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.
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