British photographer Kirstin Sinclair has been a fixture on the fashion circuit for nearly a decade, documenting the action as it moves from New York to London to Milan to Paris.
Every season I look forward to seeing Kirstin's friendly face as she darts around the shows with her camera, shooting editors and celebrities, backstage beauty, street style scenesters and, of course, the models on the runway.
A Front Row Seat gathers the best of her work into one glorious compendium that brings readers into the heart of the action. Featuring hundreds of lush color photos, the book opens with a chapter devoted to front row celebrities (starring luminaries such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez, Keira Knightley, Kanye West, Clive Owen and Victoria Beckham) before moving on to A-list editors (Anna Wintour, Stefano Tonchi, Carine Roitfeld, Giovanna Battaglia, Anna Dello Russo, Suzy Menkes, Joe Zee and co).
Kirstin's catwalk images are particularly striking, whether it's an unrecognizable Karlie Kloss in deconstructed Gareth Pugh, Kate Moss having a smoke at Louis Vuitton, Freja Beha Erichsen emerging from an iceberg at Chanel or a bevy of lingerie-clad beauties stalking the runway like an army of glamazon fembots at Dolce & Gabbana. The designers behind these fanciful creations are presented in their own chapter (along with candid shots of Marc Jacobs, Donatella Versace, Ralph Lauren, Carolina Herrera, Miuccia Prada and dozens of others), followed by images of the fashion industry's top buyers—Linda Fargo, Sarah Rutson, Natalie Massenet, Ken Downing, Julie Gilhart and the like.
From here, we move backstage, where Kirstin offers readers a privileged glimpse at the pre- and post-show madness at Vivienne Westwood, Prada, Karen Walker, DKNY, Alexander McQueen, Romeo Gigli, Preen, Rag & Bone, Marni and Marc Jacobs.
Then it's on to street style (think: Bryanboy, Susie Bubble, Leigh Lezark, Taylor Tomasi Hill, Joanna Hillman and Hanneli Mustaparta) and model style (from Lily Cole, Elle Macpherson and Stella Tennant to Hanne Gaby Odiele, Du Juan and Iekeliene Stange), which is where designers' inspirations both trickle down and bubble up.
Throughout, Kirstin captures her subjects' personalities—and the energy and excitement surrounding the shows—with flair and dignity, bringing a sense of warmth and intimacy to the ever-evolving circus that is Fashion Week while showcasing the various elements involved in producing an unforgettable runway show. Her love of fashion and its players comes through on every page, making for a fun, engaging read.
A Front Row Seat (ACC Editions), is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Selfridges, Liberty and Harrods.