After closing Balenciaga's Spring/Summer 11 show, it was safe to assume that Gisele Bundchen would appear in the campaign and the images are finally in and Budchen isn't alone. Male model Yuri Pleskun joins her in the forest scenes. As expected, Balenciaga pulled in an all-star team with the images being shot by Steven Meisel and with Pat McGrath on make-up, Guido Palau on hair and Marie-Amélie Sauvé styling.Despite the good reviews coming in, I can't say I'm convinced.
In October, Gisele Bundchen made a surprise appearance on the runway at Balenciaga's S/S11 show, and many are speculating that she's set to appear in the latest campaign. According to WWD, the model has already shot for the campaign by Steven Meisel.
I read that [Harper’s Bazaar story] and you know, she did tell me years ago. We did a shoot together and I remember her beautiful red hair, and I had the worst sort of strawberry blonde mousy hair, and she was like, ‘Here, you should dye your hair red, it’s going to work for you. But then when I came to New York, and I was about to work with Meisel and do the cover of Italian Vogue, he was going to choose red or black, and I willed the red. Thanks to Christina Hendricks, I willed it.
Creative Director and French Fashion genius Nicolas Ghesquiere has worked his magic once more to use his contacts and friends in the fashion industry to produce a stunning Fall-Winter 2010 campaign for Balenciaga. By persuading Steven Meisel, the man behind most of the photography in US and Italian Vogue to get on board and some of the world's most beautiful supermodels, cue Freja Beha Erichsen, Stella Tennant and Karen Elson amongst many other well known names and we have ourselves a masterpiece. Influential Fashion director at French Vogue and close friend of Ghesquiere's Marie-Amelie Sauve has overseen the styling in what will surely be one of the most talked about campaigns of the season.
We saw the black issue that Steven Meisel did with Italian Vogue. But I hope that that’s not just a onetime issue. But Vogue Italia has now on their website — they have the new black faces and they celebrate new black models, so they’re really taking it to heart, Italian Vogue. And the thing is, Italy doesn’t have that many blacks, so it should really happen here. It should happen locally, but it should also happen organically, because I don’t want to force-feed a designer because they have whatever their theme is. But they should also not discriminate. So I think it’s better than it was two years ago