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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MIU MIU

Laser-engraved logo belt

ALAÏA

Belted leather biker jacket

Jil Sander

Gathered Knit Midi Dress

SAINT LAURENT

Cropped leather jacket

SOPHIE BUHAI

Triple Francois 18kt gold vermeil earrings

NILI LOTAN

Jimmy Leather Puffer Jacket

SAINT LAURENT

Le 57 quilted leather shoulder bag

DRIES VAN NOTEN

Belted wool blazer

SAINT LAURENT

Blade velvet slingback pumps

THE ROW

Silvia silk-twill scarf

SAINT LAURENT

Logo-embellished leather loafers

VALENTINO

Crocheted Cotton-Blend Midi Skirt

LOEWE

Braided leather bangle

JOSEPH

Delcie tie-detailed ramie midi dress

LOEWE

Gate knotted leather slippers

ZIMMERMANN

Postcard fringed crocheted straw bucket hat

  • 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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