August 31 2014

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4 posts tagged "Bianca Balti"

Breaking Down the Fall Campaigns


The Fall ’12 campaigns started trickling in with magazines’ July issues, and there has been a spate of new ads in the recent August glossies. From a model’s standpoint, landing a campaign is the holy grail in terms of both money and prestige. The reason girls walk in runway shows to begin with (catwalk turns are notoriously underpaid or paid in trade) is to get noticed by the designers, stylists, and photographers who could potentially turn them into a billboard or the face on the side of a bus. Aside from Kate Moss (pictured, above), who appears in the latest from Salvatore Ferragamo (lensed by Mikael Jansson), and Daria Werbowy‘s reprisal at Céline (Juergen Teller previously shot her for Spring ’11), this season has really been about fueling up-and-comers. Case in point: Elza Luijendijk, whose Prada runway exclusive eventually turned into a spot in the coveted campaign shot by Steven Meisel. The 16-year-old Dutch beauty also wowed in Versace’s Fall gothic-chic series with the help of Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott (pictured, below). Kati Nescher has been a huge success story this year, and she scooped up contracts with Chanel and Nina Ricci (and we’re guessing more are on the way in the not-so-distant future).

Overall, the general trend in fresh faces is: The newer they are, the more designers pack in together. Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, and Etro have all put out multi-girl images. The Balenciaga pack is completely unknown: Julier Bugge, Linn Arvidsson, Juliet Ingleby, Anniek Kortleve, and Sophie Hirschfelder—even the most diligent model watchers have no idea who these girls are, but Nicolas Ghesquière always loves to throw us a few head-scratchers. On the other hand, Dolce & Gabbana perfectly cast the more recognizable Italian trifecta of Bianca Balti, Bianca Brandolini d’Adda, and Monica Belluci for its Fall ads.

Photos: Courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo; Courtesy of Versace

Sonia Rykiel Names New Creative Director, Gisele In Trouble For Hope Lingerie Campagin, Lagerfeld’s Hogan Book, And More…


April Crichton has been named the new creative director of Sonia Rykiel. She has been working alongside president Nathalie Rykiel since 2009, when Gabrielle Greiss left the house. [WWD]

Gisele Bündchen may be an Angel, but right now, Brazilian authorities don’t think so. Bündchen is being criticized for her new Hope lingerie campaign, which has been called “sexist” and “stereotyped.” [Vogue U.K.]

Karl Lagerfeld has created a book, featuring models Bianca Balti and Jacquelyn Jablonski, for his third collaboration with Hogan. For his past projects with the brand, Lagerfeld made a movie and a photo exhibition. “This time I wanted something else because I hate to repeat myself,” Lagerfeld says. [WWD]

Nicolas Ouchenir is the man who addresses the invites for some of fashion week’s most in-demand shows. The Paris-based calligrapher took a break from doing invites for Rick Owens’ and Gareth Pugh’s shows to talk to Nowness about the process. [Nowness]

Photo: Jason LaVeris / Getty Images

Behind The Scenes Of Chanel’s Tale Of A Fairy


If that magic ticket to Antibes and the Chanel Cruise show got lost in the poste, never fear—you can now see Tale of a Fairy, the film Karl Lagerfeld shot with house favorites Anna Mouglalis, Kristen McMenamy, Freja Beha Erichsen, and Baptiste Giabiconi—in full at More curious how your Chanel sausage gets made? The label shared a few pics from behind the scenes with Karl, Kristen, Freja, and more. Check them out, above and below (not all of which, incidentally, are SFW). Continue Reading “Behind The Scenes Of Chanel’s Tale Of A Fairy” »

Forty Years Of Roberto Cavalli


When Roberto Cavalli opened the doors of his first store in Saint-Tropez four decades ago, as Tim Blanks writes, “it wasn’t much more than a fishing village.” Times have changed—to say the least—but Cavalli has kept on, outfitting generations of jet-set socials in all the feathers, ruffles, python, leather, and leopard print they could handle. (And as it turns out, they could handle a lot.) To celebrate his 40 years in the business, the designer is putting out Roberto Cavalli, a collection of images, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, of some of the world’s most beautiful women in his clothes. (Lara Stone, left, Carolyn Murphy, Sasha Pivovarova, and Sigrid Agren are just a few of the ladies represented.) On the eve of the book’s publication and his 40th anniversary bash in Paris, Cavalli checked in with to talk stars and style. And keep reading below for our exclusive slideshow of images from the book.

You’re celebrating your 40th anniversary in fashion. What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in fashion over that time?
With the invention of technology and the Internet, everything has become much more instantaneous now, which is exciting. I love that no matter where you are in the world, as long as you have access to a computer, you have access to fashion, an area that was previously very closed off. Now, we have a rapidly growing Facebook page and a new e-commerce site, which is doing extremely well.

The book is full of fabulous women who’ve worn your creations. Do you have one who is a particular favorite, whom you love to dress?
I have so many friends, clients, and fans that I love to see in my clothing, but just this week I have had the pleasure of dressing Heidi Klum, Leona Lewis, Taylor Swift, and Rachel Bilson while they are in Milan and Paris. They all looked stunning.

Are there any women you haven’t yet dressed that you’d like to?
I don’t think the world will ever run out of beautiful women that I want to dress!

The entire book was shot by Mert & Marcus. What do you like best about collaborating with them in particular?

Mert & Marcus do incredible work and I’m always impressed by how they can capture beauty, energy, and passion. What I liked most about working with them was the confidence in knowing that the final product would turn out fantastic, which it has.

Forty years in business—no mean feat. What do you hope to do in your next 40 years in fashion?
I hope to have another 40 just as wild and exciting as the past. I want the Roberto Cavalli name to live on and continue to ride the wave of success.

Click here for an exclusive slideshow of Mert & Marcus’ shots from Roberto Cavalli >

Photo: Mert & Marcus/Courtesy of Roberto Cavalli