Always innovative and apparently optimistic, V Magazine’s Spring '09 issue hits NYC newsstands today. You can't miss the cover — even you vampires out there — because it glows in the dark! A special UV gloss causes the V and the words “V GLOW IN THE DARK” to actually glow. Woah. The issue has an electric/neon theme, thus Natalia Vodianova and up-and-comer hottie Luke Grimes also glow on the cover. Mario Testino shot the cover and Natalia's inside spread "Lights of Spring." Cofounder and editor-in-chief Stephen Gan explains the idea, "Because V needed to lighten up and brighten this Spring, we're in dark times!"
>> Paris Fashion Week starts tomorrow, but fashion folk couldn't leave Milan without hitting up the Palazzo della Ragione last night for one last Milanese shindig, courtesy of Anna Wintour, Domenico Dolce, and Stefano Gabbana. The launch for the "Extreme Beauty in Vogue" exhibition — which Anna selected 89 images for — the party was likened to the Milanese equivalent of the Costume Institute Gala; in other words, the week's hottest ticket. Karl Lagerfeld made a beeline for the photos after mugging for a few cameras, while Anna was trailed by 60 Minutes's Morley Safer and Carine Roitfeld by CNN: “I am being followed round all the shows, and they are doing lots of interviews. But you won’t be seeing me naked.” Miuccia Prada sported one of her new Fall 2009 gladiatorial dresses, and rounding out the fashion wattage a troika of supermodels: two we see quite a bit of (Claudia Schiffer, Eva Herzigova) and one we do not (Nadja Auermann).
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>> Last night marked the opening of Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld's Louis Vuitton-sponsored, curated exhibit of three photographers and close friends of his — PC Valmorbida (boyfriend of Theodora Richards), David Mushegain and Salim Langatta. Both the party and after-party at Indochine (a Roitfeld favorite) were super crowded — the latter hit capacity and saw Carine Roitfeld dancing on the restaurant's banquettes. Sister Julia, girlfriend Lily Donaldson, and godfather Mario Testino were all in attendance, as were a number of other fashion folk — Lara Stone, Erin Wasson, Gisele Bundchen. And Carine was proud of her son's current career choice — according to Vladimir, it was his parents who pushed him to move to the US — "I don't know if he will do more shows or film, but when you try to produce things, it's a hard hard job, and I'm very proud of him. I'll be very happy if he becomes successful."
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>> Vogue documentary The September Issue debuted over the weekend at the Sundance Film Festival to an oversold audience, with Anna Wintour in attendance, "channeling mountain casual" in a fur-collared leather jacket, turtleneck and jeans — "It is actually my first time wearing jeans to work." The 89-minute film was well-received, and has already been picked up by A&E to air this year on a to be determined date.
The film shows the Vogue staff panicking with Anna's every move, with a montage of "Anna doesn’t want this, Anna doesn’t want that, I’m going to get fired, I’m going to kill myself." Mario Testino comes off "like [a] total poltroon," and Andre Leon Talley like a "comic figure," who plays tennis with a Louis Vuitton monogrammed towel around his shoulders, "an LV monogrammed tennis racket cover, an LV monogrammed water bottle holder and an LV monogrammed case." Bee Shaffer wants to go to law school and proclaims the fashion world "an odd business." And there's plenty of frigid Anna, who apparently "comes across as vulnerable, a little insecure and uncertain about how to function in non-Vogue situations." But the real star, which Anna acknowledged herself in a Q&A after the screening below, is Grace Coddington, who told Anna she would quit Vogue if they did the film.
>> The predictions that Spring 2009 ads would be all about commercial models that can sell product are indeed coming to pass; Versace pulled out not one, but two big guns for their campaign — Gisele Bundchen and Kate Moss, shot by Mario Testino against the never-can-fail beachy blue background. Desperate times call for desperate measures; Donatella must not mind that she's sharing Gisele with Dior and Kate with Stella McCartney.
>> You know Burberry is worried when their Spring 2009 campaign comes out looking like a catalogue. Mario Testino did the honors at Petersham Nurseries outside London, and Christopher Bailey carried on his all-British cast tradition with returner Lily Donaldson and newcomers Eden Clarke and Alexina Graham, but gone are the days of Fall 2008's moody black-and-white ads and Spring 2008's edgy, colorful group shots. These new Spring 2009 ads seem aimed much more for the mainstream, with their prominent placement of denim, the top-selling trenches, and the new, trademark plaid-covered Gardener Bag. Everyone's going for the money shot this season — and with Burberry, those intentions are quite transparent.
I'm smitten by Burberry's Spring '09 campaign. Staying true to the label's roots, Creative Director Christopher Bailey enlisted Mario Testino to shoot an all-Brit clan looking stylishly rumpled in Burberry's garden delight offerings. The cast spotlights Lily Donaldson with fellow models Eden Clarke, Alexina Graham, and Richard Wyndham. If that weren't enough, Bailey invited Brit actor Alex Pettyfer; musicians George Craig and Sam Beeton; and photographer Emily Hope to pose with the models against the lush green backdrop. "I wanted the mood to be gentle, relaxed, romantic, and about a quiet, beautiful sense of luxury,” said Bailey.
The models natural makeup complements Bailey's disheveled collection of statement jewelry, printed dresses, and trenches. And, I spy Burberry's debut of The Gardener Bag. I'm loving these, are you?
>> ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL —Those who enjoyed Liya Kebede and Raquel Zimmermann as Lanvin girls, cherish it while it lasts — they won't be back for Spring 2009. Although no casts have been revealed, Steven Meisel shot the new Lanvin campaign in New York last week, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin shot Yves Saint Laurent a few weeks ago with a very "California" theme, Mario Testino is doing Versace in LA in early November, and Gucci will be photographed this week in Miami. [WWD]
»Amber Valletta, her son and husband get LOLVogued [Jezebel]
»This morning's Barneys warehouse sale: Not as crazy or marked-down as in the past [Racked]
»Mary-Kate Olsen is obsessed with Diane von Furstenberg [Page Six Magazine]
»Sean Avery's Gap ad overlooks Vogue headquarters [Fashionista]
»Victoria Bartlett commissioned Lizzie Fortunato jewelry for her Spring 2009 VPL collection [The Pipeline]
»Cato Van Ee shot a commercial for D&G with Mario Testino last week [Dazed Digital]
»A "loose size 2" seems to be the modeling size of choice right now [The Cut]
European Vogue magazines are pushing some fashion buttons. Alas, fashion must always be exciting, daring, and innovative. Can I get an amen?
First, Vogue Italia's all-black July issue and now editor Carine Roitfeld, with photog Mario Testino and muse Raquel Zimmermann, take a stand for fur. One of the longest standing debates in fashion — and here on Fab — Vogue is clearly saying "in your face antifur advocates." This spread is provocative and aggressive; from the high-octane furs to the black leather to the raccoon-eyed model. It's powerful.
Powerful, but is it freaky or fabulous?