We're knee-deep into Fall, but let's take a momentary escape to a lush tropical land with the help of Chanel Iman. In her latest Spring '11 ad campaign for Rosa Cha, the American beauty strips down to exotic bikinis and flirty-femme lingerie while posing amid verdant plants and crystal-clear waters. Click through to see Chanel do her thing — and use her as inspiration for any upcoming warm-weather getaways!
See the First Photos of the 2010 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Costumes; Plus, More Models Confirmed
>> The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show has come a long way in 15 years — see the very first show, sans any wings, here — and this year, the theme is "A Night of a Thousand Fantasies." The first few costume images have popped up (Lily Aldridge's two looks can be seen here), and we've got a few confirmed names to add to the list: among them, Selita Ebanks, Katsia Damenkova, Anne Vyalitsyna (who's getting her first wings this year), Constance Jablonski, Gracie Carvalho, Lily Donaldson, and Lais Ribeiro.
There's also a new casting video out, and Ed Razek, chief marketing officer of Limited Brands, parent company of Victoria's Secret, admits of the process: "I hate castings, because I’m basically a softy and I hate the broken hearts and I hate saying no . . . What people don’t realize is that [those who fit the parameters of a Victoria's Secret model are] rarer by far than superstar athletes. The numbers of people who can do this are probably under 100 in the world. And in the show, it’s only  girls.”
And the castings — which Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou and Dan May of Harper’s Bazaar UK and 10 Magazine have a say in as stylists — are tough. Maryna Linchuk had to audition again this year, despite walking in the show in the past, because bodies change, Monica Mitro, executive producer of the show, said. “You don’t see them for a minute, and . . . ” she added, holding her hands wide to gesture for broad hips. But some faults are more forgivable than others — when Caroline Winberg walked in to casting, with hair described by the New York Times as "frazzled by styling until it was the texture of wood shavings," Mitro stated: “Never mind the hair . . . we can always do something about the hair."
2010 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Casting Video; Plus — Who's Confirmed So Far (Karolina Kurkova Is!)
>> With the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show taping a week away, fittings are well under way — Alessandra Ambrosio, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Behati Prinsloo were snapped going to theirs yesterday, and Chanel Iman was there, too. She tweeted yesterday: "All day prep for Victoria Secret Show and most exciting FITTING!!! Keeping everything a Secret!!SSSSHHHH......!! ;)" Today, Lily Aldridge was on deck, and Izabel Goulart, too, has stopped in — apparently she's getting wings this year, and cried at her fitting when she found out.
A video of the show's castings has popped up (above) — hopefuls Hana Soukupova and Shannan Click are among those shown — and Monica Mitro, who has been casting the show for 16 years, since its inception, says, "It's really difficult because we see a lot of great girls … they come in here in their bras and panties, and normally that's not the way castings go, but we have to see how everything looks together … they literally have to be perfect."
Those deemed perfect so far? Besides those mentioned above, Flavia de Oliveira, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Liu Wen, Anja Rubik, Adriana Lima, Candice Swanepoel, Erin Heatherton, Isabeli Fontana, Lindsay Ellingson, Jessica Stam, Emanuela de Paula, Maryna Linchuk, Magdalena Frackowiak, Edita Vilkeviciute, and as rumored, Karolina Kurkova, are all expected.
>> Carine Roitfeld's masquerade ball last night, celebrating 90 years of Vogue Paris and loosely Eyes Wide Shut-themed, meant lots of sheer gowns, and lots of show attendees preoccupied with finding a mask yesterday. Anna Dello Russo, inspired by Lady Gaga, paired a Gareth Pugh headpiece with her custom Emilio Pucci gown. Jean Paul Gaultier designed a metal mask for himself adorned with long feathers: "Yes, they're giant eyelashes, acting like hair -- since I'm missing some as you can see — so instead I've gone for this black plume."
Tyra Banks made do with cut up fishnets, Sasha Pivovarova got her mask "from a sex shop," and Lily Donaldson wore a red tulle veil to match her Christian Dior gown: “I made it myself. I went all the way up to the fabric district in Montmartre today.” Stephen Jones made Karlie Kloss's star spangled mask to go with her Christian Dior gown, and Riccardo Tisci did Mariacarla Boscono's over the top feathered hat, while he looked to Philip Treacy to custom make his mask.
While there was plenty of mask ogling, Carine Roitfeld was more preoccupied with other thoughts. “Oh my goodness, even the models are eating, it’s amazing!” she laughed, as Lily Donaldson took a leaf from a chocolate cabbage.
