HARPER’S BAZAAR PHOTO-SHOOT

The stunning English Edwardian and Art Deco opulence of London’s Savoy Hotel provided the setting for the Harper’s Bazaar photo-shoot. For close to a century, the Savoy has borne silent witness to the well-heeled and well-known, having been the accommodation of choice for stars such as Katherine Hepburn and Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and the Beatles, as well as royalty from all over the planet.

But the filming of Duran Duran’s music video Girl Panic! raised the bar on glamour even by the Savoy’s standards. In a creative project that provided another glittering addition to the list of partnerships with stars of the stage, screen and music industry, SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS teamed up with Harper’s Bazaar and film director Jonas Åkerlund to devise a December front cover and fashion feature of jaw-dropping allure. The occasion saw the reunion of five iconic supermodels: Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Yasmin Le Bon, Cindy Crawford and Eva Herzigova for Duran Duran’s new music video. The idea for it is based on role reversal, with the famous five women substituted for Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John and Roger Taylor, and Yasmin Le Bon wittily playing the part of “the anonymous guitarist”, aka Dom Brown, the session guitarist who toured with the band for several years.

Clad in couture trouser suits from the likes of Giles and Balmain, with crystal-encrusted killer stilettos from Christian Louboutin and Gianmarco Lorenzi, their jewelry was by Ted Rossi, Philippe Audibert and Hely Designs, plus Philippe Ferrandis, Prabal Gurung and Michael Kaplan for ATELIER SWAROVSKI.

The set blazed with light from thousands of crystals provided by the extraordinary waterfall effect of the Swarovski Crystal Curtain; the one-of-a-kind, shimmering Edra Flap sofa Diamond; the ‘Dead or Alive’ Crystal Skulls by Fabien Baron for SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL PALACE; and the crystal-smothered guitar straps and microphone.

Guests of the Harper’s Bazaar “Women of the Year Awards” at Claridge’s Hotel, London, on November 7 were treated to an exclusive screening of ‘Girl Panic!’ Famous names included Judi Dench, Virginia Bates, Giles Deacon, Matthew Williamson, Tom Ford, Natalie Vodianova and Tracey Emin.

Bassist John Taylor summed it up when he remarked: “When you look for partners on something like this, you need to find people who really fit with the aesthetic of what you’re trying to do, and with Swarovski I think it was the perfect match, as they represent quality, glamour and absolute glitz!”