With a penchant for capturing the joy of living, Steven Meisel is a well-established figure that is a force to be reckoned with. Having discovered many top models such as Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell early in their careers, Meisel is a prominent photographer that has famously shot every cover and lead editorial for Italian Vogue. His passion to empower women and depict lifestyles that people aspire towards is a reason his photographic style remains to be one of the most recognized for its cultural significance.
The Fall 2015 season finds Meisel shooting for Prada’s sister label Miu Miu in their stylized advertising campaign, one that captures an improvisational spirit on the streets of New York. Aptly named ‘Subjective Reality’, each image carries a “seemingly off-hand compositional and perspectival logic that suggests a highly subjective gaze: a bystander is captured mid-gesture, a car window partially frames the street, backgrounds are populated by the mini-dramas of passersby.”
The fragmentation of scenes are influenced partially by the carefree juxtaposition of material in the collection, from glossy pinafore tops to the rusty plaid and striped shirts. “Bursts of saturated color punctuate the scenes in unexpected ways: brilliant red lipstick finds its twin in the shiny paint of a passing fire truck.” Besides the clever compositional crafting, their subjective titles are equally as significant where the implied invisible presence of the author is felt, not dissimilar to the company of street style photographers.
Not one to ignore his flair for uncovering the latest talent on the runway, ‘Subjective Reality’ is no different with its fresh casting of relatively new names (Maddison Brown, Hailey Gates, Mia Goth, Stacy Martin). Come September, it’ll be a fun game of catching them as the new ‘it girls’ for Fall 2016.