Finally, little ol’ Ireland makes it to Vogue – starring Daria Werbowy and Adam Driver
If Vogue’s version of Ireland – all barren coastland, livestock and rough tweeds – is wrong, then I don’t want to be right.
It was, surely, only a matter of time before someone harnessed the beauty of Ireland’s rugged southwesterly coast to show off the heritage tweeds and rough-shod fabrics of A/W 2013. So the fact that it was Grace Coddington and the fashion bible, US Vogue, should be a certain comfort to those of us who take umbrage at another representation of our emerald isle being confined to donkeys and green pastures.
If we’re talking stereotypes, this shoot – starring Daria Werbowy, who lives in west Cork with her Irish boyfriend, and Girls’ Adam Driver (who is fantastic in Frances Ha, the Greta Gerwig / Noah Baumback-penned black and white film showing in theatres right now) – has ‘em all. Daria in wellies, chewing the cud; Adam with a goat across his shoulders, outside his shack; Adam riding a donkey (although really you’d think he’d have thought to give Daria the mule and walk himself).
But you know what? Stereotypes are there for a reason. Ireland is pretty green and, in Kerry where these Annie Leibovitz photographs were shot, pretty rough: the coastline, the waves, the rugged countryside. If the rumours are true, this will do for our tourism what Katie Price did for Peter Andre’s career (however temporary the surge may be).
For what it’s worth, I love these shots. They remind me of summers spent in Caherciveen, or of caravanning in Ballinesker (Wexford, I know). I can feel the grass, scratching my legs beneath my light summer dress. I can smell the sea and the shit and the turf and the rain, rolling in on the horizon - never far away.
Such a lush, luscious beauty we have at our fingertips, and while we may spend a lot of time admiring the built areas – Dublin and its galleries and cafés and the country houses of the near suburbs - we forget, sometimes, about just how beautiful our green, green grass is. And Leibovitz and the Vogue team have done a stellar job of reminding us.
I don’t wish, for a second, that they had chosen to show the modern, tech-savvy Ireland – because that looks a lot like the modern, tech-savvy America, and I’m happy for Ireland to stand out on its natural merits for a little while longer.
You can pick up this copy of Vogue right now (just don’t confuse it with UK Vogue, which has Daria on the cover in a great orange leather jacket).