>> Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming Versace for H&M Cruise 2012 ad campaign. Reportedly shot over 24 hours, the images show a glammed-up Abbey Lee Kershaw — complete with '50s-era coif and red lipstick — lounging poolside with fellow Versace for H&M veteran River Viiperi. The collection doesn't hit stores in Europe and the UK until Jan. 19 — and won't be available in the US at all — and official campaign images are yet to be released, but click through to get a peek at what's to come.
>> After getting a preview last month, a first look at the full set of the second Versace for H&M collaboration — for Cruise 2012 — is out. Unlike the first collection, this set — which launches Jan. 19 — will only be available to buy online on www.hm.com in Sweden, the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Norway — unfortunately not in the US.
Karl Lagerfeld Shows a '30s Inspired Collection For Chanel's 2012 Cruise Collection on the French Riviera
>> For Chanel's 2012 Cruise collection, Karl Lagerfeld orchestrated an elaborate showing held in Antibes, France, which kicked off with an open-air, family-style dinner — attended by Vanessa Paradis, Stella Tennant, Anna Mouglalis, and Blake Lively, to name a few — and closed with a surprise concert by Bryan Ferry after the show. The collection itself took center stage: floral prints, embellished dropped-waist dresses, palazzo pants, languid gowns, shift dresses, and even thong boots, which Karl dubbed as “tango thongs.” All evoked a fresh vintage feel. And if the clothes didn't look decadent enough, Karl accessorized the collection with 90 pieces of Chanel Haute Joaillerie. Click the slideshow to see the complete collection.
Karl Lagerfeld Premieres Series of Magnum Ice Cream Commercials Starring Rachel Bilson and Baptiste Giabiconi
>> Last night, Karl Lagerfeld hit New York to debut a series of commercials he directed to promote the European ice cream brand Magnum in the United States. The three minute-long spots feature Rachel Bilson — portraying a fashion model, an art student, and a ballet dancer — as well as Baptiste Giabiconi, but Lagerfeld himself makes no appearances.
A waiter carrying a Diet Coke-filled stemmed glass on a tray followed Lagerfeld around the premiere party last night, as did his bodyguard Sebastien Jondeau. So why did Lagerfeld team up with Magnum, even though he admits he doesn't eat sugar? “I like advertising. I love my job in fashion. I love my job as a photographer, but making films was something I hadn’t done. If I was isolated in one job, I would get bored." Besides, he adds: “I would eat ice cream if I could. I made advertisements for Dom Perignon Champagne, and I don’t drink alcohol. After all, I’m a dress designer and I don’t wear dresses."
Bilson, meanwhile, estimated that probably had around 25 Magnum bars during the course of filming, which was done over three days in Paris on a soundstage and at the Folies Bergere. Lagerfeld said that he was given creative freedom, with the advice that the films' content should be “nothing very sexual,” and the budget for a crew of at least 80 people.
When asked whether there was anything he would not lend his name to, Lagerfeld replied: “I hate the idea of the politically correct, because it is very demode, but I would not make advertisements for something related to meat. Meat, no; fur, yes. I don’t think I would do advertising for condoms, even if it has the same name here [Magnum].”
As for the rumor circulating that he is working on a fragrance called "Paper Passion," intending it to smell like books, Lagerfeld said it's not happening. And his next film to debut is a 30-minute movie, "The Tale of a Fairy," starring Freja Beha Erichsen, Anna Mouglalis, Amanda Harlech, and Kristen McMenamy, and to be shown during the Chanel Cruise 2012 presentation in Cap d'Antibes.
>> A couple of weeks ago, Mary Katrantzou said of her Fall 2011 collection: “I got a feeling that with some people, something clicked, and it was very real. They came to the showroom and you felt that it was very positive — I was amazed to feel that response.” It might have to do with the fact that she introduced retailer-friendly knitwear for Fall 2011 — “It brings a completely different story for people to buy into” — but whatever it is, it seems it's paying off. Katrantzou is skipping her planned Cruise 2012 collection because of "massive Fall orders," Style.com's Meenal Mistry reports. [@MeenalMistry]
>> Carine Roitfeld isn't totally letting go of her French roots, despite teaming up with Barneys stateside for a multifaceted Fall 2010 initiative; she also styled Chanel's Fall 2011 campaign, which Karl Lagerfeld just shot in Paris. Featured is perennial Chanel face Freja Beha Erichsen — Fall 2011 marks her fifth consecutive campaign for the house but her first solo. “The mix with Freja was genius,” Lagerfeld promises.
Lagerfeld is also repeating a face at Fendi— he's shooting Anja Rubik for her fourth straight campaign next week (“I like to work with the same girls and boys all the time,” he quips.). As is Michael Kors, who tapped Karmen Pedaru for the second time in a row, posting a picture from the Fall 2011 campaign shoot yesterday on his official Facebook. Over at Yves Saint Laurent, meanwhile, the supporting team is the same — Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin behind the lens and Joe McKenna styling — but Raquel Zimmerman is reportedly the Fall 2011 subject, replacing Spring 2011's Arizona Muse.
But back to Lagerfeld: in preparation of the upcoming Chanel Cruise 2012 fashion show in Antibes on May 9, he's gathering Erichsen, Lady Amanda Harlech, Anna Mouglalis, and Kristen McMenamy to star in his annual Chanel Cruise short film. This one, he's shooting in Monaco and the South of France.
>> Jonathan Saunders, who is no longer designing for Pollini, is now pairing with Escada Sport, and he is on board to create a Resort 2012 capsule collection, consisting of 20 pieces over all product groups, including leather accessories. The collection is expected to hit stores next November. [WWD]