(Originally posted on The Judgment of Paris Forum, August 09, 2004, in response to a suggestion that a magazine layout feature four models embodying the four different seasons of the year.)
What an inspired idea for an editorial--four models, four seasons. That reminds us of our own all-time favourite thread on this forum--a request for readers to share their own ideas for fashion layouts.
"The Four Seasons" spread will probably never happen, since fashion is seasonal by nature, and retailers never stock a years' worth of clothing all at one time. But the concept is fascinating.
Valerie as "Spring" and Megan as "Autumn" are understandable choices, based on their Figure layouts. Barbara will always evoke the idea of "Summer," thanks to her immortal Mode swimwear editorials, photographed by Michel Arnaud. And Melissa Masi as the personification of "Winter" is an interesting choice--especially since, as an L.A. model, winter is probably quite unfamiliar to her.
For a winter theme, one might shoot a "Night at the Opera" layout--fitted evening dresses, ornate jewellery, and, for the model, a Snow White/ice-princess look, with Melissa's dark curls complimented by fair skin and ruby lips.
Melissa Masi (Wilhelmina L.A.), test image: