August 13, 2009

Agyness Deyn For Harper’s Bazaar US September 2009

Agyness Deyn pays tribute to the late Michael Jackson, on the subscribers cover of the September 2009 issue of US Harper’s Bazaar which was shot by Terry Richardson.

Michael Jackson’s eccentric style will live on forever which is shown in the 6 page editorial.

Deyn wears iconic MJ outfits including the dazzling socks and his iconic glove. Her poses are on point as she balances on the tips of her toes.

In her PYT shoot Deyn wears Moschino, YSL, Stella McCartney and Balmain blazer from the runway, plus MJ’s iconic red leather Thriller jacket from Fierce Costumes and a crystallised Swarovski Rag and Bone blazer.

I love this editorial. Even though Deyn is not my favourite model, I think she captures the energy and spirit of MJ in each picture.

Credit: & Harper’s Bazaar

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27 Responses to Agyness Deyn For Harper’s Bazaar US September 2009

  1. Laura August 16, 2009 at 6:52 am #

    i love her poses she’s very very creative!

  2. MEME August 16, 2009 at 3:16 am #

    They should’ve hired a black model……. Harper’s know that they will get the side eye for this one….. even though Michael had a cuturally diverse audience…… it’s gonna rub people the wrong way because he was an African American that opened the door for many other artists…..

  3. Clara August 14, 2009 at 4:17 am #

    Daria would give the editorial a different taste.
    Agyness is too mainstream/stereotype for this.

  4. Rachel August 14, 2009 at 1:34 am #

    Martin- if you are a Londoner I strongly suggest you check out Simon Foxton’s current exhibition at The Photographer’s Gallery.

    It exposes how stupid the underuse of black models is in fashion today (2007 quote in point, from Stefano Pilati in Hint: “You can’t find [black models] that are beautiful and with the right proportions.” )

    That being said, I think Agyness is a symbol of how universal MJ’s influence was, as Beth says. It is a powerful homage that a pale blonde from Manchester can work his look.

  5. Jess August 13, 2009 at 11:42 pm #

    the cover is so bad, and they could’ve picked a better model

  6. beth hawkins August 13, 2009 at 8:51 pm #

    everyone should relaxe for goodness, okay a black model wasn’t used for the photoshoot, it does not matter, to be honest MJ was the first racially ambiguous singer that could be recreated by either a white or black model. i actually thought it was tastefully done compared to some unpleasant images of other people dressed like him. rip MJ

  7. carla August 13, 2009 at 7:07 pm #

    It’s curious that so many object to the blonde white model–I think Michael, especially in his final incarnation, would more than approve. He certainly moved as far away from his early appearance as he possibly could.

  8. Chiara August 13, 2009 at 4:50 pm #

    A blond white model…. Well it’s still a good editorial though I like the cover the best!

  9. Ally August 13, 2009 at 1:34 pm #

    I’m confused. What is her PTY shoot? Did you mean PYT?

    • Fashion Critic August 13, 2009 at 1:47 pm #


      I think I’ll do less posts today.

      I’m obviously quite tired.

  10. eimear August 13, 2009 at 12:31 pm #

    she looks like a bit of a goon.. it seems more of a joke then a serious tribute..and why didnt they pick a black model! i think of so many that would be good in this!

  11. christy August 13, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

    This is the first shoot i’ve seen with Agyness which actually made me stop and think “wow – what a gorgeous girl”. My prior impression of her has always been one of such complete androgeny, she actually looks quite “girlie” here (in a tough, cool way), and she looks great!

  12. Karen August 13, 2009 at 11:34 am #

    It seems kind of awkward. She’s just staring straight at the camera with a big cheesy smile. It doesn’t seem much like an editorial, as much as it seems like a student photographer working with an amateur model.

    Could have been so much better, and I agree a black model would have been great.

  13. Esther August 13, 2009 at 11:04 am #

    Genius editorial!!! I LOVE IT!

  14. greta August 13, 2009 at 10:30 am #

    I am sooo in love with MJ….WHAT A MAN!!!!!

  15. Ling August 13, 2009 at 10:27 am #

    I like the red-bow tie outfit (is that from Billie Jean?) best. I can’t believe there are so many MJ inspired things on the catwalk!

    • Fashion Critic August 13, 2009 at 10:35 am #

      Yes I believe it’s Billie Jean.

      And your right I thought it was only Balmain that were inspired by him

  16. From Russia With Love August 13, 2009 at 10:25 am #

    All the jackets are to die for!

  17. Martin August 13, 2009 at 10:15 am #

    What? They couldn’t get a black model? This editorial would’ve been so much more powerful for me if they’d cast a black model.

    • Fashion Critic August 13, 2009 at 10:36 am #

      Sessilee Lopez would have been good also.

      • Martin August 13, 2009 at 10:56 am #


      • miwa August 13, 2009 at 2:13 pm #

        She’s the first one I thought of too. I think Arlenis Sosa would have been good too.

        • Fashion Critic August 13, 2009 at 2:19 pm #

          Arlenis is a bit too stiff for me

  18. Methedrine August 13, 2009 at 10:15 am #


  19. Terry August 13, 2009 at 10:13 am #

    Who is the photographer of this shoot?
    It’s not very original, in my opinion, but it’s funny. I love the clothes chosen for re-creating Michael Jackson’s style and Agyness’ haircut.

    • Fashion Critic August 13, 2009 at 10:37 am #

      Terry Richardson

      • Terry August 13, 2009 at 10:42 am #

        Uhm, I think he’s really gone mainstream and I’m not sure I like it. I have never been a fan of his porn-ish photography, but this is so bland of him.

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