Annie Leibovitz keeps the Gap classic


Annie Leibovitz is possibly the best, and certainly the most famous, celebrity photographer around. And whether she is shooting for editorial or commercial use, I always pay attention to her gorgeous images. So when the Gap rolled out its new fall “Classics Redefined” campaign, I took a peek. And, once again, wow.

The array of famous (and somewhat less famous) faces posing in sweater vests, wide-leg trousers, French-cuff shirts and the like are actors Selma Blair, Lucy Liu, Regina King, Liev Schreiber, Forest Whitaker and Ken Watanabe; musicians John Mayer and Puffy AmiYumi; comedian Sarah Silverman; director Davis Guggenheim; designer Marcel Wanders and dancer-choreographer Twyla Tharp. (See them all here.)

Love or hate the Gap, you have to admire Leibovitz’s exquisite eye. Her images are so simple, yet so arresting. Heck, she even managed to make Mayer look like Johnny Depp. The woman has mad skills.

Though for me, unsurprisingly, it’s the women who make the campaign. For one, if I didn’t tell you this (above) was Sarah Silverman, would you even recognize her? She’s working some fierce Annie-Hall-meets-Twiggy mojo here.

And how about Selma and her seriously lesbianish hair? Come on, at the very least those locks were a L.U.G. in college. And then there’s Regina with those arms. I feel like pulling a Nadia and asking her if she was ever a boxer.

As usual, Lucy and her alpine cheekbones are lovely (though I wish the makeup artist hadn’t covered up her delicious freckles). Now, admittedly, I know very little about Puffy AmiYumi other than that they’re a Japanese singing duo. But after seeing their bed head and hand holding, I’m well on my way to full-blown fanhood. Yummy indeed.

But the coup de grace, if you will, comes from iconic dancer/choreographer Twyla Tharp. At 66, she is more flexible than I have ever been in my entire life. I’m not sure whether I’m in awe or just jealous. I suspect it’s a healthy dose of both.