Anna Selezneva, Lara Stone
Who pulls off the look better?
Model: Anna Selezneva
Photographer: Camilla Akrans
Naomi Campbell is no longer wanted by police, now that the incident in which she reportedly punched and slapped her driver has been documented only as a harassment case. Miodrag Mejdina - who the Daily News reports is employed by Campbell's (married) Russian billionaire boyfriend, Vladimir Doronin - opted not to press charges against the 39-year-old supermodel. With the incident filed as a harassment complaint, Mejdina can seek an order or protection or sue for damages.
Yesterday, Mejdina told law enforcement that Campbell hit him in the back of the "head or neck" while driving through Midtown New York, then fled his Cadillac Escalade when he tried to flag down help. The driver, 27, was treated for a bruised and swollen eye, with injuries sustained when he hit his steering wheel. After the incident, Campbell reportedly went missing (a twist in the story that the Daily news called "Project Runaway"), though her rep said there was "more to the story" and that Campbell would cooperate with police.
Campbell, who has pleaded guilty to assault twice in three years and completed a court-mandated anger-management course, allegedly held a grudge against Mejdina for a year. Why? When she was trying to locate Doronin, he didn't answer her call.
Reese Witherspoon was glowing yesterday at the Vera Wang store Launch in L.A. in this purple draped strapless dress.
What do you think of her look?
For me, fashion shows are not for the public, they are trade shows for the press. It’s time for the press to understand the collection and then spread the information. That’s more interesting than just the image. Everyone wants to be first. It’s too too much. There should be privacy and mystery.
In the ongoing saga of the Lacroix brand, we bring updated news. It's now understood that Christian Lacroix himself has severed all ties with his eponymous line, in favour for concentrating on his design career with theatre costumes, hotels, et al with his XCLX studio - though things at the Lacroix label are still busy. Lacroix's ready-to-wear and couture lines were previously stopped due to the label's unfortunate bankruptcy, but CEO of the label Nicolas Topial is currently fixing new deals for licensing, alongside those who stuck by the brand in areas of menswear, silk and bridal companies.
The new additions to the Lacroix licensing are said to be ladies eyewear and sunglasses, stationery and home furnishings - whilst Topial is known to be in talks regarding innerwear, children's wear and various other accessories for both men and women. The future isn't looking so hopeful for the existing staff, however, as the current 30-strong team will be cut down to just 12. And as Topial isn't expecting to venture into women's wear again until at least 2012, stores will be shutting and Lacroix furniture auctioned at the end of May. “I think it’s better to start fresh,” Topial explained to WWD, “There’s a new life, a new chapter starting in this company. The brand is strong, it’s known and we feel we can really build on that.”
Rumour on the wire has it that Christopher Kane will be Anna Wintour's next unsuspecting victim. However, the Scottish designer should not fear: after following Kane since his graduate show from the renowned Central St Martins MA course, Wintour plans to make Kane big in America, so much so that he should become a 'household name'.
The Vogue editor was reportedly overheard at the viewing for Kane's latest collection for Versus - the range that he produces as a diffusion for Versace, a house for whom he was inspired by at the very beginning of his career, and a venture that also had something to do with Miss Wintour introducing the young designer to Donatella. Looking at Wintour's track record for mentoring her chosen protégés - John Galliano being a prime example - we're guessing it won't be long until Wintour works her magical ways. Christopher Kane, meet America. America, meet Christopher Kane. Watch this space...