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TAILOR MADE: Hedi Slimane has been replaced by none other than Karl Lagerfeld — as the photographer of the Dior Homme campaign. Kris Van Assche, who replaced Slimane at the design helm of Dior Homme in April, confirmed he tapped Lagerfeld for his first advertising spots, but was mum on details as he exited Monday’s Dior show. Lagerfeld has been one of Dior Homme’s biggest followers and clients — especially during the Slimane days — so shooting the collection should be, well, a snap.
SCREEN SAVER: It looks like Sidney Toledano has been moonlighting — as an actor. The Dior honcho plays a TV presenter in a shopping channel spoof to showcase the house’s latest fine jewelry collection, WWD has learned. “I’m trying a new job,” the affable executive said with a chuckle. Toledano stars alongside Dior jewelry designer Victoire de Castellane. Filmed by Loïc Prigent, the spot, which lasts around 12 minutes and features a set inspired by Dior’s salons, will be screened at the firm’s headquarters on Saturday and Sunday.
TIME AND SPACE: There’s a limit to being fashionably late, and Courtney Love crossed it, arriving long after most editors and buyers had filed out of the Rick Owens show on Sunday. A few photographers remained, but couldn’t coax a smile out of the tardy rocker.
SUCK UP: The common vacuum cleaner may not speak volumes to most people, but Issey Miyake’s artistic director Dai Fujiwara got so taken with the domestic object, or rather its wind-making capacities, that he’s developed an entire stage set around it. The construction, engineered by the vacuum pros at Dyson, and inspired by the brand’s “cyclone” technology, will be unveiled at the Issey Miyake show today. Let’s hope for weighty shoes for those slender models taking part in the show, to help them keep hold of the runway.
BUSY BEES: Music was in the air at the overheated Dior show on Monday, as fashion regulars Kanye West and Sting slid into their seats. West had attended the Vivienne Westwood show earlier that day, and he’s also working on his own new clothing collection, Pastel, that will launch this spring. “It will be classic with a touch of Pop Art,” said the rapper.
Meanwhile, John Galliano has added another muse to his pack, the Franco-Chinese actress Mylène Jampanoï. She said she would appear in a Dior beauty campaign, to be released in the U.S. and Asia in the spring. “It’s been crazy busy,” said Jampanoï, who is currently filming “Martyrs,” with Isabella Adjani.
As for Marisa Berenson, she said she would be making her Paris theater debut next year. “It will be my first time on stage in Paris,” said Berenson, who sat with her daughter, Starlite Randall.
DINNER AND A MOVIE: Not only a star on the screen, Catherine Deneuve now is applying her touch to the movie theater itself. She recently redecorated the Cinema du Panthéon and its tea salon. To give the space an Art Deco ambience, Deneuve sourced various objects and furniture at flea markets in various cities between takes. Deneuve is also an adviser for the menu, which features organic salmon from Denmark, Spanish ham and carrot cake. Deneuve is expected at the Gaultier show today.
YOUTHQUAKE: Starting today, the Petit Palais will play host to a new fashion initiative aimed at exposing young designers. Organized by the French ready-to-wear association, the event will allow the public and buyers alike to peruse behind-the-scenes material of five French brands, including Burfitt, Requiem, Véronique Leroy, ES-Orchestres and Sakina M’sa. One designer will be showcased per day. The show also will include a MySpace-inspired installation, designed by Loïc Prigent, geared to unveil the personal universe of each participant, from their favorite music to the contents of their wardrobe. While in a separate space, professionals will have access to static presentations of their spring collections.
EARLY START: Those who huffed and puffed that the spring fashion season started too early last month may want to start mentally preparing for the fall show schedule (Marc Jacobs included). New York’s next fashion week is slated to kick off on Friday, Feb.1, and run through Friday, Feb. 8, bringing the week closer to January than ever. It shouldn’t come as a surprise for those who keep track of such things, since the New York shows have been traditionally starting on the first Friday of the month for the past few years. That would mean that in 2009, the shows will run Feb.6 to 13, which should allow some New York designers some extra breathing room.