Two of my all-time favourite movies are directed by Sofia Coppola: The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation. Not only do I have great admiration for her work, I find her personal style truly inspiring. Therefore, it's a nice surprise for me to rediscover this fashion spread in one of the oldest issue I own from Vogue USA magazine.
Called "Black Mischief", this black & white editorial is shot by the talented Steven Meisel, and portraying Sofia Coppola, Lucie de La Falaise, and Starlite Randall. They were respectively aged 21, 19, and 15 years old at that time, and they really looked stunning! This editorial proves that one can oozes sexiness and attractiveness without showing too much skin and cleavage. It's such a breath of fresh air to see young women and celebrities not portrayed as sex-objects (by being overly, shockingly, and precociously sexy), but as who they really are: young, fresh, intelligent, and natural.
Must I say that every single dress featured here is to die for? I couldn't think of anything better than Rei Kawakubo's aesthetic to match the wit of these ladies. The last photo of Sofia Coppola, with the hair tied-up, and in a dress that shows-off her bare shoulders, is exactly how sexiness should be: feminine, elegant, well-groomed.
Because the small prints might be difficult to decipher, I have transcribed the text to show you what Vogue had to say about the young muses back in 1992:
Sofia Coppola might remind one of a Dante Gabriel Rossetti painting—but for the ironed-straight mane of a more recent era. At twenty-one, Sofia is serious about at least two things: being a sometime actress (Godfather 3, the upcoming Inside Monkey Zetterland) and a full-time student at Cal Arts, where she studies figurative painting. "I saw Kandinsky show when I was thirteen," says Sofia. "That was the first thing that got me into painting. I was really blown away."
|Sofia Coppola is wearing a Comme des Garçons by Rei Kawakubo t-shirt dress.|
At nineteen, Lucie de La Falaise—model, Saint Laurent muse—has steely fragility, combining the waifish grace of Jean Seberg with the authoritative style of her tribe, the internationally chic de La Falaise. She's as individual as the signature flyaway cowlick at the nape of her newly shorn neck. For evening, Lucie usually steps out in "jolly clothes, lots of Betsey Johnson, Anna Sui, Giorgio di Sant'Angelo, and, of course, YSL." Her other passions: animals and painting in watercolors.
|Lucie de La Falaise is wearing a slip-dress by Anna Sui.|
A perfect foil for the stark loveliness of the season's evening dresses: a girl named Starlite. At fifteen, Starlite Randall has hair the color of maple syrup shot through with afternoon sun—and the wondrous doe eyes of her famously beautiful mother, Marisa Berenson. The high school sophomore has a soulful poise beyond her years, despite a regular extracurricular regimen that includes: "hanging out at the mall" and designing bead jewelry.
|Starlite Randall is wearing a velvet dress by Norma Kamali.|
|Long t-shirt dress, Comme des Garçons by Rei Kawakubo.|
|Bias-cut dresses, Comme des Garçons by Rei Kawakubo.|
Starlite's mixture of kohl-eyed, angular beauty and gentle softness showcases the season's winning profile: the tight-through-the-torso ballet-neck dress with a bit of ease in the skirt.
|Ribbed stretch-velvet dress by Betsey Johnson.|
Sophisticated, without pretention, Sofia has sure convictions about what she would never dare wear for an evening out: "A leather mini and a beaded bustier. Also white pumps—never!" More fitting—the white-shoulder appeal of simple velvet halter dress.
|Velvet halter dress by Norma Kamali.|
Vogue USA, December 1992
Photos by Steven Meisel
Fashion Editor: Grace Coddington
(Scans by me)