Pirelli’s 2016 Calendar Stars Female Power Players Amy Schumer, Patti Smith and Serena Williams

Amy Schumer by Annie Leibovitz  (Courtesy Pirelli)

The much-discussed Pirelli calendar is heading in an entirely different direction for 2016. Known for its thematic depictions of scantily clad models, the Italian tire company is honing in on women of talent rather than their usual troop of fashion “it girls.” Refreshing only begins to describe this shift, which severely contrasts 2015’s latex and leather calendar, photographed by Steven Meisel and styled by the infamous and widely dubbed purveyor of porno-chic Carine Roitfeld.

Annie Leibovitz helmed the project for the upcoming calendar year and photographed female power players Amy Schumer, Tavi Gevinson, Patti Smith, Serena Williams and Yoko Ono, to name a few. “I just thought of women I admired and I didn’t let anyone in the studio from Pirelli,” Leibovitz said, discussing the collaboration. “It became a very strong set of very simple portraits.”

The 2016 Pirelli Calendar is bound more similarly to a book and celebrates the purity of intellectual beauty. Check out a behind-the-scenes look from the shoot, below:

 

Why Don’t You Go As A Louis Vuitton Bag?

In case you didn’t get your fill of Halloween festivities this past weekend, since the ghoulish night falls on a Thursday the costumes and candies last almost two weeks this year. If you’re still searching for dress-up inspiration or need another transformational persona to add to your roster, look to the sittings and parties that are more fantasy than fashion. Photographers like Miles Aldridge, Steven Klein, and David LaChapelle have your back.

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Why don’t you go as a Louis Vuitton bag? Grab a stencil and some body confidence and get to work. Lil’ Kim photographed by David LaChapelle.

image-3You could always go as the creepy, pure girl. Steven Klein photographs Kate Moss as Good Kate for W.

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Bad Kate is an option as well. Here, Moss plays the demon. Pearlescent teeth, mounds of accessories, and horns should do the trick.

image-5Toss the conical bras and lace gloves and try for a different Madonna. Alana Zimmer photographed by Miles Aldridge. For her sickly look, grab the Moroccan oil and some lavender blush.

image-3Always an option: grab a couture Margiela mask and go as Kanye West.

image-4 If pretty is more your thing, go as Natalie Vodianova’s Alice as shot by Annie Leibovitz. A blue dress, some maryjanes, a headband, and a smattering of small furniture should call the adventure to mind.

image-5Reference more than a few historical figures by going as David LaChapelle’s rendering of Amanda Lepore as Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe.

image-6…Or as David LaChapelle’s Amanda Lepore as Andy Warhol’s Liz Taylor.

image-7The ultimate surrealist costume inspiration, courtesy of Baroness Marie-Hélène de Rothschild and Baron Alexis de Redé at their Surrealist Ball in 1972.

Your Daily Guide to Trending Topics

Every day there are some topics that are trending. Since many of them don’t make sense, we provide easy contextualization. Also, this way, you won’t actually have to know anything about anything.

Miley Cyrus Engaged

Google users probably aren’t looking for the registry for Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemswoth, but they’re still searching for news about the couple’s engagement above all else. That’s right, former child star Miley Cyrus who, despite brushes with legal intoxicants and Annie Leibovitz, seems to have grown up pretty well adjusted considering her game, is getting married. The 19-year-old pop star met Hunger Games actor Hemsworth, 22, on a movie set and the two have been dating for three years. "Thank you for all the love today. I’m happy to share this news with you all. I feel like all my dreams are coming true,” Cyrus tweeted, forgetting to CC the genie who granted her original wishes for fame and fortune. 

Wade Davis

Retired NFL played Wade Davis has come out as a gay man, making him the second most popular term to search on Google this morning. His trending status on Grindr is not known. Davis, who used to play football for the Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, and Washington Redskins.“You just want to be one of the guys, and you don’t want to lose that sense of family,” Davis said to OutSports.com. “Your biggest fear is that you’ll lose that camaraderie and family.” 

Jewel

No, your eyes don’t deceive you. Jewel, the singer-songwriter is indeed trending today—at least over at Bing. It’s because the “You Were Meant For Me” singer tweeted a photo of herself in costume as country music legend June Carter Cash for the upcoming Lifetime movie Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash. "Here I am as June in my trailer with her blue eyes and perfect teeth," she wrote only moments before Reese Witherspoon, who played Cash in the 2006 feature film Walk The Line, presumably showed up and slapped her. 

