“Legendary Style” & Timeless Icons Of Fashion: Tiffany’s & Christy Turlington

Tiffany's & Christy Turlington:  Legendary Style Campaign Fall 2016
Tiffany’s & Christy Turlington: Legendary Style Campaign Fall 2016

Christy Turlington and Tiffany’s. A perfect pairing.  It is termed that “Legendary” is to be remarkable enough to be famous or very well known and that “Style” is a manner of doing or presenting things. “Legendary Style” paired together with an object and a woman is Tiffany’s stunning visual campaign for Fall of 2016.

Not a new topic of focus from my archives of the era of the Supermodel, it is Christy Turlington who has remained as an enduring icon of the art of the model to me. In October of 2013 I applauded the Return To The Cover: “Iconic Supermodels” Gracing Harper’s Bazaar (which paired with the distinctive beauty of another enduring icon of modeling, the striking Linda Evangelista). For certain, iconic style repeats with iconic models. Another photographic visual of modern elegance paired with minimalism in design, indeed.  Christy Turlington has always seemed to represent timeless yet modern elegance.   A perfect union with the Fall 2016 campaign launch by Tiffany’s

“I am sort of a less is more kind of girl and I love to just pick something I love and just wear it”.
“When I hear Tiffany I think iconic. I think New York. I think modern.   
When I hear Tiffany I think forever”

– Christy Turlington, Tiffany’s Fall Campaign 2016

Christy & Tiffany’s Elsa Peretti

Christy & The Tiffany T

To appreciate the artistry of the Fall 2016 Campaign for Tiffany’s a short film and documentary entitled “Some Style Is Legendary” directed by Oscar®-nominated, and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler (also director of The September Issue) certainly deserves a viewing.  Inspiring, for certain. In search of a new creative marketing brand campaign, Tiffany’s paired with creative partner, Grace Coddington, an esteemed fashion editor for 50 years and creative director at large for American Vouge magazine. Coddington sought a “Very modern Tiffany’s because I think the jewelry is super modern”


“For generations, Tiffany has defined the true meaning of legendary style. For our latest campaign, we set out to find the best creative talents both behind and in front of the camera, to present our iconic collections. Who better than Grace Coddington, a style legend in her own right, to serve as our creative partner.”

-Caroline Naggiar, chief brand officer, Tiffany & Co

Creative Partner For Tiffany's, The Fashion Editor Icon, Grace Coddington
Creative Partner For Tiffany’s, The   Fashion Editor Icon, Grace Coddington

With a goal of modernity “In a major way”, Coddington found her inspiration from past close up images of model Kate moss taken against a blue background by photographer David Simms. In the short film documentary, Coddington described the color blue, New York and of course, Tiffany’s.

“Blue is a very extraordinary color.  It’s a very positive color”- Grace Coddington

“I always say “why do I love New York?” its because the sky is always blue.                                               It’s an extraordinary city because it is old and yet its also incredibly new.
In a funny way that is how you can describe Tiffany’s. It’s old and its new. It’s not ever going to be slotted into one century or another, I think.   It’s sort of endless.” – Grace Coddington

Oh, so well stated….


Regarding the photographic campaign, Coddington stated “I like when its really simple and straightforward
. 
 Thus Coddington’s aim to “Express a moment in a photograph” and present an image that is “Just a moment’ was certainly successful.  In the end, Grace Coddington certainly achieved  her goal of keeping it modern and expressing a moment.
“I wanted something that when you to flip through the pages of a magazine it will stop you. And I think that the images stop you. Indeed, they do, Grace. Thank you for your artistry and the modern yet timeless elegance in advertising of Tiffany & Company. For certain, Legendary Icons, indeed

Tiffany's Advertisements & The Timeless Christy Turlington
Tiffany’s Advertisements & The Timeless Christy Turlington
Legendary Style & Timeless Icons:  Tiffany's & Christy Turlington
Legendary Style & Timeless Icons: Tiffany’s & Christy Turlington

 

Of course, a nod to the three other distinctive and beautiful women selected by Grace Coddington who mark the Fall 2016 Campaign with distinctive appeal. In full color against the “Tiffany Blue” hue. Impact of beauty and legendary style, for certain.

