Reese Witherspoon flashed a huge grin on her way into the 10th Anniversary Avon Foundation for Women Gala in NYC last night. The actress had dinner in the city on Monday and stopped by the Guggenheim yesterday afternoon before getting red carpet ready. Inside the event, Reese met up with the faces of Avon fragrance, Patrick Dempsey and new spokesmodel Christy Turlington. Patrick's wife Jillian has her own role with the organization, as the global creative director, and the two posed together on their way in. Reese has a few days off from work on This Means War, but she seems to have taken some cues from her character's sexy wardrobe. Her legs looked perfectly toned in her short Jason Wu dress, and she put them to good use participating in a mother-daughter triathlon with Ava last Sunday.
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Christy Turlington has said she doesn't wear high heels very often, but she apparently appreciates them enough to be the face of an Avon perfume inspired by sky-high shoes. The new fragrance, called Slip Into . . . , is an oriental floral with notes of blackberry, freesia, violet, rosewood, orchid, Cashmeran, orris, and amber. It sounds very flowery and a little sweet, and Christy says that she wears the fragrance "if I want to elevate my spirit or if I'm going out. And if I'm putting on a pair of heels, I am definitely putting on fragrance." Would you be interested in spritzing Slip Into . . . on with your favorite pair of court shoes, or will you be giving this one a pass?
>> It's a good time to be a Chinese model. Particularly when it comes to cosmetics contracts, widely considered the bread and butter of the modeling world. Shortly after Estee Lauder tapped Chinese model Liu Wen — the brand's first Asian face — earlier this year, Lauder global brand president Jane Hertzmark Hudis acknowledged: “China is our fastest-growing market. What better way to honor that than to hire a native of the country?” And Aerin Lauder, SVP and creative director, added: “We’re doing very well in Asia, and we’re No. 1 in China. So Liu Wen sends the perfect message at the perfect time.”
Now Maybelline is jumping on the idea »
Having cast a 47-year-old Elle Macpherson (along with the womanly bodies of Laetitia Casta and Bar Refaeli) to fill out the curvy dress silhouettes on the fall Louis Vuitton runway, Marc Jacobs continues to offer a multigenerational theme for his advertising images—selecting Christy Turlington, Karen Elson, and Natalia Vodianova to share campaign duties. Steven Meisel shot all three models in a New York studio made to look like a Hollywood star's old-fashioned dressing room. Turlington, Elson, and Vodianova look perfectly put together dressed in Jacobs's "And God Created Woman" collection of corseted waists and circle skirts with their hair in the same fresh-looking, '50s-style high ponytails from the Vuitton runway. Perhaps reason enough to agree with Vogue's mandate to return to mature, ladylike clothing this fall.
>> In a follow up to his voluptuous Fall 2010 runway cast, Marc Jacobs selected Christy Turlington, Natalia Vodianova, and Karen Elson — coincidentally, none of whom walked in the collection's show — for the accompanying campaign. "This season we are working with three of the most beautiful women, I think, in the world," he says in the making-of video. "[A] Blonde, brunette, and a redhead." They also span one model in her 20s, one in her 30s, and one in her 40s. This marks the fourth Vuitton campaign captured by Steven Meisel, who constructed the '50s set in a Manhattan studio space.
If you thought Lara Stone's Spring Louis Vuitton ads were dreamy, wake up. The brand chose a precision cast of models, spanning generations, for its latest campaign. Christy Turlington, Karen Elson, and Natalia Vodianova are calmly coiffing in an old-school dressing room, each one thoroughly gorgeous in prim ponies, ladylike dresses, and luxe leather. The mood is serene and stylish and, notice, ample bosom plays a supporting role. According to Antoine Arnault, Vuitton’s director of communications, "The atmosphere was very Fifties, very elegant." Shot by Steven Meisel, the period set was constructed in a New York studio. Simple, yet stunning. Agreed?
>> For a recent chat with the Financial Times's Vanessa Friedman, Marc Jacobs wore a white button-down shirt with jeans instead of his usual kilt; is his addiction to the skort waning, perhaps courtesy of his fiance Lorenzo Martone's dislike of the look? “I just didn’t feel like wearing it,” Jacobs explained.
As for his compulsive gym habit, Jacobs says he hasn’t “been able to work out at all,” due to a torn rotator cuff on his shoulder; he's having surgery in a few weeks. His predilection for purchasing art, too, has been curbed: “Actually, I haven’t bought anything for a long time. The other day I bought a little 1962 Ellsworth Kelly at the Christie’s auction, but that’s it. It was a funny thing for me to buy, too. It’s just a white square with a yellow curve. Usually I like more figurative work – this is the sort of thing I’d look at and admire but not want to buy. But I just like it . . . it makes me happy.”
There are fashion ads, and then there are fashion ads. I remember growing up with the supermodel-infused ads of the '90s — is it bad to say those were the glory days? I mean, designers are still making statements, i.e. Givenchy's latest transgender venture, but sometimes pure eye candy is where it's at. I recently revisited these old-school Versace ads. I've been staring at them all week. Not that they should compete with each other, but a little friendly competition never hurt anyone. You have the girls — Christy, Nadja, Cindy, Stephanie, Claudia — a whole lot of legs . . . and socks! Do you prefer fruity Versace or pretty pastel Versace?