>> Steven Klein Enlisted to Direct Lady Gaga "Alejandro" Video—Steven Klein, who has collaborated with Madonna often, in print as well as on background videos for her 2004 and 2006 concert tours, has reportedly been tapped to direct the music video for Lady Gaga's next single, "Alejandro." The choice is a departure for Gaga, who typically works with music video veterans. The single is expected to hit mainstream radio airwaves on April 20; no word yet on the video drop date. [WWD]
>> Daphne Guinness Returning for Akris Fall 2010 Campaign —Last night, Akris celebrated 15 years of advertising collaborations with Steven Klein at Bergdorf Goodman in New York — Klein's first campaign for the brand came in 1995, featuring Stella Tennant. The current face of Akris, Daphne Guinness (who happens to be Tennant's cousin), was in attendance last night — and she's agreed to come back as the brand's Fall 2010 face; she and Klein are shooting the campaign today. [WWD, Style File]
The first product offering to be released from Madonna's newly inked deal with Iconix Brand Group is an eyewear collection designed with Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. The collection of six sunglass styles bears an MDG logo — the M standing out and filled with tiny stars.
This is the first co-branded collaboration for Dolce & Gabbana. “We’re so excited. This further strengthens our relationship with Madonna, and it was a very constructive experience for us,” said Stefano Gabbana in an interview with WWD. “[Madonna] is very exacting and a professional who seeks perfection in everything she does, and this was no exception.” According to the article, Dolce & Gabbana sent Madonna over 50 sketches, which she then edited down to six, while altering designs to her liking.
Steven Klein used stills taken from a video shoot for the ad campaign, which features close-ups of Madonna playing a film noir version of herself along with model Tyson Ballou. The campaign breaks in May magazines, and the lineup of sunnies will retail for around $250. Styles include retro black plastic shades, gold and silver metal frames, and wrap-around goggles.
Madonna's next fashion item launch will be the Material Girl juniors' line available at Macy's this August.
Click below for more images of the Madonna for Dolce & Gabbana sunglass collection.
>> 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
Who needs stagnant models when you can have them in fabulous motion? "I thought maybe we need a bit of action," said Alber Elbaz about his Spring '10 ads. And action he delivered. Steven Meisel shot, while model Jamie Bochert bent. In the men's department, Elbaz had married couple photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin get in front of the lens for a passionate kiss. What do you think of the latest Lanvin?
>> This week's Vanity Fair Italia has a peek at Madonna's ad campaign for Dolce & Gabbana's Sicilian-inspired Spring 2010 collection. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, longtime fans of the singer who said at the time of the Italian cinama-influenced shoot last month — “to have Madonna in our campaign is a dream come true” — told the magazine of their choice: "She loved the collection . . . She is passionate and impressively knowledgeable about Italian cinema."
Steven Klein captured Madonna in New York washing dishes, eating spaghetti; Vanity Fair Italia prompted Gabbana about the pictures, asking if Madonna knew how to wash dishes — "Certainly . . . she's a very practical woman" — and whether she actually eats spaghetti — "Of course, and she can allow herself to with all the exercise she does!"
Steven Meisel, Vogue Italia Love Their Ladies Over 40: Linda Evangelista for August 2009; Daphne Guinness to Appear in September
>> Steven Meisel seems to have temporarily moved on from his usual just-signed-model cover fare for Vogue Italia to women with a little more life experience — 42-year-old Kristen McMenamy was on the cover and heavily featured in the July 2009 issue, and now, for the August 2009, it's all about 44-year-old Linda Evangelista, whose image is juxtaposed on the cover with the phrase "refined style."
We've only got clues — no names — about who will be the September multiple cover stars — but the tradition will be carried on in that issue by 41-year-old Daphne Guinness, who was photographed by Steven Klein in July for a 20-plus-page editorial based on a 60's cult French film that she promises will be "darker and moodier. A new side of me.”
Alexander Wang, Gareth Pugh, and More Are Scooping Up Chance to Show at MAC and Milk's Free New York Fashion Week Venue
>> Soon after Maybelline announced it would be be taking over from five-year Bryant Park cosmetics sponsor MAC, MAC — presumedly, as New York Times' Eric Wilson put it, tired of having to share "a rather circuslike stage with other sponsors who were competing for attention, sometimes including makers of doughnuts, cameras, toilets and Big Macs" — announced that it would be producing the tentatively-titled MAC and Milk Fashion Week with Milk Studios at the same time as the traditional New York Fashion Week.
The event can be seen as either a complement or a competitor to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, but on the record, anyway, there seem to be no hard feelings. Milk Studios founder Mazdack Rassi says of the initiative: "This week is not an alternative show space, it's a way of cultivating designers and helping them come up with new ways of selling their clothes." And Zach Eichman, a VP of IMG Fashion, which produces the shows at Bryant Park, told the New York Times last week the company welcomed the MAC and Milk event and that bus service between shows would be available when possible. “We can’t do every show in the tents. We hope they will be successful.”
>> Vogue Italia September Cover Hints, August 2009 Vogue Paris Not All Daria Werbowy —Yesterday, we got quite a few September cover star confirmations, but Vogue Italia was left out. Now, thanks to The Imagist, we have a few clues — September 2009 is set to be a "multiple cover extravaganza," each cover a standalone — "think compelling blonde (or two) weighed against a surprisingly unique choice of a brunette." Meanwhile, Rihanna — who Anna Wintour is rumored to have passed on — is said to have an upcoming VI editorial by Steven Klein. And as for August 2009 Vogue Paris, which was previously reported to focus entirely on Daria Werbowy, it seems that she's not exclusive: other models appear in the entirely Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin-lensed issue. [The Imagist, Fashin, Fashist]
>> 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.