>> Out March 25, i-D's Spring 2010 issue is covered by Natalia Vodianova (shot by Paolo Roversi), Sasha Pivovorara, and Freja Beha Erichsen (both shot by Emma Summerton). The "Home Is Where The Heart Is"-themed issue features Dree Hemingway in her first self-styled shoot, located at her great-grandfather Ernest Hemingway's home; a special of Melanie Laurent photographed in the private Balenciaga atelier; plus profiles of Dree, Natalia, Freja, Tanga Moreau, Mariacarla Boscono, Isabeli Fontana, Alla Kostromicheva, Kirsten Owen, and Abbey Lee Kershaw. Also on the radar for the magazine: a newly-revamped website, expected to launch in May.
Jourdan Dunn Talks Pregnancy, the "Unnecessary Competition" Among Black Models, and Joins Sessilee, Chanel, and Arlenis in i-D
>> Jourdan Dunn, Sessilee Lopez, Chanel Iman, and Arlenis Sosa Pena reunited a year after the all-black issue of Vogue Italia to shoot the September 2009 cover of i-D under a railroad arch and next to a go-kart track in East London.
Jourdan is pregnant (she's due in December — with a boy, according to Sessilee) and chats with i-D about how she may be out for a season, but doesn't plan on leaving the scene. As for the father of her child, who she's generally very private about: "My boyfriend didn't even know I was a model when I started going out with him and we've been together for three years now. It's hard, you never really know whether people want to be around Jourdan or Jourdan Dunn, and he's been there from when I was just Jourdan."
Edward Enninful, who styled the shoot — which can be seen here — calls Jourdan "reserved" in the video below, but she's very outspoken when it comes to her work: "There are loads of black models working and the idea that there's only a few of us, or four of us, to let in as top models at any one time is just bullsh*t. It creates an unnecessary competition when we should be standing together."
Chanel chimes in: "It usually takes an ethnic girl — I'm not saying black, I'm saying ethnic, let's make that clear — twice as long. We've gotta work extra-hard to stay in the game and stay with the girls who do well but aren't ethnic. Some girls can skip seasons, but us ethnic girls, we cannot skip a season because that'll kill us."
>> Tim Walker's Set Designer Talks the Fate of the Oversized Props —Set designer (and former Alexander McQueen art director) Simon Costin, who works with both Emma Summerton and Tim Walker, recently shared what happens to all the oversized props that have become a trademark in Walker's work: "It often breaks my heart to consign the props I create to the skip, but sadly, with them being so large, there is little alternative. When I work in NYC I can call Materials for the Arts and have things dropped off to them. Sadly London has yet to set something like that up. I’m pleased to say though, Tim has been able to store many things and has then displayed them at exhibitions of his work. The camera is one such prop." [Models.com]
>> BLOWING THE COVER —The November 2008 issue of Vogue UK features an unlikely trio of British beauties, photographed by Emma Summerton: history-maker Jourdan Dunn, up-and-comer Eden Clark, and blueblood Burberry face Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. The latter is an interesting choice to round out the three, since Jourdan and Eden are runway models through-and-through, while Rosie is better known for her Victoria's Secret work. [Models.com Daily Feed]
»Emma Summerton is "coming to a major league American magazine very very soon" [TI]
»Spotted: Lisa Cant, Lily Donaldson shopping at Chanel [Fashionista]
>> BLOWING THE COVER —Lily Donaldson is long past overdue for a Vogue UK cover, especially with her London blood. She finally joins the ranks of Agyness Deyn, cover regular Kate Moss, Sasha Pivovarova, and Natalia Vodianova this month, nabbing the August 2008 issue for her own. Up-and-coming Australian photographer Emma Summerton did the honors. [Models.com]