>> The thing I really miss about working at a publication like Dazed & Confused is the feeling that you're constantly in contact with photographers, set designers and all the other behind the scenes creatives that really bring magazines to life (and should be valued as fashion print's trump card in contrast to us webbie lifeforms who wouldn't even dream of asking say Ryan McGinley to shoot a 10-look editorial for a paltry blog – will that ever change? I doubt it…). Just for old time's sake I'll go on agency websites and have a random perusal at agency websites and online portfolios, just to feel like I'm feeding my brain image-wise, even if it serves zero purpose for the blog.
I came across Lacey's work on CLM's well-updated and comprehensive agency website (how an online portfolio should be really) and thought I'd dish up a bit of Easter Sunday image indulgence. Lacey, who has taken on a singular mono-name a la Horst, studied graphic design at London College of Printing and then went on to assist Tim Walker, becoming his righ hand for five years. That formative experience gave her the confidence to develop her own unique language in fashion and beauty still life, bringing in elements of pop-fused trompe l'oeil, plays on perspective and imaginative set design. She's mostly been shooting still-life editorials and campaigns for the likes of Louis Vuitton, Uniqlo and Vogue UK but in a recent kapow-tastic spread for Vogue Nippon Beauty, her highly graphic photography style comes together on a model with Craig and Karl's illustrations, Andrew Gallimore's make-up and Beth Fenton's styling. As much as I love her exciting still lifes, where she manages to make even a bottle of facial cleanser look dynamic, I'm eager to see Lacey work with more on-figure shoots, bringing out even more surreal qualities in her work. It's clear that Lacey's work is dependent on the collaborative efforts of set designers such as Gary Card and Amy Henry (also represented by CLM) but it's the overall vision and being able to get the best out of those collaborators, which makes these final images so successful and direct in their impact.
Uniqlo Sept 2008