Joan Smalls, Making Waves

6th October, 2015

For Part II of our special editorial series celebrating the timeless brilliance of Elsa Peretti’s classic designs for Tiffany & Co., we called upon Joan Smalls to follow Lily Kwong in personifying the designer’s eternal modernity. More than just a pretty face, Joan has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, for which she graduated magna cum laude.

She is a trailblazer and inspiration to many, having made history by becoming the first Latina global beauty ambassador for Estée Lauder. She’s a thoroughly new-fashioned, super-social supermodel ~ and therefore the ideal emissary to illustrate how a singular, unrelenting vision can stand the test of eternity.

We shot this series at an artist’s loft in Soho, whose Wabi-Sabi walls provided the perfect foil to Peretti’s sleek pieces. We dressed our muses in clean, streamlined clothes by designers like Prabal Gurung, Jason Wu and The Row, whose work serves as cornerstones for today’s powerful women’s wardrobes. We brought in Bon Duke to shoot, because his pictures have an edge that reflects the complexities of city living ~ a reality that is as glossy as it is gritty. But most of all, we let the intelligence, strength, and sincerity of Lily and Joan do all the talking. Like Elsa Peretti before them, they are two women impacting fashion in a way that will continue to make waves for decades to come.

  • Simona Huidiu

    This woman is fantastic! I love her!

  • Style On The Side

    Everyone and everything about this photo shoot is amazing!

  • Sasa Zoe

    Can’t get enough of her<3

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  • Heather P.

    The last look is easily my favorite! I love the saturated blue with silver jewelry!

  • Seyra Rico

    What an exquisite freak of nature. I love her!

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    I LOVE this outfit!

  • Ellen Vicius
  • Mia

    This set of photos is absolutely stunning, The textures in the background complement the outfits and overall style so well!

  • Sophie
  • Allie Mackin

    Ah yes she is such an inspiration. And these photos wow. At my old job ( at a publisher) I had to pull some old files up and there was Joan. I so wished I had worked there when we had her for a shoot.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  • Veronique Villarroel

    Amazing pictures! It’s great!



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  • qamar

    In picture Women is looking glamorous. Her body is so attractive in these pictures. I like her styles. The shots of photo are awesome. The look of second last is authoritative under luxury sleeveless Apparel. Nonetheless, addition of necklace and bracelet on outstanding Outfits are stunning. This blog is the helper of Women to select suitable Clothes in captivating style.
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