Milan Fashion Week wrapped with last night's black-tie amfAR gala, where some of our Fab favorites turned out, dressed to impress. Black was the color of choice for most, between Alessandra Ambrosio's ladylike strapless, Erin Wasson's vampy black halter Roberto Cavalli, and Chanel Iman's sexy sheer number. As for the rest, Heidi Klum chose a jeweled Cavalli, and Margherita Missoni stepped out in a patchwork metallic creation. Click through to see them all, then cast your vote for the most Fab!
Supermodel beauty Chanel Iman graces not one — but two! — October covers. She's Flare's cover girl, decked out in luxe, purple hues and a fabulous fur collar for a glam Fall look. Then, she takes to Elle Italia, showing off some of Fall's Fab trends, outfitted in black lace, silky trousers, and a funky turban-style sequin hat. She wows on both cover spots, but we want to know — which one do think is most Fab?
Gucci's feather LBD took the spotlight when it strutted down the catwalk on Chanel Iman in Milan last February. Now, seven months later, she got back into the same dress and tights, only with different shoes, for the Gucci Spring '11 afterparty. But it seems Chanel isn't the only fan of this dress: Kylie Minogue also wore it, sans tights, at a movie premiere in London recently. One super fashionable frock, two gorgeous women — who wore it better?
Fashion's Night Out's Fashion Show Featured a Dancing Gisele, a Rapping Pharrell, and a Whole Lot of Designer Duds
>> The audience at tonight's Fashion's Night Out fashion show wasn't limited to the 1,500 ticket-holders — crowds gathered behind police barricades across the street from the Lincoln Center Plaza for a glimpse of New York City's largest fashion show. Those who were lucky enough to nab tickets to the show were treated to a concentric-circled runway setup, with rows no more than two deep. Not only that, but among the audience was a large smattering of designers — Tory Burch, Tommy Hilfiger, Diane von Furstenberg, Jenna Lyons, Michael Kors, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, Phillip Lim, Vera Wang, Francisco Costa, and Donna Karan among them; models — Lauren Hutton, Bar Rafaeli, Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann; and other industry figures, including Anna Wintour, with favorites Blake Lively and Roger Federer next to her, and Si Newhouse himself. Bee Shaffer arrived 45 minutes early to the event, holding hands with boyfriend Jake Hurwitz.
Anna Wintour's fears that the show, scheduled to start at 7:30 pm, would begin late were unmerited — it started on the dot with Alicia Keys's "Empire State of Mind" playing on the loudspeaker as spotlights searched the audience and the fountain in the center of the setup rose and then fell.
As the audience looked for Gisele Bundchen, set to open the show's 171 looks, a Fashion's Night Out doubledecker bus pulled up next to the Plaza, carrying Bundchen, Angela Lindvall, Karolina Kurkova, Coco Rocha, Lily Donaldson, Lara Stone, Jourdan Dunn, Caroline Trentini, Sasha Pivovarova, Adriana Lima, Chanel Iman, and Karlie Kloss, each dressed in a Fashion's Night Out tee paired with a long ballgown skirt and heels. The twelve models dismounted the bus one by one, forming a line in front of the Plaza steps as the rest of the 150 model cast filled in behind them.
Gisele leading the way, the twelve openers made their way around the fountain, soon followed by groups of models clipping by showcasing "Fifties Flair," "Tartan Twist," "Rock Chic," "Go Global," and "Jazz-Age Cool." Each group wormed their way around the circular runway, the models coming in quick succession, highly choreographed and sometimes stopping and turning. A few were suffering from their heels by the end — Rose Cordero and Heidi Mount among them — and those in the "Weekend Wrap-Up" group, all swathed in capes and jackets, had sweat rolling from their temples after all the parading, thanks to the humid Indian Summer air.
Pharrell Williams popped up on the center fountain to close the extravaganza in a surprise performance, and Gisele and the rest of the openers paraded and danced back to the bus, this time in full-on designer gowns, with Naomi Campbell in the finale spot. As Pharrell joined them, he encouraged the audience — ticketed and not — to shop New York, because after all, that was the whole point of this 15-minute shindig. So will it work?
>> Chanel Iman Switches to IMG in Efforts to Become Household Name? — Chanel Iman, who has been with the same management since the beginning of her career — first at Ford and then following them to Supreme — has switched agencies to IMG. Iman, who signed a three-year contract with Victoria’s Secret last November, further increasing her presence on a national scale, has said in the past that she wants to become a Victoria's Secret Angel; IMG houses a number of Angels past and present: Heidi Klum, Miranda Kerr, Gisele Bundchen, and Karolina Kurkova among them. Many see the move as a bid by Iman to become a household name. “I feel like, with the move to Lincoln Center and Fashion’s Night Out going global, this season is all about change and evolving." said the model. "I have wanted that in my career as well, which is why I’m so excited to be with IMG now and working with such a great team. It’s the celebration of a new me." [DFR]