Knight took to Twitter to reveal the preview image from the shoot saying: 'The very lovely Kim Kardashian. Preview from the series of pictures I shot of Kim for SHOWstudio and V magazine.' Kim quickly resonded by retweeting the post with exclamation points. So, what with Kanye West restyling her, I sadly suspect that there's a lot more where that comes from. US Vogue still seems like a definite no but with West by her side, I'm sure fashion doors will begin to open for her and very quickly.
Franca Sozzani has always been one of my favourite editors. Like Anna Wintour, her work goes beyond what she does for the magazine. Over the past year, for example, she's addressed the body image issue at a talk at Harvard University and most notably, she's brought the fashion industry in Africa into the public consciousness.
It should come as no surprise, then, that the Vogue Italia editor has been asked to become the first Goodwill Ambassador of 'Fashion 4 Development', a new United Nations initiative that aims to encourage fashion leaders to work on sustainable development initiatives.
According to WWD, the role is part of a two-year platform that aims to help the United Nations meet their Millennium Development Goals. On Thursday Sozzani - who dedicated the June issue of L'Uomo Vogue to the topic of 'Rebranding Africa' - attended a meeting at the UN's Manhattan headquarters to discuss how designers and retailers can get on board to support the cause.
Perry's editorials can be a bit and hit and miss but this, along with her recent Interview cover, is definitely one of my favourites and she pulls the styling off perfectly. In the accompanying editorial, the 27 year-old talks about being inspired by Madonna, being pleased that President Obama is supporting same sex marriage and explains where her style comes from.
Back in May Franca Sozaaniconfirmed that Kim Kardashian would cover the July/August issue of L'Uomo Vogue, rather than Vogue Italia as many initially thought, and today the issue has finally dropped.
As previously reported, the black-and-white cover was shot by Sozzani's son, Francesco Carrozini in LA's Chinatown and styled by the magazine's fashion editor, Rushka Bergman. The editorial, titled 'Just Unconventional', is different from all of her past magazine shoots (and she uncannily looks lie her mother Kris) but still, I'm not convinced.
While the accompanying editorial begins by stating that 'everything has been said about her' already, it doesn't actually unearth any new ground. Saying that, the fact that Kim banned any talk of 'sex tapes, books, record, videos, films and above all marriages and divorces,' surely didn't help.
On her privileged beginnings and building her empire:
'Yes I was born rich; it was a classic Californian lineage: lavishness and ostentation, luxury mansions with pools, private clubs, exclusive friendships, and luxury cars. Despite the affluence, at only 31 I’ve been able to build my own empire in the world of entertainment and, although looks and friendships are important, I want the new generation to understand that if you don’t believe in yourself and in your own ideas, you go nowhere.'
Over the last few months the fashion industry have been looking at Africa. Far from it being all about charity, the current interest in the continent has been a good one at Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani is largely to thank. Last month she confirmed that the magazine would sponsor Ghanian fashion week and anyone that has followed her blog will know that she's spent a lot of time in West Africa recently.
Many criticised her 'All Black Issue' back in 2008 for being a gimmick but Sozzani has committed to her aim of promoting diversity and supporting black creativity and the latest issue of L'Uomo Vogue is a case in point. The magazine's May issue stars unlikely cover star 67 year-old Ban Ki-Moon the Secretary General of the UN as a part of Sozzani's efforts to help in the 'rebranding of Africa.' According to the press release the aim of the issue is to 'present a new portrait of an Africa that is positive, creative and confidence of its own strengths.'
Beyonce is currently promoting her fourth studio album, 4, so you know what that means - she's everywhere. Over the last month, the singer has made an appearance on the cover of L'Uomo Vogue, Dazed and Confused and W.
The editorials are definitely some of the best we've ever seen her in and the styling suggests a movement towards an edgier Beyonce so we're excited to see more.
Riccardo Tisci isn't afraid to do something different when it comes to his ad campaigns at Givenchy. Last season his campaign for the house hit the headline when he cast his former assistant, tansgender model, Lea T to feature in the campaign. This season Tisci made another statement booking albino model, Stephen Thompson, to appear in this black and white campaign shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot.
The model features alongside the usual faces - Iris Stubegger, Daphne Groeneveld and Mariacarla Boscono all make appearaces. According to WWD the spring/summer campaign will have its debut in the January issue of L'Uomo Vogue and French Vogue.
We're almost getting used to the use of curvier or plus size models by fashion houses trying to embrace the 'real' look, however Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci has taken the politically correct stance one step further - by casting a transgender model for the fall campaign. Lea T. (previously known as Leo) is interestingly a former fit model of Tisci's own line, and the designer's longtime personal assistant.
"She's always been very feminine: superfragile, very aristocratic," Tisci explained to WWD. "She's part of the family" he added, whilst explaining that the decision to cast Lea was in fact because it "exemplifies the masculine-feminine dichotomy that has become one of his design signatures and follows coed casting for his Paris runway last March. Lea will feature amongst nine other models in the campaign shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, which is set to launch in the July issue of L'Uomo Vogue.