W September 2011 is the domestic issue of its kind to pick up this season. Nearly every page turned reveals another brilliant touch of the recently appointed W fashion and style editor Edward Enninful. Wednesday we eyed Candice Huffine‘s “Transformers” story by Steven Meisel and today we page forward to another Edward Enninful-styled story called “Red Lights, Blue Lights” by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott that features Ford’s Tao Okamoto. The theatric lighting will no doubt call to mind the Mert & Marcus “China Girls” story from Interview March 2011, an editorial that also featured Tao and even a flash or two of Crystal Renn. If “China Girls” waxed poetic about a sapphic opium den, then “Red Lights, Blue Lights” riffs erotic on an S&M theatre. “There’s nothing like fur, latex, and lace to bring your most decadent fantasies to life,” whips the story’s title page. “Handcuffs optional.” The D&G F/W 2011 campaign model enters the story late for a cameo appearance wearing an embroidered silk and chiffon gown by Gucci (bottom picture). The top picture, however sees Tao, foot raised, wearing a fox fur coat and wool trousers by Hakaan, vintage Lynn Ban necklace and rings, and Tabitha Simmons heels. It’s a fine story featuring Tao Okamoto even if it resembles somewhat of a retread for Mert & Marcus. Then again, if it ain’t broke, then there’s no reason not to put on the red light, blue light tonight.
Credits include: Publication, W September 2011; Title, “Red Lights, Blue Lights”; Photography, Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott; Styling, Edward Enninful; Hair, Luigi Murenu for John Frieda; Makeup, Lucia Pieroni at Clé de Peau Beauté; Manicure, Lorraine Griffin for Chanel; Model, Tao Okamoto at Ford; Male model casting, Jess Hallett, Daniel Lismore; Production, Lalaland; Set design, Happy Massee; Digital operation, Dtouch Paris; Photography assistance, Felicia Garcia-Rivera, Laura Jones, Jack Borkett, Lucy Kebbell.