>> While Calvin Klein is sticking to Eva Mendes for their Fall 2009 Underwear ads — and giving her the Calvin Klein Jeans campaign as well — they're switching it up for the rest of the cadre. Jourdan Dunn and Sigrid Agren paired up for the CK Calvin Klein set by Craig McDean, who also photographed the Calvin Klein campaign with Jamie Dornan and Edita Vilkeviciute. And the Calvin Klein Collection set was done by David Sims with brand exclusive Monica "Jac" Jagaciak, who opened and closed the brand's Fall 2009 show. Get used to these images — they're appearing on 1,080 pages globally.
Posts for June 17th 2009
>> INSIDER WIRE —Days after British Vogue's editor Alexandra Shulman advocated against size zero models and sample sizes, two models have joined Erin O'Connor in supporting Alexandra's letters to design houses: Helena Christensen and Crystal Renn. Helena went on record saying: “It’s about time somebody takes action. Obviously I am of the same belief…aren’t we in a business that is supposed to explore all kinds of shapes and silhouettes?” Crystal, too, applauded Alexandra's move: "This will hopefully serve as another critical step towards having better representation of women throughout all categories in fashion." [WWD]
>> We had a few clues as to who made the cut for Terry Richardson's 2010 Pirelli calendar when he shot it last month in Bahia, Brazil, but now Italian Vanity Fair has the details on the full cast, which includes Daisy Lowe, Georgina Stojiljkovic, Eniko Mihalik, Catherine McNeil, Lily Cole, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Miranda Kerr, Ana Beatriz Barros, Gracie Carvalho, Marloes Horst, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
Terry produced thousands of images from the shoot with the girls holding sloths, fruit, roosters, and holding hands while running through waves in little else than a bikini bottom. The goal this year was to use "no makeup, no reflectors — only the flash of the camera — no branded clothes or jewelry, no girls altered surgically," said Andrea Imperiali, manager of Pirelli on the set. Fifty images will make the final cut when the calendar is debuted Nov. 19 in London, but until then the gallery below — which is NSFW — and a video of the shoot will have to do.
>> INSIDER WIRE —A week ago, it was reported that Vera Wang might be doing the upcoming Fall season of Dancing with the Stars, but the designer says not so fast: "We haven't decided. They haven't and I haven't." She did inadvertently confirm that she had been approached for the show, however: "They approach a lot of people, not just me." [The Cut]
>> First Ann-Sofie Back signs on as head designer to help Cheap Monday branch out from its denim roots, and now Sophia Kokosalaki is joining Diesel Black Gold in a lead design role: is this a trend coming on, name designers helping to restructure denim brands?
Black Gold is Diesel's high-end contemporary line, and Kokosalaki is being brought in to overhaul the brand — which is not showing a Spring 2010 collection at New York Fashion Week this September as it typically would — starting with the relaunched Fall 2010 collection next February. Kokosalaki nearly always wears black and denim herself, and Diesel chairman Renzo Rosso has full faith in her "incredible" talent and "skill in dealing with denim and contemporary casual, the core of Diesel Black Gold." The position is quite a change from her stint as creative director of French house Vionnet.
Rosso bought a majority stake in Kokosalaki's namesake line last year, and her new position at Diesel has allowed her to acquire her label back from Rosso for an undisclosed sum. She plans to continue to develop the line independently.
For resort, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana called up iconic pieces from their twenty-four-year-old company. Queue bejeweled jeans, leopard print blouses and bustier frocks that will surely tempt their legions of devoted fans. Yesterday, Dolce & Gabbana announced a decision to lower prices by ten to twenty percent beginning in Spring 2010. Although the Resort 2010 collection prices will not be lowered, we think a collection of classics is a wise move.
>> INSIDER WIRE —The Coco Chanel biopic in which Audrey Tautou plays the designer, Coco Avant Chanel, finally has a release date for the US . . . and an "English language" trailer in which there is no dialogue — compare with the French version. It comes out in limited release on Sept. 25 — just two weeks after The September Issue hits theaters — and so far, seems to be positively received. [Telegraph UK]
>> H&M collaborates annually with a guest designer for every holiday season, and 2009 is all about Jimmy Choo. Founder Tamara Mellon has pledged to do a collection of shoes, bags, and accessories for both men and women — plus a range of women's clothing: "The perfect party pieces to buy now and then wear out that night!” The collaboration marks the first time H&M is working with an accessories brand, and will hit around 200 stores on Nov. 14. The shoes are expected to be limited to select stores and will cost from $60 for a pair of ballet pumps to $200 for a pair of boots.
>> INSIDER WIRE —The situation at Ungaro with Esteban Cortazar is still unclear — though they are still expected to part ways and the designer has served the house with a lawsuit, Esteban appeared at the CFDA Awards on Monday, escorting Arlenis Sosa Pena in an Ungaro dress. When questioned about his situation, he replied: “I am still there. We are trying to work things out. We have had some differences but hopefully things will work out for the best, whether I am there or not.” [WWD]