alessandro michele’s new project includes rowan blanchard’s poems and hari nef as a cherub

The man behind the Gucci revolution brings us Hari Nef posing as a cherub on the Sistine Chapel, Rowan Blanchard's existential poems, and Petra Collins's extended family pairing Gucci with traditional Hungarian dress.

by Hannah Ongley
28 October 2016, 7:05pm

Petra Collins and Zara Mirkin

Since being conceived of by Belgian fashion legend Water Van Beirendonck in 2001, the self-explanatorily titled A Magazine Curated By has provided a portal into the universes of fashion designers including Martin Margiela, Yohji Yamamoto, Haider Ackermann, and Iris van Herpen. The inaugural edition curated by the notoriously reclusive Margiela brought fans into contact with everybody that ever had ties with the house, from choreographers to former permanent staff members, who all put their own creative spins on the designer's unifying signature shade, white. The publication's 2016 edition is curated by a designer known for being slightly more maximalist, Gucci's revolutionary new(ish) creative director Alessandro Michele. You won't find many neutrals in his 280-page world, which consists of interviews, poems, and conceptual fashion shoots from friends and collaborators including Hari Nef, Gia Coppola, Ryan McGinley, Petra Collins, Nan Goldin, and Madonna. 

Gia Coppola and Jacqui Getty

Michele's theme is "Blind for Love," which has resulted in lots of creative family time. For Collins' contribution, the 23-year-old photographer hopped on a plane to Budapest, Hungary with stylist buddy Zara Mirkin to shoot her extended family wearing the Gucci Cruise 2017 collection mixed in with their own clothes. Coppola tapped her mom Jacqui Getty to style a Picnic at Hanging Rock-inspired shoot in Joshua Tree, starring Laura Love, Chucky Grant, Lily Stewart, and Augie Calligan. Nef features twice: Once shot by Inez & Vinoodh as a cherub on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and again in an interview with her mum and Belgian model Hannelore Knuts, with Polaroids by Maripol.

Hari Nef and Maripol

Other contributors interpret love in a more straightforward sense. Blanchard hand-wrote a series of existential poems that are overlaid on Gia's images. Dakota Johnson shared a Polaroid of herself as a heartbroken 16-year-old. Ryan McGinley contributed cinematic double spreads representing each of the four seasons. Some particularly intriguing chapters can't be seen until the mag drops (at Dover Street Market and Colette) on November 9. Goldin photographed a story called "High Tea with Oscar Wilde" while Madonna's is a photo, shot by Steven Klein, of the Queen of Pop posting with two Samburu warriors in Africa. 

Glen Luchford and Jerry Stafford

Ryan McGinley, Dogbane (Split), 2015


Text Hannah Ongley
Images courtesy of A Magazine Curated By

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