Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014

Perfect Icons

The cover stars of Vogue Japan’s September 2014 issue need no introductions, or, for that matter, last names. Naomi, Linda, Claudia, Karen, Nadja, Stephanie, Mariacarla, Natasha, Tao, Saskia, Eva, Maggie, Malgosia, Guinevere, and Carolyn: these fifteen ‘Perfect Icons’ are known worldwide as some of the most glamorous women in fashion.

In this story, though, there isn’t a spindly stiletto or slinky gown to be found.  Instead, photographer duo Luigi Murenu and Iango Henzi team with stylist Giovanna Battaglia to evoke the madcap gamine aesthetic popularized by Japanese design luminary Rei Kawakubo.  Their collaboration spotlights the best of Japanese fashion, featuring pieces by Kawakubo, Junya Watanabe, Yohji Yamamoto, and Jun Takahashi alongside an array of F/W 2014’s choicest offerings from Prada, Alaïa, and Céline .  Swaddled in magpie layers of oversize knits, feral-looking furs, and sturdy leather, the supers have their feet firmly on the ground in platform creepers and mannish brogues.

 

Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014

The resulting images offer an unexpected vision of some of fashion’s most familiar faces—a testament to the unique perspective that Luigi and Iango bring. Though some of their models have been Vogue cover girls for decades, Luigi and Iango are both fresh arrivals to fashion photography’s highest echelons. Murenu is long-established as one of the industry’s most sought-after hair stylists, but only began working as a photographer in 2010. This story shows that his genius for making women look their best can be expressed through both his métiers. Iango, meanwhile, had an earlier career as a classical dancer, and his former profession’s influence is evident in the dynamic poses he captures here.

By pairing fresh photographic talent with iconic models, Vogue Japan kicks off Fall 2014 with a celebration of the best fashion has to offer, and a peek at where it’s headed next.

Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014
Claudia Schiffer in Vivienne Westwood
Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014
Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014
Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014
Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014
Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014
Linda Evangelista in Comme des Garçons
Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014
Carolyn Murphy in Junya Watanabe
Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014
Carolyn Murphy in Givenchy
Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014
Mariacarla Boscono in Thom Browne
Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014
Naomi Campbell in Vivienne Westwood
Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014

Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014

Saskia de Brauw in Chanel

Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014

Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014

 

Nadja Auermann in Melitta Baumeister

Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014

Nadja Auermann in The Row
Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014
Nadja Auermann & Claudia Schiffer in Jacquemus
Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014
Nadja Auermann & Claudia Schiffer in Simone Rocha
Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014
Eva Herzigova in Max Mara
Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014
Eva Herzigova in Alexander McQueen
Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014
Natasha Poly in Givenchy
Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014
Karen Elson in Prada
Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014
Karen Elson in Fendi & Marni
Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014
Malgosia Bela in Rick Owens
Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014
Malgosia Bela in Undercover
Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014
Tao Okamoto in Yohji Yamamoto
Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014
Tao Okamoto in Comme des Garçons
Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014
Stephanie Seymour in Giorgio Armani
Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014
Stephanie Seymour in Stella McCartney
Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014
Stephanie Seymour in Prada
Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014
Guinevere Van Seenus in Michael Kors
Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014
Maggie Rizer in Chanel & Houghton
Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014
Guinevere Van Seenus & Maggie Rizer in Yohji Yamamoto

In their “Perfect Icons” cover story for Vogue Japan’s September 2014 issue, Luigi Murenu and Iango Henzi present a coterie of supermodels posing in a varied array of labels.  But for the accompanying editorial “Tales of Magic and Innocence”, the photographer duo narrow their focus to just one model and just one designer: Julia Nobis and Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton.

Alexander McQueen creates fantastic visions of what fashion can be, and this story is an exquisite evocation of the regal, otherworldly beauty that the house epitomizes.  At the same time, however, Luigi and Iango never lose sight of the painstaking workmanship this dream is built on.  Here, the garments’ intricate embellishments take center stage, and Luigi and Iango closely capture the rich details crafted by the McQueen atelier.   In doing so, they weave their own spell, paying tribute to both the fantasy of fashion and the labor that makes it possible.

Magical indeed.

Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014

Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014

Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014

Photo Perfect icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014


Photographers: Luigi & Iango
Stylist: Giovanna Battaglia
Hair: Luigi Murenu
Make-up: Lloyd Simmonds & Virginia Young
Casting Director: Piergiorgio Del Moro

 

Text by Anna Griggs

 

With a special thanks to Anna Dello Russo

 

VOGUE JAPAN September issue, 2014 Photo: Luigi + lango © 2014 Condé Nast Japan. All rights reserved.