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.
This week, news broke that Lea T has landed a spot on one of the last episodes of Oprah - when the model is set to tell her story. But the news didn't come as a surprise. The Imagist hinted at the move last month, revealing that the star has booked "an upcoming appearance on the biggest talk show in America."
Since Ricardo Tisci included her in the Givenchy Fall ad campaign, the transgender model - who was formerly Tisci's assistant - has dominated magazines and campaigns and most notably appeared in a nude shoot for French Vogue. According to WWD, Tisci saw the model as embodying “the masculine-feminine dichotomy that has become one of his design signatures and follows coed casting for his Paris runway last March.”
One can't help but think that Lea's success is what Tyra Banks had evisonned for America's Next Top Model contestant Isis King.
Unfortunately we still have a while to wait to see the interview in full. According to ELLE.com, the segment hasn't been taped yet but is set to air in February.
Our favourite girl crush of the moment, the newly engaged Lara Stone, can currently be seen gracing the cover of Interview magazine's March 2010 issue. Looking like a fierce glamazon on the cover with her hair scraped back, sporting a snake as a necklace, the inside pages see Stone offer some insight into her ever-guarded private life in an interview with Marc Jacobs. She speaks about her hubby-to-be, fashion parties after her stint in rehab, working with female photographers and, of course, her curves.
Lara describes her fiance, David Walliams, as "wonderful and amazing." She adds: "He makes me laugh. He's a proper gentleman. He's a bit mean, but in a good way. I'm happy." The pair got engaged earlier in the year, though the supermodel's hectic schedule means that she hasn't yet found the time to get the wedding plans underway. But she has settled on who will be designing her dress: "I asked Ricardo [Tisci] to make my dress." With that sorted, Jacobs moved on to get some gossip on the other aspects of Stone's busy life.
On being recognized in the street:
"Not that much - just occasionally. I find it weird. It's so strange when some little girl runs up to you and is like, 'Oh, you're Lara!' And I'm like, 'How do you know that?"
On dealing with fashion parties, post-rehab:
"It's gotten a lot better in the last few months. It's only been 10 months, but it's getting much better. I kind of feel a bit insecure about things. At fashion parties, I do feel like people are kind of watching me and I just...I don't know, I get so shy...But then...I remember how happy I am and don't drink anymore."
The collection was almost too compressed, as though Mr. Tisci could not leave enough time to savor a thought before taking another bite. But it was strong, upscale and without the street feel seen in his previous collections — nor the louche vision of the 1970s channeled by Tom Ford at Gucci in the 1990s.The workmanship and the tailoring both spun the message that Givenchy has the true spirit of haute couture — but with a jerky, exhilarating 21st-century vibe.
Great news if you are anything shorter than 5ft10, or like me do not fit into a size 2 and have legs like Gisele. After much criticism last season, Ricardo Tisci blessed us with classic, beautiful clothes that are accessible to all women. Talking backstage to Style.com he said: "I wanted to show lots of different shapes for all kinds of women" which was definitely evident in the choice of models gracing the runway. Instead of using our favourite grils like Jourdan, Sasha P and Tanya D (who are, lets face it, on the thin side), Tisci used volumtous models like Karen Elson, Brandi Quinones and Adriana Lima.