As rumored, Louis Vuitton chose to go with Lara Stone for Spring 2010, rather than bring Madonna back for her third consecutive season. Antoine Arnault, Vuitton's communications director, explained: “After two seasons with such a huge star, Marc [Jacobs] decided to take a breather and work with a model — and not just any model. It’s the choice of a new supermodel.”
Steven Meisel, who took over the Vuitton campaign three seasons ago from longrunning Vuitton photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, captured Stone surrounded by doves (perhaps carrying on a thread of his Fall 2009 Lanvin campaign with Kristen McMenamy in the midst of black cats). Arnault described the six images, which break in February magazines, as fresh, summery, whimsical, young, and optimistic.
SWISS fashion label Akris today unveiled its first handbag collection and has chosen über muse Daphne Guinness - looking very unlike her usual blonde self - as the face of the range.
As well as the bag debut the images are another landmark for the label, as the 15th collection which has been shot by photographer Stephen Klein. Working with Akris designer Albert Kriemler, grandson of the company's founder, Klein shot his first Akris campaign with British model Stella Tennant in 1990 - and has shot every one since.
"For one, Daphne is a beautiful and intriguing woman - a fashion icon in her own right," Kriemler explained. "I have seen her photographed by Steven before, she emanates a sense of mystery and aristocracy - there is more to the picture than meets the eye."
Net-a-porter is slowly adding a few of Victoria Beckham’s gorgeous dresses online. I can imagine, like her previous collections, these too will sell out fast.
Photos courtesy of net-a-porter.com.