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WEST TO EAST: After using Kate Moss for the sultry, Havana-inspired “Nueva York” images in the spring campaign, Donna Karan is turning to the supermodel once again for fall. Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, the mood of the ads evokes the glamour of the Orient Express. “There’s a romantic classicism, a little darkness, an Eastern European kind of decadence,” Karan said. “She was on a train…on the go, but feels intimate and sexy at the same time.”
But Moss didn’t actually get to take the Orient Express. The images were shot at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, and also feature several pieces from Karan’s new handbag launch. “It’s about the woman on the go,” the designer said. “We wanted the shots to be more about the woman and how the bag is working with her.”
This story first appeared in the June 9, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Karan’s won’t be the only luxury campaign featuring a supermodel this fall. As reported, Prada will feature Linda Evangelista; Chanel and Ferragamo are using Claudia Schiffer; Naomi Campbell is in Yves Saint Laurent; Eva Herzigova is in Louis Vuitton, and Christy Turlington is in Escada.
— Marc Karimzadeh and Antonia Sardone
ISN’T THE ELECTION ALREADY A PARODY?: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has been photographed with a beer or two on the campaign trail, but now perhaps she’ll switch to vodka. Now that she’s officially dropped out of the race, Svedka Vodka today will run a full-page ad in The New York Times offering a coupon that Clinton can redeem for a personal supply of the brand’s vodka for the remainder of the election season. In memo form, the ad will thank Clinton for making the primary season so exciting, said a Svedka spokeswoman. It’s part of Svedka’s “Join the Party,” marketing campaign, which parodies the traditional election by trying to elect a fembot named “Svedka_Grl” to the White House. Continuing the theme, Svedka hosted a party last week that featured an “(un)presidential debate” between Seth Meyers of “Saturday Night Live” and Condé Nast Portfolio’s Washington editor, Matt Cooper.
— Amy Wicks
WRITING ABOUT FOOD, AND EATING IT: Gourmet and New York magazines led the James Beard Foundation Media Awards Friday night with two wins each. In true magabrand/multiplatform fashion, the magazines’ nods included forays into the Web (Josh Ozersky and Daniel Maurer’s Grub Street blog at nymag.com) and television (Gourmet’s “Diary of a Foodie” on PBS), in addition to traditional long-form journalism (Manny Howard’s chronicle of his Brooklyn farming attempts in New York, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Díaz on Dominican food in upper Manhattan for Gourmet). Other magazine winners included GQ (for magazine feature writing about restaurants and/or chefs), The Atlantic (for columns by Corby Kummer) and Epicurious.com (for food-related Web site). The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal took one award each for newspaper feature writing.
— Irin Carmon
BAILEY AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE: Glenda Bailey turned up at Buckingham Palace Wednesday to receive her Officer of the Order of the British Empire honor from Queen Elizabeth II for services to British journalism and British fashion in the U.S. And the British editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar made sure she pledged her allegiance to England in sartorial terms on the day. While Bailey wore a navy blue Chanel suit to her investiture, she accessorized it with a Philip Treacy hat and a quilted Chanel bag printed with red and white stripes, so that it resembled a miniature Union Jack flag. “It all went so smoothly,” said Bailey. “My family was in the front row. Her Majesty the Queen of course asked me about Harper’s Bazaar.” And naturally, being the editor of a fashion magazine, Bailey took note of what the rarely fashionable queen had on: “She was wearing a peppermint green shift dress, three strands of pearls and a brooch. I thanked her for being so elegant, and such an inspiration.”
Bailey joins several British fashion figures who have been recognized by the British honors system in recent weeks — Stuart Rose received his knighthood last week and Nicole Farhi was made an honorary Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire last month.
— Nina Jones