>> INSIDER WIRE —Even without Michelle Obama's marketing help, Oscar de la Renta seems to be doing well for himself: he increased the number of runway shows for his label from one to two for the Fall 2009 season in February, and now he's one of the few — Chanel and Christian Dior aside — who will continue to hold a runway show for his Cruise collection on June 1. [MeenalMistry Twitter]
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>> It was speculated earlier this week that the twelve minute 60 Minutes segment on Anna Wintour, a product of following her around with cameras as early as last November, would air this Sunday, and now the program has updated its website, confirming that the profile will air this Sunday, May 17, at 7 pm ET/PT. They also released a 45 second teaser, in which Wintour calls Vogue "a glamorous girlfriend" and tells a staff member, "I just thought that was a bit banal. Keep thinking."
>> THE MODELIZER —Gemma Ward hasn't hit editorial pages in a while, but she's gearing up for her DJing gig tomorrow by hitting up the Animal Collective concert this evening in New York with her younger brother. Another off-duty model, on the other hand, got into something a little less innocent — Eugenia Volodina was snapped getting up close and personal with Mickey Royrke last night at the Bijoux Lounge in New York (photos at the Daily Mail). [Daily Mail]
>> Ashley Olsen has been inching out of the public eye towards a more behind-the-scenes role for a while now, and in the upcoming Summer 2009 issue of VMan while promoting the new expansion of The Row into menswear with a Sebastian Faena-lensed editorial, she lays it out for interviewer Marc Jacobs:
The way I look at it, I had a career as a child. I had a career in an industry in which the media kind of. . . they're obsessed with the young girl thing. But when I turned 18, I moved to New York, and I haven't really done anything to be a celebrity. I've been transitioning from acting as a kid to doing something that I'm choosing for myself — to be a part of the fashion industry . . . the outside perception is very different because you do have celebrity brands, people like Jessica Simpson and Kimora Lee Simmons, and those are celebrity brands because they have their names on them.
I want to be behind the scenes, and I don't want people to know anything about my personal life. I have a job, I take it very seriously, and I work really hard.
Her focus now is The Row, but she's still looking at aquiring other brands: "I don't want to talk about them because there are a couple that could be potential opportunities. We're always thinking of new things, new divisions that are missing in the marketplace."
>> INSIDER WIRE —Late last month, a group of designers, including Narciso Rodriguez, Maria Cornejo, Jason Wu, and Thakoon Panichgul, took a trip to Washington, DC accompanied by CFDA executive director Steven Kolb to lobby for an anti-piracy bill to stop mass retailers from knocking off their ideas. But when Rick Owens was recently asked if he cares that his look is being rampantly copied, his reply? "No-oo. I guess it's a compliment." [Guardian]
Cannes Film Festival 2009: Carine Roitfeld Appearances, Chanel Movie Screenings, and Lily Cole Film Debuts
>> While fashion types are currently migrating to Venice for tomorrow's Chanel Cruise 2010 show — Karl Lagerfeld arrived Monday with Baptiste Giabiconi and his runway favorites Siri Tollerod, Heidi Mount, Liu Wen, Charlotte di Calypso, and Denisa Dvorakova are all already in town for fittings and the dinner Karl's hosting tonight — many are continuing on to the Cannes Film Festival, which opened today.
In fact, the Chanel theme carries over in Cannes — Jan Kounen’s Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, starring Anna Mouglalis and Mads Mikkelsen, screens May 24, the closing day. In between now and then, Carine Roitfeld — as well as Donatella Versace and Kenneth Cole — will make her annual appearance at amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS benefit on May 21 at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, which also features an exhibition by photographer Bruce Weber.
>> INSIDER WIRE —Yesterday, a blind item circulated about a major publication letting their contract with a star photographer near the end without renewal — many drew the conclusion that it might be talking about Steven Meisel, who has photographed every cover of Vogue Italia for almost twenty-one years. However, a source who seems to know the ins and outs of Meisel — including that he turned down shooting the Missoni, Christian Dior, Max Mara, and DSquared2 campaigns for Fall 2009 because of money, and that he recently shot the Roberto Cavalli campaign in New York with two girls and a boy — says it's not him. Perhaps it's Annie Leibovitz (Vanity Fair, Vogue) or Mario Testino (Vogue)? [TFS, TFS, TFS]
D-LuxeList told readers about a limited edition stroller designed by Herik Vibskov.
Someone Spoil Me asked readers to enter to win a Hollywood Mom gift bag worth over $500.
>> While Conde Nast chairman Si Newhouse is off in Europe, prompting rumors that something big is on the horizon, Anna Wintour sat down with Jonathan Tisch for a public chat last night. PETA members peppered the audience, heckling Wintour with shouts of "This woman skins animals alive!" Before they were removed from the room, Anna replied, "Fur is still a part of fashion, so Vogue will continue to report on it."
The discussion covered a number of topics, including the Internet — Wintour said that Vogue.com, which has been noticeably increasing in content the past couple of months, will "break out on our own" from Style.com next year. She also mentioned that Andre Leon Talley, who recently started a blog for Vogue.com, Talley Ho!, was initially dragged kicking and screaming to the Web, saying he wasn't into the modern world, but now loves blogging. Some highlights, including a hint at the next cover, from the chat — more at The Cut:
You've said it's time to move on from a job when you get too angry. Are you getting to the point where you're thinking about other options?
Well, mostly I'm thinking about the next day. I think that I have the best job in the entire world. To be honest, I don't think I'd be very good at anything else!
So will we be seeing more models and less celebrities on the cover of Vogue?
Well, tomorrow is another day. We'll never know. But we certainly do have a model tied to the next issue, yes.