“The authentic, powerful portraits include Oscar®-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, actress Elle Fanning, as well as maternal health advocate and model Christy Turlington Burns, and model Natalie Westling wearing Tiffany jewelry and photographed by David Sims. Mirroring the print campaign is a cinematic black and white video series directed by Sims, where each woman shares her interpretation of legendary style. Chosen for being true originals, this talented cast wears iconic Tiffany designs that reflect both their style and identity.”
-Tiffany’s press release/2016 Legendary Style Campaign

 

Natalie Westling,Lupita Nyong'o and Elle Fanning
Natalie Westling,Lupita Nyong’o and Elle Fanning

Personally, of all the images in the campaign, it is the images of the iconic Christy Turlington that garners my focus yet again. On selecting Christy Turlington for the campaign Coddington shares that “She’s the most beautiful woman in the world”. Christy simply perfects Coddington’s goal of a subliminal visual of a jewelry advertisement and yet keeping it very modern. Beyond an object and a woman the concept of legendary remains. Tiffany & Co. has proven itself to be enduring, timeless and “Old and new” at the same time. Evolution of a legend. Evolution of style. Evolution of fashionable embellishments that endure to appeal to the Modern woman. Timeless, onward.


“Women of substance, sophistication and style have worn Tiffany jewelry throughout the company’s 180-year history. The campaign imagery captures the way in which Tiffany designs transcend time, transforming the wearer and irrevocably changing the way they move through the world”
-Tiffany & Co.

Appreciation of a model and a timeless emblem of fashion that both move forward in modernity of elegance and simplicity. Bravo, Coddington and Tiffany & Co.  So it was on Magnificent Mile of Chicago, outside our very own Chicago Tiffany & Co.,  when I spotted Christy Turlington gracing a bus stop poster against the robin blue hue of Tiffany’s iconic blue.  Determined to bring further attention to both icons, it is my hope that this acknowledgement of a jewelry campaign and a model provides appreciation.  The art of fashion and timeless elegance.  Elegance will always endure…with a fresh dash of modernity, indeed.

Onward,

Kristin

Chicago's Magnificent Mile & Fashionable Style:  Christy Turlington & Tiffany's
Chicago’s Magnificent Mile & Fashionable Style: Christy Turlington & Tiffany’s

PS: Blue, Tiffany blue, is a very extraordinary Color. New York is an extraordinary city. Christy Turlington is an extraordinary model and Tiffany’s is timeless. Old & New, onward. -Kristin

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The Return To The Cover: “Iconic Supermodels” Gracing “Harper’s Bazaar”

A Return To The Cover Of Harper's Bazaar: Linda Evangelista & Christy Turlington/ 1992 & 2013
A Return To The Cover Of Harper’s Bazaar: Linda Evangelista & Christy Turlington/ 1992 & 2013

A return to the cover. Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington. Recalling the iconic covers of 1992. 21 years ago. Iconic style repeats with Iconic Models. Iconic “Supermodels”. Certainly, when the iconic images of Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington grace a magazine cover, it perhaps lends itself to a “sense of occasion”. A celebration of the very art form that returned them to the cover: The Art of the Model

1992’s Harper’s Bazaar had at its helm a force in fashion, legendary Editor in Chief, Liz Tilbris. With the goal of promoting modern elegance, Linda Evangelista would grace the cover of Tilbris’s first issue, the 1992 September issue, with her distinctive, short bobbed hair style. Modern elegance paired with minimalism in design, indeed. Christy Turlington would grace the cover of the 1992 October issue. Beginning with Evangelista’s cover, one can certainly not give credit to this iconic cover without the mention of photographer Patrick Demarchelier paired with the vision Tilbris had. Evangelista alluded elegance paired with a stark, clean background. Turlington’s issue followed. Profound style. Understated simplicity. And of this profound style? Models. Models of iconic status, for certain.

