>> H&M is continuing their Lanvin for H&M video onslaught, whetting our appetites until the collection's online debut on the H&M website Nov. 2. Last week, it was Alber Elbaz sketching, and this week, it's Natasha Poly and Elbaz in scenes from the collection's campaign shoot. Although there are no peeks — the clothes are pixelated out — Poly, who has seen and worn the clothes, gushes: "The clothes are amazing. All the dresses, the skirts, the shapes, the fabrics . . . all are really, really amazing. I think I'm going to be in the shop myself . . . I'm going to buy a lot of stuff for myself as well."
We showed you 10 hot July covers but saved the steamiest for last. V Magazine just released its "The Sexy Body Issue" with five slammin' cover girls: Adriana Lima, Natasha Poly, Isabeli Fontana, Eniko Mihalik, and Lily Donaldson. As if that's not treat enough, every cover, except for Adriana's, features a scratch-off page that reveals an even sexier shot. Click through to see the bombshells, shot by Mario Sorrenti, then vote on which V babe is most Fab.
V Magazine Sexy Body Cover Features Scratch-Off "V" For More Sexiness From Lily, Eniko, Isabeli, and Natasha
Adriana Lima, Lily Donaldson, Eniko Mihalik, Isabeli Fontana, and Natasha Poly appear on the five covers of V magazine (issue #66) "The Sexy Body Issue." Mario Sorrenti photographed the bombshell bodies in some seriously revealing poses, and shockingly, there's more skin to uncover. The "V" on four of the steamy covers (Adriana Lima opted out) can be scratched off to reveal body parts that were carefully covered with the magazine's logo. The limited-edition scratch-off covers are being sold exclusively online at vmagazine.com starting today.
>> Turkish Designer Hakaan Yildirim Takes Home 2010 ANDAM Prize —After one London Fashion Week show, Hakaan is moving into the big leagues, scoring ANDAM's €220,000 prize (approx. $270,000, up €60,000 from last year's prize) for 2010. It doesn't hurt that Hakaan has friend and collaborator Mert Alas in his corner: Carine Roitfeld, who headed up this year's ANDAM jury, came to London specifically for Hakaan's show on the advice of Alas. Alas likely also had something to do with the show's all-star cast of Lara Stone, Natalia Vodianova, Mariacarla Boscono, Natasha Poly, and Anja Rubik. Along with the upgraded ANDAM prize money, a new stipulation: Hakaan must not only show in Paris, but open a French company, as well. [Style File, Fashion Editor at Large]
If ever there was a welcomed overload, it's Givenchy overload. Creative director Riccardo Tisci hosted a dinner for artist Marina Abramovic and dressed all his guests in head-to-toe Givenchy. Bjork and Eastern European beauty Natasha Poly opted for gold and white, while the remaining ladies, including Ciara, donned pitch black. Most worked demure sexy, but one daring gal, Givenchy model Mariacarla Boscono, showed off her bra, and more. Fade into the darkness . . .
>> Set on the French Riviera in Saint Tropez with the models arriving on motorboats from a yacht in the harbor, Chanel's Cruise 2011 show reflected the '70s throwback party atmosphere emulated in Karl Lagerfeld's short film shown last night. Natasha Poly opened barefoot in a pastel print dress, and Karolina Kurkova and Abbey Lee Kershaw danced down the runway in knits. Toni Garrn and Jacquetta Wheeler made runway returns, and Crystal Renn, riding the current "plus size model" wave, made a cameo.
For the finale, front rowers like Anna Mougalis, Carine Roitfeld, Andre Leon Talley in a green cape, Emmanuelle Alt, Diane Kruger, Vanessa Paradis, and Franca Sozzani witnessed Lagerfeld's bodyguard Sebastien Jondeau pulling up on a motorcycle (which temporarily stalled) with Georgia May Jagger on the back. Then, appropriately, to a Rolling Stones soundtrack, Lagerfeld appeared in a purple jacket for his bow — and Abbey Lee threw her arm around Karl's shoulder.
I've discovered gold! Well, I might as well have, because I just found my favorite Spring editorial, and it's no surprise that it features one of my top Eastern European models, Natasha Poly. The blond babe poses with camels in Vogue Paris's March issue, wearing all sorts of inspiring, printastic ensembles by Isabel Marant, Pucci, Lanvin, Etro, and more. The key takeaways here are: mixing prints is still fresh, layers and color rule, and pile on the accessories. Enter to witness Natasha and her camel crush.
>> 2011 Pirelli Calendar Cast Revealed —Karl Lagerfeld, who is photographing the 2011 Pirelli calendar, said he envisioned the images set in studio rather than against the usual beach scenery. He's reportedly shooting the calendar in Paris this week, and Isabeli Fontana posted pictures on Twitter (which she has since removed) from the set of herself with Heidi Mount, Natasha Poly, Magdalena Frackowiak, and Bianca Balti; Lara Stone and Julianne Moore are also rumored to be part of the cast. [Quem, @BetonyVernon, House of Models]
It's no secret Eastern Europe is, well, the secret weapon for the modeling industry. While Argentina is quickly becoming a new hot spot for model discovery, Eastern Europe (Russia, Lithuania, Belarus, etc.) will always be a mainstay, the bread and butter. That's because the girls are tall, slender, and have looks that could make any model scout melt. Yes, many of the models are super young, but their beauty is undeniable. Take Russian model Natasha Poly for example; she lends mega oomph to the industry. And those cheekbones — sigh. Here are more of our favorite Eastern European models!
H&M has given me another reason to look forward to Spring. Its new Garden Collection — in stores today and modeled by the illustrious Natasha Poly — is not only flirty and fresh, but also sustainable. Every piece from this collection was designed using organic materials, recycled PET bottles, or textile waste. Who would have thought discarded waste could be turned into girly chiffon frocks, garden print tops, crisp linen shorts, and rad blazers? If this doesn't make you want to recycle, I don't know what will.