Dark, Disheveled And…Well, A Little Bit Drunk.

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I understand it was a homage to Elizabeth Taylor. But is it Butterfield 8 or Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? Mario Testino shot the photo suite for V magazine in 2011, and model Carolyn Murphy does a nice turn exhibiting the requisite glamour, but still managing to appear a bit disheveled and…well, drunk. Turn the photos into illustrations and they could be lifted right off a 1950’s-60’s sleazy paperback original’s cover.

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Window Dressing: Vogue’s Rear Window

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Fashion photography maestro Peter Lindberg (who’s been showcased here and more than once) worked with model Carolyn Murphy and actors Tobey Maguire and even Laurie Metcalf, of all people, to reprise selected scenes from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 mystery classic, Rear Window, that film based on Cornell Woolrich’s 1942 story “It Had To Be Murder”. Sure, the April 2013 issue’s editorial was intended to show off Spring couture, but who cares? It’s an elegant pictorial, and enough to make you want to rewatch Rear Window right away. I wonder who Lindbergh, Murphy, Maguire, Metcalf and crew would have chosen to stand in for Raymond Burr?

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Yeah, But She’s Got The Gun…

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In the end, it’s all about who’s holding the gun.

Master fashion photographer-storyteller Steven Meisel shoots model Carolyn Murphy for a stylish editorial in Vogue Italia from 2002 that’s a sumptuous bit of Euro-Noir. Who can tell if Murphy’s gotten mixed up with a dangerous duo out of love for the handsome boy-toy, or been blackmailed by the suave ringleader? What we do know is that she’s the one holding the gun in the end, and making off with the money.

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