Kris Humphries

Yahoo! is feeling a bit retro this morning, as users are spending their valuable time searching for information about Kris Humphries, last summer’s most famous groom and more recently just that guy who was married to Kim Kardashian for a few days. They’re all curious about Fatmire Sinanaj, the 25-year-old hotel employee that Humphries is rumored to be dating. Though he denied it, nefarious sources close to the dashing basketball player say that he and Sinanaj, who indeed rocks a look not dissimilar to that of his ex, are hot and heavy. Really weight stuff here, Yahoo! users. Wow.

#WhatUniversityHasToughtMe

Maybe it’s that we do this post in the morning, and news hasn’t been reported or serious thinking hasn’t been done yet. Either way, the things that trend on Twitter are normally pretty dopey. Today’s entry in that category: things that people learned while attending college. Don’t get too worried, but we bet most of them aren’t about book smarts.

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‘Logo Docs’ to Release a New Documentary on Annie Leibovitz

Logo, the celebrated cable network tailored for the LGBT community, is kicking off a new season of their popular Logo Docs series with a documentary on Annie Leibovitz. Scheduled to air on March 26 (8pm EST), Annie Leibovitz: Through the Lens examines the iconic photographer’s life as she discusses everything from her professional influences to how she’s been able to balance a demanding career and motherhood.

In the video teaser for the episode, a quote from Leibovitz is highlighted: “My hope is that we continue to nurture the places that we love, but that we also look outside our immediate worlds.” Given all the exotic locales she’s traveled to while shooting just about every legendary musician, movie star, and supermodel across the globe, it’s safe to say that Leibovitz looks outside of her immediate world often.

Don’t forget to set your DVR!

Our Man in Miami: Drinking Dewar’s at The W with Danny Clinch

If there’s an artist in the rock or rap pantheon that famed photog Danny Clinch hasn’t shot at least once, I don’t know who it is. From Johnny Cash to Tupac, he’s set his lens on the best of them, and the results are as iconic as the figures he’s captured. A few years ago, Clinch started branching out into film—he’s shot shorts of Jay-Z (NY-Z) and full lengths of Ben Harper (Pleasure and Pain), among others. But it was Clinch’s live action madness for Tom Waits’ “Lie to Me” that really got me giddy. So when someone from Dewar’s rang and asked me if I’d like to meet Clinch over drinks at The W, it took me all of one second to say “yes!”

Bruce Springsteen, David Byrne, Jay-Z, Eddie Vedder, the list is endless—is there anyone you haven’t photographed but want to? I’d like to have my couple minutes with Keith Richards. I’ve had a couple live opportunities, but no one-on-one as of yet.

Who was the most fun? Tom Waits, when we were shooting for Orphans up in Northern California. First of all he showed up with a truck full of vintage gear—bullhorns and speakers and cassette decks and amplifiers. And he said ‘C’mon, we’re gonna build a speaker cabinet!’ And I said, ‘Okay, let’s do it.’ So we got our coffee and we spent an hour building this thing out of all this crap he brought along.

I dig that clip! It looks like that Dr. Parnassus movie he was in. Yeah, exactly. So we set it up and he pulled out his guitar to make like it was plugged into this monstrosity. Then he went ‘Oh, man. It would be great if we could shoot this as a video.’ And I was like ‘I don’t have a video camera, but I can put my 35mm on motor drive and we can shoot it like that. It won’t sync up, and it’ll look all screwy, but…’ Waits said ‘Yeah!’ And then he went crazy, jumping up and down with his guitar, moving back and forth in front of the camera, he just went nuts!

Who was your most unfun subject? I would say the most unfun was the guitar player from System of a Down…. (long pause)

No further comment? I could say a lot of things but I won’t.

I wish I could write a disgusted head shake into this, but we’ll leave it at that. (Both laugh)

You got your kickstart with Annie Leibovitz, who I’ve also interviewed. What was the most important thing she taught you? The first thing that comes to my mind is to not take ‘No’ for an answer. That there’s always a way to make something work, you just have to figure it out. Her whole crew that surrounded her, their job was to do whatever she asked them to do. They never said no.

She just had a way—I mean, you can see it in her photographs—of having people, though they were posed, look completely relaxed and in the moment. And I hope that rubbed off on me a little bit.

