Lanvin created a Garden-of-Eden-inspired dinner party to feature their Spring 2012 collection, set to the beat of 18-year-old music artist Maxine Ashley's latest single, "Cookieman." The video, shot by Steven Meisel, has a similar energy and quirkiness as their Fall 2011 video, which featured Raquel Zimmermann and Karen Elson dancing in a house. That video went viral and spawned a fun fashion week version. This time, it's rising star model Aymeline Valade who looks ultra glamorous while draped in Lanvin's gorgeous dresses, as well as snakes — both real and in jeweled form. What do you think of the new ad? Addicting to watch or not as good as the last one?
>> Prada's '50s Americana fantasy comes to life in this just-released Spring 2012 campaign video. Lensed by Steven Meisel, the video features models Natasha Poly, Ymre Stiekema, Katryn Kruger, Meghan Collison, Elise Crombez, and Guinevere van Seenus all dolled up and skulking about an old-school gas station. Watch it here, now.
>> Not that long ago, Karlie Kloss and Chanel Iman were introduced to the industry on the girlish February 2008 cover of Teen Vogue. Fast forward three and a half years, and Iman is renting a private island off Jamaica to ring in her 21st birthday, while Kloss is earning Gisele Bundchen comparisons for her body-baring Vogue Italia December 2011 cover story, "Body by Kloss," shot by Steven Meisel. Appropriately enough, Kloss, who got herself a trainer six months ago, recently named Bundchen her favorite model growing up: "Oh, my God, Gisele, of course! Gisele is the ultimate." See the full NSFW editorial in the slideshow.
>> Steven Meisel captured models dancing for Prada's Spring 2011 campaign video, and now he's done the same for Lanvin's Fall 2011 campaign video. Raquel Zimmermann and Karen Elson dance in sync to Pitbull's "I Know You Want Me" — and Alber Elbaz makes a dancing cameo at the end.
>> In contrast to last season's Prada campaign video — which saw models like Arizona Muse and Mariacarla Boscono bopping around to upbeat music — this season's campaign film is much moodier. Lots of accessories closeups are contrasted with a breathy voiceover, and there's no dancing here: instead, Kelly Mittendorf languishes on a blue sofa or Frida Gustavsson freezes in pose on a purple bench; fellow Fall 2011 Prada faces Julia Zimmer, Ondria Hardin, and Antonia Wesseloh also make appearances.
>> For the first time ever, Nicolas Ghesquiere has released behind-the-scenes footage from a Balenciaga shoot — the Fall 2011 campaign shoot, which was styled by Marie-Amelie Sauve and captured by Steven Meisel in both a New York studio and a Harlem church. The video, featuring new Balenciaga faces Liya Kebede, Liisa Winkler, and Julia Nobis, is the first to come of many Balenciaga videos. When the brand relaunches their website later this week, it will feature 200 videos (and more than 3,000 photographs). “It’s important to be able to show things in movement,” Ghesquiere explains, adding that he plans to tap "visual artists" and famous photographers to produce more short movies for the site. A short film by Meisel, showcasing the Balenciaga Resort 2012 collection, is due to go live on the site shortly.
>> You've seen a good portion of the Fall 2011 ad campaign for Louis Vuitton, but now the house has released a making-of video, complete with Marc Jacobs explaining the photoshoot's inspiration: "Steven [Meisel] and I met and decided we would do this wonderful story of beautiful antique cars, little dogs, and fresh-faced young women dressed in the collection. So we cast Gertrud [Hegelund], Zuzanna [Bijoch], Daphne [Groeneveld], Fei Fei [Sun], Nyasha [Matonhodze], and Anais [Pouliot], a bunch of beautiful cars, we cast Richard as the chaffeur and various dogs, and came out here to Brooklyn. I think it's a very classic scenario — of course it suggests travel, and it's definitely luxurious. But I think we gave it a fresh and kind of modern, sometimes a little bit naughty, tongue-in-cheek sort of spin."
>> No familiar faces populate Prada's Fall 2011 campaign, save one: Frida Gustavsson. In fact, most of the rest of the Steven Meisel-shot cast hasn't even set foot on a runway — as is the case for North Carolina-bred Ondria Hardin and Arizona native Kelly Mittendorf, the two other campaign faces who have been revealed so far. [Models.com, TFS]
>> Just six weeks after Edward Enninful joined W as fashion and style director, his former colleague at Vogue Italia, Lori Goldstein, has joined the magazine as style editor at large. Goldstein has been a free agent for years, and noted that taking a masthead title and “being more of a part of a magazine, which is something I’ve never done, is very exciting to me.”
She continued: “What’s so great about what I’m doing in being style editor at large it’s kind of like I get to encompass everything I love to do. I’ve always been one of those people that goes back and forth in this business in different ways, so I get to really do great fashion stories with Edward and I’m also going to be working with [editor at large] Lynn Hirschberg and bringing fashion into the element of the actors that we shoot and kind of being the thread through all the different areas.”
Goldstein will work exclusively for W and can't work for competitors (ie other American fashion monthlies) but can work for non-direct competitors like Vogue Italia if given approval by W editor Stefano Tonchi. Tonchi said in a statement: “I have an incredible amount of respect for Lori, and admire her imagination and impeccable taste. Even on a freelance basis, Lori has been an integral part of the new W. She has styled some of our best covers, including Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling, Mia Wasikowska, and January Jones. Given the recent expansion of W’s fashion team, I thought it was the perfect moment in time to formalize this relationship."
With Goldstein now in the W fold, is it possible that her frequent collaborator Steven Meisel might also become a regular contributor to the magazine? “We will see,” she replied coyly.