For Fendi's Spring '10 campaign, Karl Lagerfeld showed off his softer side in a shoot featuring Anja Rubik. Wearing a flirty silk minidress, Anja strikes an alluring pose while holding one of Fendi's sumptuous leather totes. The diaphanous theme continues with soft lighting and a beautiful woodsy background. I like how the ethereal quality is a very artistic approach compared to the bold campaigns we're used to seeing. Great display of imagery and imagination. Do you agree?
>> Karl Lagerfeld, who just a few months ago in October was spouting off that people prefer to look at "skinny models" and fashion is all "dreams and illusions . . . no one wants to see round women" has contributed to V's January/February 2010 Size Issue, featuring Dakota Fanning and Gabourey Sidibe on alternate covers. In the past, he's hired Beth Ditto to perform at a Fendi party and now he's photographed burlesque dancer Miss Dirty Martini in Coco Chanel's apartment for V, but technically, on the model front, he still hasn't endorsed anyone who isn't "skinny." Models.com has an exclusive look at the full "Coco a Go-Go" editorial.
Liya Kebede rollerblades in couture for Italian Elle.
Carolina Hererra was in Moscow this week, presenting her spring 2010 collection and opening her first store in Russia.
Vivienne Westwood designed wallpaper with Cole & Sons using signature prints which she's used throughout her career, including reinterpretations of her tartan prints and the Union Jack.
Karl Lagerfeld created a princess doll for Paris' high-end toy store, Au Nain Bleu, proceeds of which will benefit the Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Foundation.
Photos of Topshop's designer collaborations scheduled for 2010—Jonatha Saunder, Ashish, Richard Nicoll, and Ann-Sofie Back.
Fashion consultant Estefania Lacayo launches private label fur vests made of white coyote, brown raccoon and black fox.
>> Perhaps influenced by the buzz around Mark Fast's Spring 2010 plus-size runway models and Glamour's plus-size editorial, V magazine is ringing in the new year and the new decade with a size issue for January 2010: "Big, little, pint-size, plus-size — every body is beautiful. And this issue is out to prove it," as V editor-in-chief Stephen Gan put it.
Models.com has an exclusive series of previews of the magazine — out on newsstands Jan. 14 — the first of which, "One Size Fits All," debuted today, with Jaquelyn Jablonski (left below) and plus-size model Crystal Renn (right below) in the exact same ensembles, with similar poses. Bruce Weber and Karl Lagerfeld are also said to have contributed to the issue, with shoots ranging from fully clothed to nudes.
>> Yves Saint Laurent passed away last year at 71, Valentino Garavani retired two years ago at 75; but a number of their contemporaries, also in their seventies, are still going strong — with no outright successors named.
Giorgio Armani, who turned 75 in July, hinted in October that he was taking precautions, especially after his bout of hepatitis, and grooming a chosen few — but insiders don't expect names until the last minute. Armani, sole owner of his $2.4 billion company, is a special case, according to Roberto Jorio Fili, a former executive at Valentino, Roberto Cavalli, and Gianfranco Ferre:
He's not the classic designer who wants to stay in the creative part and delegates the rest to managers. Armani is the business. Not one person can replace him on their own, it would have to be several people and I think that's what he's probably thinking.
Lights, camera, action. Karl Lagerfeld is back for another edition of calendar couture poses for Italian Marie Claire. Taking inspiration from over 25 classic Italian movies, including films from Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida, Lagerfeld created a cinematic masterpiece filled with drama, flair, and molto fashion. The 2010 calendar features actress and Chanel face Anna Mouglalis and hottie Baptiste Giabiconi dressed in an array of European cruise collections, couture, and a Fendi fur piece designed by the Kaiser himself back in 1974. The exclusive calendar will be sold alongside the January issue of Italian Marie Claire Dec. 16. I think I need it.
Karl Lagerfeld produced his second calendar for the Italian edition of Marie Claire, photographing two of his favorite subjects—actress Anna Mouglalis and model Baptiste Giabiconi—in a combination of recent cruise collections, couture and Fendi furs. The calendar, with images referencing iconic moments in Italian cinema, hits newsstands along with the January issue of Italian Marie Claire on December 16.
You're looking at Coco Chanel-O-Mouse, Betsey Johnmouse, Karl Lagermouse, and Anna Wintourmouse, Tra Tutti's designer fashion mice ($40 each). They're the perfect stocking stuffers . . . or are they? A musophobe may disagree. They're all cute, though Karl looks especially good as a mouse, shades and all. What do you think, freaky or fabulous?
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>> For last year's Chanel Pre-Fall "Paris-Moscow" collection, Karl Lagerfeld directed a ten minute silent film, with Edita Vilkeviciute starring as a young Coco Chanel. This year's Chanel Pre-Fall collection, which was dubbed "Paris-Shanghai," debuted in the latter city today; Karl directed a new short film for the occasion, with Edita back as young Coco in a more expansive 22-minute set, this time with dialogue. Heidi Mount, Freja Beha Erichsen, and of course, Baptiste Giabiconi, join her in the tableau, which was projected against the Shanghai cityscape as part of the presentation.