>> Annie Leibovitz Gains Back Photo Rights With Loan Renegotiation —Annie Leibovitz, who was in danger of losing the rights to every photo she had ever taken, plus four of her homes, has reached a deal with her creditors Art Capital Group. Leibovitz was able to buy back her photo rights, Art Capital is dropping its breach of contract lawsuit, and she's avoided the predicted bankruptcy filing. The conditions of Art Capital's $24 million loan to Leibovitz were renegotiated and its maturity date, originally Sept. 8, extended. [WWD]
>> Annie Leibovitz's Financial Troubles Continue —After loaning Annie Leibovitz — who has lucrative contracts with Louis Vuitton, Vogue, and Vanity Fair — $24 million against her three Greenwich Village townhouses, her home in upstate New York, and the rights to all “copyrights ... photographic negatives ... contract rights” existing or to be created in the future, Art Capital Group is now suing her for breach of contract. The lawsuit seeks to compel her to grant access to her homes and to meet with parties who are interested in buying her works so that she can repay the loan; so far, she has refused on both accounts. [Reuters, Jezebel]
>> Models are making some scores stateside with the August 2009 issues — Steven Klein shot Lara Stone as Brigitte Bardot for W and Christy Turlington is headlining Vogue's Age Issue, shot by Annie Leibovitz. But if raw is what you're looking for, Greg Lotus shot Bianca Balti for the June/July 2009 cover of French Playboy — the magazine that has featured Anouck Lepere, Lily Cole, and been photographed by Karl Lagerfeld and Terry Richardson in the past — with little to cover up in, save a bikini bottom and a stretch of net.
Gallery is NSFW.
>> ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL —Louis Vuitton released the latest edition of its Annie Leibovitz-lensed "Core Values" campaign, featuring astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Sally Ride, and Jim Lovell staring up at the night sky in the California desert. This segment of the campaign, which in the past has featured Catherine Deneuve, Keith Richards, Sofia and Francis Ford Coppola, among others, marks the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon and symbolizes the brand's efforts to attract sophisticated customers — Kate Betts noted yesterday that this ad "is the coolest one yet." [WSJ]
>> INSIDER WIRE —Yesterday, a blind item circulated about a major publication letting their contract with a star photographer near the end without renewal — many drew the conclusion that it might be talking about Steven Meisel, who has photographed every cover of Vogue Italia for almost twenty-one years. However, a source who seems to know the ins and outs of Meisel — including that he turned down shooting the Missoni, Christian Dior, Max Mara, and DSquared2 campaigns for Fall 2009 because of money, and that he recently shot the Roberto Cavalli campaign in New York with two girls and a boy — says it's not him. Perhaps it's Annie Leibovitz (Vanity Fair, Vogue) or Mario Testino (Vogue)? [TFS, TFS, TFS]
>> INSIDER WIRE —We know Vogue's May 2009 cover will center around models, but what about further down the line? Fashion director Tonne Goodman and Annie Leibovitz were spotted in Malibu yesterday, doing a photoshoot with the girls of Nine (minus a couple): Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Kate Hudson, and Penelope Cruz. The movie cast was a Vogue cover waiting to happen, although it seems early to be shooting a cover, since the movie doesn't come out until Nov. 25, so logically it would be a November 2009 cover. Maybe the photos are just going inside, but a quad cover like that seems too much like something Anna Wintour couldn't pass up. [PopSugar]
>> Last week, British singer Adele announced she was getting the Vogue treatment for the Grammys — she was scheduled to shoot a spread for the magazine with Annie Leibovitz, and Anna Wintour wanted to meet her during her final fitting last Monday. "It was just like The Devil Wears Prada," Adele said. "It was amazing. I was really frightened and I went in and she was so nice. She was like, 'What labels do you like?' I was trying to make up these designers that I was quite sure I had read in Vogue or something before." Anna ended up offering to style her for the awards show, and Adele got "a really nice dress" out of the bargain.
Adele walked the red carpet last night in a Barbara Tfank flared black dress — which Vogue had custom-made for the occasion — and a green jacket that looked like something Wintour might wear herself, a tuxedoed Hamish Bowles on her arm. Another Vogue celebrity styling debacle has been avoided, and we might even get a chronicle of the experience in Vogue — my best guess for Hamish's appearance on the red carpet.
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>> INSIDER WIRE —Rumors have placed Michelle Obama on the March 2009 Vogue cover, and although a Vogue spokesman denied that there were any set plans back in early December, recent developments might indicate otherwise. Yesterday morning, Annie Leibovitz was spotted entering the Hay-Adams Hotel, the Obama's current residence in Washington, DC. Granted, it could have been a shoot for Vanity Fair, but maybe, just maybe, it wasn't — Vogue has been vocal about being "very interested" in working with Mrs. O, and Annie does have a history of doing covers for the magazine. [Politico]
Fab Field Day: Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life Yesterday I headed to the National Portrait Gallery to get a sneak preview of their newest exhibit entitled "Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life." Leibovitz is one of the world's best portrait photographers working today and this retrospective documents her work between 1990 and 2005.
>> 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]