>> For Fall 2009, Maison Michel, whose art director Laetitia Crahay doubles as Chanel's accessories designer, asked her other boss Karl Lagerfeld to photograph the milliner's lookbook. The result is a veritable list of Chanel favorites — Karl's muse Lady Amanda Harlech, Chanel face Heidi Mount, Karl's male model favorite of the moment Baptiste Giabiconi — and plenty of other models including Lara Stone, Angela Lindvall, Sasha Pivovarova, Erin Wasson, plus surprise appearances by Olivier Theyskens and Crahay herself, all donning the latest in Maison Michel's headgear.
>> Sasha Pivovarova Illustrates For Chanel—Karl Lagerfeld asked Sasha Pivovarova to illustrate on a book based on Russian fairy tales in February, and while there is no news on that, she did do some work for the recent restaging of the Chanel Paris-Moscou fashion show in Moscow: "My drawings were inspired by the joy of seeing fairytale characters coming to life in one of the main theatres of Moscow, the city where I was born." [Chanel News]
>> Artist Cedric Rivrain's first solo exhibition exhibition, Drawings, was curated by Martine Sitbon and just wrapped a few days ago in Paris, but based on his portfolio, it won't be his last. He's sketched for the likes of John Galliano, Tokion, Numéro, A magazine, and Dazed and Confused, and has a tendency to pair models (like Sasha Pivovarova, Kate Moss, Anabela Belikova) and designer clothes (from Balenciaga, Prada, Margiela) with band-aids. “Bandages are kind of jewelry and can be as ornamental as a garment,” he recently told Style.com.
Gallery of his work, below, is NSFW.
Put together sensual Sasha Pivovarova and Morocco and you have pure ecstasy. For Vogue Italia's May issue, Steven Meisel snapped Sasha looking like a Moroccan marvel in traditional yet stylish garb from the North African country — all, of course, with a fashion flair. Baggy harem pants ruled, as did vibrant pops of orange, raspberry, and red. Sasha's stacked bangles and coin necklaces also caught my eye and of course, that hair! There's something about the dank, dark background and how Meisel made a collage of two photos — Sasha along with historic images of the country — that portrays a very eclectic feel. Looks like I'll be adding a Moroccan holiday to my travel queue . . .
Chanel's Pre-Fall '09 collection was opulent to the max — it was, after all, inspired by Russia — so the ad campaign had no choice but to follow suit. And who better than Russian model Sasha Pivovarova to show off her rich roots? Karl Lagerfeld served as photographer, as he likes to do. The master styled and snapped his extravagant pieces, which were designed to showcase the skills of Chanel's couture atelier. Although these Pre-Fall pieces aren't attainable by all, they are quite mesmerizing. You get the sense that they aren't just clothes, that they have a rich history behind them. What do you think of these?
>> While Gemma Ward is still missing from the fashion scene — instead, she's DJing this Thursday in New York — but some of her compatriots are making a return to the influential editorial fold after lengthy breaks, courtesy of the May 2009 Vogue Italia.
Irina Lazareanu, who has been in full-on hiatus mode, skipping both the Spring 2009 and Fall 2009 runways save for a couple of turns during couture in January, is back in Miles Aldridge's technicolored "Dreamy." And Suvi Koponen, who skipped the Fall 2009 runways to travel the world, returns to major editorial ground showcasing what she does best — pose — in Richard Burbridge's "A Summer Blend." Not to mention Sasha Pivovarova's return to Vogue Italia cover territory, Moroccan-style.
>> The things we learn when Karl Lagerfeld gives interviews — like he tends to hit his hand on a table for emphasis and the impetus for wearing his hair in a ponytail. During a Paris Fashion Week fitting this past March, he submitted to questions from Sigrid Agren — who apparently already has at least three major Fall 2009 campaigns in the bag — for Interview. The highlights:
Agren: Okay. How do you look when you wake up?
Lagerfeld: That’s why I sleep alone. My hair is curly, and that’s why I have my ponytail. I look like a madman, like something out of a horror movie! But I'm very impeccable and clean before I go to bed. It’s just like right before I’m going out. When I was a child, my mother always told me that you could wake up in the middle of the night and be deathly sick, so you always have to be impeccable. I laugh about it now, but I think everyone should go to bed like they have a date at the door.
>> Rick Owens traded in his Spring 2009 nuns for Fall 2009 swans, with feather headbands and ice queen pastels intermixed into his usual black palette. Apparently, a good number of the models showed up backstage — including Sasha Pivovarova, who teasingly complained about her jacket causing people to touch her — wearing at least one Rick piece, a testament to his fashion following; another testament: Anna Wintour chose his show as the last to which 60 Minutes's Morley Safer would accompany her. But when you've got jackets and boots like these, what do you expect?