Now that they're engaged, it's even more interesting to see Anja Rubik and Sasha Knezevic get all hot and smoldering for this Russian Vogue editorial, photographed by Alexi Lubomirski. The insanely gorgeous couple look like they're on the run (whilst dressed in Spring '11 Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci, of course), driving through a desert landscape in a vintage Cadillac. It's almost like a fictional part deux to Anja's H&M magazine spread, where Anja posed in a desert landscape and a rugged, sexy Sasha made a cameo appearance, this time on a horse. If only editorials were real, this would be one hell of a story. Click the slideshow to see supermodel love in action.
Russian Vogue's editor-in-chief, Aliona Dolestkaya, is leaving the magazine after 13 years.
Naomi Watts will be new the face of Ann Taylor in the brand's fall ad campaigns. She follows Heidi Klum and, most recently, Milla Jovovich.
>> INSIDER WIRE —For those still with jobs, there's a lot of shuffling taking place. Ingrid Sischy and Sandy Brant have just been named international editors at Russian Vogue and Vogue Deutsch; Robin Givhan of The Washington Post is relocating to DC from New York to cover Michelle Obama — she'll continue a fashion-focused weekly column; and Teen Vogue senior fashion editor Aya Kanai is moving to LA. [Hint, WWD, Papermag, Aya T. Kanai Twitter]
>> THE MODELIZER —Naomi Campbell is still with that billionaire boyfriend of hers, real estate entrepreneur Vladislav Doronin, and they made a stop off in Moscow last Thursday for Russian Vogue's 10th anniversary party. While there, Vladislav dropped 33,000 euros ($43,000) on a matryoshka designed by Stefano Pilati for the occasion, a present for Naomi, who is the Fall 2008 Yves Saint Laurent face. [WWD, Style.com]
>> BLOWING THE COVER —A red swim cap makes its way onto two Vogue covers for November 2008: Vanessa Paradis in Miu Miu — since she is their Fall 2008 campaign girl — for Vogue Paris by Miu Miu campaign photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, and Alana Zimmer by Tom Munro for Russian Vogue. Vogue Paris's next issue is their December/January issue, which always has a fun guest editor — Kate Moss, John Galliano, Charlotte Gainsbourg — but no announcement yet. It has to come soon, right? [TFS, Supreme Being]
>> That Fabien Baron training has done Julia Restoin-Roitfeld well: She now not only art directs ad campaigns behind the scenes, but she also stars in them as well. First Gap for Fall 2008, and now British fashion accessories chain Accessorize: The latter campaign may have been styled by Russian Vogue's Simon Robbins and shot in Greenwich Village, but I never really took Julia for a catalogue girl.
>> Founded or unfounded, the buzz about Russian Vogue editor Aliona Doletskaya as Anna Wintour's successor continues to grow, especially since The New York Times brought the possibility up earlier this month while Aliona was in town attending New York Fashion Week.
Page Six is reporting today that Elle has finally surpassed Vogue by 66 ad pages in the October issues — not good for Anna, especially when earlier this week in Moscow, Aliona was introduced as "The next editor of American Vogue." It all seems a little suspect to me — Freudian slip, maybe? —but here's a May profile video of Aliona in case you want to get to know her and her smoker's voice a little better. She and Anna have at least one thing in common — they both love their fur.
>> INSIDER WIRE —Could Anna Wintour's successor at Vogue be Russian? The New York Times seems to think it's possible: Russian Vogue's Aliona Doletskaya's "somewhat austere presence has fueled blog twittering that she is on a short list of likely successors," but Aliona dismisses the rumors as "pure fantasy, just that — someone else’s romantic notion." [NY Times]