The land and sky assume ever greater importance the further west one travels in the United States. Plains give way to mountains give way to deserts, the latter of which in many ways are the ultimate canvas on which to project a story of geologic proportions. Enter Vogue, the august publication which tells such a tale in its June 2017 in a feature by photographer Mikael Jansson and fashion editor Tonne Goodman starring Grace Hartzel. The story brief is this, this season’s best florals, mostly roses, photographed in a desert setting to unleash unworldly beauty. To that end, Grace and co steal away to Palm Springs, site of the artist Phillip K Smith III’s installation called The Circle of Sky and Land (2017). Grace (pictured) is shown wearing a floral dress by Adam Selman as she reaches out toward the array of 300 geometric reflectors jutting out of the sand at 10 degrees. There is a profoundness to the picture spread across two pages that cannot be wholly recreated in a studio environment. Here Grace makes the absolute most of the moment, which carries on a conversation artists have long had with western lands.

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Credits include: Publication, Vogue June 2017; Title, “Moonlight & Roses”; Photography, Mikael Jansson; Styling, Tonne Goodman; Hair, Shay Ashual at Art Partner; Makeup, Diane Kendal at Julian Watson Agency; Set design, Mary Howard; Production, Caroline Stridfeld for Lola Production.

Grace Hartzel | Vogue June 2017 (Photography: Mikael Jansson)

Grace Hartzel | Vogue June 2017 (Photography: Mikael Jansson)