This week we reported that Alexander Wang collaborated with Abbey Lee Kershaw, Karl Templer and Craig McDean on a short film which was released on his website; but that wasn't the only thing that the designer launched yesterday. Two new campaigns, one featuring Hannah Holman and the other starring Zoe Kravitz - who accompanied Wang wearing his designs to this year's Met Gala- and Max Motta.
Alexander Wang is a luck man. Okay so maybe that's a bit obvious considering that he's won countless awards and has been supported by every editor that counts but he's really luck nonetheless. When the designer chose to create a short film to show off his A/W 2010 collection, he hired top names to help with it's creation. As well as bringing creative director Fabien Baron on board, the designer also secured Abbey Lee Kershaw, stylist Karl Templer and photographer Craig McDean.
When asked about what prompted the idea Wang said, 'This is our way to sum up the season in a different light other than the show.' So despite the predominate use of pinstripes in the collection "Abbey’s not walking down Wall Street past buildings," he said. "But there’s wind and newspapers flying all over the place. It’s very moody and seductive — like looking at a perfume ad where you feel for the girl a lot more. Rather than saying, "Here’s the product," this is more about expressing ourselves.'
Make sure to watch the short film on Wang's webiste on Wednesday.
Having made its debut in Saint Tropez before selected guests on Monday, Chanel's newest short film is now available to view online. Creative director Karl Lagerfeld not only wrote and directed the feature - entitled 'Remember Now' - but also appears as a cameo role. "When I do a film, I see the movie before I've made it. I don't make scripts because it's written in my head. I like short one-liners" he explained.
Heidi Mount, who plays Pamela, a hostess adds "There's a script, but it's basically Karl telling you what he wants. He has the whole thing up in his head". Along with Mount, the 17-minute feature stars Abbey Lee Kershaw looking reminiscent of Jane Birkin, Freja Beha Erichsen emulating Mick Jagger and Magdalena Frackowiak as a sassy Brigette Bardot-esque character, as well as DJ Leigh Lezark and Lagerfeld's male muse of the moment, Baptise Giabaconi.
Dolce & Gabbana will hold strong with Madonna as the brand's campaign girl this season, but for other major fashion labels, celeb stars are being bumped out in favour of models this season. Daria Werbowy is starring in the YSL campaign for Fall '10, with Gucci opting for Raquel Zimmermann, Dior choosing Karlie Kloss and Roberto Cavalli going for Gisele Bundchen.
Other campaigns are a group affair, like Chanel's ad series featuring Abbey Lee Kershaw, Freja Beha Erichsen and Brad Kroenig; or Fendi's work with Anja Rubik and Baptiste Giabiconi. Louis Vuitton reportedly has taken Karen Elson, Natalia Vodianova and Christy Turlington; and Balenciaga went for a cast of 10, including Stella Tennant and Elson.
Perhaps Karl Lagerfeld explains the change in preference best. He says that celebs' "overexposure in ‘people’ magazines also makes it that one may be a little tired of celebrities and the red carpet. I love models and there are great ones for the moment." Never one to mince words, the Kaiser.
Whilst it had been confirmed last week that Heidi Mount was to star in the latest Chanel mini movie, the crew snapped by paparrazi over the weekend revealed a star studded line up for the short film, which is to be used for the upcoming Chanel Cruise 2011 show on the 21st of May.
Mingling with Karl Lagerfeld and Heidi Mount were French actor Pascal Greggory, Karolina Kurkova, Magdalena Frackowiak, Leigh Lezark, Freja Beha Erichsen and Abbey Lee Kershaw - and although most travellers are currently cursing the cloud of volcanic ash disrupting their holiday plans, Leigh Lezark seemed fairly happy on the second day of shooting. "@ Karl's Villa, volcano ash cloud: please never go away!" she tweeted from the St Tropez harbour.
Terry Richardson has worked for everyone from H&M to Pinko toRolling Stone magazine. Most recently, the photographer has been in the limelight for the sexy editorial he shot which featured Abbey Lee Kershaw, Magdalena Frackowiak, Eniko Mihalik and Freja Beha Erichsen touching each other all scantily clad.
Despite Abbey Lee praising him recently, it looks like Rie Rasmussen does not share her sentiments. "He takes girls who are young, manipulates them to take their clothes off and takes pictures of them they will be ashamed of. They are too afraid to say no because their agency booked them on the job and are too young to stand up for themselves," she told Page Six. "His 'look' is girls who appear underage, abused, look like heroin addicts...I don't understand how anyone works with him."
The drama didn't end there. At a recent party in Paris, she decided to voice her opinions to him directly. "I told him what you do is completely degrading to women. I hope you know you only [bleep] girls because you have a camera, lots of fashion contacts and get your pictures in Vogue," she said. "Instead of arguing with me, Terry ran out of the bar. Then the next day, he called my agency and complained I called him names in front of clients in Paris. It was the most cowardly thing I have ever seen."