>> ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL — In a time when everyone seems to be focused on black and white, let's take a moment for Lakshmi Menon. The Bangalorean model appeared in the beautiful Spring 2008 Hermes ads, opened the Givenchy couture show yesterday, and is appearing in the Fall 2008 Givenchy campaign along with Kirsten Owen, Natasha Poly, and Givenchy faves Lara Stone and Mariacarla Boscono. [Vogue UK, Models.com]
>> ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL —Kate Moss may have been "downgraded" from Roberto Cavalli's mainline ads to fronting his Just Cavalli line for Fall, but after the first two images from the new set have appeared, I would argue that Kate almost fits in better with the diffusion line's rocker feel than the overly-tanned, animal print-laden ads of Roberto Cavalli's senior line. [Models.com]
>> A Vogue Italia cover yesterday, a YSL campaign today . . . Naomi Campbell's on a roll. I wonder if the PR people are all trying to capitalize on her trial today, which is sure to garner a press report or two? In any case, this Fall 2008 campaign image — shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin at the YSL headquarters in Paris — looks to be very much in the same vein as Kate Moss's Spring 2008 ads for the brand.
Meanwhile, Linda Evangelista's first ad for Prada has also debuted. She looks about as startled as I feel; I'm still getting used to not seeing Sasha Pivovarova as the brand's face. The supermodel was photographed by Steven Meisel back in April in a New York studio, and the first print campaign images will be in the August issue of Vogue Italia.
»Iman recently booked a Vogue Paris gig [TI]
»A first look at Emanuela de Paula for Pirelli 2009 [Models.com]
»Hana Soukupova owns a Warhol painting [The Cut]
>> I don't know what's changed with Frankie Rayder's life lately, but I do know one thing: She's back. Not only is she being lensed for an unnamed September "extravaganza of an editorial," she's also popped up in two major Fall campaigns.
She joins Kate Moss in headlining Stella McCartney's Fall 2008 campaign, shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin at Kate's country house in Gloucestershire, England. Meanwhile, she replaces Kate, who was Roberto Cavalli's Spring 2008 campaign girl, in the Cavalli Fall 2008 ads along with Angela Lindvall, Raquel Zimmermann, and Isabeli Fontana.
Maybe we owe the pleasure of seeing Frankie again to Inez and Vinoodh? They also did the Cavalli campaign . . . We'll know for sure if they photographed this mysterious September editorial in which Frankie has been cast.
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>> Today is officially the first day of Fall 2008 ads: peeks of Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Escada, and Dsquared were revealed earlier, and now a first look at Isabeli Fontana for Roberto Cavalli has popped up, as photographed by Inez & Vinoodh.
Kate Moss and Angela Lindvall are also said to be featured in the moody-looking campaign . . .
Claire Danes has quite the tough act to follow. It was announced today that she is replacing Drew Barrymore, who was Gucci's first ever celebrity campaign face, as the Gucci Fine Jewelry girl.
Drew's ads were stunning, and hopefully Claire's will be just as iconic — she's being photographed by the same duo as Drew — Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.
As for the reasoning behind the choice, Gucci's designer Frida Giannini explains: "Claire's sensual, confident beauty and her passionate, independent, and strong character embodies today's Gucci woman." The ads are set to debut this Fall.
I think it's safe to say if you book Kate Moss for an ad campaign she can single-handedly ameliorate the brand. Then, choose to have hubbie/wife duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin shoot, and, well, you get something quite fabulous. As you know I'm on a YSL kick, especially in the handbag arena, and the designer of 2007, Alber Elbaz, may have some stiff competition in the Year of the Rat. As for Kate, she's the chic girl who would never be caught yearning for fashion through a store window, but she is. That's the power of YSL.
Thanks for the scans cnycy1a!