The April 2019 issue of Vogue provides readers an editorial guide to spring couture in a story by photographer Tyler Mitchell and stylist Carlos Nazario starring in-demand models Anok Yai and Ugbad Abdi. Couture if anything is the outgrowth of literally tens of thousands of hours of the highest level of artisanship in fashion today. This is part of why it is so awe inspiring. That haute couture is a term strictly protected by the Paris Chamber of Commerce means not just any fancy garment can be labeled thusly. Couture is an invitation only enterprise and the barrier to entry is considerable. Anok and Ugbad are no strangers couture. Anok in January alone walked for Chanel, Dior, and Givenchy. Ugbad, readers will no doubt recall, made her memorable runway debut for Valentino in the early weeks of 2019. Here the two are in the pages of American Vogue and are a sight to behold. Fancy that!

Credits include: Publication, Vogue April 2019; Title,“Fancy That”; Photography, Tyler Mitchell; Styling, Carlos Nazario; Floral headpiece, Joshua Werber; Hair, Jimmy Paul; Makeup, Susie Sobol; Production, Simon Malivindi at 138 Productions; Set design, Bette Adams at Mary Howard Studio.

Anok Yai | Vogue April 2019 (Photography: Tyler Mitchell)

Anok Yai | Vogue April 2019 (Photography: Tyler Mitchell)