Victoria Beckham à la française

What happens when you give Karl Lagerfeld a camera and Victoria Beckham as his model? An amazing photo shoot for Elle France!

We’ve seen many great photo shoots from both, before and behind the camera, but this collaboration between fashion royalty has worked its magic: the mood of the B/W pictures, the luxurious setting and an amazingly looking Victoria. I predict the copies of the November Elle edition will be out of the shops in no time. My favourite picture is of course the one on the iconic Coco Chanel staircase with the mirrors. Enjoy.

Seeing the beauty of this…I still don’t understand what Chanel was thinking when producing the new Chanel No 5 commercial with Brad Pitt. I guess Karl Lagerfeld did not oversee that project closely enough…

Coco against Elle

Some models have no problem with nudity, like Heidi in Allure, but the current cover of Elle Brazil was not what Coco wanted and the whole world can know it. The creative department at Elle was a bit too eager to make their cover sexy and happily turned to Photoshop to do so. I just finished a basic photoshop training and it is unbelievable what you can do with this program. But as long as magazines use top models, they should also respect their wishes. Otherwise they could better turn to computer-animated models and go crazy on them.

Coco’s response on her blog: ‘As a high fashion model I have long had a policy of no nudity or partial nudity in my photo shoots. For my recent Elle Brazil cover shoot I wore a body suit under a sheer dress which I now find was photoshopped out to give the impression of me showing much more skin than I was, or am comfortable with. This was specifically against my expressed verbal and written direction to the entire team that they not do so. I’m extremely disappointed that my wishes and contract was ignored. I strongly believe every model has a right to set rules for how she is portrayed and for me these rules were clearly circumvented.’