Having read the Patti Smith memoir "Just Kids" last year, it quickly made it's way to the top of my 'best ever reads' list. The book was so inspiring- conjuring up images of 1960's New York, where Smith and the late photographer, Robert Mapplethorpe, lived an envious, bohemian lifestyle.
I shrieked with delight when I saw the images for the Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2012 advertising campaign. Straight away the art direction was apparent. Shot in the Hotel Chelsea (where Smith and Mapplethorpe lived for a period) by Steven Meisel, it shows models Laura Kampman, Juliane Grüner, Rosie Tapner and Kirstin Liljegre take on the rock persona in this jaw-dropping editorial
And I haven't even mentioned the clothes yet! OH THE CLOTHES! if you haven't seen it already view the full collection here
Nicolas Ghesquière, I salute you