If you were a fly on the window in the editorial office of V Magazine this month, would you be hearing some satisfied hand-rubbing and chuckles of 'I love it when a plan comes together' etc? Assuming meetings last autumn were aimed at producing a January issue (normally such a sluggish month) to monopolise all press and blog coverage for the start of the year, the team at V can be quite pleased with themselves.
The latest coup to have been leaked from The Size Issue is an editorial shot by none other than Karl Lagerfeld in Coco Chanel’s house, featuring larger-than-life burlesquer Miss Dirty Martini and actress Jan Schmitt looking adorable as a Coco-alike. The pictures are super-sharp and very much embody the spirit of Karl’s Chanel, (even if it wouldn’t have been the sort of thing Mademoiselle would have gone for).
More remarkable is the fact that Herr Lagerfeld deigned take the cap off his lens for a bigger girl, after going on record with some typically ‘outrageous’ comments on the subject last year. 'No one wants to see curvy women,' he ranted. 'You’ve got fat mothers sitting in front of the television eating chips and saying that thin models are ugly.' It'd be fair to say that he’s had to eat (hee hee) his words now, although we presume he steers clear of too many chips himself.
Miss Martini brings a certain je ne sais quoi to her role as muse, and though you can see the trademarks of the fashion house (gilt chains, camellias, pearls and interlocking Cs), the styling takes the form of an inventive (ahem) accessories story rather than anything as revolutionary as a plus-size girl modelling a mainline Chanel collection. What do you think about Miss Dirty Martini and the latest shoot from V? Thrilled, dismayed or indifferent – have your say in the box below . . .
- Naomi Attwood