MINI V: Never Growing Up With Claire's

MINI V: Never Growing Up With Claire's

MINI V: Never Growing Up With Claire's

From everyone in our premiere issue, we’re excited to share our whole new mini world

From everyone in our premiere issue, we’re excited to share our whole new mini world

Photography: Domen & Van De Velde

Styling: Nicola Formichetti

The Editor’s Letter 

When I was fifteen, my older sister took me to get my ears pierced before the holidays. Big deal, I know—two traditions, Claire’s and turkey, folded into one. That night, with purple rhinestones in my ears and a new sense of confidence, I felt I was showing my extended family a new and improved me. 

Perhaps it’s because of this fateful day that I’ve always felt like the holidays are the most expressive time of year. Not only because we show our love and gratitude for our friends and families over sweet potato casseroles or German chocolate cake, but because we also express our inner selves, getting snatched simply to sit at our own dining tables. I’d admire my aunt’s vintage Miu Miu top as she argued with her brother over politics, or my cousin’s black and white, tortoiseshell hair clip, adding that extra touch of elegance as she serves her homemade mac and cheese. And each year, everyone comes back presenting a new version of themselves—new style, new boyfriend, new job—not unlike consecutive issues of a culture magazine coming out over the years, its pages updating with the latest stars and fashions. 

For me, V Magazine was always the magazine. I’ve collaged its pages and covers—Billie Eilish, Willow Smith, Emma Chamberlain, etc.—on my bedroom wall for as long as I can remember. Minute as it may feel, the day I got my ears pierced was the first time I felt like I could partake in the creative self-expression and electrifying frivolity that overflows from V’s pages. Imagination and style became powerful antidotes to homogeneity, to boredom, to a fluctuating sense of teenage confidence that literally continues to waver to this day. A Barbie earring here, a purple-speckled hair scrunchie there—these small touches dramatically changed my energy throughout the day. 

With MINI V, we wanted to create something for the rest of my generation, Gen Z, as well as those to follow. Our debut issue is a celebration of creativity and experimentation, and how self-expression can bring about not only personal happiness, but even wide-scale change in how we treat ourselves, each other, and even our planet. 

This holiday season, I ask you to remember that sometimes it’s the small things—not unlike this mini magazine—that pack the biggest punch. 

With Love, 

Mini V

Available now for purchase

 

From left to right: Olivia wears CLAIRE’S toy jacket by Efrain Nava / Hat and accessories CLAIRE’S / Shirt MARSHALL COLUMBIA / Jeans MAISON MIHARA YASUHIRO / Belt BLUMARINE // Junior wears sweater VERSACE / Jeans and jewelry model’s own // Rachel wears coat JIMMYPAUL / Shirt stylist’s own / Jeans model’s own / All accessories and plush toy CLAIRE’S

Coat JIMMY PAUL / Corset LASER KITTEN / All accessories CLAIRE’s

Shirt AMI / Jacket ACNE STUDIOS / All accessories CLAIRE’S

Coat and jeans CELINE BY HEDI SLIMANE / Shirt model’s own

From left to right: Jacket JIMMY PAUL / Shirt MARSHALL COLUMBIA / Necklace CLAIRE’S // Jacket JIMMY PAUL / Earrings CLAIRE’S

Jacket MARTINE ROSE / Shirt MARSHALL COLUMBIA / Jeans BLUEMARBLE / All accessories CLAIRE’S

Shirt KID SUPER / Jewelry talent’s own / Phone Case CLAIRE’S

Coat JIMMY PAUL / Top DSQUARED2 / Chain LASER KITTEN / Skirt KELSEY RANDALL / Shoes MELISSA x Y/PROJECT / Hat and plush toy CLAIRE’s

Dress MSGM / Plush toy and accesories CLAIRE’S

Coat JIMMY PAUL / All accessories CLAIRE’s / Tops stylist’s own

Coat and all accessories CLAIRE’S (Custom made by Efrain Nava)

Accessories CLAIRE’S

Top ANDREJ GRONAU / Earrings DOLLCHUNK / Accessories CLAIRE’S

From top left clockwise: Coat and all accessories CLAIRE’s made by Efrain Nava / Jeans MAISON MIHARA YASUHIRO / Belt BLUMARINE // Coat JIMMY PAUL / All accessories CLAIRE’S / Shirt stylist’s own // Coat and all accessories CLAIRE’S / Jeans BLUEMARBLE // Corset LASER KITTEN / Jeans FAITH CONNEXION / All accessories and plush toy CLAIRE’s

Credits: Makeup Liselotte van Saarloos / Makeup assistant Mila Kwan / Hair Joeri Rouffa / Hair assistant Joffrey Conings / Models Olivia Petersen, Keira Phillips (IMG), Rachel Thabior (The Society), Junior (Storm), Maggie Yu (The Industry), Mila Bensken / Stylist assistants Hunter Clem, Michael Vasquez, Erika Valle / Photo assistant Laura Berrou / Manicure Britney Tokyo / Manicure assistant Tohko Nishimoto / Production Photobomb / Location Smashbox L.A.

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