8 Photographers—Most Entirely New to Vogue—Capture the New Year’s Forward-Looking Fashion

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To put a newfound spin on our favorite looks from the spring season, we called upon eight photographers, most of whom were entirely new to our pages. Afterward, we asked each of them to tell us a bit about their time on set.

Of his photo of model Mayowa Nicholas, Philip-Daniel Ducasse, 32, who grew up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, said, “I wanted this image to take us back to where we both came from. As Africans and Afro Caribs, we love color—it lifts our moods and complements our skin.” Jody Rogac, 39, from Vancouver, Canada, also wanted the essence of her subject (model Grace Elizabeth) to shine through: “I didn’t want her to transform into anything other than what she naturally is.” Meanwhile, the highlight for 22-year-old Myles Loftin (who has shot for Vogue once before, in our September 2020 issue), from Accokeek, Maryland, was “watching Camilla [Nickerson, the fashion editor] help me and my team shovel sand so we could secure our backdrop in the ground.” Rahim Fortune, 26, from Tupelo, Oklahoma, opted to shoot within an old house: “The clothing resembled the curtains, and the hoodie played off of the wallpapers,” he says.

Some of the images were taken at Brookfields Farm in upstate New York. “Riding in the tractor with the crew was hands down the most memorable thing,” says Jackie Furtado, 30, who is from the suburbs of Chicago and is currently obtaining her MFA in photography at Yale School of Art.

The sylvan scenery was highly appreciated by Brad Ogbonna, 32, from St. Paul, who recalls “a lot of cows, horses, and great hills. It was great to have that experience right before doing a fashion shoot.” Other photos were set on Long Island’s beaches. A painted wall by the shore came to life for Ashley Pena, a 20-year-old New York University student (who has shot for Vogue twice before). “It’s as if I had two models: Vanessa Aguasvivas and the yellow stripe on the wall.” Zora Sicher, 25, from Brooklyn, says the location allowed her “to explore a beach in New York I had never been to.” It was a workday, yes, but also quite literally a day at the beach for the entire cast and crew.

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Model Grace Elizabeth channels an elegant playfulness from a menswear-inspired Michael Kors Collection pinstripe blazer ($1,850), caftan ($1,790), and pants ($890); michaelkors.com. Charvet pocket square.Photographed by Jody Rogac, Vogue, January 2021
The graphic print and considered silhouette of an Alexander McQueen knit dress ($1,970; alexandermcqueen.com), anchored with a charming pair of Coach tennis shoes, present an altogether elevated approach to daywear.Photographed by Jody Rogac, Vogue, January 2021
This long, lean (and, frankly, spectacular) Christopher John Rogers dress ($995; christopherjohnrogers.com) makes a spirited case for fashion as a source of—and an outlet for—joy. Mayowa Nicholas wears it with Balenciaga sneakers.Photographed by Philip-Daniel Ducasse, Vogue, January 2021
With a muchness reminiscent of the heady 1980s—behold the bold statement sleeve and vibrant patterning—model Vanessa Aguasvivas’s Louis Vuitton dress (louisvuitton.com) seems an ideal answer to winter doldrums.Photographed by Ashley Pena, Vogue, January 2021
Model Ariel Nicholson strides purposefully into the future—which, at Gucci, means fewer shows and a gentler pace of production—in a many-flowered dress and sneakers. Both at gucci.com.Photographed by Jackie Furtado, Vogue, January 2021
For spring 2021, Stella McCartney went back into her archives, recycling overstock fabrics into charming new creations. Here, model Eniola Abioro wears a sculptural ribbed minidress, $1,150; stellamccartney.com. Stella McCartney Stella Stan Smith Adidas sneakers.Photographed by Myles Loftin, Vogue, January 2021
On model Ash Foo, puffed sleeves and dramatic lengths of ribbon feel less frilly and flouncy than battle-ready—singularly pretty armor for whatever waits around the bend. Simone Rocha dress ($2,500) and harness; simonerocha.com.Photographed by Zora Sicher, Vogue, January 2021
Francesco Risso took his latest collection for Marni to the street, with models hovering over subway grates and framed by speeding taxis. Here, too, a top ($870), T-shirt ($1,090), pants ($790), and sneakers seem well suited to life as it’s being lived. All at marni.com.Photographed by Philip-Daniel Ducasse, Vogue, January 2021
Clad in an Eckhaus Latta top ($395) and a dizzyingly intricate crocheted skirt (both at eckhauslatta.com), model Sabina Karlsson is beyond the pale in the most glorious sense. Converse sneakers.Photographed by Brad Ogbonna, Vogue, January 2021
Model Ugbad Abdi’s artful Prada sweatshirt ($1,980), turtleneck ($695), and pleated skirt ($2,550; all at prada.com) offer an expressive, many-splendored solution to getting fully dressed without dressing up.Photographed by Rahim Fortune, Vogue, January 2021
This striped suit takes a different tack, looking forward to the lightness and brightness of chic summer whites. Tory Burch blazer ($598) and pants ($398); toryburch.com. Charvet shirt; neimanmarcus.com.Photographed by by Jody Rogac, Vogue, January 2021
A Coach x Basquiat trench coat ($2,200) covered in Jean-Michel Basquiat’s artful scrawl and a Coach embroidered shirtdress (both at coach.com) are the very picture of clothing with something to say.Photographed by by Jody Rogac, Vogue, January 2021