Natalie Westling in ‘Mourning Glory’ by Inez & Vinoodh for W Magazine, September 2015

Natalie Westling plays a weeping widow in ‘Mourning Glory’ shot by Inez & Vinoodh for W Magazine, September 2015. Deep sorrow fills my heart as I fly on the wings of sadness. Stylist, Edward Enninful, lets fluid fashions flood the page as soft silks wash over the skin. The art of haute couture erupts as we explore the haunting nature of loss. Dark garb speaks to strength while flowing chiffon finds truth. Drama is defined by a bold blend of vintage inspired attire. Waves rushes through my mind as the sea of tranquility soothes my soul. From clean to extreme, Makeup Artist, Dick Page depicts the dueling nature of real suffering. Hope reflects the spirit of the glory as her cheek gives off a fateful glow. Beauty breaks in half, as black lips scream out, showing us a tale of two faces. The fury of pure feelings rush over the skin leaving both sides to succumb to sadness. A lace mask is worn over the features as solemnity is found in solitude of silence. Pictures project a sense of raw power as art aches to be free. Hairstylist, Soichi Inagaki, pays homage to the era by blending a loose dew with dynamic head-gear. Loves lives on as grief grabs the pain and floats like a big, black balloon. An evocative tale of tortured yearnings, each image is a touching tribute to the power of now.

~ Autumn Rain ~

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am that swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.

– Mary Frye, 1932

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