You got a Grammy nomination for your dual-disc bio for Springsteen’s Devils and Dust. Any similar projects coming up? Yeah, I was just down in New Orleans and I filmed the Preservation Hall Jazz Band playing with My Morning Jacket.

You did it on site, without a/c, amid all those ghostly paintings they have there at Pres Hall? Yeah, it was wild.

Is that a short or full-length? Full-length. We’re hoping to set an example for other artists by showing that Preservation Hall is a national treasure, and if you come down and make some music with these cats, we’ll film it.

That’s fantastic. I’m also cutting a documentary on Ryan Adams that I shot when he did Cold Roses, Jacksonville, and 29.

Live stuff? Some, but it’s more vérité stuff we did in New York.

Are these all projects with your production company, Three on the Tree? Yes, there all for Three on the Tree.

Are there partners we should mention? No, actually, the name comes from when I was a kid. My dad drove an old Ford Econoline van that had three on the tree [three gears on the steering column]. We also had an old Falcon wagon that had three on the tree, too. One day, someone asked me the name of my production company, and I blurted out “Three on the Tree.” It stuck.

How’d you get involved with Dewar’s, anyway? Let’s see, I originally did a job with Dewar‘s photographing in Hong Kong. It was a lifestyle shoot for the Asian market. It was a great job, we had a great time, I worked really hard, and we got a lot of great results. So they had me on their radar. Then someone contacted my other agent and said, ‘Look, we’re doing a redesign of the bottles, and we’d like Danny to photograph them.’ So I asked them if they wanted lifestyle shots, a party, or what. And Dewar’s said ‘No, we want you to shoot the bottles.’”

Is this your first time shooting product? It is. But there’s something cool about switching up, and we just went for it.

The results are classic. Thanks!

Speaking of classic, Dewar’s is kinda like the classic rock of scotch, isn’t it? (Laughs) Yeah, I like that line. Now you’ve gotta have a drink with me.

I would but I’ve got another interview ahead and I’m afraid it might mellow me out. Nothing’s gonna mellow you out, Hood.

Fashion’s Love Affair with Space

imageSpace-age appropriate garb was big on the runways for Fall 09. “Intergalactic, shimmering surfaces, molded body armor and helmeted heads,” wrote the International Herald Tribune’s Suzy Menkes of the dominating space-age theme that surfaced at New York Fashion Week’s Fall 09 presentations back in February. (Not to mention the propensity towards showcasing styles fit for intergalactic gallivanting stretched as far as London, Paris, and Tokyo in subsequent weeks). And boutiques are following suit; Adidas SLVR, for instance, recently opened a SoHo boutique that is distinctly space-age.

Now the fashion set is paying homage to space explorers — specifically iconic astronauts. According to WWD, Buzz Aldrin, the second man ever to set foot on the moon, is soon to be the face of Louis Vuitton. He’ll pose alongside fellow astronauts Jim Lovell and Sally Ride for a new series of LV ads shot by Annie Leibovitz. And back in Paris, Brice Partouche’s brand, April 77 (as known for its inexpensive skinny jeans as for its impeccable taste in music), has introduced a new futuristic jacket named “The Neil” after none other than Neil Armstrong. Blame it Star Trek’s return to the silver screen — or increased interest in the great beyond now that things here on planet earth have taken a financial turn for the worse — but space just got a lot more chic.

Links: Annie Leibovitz + Obamas, Amy Winehouse a Mess, Mickey Rourke Hearts PETA

Annie Leibovitz was spotted entering the Obamas’ hotel. Could this be for Michelle Obama’s much-rumored March Vogue cover? [Politico] ● Amy Winehouse is still in the Caribbean and still acting like a hot mess. Winehouse was seen crawling on the ground and stealing other guests’ drinks. [TheSun] ● Tori Spelling is officially coming back to 90210, and she’s bringing Juno scribe Diablo Cody with her. [IfMag]

Lady GaGa picked up some take-out in a day-glo leotard and black leggings. [ThisIsLondon] ● Hot on the heels of his doggie-thank-you-speech, Mickey Rourke and his puppy Jaws are the new face of PETA — urging owners to fix their dogs. [Eonline] ● Elle’s Gilles Bensimon’s wife Kelly will be the newest housewife featured on The Real Housewives of New York. [BravoTV]