the return of laetitia casta
With the looming fall ad campaigns heralding the return of nineties supermodels in all of their thin-but-not-too-thin, moderately busty glory, Laetitia Casta is gearing up to party like it’s 1999. The Corsican-born beauty, who’s been walking the runway since the ripe old age of 15, is experiencing a resurgence these days (not that you ever left our hearts, Laetitia), snagging the cover of this month’s Paris Vogue, plus a rumored spot in Louis Vuitton‘s high-profile, supers-only fall campaign. And since Ralph Lauren hand-picked her to star as the face of his new fragrance, Notorious (sultry ads shot by Michael Thompson to appear in your favorite glossies come September), she can add beauty icon to her ever-diversifying portfolio.
If you were worried that the trend for choosing celebrities over models in ad campaigns was getting out of hand, take heart: The Fall 2008 Calvin Klein Jeans ads have hit newsstands, and replacing Kate Bosworth (Spring 2008′s lone campaign girl) are a slew of willowy newcomers. The black-and-white ads, shot by Steven Meisel in the style of the infamous ck one campaign of the mid-nineties, star Abbey Lee, Toni Garrn, and Ali Stephens, along with Agnete Hegelund, Viktoriya Sasonkina, and Anna Selezneva. But that’s just what’s appeared so far—the series is rumored to feature 17 girls in total.
The blogosphere is buzzing with the news that Cole Mohr beat out a GIRL to model in the Fall ’09 Marc by Marc Jacobs campaign. But given Jacobs’ past record (M.I.A. in a man’s suit, Victoria Beckham crawling out of a shopping bag), perhaps it’s just the natural progression of things. No stranger to above-the-knee hemlines, last season Mohr was featured on a cover of Arena Homme + in a kilt. He does have great legs—maybe that’s what landed the Texas native the Marc gig.
Riccardo Tisci opened his Givenchy Haute Couture show with three models of color yesterday evening in Paris. Leading the pack was Lakshmi Menon, who was recently plucked from near obscurity to become the face of Hermès. A L’Officiel editorial and Vogue India cover quickly followed—and now, we hear, she’s set to be star of the Givenchy Fall campaign.