Fashion Force:  Liz Tiberis (1947-1999), Editor In Chief, HARPER'S BAZAAR  (1992-1999)
Fashion Force: Liz Tiberis (1947-1999), Editor In Chief, HARPER’S BAZAAR (1992-1999)

Perhaps the 1992 issues vividly harken back the era of the “Supermodel”. Alas, I recall the days well. I lived them. Indeed, my age goes before me. I share the age they each have earned. The reign of the “Supermodels”. The age of the “Supermodel” heyday. And it was wonderful. The glory days of when models continually “took” the cover of the fashion magazines. All of them. And then it changed. The era of models on the covers of the glossy fashion magazines are said to have come to an end when Anna Wintour claimed Vouge as Editor in Chief. Alas, the world of Hollywood and “pop stars” were permitted to take over the “runway” of the world of fashion and become the faces that relentlessly seemed to be given the cover. Seemingly month after month and year after year. Yes, passionate am I about the return of models to the world of fashion and its glossies…

“The generation that followed the supermodels shield away from that sort of fabulosity and scrutiny” Wintour is documented as having stated. “For models to have the same social and commercial clout as Hollywood stars, they will have to want to live that sort of ‘fishbowl’ existence; they will have to be up for living a glamourous and public existence”. Wintour would also state: “The public interest in models these last few years has not been as it was during the early 90’s when Naomi (Campbell) and Linda (Evangelista) caused so much excitement. And until models become celebrities again in their own right, I can’t see them selling as well on magazine covers as actresses”. Oh, here I go. My own personal editorial that I now feel I must share. Decades later. Compelled to expound. I have always disagreed. Fashion is about the model. Modeling is an art form. Hollywood’s craft is acting. Model’s are visual artists. How is it that actresses are models and must now face the pressures of presenting model-like appearances? Can it be that “Star Power” has replaced the most basic visual form of fashion? Yes, I am passionate. This is a topic that has been swirling within me for years. Post the disappearance of the models from the glossy covers, I had turned away from the newsstands. Alas, when models were replaced with Hollywood to spike newsstand sales I had personally revolted by not purchasing or subscribing to the glossy magazines I had once eagerly awaited. Eagerly awaited when once fashion magazines were pure fashion. Am I part of a rare breed that does not swirl around the world of Hollywood or rising pop stars? For certain, I appreciate the artistry and craft of actresses and musicians. However, it is their replacement of fashion’s models that I am in disagreement of. Of course, there have been an occasional cover returned to the model over the years. That I cannot refute. I am also realistic in the fact models can not always grace the covers and the spotlight rightly can shine on iconic individuals within our evolving and changing world. But, as a whole, where, oh where, did fashion for fashion’s purpose and function go? The art of the model?

And of the return? The “Art of the Model” returned iconically, on the covers of two of this year’s Harper’s Bazaar. Credit is bestowed to Glenda Bailey, the current Editor in Chief and the fashion force behind one of the leading American fashion magazines, for the vision to return these two icons to its glossy cover. In fact, I “tip my hat” to the Bazaar covers, as they are artistically the best in my opinion. That said, Bailey writes in her “Editors Letter” in this month’s issue: “While fashion is famously looking for what’s next, Bazaar also places a premium on celebrating what has come before. I cannot help but link the cover image of Linda Evangelista to these words of celebrating what has come before. Timeless. Bailey also adds: “There is one thing I never tire of, and that’s celebrating women who live life to the fullest. I can’t think of anything more inspiring. So I’m thrilled with the array of stylish, accomplished ladies gracing the pages of Bazaar’s October issue”. Certainly, Evangelista included. And in the earlier Summer issue, Turlington. Thank you for the iconic return, Harper’s Bazaar!

