Every month W answers the who, what, where, when, and why of the world of style or at least that’s what it announces along the upper edge of the cover to the right of its italicized one-letter title. Leading off the November issue’s what section is a story photographed by Sharif Hamza and styled by Giovanna Battaglia that features Ford’s Alana Zimmer, Hannah Holman, and Ming Xi. Titled “Reverse Commute,” the story poses a question by asking “who says the suburbs are boring?” W serves up several resort-heavy answers the likes of the average Scottsdale, Arizona subdivision couldn’t muster. To start, the story opens with a visored Ming Xi standing alongside Ajak Deng (IMG) with the former wearing an Alexander Wang parka, Michael Kors wool crepe wetsuit dress, and holding a Phillip Lim 3.1 tote. If you have visited suburbs recently, then you’ll note the delightful disparity in styling between the models on the page and, well, many of the people living in those single-family detached dwellings. This styling divergence continues with aplomb in the next shot that pictures Alana Zimmer holding the Consiglio family dog, Munchkin, in a Marc Jacobs bag and standing next to Hannah Holman. From left the pair are seen wearing Chanel’s wool tweed jacket and skirt, Simon Tu hair combs, Louis Vuitton sunglasses, and Prada shoes; White + Warren’s cashmere sweater, Prada wool crepe top and skirt, stylist’s own veil, Simon Tu headband, Prada scarf, Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses, Shaneen Huxham gloves, and Prada handbag and shoes. Two more frames conclude the story in which both Ming Xi and Alana Zimmer doing their effortless utmost to make good on this reverse commute.
Credits include: Publication, W November 2011; Title, “Reverse Commute”; Photography, Sharif Hamza; Styling, Giovanna Battaglia; Hair, Shay Ashual for Wella Professionals at Tim Howard Management; Makeup, Yadim for Nars; Manicure, Chiaru Natsume for M2M Damorejon at FTWS; Models, Alana Zimmer, Hannah Holman, Ming Xi; Dog, Munchkin Consiglio; Digital, Kaita Takemura; Lighting assistance, Andrew Smith; Lighting and grip, Brent Langton at B2Pro; Fashion assistance, Michael Dosamentes; Hair assistance, Anja Grassegger; Makeup assistance, Raul Otero; Special thanks, the Consiglio family.