FACE TIME: When Jennifer Lopez was the face of your last ad campaign, how do you top it? With six beautiful faces, of course. That’s what Louis Vuitton is doing next season, organizing a mega-model reunion of sorts. The spring spots, slated to break in February magazines, feature Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Amber Valletta, Angela Lindvall, Liya Kebede and Karen Elson. Photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott shot the gaggle of beauties last month in the desert near Dubai. Each represents a different category: ready-to-wear, jewelry, shoes and accessories. “It felt a little bit like old times — that supermodel outing thing,” quipped Marc Jacobs, Vuitton’s creative director, who was along for the shoot. “They really look like desert goddesses and they really got into it.” Jacobs confessed that Vuitton, pleased with the J.Lo spots, would have liked to continue down the celebrity path, but he felt a new concept was needed — and the models rose to the challenge. “They all look like posters,” he said of the ads, which are still being retouched. “It’s very iconic: gorgeous, rich and luxurious.” Sounds very Vuitton.
PALACE COUP: President Bush may be back home from his London trip, but Buckingham Palace is still recovering from his visit. The members of the President’s huge entourage were all so keen to say that they had slept at the palace that Queen Elizabeth II’s poor ladies-in-waiting all had to move out for the duration of the Americans’ stay. Their temporary quarters? The nearby Goring Hotel on bustling Buckingham Palace Road — comfortable, but far from a palace.
Meanwhile, the royals were extra-careful not to upset Bush’s sensibilities. The queen’s librarian was asked two weeks before the President arrived to arrange an exhibit for the Buckingham Palace picture gallery of royal books and photos that showed the “special relationship” between Britain and the U.K. going back to Queen Victoria. There was only one rule — nothing to do with war.
GLAD RAGS: Rag dolls have never been so trendy. Unicef has asked 95 designers and artists, including Giorgio Armani, Gianfranco Ferré and Krizia to dress a doll called the “Pigotta” for an auction that will help vaccinate children in need around the world. The auction will be held in the northeastern Italy town of Reggio Emilia, close to Bologna, on Saturday.
The pigotta dressed by Armani is called Silvanella. The designer said he was inspired by a child from the south “who loves to dance and sing.” Silvanella wears a fuchsia satin dress with black leather straps and black hose with the designer’s logo, all inspired by next spring’s Emporio collection.
Ferré named his doll Hanako, which in Japanese means “the flower maiden.” Hanako wears a white organza blouse, silk-lined leather obi and mannish wool pinstripe pants.
Krizia’s namesake pigotta wears a black leather miniskirt, purple legwarmers and a bright green knit sweater.