Am sending off a note from the sunny Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic. We started with a fabulous shoot at Minitas Beach and Altos de Chavon for our upcoming ad campaign. It’s tough shooting fall in the middle of a Caribbean summer, but the pictures look amazing. Once the two days of work were out of the way, it was all about enjoying the vacation. Took a gorgeous catamaran trip to Catalina Island that ended in a feeble attempt at salsa dancing with the crew, who wouldn’t take no for an answer. Saturday included a long horseback ride and a spectacular dinner at El Pescador, Le Cirque’s new spot down south. The crab roll is not to be missed and the beachside locale was très romantic. The next morning was all about shopping and relaxing on the beach. Doesn’t get much better than this…. Amy
It’s mid-August, when the fashion-obsessed start thinking about the fall ad campaigns (and mail carriers think of calling in sick). The September issues are thicker than ever, but this time around we’ve done the groundwork for you. Here’s how the latest batch of pretty pictures breaks down:
The award for the fall ’07 campaign queen goes to Jessica Stam: We spotted the Canadian in at least nine ads, including ones for DKNY, Christian Dior (above), Roberto Cavalli, and Miss Sixty. Giving Stammy a run for her money is Raquel Zimmermann, with six campaigns, among them the lucrative Fendi, Fendi fragrance, and Gucci fragrance contracts. Kate Moss, who was last autumn’s top model (she didn’t do too shabbily for herself in spring ’07, either), is down to four campaigns this season.
As far as photographers go, the duo of Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin (Chloé, YSL, Stella McCartney) are neck and neck with Mario Testino (Burberry, D&G, Michael Kors) for most campaigns shot, with each landing at least ten. Also worth a mention is Karl Lagerfeld, who somehow found the time to not only design six lines—Chanel, Chanel Cruise, Chanel Accessories, K by Karl Lagerfeld, Karl Lagerfeld Gallery, and Fendi—but also shoot the campaigns for each of them.
Our picks for the top ten new faces from the Fall ’07 shows also fared well. Among them, they landed campaigns for Gianfranco Ferré and Neiman Marcus (Ali Michael); Pringle, Dolce & Gabbana, and Jil Sander (Kasia Struss); Burberry and Dolce & Gabbana (Georgia Frost); and Marc Jacobs Fragrance, Prada, Pringle, and Jil Sander (Irina Kulikova).
New York’s creative crowd headed to The Yard in Brooklyn this weekend—not to be confused with the Yard at the Soho Grand—to help DIY record label The Social Registry celebrate its fourth anniversary. Representing the fashion world were Ben Cho, in a deconstructed tuxedo vest, and the event’s poster designer, Matt Damhave, formerly of Imitation of Christ (which, it was reported last week, his onetime partner Tara Subkoff is trying to sell). When we asked him what he was up to, he filled us in on his latest project, Of the Manor, Of the Manner, an all-encompassing record label/journal/clothing line, which he started with the intention of fostering community among artists. “We’re going around the culture industry,” he said. “I want to make people see what they dream of.” He put on his opaque white sunglasses, whose Japanese design was based on snow blinders. “My field of vision is great.”—Blythe Sheldon
Photo: Blythe Sheldon
“It’s always interesting to see what the artists come up with,” said curator Aaron Rose at the opening of RE-RUN at the Ford Brady furniture studio in Los Angeles on Friday night. Inspired by the Vintage Nike Running collection, the traveling exhibit (L.A. is the second stop of a multi-city tour) features the work of artists such as Scott Campbell, Tracy Nakayama, and Kime Buzzelli juxtaposed against the line’s retro-inspired sneakers. The streetwear aficionado crowd was transfixed by two things: the Nike giveaways and a hilarious send-up of a circa 1977 television commercial for the cult Waffle sneaker, created by local duo Champ. Rose, for his part, has his retro credentials so down pat that he can afford to be casual about them. When asked about the classic LD 1000s he was sporting, he confessed, “Nike kept trying to offer me rare ones, but I didn’t like the colors. Plus, I’m totally over the rare-shoe thing. It’s just little toys for little bored boys, right?”—Linlee Allen
Photo: Linlee Allen
Have trouble telling the Olsen twins apart? Help is at hand: The sisters have taken to dressing like polar opposites when they appear in public together, as they did at this weekend’s Hampton Social concert. Ashley (above, left) pulled together her current favorite mix of Alaïa and smart basics, while Mary-Kate (above, right), the more bohemian sib, showed up swathed in layers of black, with her trademark pounds of costume jewelry and a long striped shawl. Classic Ashley, hippie Mary-Kate. Got it?
Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images
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