NEW YORK — What were the most talked-about photo shoots and magazine layouts in 2005? WWD takes a brief look back.
In January, Steven Meisel parodied Bonnie Fuller’s Star magazine in Italian Vogue, showing models dressed as Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Jessica Simpson and Madonna. February brought talk that French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld had irked her American counterpart, Anna Wintour, with her “Erotico Chic” issue. (In it, Roitfeld showed scantily clad models and clowns in sexual poses, near photos of Wintour’s debutante daughter, Bee Shaffer.)
Kevin Federline let Details put him in a suit in March, though he was right back in white tank tops and droopy trousers by April 1.
Vanity Fair’s May cover shoot of the “Desperate Housewives” cast caused such catfight controversy that “Saturday Night Live” was still dredging it up for skit material in November.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie shocked W readers this summer when they played house in Palm Springs for photographer Steven Klein.
In September, Harper’s Bazaar and Karl Lagerfeld somehow managed to convince a dozen fashion designers and models to not only give up their astrological signs, but allow Lagerfeld to photograph them dressed as rams, bulls and crabs. Elle’s October issue featured a pregnant Britney Spears in a plushy pink bedroom — a backdrop that could have been meant for Spears or her unborn offspring. That same month, Meisel mocked American culture — again — in Italian Vogue, with an 80-page “Makeover Madness” plastic surgery fashion shoot. Tom Ford tongue-kissed mannequins and frolicked with naked models, male and female, in W’s November issue; Esquire’s year-end pick of Jessica Biel as “The Sexiest Woman Alive” was something of a surprise, and GQ’s “topless” photos of Jennifer Aniston hit newsstands just as real topless paparazzi photos of Aniston turned up on the Internet.
For its holiday issue, Departures re-created images from an old Richard Avedon Christian Dior ad campaign — the one that prompted Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to file an injunction against Dior because it featured a Jackie O look-alike — using Carmen Dell’Orifice. Finally, Vogue closed out the year with a “Wizard of Oz” shoot by Annie Leibovitz, casting Keira Knightley as Dorothy and artists Francesco Clemente, Jasper Johns, Chuck Close and Kiki Smith as Uncle Henry, the Cowardly Lion, the Wizard and the Wicked Witch of the West, respectively.