V Magazine: Power Plays

20th March, 2013
PowerPlay

Hot off of our holiday collaboration (for which we took a very playful, irreverent look at fine jewelry and American teen culture), V Magazine invited Nick Heavican and me to contribute another fashion story ~ this time to support their ‘Power Couples’ issue. With Kate and Rihanna on the cover, and icons ranging from Inez and Vinoodh to Barbie and Ken lurking inside, we knew we had a compelling challenge to tackle. We started ruminating on the concept of couples, and of coupling. We looked at a lot of erotic photography from the early 1900s, and talked about stereotypical power dynamics and modern sexual politics. We thought about gold diggers and sugar daddies: who’s really playing whom? And we reminisced about Liz and Dick and the jewelry that kept them together forever.We cast Ali Michael, an arresting American beauty, and real-life high-society scion Colin Duchin ~ convening at Wall Street’s Gild Hall, where together they perfectly embodied the complexities of wealth, power, beauty, and desire. Some hotel room secrets are meant to be shared, so CLICK OVER TO V MAG to peruse the full story!

|IMAGE AT TOP| Ali wears De Beers earrings, necklaces by Van Cleef & Arpels and Harry WinstonNOE slip |ABOVE| Ali wears Fabergé earrings, necklaces and ring by De BeersGucci gown

|PHOTOS| by Nick Heavican |STYLING| by Kelly Framel |HAIR| by Andre Gunn for Oribe |MAKEUP| by Stevie Huynh |LOCATION| Gild Hall

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