>> Karlie Kloss Back for Round Two with Fall 2010 Christian Dior Campaign —Even though there was speculation otherwise, longtime Michael Kors face Carmen Kass will be back for the brand's Fall 2010 campaign, which was shot last week by Mario Testino in Los Angeles. Also pulling a brand repeat: Karlie Kloss, Christian Dior's Spring 2010 face, will be be back for Dior's Fall 2010 campaign, reteaming with Steven Meisel and Edward Enninful for the occasion. [Vogue.it]
>> Out March 25, i-D's Spring 2010 issue is covered by Natalia Vodianova (shot by Paolo Roversi), Sasha Pivovorara, and Freja Beha Erichsen (both shot by Emma Summerton). The "Home Is Where The Heart Is"-themed issue features Dree Hemingway in her first self-styled shoot, located at her great-grandfather Ernest Hemingway's home; a special of Melanie Laurent photographed in the private Balenciaga atelier; plus profiles of Dree, Natalia, Freja, Tanga Moreau, Mariacarla Boscono, Isabeli Fontana, Alla Kostromicheva, Kirsten Owen, and Abbey Lee Kershaw. Also on the radar for the magazine: a newly-revamped website, expected to launch in May.
>> Today, Alexander McQueen was laid to rest in London during a private funeral service encompassing close friends and family only, according to a spokeswoman — Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Steven Klein, Daphne Guinness, Edward Enninful, and Stella McCartney were among the approximately 100 mourners.
The congregation spent around an hour inside St. Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, west London, before the coffin, laden with pink, white and red roses, was carried out by four pallbearers and loaded into a waiting hearse with "Lee" in white flowers on the back. The hearse drove off, followed by two black stretch Jaguars carrying McQueen's family. One mourner said of the funeral: "It was a lovely service."
A memorial service open to friends and supporters will take place later this year, although no date or venue has been confirmed, she told WWD. “We are focusing right now on the Paris show," she noted, which will be by invitation in a "private salon" format on March 9 and 10 at an undisclosed location.
*image: INFDaily.com, Flynet
Jourdan Dunn Talks Pregnancy, the "Unnecessary Competition" Among Black Models, and Joins Sessilee, Chanel, and Arlenis in i-D
>> Jourdan Dunn, Sessilee Lopez, Chanel Iman, and Arlenis Sosa Pena reunited a year after the all-black issue of Vogue Italia to shoot the September 2009 cover of i-D under a railroad arch and next to a go-kart track in East London.
Jourdan is pregnant (she's due in December — with a boy, according to Sessilee) and chats with i-D about how she may be out for a season, but doesn't plan on leaving the scene. As for the father of her child, who she's generally very private about: "My boyfriend didn't even know I was a model when I started going out with him and we've been together for three years now. It's hard, you never really know whether people want to be around Jourdan or Jourdan Dunn, and he's been there from when I was just Jourdan."
Edward Enninful, who styled the shoot — which can be seen here — calls Jourdan "reserved" in the video below, but she's very outspoken when it comes to her work: "There are loads of black models working and the idea that there's only a few of us, or four of us, to let in as top models at any one time is just bullsh*t. It creates an unnecessary competition when we should be standing together."
Chanel chimes in: "It usually takes an ethnic girl — I'm not saying black, I'm saying ethnic, let's make that clear — twice as long. We've gotta work extra-hard to stay in the game and stay with the girls who do well but aren't ethnic. Some girls can skip seasons, but us ethnic girls, we cannot skip a season because that'll kill us."
>> The way that director RJ Cutler cut his new trailer for The September Issue, which covers the making of Vogue's September 2007 issue — its biggest ever — makes it like a real-life Devil Wears Prada. In this two and a half minute montage alone, Anna Wintour is revered and feared enough to carry us until movie's country-wide Sept. 11 release date. No sooner than Thakoon Panichgul proclaims "Anna is like Madonna," the editor herself is telling a disappointed-looking Oscar de la Renta at a runthrough, "I personally would not put this one in the show, the others things you've shown us are more exciting." She scolds Mario Testino about his September 2007 cover mockups with Sienna Miller: "This type seems so large and pretentious, it looks like it's for blind people." And even Karl Lagerfeld looks nervous as Anna inspects a new Chanel piece, eventually proclaiming, "It's gorgeous."
Among her own staff, Anna is just as blunt — of one mockup: "She looks pregnant." Grace Coddington excitedly holds up a neon pink and black Fall 2007 Comme des Garcons jacket from a rack for Anna: "Look!" Not missing half a beat, Anna smiles: "No." And in a meeting with stylist Edward Enninful, she looks at his work for the magazine and declares: "Where's the glamour? It's Vogue, okay? Please, let's lift it." No wonder the movie is inspiring bootleg viewing parties among editors — and Anna to supposedly have her underlings monitor the movie's Facebook page for her.
>> There was speculation that Kate Moss might be collaborating with Karl Lagerfeld on something, but it looks like Yves Saint Laurent may have landed her first. Yesterday, photos of a shoot in Paris — with Kate all decked out in Fall 2009 Yves Saint Laurent, Edward Enninful doing the styling duties, and Craig McDean photographing — appeared, and some wondered if it wasn't the Fall 2009 YSL campaign shoot. A spokesperson has denied that it was — which makes sense, since Stefano Pilati wasn't on set, and was in New York instead the night before — but didn't rule out that it was some kind of campaign shoot. Fragrance campaign seems most likely, since she's holding a single rose to her nose, no? Either that, or perhaps something for the May 2009 issue of Vogue, since the Enninful-McDean combination seems right for that specific magazine, and Kate is co-hosting the Costume Institute Gala that month.
*image: bauer-griffin online
>> Last week, Edward Enninful was in Goa, India, styling a shoot for Vogue, but this week, it's all about i-D and England — he brought together twelve British faces — past and present — for i-D's March 2009 Best of British issue. "The confirmations were instant — it was about doing something for England, and models have been so faceless — British models always have personality."
Together with Solve Sundsbo, Enninful styled each of the twelve covers to bring out the character of the individual model — "I went though a great thought process — we didn't want clichés and stereotypes" — "rock 'n' roll Kate" Moss as a mature woman and fashion designer, "ageless" British models like Twiggy, newcomer Eliza Cummins, who is also moonlighting on the new Dazed & Confused (NSFW), symbolizing British grit with a snarl. To further the emphasis on personality, each cover face has her own cover quote summing up her outlook, from Stella Tennant — "I don't really fit the box" — to Agyness Deyn — "Feel the fear and do it anyway." Leave it to Naomi Campbell to bring the non sequitur: "I love a Sunday roast."
>> INSIDER WIRE —We'll be watching next Wednesday to see what Alessandro dell'Acqua has to offer in his new role at Malo, but now there's even more of a reason to pay close attention to the Spring 2009 show. The designer has tapped Edward Enninful to work his styling magic behind-the-scenes, and I, for one, can't wait to see the outcome.
>> If you're going to spend a lot of time bored on the subway, why not do it for pay, and look fabulous while you're at it? That must have been stylist Edward Enninful's concept for the Fall 2008 Alberta Ferretti campaign, which features Anna Maria Jagodzinska and new talent Magdalena Frackowiak, Siri Tollerod, and Viktoriya Sasonkina juxtaposed in jewel tones with jaded expressions affixed on their faces. The best shot Steven Meisel captured has to be of Siri, slumped over in plastic chair.