WHAT do you get when you line up a bevy of beauties? A Pirelli calendar, of course!
But the latest incarnation is like no other. In a refreshing take on the female form, Peter Lindbergh has photographed some of the world’s most respected female actors fully clothed and minimal make-up — quite a change from previous calendars which have featured nudity bordering on the graphic.
The 2017 calendar showcases 15 of Hollywood’s leading ladies in a photographic essay that wouldn’t be amiss on the pages of Vanity Fair or an advertising campaign for a luxury brand appealing to women of a certain age.
Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Uma Thurman, Robin Wright, Kate Winslet, Charlotte Rampling and Dame Helen Mirren all embraced the “natural beauty and femininity” of the shoot and went sans make-up. They might be beyond their youthful best, but they all possess a knowing allure that is intelligent, attractive and gloriously sexy.
Lindbergh’s idea for the calendar was “to show what real beauty comes from and not what people impose on you to believe is beautiful”, which goes some way in explaining his obsession against heavily re-touched imagery.
And Pirelli CEO Tronchetti Provera concurred saying “In an ageing society, we cannot get rid of age. We have to live with it, in a positive way.”
First launched in 1964 as a cheeky marketing ploy, today the Pirelli calendar is arguably better known than the tyres they manufacture. But Pirelli have worked hard to cultivate a sense of artiness and exclusivity around its images. Only 20,000 calendars are produced every year and are launched in late November. These behind-the-scenes images were released globally for media to promote yesterday’s release. Read this article in the New York Times.
You’ll never tyre (pardon the pun) of looking at these girls! But getting your kit is no longer sexy. The sophistication, class and elegance in which this calendar has shot just made me want to buy their tyres. Ever stylishly yours …
Pictures (from top): Nicole Kidman, Nicole Kidman, Uma Thurman, Kate Winslet, Kate Winslet, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara.
Photographer: Peter Lindbergh
Hair: Odile Gilbert
Grooming: Stephane Marais
Stylist: Julia Von Boehm