The Filmic Musings of Cody Horn, Arizona Muse, and Amandine Albisson for Estée Lauder

Still from Modern Muse Moments featuring Amandine Albisson

For Estée Lauder’s new perfume, the beauty house enlisted the help of filmmaker Steven Sebring to create a series of short films that celebrated various the company’s muses. Chosen by spokesmodel Arizona Muse, the films feature the Paris Opera Ballet’s principal dancer, Amandine Albisson, and actress Cody Horn, whose film credits include Magic Mike and End of Watch.

The premiere was held in the theater at the Tribeca Grand Hotel with Horn (wearing a beautiful Jonathan Saunders dress) and Sebring in attendance. Guests sipped on wine in the lobby and sampled the new fragrance.

In an interview for the Estée Edit, Sebring said, “I’m really interested in story and dialogue. And no one is doing that in the fashion and beauty industry right now.” Sebring calls these distinctly different films “visual conversations,” that let each women speak for themselves about what inspires them. Check them out below.

Versace Returns to Paris Haute Couture After 8-Year Absence

Backstage at the Versace spring/summer 2012 couture show, Donatella Versace told the Telegraph that, despite our economic times, "the world needs glamor." With that said, the Italian fashion house’s head designer made it a point to design a couture comeback that solidified Versace’s membership in the elite club of luxury brands that are still designing extravagant fashion. 

Over-the-top sculpting, blinding metallics, and fierce fembot accents made up Versace’s couture debut after nearly eight years of absence. Similar to Karl Lagerfeld’s "billion dollar babes" theme of his Chanel resort 2012 collection presented at the decadent Hotel du Cap on the French Riviera last year, Donatella’s "glamorous warriors" represented the "more is more" ethos championed by the aspirational shoppers that high-end brands cater to.

Cathy Horyn of the the New York Times tweeted on Donatella’s chosen vibe for the show: "watching a model unnaturally flex her shoulders at Versace couture, on dodgy game-show steps, as audience stands in coats behind ropes. Glam." Sure, the show was anything but natural, but for die-hard fashion lovers, Paris Haute Couture is the goal, so it should be nothing short of fantastical when you get there. 

See all 15 looks here.

Photo via NOWFASHION

23-Year-Old Model Arizona Muse Lands Estée Lauder Gig

After making her runway debut in 2010 here to exclusively walk for the Prada SS11 show, model Arizona Muse has experienced nothing but success. Ranked #5 of the 50 top models in the world, the 23-year-old beauty has starred in a number of campaigns for the likes of Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Chloe, and Jil Sander, has walked for Stella McCartney, Balmain, Isabel Marant, Fendi and many more, and has hit just about every fashion rag cover on the planet. While she’s certainly a designer magnet, it was only a matter of time before her flawless features attracted the beauty world. 

Today, WWD reports that Muse is the latest face tapped to be a spokemodel for beauty purveyors, Estée Lauder. She now joins the ranks of fellow runway favorites Constance Jablonski, Liu Wen, Carolyn Murphy, and Joan Smalls—who we similarly celebrated here when she landed the covetable gig back in 2010.

Look out for Muse later this year in the brand’s advertisements for skincare, makeup, and fragrance. 

Watch David Bowie and Arizona Muse in Louis Vuitton’s New ‘L’Invitation au Voyage’

“I’d rather be high…” sings David Bowie (me too, Bowie…) in Louis Vuitton’s new Venice Film featuring Arizona Muse. The two appear at the center of a masquerade ball, with Bowie as the evening’s entertainment, and Arizona arriving by hot air ballon. It’s the only way to travel, really.

And then of course there’s Arizona’s Vivienne bag, the instigator of her Bowie-filled dream.

On the Louis Vuitton site, you can explore the ballroom, no travel required, and get a greater glimpse of Muse’s Venice dream by watching the director’s cut. There’s even a man in Louis Vuitton gilt body paint! They must have listened to mycostume suggestions.

Peep Prada’s Spring 2011 Fantasy Lookbook

Italian luxury brand Prada has produced a fantasy lookbook for every season since 2007. Just as reliably, the release date is eagerly awaited by fashion devotees and art buffs for one simple reason: the perennially inspired outcome. Combining real-life photography with illustrations, the latest mixed-media lookbook is a testament to Miuccia Prada’s creative vision for her brand, and her deep appreciation for the arts.

For spring 2011, the conceptual lookbook features a model dream team of Jourdan Dunn, Lindsey Wixson, Daphne Groeneveld, Arizona Muse, Jessica Stam, Jac Jagaciak, and Mariacarla Boscono. The artwork is Prada-quirk at its finest, sending you on a psychedelic trip filled with the collection’s vibrant pattern play, color-blocking, and a Latin-jazz vibe. Select images below:

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See the complete lookbook here.

Prada’s Spring 2011 Campaign Looks Like a Blast From the Past

After weeks of speculation, the first images of the Prada Spring 2011 campaign surfaced yesterday. Rumors that Mariacarla Boscono would appear were spot-on, with models Arizona Muse, Kinga Razjak, Zuzanna Bijoch, and Tati Cotliar joining her in the Steven Meisel-shot ads. And while we all saw images of the colorful collection on the Milan runway, we were never too sure if the campaign would turn out more baroque or retro.

The theme no doubt turned out to be the latter, evident in the bold color-blocking, accentuated stripes, and minimalist poses that appear to salute classic ’60s fashion ads, with the exception of striped boas that feel less Twiggy and more Cheshire Cat. The frame bags and clutches are the perfect size and refreshingly vibrant, while the denim and nylon bags leave a bit more to be desired—perhaps they’d look better in leather. The campaign could use some more Boscono too, but this is just a preview after all.

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