>> INSIDER WIRE —Last year, Peter Beard took the Pirelli calendar to Botswana; this month, Terry Richardson is shooting the 2010 calendar in Trancoso, Bahia, Brazil. Only two Brazilians were cast, despite the shoot location — Ana Beatriz Barros and Gracie Carvalho. Georgina Stojiljkovic is also involved, and Glamurama snapped a picture of Terry shooting what appears to be Catherine McNeil, nude on a white horse — NSFW picture at the source. [Wish Online, Glamurama]
Posts for May 14th 2009
>> At this rate, the whole twelve minute-long profile of Anna Wintour on this Sunday's 60 Minutes is going to be spoiled — yesterday, they released the first 45 second clip, featuring Anna talking shop and holding court in her offices; this morning, they released a quote with her explaining her penchant for sunglasses; and now, there's another clip: Anna is asked about her put-together look, "not a hair out of place" — "It's very important to me that I look good when I go out publicly," she responds. "I like looking at my clothes rack in the morning and deciding what to pick out." Apparently, Sunday's segment will feature interviews with Andre Leon Talley, Grace Coddington, Bernard Arnault, Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano, and Nicholas Ghesquiere.
>> INSIDER WIRE —Despite the failure of the Elle-centric Stylista to catch on, the magazine continues to look for television partnerships now that their Project Runway sponsorship is through — after all, that's what they signed CAA for — and it seems they've set their sights on The City. Creative director Joe Zee, who made an appearance on the first season of The City, was rumored to be expanding his role in the show's upcoming second season with a six-episode arc, and now sources are saying that the show's "villain" Olivia Palermo will be ditching her role at Diane von Furstenberg for a post in Elle's publicity department. [Page Six]
>> Yesterday was all fittings and a dinner party — which host Karl Lagerfeld and his entourage were a full two hours late for (blame it on the fittings and Lady Amanda Harlech's mosquito-stung eye) — but the Chanel Cruise 2010 was this evening at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Lido Resort in Venice.
Siri Tollerod, Heidi Mount, Liu Wen, Charlotte di Calypso, and Denisa Dvorakova were all in town to walk, powwowing with Lagerfeld for their fittings yesterday; add to that list Inguna Butane and Snejana Onopka, who sent photographic evidence of their arrival, plus Lara Stone and Tatjana Patitz, who walked the finale with Karl.
Carine Roitfeld and Emmanuelle Alt were spotted lounging in the sun on the Hotel Europa's terrace pre-show, and at the Excelsior Lido, white tents were set up on the beach and the pier lit up. The catwalk was a boardwalk and the front row a line of deck chairs, with editors left to deal with their heels sinking into the sand.
Last night, Lagerfeld hinted that the clothes would be reminiscent of Peggy Guggenheim, the patron whose palazzo now houses Italy’s most important collection of twentieth-century art, and inspired by Venetian high-society of the '30s, with fabrics sourced from "the rich reds of the Renaissance, Fortuny's prints, and the chiaroscuro technique of the great Italian masters."
The show happened at sunset — Karl made everyone wait two hours because he wanted to start then — with the girls wearing Marchesa Casati-inspired wigs and makeup, the opening "sailor girl-inspired cream and navy knits" and a finale of metallic lace cocktail dresses. Guests brought home a Chanel beach towel as souvenir.
More photos of the collection here.
>> THE MODELIZER —Are two more model moguls on the horizon? Claudia Schiffer was spotted looking at Notting Hill retail spaces in London yesterday, and Devon Aoki, who already hit the red carpet at Cannes, said she’s working on an album with her brother, DJ Steve Aoki, and an organic restaurant project in LA. [Grazia, WWD]
>> INSIDER WIRE —Another reason watch 60 Minutes's segment on Anna Wintour (not that you really need one) — she talks her habit of wearing sunglasses indoor at shows: "They are seriously useful. I can sit in a show and if I am bored out of my mind, nobody will notice . . . At this point, they have become, really, armor." And speaking of Anna, a clarification via a spokesman on what seemed to be her hinting that the June 2009 Vogue cover would feature a model: the cover will feature Cameron Diaz, but there is another upcoming model cover in the pipeline. [Page Six, WWD]
>> For months, Bernard Arnault has been hovering around an unnamed ethical fashion brand — many guessed Bono and his wife Ali Hewson's label Edun, but she denied it outright back in March.
Turns out it was all a ruse — at the LVMH annual shareholder's meeting Thursday morning, Arnault said the company will announce "very soon" that it has taken an "important" stake in the eco-luxury label — LVMH is expected to remain a minority shareholder, but their stake is to be nearly 50 percent. As part of the deal, LVMH will play a "very active role" in the development of Edun as a brand, including management of the company as well as granting access to its marketing and production resources.
The Edun investment marks the first foray by a major fashion conglomerate into the ethical fashion market.