NEW YORK — It’s shaping up to be a star-studded fall.
Cate Blanchett has signed on as the new face of Donna Karan Collection and will appear for the next three seasons in the company’s ad campaigns. The first fall ads will be photographed later this month by Mikael Jansson. The campaign will be created by Laird + Partners, Karan’s ad agency.
The Australian actress, who turns 34 on Wednesday, has starred in such films as “Elizabeth,” “The Gift,” “Bandits,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “The Shipping News,” and “Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.”
Blanchett joins other celebrity models this fall, including Christina Aguilera, who will star in Versace’s ad campaign; Jennifer Lopez, who was photographed for Louis Vuitton, and Adrien Brody, who will appear exclusively in Ermenegildo Zegna this fall after appearing with others this spring.
Blanchett is the latest in a string of actors Karan has used in campaigns, including Jeremy Irons, Iman and Milla Jovovich.
“When people say, ‘Who would you like to dress?’ Cate was definitely on my top three,” said Donna Karan on Monday. She declined to divulge the other two. Although the two women haven’t met yet, Karan said she admires Blanchett’s “intelligence and womanliness.”
“There’s an exoticism about her. She’s intriguing and modern at the same time,” said Karan, who believes Blanchett is a natural for her fall collection, which leaned toward seductive suits, racy little dresses and body-conscious gowns. The contract calls for Blanchett to be photographed for the ads, but she won’t be making personal appearances on behalf of the company.
Considered a style icon, Blanchett’s dresses for her red carpet moments have run the gamut from Christian Dior and Valentino to Tom Ford’s Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier and Vera Wang.
“It’s very important for me, in the context of ‘woman to woman,’ to go beyond a woman’s outer beauty,” said Karan. “It’s not about the clothes. She represents a sense of modernity and a timelessness. For me, it’s more than just a person, it’s a personal connection. I’m looking forward to meeting her.”
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast