>> Catherine McNeil, Ruby Rose Call Off Engagement —Australian MTV host Ruby Rose confirmed her engagement to Catherine McNeil back in April, but it seems the two are linked no more. Rose informed friends on Facebook over the weekend that the relationship is over, and it is understood that McNeil ended the liaison — rumor is now going around that McNeil may be back with Freja Beha Erichsen. Reps for both Rose and McNeil declined to discuss the split. [The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Telegraph]
>> Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli are driving Valentino in a "younger, more contemporary, complete and desirable" direction, according to the brand's CEO Stefano Sassi, and the Fall 2010 Valentino campaign continues that evolution. Photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott were replaced this season by David Sims, who in what is his first Valentino campaign helped the label with a "radical image change," as WWD put it, capturing Freja Beha Erichsen, Monika Jagaciak, and Tati Cotliar (below) in black and white. Each ad shows the model in two side-by-side images, one of her nude ("shocking," says WWD) and the other fully clothed.
>> More of Balenciaga's 10-Model Fall 2010 Campaign Cast, Revealed —Late last month, word came that Balenciaga cast 10 models for its Fall 2010 campaign, Karen Elson and Stella Tennant among them. Now, a few more names have been added to the list: Mirte Maas, newcomer Julija Step, Meghan Collison, Eliza Cummings, Iselin Steiro, and in a bit of a surprise, perennial Chanel favorite Freja Beha Erichsen. Steven Meisel photographed the ads and house muse Marie Amelie Sauve did styling honors. [WWD, Vogue.it, TFS]
With just two days before the official start of the Cannes Film Festival, Karl Lagerfeld debuted his own movie, Remember Now, in St. Tropez last night. The fashionable crowd — ranging from admiring celebs, like Diane Kruger, to models such as Vanessa Paradis — were all present to support Karl's latest endeavor. The 17-minute movie, which will also be shown at Chanel's Cruise 2011 presentation today, features Karolina Kurkova, Elisa Sednaoui, and Pascal Greggory. Models Freja Beha Erichsen, Baptiste Giabiconi, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Leigh Lezark, and Heidi Mount also play supporting roles. Check out the trailer to experience a day in the life of the rich and beautiful.
>> First Look: Karl Lagerfeld's New Short Film, Remember Now —Last night's flight from New York to Nice, transporting a number of journalists and Karolina Kurkova to Saint Tropez for Chanel's Cruise 2011 presentation tomorrow, was delayed by six hours due to volcanic ash, but it ended up landing just fine this morning. Kurkova appears in Karl Lagerfeld's new short film, Remember Now, to be presented at the show tomorrow, along with actors Elisa Sednaoui and Pascal Greggory in the leading roles, and Freja Beha Erichsen, Magdalena Frackowiak, Baptiste Giabiconi, Sebastien Jondeau, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Leigh Lezark, and Heidi Mount supporting. The trailer, below. [Chanel News]
>> Over the weekend, Karl Lagerfeld was snapped in the Saint Tropez harbor, where he was shooting the short film for the upcoming Chanel Cruise 2011 show on May 11. Last week, it was confirmed that Heidi Mount would star in the minimovie with French actor Pascal Greggory, but also appearing on set were Karolina Kurkova, Magdalena Frackowiak, Leigh Lezark, Freja Beha Erichsen, and Abbey Lee Kershaw. Lezark Tweeted yesterday, "2nd day of shooting in st. tropez! @ Karl's Villa, volcano ash cloud: please never go away!"
*image: Bauer-Griffin Online and WENN.com
>> Last week, Marc Jacobs spoke out in support of Terry Richardson after allegations of sexual harassment came to light. And just days after the news came out, it appeared that Richardson was collaborating on a shoot with Carine Roitfeld for Vogue Paris, based on pictures posted on his blog of Roitfeld, Lara Stone, and Freja Beha Erichsen.
Over the past weekend, Doutzen Kroes Tweeted "Goodmorning Miami, working for Vogue today!" and posted a picture with the caption reading. "My hair is a little messy from being on the beach shooting for American Vogue." It appears that Richardson was the photographer on the shoot — he posted a picture taken over the weekend of Doutzen on the beach, with a caption reading, "Shooting Doutzen in Miami."
A number of anonymous fashion insiders polled by Fashionista said they didn't expect the allegations to have any lasting effects on Richardson's career, and judging by Marc Jacobs's, Vogue's, and Vogue Paris's continued support, they seem to be correct.
We've been talking a lot about Spring, but let's let someone else do the talking for a sec. i-D magazine has released its Spring-tastic multiple covers, letting models Sasha Pivovarova, Natalia Vodianova, and Freja Beha Erichsen work their winking magic. Though I prefer the classic eye wink, as opposed to the hair-cover-up-wink, Freja is pretty irresistible in her head-on bouffant wink. And Natalia is too cute and fresh faced. Sasha — out of this world. Three different stylish scenarios, which beauty tickles your fancy?
>> Out March 25, i-D's Spring 2010 issue is covered by Natalia Vodianova (shot by Paolo Roversi), Sasha Pivovorara, and Freja Beha Erichsen (both shot by Emma Summerton). The "Home Is Where The Heart Is"-themed issue features Dree Hemingway in her first self-styled shoot, located at her great-grandfather Ernest Hemingway's home; a special of Melanie Laurent photographed in the private Balenciaga atelier; plus profiles of Dree, Natalia, Freja, Tanga Moreau, Mariacarla Boscono, Isabeli Fontana, Alla Kostromicheva, Kirsten Owen, and Abbey Lee Kershaw. Also on the radar for the magazine: a newly-revamped website, expected to launch in May.