>> ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL —Speaking of Spring 2009 campaigns, here's a fun, but totally unverified rumor circling around today: "For Calvin [Klein Collection] they originally wanted Kate Moss to do it, she obviously refused to wear those clothes. So then they asked Christie [sic] Turlington, she also refused. So they got Anna Selezneva to do it." Anna did have a Calvin Spring 2009 exclusive, and the campaign is supposed to be one girl . . . [TI]
>> ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL —That mystery Prada campaign Ymre Stiekema was talking about shooting? It might have been Resort 2009, because here she is, donning those Prada Resort jewels. Or maybe it was the Spring 2009 campaign, because when she was interviewed less than a month ago — it seems like a quick turnaround for print. Plus, she's building quite the foundation at Prada — opening the Spring 2009 show as an exclusive, the Linea Rossa campaign . . . [TFS]
>> 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.
>> Back in June, Laetitia Casta shot a mysterious campaign with Annie Leibovitz for Louis Vuitton, and now we get to see the product. She follows in an illustrious line of Leibovitz-lensed Louis ads — Catherine Denueve, Sofia Coppola, and Mikhail Gorbachev have all come before her, and Sean Connery is said to be next.
>> ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL —Currently causing confusion this morning: In a newly-published interview with Ymre Stiekema, one of Prada's Spring 2009 exclusives, she divulges that she was in Milan to work on a Prada campaign — this is pre-Spring 2009 Prada show, of course. Ymre has already appeared in the Fall 2008 Prada Linea Rossa campaign, so is this campaign she's talking about Linea Rossa? Resort 2009? Spring 2009? [V Magazine]
>> Back in April, Gucci announced that Claire Danes would be replacing Drew Barrymore as the face of their fine jewelry line this Fall. The campaign was shot by the same photographers — Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin — and now that the new set of photos with Claire have been revealed, they leave me wondering. Why switch headliners and shell out the money for a whole new shoot if you're going to use the same exact sand background, same poses, same concept . . . ?
>> Plenty of models put their whole body into their work, but Erin Wasson, she fractured her foot while filming an ad campaign — and kept right on going. All this happened back in May, so she's long since lost the cast, but we're just now getting to see the short films that brought on the injury.
Erin gets to use her Texas roots for this one, adopting a thick drawl as "Birdie," love interest to William Rast, a "mysterious rebel" played by Justin Timberlake. The two run through woods, make out a little, escape some gunshots, make out some more . . . all in the name of a group of mini-documentaries advertising Justin's line, William Rast.
The trailer is below, with the first three short films after the cut.
>> Ryan McGinley may have just earned a starring role in the Fall 2008 Gap campaign, but it's a set of ads he photographed that is wagging tongues right now.
The campaign is for Wrangler, and captures girls and guys wearing nothing but jeans, acting one with nature under the theme "We Are Animals." So far, it sounds pretty textbook McGinley — unclothed young things, cavorting around fields and streams — but the issue comes from two specific images, which to some suggest "highly disturbing" "murdered corpses."
Seems Ryan is well on his way to being the more-in-tune-with-nature version of Terry Richardson. In fact, considering that this campaign is running in France, don't be surpised if it garners him a Vogue Paris editorial or two — this pushing of the envelope seems right up Carine's alley.