>> INSIDER WIRE —032c, a Berlin-based art and culture magazine, scored a rare interview for its new "Post-America issue" with Steven Meisel — and Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell both weigh in. The man has photographed two decades worth of Vogue Italia covers — speaking of which, he has a new favorite subject — Katrin Thormann, who he's put on the cover in both November and December Vogue Italia. [The Moment]
What a perfect time to stumble upon this amazing editorial of Linda Evangelista by photog Steven Meisel. Her complex feather headpieces make me look forward to Thanksgiving. But what especially draws me in is the intense strength Linda exudes. She draws you in, no, she sucks you in. Picture after picture, each outfit gets more outrageous and each pose gets more powerful. Behold the magic of Linda and Steven.
>> Hints at the 2009 Costume Institute Gala theme have been swirling since May — first, it was thought to be an ode to Marc Jacobs, and then an ode to fashion muses. Now that the official announcement has come out, we learn that both subjects are involved, just not quite in the way that was originally thought: the May 4 gala rings in "The Model as Muse," with Marc Jacobs as honorary chair, and Kate Moss, Anna Wintour, and Justin Timberlake as co-chairs.
The accompanying exhibit, which runs May 6 to Aug. 9, will explore the evolution of models and "their roles in projecting and sometimes inspiring the fashion of their respective eras," with special focus on one of the first publicly known models, Marion Morehouse; the first supermodel, Lisa Fonssagrives; fifties mannequins Suzy Parker, Dovima, Sunny Harnett, and Dorian Leigh; sixties icons Jean Shrimpton, Moffitt, Twiggy, and Veruschka; Seventies faces Jerry Hall, Iman, and Janice Dickinson; the supermodel trinity of Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, and Naomi Campbell; Nineties “It” girls Kate Moss, Amber Valletta, Nadja Auermann, and Shalom Harlow; and more recently, Gisele Bundchen.
As Harold Koda, curator of the Costume Institute, explained: "We look at the power of clothing, fashion photography and the model to project the look of an era. With a mere gesture, or the line of her body, a truly stellar model can sum up the attitude of her time, creating an alluring synergy between herself and the clothing to communicate a designer’s message to the wider world."
Seventy haute couture and ready-to-wear looks, plus photography, runway images, and video footage of models, rock stars, socialites and actresses who set the tone for each era will emphasize the theme, but most exciting of all — think of all the models who will be representing at the gala.
>> The August 2008 issue of Vogue Paris is dedicated to Yves Saint Laurent, and likewise, the editors at Vogue Italia had their own August 2008 YSL tribute in mind. The follow up to the hugely successful July "Black Issue" features Karen Elson, Linda Evangelista, Guinevere van Seenus, and Iris Strubegger in a funereal Steven Meisel cover story, "Silent." In one picture, a huge headstone features the name "Black," strangely implying that "black is dead." I wonder if the message was purposeful? A strange choice to follow up the celebratory nature of July's issue, especially considering that there are no black models in this editorial . . .
>> Linda Evangelista may not have landed that rumored fold-out September 2008 Vanity Fair supermodel cover extravaganza (fellow model Carla Bruni-Sarkozy does the honors instead) but she still has her Fall 2008 Prada campaign. Out from the shadows she comes, to have a buttoned-up, laced-up go at this matronly Steven Meisel-photographed set that leaves me feeling . . . well, a little bit blue.
Prada's new flagship store, which opened on Wednesday, is the talk of the town here in San Francisco. One walk-through and it's easy to see why. I went today and the lace bowler ($1,995) Eva Mendes carried at the Louvre in Paris instantly caught my eye. It looks gorgeous on the actress's arm but even more divine in person. The leather is buttery soft and the lace design is humble yet sophisticated. It's been a while since I've been smitten by a bag, but this one's got me in a tizzy.
>> BLOWING THE COVER —So, about that September 2008 Vanity Fair cover: It's really is the supermodel blowout it was rumored to be. Look out fold-out cover, featuring Stephanie Seymour, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, and Linda Evangelista, here we come! [Chic Report]