We look at these photos and think these had to be the most fun photo shoots ever. Who doesn't love playing with small, cute, furry animals? Here are highlights from Spring's bounty of models+animals bonding for some gorgeous editorial. Click our slideshow to see.
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Karen Elson, siren-haired model, musician, mother of two and wife of fellow musician Jack White was photographed at the Chanel dinner in honor of Blake Lively during Paris Fashion Week. We love how she pairs the structured classic Chanel boucle jacket with a free-flowing long dress that is so NOW. The patterns clash, the textures clash, and that's what makes it so, well, cool. Get the look for less here.
I hate to sound predictable, but a gathering for a Tom Ford store opening is exactly what you would expect it to be — impeccably well-dressed. Such was the case last night when Rachel Zoe, Rosario Dawson, Ginnifer Goodwin, Amber Valletta, Natalia Vodianova, and so many more of our Fab favorites turned out in style to toast the designer's newest LA store. Mostly outfitted in elegant black, some white and metallics — all fantastic — click through to see all the fashionable guests and cast your vote for the night's most Fab.
>> Chanel's current ad campaign spans three generations, and at the brand's couture show today, Karl Lagerfeld highlighted the idea that Chanel is for any age, tapping 40-year-old Stella Tennant to open the show and 45-year-old Kristen McMenamy to close. VIPs galore filled the front row: Kirsten Dunst, Ines de la Fressange, Pedro Almodovar, Karen Elson, Alexa Chung, Daphne Guinness, Diane Kruger, Vanessa Paradis, and Jerry Hall, plus Baptiste Giabiconi, who, for once, didn't walk the Chanel runway. As previewed yesterday, the collection was filled with black patent mule flats and tunic dresses over skinny pants, and at the end, Lagerfeld, joined by his bride McMenamy in a dress fitted with an embroidered train of thousands of gold beads, blew the audience a kiss.
>> Tom Ford promised to release a film of his Spring 2011 debut womenswear show when the clothes are nearly in stores, and he's delivered. The clip, set to Karen Elson's "Pretty Babies," shows just over three minutes of Daria Werbowy vamping and Beyonce working the runway, interspliced with shots of the editor audience and scenes from backstage. Ford has already said this setup is a one-time thing: he plans to show by appointment in upcoming seasons.
>> Long before she was playing Mad Men's Joan Holloway, Christina Hendricks was modeling in London in the mid-'90s for Dazed & Confused and Hussein Chalayan. "Oh, I have a story for you," she told Harper's Bazaar. "I was in Milan, and you would see the same girls at castings. There was one girl — she was like, 'I can't get any work. I'm so sick of this, I'm ready to quit. I love your hair color. What do you color your hair with?' and I was like, 'Oh, it's red. Here's my formula.' It was Karen Elson. A couple of weeks later, she had bright red hair . . . Sorry, Karen, but you did ask about my hair color. Then I saw her on the cover of Italian Vogue, and the rest is history!" Hendricks laughs: "Karen is amazing. I'm such an admirer of hers." [Harper's Bazaar]
>> Karen Elson Reportedly to Play Love Party in London — Karen Elson serenaded the New York crowd at Balenciaga during Fashion's Night Out — and her first single, "The Ghost Who Walks," was blared during Anna Sui's Spring 2011 runway show. Now word comes from London that Elson will be the "surprise" musical guest at Love's party on September 19th, hosted by Katie Grand, who made a brief appearance at Proenza Schouler during New York Fashion Week before jetting back to the UK. But Grand had a duo of male photographers busy in Manhattan: they reportedly shot backstage portraits of Love's favorite models for an upcoming spread in the magazine.
While the Spring '10 Balenciaga ads were trippy, Fall's are super intense. They all feature the same format — single shot on the right, group shot to the left — but each has its appeal. I'm most excited to see '90s Brit model Stella Tennant (far right), who joins the gang, including Freja Beha Erichsen, Karen Elson, Caroline Brasch-Nielsen, Stella Meghan Collison, Mirte Maas, Valerija Kelava, and Kirsi Pyrhonen. The dusk-like background and the models' solemn expressions make for one seriously stoic ad campaign. Do you approve?
>> Freja Beha Erichsen hasn't been far from the top for a number of seasons now, but it really is "The Summer of Freja," as The Cut put it. She's scored Vogue Paris, Vogue UK, and i-D covers in the last couple of months, plus made a clean sweep of the Fall 2010 campaign game, appearing in Chanel, Valentino, and Tom Ford eyewear ads. Add to that the new Balenciaga campaign, just out (below), where she appears alongside Karen Elson (also fronting Louis Vuitton this season) and Stella Tennant (who is moonlighting for Salvatore Ferragamo Fall 2010 as well), Meghan Collison, Eliza Cummings, Valerija Kelava, Mirte Maas, and Julija Stepanoviciute, all shot by Steven Meisel.
Having cast a 47-year-old Elle Macpherson (along with the womanly bodies of Laetitia Casta and Bar Refaeli) to fill out the curvy dress silhouettes on the fall Louis Vuitton runway, Marc Jacobs continues to offer a multigenerational theme for his advertising images—selecting Christy Turlington, Karen Elson, and Natalia Vodianova to share campaign duties. Steven Meisel shot all three models in a New York studio made to look like a Hollywood star's old-fashioned dressing room. Turlington, Elson, and Vodianova look perfectly put together dressed in Jacobs's "And God Created Woman" collection of corseted waists and circle skirts with their hair in the same fresh-looking, '50s-style high ponytails from the Vuitton runway. Perhaps reason enough to agree with Vogue's mandate to return to mature, ladylike clothing this fall.