In league with the Divine: Catherine McNeil takes centre stage of our May issue, dressed in couture surrounded by a hedonistic court in this exclusive film by Jeff Bark, styled by senior fashion editor Robbie Spencer. McNeil is the Australian model going through her own renaissance, a fixture of all the top tier AW13 catwalks from New York to Paris, walking in nearly 50 shows. Yet away from the camera, she deflects costume drama, telling Dazed: "My style is very simple. Lots of black tights, flats are a must and a bright sweater here and there." Modesty's appealing when your day job deals with the sublime.
l-r: Samantha wears tulle petticoat from Beyond Retro. Catherine wears black silk top and embroidered evening dress by Dior Haute Couture; headpiece custom-made by Recine. Sung wears briefs (customised by stylist) by Lyle & Scott. Ning wears vest (customised by stylist) by All Saints; briefs (customised by stylist) by Uniqlo. Shingo wears feather and pearl embroidered coat by Giambattista Valli Couture; tights from mytights.com
l-r: Ning wears leather mask stylist's own; trousers by Y-3. Bettina wears leather top by Demask; leather skirt by Polymorphe; patent-leather fetish boots by Devious Footwear; lace veil from National Theatre Costume Hire. Shingo wears mask and leather briefs by David Samuel Menkes Custom Leatherwear; jacket tied around waist by Y-3. Catherine wears embroidere tulle and crêpe-de-Chine gown and cape by Valentino Haute Couture; patent leather fetish boots by Devious Footwear. Sung wears mask by David Samuel Menkes Custom Leatherwear; briefs by Uniqlo. Noma wears mask stylist's own; briefs by Uniqlo.
l-r: Cole wears patterned tights from mytights.com. Katie wears all clothes and accessories by Alexander McQueen. RJ wears cotton vest by Calvin Klein Jeans; ruff custom-made by In-House Atelier. Catherine wears guipure crochet flower dress by Valentino Haute Couture; headpiece by Stephen Jones Millinery for Ulyana Sergeenko Couture.
l-r: Ning wears cotton trousers by Uniqlo. Sung wears cotton trousers by All Saints. Catherine wears metallic-candy fur dress-coat and leather boots by Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal. Samantha wears stockings by Wolford. Noma wears camouflage-print jacket by A.P.C; briefs by 2(X)IST; socks by Uniqlo.
l-r: Ning wears denim apron by Lee; jeans by Calvin Klein Jeans. Catherine wears taffeta gown by Ulyana Sergeenko Couture; hat by Stephen Jones Millinery for Ulyana Sergeenko Couture. Noma wears denim boiler suit by Lee; boots by Cat. Sung wears denim dungarees by Levi's Vintage Clothing; boots by Cat.
Photography Jeff Bark
Styling Robbie Spencer
Cinematographer and editor Sam Cole
Hair Recine for Recine Luxe Hair Oil by Rodin
Make-up Lisa Houghton at Tim Howard Management
Models Catherine McNeil at Marilyn, Ning Lu at Major, Noma Han at Fusion, Sung Jin Park at Wilhelmina, Bettina Murota, Cole Bleu Kwiatowski, RJ, Samantha West, Shingo Shibata
Set design School Float
Photographic assistant Chris White
Styling assistants Coline Bach, Victor Cordero
Hair assistants Shingo Shibata, Anna Lyles
Make-up assistant Yohsuke Hiraka
Casting Noah Shelley for AM Casting
Special thanks to Melanie Demarco and Hudson Studios
Follow Robbie Spencer on Twitter here @RobbieSpencer