To say Patrick Demarchelier knows a thing or two about photographic portraiture would be like saying Robert De Niro is good at acting. Both statements are ostensibly true, but neither are particularly illuminating. Leave it then to this month’s Vogue España, which devotes the entirety of its issue to the great photographer in an especially dramatic fashion. Grace Hartzel is no stranger to the photographer having worked with him on a number of occasions and for this issue steps before his lens in a story titled “Qué Bello Es el Grunge.” Readers can dispense with any notions of grunge gleaned from their grandparents about the hoary days when Nirvana performed on MTV Unplugged because this is a high fashion take on the trend several times removed. Flashes of red and carefully tousled hair inject the requisite levels of bold that made the cultural moment in the early 1990s so stirring. The most satisfying aspect of this story is not the bold reinterpretation of grunge, however it is the obvious connection between photographer and subject.

Credits include: Publication, Vogue España December 2014; Title, “Qué Bello Es el Grunge”; Photography, Patrick Demarchelier; Styling, Marina Gallo; Hair, Tomohiro Ohashi at MAO; Makeup, Adrien Pinault at MAO; Styling assistance, Rogelio Burgos.

Grace Hartzel | Vogue España December 2014 (Photography: Patrick Demarchelier)

Grace Hartzel | Vogue España December 2014 (Photography: Patrick Demarchelier)