>> ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL —Now that Louis Vuitton Journeys face Sofia Coppola has moved on to designing shoes and handbags for the brand, it's time for the campaign to have some new blood. That order is filled by Sean Connery, whose Anne Leibovitz-lensed ad debuts later this month, featuring the original James Bond lounging on a dock in the Bahamas next to the requisite Vuitton luggage. [WWD]
>> Alexander McQueen's Fall 2008 ad campaign — his first since 2003 — may be mighty fashionably late, but the first images are finally here. The campaign, shot by Craig McDean in New York and styled by Tabitha Simmons, features Alice McGibb as gothic bird, tangled among the sticks of a giant bird nest.
>> That Fabien Baron training has done Julia Restoin-Roitfeld well: She now not only art directs ad campaigns behind the scenes, but she also stars in them as well. First Gap for Fall 2008, and now British fashion accessories chain Accessorize: The latter campaign may have been styled by Russian Vogue's Simon Robbins and shot in Greenwich Village, but I never really took Julia for a catalogue girl.
>> THE MODELIZER —Is Ymre Stiekema the new Sasha Pivovarova over at Prada? The 16-year-old Dutch model was chosen to be the face of Prada's Fall 2008 Linea Rossa campaign, and this evening in Milan, she scored an ace in the hole: the coveted Prada Spring 2009 runway exclusive. Ymre opened the show, while Sigrid Agren closed. [Models.com Daily Feed]
>> Although Gap is having a little trouble these days —the brand just cut their entire European design team and were overtaken by Zara as the world's biggest retailer — all bets are still on executive VP of design Patrick Robinson, whose first full Gap collection debuts this Fall. It is he who chose the likes of Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Georgina Chapman, Cecilia Dean, and Scott Schuman to front Gap's Fall 2008 campaign, proving he really is trying to bring fashion back to the company.
Can Mikael Jansson's shots of those four, Ryan McGinley, Karlie Kloss, Sean Avery, Jourdan Dunn, and more, plus Patrick's new designs, make the difference for Gap? Only time will tell, but until then, enjoy the rest of the Fall campaign.
>> Steven Klein's obsession with horses continues — that Madonna spread from W two years ago just wasn't enough. Over the weekend, he hosted an equine rescue benefit with Gwyneth Paltrow, and recently, he shot the Loewe Fall 2008 ads featuring — what else — but horses. Stephanie Stephanie commandeers the campaign, looking a little bit dominatrix, and a whole lot of woman.
>> INSIDER WIRE —Yesterday, we saw Gap's femme fashion figures for Fall 2008, and today brings another fashion fixture shot — but of the masculine persuasion — Scott Schuman. He chronicled his Gap shoot back in April on The Sartorialist, even neglected to cut or shave his hair for weeks (as he was asked) in preparation. Only a photographer could understand how much it takes to get the right shot. [The Sartorialist]
>> Now that Prada has released Sasha Pivovarova from her campaign exclusive, it's fun to see where else she pops up. The latest? She joins flower child Lily Cole, opera-going Liya Kebede, and a chic Shalom Harlow in the Fall 2008 Tiffany & Co. cast, looking like an updated Audrey Hepburn. Word on the street is that Hye Rim Park also makes an appearance in the set, but we'll have to wait a little longer on that one.
»Bee Shaffer turns 21 today, and is celebrating at mom Anna Wintour's country house near Mastic, Long Island this weekend [Style File]
»Karen Elson nabs the September 2008 Vogue UK cover [Models.com]
»Kate Schelter and Charlotte Ronson love their neon Alexander Wang [Chic Report]
»Sean Avery wore shorts suits during his time at Vogue [The Cut]
»Patrick Robinson shows how Gap denim is done [Nylon]
»A second shot from Lanvin Fall 2008 [TFS]
>> Almost exactly one year ago, Gap launched its Fall 2007 European campaign, featuring fashion figues like Pierre Hardy, Amanda Harlech, Coco Rocha and Elettra Rossellini Weidemann shot by Mikael Jansson. The ads must have been a success, because rather than going with the high-wattage stars stateside Gap campaigns usually feature, the black-and-white, fashion-figure concept has been lifted for the Fall 2008 American campaign.
Shots of a smiling Cecilia Dean, a pouting Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, and a coy Georgina Chapman are sprinkled among those of Clemence Poesy, Maryna Linchuk, actress Catalina Sandino Moreno, Chanel Iman, and Lily Donaldson (plus Liv Tyler, apparently star wattage couldn't be totally nixed). More shots are still to come — including those of Scott Schuman and Ryan McGinley.