Purple Magazine
— S/S 2010 issue 13

Lindsay Lohan

photography by TERRY RICHARDSON
art direction by OLIVIER ZAHM
style by CHRISTOPHER NIQUET

 

Why is it so difficult to accept what’s happening in fashion? This season everyone’s talking about Lindsay Lohan’s new position as creative consultant at Ungaro. Not only did the collection receive bad reviews, it created a scandal on both sides of the Atlantic. The fashion world felt that a line had been crossed: an American celebrity was allowed into the inner circle of fashion designers on Avenue Montaigne. This over-reaction was a sign that the prestige of Paris and the status of The Fashion Designer were in danger. Lindsay Lohan suddenly became the scapegoat for everything the fashion industry dislikes about the celebrity world, a tabloid world this same fashion industry has long used as a gratuitous marketing tool, with no serious consideration for the style or talent of the celebrities the designers invite to their shows — and to whom they send free clothes for events.

 

As a magazine that specifically sets out to defend creativity, perhaps Purple should be howling with the wolves. We obviously take a different position — we asked Lindsay to model for the Best of the Season

 

We chose Lindsay to model for us in spite of this hypocritical controversy because we appreciate her for who she is — not just for her glamour, but because she’s so sexy, she lives for nightlife, and she knows how to dress for the world that watches her. She’s fearless, opinionated, and is maybe the sex icon of her generation. She’s a talented actress with a skill honed from her 20 years spent in front of the camera, starting at age three.

 

We — Terry Richardson and I — also love Lindsay because she incarnates the reality of glamour — as much a realm of darkness as of light. She lives in two worlds, on and off the stage, all day, every day. On stage she’s a trained veteran. Offstage she has to cope with an exaggerated solitude, out of the artificial light, fending off success-seekers, the paparazzi, the enticements of men (including her father), the rejections by women. And she has to deal with the problems of intoxication that stem from all of this — those which ripen offstage in reaction to the intoxication of being onstage.

 

It’s no wonder that she empathizes with Marilyn Monroe, also a controversial actress of her time, a preeminent sexual icon with drug problems. With glamour comes both darkness and light. Think of Marilyn in The Misfits or Isabella Rossellini singing “Blue Velvet” in the David Lynch classic

of the same name: a woman escaping madness, obsession, and her own private chaos to transfigure perfection and beauty in herself.

 

 

 

Jimmy Paul @ SUSAN PRINCE, hair — Frank B @ THE WALL GROUP, make-up — Seth Goldfarb, studio manager — David Swanson, photographer’s assistant — Glen Fabian, digital technician — Annie Ladino, stylist’s assistant — Lisa Logan @ STEPHANIE MURRAY MANAGEMENT, manicure

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