Thursday, August 20, 2009

Harper's Bazaar Celebrates Sesame Street's 40th Anniversary

In theory this concept is brilliant.

In practice... not so much.

Bert and Ernie, Elmo, etc. look just as youthful and brightly colored as usual and they bring life to the shoot with wide smiles. The models and designers as well are beautifully styled. Execution of the shoot, however, is lacking. The photos are awkward and the models stand out too much against the kiddie show backdrop. Quite frankly, the photos are very boring as well. I would have preferred if Harper's Bazaar ditched the puppets and went more avant garde with the editorial. They should have dressed up models in fashions that recalled the spirit of Sesame Street itself-- for example, a bright yellow gown decorated in ostrich feathers to symbolize Big Bird, or perhaps an olive green military jacket edged in fur for Oscar. Alas, like most American fashion magazines nowadays, Harper's Bazaar has proved it lacks creativity and daring -- too eager to please mainstream media and the mundane public eye it settled for such an average editorial.

**editoral scans from ONTD

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