Akris Tries A Guinness-------
Last night at Bergdorf Goodman, Akris’ Albert Kriemler celebrated his 15-year relationship—that’s 30 seasons—with the brand’s ad campaign photographer, Steven Klein. The Swiss designer may be remarkably faithful regarding his favorite shutterbug, but he’s not necessarily a one-woman kind of guy when it’s come to models, except for a few special cases. The first was Stella Tennant, whom Kriemler and Klein worked with for their first three seasons together. “Then she was discovered by Karl [Lagerfeld] and she was gone,” the designer joked. The most recent exception is Daphne Guinness, who was at the cocktail party last night in a dress fresh off the Paris runway. At first the eccentric heiress and clotheshorse with a penchant for punishing footwear seemed like a strange fit for Kriemler’s brand of streamlined minimalism, but something about the Spring ads clicked. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Tennant and Guinness are first cousins? In any case, she’s agreed to star in Akris’ Fall campaign, which Klein is shooting today.
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