Doing her thing

The editorials of the Vogue Paris Feb 09′ issue dedicated to one of Carine’s favourite models Lara Stone:

‘Lara by Night’
ph by Hedi Slimane


This is easily the most pleasant one of all because it doesn’t play tricks but just a normal simple, well executed editorial. A shoot like this is a must-have for such an issue I think, it acts as a safe bet. My favorite part is the shadows, and seeing Hedi working with colours and doing a glamour-based shoot instead of  something more rock. Very refreshing.

‘Lara À La Mer’
by Peter Lindberg



‘Lara à Broadway’
by Inez & Vinoodh


The last two editorials are giving variety but I am not really feeling I&V’s effort in transforming the ever-edgy Lara into a broadway star.  I get the concept but it is an absolute over-kill and she looks odd in some shots, particularly the ones of her smiling. It could have looked much better with another model who can pull off heavy make-up.

‘Lara en rêve’
ph by Nan Goldin


This shoot is interesting given that Nan is a documentary photographer and famous for involving sex and drugs in her shoots. It is this sense of raw-ness in this editorial that captures the true Lara really well. There is also some shots with the Bridget Bardot resemblance.

‘Lara fiction noire’
ph by Steven Klein



Usual Steven Klein work— controversial, hardcore and involves idea of slavery, one of his favourite themes. This editorial is loaded with shock factor and more action-packed than the others but it doesn’t really show another side of Lara.

‘Lara nue’
ph by Terry Richardson


There is only three shots and the other two are nude.

‘Diamants de Lara’

ph by Patrick Demarchelier


This editorial had her in her best expressions and makeup.

Jewellery, Beauty sections



Great beauty shots of her, especially the cover.

In general, I like how they aimed to make this into an epic issue, but revolving it around only one model is risky itself, let alone having Lara Stone to pull it off. She is iconic but lacks the dynamism to helm the entire issue all alone when she only has these certain expressions and makeup that suits her best. Lara’s look is too strong to give a wide variety. I was also hoping for a stronger Bridget Bardot reference, and more of editorials that are designed to bring out the best of her instead of the other way round. Her personality is one in a million and she is worthy of all the attention but personally, I would rather see three good, long editorials of Lara in one issue than a complete coverage.

images: imgmodels, TFS scans by cadg

  • TraiT

    I would have to agree that her look is too strong to have a wide variety.
    Carine and her directors did TRIED to, but mostly came out as disastrous or boring. The I&V shoot’s left me speechless, in an ultra negative way…
    Though there are better edi, like the steven klein, peter lindberg and nan goldin ones, overall, it’s disappointing.

    The july issue of russian vogue delicated to natasha was SOOO much better, don’t you think?

  • Laila

    agree, that natasha-russian vogue issue is great 🙂

  • zoe

    she is so beautiful.
    i think i’ve only seen two whole editorials out of the entire issue but i’m excited to see more.

  • kayandreamer

    I couldn’t agree more with your review. I love Lara, and think she has a look that can not be duplicated.

    But as the Inez&Vinoodh ed shows, her versatility as a model still has some limitations

  • passionista

    lara is a very beautiful and sexy but this is a bit too much lara for my taste

    the inez and vinoodh editorial is a dissapointment. also that this is not an original idea from carine r. as i thought since it has been done before, as i’ve learnt now, by russian vogue with natalia v.

  • Asian Models Blog

    She’s also in the Feb 2009 issue of W Magazine.

    She’s everywhere this season.

  • hodan

    in my opinion the only thing lara has going on for her is a great set of breasts lol.BTW, any word on freja this season? the chick is pretty AWOL.