January 22nd, 2014
On My Mind

Melanie Ward In System

Melanie Ward

Ah, the brilliant stylist, Melanie Ward. Considering that we worked together with Helmut Lang, also at Harper’s Bazaar, and on a Karl Lagerfeld show, I learned a lot about my friend from a profile on her in the A/W issue of System.

That Melanie started her career as a stylist working with her friends Kate Moss, Corinne Day, and David Sims, I knew. And that personal style “has always been more defining and seductive for (her) than seasonal fleeting fashion dictates” always impressed me, especially when we were at HB chronicling every new trend. But, Melanie’s musings on her early years (the late 80s) working in London on stories that were completely groundbreaking, was a nice reminder of her creative genius and influence in our industry.

I learned from collaborating with Melanie that people with very different approaches can work together—Mel and I complemented each other while producing many great shoots and shows.

All of the clothes in the story are from Melanie’s personal stash. The YSL coat in the last pic is fantastic.

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PIPPA SMALL

18-karat gold turquoise ring

EVE DENIM

Kalia denim jacket

VETEMENTS

Lighter-heel leather mules

KHAITE

Carolina single-breasted wool-twill cocoon coat

J. CREW

Demi-fine 14K gold-plated hoop

CHLOÉ

Oversized-lapel double-breasted wool-blend coat

CHLOÉ

Quincy shiny ballerina loafer mule

BURBERRY

Pleated checked wool midi skirt

CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC

Checked wool blazer

CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC

High-rise straight-leg jeans

MONCLER

Blanche leather ankle boots

SAINT LAURENT

Bellechasse medium leather-trimmed canvas bag

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  • It was very exciting to read that you had worked with Helmut Lang – and the uber talented Melanie Ward! I have been on the hunt for late 80s/early 90s Helmut Lang but it is SO difficult to find. I love the fluttery pink organza capes on the nude straps, the layered tanks, the skirts and dresses with strips of sequins… so perfect. Everyone seems to be doing some version of Helmut now – I am glad, but not surprised, that he is having his moment once again.

    julianararevintageJanuary 22nd, 2014  4:41 PM

     
  • God I love all these looks! Especially the little YSL suit! Amazing
    Really enjoy your blog!

    HayleyJanuary 22nd, 2014  8:26 PM

     

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