Glenda Bailey, Editor In Chief/HARPER'sBAZAAR (May 2001-Present)
Glenda Bailey, Editor In Chief/HARPER’sBAZAAR (May 2001-Present)
A Return To The Cover:  Linda Evanglista, Harper's Bazaar October 2013
A Return To The Cover: Linda Evanglista, Harper’s Bazaar October 2013/Liner

The art of modeling has certainly been perfected through the career’s of Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington. Timeless. Admittedly my favorite models (that will continually appear throughout my posts on fashion) these two icons have lived lives that are real, can be considered fabulous and for certain, have lived lives with a public existence. Although this is not a discussion of the personal lives of these two iconic models, who enduringly possess the art of the model at its best form of non-verbal communication, I am compelled to point out that what they represent to fashion is fashion at its best. Their return to the cover is verification of the goal that the shortened gift of life and vision that Liz Tilberis reinstated so vividly: A return to elegance. A return to grace. “Grace” is termed as “Seemingly effortless beauty or charm of movement, form or proportion” and “a characteristic or quality pleasing for its charm or refinement”. Grace. Both of these iconic models possess grace. And elegance. Poise, elegance, style and grace. Both models and both mothers. Both still “Super”. In this October’s issue, the article “Linda Forever” references the “S-word”. Evangelista’s response? “I don’t even know what that means anymore. Is that era over? Who is a Supermodel now? Is everyone? Is no one?” and she adds “You can call me whatever you want to call me. All I know is this: I’m still here”. Indeed. And delighted are those of us who appreciate her art, and the art that Christy Turlington possess. Enduring.

Iconic Supermodel:  Linda Evanglista /September 1992 & October 2013
Iconic Supermodel: Linda Evanglista /September 1992 & October 2013
"Supermodel" Linda Evangelista/ October 2013 Harper's Bazaar
“Supermodel” Linda Evangelista/ October 2013 Harper’s Bazaar
Iconic Supermodel: Christy Turlington/October 1992 &June/July 2013
Iconic Supermodel: Christy Turlington,October 1992 & June/July 2013
"Supermodel" Christy Turlington/ September 2013 Harper's Bazaar
“Supermodel” Christy Turlington/ June/July 2013 Harper’s Bazaar

A “Model” (from Middle French “Modele” is “a person employed to promote display or advertise commercial products (notably fashion clothing) or to serve as a visual object for people who are creating works of art”. Works of art. That is, in essence, what models are to the world of fashion. Skilled in the art of persuasion. As it is said, communication is the art of persuasion. If fashion modeling is non-verbal communication, then the model is certainly skilled in the art of persuasion. And it is an art. For certain, beyond the 1990’s and the influence of the “Supermodel”, the appreciation of the “Model” is at hand. The art of the model and the grace that they present within their own world of fashion. True fashion endures! Timeless elegance at any age. Twenty plus years later and these icons still possess it. Fashion repeats. Elegance, grace and poise endures…

Consider with appreciation the art of the model. One could continue to expound on the art of modeling and of the gift of these two inconic Supermodels (I must note that there are many “Supermodels” that deserve the same attention). Perhaps I am nostalgic for the energy of the era of the “Supermodel” of the 90’s and the age of the model leading up that era? For certain. Yet I am also simply presenting a repeat performance that was gifted to us from Harper’s Bazaar. Timeless elegance and style endures. Validation that beauty is ageless and that the world of true fashion endures. Perhaps their return can even be viewed as a defiance to the very notion of aging. Yet even with age, the qualities that each of these women possess will endure. Models and Fashion. A perfect union of a memorable and visual craft. A worthy appreciation of the return to the cover, indeed…

Kristin

“Elegance is not about being noticed, its about being remembered”- H. Akande

“Elegance is an attitude”- Longines