Lisa Eisner is one of my favorite style stars. I love the way she puts herself together, be it by way of a massive Native American headdress or vintage royal purple Lanvin sheath. It's no wonder she makes Vanity Fair's best dressed list time and again. Coupled with her earthy joie de vivre, she ranks as one my gal pal crushes.
Her photography work is as signature, and this L.A. sharpshooter by way of Wyoming, has focused her hyper-realist eye on Shriners and rodeo girls and other snappy-dressing fringe groups. In some ways, that work is not that far off from the community of known actors, artists, impressarios and mavericks she pulled together from her little black book for her latest project for the Italian outerwear brand Fay.
The Tod's-owned brand has been making strides in the last year to get its parkas and puffs on most-wanted lists, including throwing a dinner last November hosted by designer Giles Deacon that we attended at the Argyle Hotel in Hollywood. At this time, Fay isn't sold in America. But they aren't doing this for nothing.
For this latest exercise, Fay commissioned Lisa to shoot portraits of individuals with stand-out style, from director Mitch Glazer to actress Selma Blair and hotel-club entrepreneur Sean MacPherson, each one also wearing a jacket or trench or some other outwear style over a fabulous look and in a fabulous setting. The sessions took place this summer at several locations in L.A., per an email yesterday from Lisa and her creative partner Roman Alonso. The pair are kicking back in Switzerland, a couple of days after the opening of the exhibition at the PAC in Milan, a contemporary art museum there. (Roman and Lisa are partners in the celebrated-now dormant boutique press Greybull, and Roman's creative agency Commune now represents Lisa in her photography work.)
It's all a part of fashion week there. And, sadly, the series won't be seen outside of that context or in America…or so that's the word now.
There are many more than what's posted here, but these are some of my faves.
All Photos by Lisa Eisner for Fay