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Posted online: September 2011

photographs by DAVID CAMERON styled by MARINA RAY

A SEASON’S SHIFT recalls a marked change in our collective senses…. Tatjana Patitz has now settled into Santa Ynez after spending two decades in front of the camera. German-born but raised in Sweden, Patitz is known for her 100-plus magazine covers as photographer Peter Lindbergh’s muse and for being a key member of the 1980s super-model elite, which included Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, and Naomi Campbell (all of whom were cast in George Michael’s iconic “Freedom” video). While enjoying a slower pace of life in the valley with her young son and menagerie of animals, the 45-year-old stunner demonstrates that beauty and a career can only get better with age.

“I honestly never thought I would still be modeling in my 40s,” says Patitz. “I think it’s great that there is a strong market for real women and that they can have longevity in the fashion business.”

 Martin Grant jacket, $2,435, Barney’s New York. Giorgio Armani pants, $435, Saks Fifth Avenue. Riller & Fount top, $145, Angel. Earrings, $1,500, Silverhorn. Azzedine Alaïa boots, stylist’s own.

Martin Grant jacket, $2,435, Barney’s New York. Giorgio Armani pants, $435, Saks Fifth Avenue. Riller & Fount top, $145, Angel. Earrings, $1,500, Silverhorn. Azzedine Alaïa boots, stylist’s own.

Burberry coat, $795, Saks Fifth Avenue. Dress, $800, Ralph Lauren South Coast Plaza. Vintage necklace, $395, Peregrine Galleries. Earrings, $1,500, and cuff, $10,000, Silverhorn. Liza Shtromberg rings, from $85, and bracelet, $375, Angel.

Burberry coat, $795, Saks Fifth Avenue. Dress, $800, Ralph Lauren South Coast Plaza. Vintage necklace, $395, Peregrine Galleries. Earrings, $1,500, and cuff, $10,000, Silverhorn. Liza Shtromberg rings, from $85, and bracelet, $375, Angel.

Helmut Lang dress, $370, Dressed. Shoes, stylist’s own. Vintage Chanel bracelet, $1,250, Peregrine Galleries. Earrings, $1,500, and ring, $5,200, Silverhorn.

Helmut Lang dress, $370, Dressed. Shoes, stylist’s own. Vintage Chanel bracelet, $1,250, Peregrine Galleries. Earrings, $1,500, and ring, $5,200, Silverhorn.

Helmut Lang dress, $275, Dressed. Shoes, $225, BCBG. Vintage Chanel belt, $1,500, and vintage Chanel cuff, $1,300, Peregrine Galleries. Earrings, $1,500, Silverhorn.

Helmut Lang dress, $275, Dressed. Shoes, $225, BCBG. Vintage Chanel belt, $1,500, and vintage Chanel cuff, $1,300, Peregrine Galleries. Earrings, $1,500, Silverhorn.

 Dress, $2,195, Donna Karan South Coast Plaza. Earrings, $1,500, and cuff, $8,500, Silverhorn. Trunkshow ring, $175, Diani. Louis  Vuitton shoes, stylist’s own.

Dress, $2,195, Donna Karan South Coast Plaza. Earrings, $1,500, and cuff, $8,500, Silverhorn. Trunkshow ring, $175, Diani. Louis Vuitton shoes, stylist’s own.

Pants, $1,025, Roberto Cavalli South Coast Plaza. Inhabit top, $440, Diani. Vintage  Chanel cuff, $1,300, and earrings, $70, Peregrine Galleries. Liza Shtromberg ring, $85, and bracelet, $375, Angel. Shoes, $225, BCBG.

Pants, $1,025, Roberto Cavalli South Coast Plaza. Inhabit top, $440, Diani. Vintage Chanel cuff, $1,300, and earrings, $70, Peregrine Galleries. Liza Shtromberg ring, $85, and bracelet, $375, Angel. Shoes, $225, BCBG.

The Row blazer, $1,890, and skirt, $475, Dressed. White and Warren tank, $65, K. Frank. Vintage Chanel bracelet, $1,250, and vintage necklace, $395, Peregrine Galleries. Trunkshow ring, $175, Diani. Liza Shtromberg ring, $85, and bracelet, $375, Angel. Earrings, $1,500,  Silverhorn. Louis Vuitton shoes, stylist’s own.

The Row blazer, $1,890, and skirt, $475, Dressed. White and Warren tank, $65, K. Frank. Vintage Chanel bracelet, $1,250, and vintage necklace, $395, Peregrine Galleries. Trunkshow ring, $175, Diani. Liza Shtromberg ring, $85, and bracelet, $375, Angel. Earrings, $1,500, Silverhorn. Louis Vuitton shoes, stylist’s own.

Photographed at Ganna Walska’s Lotusland. For more information, see our “Shopping Guide” (page 158). Hair by David Cox. Makeup by Sage Maitri. Interns: Shey Massey and Megan Meyer.

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2 Comments


  1. Courtney Watkins

    Stunning issue!! Tatjana looks as beautiful as ever!

    September 23rd, 2011 at 10:03 pm (Reply)


  2. Alex Kalognomos

    So glad to see Tatjana and David working together – I remember their pictures from Vogue in the mid-80s.

    This entire issue was fun and informative, as I love to go up to SB from LA when I have a free weekend.

    Beautiful cover – jumped right out from the newsstand – and the writing is excellent.

    Great work!

    September 30th, 2011 at 5:20 am (Reply)

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