>> Karlie Kloss Back for Round Two with Fall 2010 Christian Dior Campaign —Even though there was speculation otherwise, longtime Michael Kors face Carmen Kass will be back for the brand's Fall 2010 campaign, which was shot last week by Mario Testino in Los Angeles. Also pulling a brand repeat: Karlie Kloss, Christian Dior's Spring 2010 face, will be be back for Dior's Fall 2010 campaign, reteaming with Steven Meisel and Edward Enninful for the occasion. [Vogue.it]
Daria. Mario. Mexicana. Can you feel the heat? The three team up in the upcoming issue of V Magazine in a spread inspired by Mexican actress Maria Felix — also known as La Doña, a woman who was a fixture in the fashion world as well as in Mexican cinema. Designers like Christian Dior, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, and Chanel dressed Felix once upon a time, and the actress also commissioned serpent and crocodile diamond necklaces from Cartier Paris. See Daria wrapped in slithery stunners, exotic black, smoking various cigars, every bit the ravenous screen siren.
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In V magazine's next issue, Canadian supermodel Daria Werbowy appears in a 10-page spread by Mario Testino inspired by Mexican actress Maria Felix and her collection of serpent and crocodile diamond necklaces from Cartier. A well-tanned Werbowy looks stunning in south of the border-style gigantic hats, smoking fat cigars and wearing armfuls of bangles.
For more from the sitting, click the gallery below. V magazine (issue #64) will be on newsstands tomorrow.
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Fall Fashion Week has left NYC and moved on to London, where Kate Moss kicked things off on Friday. She was out in an LBD yesterday evening to join Mario Testino and Naomi Campbell at Vivienne Westwood Red Label, and Kate even celebrated afterward with the designer. Sienna Miller, meanwhile, had time to view her friend Matthew Williamson's collection before meeting up with sister Savannah at their own Twenty8Twelve show. She took a moment to chat about something other than her newest designs, saying of her on-again romance with Jude Law that, "It’s going really well. I’m so happy actually, he’s great." You guys think they should go ahead and get engaged again if it feels right, though Sienna was content to just toast her successful day at Matthew's afterparty.
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Kate Moss was in a chic white dress and black blazer last night as she and her photographer pal Mario Testino made the party rounds in London, starting at Harry's before moving on to the bar at the Dorchester Hotel. She's back home in England after a trip to Paris, which was timed so that she could celebrate her Longchamp collection during the couture shows. Kate recently opened up to Harper's Bazaar about design work and to the NY Times about her new bag line, love for England, disdain for sneakers, and her daughter's interest in fashion. She said:
- On venturing into bag design: “I know bags, and I always want a bag to be functional and comfortable to hold . . . As a woman with a lot of handbags, they have got to have a bit of flair, not too ‘Lady,’ with a bit of an edge. And it’s really important that Longchamp is an old family company — old school. They know how to make bags."
- On her next plans: "To get out my jewelry and say ‘this necklace’ and ‘this bracelet.' Not shoes. I’ll leave that to the professional craftsmanship. And I wouldn’t do a sneaker — I would do a ballet pump. I bought sneakers thinking they would be good for working out in Ibiza, and I looked down and thought 'That’s not my foot!'"
- On never leaving her native Britain: "I’m so British. I just like going home. I like the bus stops; I just do. I love the country. I like being able to get in my car and drive myself."
- On getting design help from her daughter Lila: "Lila’s got her ideas. She’s got really good taste. She wants to do her own collection!"
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>> Versace is definitely feeling the economic crunch, completely pulling out of Japan, where it's had a presence since 1981, and announcing impending layoffs of over a quarter of its current workforce. But Donatella Versace aims to keep up appearances — she sponsored the Whitney Museum Art Gala in New York two weeks ago, jetted off days later to Rio de Janeiro for a Fashion Rocks event, and has just named Georgia May Jagger, Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger's 17-year-old daughter, the face of her Spring 2010 campaign, as photographed by Mario Testino. She also refuses to take off her stilettos, except for at the gym.
