“When I’m taking photographs that mix fashion and fantasy, after a while it’s really hard to come back to the real world. But I like the idea of not coming back to the real world—of instead living in your own.” – Bruce Weber
For our Spring 2015 campaign, Bruce Weber took these words to heart, creating a world that’s pure escape–a madcap weekend getaway to a Miami home filled with gorgeous women and their doting admirers. And what a ladies’ weekend it turned out to be! The personalities featured include some of the most iconic women from the past four decades of fashion: Christie Brinkley, Brooke Shields, Stephanie Seymour Brant, Pat Cleveland, Veronica Webb, Kirsten Owen, Elaine Irwin, Kiara Kabukuru, Bethann Hardison, and Susanne Bartsch. Add a flock of handsome men to take care of any and all domestic whims, and you get one out-of-this-world getaway we’d be happy to get lost in.
Titled Better Than Ever, the campaign is the latest in a series of collaborations between Barneys and Weber whose past installments also featured subjects that break the mold of traditional fashion photography, highlighting a diversity of age, background, and ethnicity. Having previously photographed a group of transgender men and women for our Brothers, Sisters, Sons, and Daughters campaign, as well as an array of 76 Angelinos for L.A. Stories, the emphasis has always been on storytelling and Better Than Ever is no exception.
With a lighthearted and playful sense of humor, the images celebrate these incredible women in a dreamy, fantasy landscape. The notable ladies, including some of the biggest supermodels of all time, range from their late 30s to mid-60s and possess a level of confidence that can only be gained through the experience of having lived. “Never, in a million years, has a 20-year-old model walked into a room and had the same affect these women do,” Barneys Creative Director Dennis Freedman said. Through these photographs, Weber shows that beauty, poise, personality, and the ability to truly captivate and seduce often come only with age.
“Except for Pat, who I was too afraid to ask to photograph when I was starting out because she was so famous, I have a long history with these ladies, shooting some for the first time more than forty years ago,” Bruce said. “Bethann in Central Park…Stephanie in a New York City hotel room with Axl Rose…Elaine with Paul Bowles in Tangiers…I’ve known Brooke since she was a young teenager and I photographed her for a bathing suit story for Life magazine.” But photographing them again gave him a new appreciation of how each of them has evolved. “They’re all better than ever.”
See below for a few of our favorite shots from the campaign, as well as an exclusive look into Bruce’s fanciful world, and be sure to check back next week as we feature each of the models and share additional imagery.
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