>> The video accompaniment to Louis Vuitton's Fall 2009 campaign has appeared on The Moment — it will be on louisvuitton.com next week — with Madonna, stylist Marie Amelie-Sauve, and makeup artist Pat McGrath all making appearances. Marc Jacobs, for his part, explains the deal with the bunny ears: "There's a girl who works for us, Lucy, she's on the design team, and Adrian, one of the boys, was tying a little bit of fabric around and it reminded me of bunny. We were thinking of all these different things like can-can dancers, and I saw this piece of fabric wrapped around Lucy's head and said, 'Bunny ears, that's what we need to finish this look.' So we made all these radzimir bunny ears and that's how it happened. I like the kind of Playboy, French coquette aspect to it."
>> Giorgio Armani sticks with an idea when it works — the newest wave of Victoria and David Beckham's underwear ads, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, are out today — and the same goes for his Cruise 2010 collection. He started exploring the eighties with a little Grace Jones influence in his Fall 2009 collection, and for resort he's taking the idea further with brightly-checked party dresses, polka dots, and a dash of sequins.
>> Iris Strubegger is finding traction more traction than ever — Fall 2009 Givenchy and Valentino ads, an entire article in July 2009 Vogue dedicated to her cropped cut making her career. She told the magazine: "My hair makes me look more interesting, and it has given me more confidence." The confidence comes across in her new editorial in the upcoming July/August 2009 V#60, "A Touch of Class." The magazine isn't out until July 7, but a preview of the editorial, styled by Olivier Rizzo and photographed by Willy Vanderperre, shows Iris working the usual designer duds with a twist: a pair of fishnets worn on top. The V#60 cover features Cameron Diaz by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, and inside are portraits by David Sims and a shoot with Lady Gaga.
So where is Iris's newfound confidence taking her next? She told Vogue she plans on spending her summer vacation camping in Croatia with Wolfgang, her boyfriend of seven years and a financier from her hometown in Austria.
>> Anja Rubik scores Balmain; First Look at Lily Allen for Chanel—It appears that Anja Rubik is increasingly becoming an Emmanuelle Alt favorite — the Vogue Paris fashion director recently styled Anja for her first major Vogue cover, and now Anja is appearing in the new Balmain Fall 2009 ads, as spotted in the brand's Paris boutique (Alt is Balmain's stylist). Meanwhile, Lily Allen's Fall 2009 Chanel handbag ads — for the launch of the new Chanel Coco Cocoon line — don't come out until October, but Chanel posted a photographic peek from the shoot, with Lily in crown. [Jak & Jil Twitter, Chanel]
>> Alexander McQueen threw his hat into the increasingly popular video presentation ring for his menswear show last week, and set up Janete Friedrich and Ulrike Theusner in mannish tailored suits for his Fall 2009 McQ campaign — compare with the cheerleaders of seasons past — but for his Cruise 2010 collection, he's still on the same wavelength as collections past — body-fitting graphic suits, illusion-like structured dresses, full skirts, with a little spattered paint thrown in for good measure.
>> Hannah MacGibbon has a serious fan of her work in Chloe Sevigny, who has been spotted at a number of events in different shades of the same scalloped Chloe shorts suit, but when it comes to her ad campaigns, she sticks with photographer Mikael Jansson. For her second major season campaign, instead of flaxen-haired Anna Maria Jagodzinska and Toni Garrn, MacGibbon went with the darker-haired Kasia Struss, Sigrid Agren, and Karlie Kloss, who contrast against the Spanish fields they were captured against in April, as styled by Marie Amelie Sauve.
Karl Lagerfeld Showcases His Vermont Land in Chanel Fall 2009 ads, Premieres Animated Role, and Inspires a Bag
>> The first images of Heidi Mount and Freja Beha Erichsen in Chanel's Fall 2009 campaign — which Karl Lagerfeld shot at his Vermont house for the second season in a row — have just appeared (see gallery below), with a Little House on the Prairie feel: Karl's barn will be the backdrop for at least one.
But Karl's been busy doing non-Chanel things in the weeks before couture. The Paris premiere of the animated film, Totally Spies, for which he voiced the antagonist Fabu, was yesterday — see a clip of him as Fabu here, at 1:00 — and the designer walked the red carpet with three catsuited women. He also sat front row at the Dior Homme show yesterday as he has a number of times before, where he said of the canvas "Karl Who?" tote he's been carrying: “I find it flattering. Somebody offered one to me and now Colette has picked it up." The bag is designed by Naco-Paris, but not yet available online.
*image: Wenn.com, Bauer-Griffin Online, Getty
>> Ever since Stefano Pilati started working with Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for the Fall 2007 season on Yves Saint Laurent ads, one supermodel has starred each season, starting with Gisele Bundchen, then Kate Moss for Spring 2008, Naomi Campbell for Fall 2008, Claudia Schiffer for Spring 2009, and now Christy Turlington for Fall 2009. Logically, if they keep up their partnership, Linda Evangelista should be up next season . . .
>> Lara Stone has developed a devoted cult following — Carine Roitfeld dedicated an entire issue of Vogue Paris to her, Stella McCartney recently gushed about wanted to "celebrate Lara" and her "fantastic breasts" — and as a result Lara's been able to convert more single girl campaigns. For Fall 2009, she picked up lingerie with Eres and the followup to DSquared2's epic Spring 2009 campaign with Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell fighting. Originally, designers Dean and Dan Caten were supposed to join her in the ads shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, but in the images they uploaded, it looks like they went with three male models instead.
>> More Details, First Image of Fall 2009 Madonna for Louis Vuitton Campaign Leak —What is being called "Part Deux" of Madonna's run at Louis Vuitton — for Fall 2009 — was photographed by Steven Meisel on April 24, as confirmed by Madonna's manager, and consists of at least seven images of Madonna in long boots and gloves, a few dresses mainly in blue and magenta, the bunny ears atop her head, holding a different bag in each shot. She leans on a sofa or is seated in an armchair with a curtain in the background, and apparently there's a video, too. [MadonnaTribe, TFS]