Last week's amfAR Cinema Against Aids gala was a huge success raking in a record-breaking £7 million on the night and Carine Roitfeld definitely lent a helping hand in bringing the money in.
This year the former Vogue editor and long-time contributor to the event held a special fashion show at the gala where everyone from Cara Delevigne to Kate Upton walked the runway. The theme was 'the perfect black wardrobe' and everyone from Tom Ford to Christopher Kane donated their designs, which were all auctioned off as a single lot for £240,500.
Roitfeld wasn't the only industry figure lending a hand. Karl Lagerfeld put his services forward along with Harvey Weinsten to offer the opportunity for someone to star in a short film directed by the designer and produced by the Hollywood giant. Even Peter Lindbergh offered a private shoot up for auction, which raised £71,000.
Vogue recently made the headlines but for all of the right reasons. All of the international editions of the magazine agreed to dedicate their June issues to health and so far so good. British Vogue showed Kate Moss as an Olympian, American Vogue put three athletes on the cover and Vogue Paris showed off Gisele's body in all of it's glory. Vogue Germany, on the other hand, are under fire for not completely following through.
The magazine features an editorial shot by Peter Lindbergh called 'The Naked Truth', which sees 'powerful women' like Nina Hoss, Donata Wenders and Nadja Auermann without make-up or retouching. The black-and-white shoot is undeniably strong and feels like a breath of fresh air from the overzealous retouching we've sadly become accustomed to. The source of the controversy comes from the shot of Nina Hoss who appears smoking a cigarette.
So far the opinions on the issue are split. Some say that the magazine should be applauded for taking such a strong stride in the right direction with the lack of retouching and underweight models. Others haven't been so sympathetic and have slammed them for including one of the unhealthiest practices, which counteracts any positive steps they had taken.
While Mila Kunis may be the new girl on the Dior campaign rooster, stars like Marion Cotillard and Charlize Theron aren't going anywhere. Need proof? Take a look at Cotillard's latest campaign for Lady Dior handbags.
According to WWD the Peter Lindbergh-lensed campaign, which is set to hit magazines in May, was shot in the Communist Party Headquarters in Paris because the ceiling resembles the texture of their new handbag but that isn't the first time fashion folk have taken the building over. Prada have hosted a party at the venue in the past and Dries Van Noten and Thom Browne have both showed their collections there.
Over the weekend we confirmed that Charlotte Casiraghi has been named as the new face of Gucci Forever Now and already, the campaign is out and we really like it.
Rather than being really stylised like their S/S12 campaign, the Princess of Monaco looks natural and easy in the Peter Lindbergh-shot campaign. And the partnership makes sense. Casiraghi is known for her equestrian career so lending her face to the brand's second equestrian collection works. 'Over the last two years I have had the pleasure and privilege to get to know Charlotte through our shared passion for horses,' Frida Giannini explained. 'She not only embodies the beauty and the grace of the equestrian, but is also a wonderful ambassador for the sport.'
Yes, you are seeing double. Strangely this shot of Carey Mulligan that fronted Vogue's October issue last year shot by Peter Lindbergh has popped up on the November issue of French ELLE. It's commonplace for the smaller regional versions of a given magazine to use the same cover as their international counterpart but this situation is different because ELLE and Vogue are part of two completely different publishing houses.
French ELLE is a big magazine so I can't imagine that they took the cover without authorisation so it would seem that Lindbergh, as the owner of the image, has licenced them to the magazine after the embargo with Vogue has ended. This would make sense because it has been a little over year that the image was used by Vogue but that said, it seems strange that Vogue would allow the image to go to a competitor.
Things aren't going too badly for Arizona Muse. Aside from being a hit editorially, the 21 year old model is also starting to bag the big campaigns with the latest being this campaign for David Yurman's Fall 2011 eyewear campaign, in which she appears alongside Joan Smalls shot by Peter Lindbergh. Her first season as the face of the brand marks Kate Moss' departure from the brand after serving as their spokesperson for numerous seasons.
Renowned 60’s Vogue photographer, David Baily, has joined the likes of editor Katie Grand and German fashion photographer, Peter Lindbergh in their aversion to heavy retouching.
David Bailey said: “D’you know any model over the age of 23 has to be touched up these days. Twenty-three? It’s f*cking ridiculous but that’s what you have to do for American Vogue and it’s getting to be the same over here [in England]. They want shoots that look like a shop window in Knightsbridge. They always have the same kind of dead-looking girls. It isn’t interesting and the girls aren’t interesting. Because they aren’t girls. They’re androids. Airbrushed and cleaned up and not real.”