Synth-pop had its moment in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Just as synthesizers were scaling down in size and cost, accessibility to these electronic instruments was increasing and thereby breathing life into a nascent sub genre of new wave music. British synth-poppers Visage possibly best encapsulated the frisson of excitement surrounding this new music movement with its 1980 single “Fade to Grey.” It’s a catchy number to be sure and nearly 40 years later its title finds its way into an editorial running in the November 2019 issue of British Vogue starring Cara Taylor and Selena Forrest. Titular affinity aside, there is also continuity in the inspiration behind the story by photographer Kristin-Lee Moolman and stylist Poppy Kain, namely strong tailoring and, wait for it, power-suiting of the 1980s. Big shoulders, outsize glamour, both so long as it’s all grey! Cara (pictured) opens the story wearing a wool coat, silk blouse, crossbody bag, all by Balenciaga, and finished with a felt hat by Philip Treacy. The title should not fool any readers, however, because neither Cara nor Selena at any point in the editorial proceeding diminish in intensity.

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Credits include: Publication, British Vogue November 2019; Title, “Fade to Grey”; Photography, Kristin-Lee Moolman; Styling, Poppy Kain; Hair, Cyndia Harvey; Makeup, Hiromi Ueda; Manicure, Adam Slee; Set design, Jabez Bartlett; Production, 360PM.

Cara Taylor | British Vogue November 2019 (Photography: Kristin-Lee Moolman)

Cara Taylor | British Vogue November 2019 (Photography: Kristin-Lee Moolman)