Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Possiblity of Pirelli

WWD broke the news early last month that Karl Lagerfeld was picked to shoot the next Pirelli Calendar.
A TIRE POWER: Karl Lagerfeld has been tapped to shoot the next Pirelli calendar. “I’ll do it in my studio in Paris. It’s too obvious to have a beach setting,” the designer said backstage at his signature show on Sunday. Shooting is to take place in April, and “all of the top girls” will be booked for the coveted calendar, which has been lensed by the likes of Patrick Demarchelier, Bruce Weber and Mario Testino since it was established in 1964.
Of course this news probably had Freja fans speculating, since we all know that Karl can't shoot anything without featuring her in some way (God love him for it). However, Pirelli isn't something you'd usually associate with Freja, who has a body and demeanor more suited for high fashion rather than a calendar known for sultry femininity and ample amounts of robust nudity.

With the calendar shoot taking place right now, casting bits have been leaking out over the internet. Models confirmed so far include Bianca Balti, Heidi Mount, Isabeli Fontana, Magdalena Frackowiak, and Natasha Poly. Fashionologie also tells us that Lara Stone is rumored to be booked as well. So with two of Karl's favs seemingly present and accounted for (Heidi and Lara), it remains to be seen whether Freja will also be included. After all, she is undoubtedly Karl's favorite female model to work with, so her omission would be unexpected and strange even if she is an unorthodox choice for Pirelli calendar pin-up girl.

I've read that Freja will be included, but nothing is ever 100%. As they say, pics or it didn't happen, right? :) I also want to tread lightly just in case. Anyway, I'm not sure how I feel about this, assuming that it's true. On the one hand, it's great because Freja continues to buck her androgynous stereotype and show her many facets as a model. On the other hand, I'm not sure if she's really the best fit for the type of femininity we've come to associate with Pirelli. And then you also have to worry that Karl will just put her in pants next to Baptiste like he did for the Chanel SS10 runway show. In case you're wondering, Freja doesn't look too shabby in a bikini so maybe I shouldn't feel so dubious about the whole thing:



Besides, Magdalena doesn't necessarily scream sultry, voluptuous calendar girl to me either. And who knows what concept Karl has in mind for the calendar, since the photographer is usually given complete creative control. He could take things in a different direction since he's doing a studio shoot instead of a location shoot like past years'. Regardless of what will or won't happen, it's something on the horizon to look out for. And if Freja is indeed shot for the Pirelli calendar, that's just one more tick off the amazing checklist that is her career. Seriously, is there anything that she hasn't done as a model? Maybe walk a VS show....but that's a whole different story.

Thoughts? Do you want to see Freja in the calendar, or is it too weird to even imagine?

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

After looking at the Purple Magazine editorial recently I'm not sure I want to see similar pictures again. I guess it depends on the concept of the shoot. The bikini-photo is nice but a few years old. Her body doesn't look like that at the moment unfortunately.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with the first poster. her body hasn't looked like that in ages, the Purple ed is a more accurate example of how she looks now.
as much as I appreciate Karl for everything he's done for her career, I wish he doesn't use her this time.

Anonymous said...

i love anything that has freja's name next to it cant wait to see. hopefully she'll be February, the month of my birthday!!

Aisling Sara said...

Freja in Pirelli I can see and I think it could work. Although she is skinnier now than the bikini photo.
Freja in VS, that would be hilarious, I just can't imagine her skipping and sashaying down the catwalk like Adriana Lima or Alessandra Ambrosio.
x

Anonymous said...

yepp,looking from the pic of her in bikini she does look great but she has become more skinny and lean these days.but, i'm still anticipating her to be in the calendar.maybe Karl has something different in terms of the idea or concept for the calendar. i don't know...

kunklebunkle said...

I am dreading the sight of Freja in the Pirelli calendar. I hope and wish Karl does not use her alongside Baptiste as "one of the boys" because that shit is just getting repetitive.

Anonymous said...

I'd actually like to see her in Pirelli. The calendar was getting a bit bland, something different would be nice.

Rrose Sélavy said...

Very interesting reading everyone's thoughts. Thanks all! I have to go with the general consensus and say that it will be very strange if she does shoot for it. But then again, Karl always surprises with his concepts, so who knows? It could work out in the long run. Guess we'll just have to hunker down, wait and see.

Miranda said...

"Freja in VS, that would be hilarious, I just can't imagine her skipping and sashaying down the catwalk like Adriana Lima or Alessandra Ambrosio."

Second that! :D

Anonymous said...

i just found out that iris is included in the pirelli calendar! if iris is there, theres no way freja is not there!! i havent heard about abbey or karmen i think they will be in the photo shoot too.