>> Isabeli Fontana Lands Louis Vuitton Cruise 2010 Campaign — Catherine McNeil was photographed back in June for Louis Vuitton's Cruise 2010 lookbook, but it's Isabeli Fontana who landed the campaign. She was in the Hamptons for the shoot yesterday with Patrick Demarchelier and stylist Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, who has recently been bringing her taste for logos to the pages of Vogue Paris. [Louis Vuitton Twitter, LiveFashionWeek Twitter]
>> Balmain Foraying Into Handbags —For those jonesin' to add a spangled bag to their collection of strong-shouldered jackets and glittery minidresses, Christophe Decarnin hears you. He's added about a half dozen handbags — including black leather messenger bags paved with crystals or studs and a fringed bag with silver hardware — to the pieces offered up to buyers as part of Balmain's Cruise 2010 collection. [WWD]
>> Peter Copping's First Nina Ricci Collection Said to be "Great" —We have yet to see any work from Peter Copping for Nina Ricci — his first collection for the line, for the Cruise 2010 season, was supposed to come out late last month and seems to be running a bit late — but it sounds like it's something to look forward to. Kate Betts's has "an extremely reliable Parisian source" who says that Copping's Cruise 2010 collection is "great." [Kate Betts Twitter]
>> Giorgio Armani sticks with an idea when it works — the newest wave of Victoria and David Beckham's underwear ads, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, are out today — and the same goes for his Cruise 2010 collection. He started exploring the eighties with a little Grace Jones influence in his Fall 2009 collection, and for resort he's taking the idea further with brightly-checked party dresses, polka dots, and a dash of sequins.
>> Consuelo Castiglioni's husband (and Marni CEO) Gianni Castiglioni showed off the first peek of his newest acquisition via Vionnet's Cruise 2010 collection yesterday, and today it's all about Consuelo's ladies who lunch-inspired Marni Cruise 2010 collection. Styled with loafers and clashing mannish dark socks, the goods are less about frills and more about her quirky cuts, crazy patterns, bug-eyed glasses, and a few contrast button-downs similar to those at Prada.
>> Katie Grand Is Wearing Alaia for Her Wedding—Katie Grand just had her bachelorette party a couple of weeks ago in London — she's marrying her boyfriend, Pulp bassist Steve Mackey, who she's been with for over 10 years, despite saying last year that "he doesn't want to get married" — and while counting down the days to her wedding in upstate New York, she spent yesterday morning styling LOVE intern Pixie Geldof in Giles Deacon's Cruise 2010 collection at his East London studio. Katie's engagement ring is Dior Fine Jewelry — she designed it with Victoire de Castellane — and her wedding dress is made-to-measure Azzedine Alaia. [Style.com]
>> We saw Phoebe Philo's first go at Celine a few weeks ago, and now it's time to peruse the first looks of another highly-anticipated matchup: Roldofo Paglialunga at Vionnet. The designer, who spent 13 years as Miuccia Prada's assistant and will have his runway debut at Paris Fashion Week in October, offers up a contemporary look at Vionnet's heritage Grecian constructions for Cruise 2010: “I looked at magazines, books, newspaper clips and anything I could find.”
>> Alexander McQueen threw his hat into the increasingly popular video presentation ring for his menswear show last week, and set up Janete Friedrich and Ulrike Theusner in mannish tailored suits for his Fall 2009 McQ campaign — compare with the cheerleaders of seasons past — but for his Cruise 2010 collection, he's still on the same wavelength as collections past — body-fitting graphic suits, illusion-like structured dresses, full skirts, with a little spattered paint thrown in for good measure.
Giles Deacon May Have Spring 2010 London Fashion Week "Presence," Goes with Structure for Cruise 2010
>> Giles Deacon, who was awarded the €160,000 (approx. $225,000) 2009 ANDAM Award earlier this week, has confirmed that he's going to use it to take his Spring 2010 show to Paris this Fall. But in light of the recent efforts by the British Fashion Council to bring British designers back home for its 25th anniversary, Deacon, who is typically a headliner for London Fashion Week, is planning on meeting with BFC executives to try and work out a means of his label having some sort of "presence" at the upcoming LFW: “It’s not perfect timing. I’m heading the other way, but it’s a fantastic opportunity, particularly in these times, and I have to seize it. It’s the chance to take my business to a new level.”
As for his Cruise 2010 collection, the designer went with simple, structured silhouettes in white, shades of gray, pale pink, and black.
>> The Kate Moss Effect: She's Still Got It for Cruise 2010 —The gold lame Stephen Jones turban and matching Marc Jacobs dress Kate Moss wore to the Costume Institute Gala in early May is still resonating with designers for resort: Marc Jacobs decided to use the dress in his collection; Roksanda Illincic, Alexander Wang, and Michael Kors threaded gold lame through their collections; and Yigal Azrouel used turbans to top off his looks. [Style File]