The new photo book Northern Women in Chanel showcases an incredible array of Chanel designs, worn by top Scandinavian and Baltic models, including Carmen Kass, Theres Andersson, and Ginta Lapina. The book, available from today at Farago Publishing's online store, is a collaboration between photographer Peter Farago and his wife, stylist Ingela Klemetz-Farago. The 384-page tome includes 45 beautiful editorials shot worldwide (but primarily in Sweden, where the couple are based, and other Nordic sites) and took a full year and a half's work.
A longtime dream for both Peter and Ingela — or as they now see it, a labor of love — the book came about after the pair shot some fashion ads and editorials for the design house. Over lunch with the CEO of Chanel's Baltic division, they pitched the concept, and Chanel was immediately on board, offering full access to pieces from both the label's current collections and archives, RTW and couture. (And after only the first two shoots for the book, Peter and Ingela were given free rein from then on to conceptualize and produce the book's images.) Furthermore, all the models, agents, hair and makeup stylists, and other assorted assistants working on the book gave their services for free, which is really saying something considering that at least one of the book's shoots portrays models laid out on ice floes. Chanel muse Freja Beha Erichsen bagged the cover, and Karl Lagerfeld "blessed the book with a poetic preface inspired by the images," Ingela said. (Apparently, he recognized all the book's inspirations — Nordic painters and filmmakers, as well as the region's heritage and natural ambience — without any explanation.)
All profits from the book, which is limited to 2112 copies, as well as profits from a touring exhibition of the photos will go to Save the Children and the building of girls' schools in Baltic countries specifically. Though the exhibit is currently in Stockholm through September, there are plans to take it worldwide. Enjoy a few shots from the book in our slideshow.