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  • Written by Heather Ekin


Critically acclaimed photographer Steven Meisel has stepped out from behind the camera to create his own ready-to-wear collection in collaboration with Zara. After shooting many campaigns for the Spanish retail chain over the years, Meisel has decided to put his flair for design on show by creating a line of men and women's clothing inspired by his personal wardrobe.

The collection, titled "Steven Meisel New York", features over 50 products featuring a mix of classic wardrobe staples including jeans, parkas and hoodies, as well as accessories like trapper hats and his signature bandana scarf. In addition to this is a variety of more eccentric pieces such as silver leather trousers and a lace-up leather skirt, the latter being a nod to musical influences of the 60's which Meisel dubs to be his favorite decade. Graphic t-shirts printed with Meisel's own drawings also draw back to his days being a fashion illustrator before developing his interest in photography.

The campaign features a star-studded cast of A-list models including Linda Evangelista, Amber Valletta, Gigi Hadid, Kaia Gerber, Irina Shayk and Alton Mason to name a few. To bring the images to life, Meisel has enlisted the help of his longtime creative partners: stylist Karl Templer, makeup artist Pat McGrath, and hairstylist Guido Palau. The photographs, shot in black and white, capture Meisel's expressiveness in dramatic fashion and highlight the chic nature of the collection. Evangelista, Meisel's model muse whom he has just published a book with, spoke in a recent Vogue interview “Everything about the collection is Steven," she said about the collaboration. "From the bandana to the jeans and boots. It’s classic, effortless, and chic – it’s Steven.”

The Steven Meisel New York collection launches at the Steven Meisel New York pop-up at 33 Howard Street September 9th - 13th, and at Dover Street Market London September 15th -17th. It will also be available for purchase online worldwide and in select Zara stores from September 18th.


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