachable leather peplum belt—should be big hits when released in 2010.
Helmut Newton is one of the most provocative fashion photographers. I remember going to an exhibit of his at the Barbican Gallery in London and being wildly seduced by his work. He mostly worked in black and white, which made his fleshy photos more tasteful and dynamic. This book contains all the icons of Newton’s special fields of interest including fashion, nudes, portraits as well as works for which he became world famous – the sensational fashion photos for British Vogue, Liz Taylor with a parrot in a swimming pool, the "Big Nudes" and some of his later macabre wax figures. Looking for a Valentine's Day gift you can both enjoy together? Here is an idea. My favorite coffee table book of his is The Best of Helmut Newton: Selections From His Photographic Work, $24.12. You can add this into my seduction mix and see what happens...xoxo.