Posts Tagged ‘Lupita Nyong’o’

THE NEW PIRELLI CALENDAR!

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Photograph by Tim Walker, Courtesy of Pirelli

The the early 1960s, the annual publication of the Pirelli Calendar, a trade publication for the tire manufacturer, has been known for is sultry portraits of celebrities, models, and actresses.  Shot by A-list photographers ranging from Helmut Newton, Patrick Demarchelier, and Karl Lagerfeld, to Annie Leibovitz, Inez & Vinoohd, and Peter Lindbergh it has rarely detoured from its signature subjects, only embracing a new breed of subjects (the over-40, the accomplished, and the zaftig) during the past few years.  The 2018 45th edition may be the publication’s most exciting to date; under the direction of photographer, Tim Walker, it will feature an all-black cast portraying characters from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, styled by Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue, Edward Enninful.

Stars include, model Duckie Toth (Alice), personality RuPaul (The Queen of Hearts), actor Djimon Hounsou (The King of Hearts), model Thando Hopa (The Princess of Hearts), record producer Sean “Diddy” Combs (The Royal Beheader), model/actress Naomi Campbell (The Royal Beheader), activist Jaha Dukurek (Wonderland Princess), model Adut Akech (The Queen of Diamonds), model Slick Woods (The Mad Hatter), actress Sasha Lane (The Mad March Hare), actress Lupita Nyong’o (The Dormouse), television host Whoopi Goldberg (The Royal Duchess), and singer Zoe Bedeaux (The Caterpillar).  “Alice has been told so many times,” Tim Walker said, “and I think I wanted to go back to the genesis of the imagination behind Lewis Carroll so that you could tell it from the very beginning again. I wanted to find a different and original angle.”

Photograph by Tim Walker, Courtesy of Pirelli

 

VF: THE HOLLYWOOD ISSUE!

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Vanity Fair released a preview of its 2017 Hollywood Issue.  The two-page cover stars Natalie Portman, Amy Adams, Lupita N’yongo, Emma Stone, Ruth Negga, Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Dakota Johnson, Greta Gerwig, Aja Naomi King, and Janelle Monáe.  Collectively, this group of stellar Hollywood actresses has received twelve Academy Award nominations and two wins, thus far!  The stunning pictorial, shot by Annie Leibovitz, hits newsstands in New York and Los Angeles on Thursday, February 2, and nationally on Tuesday, February 7.

PIRELLI 2017: A RETURN TO HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR!

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Pirelli NicoleWhile the 2016 Pirelli Calendar shared  diversity in its aesthetic and focused on the strength of its subjects (Annie Leibovitz’s subjects included Serena Williams, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, and Amy Schumer), the 2017 edition marks a return to Hollywood glamour.  Photographer Peter Lindburgh chose an all–star line-up, which includes, Lupita Nyong’o, Jessica Chastain, Uma Thurman, Nicole Kidman (above), Lea Seydoux, Robin Wright, Zhang Ziyi, Helen Mirren, Rooney Mara, Penelope Cruz, Julianne Moore, Charlotte Rampling, Alicia Vikander, Kate Winslet, Jessica Chastain, and “special guest,” Anastacia Ignatova, a professor at Moscow State University.

Speaking with Vogue, Lindburgh called the shoot, “a love song to the women I really know and really like, and there’s no exception.”  The German photographer joked that he cast “Everyone in this calendar, at one point in my life, I wanted to marry, and I didn’t have the balls to ask them!”  Lindburgh shot his first Pirelli Calendar in 1996, choosing supermodels of the day.  Yet, in 2002, he changed the iconic brand’s landscape by casting Hollywood actresses (in this shoot he featured ingenues such as Selma Blair, Brittany Murphy, Jaime King, and Julia Stiles).  So why return to actresses, not models, this time?  “The one big difference between actresses and models is that models are fixed to the camera, and actresses never look at a camera if you don’t force them. They learn their whole life to be there and forget there’s a camera. That’s a fundamental difference.”