>> September Issue Leaves Grace Coddington in Newfound Limelight, Lauren Santo Domingo Feeling "Really Surpised" —Grace Coddington has enjoyed a new sense of recognition since her turn in The September Issue — four pages of Vogue Paris's September 2009 issue are devoted to her, in which she quips: "[Anna Wintour and I] have a real mutual respect for each other, even though sometimes I feel like killing her.” She was spotted dining twice yesterday with the film's director RJ Cutler — perhaps as a thank you? Meanwhile, Vogue contributing editor Lauren Santo Domingo "was really surprised at the amount of access" the filmmakers were given. "There were even things I'm not privy to or I'm not aware of — things that go on in the art department, in the photo room. I've never been in any of those meetings." [WWD, FWD, The Cut]
Posts for August 21st 2009
>> The 96-page September issue insert The Imagist teased back in June turned out to be for V: Paul Rowland, founder of Women and Supreme agencies, photographed 19 of his models in studio back in April with help from stylist Nicholas Grasa. His inspirations were "Joel-Peter Witkin, paganism, mysticism, vampires, witches — all the things I love," and V has a video of the shoot in action, which required Hannelore Knuts to have raw meat draped over her chest and the rope holding it together lit on fire on both ends. The supplement will be available with V61 in select cities.
Maybe this whole project is the start of a move into a new arena for Rowland? As V puts it: "Rowland, whose lavish and intricate agency show packages are the talk of the industry each season, has a creative verve that extends beyond model agency moving and shaking, and into photography and fine art. After this outing, however, he might need his own magazine as well."
>> Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld Prepares Art Party for Second Consecutive New York Fashion Week —For the second season in a row, Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld is curating an art exhibit with a New York Fashion Week launch party. Last season, Louis Vuitton sponsored his look at the works of three photographers — including PC Valmorbida — and this season, he's teaming up with PC's brother, Australian billionaire heir and art dealer Andy Valmorbida, plus Giorgio Armani for “Richard Hambleton — New York,” focusing on the work of the last living member of the East Village Art Movement and contemporary of Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat. [WWD]
>> Gisele Bundchen — who has yet to confirm her pregnancy, although she's said to be due in mid-December — publicly showed off her bump for the first time stateside yesterday while out on a walk in Boston. She covered up with her dog, Vida, and her jacket — but since her bump was Photoshopped out of her London Fog ads, maybe she's saving the full-on display for a cover moment, a la Cindy Crawford for June 1999 W.
Vests are the best quick fix when you're experiencing a fashion road block. Throw on one of these off-kilter styles when your outfit — dress, jeans, skirt, whatever — is blah or missing something. Trust, it will instantly jazz you up and set you apart on the sidewalk.
>> Irina Lazareanu Cast as Lead in Spike Lee Romantic Comedy —Irina Lazareanu, who hasn't done too much in the way of modeling recently, has been focusing on acting instead — especially after this newest development: Spike Lee approached her for his new romantic comedy. She flew to New York this week for her screen test and has subsequently landed the lead role in the film. [Grazia]