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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GIULIVA HERITAGE

The Heidi cable-knit wool cardigan

VERSACE

Double-breasted virgin wool-twill coat

JUNYA WATANABE

Patchwork Fair Isle-intarsia wool sweater

GUCCI

Gucci Horsebit 1955 small bag

SAINT LAURENT

Belted wool-twill jacket

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Hooded virgin-wool duffel coat

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Belted distressed denim jacket

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Hooded velvet cape

SAINT LAURENT

Hooded wool duffle coat

VINCE

Cashmere sweater

SACAI

Cotton-blend minidress

RAEY

Longline virgin-wool tunic

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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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