>> Dree Hemingway Said to Be Already Booked for Calvin Klein Spring 2010, Is Featured in Purple's "Naked" Series —After walking solely in Givenchy last season, Dree Hemingway reportedly already has a spot on the Spring 2010 Calvin Klein runway — no world on whether it's an exclusive, but regardless, Calvin Klein is the New York show which generally sets the bar, model casting-wise, for the rest of Fashion Month. Dree is also the newest participant (in the past, it's been Chloe Sevigny, Angela Lindvall, Shalom Harlow) in the "Purple Naked" series, captured by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for Purple Fashion #12 — The Imagist has a peek. And if you're dying to see the result of that Purple shoot by Paola Kudacki with Suvi Koponen and Hanne-Gaby Odiele, Models.com has the final cut (NSFW). [Fashionista, The Imagist (NSFW)]
>> Some thought that Vogue Paris's August 2009 cover with Daria Werbowy all decked out in Burberry check looked too blatantly like an advertisement, but in the context of Inez van Lamweerde and Vinoodh Matadin's 65-page accompanying editorial inside — with a plethora of models, each embodying a different brand's identity — it all makes sense.
It's a few of the magazine's usual suspects — Anja Rubik doing Gucci's "glam star" in fauxhawk, Kamila Filipcikova striking an eyepopping McQueen silhouette — plus a few new faces like Regina Feoktistova and Ranya Mordanova in Gianfranco Ferre and Junya Watanabe, respectively. The trifecta of stylists that produced these images — Joe McKenna, Emmanuelle Alt, Carine Roitfeld — prove that there is creativity to be found within the bounds of a studio shoot, after all.
>> Katie Grand Got Married over the Weekend —Katie Grand's professional life keeps on rolling — the August 2009 cover shot of Dree Hemingway she styled for Vogue Russia just popped up — but over the weekend, she took some time for the more personal: She married longtime boyfriend, Pulp bassist Steve Mackey, at secluded resort The Point in the Adirondacks of upstate New York wearing made-to-measure Azzedine Alaia (left). [LOVE blog, LOVE blog]
Dree Hemingway. You surely recognize her surname. This model-of-the-moment's great grandfather is Ernest (the famous writer, yes) and her mother is actress Mariel Hemingway. She has connections, but that's not all she has.
The 21-year-old has made a name for herself in the world of fashion by being a non-conventional beauty. She's blond, but not what you would call "pretty." She has a strong square jaw, punky sensibility, and is pretty unavoidable these days. Check out any happening party and she's there, usually wearing fashion-forward pieces by Alexander Wang. In fact, the designer was her date for this year's CFDA Awards.
It's safe to say that Dree is doing her own thing — and doing it well — despite her famous last name.
Basso & Brooke designs its first Resort collection.
William Rast now sold at Selfridges.
Step into the creative mess that is model Dree Hemingway's apartment.
>> Just today, Swarovski announced that they were going to clothe Michael Jackson head to toe for his "This Is It" tour kicking off next month — his costumes and sets were to feature over 300,000 crystals, in 53 different shapes, 43 different sizes, and 27 different colors. In April, The Imagist reported that Balmain stylist Emmanuelle Alt "would weep" if Jackson allowed Balmain to do his tour costumes because she was "100% obsessed" with him — a fact reflected in Balmain's flashy runway pieces.
Jackson had catapulted himself back into fashion's eye in recent months after he was spotted in a number of different Balmain looks — no doubt courtesy of Emmanuelle Alt — and a favorite gold studded Givenchy jacket. At the news of his death this afternoon, an outpouring of reactions — some incredulous — came from models, editors, and designers alike — those from a few, below.
>> ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL —The first of many Fall 2009 Gucci ads has dropped, this one featuring Anja Rubik. Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin still did the photographing honors, but the look is a hard-edged change from the pastoral, verdant ads of seasons past. Expected in upcoming images: perennial Gucci faces like Jacquetta Wheeler, Raquel Zimmermann, Freja Beha Erichsen, Natasha Poly, and Abbey Lee Kershaw, with a few surprises — Myf Shepherd, Dree Hemingway, and Jamie Bochert. [TFS, TFS, TFS]
>> Michelle Obama attracted Ralph Lauren, Iman, and Anna Wintour front row as she promoted the arts with a speech on opening night at the American Ballet Theater in New York, and at the following Spring gala, she earned praise from another fashion fan — Francisco Costa, who arrived with Dree Hemingway. "She's proven that she has great sensibility, great tastes — she's feeling her way around and doing an amazing job." Costa has not yet had an opportunity to dress the First Lady, but getting there is on his agenda. "Of course I will try to talk to her! Why do you think I'm here? I bought a tuxedo for her!"
Sessilee Lopez, too, was excited to have dinner with Obama. "She is truly amazing in person. An aura just radiates from her. I'm so proud that she's our First Lady," she wrote. Coco Rocha and Hilary Rhoda also attended, in support of the evening's honorary chair, Carolina Herrera.
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>> THE MODELIZER — One Givenchy exclusive for tomorrow's show has been revealed: Dree Hemingway, who was already handpicked to appear in the Fall 2009 Halston video, and is definitely experiencing a sudden, meteoric rise (that Hemingway heritage can't be hurting). [WhoWhatWear]
UPDATE: Another exclusive for Givenchy: one Ranya Mordanova. [The Imagist]
>> INSIDER WIRE — No word on who graces the cover, but here's a preview of the Spring 2009 issue of Self Service, due out March 5. Inside? Dree Hemingway, who seems to suddenly be appearing everywhere, Mario Sorrenti, Camilla Nickerson, Malgosia Bela, Raquel Zimmermann, Lara Stone, Stella McCartney, Jeff Koons, Katie Grand, and Diane Von Furstenberg — who must be making the indie magazine rounds, between this and her Purple cover. [Petronio Associates]