The New York Times's Eric Wilson caught up with her when she was in New York, staying under the name "Mrs. Montez" in a suite at the Waldorf Towers. When she first took over Versace, she says, “it was not easy to believe in myself or the future. Everyone was looking at me like a savior, and I had to have this image of this powerful strong woman, which I am not.”
>> For her first runway show since leaving Chloe in 2006 to focus on motherhood, Phoebe Philo sent out a fast-marching group of models swaddled in earth tones, clunky wood wedges, modified trenches, military details, lots of leather, and curiously few handbags, despite Celine's accessory-brand heritage. Bound inspiration books from Philo, containing photos of Kurt Cobain, disco balls, and work by David Sims and Helmut Newton were placed on every seat.
The mood of the collection, one of the season's most anticipated, Philo described as “purposeful and positive.” Backstage, while holding her five-year-old daughter, Maya, who attended the show with Philo's husband, she went on: "I wanted to clean it up, refocus, and present a strong, powerful woman." And of all the expectation: "It's just the beginning. It felt like, just take it easy, just start easy. It's nice to have the bubble of expectations burst. That feels good. Sometimes what people get into their head is unachievable."
In the front row were top photographers David Sims, Mario Testino, Craig McDean; Pucci designer Peter Dundas, who called the collection "wonderful"; and top LVMH brass, including Bernard Arnault, who stood to applaud Philo afterward. As Suzy Menkes put it, "This was an important exercise in making Celine fashion credible. And that was mission accomplished."
>> Spring 2010 brings a number of firsts for Burberry: the first time Christopher Bailey has shown under the label in London instead of Milan and the first time the show was streamed live on the Internet — the video can be seen here. It was a big bash for the likes of London — a guest list of 1,500 and a tent venue erected on the grounds of the Chelsea College of Art & Design — bringing front row faces like Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, Mary-Kate Olsen, brand face Emma Watson, plus Mario Testino, Jacquetta Wheeler, Bruce Weber, and Agyness Deyn.
When the show was ready to start this evening, the venue — with Burberry check-embossed walls — went dark, and the Burberry logo lit up the runway until the stream of models, wearing pale-colored or metallic knotted, draped, and twisted variations on the classic trench and miniskirt, commenced. A few furs were even thrown in, despite the Spring season. At the end, in celebration of the quintessential British brand's return to home turf, a rain of silver confetti streamed down.
>> Christopher Bailey likes to think of himself as a "home bird": he's at ease mulching — "the smell of manure makes me happy" — barbecuing, or watching TV with "soup on my lap," he tells the New Yorker in their September 14 Style Issue. But he's also the creative director of three-billion-dollar company Burberry.
Bailey is anti-elitist, the New Yorker writes. He "came from a working-class background in Yorkshire" — his father was a carpenter, his mother dressed windows for Marks & Spencer — and one of his main goals for Burberry is to be "friendly and warm and embracing." He continues: "I think there's an expectation that all fashion companies have to be cold and austere and arrogant, and I just think there are other ways of doing things."
>> The biggest issues of the year — for September — are trickling in, so who was chosen to be a big newsstand seller for each major fashion book? Both Harper's Bazaar UK and Vogue UK chose models — Natalia Vodianova by Paola Kudacki and Kate Moss by Mario Testino, respectively — while Harper's Bazaar and Vogue went with actresses — Leighton Meester by Terry Richardson and Charlize Theron (the latter of which is not yet out). American Vogue's choice of an actress is no surprise — in upcoming documentary The September Issue, the magazine's creative director Grace Coddington credits Anna Wintour with foreseeing the power of using celebrities on covers before anyone else — but the model/celebrity divide between the two countries is striking.
Meanwhile at Elle, both UK and US versions chose actresses: the former Lindsay Lohan by Rankin, the latter Jennifer Aniston (a well-known strong newsstand seller) by Alexei Hay.