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.