ANNIE AND ISABELLA: Isabella Rossellini is fronting a Bulgari advertising campaign for the first time. And for good reason: She’s promoting Bulgari’s new Isabella Rossellini bags for fall and spring. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, the color images were taken at her New York studio.

Inspired by the work of British painter Meredith Frampton, known for his neorealist and slightly surrealist portraits and still lifes, Rossellini poses with her legs crossed on a black capitonné sofa, shod in red pumps, clutching a red calf-leather tote with a red enamel closure and a rock crystal twist lock.

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The relationship between Rossellini and Leibovitz dates back to 1986, when the actress was famously photographed with director David Lynch, who appeared almost entirely covered by a black turtleneck. In both the Bulgari image previewed by WWD and in that first iconic Leibovitz photo, Rossellini wears a dark sleeveless dress with one shoulder strap down. 

The ads, styled by George Cortina with a set designed by Mary Howard Studio, will be in the September issue of Vanity Fair.

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