For the December '09 issue of Vogue, famed photographer Annie Leibovitz shares her vision of Hansel and Gretel inspired by the Metropolitan Opera's production.
Usually, I love what Leibovitz does. She has a way of photographing people in a way that we've never seen before, but once we have it feels as though it should have been obvious, while emitting a magical and inspiring aura. Sadly, I believe that along with all her money, Leibovitz has lost her touch. Her Hansel and Gretel editorial is too stiff, too posed, and not at all fashionable. Leibovitz has obviously tried to push the envelope here, but what she has done has given us lasting images of a bad high school play. Bad sets, bad concepts, and bad bad model direction.
IMG's porcelain doll Lily Cole, paired with actor Andrew Garfield work as a fashionable Hansel and Gretel in theory, problem being Garfield outshines supermodel Cole who appears to have taken the day off. The lights are on, but nobody is home.
Let's not overlook the worst casting choice since Michael Keaton played Batman- Lady Gaga as the wicked old witch. Ok, first of all, let's make an attempt at least to make her look wicked, old, or like a witch even, because otherwise, I don't get it. My second question is simply, why? Let's not even delve into the fact that this woman's music sends chills up my spine, but rather concentrate on the reality that is that she is a giant fashion DO NOT. In case you have been living under a rock, here's a look at her getup at the VMA's this year to give you an idea of what I'm talking about. Vogue, aren't you supposed to be the epitome of fashion? Aren't you supposed the bible on what is and is not in the land of couture? Can you please explain to me why we have one of the worst dressed, untalented artists of the year, as a feature in this month's big fashion editorial?
While I wait with held breath for a formal apology and explanation from Ms. Wintour herself, here's a few sample's of the monstrosity that is "Little Girl & Boy Lost" by Annie
Leibovitz for the December 2009 issue of Vogue.