The Miu Miu woman possesses a creative intelligence and an overtly rebellious sense of fashion, perfect for a label that defies any preconceived category or aesthetic. It is fitting then that the seasonal advertising campaigns have often featured emerging actors: Miu Miu celebrates the outsider, the iconoclast, and the risk-taker.

The SS’16 collection is a study in extreme contrasts: tweed, jacquard, knit, satin, gingham, lace and leather are all featured simultaneously in complex, textural compositions. The colors are as diverse as the materiality comprising greys and taupes intercut with deep maroon, gold, and blue. The forms range from the exaggerated trench with white and brown leather to a yoked cotton shirt drawn straight from the prairie.

For the SS’16 campaign, long-time creative partner Steven Meisel brings the collection to life through a series of elegant portraits featuring a quartet of new, international actors – contrasts in themselves – Millie Brady, Julia Garner, Matilda Lutz and India Salvor Menuez. One of Britain’s fastest-rising stars Millie Brady, seen on ITV’s Mr. Selfridge, appears in Burr Steers forthcoming film Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, as well as the upcoming Knights of the Roundtable, a film by Guy Ritchie. New Yorker Julia Garner can be seen starring opposite Lily Tomlin in the film Grandma. She is currently filming Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix series The Get Down, and makes her stage debut in February opposite Zachary Quinto in Noah Haidle’s play Smokefall. Italian actor Matilda Lutz was cast as the lead role on Paramount’s newest installment of The Ring to be released in April, she also recently completed filming a lead role in Gabrielle Muccino’s film Summertime. Performance artist and actor India Salvor Menuez will appear in the highly anticipated film White Girl, debuting at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and recently sat for multiple portraits with painter John Curran.

Always the consummate craftsman, Meisel presents his impeccable images in a frank, straightforward manner. Tightly cropped, asymmetric, and shot against a neutral grey backdrop, the actors directly confront the camera in a manner that highlights their expressive range and luminous beauty. The neutrality of the approach reveals the richness of the eclectic looks coupled with the palpable intelligence of the women.

Photo by Steven Meisel
Starring: Millie Brady, Julia Garner, Matilda Lutz, India Salvor Menuez