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.
Faux shearling-lined cotton-corduroy jacket
Fona boucle-knit over-the-knee sock boots
Earl Shearling-trimmed suede jacket
Cassidy printed silk-satin midi shirt dress
Shearling-lined cotton-canvas parka
Genie wool-blend flannel straight-leg pants
Cropped denim jacket with faux fur
The Cardigan balloon-sleeved wool cardigan
Telima quilted-velvet jacket
Milou roll-neck wool-blend sweater
Erith leather midi skirt