In a new interview with the Times of London, Alexa Chung says she had a lot of bad experiences working as a model in her teens:
"I never really asked my mum or my dad’s advice during [my time modeling] … I didn’t want to tell them too much about the reality of what was going on – when I was taking the train to London and being asked to do certain things,” she says. “I already knew it was wrong. So, you know, if there was a casting where some creepy man there had gone on to his flat in Ilford and you know, ‘Take your clothes off…’ and if I’d have done it, I won’t tell my mum because I know that that’s wrong [...] In hindsight I look back and think, ‘Did you really need an 18-year-old girl to strip in your front room?’'"
Chung says that now, more than a decade later, she still has "loads of flashbacks" about these incidents. "I've sort of blocked it out and I don't really think of those days."
Kate Moss is in Versace's fall accessories campaign, which employs that age-old "the model is nude except for this handbag, isn't that exciting!" trope of fashion photography. [WWD]
Karl Lagerfeld's latest campaign stars a handsome gentleman who just happens to be the designer's bodyguard of 14 years, Sebastien Jondeau. In a short Web video accompanying the ads, Jondeau tells the camera he has "no limits" when it comes to protecting Karl. [WWD]
Scarlett Johansson is on the cover of the first issue of Vanity Fair's new French edition. [WWD]
Cara Delevingne was shot by Tim Walker for Mulberry's latest ads. [TFS]
Street-style photographer Phil Oh and blogger Susie Lau collaborated on a collaboration with Urban Outfitters. [Racked]
• Today in human resources news: Delphine Arnault, Bernard Arnault's daughter and an executive at Christian Dior, is moving to Louis Vuitton. Delphine and her brother Antoine, who left Louis Vuitton to oversee Berluti in 2011, are Bernard Arnault's top candidates for succession. Arnault himself inherited Férinel, an engineering and construction firm with some real-estate holdings, from his father in the 1970s. He built the company into the world's largest luxury retail conglomerate, Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy, via a series of acquisitions in the 1980s and 90s. [WWD]
• Stuart Vevers, the former creative director of Loewe, has been named the new creative director of Coach. He will replace Reed Krakoff. Vevers' appointment ends speculation that candidates from Marc Jacobs to former Mulberry designer Emma Hill were in line for the Coach job. [WWD]
• The C.E.O. of Lane Bryant, Linda Heasley, agrees the retailer has been "a little bit too late" in getting trendy clothing into stores. Heasley says of her customer, "I think she deserves things a lot closer to when the rest of the fashion industry sees them." [Racked]
• Model Chloe Norgaard once put a hollowed-out watermelon on her head at a party at Cannes:
"At one point, we were at this party and they had this buffet set up when we got there. When we were leaving, it was gone except they still had cut open watermelons, so we put them on our heads. Adrien Brody walked by and was just like, 'What the fuck.'"
• Neiman Marcus filed the initial paperwork necessary for the chain's long-anticipated I.P.O. [Reuters]
• Rent the Runway has acquired the start-up Go Try It On, which allowed users to share outfit photos via social media. The value of the deal was not disclosed. [WWD]
• Rent the Runway also threw a prom for the seniors of East Rockaway High School, which was heavily damaged in Hurricane Sandy and only just reopened. The company donated designer dresses to the students, many of whom were displaced by the storm, and hosted the prom at a castle on Long Island. [Fashionista]
• Gucci is launching a new men's fragrance called Made to Measure. It will be fronted by James Franco. [WWD]