They may have shot the campaign back in July but images from Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin's campaign for M.A.C is finally out. The news of their appointment as the new brand ambassadors for the Viva Glam campaign got us all excited but the campaign, shot by David LaChapelle, isn't as spectacular as I had imagined.
Minaj is the perfect M.A.C. girl but rather than going all-out with her, the rainbow of neon eyeshadow that they opted for feels a bit too tame and is slightly disappointing and I can't help but wish that the pair had separate shots. The inclusion of the rapper perched on the motorbike in front of Martin holding the giant lipstick feels a bit misplaced.
Rihanna was at the centre of controversy earlier this year over her 'S&M' music video after David LaChapelle claimed that the key scenes were all based on his photographs. Despite seeking $1 million in damages, the photographer stressed that the lawsuit was strictly business and was nothing personal. "I like RiRi. This is not personal, it's strictly business," he said at the time. "Musicians commonly pay to sample music or use someone's beats and there should be no difference when sampling an artist's visuals."
Today LaChapelle's publicit confirmed that the situation has been resolved out of court and he is "happy with the settlement" meaning that RiRi clearly handed over a heft package. Unfortunately for the singer, her legal troubles aren't over as the music video is the subject of another lawsuit brought by french photographer Philipp Paulus.
Yesterday famed Vogue photographer David LaChapelle brought legal proceedings against Rihanna for copyright infringement. The photographer is said to be unhappy about the uncanny similarity between his work and the key scenes in her latest video, S&M.
According to court information, LaChapelle alleges that the star copied eight of his images and generally complained that the music video replicated the 'composition, total concept, feel, tone, mood, theme, colours, props, settings, decors, wardrobe and lighting' of his work. 'Interns told us that fans were buzzing about the video and wanting to know if David had directed it,' a source at the photographer's studio said. ''Then the phone in the office started ringing off the hook, everyone was like "wow it’s amazing – it’s the exact same.'
When it was announced that Isabella Blow's incredible collection of clothes, hats and photographs was to be auctioned at Christie's to pay off the debts on the late editor's estate, unsurprisingly fashion fans from all over the world got very excited at the possibility of owning a piece of fashion history. When Daphne Guinness, a close friend of Blow heard the news, however, she realised she had to put a stop to the sale.
Speaking of Isabella's untimely death, Guinness describes feeling "fury at what was, to me, the most tragic loss, [which] is something I cannot, even now, describe," showing the intensity of the pair's close relationship. Understandably the news that her friend's belongings were to be sold to strangers was to Guinness "the last straw", and so after consulting other close friends of Isabella she got the support from Philip Treacy, Shaun Leane, Amanda Harlech and David LaChapelle in her plans to keep the Blow collection as a whole by purchasing it herself.
Daphne Guinness had a busy job not too long ago: shooting with Vogue Italia and i-D photographer David LaChapelle over a week and a half. Granted, that shoot was in Maui, so we can't feel too sorry for her, right?
According to her blog post: "We’ve been shooting for 10 days straight. Sometimes 20 hour shoots in a day, from the deepest jungle to the volcanic cliffs, moving sets and equipment constantly. Working directly with the elements, the downpours, changing height and distances and moving the equipment has all been a challenge. The results are completely remarkable."
Well, we can't wait to see them. The shoot took place at LaChapelle's home, according to the Wall Street Journal, and in true LaChapelle style, that home is anything but normal. It's an 18-acre former nudist colony right on the coast that was purchased for $1.5 million in 2006. The above shot features Guinness in a marble bathtub the photographer installed among the greenery.
LaChapelle quit Los Angeles and New York for Hawaii after some major disillusionment. His current place, according to Fashionologie, is surrounded by a state park and features 5,200 solar-powered, plantation-style feet. He has a 30,000-gallon rain-catcher barrel for water, frogs to catch mosquitoes, goats for milk and fertilizer, and a pink-camouflage Mercedes that uses vegetable oil for fuel.