<i>W</i>'s Fete for Amber Valetta
On the runways, the models just seem to get younger and younger. Thankfully, W Magazine is making amends with a Steven Klein shoot featuring a 100 year old woman. Of course, the woman in question is actually not 100, but the 37-year-old supermodel Amber Valletta, in a series of dark, creepy pictures that show her aging from her 20s to the time when she's a centurion, still wearing bondage gear, still seducing young men. Monday night, the fashion world came to fete the shoot, and a video installation created around it, at the Park Avenue Armory. There was a loud rumble going through the cavernous space, as if the organizers had taken noise from a wind tunnel and amplified it. Valletta was greeting well-wishers like Terry Richardson, Tonne Goodman, and Daphne Guinness.
It wasn't easy work, Valletta said. "It took us two days to do all of this, we shot from 9am until 4am both days. It was definitely an art piece, fashion was a part of it, but it was art. Steven's amazing to work with, we have amazing synergy. I understand his dark, twisted and beautiful outlook. I have a similar sentiment. One of my favorite directors is David Lynch, I love this strange metaphorical darkness." Though the shoot seems to highlight the creepiness of wanting to be a sex object long past one's prime, Valletta said she sees the woman in the pictures as something of a role model, who's aging "gracefully" and experiences a real "transcendance" at the end of her life. Nor does she see anyting wrong with dressing like a dominatrix in old age. "I hope so," she said, when asked if she could see herself wearing bustiers as a great granny.