February 2, 2012 12:59 pm

“The West is the best,” proclaimed Jim Morrison during the talky interlude of “The End.” Doubtful the long dead Doors frontman was musing on Western trends of denim, suede fringe, and pantalons rodéo, but nevertheless articulates just how dominant the region from the Great Plains to the Pacific is in the popular imagination. The Western trend surfaces with force from a Vogue Paris février 2012 story featuring Catherine McNeil (Ford) photographed by Claudia Knoepfel & Stefan Indlekofer. Titled “Vent d’Ouest,” western wind en anglais, the Capucine Safyurtlu-styled story gallops through Western for Spring 2012. The story opens with Catherine crouching near a campfire and wearing a python-print cotton vest, denim shirt, striped cotton pants, a leather belt with Native American buckle in metal, all Zadig & Voltaire, leather cowboy boots by Kiliwatch, and hat by Stetson. Turn the page, on the right Catherine looks off in the distance in a striped, cotton-knit cardigan by Gérard Darel, denim vest by Levi’s, and a fringed dress in lamb suede by Bel Air. Accessories adopt a distinctive mariachi accent with the string of lights that outline Catherine’s customized denim shirt by Esprit and ring her cowboy hat (Slide 7). In the end, it is suede, denim, twinkling lights, and Catherine McNeil that predominate this Western wind sweeping with gale-force through Vogue Paris.

Credits include: Publication, Vogue Paris N°924 février 2012; Title, “Vent d’Ouest”; Photography, Claudia Knoepfel & Stefan Indlekofer; Fashion, Capucine Safyurtlu; Hair, James Pecis; Makeup, Christelle Cocquet; Manicure, Brenda Abrial; Prop styling, Igor Ouvaroff; Fashion assistance, Margot Denarié.

Slide Show

  • Catherine McNeil (Ford) | Vogue N°924 Paris février 2012
    Photography: Claudia Knoepfel & Stefan Indlekofer
  • "Vent D'Ouest" | Vogue N°924 Paris février 2012
    Photography: Claudia Knoepfel & Stefan Indlekofer
  • Catherine McNeil (Ford) | Vogue N°924 Paris février 2012
    Photography: Claudia Knoepfel & Stefan Indlekofer
  • Catherine McNeil (Ford) | Vogue N°924 Paris février 2012
    Photography: Claudia Knoepfel & Stefan Indlekofer
  • Catherine McNeil (Ford) | Vogue N°924 Paris février 2012
    Photography: Claudia Knoepfel & Stefan Indlekofer
  • Catherine McNeil (Ford) | Vogue N°924 Paris février 2012
    Photography: Claudia Knoepfel & Stefan Indlekofer
  • Catherine McNeil (Ford) | Vogue N°924 Paris février 2012
    Photography: Claudia Knoepfel & Stefan Indlekofer
  • Catherine McNeil (Ford) | Vogue N°924 Paris février 2012
    Photography: Claudia Knoepfel & Stefan Indlekofer
  • Catherine McNeil (Ford) | Vogue N°924 Paris février 2012
    Photography: Claudia Knoepfel & Stefan Indlekofer
  • Catherine McNeil (Ford) | Vogue N°924 Paris février 2012
    Photography: Claudia Knoepfel & Stefan Indlekofer
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