Cover Story: Retro Kit

We knew we wanted to start 2016 with a bang, so we went to industry icons, ColorProof founder Jim Markham and International Creative Director Phillip Wilson, and asked them to come up with an idea that would blow people away. Once the decision was made to shoot at Jim and his wife Cheryl’s home in Newport Beach, CA, with its breathtaking view of the ocean and Catalina Island, we knew we had to pull out all the stops. Both Jim and Phillip wanted to do something really glamorous, but what? Then it hit them. Why not combine two iconic eras—London in the late 1960s when Phillip was an up-and-coming young hairdresser, and L.A. in the early 1970s when Jim worked with every male icon in Hollywood from Steve McQueen to Paul Newman? Once the two of them started storyboarding, everything fell into place. Pages were torn out of magazines and affixed to a piece of poster board—photos of Twiggy’s groundbreaking pixie cut, Mary Quant’s iconic bob, Brigitte Bardot, a model from the ‘70s in full-on curl, Steve McQueen in a shoulder holster in a still from the 1968 film, Bullitt. Nicolas Troncin came on board as photographer; his editorial eye, honed from years of working for some of the world’s best fashion photographers, is evident in every frame. When Kendall straddled a Plexiglas chair by the pool—Phillip had recreated “Twiggy’s great look” for her but made it modern by adding the kind of shine that just wasn’t possible in 1965—we knew we had our cover. 

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