>> THE MODELIZER —She has two books in the works — one for Prada and one for Karl Lagerfeld — and Sasha Pivovarova dished on the latter a couple of nights ago at the Prada store redesign party: "Karl asked me to collaborate on a book based on Russian fairy tales! I finally picked The Snow Maiden or Snegurochka. It's a story of a gorgeous snow princess and her adventures towards a satisying, romantic, climax. Karl didn't give a deadline, but I planned to do 12 illustrations and I've already done five!" [FWD (in print)]
>> Rag & Bone always attracts the legions — last season there was enough trouble filing in when the show space was the vast Pier 94; this season, the crowd had to push and shove their way through the two small double doors of Cedar Lake Ballet Theater, and a number of people who were supposed to have seats were forced to stand. While the rest of us were bumped and budged, immobile, Julia Restoin Roitfeld knew how to conquer the immovable best — just after she waved hello to Genevieve Jones, a tall, modelesque man parted the crowd with an "Excuse me, I'm late for the show." Presumably, everyone assumed he was a model trying to get backstage fifteen minutes after the show was scheduled to start. Julia saw him and latched onto his elbow with a "Hey, Zack, I'm going to use you as an excuse to get through." And with that, she was in — the rest of us still in the same place. Turns out, the guy wasn't even in the show.
But Edita Vilkeviciute was, and Isabeli Fontana — who closed — Diana Farkhullina and Sigrid Agren — all new faces, in addition to Rag & Bone perennial favorites like Coco Rocha, Lily Donaldson, Sasha Pivovarova, Jessica Stam, and Julia Stegner. The label's usual palette of navy, black, and gray was in place, with some unexpected pops of red in a flower brooch here, in an obi belt there. Marcus Wainwright and David Neville worked with a different stylist this season — Tabitha Simmons — and she helped them take it to a new level — the chain mail detailing on a hem or peeking out under a jacket was an especially unique touch.
It's Winter, and like most of us, celebs are hibernating because of the cold. The ones that are out and about have either been bundling up or shedding off for the red carpet. We saw a few fancy looks this week, as well as one casual. Let's see how well you were paying attention to the stars and their ensembles.Take the Quiz
With her dad dutifully by her side, Stella McCartney celebrated the opening of her new flagship store in Paris. "For a British designer to have a boutique here in Paris is pretty cool," said former Beatle Paul McCartney. Mingling were Stella's A-list attendees, such as Yves Saint Laurent's creative director, Stefano Pilati, and topnotch models Lily Donaldson and Lara Stone. The guests looked to be having a ball, and I can see why. Champagne + robots + fashion = fabulous fun. Click through to see more smiles and laughter.
>> Stella McCartney marked the end of couture last night by debuting two things — her new Paris flagship (which actually opened in November) and a Cartier sapphire and diamond pendant that her dad gave her mom in the '70s and just passed onto her. Joining her in celebration were Lara Stone, who recently moved to London, Stefano Pilati, Heidi Mount, Daphne Guinness, Lily Donaldson, and the ever-goofy Sasha Pivovarova, who in addition to her book for Prada, has now been invited to illustrate a children's book for Karl Lagerfeld. There was fun to be had by all, including Francois-Henri Pinault, who joined in the game of "Who am I?," and ran around with Suzy Menkes and the rest of the bunch, cigarette rolling paper stuck to their foreheads.
>> Sasha Pivovarova has been a busy girl — in 2008 alone, she took 168 flights, such was the demand for her trademark stony expression, which the model describes as "cold and unreachable, like the stare of a sniper." The latest subscriber to her work? Giorgio Armani, who cast Sasha for his Spring 2009 mainline campaign, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott in eery, ambient black and white. But Armani isn't Sasha's only alliance — when she's not in the air or posing for the camera, she's working in her artist's loft in Brooklyn — her primary residence — on a book for Prada, which she hopes to have done this year: "It will be in the form of a scrapbook and include drawings, photography, and collages."
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To no one's surprise, Longchamp stuck with Kate Moss to spearhead its Spring '09 ad campaign. To mix things up, the brand enlisted Sasha Pivovarova to help Moss show off its growing sportswear collection and of course, its decadent handbags. The campaign, shot in LA by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot, features Kate and Sasha against a stark green backdrop. The sharp contrast complements the two in Longchamp's striking clothing selection. Per usual, the handbags look sizzlingly supple. I like how Kate and Sasha are styled in similar hairstyles and makeup. They both look amazing! Do you concur?
>> Kate Moss is the long-term face of Longchamp — Spring 2006 and counting — but in recent seasons, she's gone from solo act to one of a duo. For Fall 2008, she was paired with French actor Gaspard Ulliel, and for Spring 2009, she shares face time with fellow floppy-banged, blonde-haired, kohl-eyed model Sasha Pivovarova. Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott did the honors again, this time going for a much more color-saturated campaign than last season's study in black and white, and showcasing the brand's new foray into ready-to-wear.