The time has come for one of our favorite fashion reveals of the year: the perennially sexy (and impossibly exclusive) Pirelli Calendar. On Monday night in Milan, the 2015 edition of "The Cal" was unveiled, and the pin-up-themed edition shot by Steven Meisel is iconic as they come.
With styling by Carine Roitfeld, makeup by Pat McGrath and an all-star cast — the models featured (in order of appearance) are Adriana Lima, Natalia Vodianova, Joan Smalls, Candice Huffine, Carolyn Murphy, Anna Ewers, Cameron Russell, Sasha Luss, Karen Elson, Isabeli Fontana, Gigi Hadid and Raquel Zimmermann — each month of the calendar is celebrated with a poster-like image of a single girl.
Unlike past editions of the Pirelli Calendar, which don't involve much clothing at all, each woman in this year's shoot is styled according to Meisel's vision of key fashion aesthetics and stereotypes that are imposed upon females. For example, Ewers plays a Brigitte Bardot-inspired bombshell; Luss channels a sexy, retro sailor pin-up girl; and Huffine — with a whip and a leather bodice — portrays a dominatrix. "Sometimes, to show a bit of fashion is even more sexy than to be totally naked," Roitfeld said on styling the shoot. "I think that is the point of this calendar."
Click through the gallery to see the first images and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the 42nd edition of the Pirelli Calendar. For a full peek at all 12 months, watch the video below.