NEW YORK — “She’s seductive, she’s raw,” said Donna Karan, describing Cate Blanchett in the designer’s spring advertising campaign.
In her second season modeling for Karan’s Collection, the actress was photographed by Mikael Jansson outside Rome. Having just completed the filming of “Aviator,” the Howard Hughes story in which she plays Katherine Hepburn, Blanchett requested that the shoot take place there.
“Donna wanted it to look like New Mexico, but Cate was in Rome,” said Trey Laird, partner in Laird + Partners, Karan’s ad agency. He said the location scouts found a rock quarry 45 minutes outside of Rome, which closely resembled a desert.
“Donna’s collection was about a rawness, with copper desert colors and woven leathers; it was very sensual,” said Laird. “[The photography] captures that sensuality. The makeup is steamy and raw, and her hair is a little disheveled.”
“It’s not about sex,” added Karan. “It’s definitely about the woman and her ease in the clothes.” She said the images “show Cate’s body and reflect her confidence in being a woman. It’s not ‘Do Not Touch Me.’” (Blanchett has a three-season contract with Karan).
Karan said she worked with several artists for spring who gave her clothing a hand-touched quality. For instance, many of the looks were handwoven or hand-stitched and had an artisan feeling about them. Karan, in fact, writes about several of these artists in her magazine, “Woman to Woman,” that will be sent next month to 30,000 customers.
Patti Cohen, executive vice president of global marketing and communications for DKI declined to reveal the spring advertising budget, but said it was flat for spring. For the first half of 2003, DKI spent $10.4 million in the U.S. on media alone for all its campaigns, according to TMS Media Intelligence/CMR.
Gatefolds will run in the March issues of Vanity Fair and W (a sister publication of WWD; both it and VF are owned by Advance Publications). Ads also will appear in Vogue (another Advance title), Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Town & Country, The New York Times Magazine and Interview. Internationally, they will run in British Vogue, French Vogue and Italian Vogue.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)