W magazine is in a roll. While I've always been a fan of the American title, everything seems to have gone up a notch since Edward Enninful joined as fashion director last year. Aside from bringing his own stylistic eye to the magazine, one of the good thing that Enninful did when he arrived was build a strong team around him and Giovanna Battaglia is amongst the good additions to the team.
This latest editorial that she styled for the magazine is a case in point. Battaglia styled Naomi Campbell to perfection in some of the statement prints that have been doing the rounds for Fall like an embroidered jacket from Etro and one of the printed trouser suits that we saw at Prada. If there's a stylist that knows how to do more-is-more and construct statement looks it's her, so it's unsurprising that the shoot worked out so well.
I haven't been crazy about any of Campbell's spreads in a long time but this is by far one of my favourites and is hopefully the sign of more to come.
With the London Olympics just around the corner, the official opening ceremony isn't the only thing people are talking about. Yesterday reports emerged that some of Britain's biggest models will be involved in the event's closing ceremony on August 12.
All the big names like Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Stella Tennant are expected to appear alongside younger girls like Lily Donaldson and Jourdan Dunn. Each model will allegedly sport the designs of leading British designers like Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood.
Gisele Bundchen has been making the runway rounds recently after walking for Balenciaga and Givenchy last season and closing the Alexander Wang show in New York this month. But she's not the only supermodel returning to the runway. This morning Roberto Cavalli announced that Naomi Campbell, who is the face of the brand's S/S12 campaign, will walk exclusively in his show today in Milan.
Last night ELLE hosted their 15th annual ELLE Style Awards. The event, which took place in London's Savoy Hotel, saw Alexa Chung brought back to serve as host and guests were treated to a performance over dinner by Critics Choice Award winner, Emeli Sandéwho was joined on the stage Professor Green in the after-party.
Red carpet looks were strong, particularly from Tali Lennox in Julien Macdonald, Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen, Chung in Stella McCartney and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Antonio Berardi.
But outfits aside, the one thing you can always count on at the event is a good speech or two and last night was no different. Last year everyone was talking about Vivienne Westwood's 'interesting' confession that she didn't know who Emma Watson but this year was even more memorable. Johnny Johannsson, Acne's creative director, had us all impressed as he sang a Swedish celebratory song to pick up the award for Best Contemporary Brand but it was Cuba Goodings Jr who stole the show. Before presenting the Style Icon award to Huntington-Whiteley, he had the crowd taking shots of their drinks after saying that, "this is the first party I've been to where I feel I need to loose weight."
After Aliona Doletskaya departed from Vogue Russia earlier this year, many speculated that she would take over at Pop after Dasha Zhukova left the magazine after a year as editor. Despite the speculation, Doletskaya kept quiet about her next move but now it has been announced that she will launch Interview magazine in both Russia and Germany and will serve as editor for both publications.
Miu Miu isn't the only brand having more of their campaign images leaked. This image of Freja Beha Erichsen from the latest Chanel campaign was released yesterday.
The news images see 'Il n'y a pas de mode, si elle ne descend pas dans la rue!' written across the model's head meaning 'There is no fashion if she doesn't take it to the street!" as she wears a black wig and white shirt combo in the spirit of Jack Sparrow. In the second image Freja shows off her feline side dressed up a cat, in the same vein as Naomi Campbell in the latest Givenchy ad.
For Fall 2011, Riccardo Tisci served up a series of panther prints at Givenchy and with the brand's latest campaign, he continues to channel all things feline. Shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Naomi Campbell, Kristen McMenamy, Natalia Vodianova and Tisci favourite, Mariacarla Boscono all appear individually doing their best cat impressions.