In Fashion: "Already Famous"
Dec 23, 2009 - by SECONDARY
1. Vampire Weekend
From left, Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Chris Baio, Christopher Tomson, and Rostam Batmanglij, with model Sasha Pivovarova in Bottega Veneta crimson cotton dress, silver brooches, clutch, and patent wedge sandals.
"We think of ourselves as being on a journey," explains Koenig. "You get older, you get new ideasthat's just what happens."
Lead singer-songwriter Zach Condon, with Pivovarova in Jil Sander cotton-linen jacket, mohair-and-silk skirt, belt, and bag.
"Everyone wants to write the magnum opus," reports Condon. "I wouldn't mind doing it myself."
3. Adam Green
Singer-songwriter Adam Green, with Pivovarova in Gucci ikat-print taffeta dress.
"This is the main focus of my life," explains Green, "so how could I not make a new record every year? That would just be lazy."
Singer-songwriter Mika, with Pivovarova in Céline tan bodysuit dress, belt, box bag, and wedges.
"I made a conscious decision to keep taking risks," says Mika. "I've listened to so many second albums, and so often you feel like people are taking a couple of steps back away from the microphone, but I decided to be un-complexed and unapologetic, and that kind of helped me."
5. The Horrors
From left, The Horrors' Tom Cowan, Joshua Hayward, Joseph Spurgeon, Rhys Webb, and Faris Badwan, with Pivovarova in Balenciaga zippered stripe dress, ring, and boots.
"We want to make music that makes people feel something," Badwan proclaims, "that provokes a reaction."
6. The Horrors
Left: The Horrors' front man, Badwan, with Pivovarova in Givenchy striped jacket, blouse, and georgette trousers.
Right: The Horrors' lead guitarist, Hayward, with Pivovarova in Lanvin one-shouldered dress, belt, and clutch.
Left: MGMT's Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden, with Pivovarova in Yves Saint Laurent blouse, briefs, collar, belt, and clutch.
Right: MGMT's VanWyngarden and Goldwasser, with Pivovarova in Rochas floral silk blouse, skirt, and straw bag.
"People assume that we used to be really weird and that we toned it down and started writing pop songs in order to sell out," says Goldwasser. "When really, the songs that got so big were some of the first songs that we wrote. There wasn't anything contrived about it."
8. Chester French
Left: Chester French's D.A. Wallach and Maxwell Drummey, with Pivovarova in Balmain fatigue-green military coat, distressed tee, leather trousers, belt, and boots.
Right: Chester French's Wallach and Drummey, with Pivovarova in Louis Vuitton lace pullover, embroidered blouse, lamé skirt, ombré bag, fur tail, and boots.
"We'd made the music without a real regard for building an audience," Wallach explains.
9. Golden Silvers
Left: Golden Silvers' keyboardist, Gwylim Gold, with Pivovarova in Burberry Prorsum petal-pink duchesse-satin trench, belt, socks, and platform boots.
Right: Golden Silvers' Alexis Nunez, Gold, and Ben Moorhouse, with Pivovarova in Nina Ricci lace jacket, floral camisole, rose ruched skirt, ribbed leggings, scarf, flower brooch, clutch, and booties.
"There wasn't any big concept," Gold explains. "It was more like, I've written some songs, and I want to play them."
In this story: fashion editor, Grace Coddington; hair and wigs, Julien D'Ys, using Mokuba Ribbon; makeup, Pat McGrath.
(Photos by Stephen meisel)
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