>> The 30 Rock cameo that Calvin Klein filmed back in January — daughter Marci Klein is the show's producer — finally aired last night. He stops Tina Fey and Jon Hamm, who are walking down the street, and declares to Hamm, "I am Calvin Klein and I think you should be my next underwear model," as part of a series of strangers who are enthralled with Hamm's good looks.
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>> THE MODELIZER —Tomorrow, Erin Wasson is having a garage sale at her boyfriend's Venice Beach store Rogue Status because her style "has gotten a lot simpler and now that I’m designing, I want to wear my own stuff." She promises pieces from Balenciaga, Givenchy, Burberry, and Chanel and Marc Jacobs, all under $100, with most hovering around $20 (more details here). Speaking of her RVCA line, she's already work on the Spring 2010 collection, with her pit bull, Cream, as inspiration — "The whole color combo is based on Cream" — so think mauve, pink, champagne, light brown, and bronze. [Style File, WWD]
>> It's no secret that modeling is hardly peaches and cream, but here's an eye-opener for you. Managing editor of Models.com Betty Sze asserts that when it comes to editorial work, Conde Nast (which means Vogue, Teen Vogue and the like) "pays $150 a day if you are a new model, after 1 year it goes up to $250. That means if you are Gisele [Bundchen] and work for American Vogue 2 days in a row, you would make $500. Many editorials pay nothing."
As she goes on to explain, this practice has nothing to do with the recession. "I was an agent for 10 years and I still talk to all the agents. In fact I just called one of them up to see if the rates had changed a lot. When I was an agent, 10 years ago, the new girls got $135 a day, now they get $150 per day . . . so it's increased slightly."
So why would anyone work an entire day for that rate? "Actually Conde Nast doesn't have to pay anything, I don't even know why they do. Girls don't do editorial for money! Getting editorials and covers of French Vogue for example, drives up your rate for everything else and gets you noticed by the huge money clients like Lancome and Estee Lauder. Simple. Editorials and covers are the path towards the real money."
>> THE MODELIZER —Elle Macpherson's last major recurring TV role was on Friends in 1999-2000, but ten years later, she's signed on to CW's drama pilot Beautiful Life, as, fittingly, Claudia, an '80s supermodel and owner of Focus Models, the top modeling agency in New York, who "is still in great shape and runs her business with the efficiency and toughness of a dictator." The show, which is produced by Ashton Kutcher and also stars Mischa Barton, revolves around a group of models, male and female, living together in New York. [Reuters]
>> Until now, we've only had an overheard reaction from Anna Wintour with regards to Olivier Theyskens's recent ousting at Nina Ricci, but suffice it to say she wasn't happy. In her April 2009 Vogue editor's letter, however, she makes her discontent painfully clear:
"Talent is a serious business. At Vogue, we do not take for granted the miraculous emergence, development, and ascendance of great artists. We depend on them for our livelihood. Without . . . the smashing of the rules that their progress gloriously entails, there is no culture worth celebrating. Olivier Theyskens's recent departure from Nina Ricci suggests to me that the vital role of artistic talent has been obscured in the current economic climate. My staff and I were shocked to learn that Theyskens's contract would not be renewed; and I am very concerned that the business of fashion is undervaluing the most important asset our industry requires: creative visionaries. There's a reason we continue to see Theyskens's influence everywhere, from catwalks to the mall. He'll be back, but fashion must hold its nerve. This is the mission that we at Vogue happily shoulder."
And that's enough to make Nina Ricci executives squirm in their seats. Not that anyone was doubting Anna would let Olivier slip through the cracks, but this is a pretty good affirmation that it won't happen. Now, just to wait and see what job she gets him next . . . or maybe it will be backing for a line of his own?
>> INSIDER WIRE — Ready to get intimate with Elle creative director Joe Zee's eating habits? His food diary reads a little differently than fashion news director Anne Slowey's infamous Fashion Week diary. For instance, he says boldface restaurant Bar Pitti "has been my staple for almost twenty years. I had penne sugo, which is meat sauce, a thing they’ve been making for me off the menu for as long as I’ve been going there. I think it went on the menu about two or three years ago." And if you ever want a token Zee sighting, "I’m a creature of habit, so I do all my breakfast meetings at Café Cluny, and I do all my lunch meetings at Michael’s." [NYMag]
>> Just a little less than a year after announcing that Audrey Tautou and her Amelie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet would re-pair for a Chanel No. 5 commercial spot, more details have finally emerged. The commercial replaces the lavish five-year-old spot directed by Baz Luhrmann featuring his Moulin Rouge leading lady Nicole Kidman — reportedly the costliest advertisement ever — with imagery more appropriate for today's "make-do-and-mend society."
The theme is missed encounters between strangers — played by Tautou and model Travis Davenport — as they ride the Orient Express from Paris to Istanbul. There is no dialogue, only the vivid color imagery Jeunet is known for: as Billie Holiday's "I'm a Fool to Want You" plays, he lingers outside her train cabin, and later, in Istanbul, she misses the riverboat he is on, only to photograph him on deck from another ship later. Finally, they meet, embracing atop a mosaic of Chanel's double-C logo.
Filming took three weeks last May, and the full commercial runs 2 minutes, 25 seconds; a teaser will debut in late April on chaneln5.com, around the same time Audrey's film Coco Avant Chanel premieres in France, although Chanel executives insist the timing is just a coincidence. The full film launches on the internet May 5, and will air on TV in shorter versions, followed by an print ad shot by Dominique Isserman.
Melbourne 03/20/09. Photos by Graham Denholm/Getty Images.
>> INSIDER WIRE —Steven Meisel isn't the only one currently obsessed with the It Brits — Grazia is shooting today with a number of London designers, and apparently Jonathan Saunders wanted Pixie Geldof to model for Pollini, but it didn't happen because her father wanted her to concentrate on her exams, instead. Christopher Kane was also at the shoot and revealed he's a "massive" Gossip Girl and The City fan, and "does an amazing American accent." [Grazia Twitter, Grazia Twitter, Grazia Twitter]