October 17, 2007



jennifer connelly in balenciaga at the elle “women in hollywood” event

with all this talk of diversity in modelling, one can easily forget that celebrities are already dominating magazine covers. in recent seasons, models have shot back to the forefront in ad campaigns, but the pendulum may swing back to celebs for s/s 08.

rumours are swirling that three major celebs could be fronting campaigns for some of the biggest fashion houses. wwd says that balenciaga’s nicolas ghesquiere is in talks with jennifer connelly and people from marc jacobs’ camp have talked to victoria beckham. it’s also been reported that whitney houston met with donatella versace about appearing in the spring campaign.

i don’t know about you, but jennifer for balenciaga seems like a match made in heaven. she’s worn the line countless times before (including when she won her oscar), and she has a look that is high-fashion (did i just say that). marc campaigns usually have a bit of camp in them (except this season), so posh could work that with juergen teller at the helm. versace will be airbrushed to hell no matter what.

pic from celebcity

it must be exceedingly difficult for karl lagerfeld to turn out three complete collections a year: fendi, karl lagerfeld, and chanel. the first two shows for spring were stellar, especially fendi, so it was no surprise that chanel was the one to suffer, not in the way most designers would (i.e., a complete flop), but in the “it’s a good, not great collection” sort of way. all the looks were vintage chanel: short, flippy minidresses, banded bottom skirts, button front v-neck malliots, bracelet sleeve cropped jackets, chain belts, bandeaus with high waist briefs, skinny ankle pants, beaded sweaters with ruffled minis, and of course tweed suits, this time with asymmetrical hems. he worked in mostly black, white and grey, save some shots of yellow and pink, and there were some beautiful black gowns at the end: sequin waists, chiffon tiered skirts, cutout bodices, illusion tops, ruffled babydolls and short with flowing trains.

marc jacobs is another designer who finds himself feverishly designing (on two continents, no less) each season. while marc jacobs was pretty and more glam, at louis vuitton the theme was “finding the beauty in everything.” part of that everything was victoriana, with jodhpur pants, leg o’mutton sleeves, mens striped shirting, loose khaki pants, full chambray circle skirts, and liberty print blouses. the collection also featured chiffon blouses worn under cashmere knits, rumpled belted peacoats, off the shoulder shirts layered over button down “dresses,” and a multitude of skirts: tiered, ruffled, full, and drawstringed. it was at the end that marc delved into the dark, finally bringing out black in cropped cargo pants, bomber jackets, bird print skirts, slouchy knits, patchwork tops, and ruffled neck blouses.

the accessories featured japanese plaid shopping bags stamped with the vuitton seal, the classic monogram bag embroidered and trimmed in lace and buttons, collage bags made with vintage styles, plastic chain handle frame bags (reminiscent of the stam), and satin shoes with slender platforms and cutout heels.