I know nothing about the behind-the-scenes logistics of editorials, NOTHING. But what I do know, is that to come up with an extraordinary editorial, the team behind them are excruciating crucial.
For myself, my favourite pairings of fashion directors and photographers would have to be Kate Phelan with Nick Knight, or with Tim Walker. Kate Phelan's feminine yet fantastical styling really do works wonders in Nick Knight's studio shoots, and Tim Walker's adventurous style outdoor shoots, which both, can be seen in multiple British Vogue editorials.
Another favourite pairing of mine would have to be stylist Olivier Rizzo with photographer Willy Vanderperre. Rizzo's laid-back and sometimes volumized styling harmonize well with Vanderperre's simple shooting style and his requirements of the models giving weird yet effortless poses and facial expressions. Both of them worked together for some Jill Sander's ad campaigns, which work equally well, with the notes of Jill Sander's minimalism aesthetics.
Recently, with Hedi Slimane being much more focused in his photography duties, I think his minimal shooting style complements amazingly with Nicola Formicetti's street-ish and avant-garde styling. Remember F/W Nippon Vogue Homme?
For the up-coming issue of Dazed & Confused January 2009, the pair worked together again for multiple covers. The reason for so many covers? I've no idea, but still, I like it.