V Legends: Inez & Vinoodh's Musical Discoveries

V Legends: Inez & Vinoodh's Musical Discoveries

FOR THE 100TH ISSUE, V PAYS HOMAGE TO THE EDITORS, IMAGE-MAKERS, AND RULE-BREAKERS WHO HAVE SHAPED THE MAGAZINE. YOU CAN CALL THEM LEGENDS. HERE, WE PAY HOMAGE TO PHOTOGRAPHER DUO INEZ & VINOODH, AND THE IMPRESSIVE CAST OF TALENTED ARTISTS THAT THE PAIR HAVE CAPTURED FOR V'S MUSIC ISSUES

FOR THE 100TH ISSUE, V PAYS HOMAGE TO THE EDITORS, IMAGE-MAKERS, AND RULE-BREAKERS WHO HAVE SHAPED THE MAGAZINE. YOU CAN CALL THEM LEGENDS. HERE, WE PAY HOMAGE TO PHOTOGRAPHER DUO INEZ & VINOODH, AND THE IMPRESSIVE CAST OF TALENTED ARTISTS THAT THE PAIR HAVE CAPTURED FOR V'S MUSIC ISSUES

Photography: Inez & Vinoodh

Text: William Defebaugh

Capturing an artist just on the cusp of discovery is no easy task, and yet, each time Inez & Vinoodh lens the covers of V’s Music Issues, a new set of stars is born. When Lorde walked onto set to shoot her cover with the duo in November 2013, she was only 17, and “Royals” had just reached radio play. Just three months later, when V88 hit the newsstands, the New Zealand singer had become a household name with a top-10 album and two Grammys.

Shortly after, history repeated itself with Sam Smith for V93, when he won five Grammys in 2015 for his platinum-certified record, In the Lonely Hour. Smith recalls this cover shoot as being particularly important for him due to his own longstanding personal relationship wiht the magazine: "[V] was my port key into the world of fashion and art and music. When I was a little boy I lived in the middle of fucking nowhere, and this magazine helped expand my mind and dreams. I’m still that boy, and you're still that magazine."

Of course, these two Grammy-winners are not the only ones to take flight: FKA twigs has gone on to become one of the most experimental and boundary-pushing artists in the music industry today, Tinashe has turned chart-topping dance anthem diva, HAIM have since won three NME awards, while Jessie Ware, BANKS, Say Lou Lou, Kiesza, and others have all found critical acclaim with each release since their features.

Each of these artists get sentimental recalling their covers, which serve as markers of the moments when their careers began to take off. As Tinashe put it: “It was so inspiring to know that the V family believed in me as an artist enough to put me on the front of their music issue, which was also my first fashion magazine cover.”

This is an excerpt from V Legends: a special supplement to V100. To read the full compendium, order your copy of V100 here, or pick up your copy of the issue on stands now.

Sam Smith styled by Mel Ottenberg for v93.

Sam Smith styled by Mel Ottenberg for v93.

FKA TWIGS STYLED BY KAREN CLARKSON FOR V93.

TINASHE STYLED BY MEL OTTENBERG FOR V93.

TINASHE STYLED BY MEL OTTENGERB FOR V93.

FKA TWIGS STYLED BY KAREN CLARKSON FOR V93.

lorde styled by carlyne cerf de dudzeele for v88.

lorde styled by carlyne cerf de dudzeele for v88.

jessie ware styled by mel ottenberg for v93.

banks styled by carlyne cerf de dudzeele for v88.

BANKS STYLED BY CARLYNE CERF DE DUDZEELE FOR V88.

jessie ware styled by mel ottenberg for v93.

justin bieber styled by nicola formichetti for v75. 

justin bieber styled by nicola formichetti for v75. 

say lou lou styled by carlyne cerf de dudzeele for v88. 

say lou lou styled by carlyne cerf de dudzeele for v88. 

haim styled by carlyne cerf de dudzeele for v88. 

haim styled by carlyne cerf de dudzeele for v88. 

LORDE, HAIM, SAY LOU LOU, AND BANKS STYLED BY CARLYNE CERF DE DUDZEELE FOR V88. 

SAM SMITH, TINASHE, AND JESSIE WARE STYLED BY MEL OTTENBERG, FKA TWIGS STYLED BY KAREN CLARKSON FOR V93. 

BANKS STYLED BY CARLYNE CERF DE DUDZEELE FOR V88. 

HAIM STYLED BY CARLYNE CERF DE DUDZEELE FOR V88. 

LORDE STYLED BY CARLYNE CERF DE DUDZEELE FOR V88. 

TINASHE STYLED BY MEL OTTENBERG FOR V93.

SAM SMITH STYLED BY MEL OTTENBERG FOR V93.

JESSIE WARE STYLED BY MEL OTTENBERG FOR V93.

LORDE STYLED BY CARLYNE CERF DE DUDZEELE FOR V88. 

FKA TWIGS STYLED BY KAREN CLARKSON FOR V93.

HAIM STYLED BY CARLYNE CERF DE DUDZELLE FOR V88.

HAIM STYLED BY CARLYNE CERF DE DUDZELLE FOR V88.

SAY LOU LOU STYLED BY CARLYNE CERF DE DUDZELLE FOR V88.

SAY LOU LOU STYLED BY CARLYNE CERF DE DUDZELLE FOR V88.

SAY LOU LOU STYLED BY CARLYNE CERF DE DUDZELE FOR V88.

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