We've compiled a list of our top ten contemporary couples in celebration of springtime romance
Spring has long been considered the season of love. “If people did not love one another, I really don't see what use there would be in having any spring,” writes Victor Hugo in Les Misérables. And indeed, there is a scientific reason behind our renewed romantic zeal as April arrives – the spring explosion of new colours and smells along with the change of temperature causes the brain to produce more dopamine, the naturally occurring chemical that stimulates desire. So, in celebration of spring's springing and of love in general, we've compiled a list of some of our favourite modern power couples whose combined creativity and innovation, and love of one another, is guaranteed to inspire.
John Currin and Rachel Feinstein
The Pollock and Krassner of modern times, the American painter and sculptor have become a ruling couple in New York’s art scene since they first met in 1994. His kitsch, caricatured paintings sell for millions of dollars, while collectors of her work include Aby Rosen and James Frey. Feinstein's stylish beauty has also turned her into a fashion muse – she starred in Marc Jacobs’ 2004 ad campaign and Tom Ford included her in his 2010 show. Currin and Feinstein married on Valentine's Day, three years after their first encounter, and have three children together.
Jenna Lyons and Courtney Crangi
J Crew’s president and industry trend-setter Jenna Lyon and jewellery designer Courtney Crangi found each other in 2011, following Lyon’s breakup from her husband. Publicly referred to as the woman “who has shown me new love” during Lyon’s acceptance speech at Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards in 2012, Crangi is the sister and business partner of fine jewellery maker Philip Crangi. Together they look happy, beautiful and confident: a real demonstration of girl power.
Duffy and Lucy Chadwick
Hair stylist and AnOther collaborator Duffy and his long-term partner Lucy Chadwick, Gallery Director at Gavin Brown’s NY, are another indelible duo. Duffy scooped a job at Vidal Sassoon while still a teenager and dropped out of school to pursue his passion – he is now Global Ambassador for the brand alongside his myriad contributions to some of the world's most prestigious fashion publications and campaigns. Meanwhile the London-born Chadwick studied fine art at Oxford before kickstarting her career in the art world at Tate Britain. The duo relocated to Brooklyn in 2010, when Chadwick accepted her role with the Gavin Brown enterprise, and now live a positively dreamy existence (as documented in The Selby's film in 2011).
Wes Anderson and Juman Malouf
Partners of 18 years, the Lebanese writer and illustrator and the American filmmaker split their time between New York and Paris. While both very successful in their own separate careers, the two have collaborated on a number of jobs – Malouf played Agnes in Fantastic Mr. Fox and drew the portraits of actors in costume that were hung around the cast and crew's rooms during the filming of The Grand Budapest Hotel. In a romantic tribute to their happy relationship, Anderson’s whimsical Moonrise Kingdom was also dedicated to his girlfriend.
Jarvis Cocker and Kim Sion
Musician and Another Man cover star Jarvis Cocker rose to fame in the mid-1990s as the frontman of Britpop band Pulp but his hip-swiveling dance moves and attention-grabbing fashion choices soon saw him hailed as a a style icon as well as a rock star. In recent years he has also added radio DJ to his credentials, garnering a devout following for his BBC 6Music show Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service. Meanwhile, his girlfriend Kim Sion initially worked as an agent, representing the likes of Alister Mackie, Ellen Von Unwerth and Katy England, and is now a successful art director. She was also the woman behind the delightful (now sadly ceased) food blog, A Mouthful of Kim. With their combined skills, there's little these two can't conquer.
Juergen Teller and Sadie Coles
Another match made in heaven exists in the marriage of Juergen Teller and Sadie Coles. The celebrated German fashion photographer and lauded contemporary art dealer and gallerist married in 2003, in a ceremony as idiosyncratic as the pair themselves – he wore the Arsenal away kit and she the team's home kit, while the service was followed by Japanese food and a game of (you guessed it) football. Alongside from their highly successful individual careers, the couple also collaborate on projects from time to time, such as Teller's 2013 book Woo!
Phoebe Philo and Max Wigram
Céline creative director Phoebe Philo, and her gallerist husband Max Wigram are the dream fashion/art pairing. Philo made a swift ascent from design assistant at Chloé to creative director, transforming the fashion house into a luxury global brand along the way, before accepting her current position at the helm of Céline in September 2008. Wigram's background is similarly impressive, having curated at the Royal Academy before going on to open his eponymous art gallery on New Bond Street. The couple married in 2004 and have since had three children – but, while they make a perfect match in love, they have previously stated that they have no intention of collaborating professionally.
Patrizio Bertelli and Miuccia Prada
Since Miuccia Prada took over the family-run luxury leather goods company with the support of future-husband Patrizio Bertelli in the late 70s, the brand has acquired stakes in Jil Sander, Helmut Lang and shoemaker Church & Co. Combining his business expertise and her creative talent, together they created a multi-billion dollar global fashion house, making a name for themselves as the most successful husband-and-wife coupling in the industry.
Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach
Noah Baumbach is a writer/director known for independent movies like The Squid and the Whale and Margot at the Wedding, while Greta Gerwig is a writer/actress who arose from low-budget films and acted her way to Hollywood with movies like Arthur. Baumbach and Gerwig first crossed paths in 2009 when he cast her alongside Ben Stiller in Greenberg – at the time he was 40 and she was 24. Baumbach’s acclaimed Frances Ha was co-written with his partner and the brilliant film that resulted stands as testimony to a true meeting of minds.
Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond
American actress/comedienne and Golden Globes host Tina Fey and composer/director Jeff Richmond dated for seven years before he popped the question in 2001. They met in 1994 while both working with Second City, Chicago's well known theatre troupe – Fey as comedian, Richmond as musical director. Given the nature of their jobs, the two have worked together on several other projects, including the acclaimed comedy series 30 Rock. She went on to become a memorable cast member of Saturday Night Live and has starred in a number of Hollywood productions, while he has snatched up three Emmy awards in his career so far.
Research by Kaveri Waghela