>> BLOWING THE COVER —i-D seems to be having a love affair with multiple covers — they did twelve for their March 2009 issue, and the same idea is in the works for the June 2009 issue. Already, six girls have been photographed for what happens to be the magazine's 300th issue, so expect "a blockbuster affair." The only clue on who the lucky ladies are? One is a "gorgeous American who has been MIA from the scene for few years now. You've caught a glimpse of her in Vogue Paris and on the Givenchy FW 09 runway." Jessica Miller, who walked Givenchy, appeared in Vogue Paris November 2008, and has been earmarked for a comeback, seems to fit the bill. [The Imagist]
>> Last week, Edward Enninful was in Goa, India, styling a shoot for Vogue, but this week, it's all about i-D and England — he brought together twelve British faces — past and present — for i-D's March 2009 Best of British issue. "The confirmations were instant — it was about doing something for England, and models have been so faceless — British models always have personality."
Together with Solve Sundsbo, Enninful styled each of the twelve covers to bring out the character of the individual model — "I went though a great thought process — we didn't want clichés and stereotypes" — "rock 'n' roll Kate" Moss as a mature woman and fashion designer, "ageless" British models like Twiggy, newcomer Eliza Cummins, who is also moonlighting on the new Dazed & Confused (NSFW), symbolizing British grit with a snarl. To further the emphasis on personality, each cover face has her own cover quote summing up her outlook, from Stella Tennant — "I don't really fit the box" — to Agyness Deyn — "Feel the fear and do it anyway." Leave it to Naomi Campbell to bring the non sequitur: "I love a Sunday roast."
>> THE MODELIZER —It was good to see Freja Beha Erichsen back on the runway after she skipped out on Milan and Paris last season, allegedly with Catherine McNeil. Here's another tidbit for McBeha conspiracists — Freja talking in the February 2009 i-D about her unnamed "love": "My love means the world to me! We have a very special bond of understanding, friendship, and love, and I'm grateful to have such a beautiful person in my life to share the little and the bigs things with. I can tell you that I've never been in such an easy relationship before . . . and it feels amazing. I keep thinking to myself now, 'Ahaa, this is how it's supposed to feel!'" [Fashionista (NSFW)]
>> If one fashion magazine isn't hurt by the current economic conditions, it has to be Katie Grand's new endeavor for Conde Nast UK, Love. The "high-end," "edgy" magazine, which was originally being tossed around for a February or March 2009 launch, is going full-steam ahead — new logo above — with an official launch on Feb. 19. Katie has taken most of her team from POP — including creative directors Lee Swillingham and Stuart Spalding, plus fashion editor Phoebe Arnold, who masqueraded around as a gravestone with the POP logo on it at Halloween.
New additions to the team include — as rumored — Francesca Burns, formerly of i-D, as senior fashion editor-at-large, plus Mark Frith, former editor of celebrity rag Heat, as editorial consultant. And Katie won't be the only stylist heavyweight on board — Joe McKenna is on the masthead as senior contributing fashion editor.
>> Katie Grand's new magazine has a name — Love — just as previously rumored. Nicholas Coleridge, managing director of Conde Nast UK, which is publishing the magazine, explains: "We came up with the name together. It's just a great name. It's a very positive name denoting a love of fashion and a love of style."
Love — which comes out late February, early March, will go for £5 and is already attracting a "very positive response" from advertisers. It's also rumored to have attracted Francesca Burns from her post as fashion editor at i-D — she's said to be joining Love as senior fashion editor-at-large.
>> Lara Stone is known for baring her breasts in most of her editorial spreads, inciting fanaticism in some and eliciting scoffs from others, but as she tells i-D in the November 2008 issue, she's tired of all the commotion: "Will you stop asking me questions about my tits? Oops sorry, but the world seems rather obsessed with them . . ." She graces the cover of the magazine, all chiseled cheeks, gap teeth and bleached eyebrows — no breasts in sight — but when the accompanying tagline reads, "Yes, I think I'm sexy," what does she expect?
The world's obsession started when Lara was young.
My mother tells me of when I was 10 or 11 and I would wear really tight, short skirts and crop tops. All the local men would wolf whistle and stop and stare, but I didn't realize why at the time.
But her mother did . . . and she wasn't sure what to do about it.
The first time she saw me naked she sent this whole long big email, that was sooo sweet. She had seen the pictures from Purple by Inez and Vinoodh of me, butt naked, in the studio. She was like 'Lara, if you don't want to do this, you can just say no, you can always move back home with us'. She's so sweet.
A little bit of wink, wink, nudge, nudge seems to have overtaken the imagination of the populace from politics to fashion. Lara Stone photographed by Alasdair McLellan in November's i-D magazine has a bleary eyed heavy lidded wink on the cover. Now i-D is known for their winking covers but we can't help but think that a certain Presidential nominee's infamous winking spree will give even more relevance to the magazine's charming cover treatments. Now the question is which woman thinks they are sexy?
>> INSIDER WIRE —At Louis Vuitton, there is never a shortage of monograms or trinkets — and Sunday's show was no exception. Marc Jacob's business partner Robert Duffy mentioned backstage that the models had on pretty lingerie, and Raquel Zimmermann and others flipped up their skirts to reveal LV-monogrammed underpants. Meanwhile, after the show, Marc handed out the shoes straight off the runway to his favorite editors — Francesca Burns from i-D and Victoria Young of POP among them. [NYT, On the Runway, Style File, Jak & Jil]