Photos courtesy of Prada
I love love love Prada‘s spring/summer 2012 ad campaign shot by photographer Steven Meisel. The campaign features models Kati Nescher, Meghan Collison, Natasha Poly, Elise Crombez, Ymre Stiekema and Kathryn Kruger in a gas station. How cool are girls and cars? And obviously the clothes and accessories are amazing as usual, check those HOT flame shoes (close-up photos below) on Natasha Poly! WANT!
Bathed in sunlight. Fuelled by optimism. Girls and cars stop and stare at the future in this Technicolor mise-en-scéne of desire. 1950s hot rods and muscle cars with spiky rear fins and bodies emblazoned with flames reflect the design motifs in the collection. The iconographic language of Americana is re-drawn through more than half a century of pop and style culture. The gas station is cast as a central symbol in this post-modern crossroads of new horizons and economic fulfilment, a stage set where fashion, fantasy and the promise of new discoveries collide.
Through the lens of Steven Meisel, the consistently groundbreaking photographer of Prada’s campaigns, we see the models tower above us, the cars and modernist architecture set against an expanse of azure sky. His low angle and rich coloration emphasize the power and positivism in the campaign and collection message. The diverse casting of models with distinct characters such as the blonde bombshell or the noir heroine creates a utopian celluloid narrative. A virtual collage of feminine film iconography unfolds in this hyper-real gas station fantasy.