The September issues are coming and if Harper’s Bazaar’s is any indication, prepare for a wild season. Not that any publication is setting out to break the Internet again, but the man behind last season’s movement is back: Jean-Paul Goude. Together, he and Carine Roitfeld joined forces for one of this year’s most compelling—albeit head-scratching—editorials.
This year’s Icons portfolio features Willow Smith, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Jessica Chastain, Katy Perry, Oprah, and more styled as their personal icons. Roitfeld told New York Mag she, Goude, and creative director Stephen Gan were going for a “Warhol’s Factory meets Hall of Fame meets pop-culture icons of today” vibe. The execution is nothing short of impressive. Perry’s portrait is especially remarkable—girl looks like a living, breathing version of Elizabeth Taylor’s Warhol screen print—and Oprah’s portrait is equally magical.
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"In Greek mythology, Aphrodite is the primary image of feminine divine love. To me, she embodies the power of love and pleasure and represents the mystery and intricacy of women." — Dakota Johnson as Aphrodite
“The Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite spiritual tales, and Glinda is a spiritual goddess. I love when she says to Dorothy, ‘You’ve always had the power.’ That is the message for all of us: You’re born with it, you always have it. It doesn’t matter how many yellow brick roads you go down, it’s always right there in your heart.” — Oprah Winfrey as Glinda the Good Witch
"I'm pretty much the opposite of Marie Antoinette, but it's always fun to throw on a costume." — Mariah Carey as Marie Antoinette
"An icon transcends time. Liz was so fabulous and decadent and had a style that evolved with the years...and I'm sure I'll be married just as many times!" — Katy Perry as Elizabeth Taylor