Photos of a wild and glamorous party were published in August for W Magazine. Guests of Anna Cleveland took steps into the spotlight and partied like it was 1989. Miley Cyrus and girlfriend Stella Maxwell, Paris Hilton, Amber Valletta, Asia Chow, Frankie Rayder, and a cast of VIPs all stood ‘back in the limelight’. The array of designer outfits, styled by Edward Enninful, shined and revealed some thrilling pieces from; Chanel, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, J.W Anderson, Moschino, Saint Laurent by Hedi Silmane, Tom Ford, Victoria Secret, Valentino and many others.
Miley Cyrus leads W Magazines photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott through the shoot to capture the ‘art of ecstasy’. Her presence was duly noted also with the mention of her recently announced ‘girlfriend’ Stella Maxwell. The raunchy group of ‘couture cronies’ embrace the 1989 themed shoot and attire. Miley continues to express her appreciation of the nude body by posing in a seductive manner and demonstrating her published carefree attitude. The entire group of VIP’s were ‘reflecting on a time when people were committed to the act of free expression’ (fashioncow 2015).
Mert and Marcus only captures snippets of each designer item, crowding the photographs to include as many pieces and people as possible. Black, platform, peep toe stud Giamba heels swing into the foreground of the image (fig .1), back dropped with a bright red J.W. Anderson leather high waisted skirt. Anna Cleveland is thrown upside down into the focal point of the shot, wearing a gold Moschino bralette and heavy yellow metal necklace. Also mentioned was the Victoria Secret Teddy, which is only visible in ten percent of the photograph.
The slide show escalates as each new image presents us with another raunchy free spirit, endorsing another couture item. Bralettes, boots, elegant dresses worn in swimming pools and bath tubs, big hair and bright blue eyes and contrasting red cherry lips. Amber Valletta (Fig .2), Stella Maxwell (Fig .3) flaunt their stuff in stunning reds, Emilio Pucci Shirt and Valentino dress. Provocatively posing with a cigarette or just straight to the point, Stella sits with her legs wide open to the shot.
This has surely been a chaotic array of bright colours and cuts. “Blending is boring, to wear your colors proud is a mark of lustful longings” (fashion cow 2015).The only issue that concerns me is the what they end up endorsing; the celebrities, the designer outfits or the sex appeal, drug induced, party style that seems to become raunchier by the year.
W Magazine 2015. ‘Back in the Limelight’, WMagazine.com, viewed 12 Sept 2015, http://www.wmagazine.com/fashion/2015/08/miley-cyrus-1980s-party/photos/slide/all
Author Fashion Cow Website 2015, Back in the Limelight by Mert Marcus for W Magazine, viewed 12 Sept 2015, http://fashioncow.com/2015/08/back-in-the-lime-light-by-mert-marcus-for-w-magazine-september-2015/