Carine Roitfeld certainly keeps busy, running her own magazines, CR Fashion Book and CR Men’s Book, while contributing heavily to Harper’s Bazaar; yet her well of editorial ideas never runs dry. Her most recent tour de force for HB, “Icons,” shines with her genius. Carine picks nine icons of today and presents each as his or her favorite mythological being, all costumed in the current season of fashion amidst the most divine settings. I particularly enjoy CR’s adaptation of Katy Perry, paying tribute to both Elizabeth Taylor and Andy Warhol with the image, quel génie ! Jean-Paul Goude photographed “Icons” and Stephen Gan provided creative direction but the imagination could only be Carine Roitfeld.
ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY AS DIANA VREELAND
"Diana was such an influential, powerful woman who changed fashion from the inside out."
Chanel jacket and tights; J.W. Anderson earrings and boots
Special thanks to Xianzhong Zhai of Chinese Theatre Works
JESSICA CHASTAIN AS JOAN OF ARC
"Individuality makes an icon. Joan of Arc inspires me because she fought against society's constraints. She went against the grain."
Balenciaga dress; Alexander Wang socks and shoes; Fannie Schiavoni gloves
Special thanks to France Vitrail International
OPRAH WINFREY AS GLINDA THE GOOD WITCH
"The Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite spiritual tales, and Glinda is a spiritual goddess. I love when she says to Dorothy, 'You've always had the power.' That is the message for all of us: You're born with it, you always have it. It doesn't matter how many yellow brick roads you go down, it's always right there in your heart."
Ralph Lauren Collection dress; Walter Steiger shoes; Van Cleef & Arpels bracelet
MARIAH CAREY AS MARIE ANTOINETTE
"I'm pretty much the opposite of Marie Antoinette, but it's always fun to throw on a costume."
Tom Ford corset; Manolo Blahnik shoes; Le Vestiaire jacket, skirt, petticoats and stockings
DAKOTA JOHNSON AS APHRODITE
"In Greek mythology, Aphrodite is the primary image of feminine divine love. To me, she embodies the power of love and pleasure and represents the mystery and intricacy of women."
Neosport wetsuit; Dior boots
LUCKY BLUE SMITH AS LIBERACE
"I like Liberace. He was cool, he was blingy, he was rad, he killed it. He was a performer and I'm a performer."
Burberry Prorsum jacket and pants; Roberto Cavalli shirt; Jacob & Co bracelet; Beladora ring; Jacob & Co ring; Doyle & Doyle ring; Jason of Beverly Hills shoes; Cape and bow tie, courtesy of Ellen Mirojnick
Special thanks to the Liberace Foundation for the Creative & Performing Arts
WILLOW SMITH AS KALI
"When I was little, I would go into my mom's meditation room and read her books about goddesses. Kali stayed with me because she is terrifying yet beautiful."
Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci corset, skirt, and face jewels
CHRIS LEE AS COCO CHANEL
"In China, we say that when a person passes, their soul remains. I really felt that Coco was among us on this day."
Chanel dress, shoes and belt; Ghost of Coco wears vintage Chanel
KATY PERRY AS ELIZABETH TAYLOR
"An icon transcends time. Liz was so fabulous and decadent and had a style that evolved with the years...and I'm sure I'll be married just as many times!"
Azzedine Alaïa dress; Dior Fine Jewelry earrings
Andy Warhol Artwork, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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