I'm taking a mini break from the Halloween stuff (don't worry, there's a Gossip Girl costume extravaganza planned for tomorrow), and posting some lovely pics from V Magazine. I snuck a few random cravings in at the bottom, of course.
This first shoot from V Magazine features Natalia Vodianova and was shot by Hedi Slimane, and the second shoot from V Magazine features Miranda Kerr and was shot by Willy Vanderperre. Natalia Vodianova is one of my favorite models of all time. She's so pretty. And she's had kids! Multiple kids! Not fair. I really love the concept of this shoot, putting a new spin on the couture looks. It's always nice to see them in a different context than on the runways. And the jewelry in that third look is really stunning. As for Miranda Kerr, I think I underestimated her as a model. It's easy to forget that the Victoria's Secret models have actual careers outside of Victoria's Secret. Bleaching her eyebrows turns her into a whole different person. I like that she's kind of curvy (for a model), and the pin-uppy styling plays off that nicely.
By Malene Birger Lilly Bell Pearl and Crystal Necklace, $315 at net-a-porter.com, Miu Miu Forma Cutout Sandals, $750 at net-a-porter.com, Kate Leather Shoulder Bag, $950 at net-a-porter.com: This necklace has the perfect Lanvin meets Tom Binns vibe. The ribbon is very elegant and chic, and the twisted ropes of pearls and crystals are very Art Deco meets Marie Antoinette. This would look equally fabulous with jeans and white tee and with a fab little cocktail dress. And, it's a fraction of the price of a Tom Binns or a Lanvin necklace. I almost bought a pair of heels like these Miu Miu platforms a few months ago, but I talked myself out of it. I didn't think the trend would last. I am clearly an idiot. These are fantastic. The contrast of the delicacy of the cutouts and the thick, bondage nature of the straps is pitch perfect. The zipper adds a bit of extra edge, the platform makes them comfy, and the suede gives it so much visual richness. I've never been a fan of the messenger/long strap across the body bags. I think they look sloppy and awkward. But this Marc Jacobs bag is making me rethink that. The tiny gold hardware, the studs and the locks, elevate the basic shape and black leather, and the structured shape of the bag itself mediates the long, thin strap. It has a casual, It Girl vibe to it that makes me want to wear it with a leopard print pencil skirt, a drapey white tank, and some crazy intense heels. I'm seriously having a moment right now.
All V Magazine images: vmagazine.com, By Malene Birger necklace: net-a-porter.com, Miu Miu sandals: net-a-porter.com, Marc Jacobs bag: net-a-porter.com.