>> INSIDER WIRE —Hedi Slimane is still playing coy about his return to fashion designerdom, but he does expects it to happen one of these days: "But it has to be right, the right project." He also confirmed that all the swirling rumors about him "in talks" about starting his own label are true: "I didn't want to deal with that for a while, but now [over the last] six months I'm considering options." With whom? Again with the coyness: "It's a secret." Sounds like the talks may still be in progress. Intrigue . . . [WWD]
Posts for July 15th 2008
»Reese Witherspoon is likely shooting with Mario Testino in Paris for an upcoming Vogue cover [PopSugar]
»The CK Jeans Fall 2008 campaign is rumored to feature 17 models in total [Style File]
»Du Juan does David Yurman Fall 2008 [Of the Minute]
»Chanel Iman, Victoria's Secret Pink lady [Fashionista]
»Jessie Randall's 93-year-old grandfather bought out the entire Loeffler Randall for Target stock at his local Florida store to give as gifts [The Cut]
»Coco Rocha was shown Lily Cole photos on her first shoot for inspiration [Fashionista]
>> ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL —Following up a season of flailing legs and boxed-up Victoria Beckham, Marc Jacobs is back with the models for Fall 2008. The full campaign features both Kirsten Owen and Stella Tennant, but in this first look, you wouldn't even know it was Stella, her head is so obscured. [TFS]
>> The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund has determined its ten finalists for 2008.
Last year's winner, Rogan Gregory, was announced in November and received a monetary award of $200,000, with two runners-up reiving $50,000 each. For the past couple of years, the nominees have worked with Gap as part of a limited Gap Design Edition collaboration to gain more exposure, and many have also gone on to work with Target in limited-edition runs.
This year's nominees are:
Swaim and Christina Hutson of Obedient Sons & Daughters
>> The pictures that had everyone gossiping in early April — you know the ones — of Gisele in derriere-bearing ripped jeans, makeup artist James Kaliardos applying lotion, have finally appeared in finished form. Leave it to Mario Testino to fashion three full V 54 covers and an editorial out of trashtastic shredded denim, skimpy metallic bikinis, and of course, Gisele.
In fact, Gisele blames Mario for the clothes (or lack thereof).
"Only Mario [Testino] could make me take those pictures. Ah! The only person that can get me to do stuff like this is Mario. You know what he’s like . . ."
As for those paparazzi pictures, they spoiled the shoot within minutes.
"I have never seen anything like this — after four minutes, Mario’s assistant yells, 'Cover her!' We look back and these guys have lenses this long. They looked like telescopes. There were fifty of them . . . We got there and it was empty — I’m looking at the camera and James [Kaliardos] is putting cream on [my bottom] and everyone is doing their job — and then I scream! So Mario refused to shoot on the beach, they put a robe on me and we went back up the mountain."
Gisele doesn't see what the big deal is about a little derriere.
"You know, people are going to say my butt is showing too much in these — but, I’m sorry, my butt showed more in Victoria’s Secret. For seven years my butt was in every catalog. It’s hypocrisy: those [paparazzi] pictures ran everywhere, and everyone was talking about my butt. This is V Magazine—if you’re going to do something like that, you do it for V."
She hates gossip so much, she doesn't even have a publicist.
"I’ve been a model for ten years and . . . I am the only person I know that does not have [a publicist]. Do you know why? Because I don’t want them to talk about me. For my job I need an agent. Where am I going? What time is my flight? Who am I working with? That’s what I need to know. I have nothing to say to people who gossip about me."
Gisele wants you to think about the bigger picture.
"I paid for a study about violence that is being edited into a book at the end of the year; we researched for three and a half years with fifty sociologists. While everyone is going around saying crazy things about my life I’m concerned with the destruction of our planet. Why don’t they talk about that? Or, forget about what I’m doing altogether, why don’t they talk about what’s going on in the environment in these magazines?"
Full gallery (NSFW) below.
>> As a follow-up to her "Thrillicious" SoBe Life Water Super Bowl commercial, Naomi Campbell is dancing with animated lizards once again. This time, "Black Magic Woman" is the tune, a beach is the setting . . . and as for the commercial, it's still pretty goofy.
>> Just as suspected, Kate Moss graces Vogue's August "Ageless" issue. The cover may be all kinds of bland — especially considering that Kate is anything but — but within, little tidbits are revealed about her relationship with Sir Philip Green, her upcoming Fall Topshop line, and her clotheshorse tendencies (she's been collecting since she was 15 and has over 1,000 pieces).
Kate loves her handbags.
In her 20s, [Kate] would spend her earnings on Hermès Kelly bags from the Paris store. 'I would go and spend £3,000. That felt quite good.'" . . . She also has "at least 100 Chanel purses."
She's over airports and is saving for a private jet, a la Gisele.
"I'm going to call it the 'Kate Express.'"
She has a pet name for Sir Philip Green.
"When she wants something, she calls me up and goes, 'Uncle Phil, Uncle Phil, please…' " he says, impersonating Kate in a squeaky, high voice.
Just as suspected, Kate's Topshop line is heavily influenced by her own clothes.
Amelia, one of the [Topshop] designers, shows Kate a black silk-and-net dress that is the inspiration for the party dresses. Then she notices Kate's leopard-print trench. "Do you want it?" asks Kate with a grin. "Yes!" the two designers cry in unison. Kate takes the coat off, and it is hung on a sample rail, ready to be reincarnated for the masses. "See" says Kate, "they take the clothes off my back!"
Speaking of, a few details about the Fall Kate Moss for Topshop line . . .
"A slightly Beatles-esque wool sweater with just the right amount of stripes to keep it punky (around $110); there's a charming black chiffon flapper dress that could easily wander into a cocktail party on Park Avenue ($240); . . . a little faux-fur gilet ($100) . . . most of all I want the skinny black sweater with sheer chiffon blouson sleeves ($100)."