Sunday, November 13, 2011

The World Tied in the Palm of Her Hand

Never let the doubt get you down friends. It was only a matter of days ago when everyone was proclaiming the end of Freja's professional relationship with Karl Lagerfeld, but to say such preconceived notions of demise were premature were obviously, well, premature. I think it's time we all surrendered ourselves to the fact that in the Kaiserchief's band, Freja is the metaphorical cowbell, and we just can't get enough (re: we just can't get enough).

All of this is a roundabout way of retelling you all how the Great Dane is now featured in the newest Karl-shot campaign for French luxury department store, Printemps. I'm sure you will all be pleased to hear that Freja is bedecked in the glory of Chanel for the campaign, so that connection seems to remain semi-stable as well.

The Christmas campaign, which is visible even now on Printemps' website, depicts Karl's eternal muse holding the world, like every other heavily-depended-upon individual, in the palms of her hands. If you didn't catch the subliminal message I projected there, the moral of the story is that Karl thinks Freja's awesome, Printemps thinks Freja's awesome, and the advertising world thinks Freja's awesome, so I still have a job, and you lot still have orgasms. What seems to have been lost along the way are Freja's pants, but that's okay, because it means I can mention Lady Gaga in what is becoming a stream of pop music/culture references.



If any of you are interested, Karl is also designing the store windows for la grand magasin. You can have a peek at the frightful results (I'm not going to be judgmental, but there are dolls. So I judge "psychologically disturbed".) and Vanessa Paradis (who is there for no apparent reason, beyond being a pretty, French lady, or a pretty French lady) over at the linked website, or by clicking here. You can also rock on over and check out the windows for previous seasons, which were more fun, and will inspire less mental distress.

But for those of you only here for Freja, here's the making of for her side of the campaign. It is documented proof of everything I have said in this post. It's also always interesting to see the interactions between model and photographer. Personally, I was expecting Karl's instructions to be much more descriptive, as opposed to whistling and to-the-pointedness, but the man is German, after all.


So given the theme of the campaign (globe-trotting and stuff), what are you all doing for Christmas/the holidays? Any big plans? Please keep in mind that if you are leaving your present location for the tropics in order to avoid the snow, I will have no choice but to think of you as less than a person. Even Karl's evil little clone dolls like snow.

Peace, love, and floating,
Gill Ford

*"Spirit" is a totes brill song from Eric Burdon & War. It is one of the few songs in history that should never be criticized for a lack of cowbell. Incidentally, if you haven't heard of War, it will be declared upon you. Here's a Copenhagen performance from 1971, because we love Denmark so much.


Photos courtesy of printemps.com

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

gill, did you buy Carinne's new book? I heard there are lots of Freja's pic there.. Could you scan it for us please?

Gill Ford said...

I didn't buy it yet, actually... I fully intended on it, but then Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty happened, and I had to put my adoration of that irreverent lady on hold. I will be getting it eventually though, so if scans aren't up by then, I'll definitely put them up!

Anonymous said...

^thank you. BTW,
"you lot still have orgasms".
Harsh, but so true, LOL

Anonymous said...

i'm so happy this blog is back! and i have to say, i'm loving you, gill

Night at Vogue said...

I love the black and white!

Gabrielle said...

Boy I think about Freja every night & day. I'm addicted and I just can't get enought...

Gill Ford said...

I like you, Gabrielle. Please come again.

Anonymous said...

Is it true that you are friends with Catherine McNeil???? I heard that you are friends with Dorothea, Frida and Caroline Brasch too???

Gill Ford said...

I am not sure why these rumours started, but they are not valid ones. Also, if anybody has speculations over my identity, or people with whom I might be affiliated, PLEASE do not post them as comments! If you have questions about these sorts of things, please send them to me in an email. Posting them as comments will only help fuel rumours, as these are public and viewable to every person passing by this blog.

Annika said...

Gill, I don't know who you are but I do know that you are delightful. The War reference...love it. I always find dolls most unsettling as well. Yeesh.
I wish I had a ticket to the tropics, but alas, I will more likely than not be holed up in my crappy apartment in New England seeing my breath, occasionally braving snow drifts to go to the bodega on the corner. And um, dreaming of Freja.

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Anonymous said...

I am very worried because of the rumors about Freja, that she will not the face of Chanel ... I hope this rumors ...

Anonymous said...

Hey Gill, are you on vacation ? ;-)

Gill Ford said...

Not yet, my dear! I'm finishing my fall semester though, so there's a lot of things I need to get done between labs, papers, exams, etc. A new post should be up within the week though!

Anonymous said...

I saw on your Twitter that you went to see Kyss Mig yesterday! Did you like it?

Gill Ford said...

I did! It was quite well done, actually, the cinematography was brilliant and Marc Collin did a wonderful job with the soundtrack. And I adore Liv, but Ruth was a nice surprise as well.

It killed me that the film ended on "With Every Heartbeat", it was like a little nod to Fucking Åmål hahaha

Anonymous said...

^My god you might be my perfect girl.

Annie said...

Do you guys think it's a good idea that new work with Freja is almost non-existant at the moment? For her career I think. Sure, there are couple of good campaigns (and a few are not released yet) but no new editorials for close to 4 months. And no AAA campaigns apart from the Valentino fragrance. I understand that the amount of work she did last year was too much and people got bored to see her again and again. But the lack of work is a bit extreme right now IMO.

Domenico said...

I LOVE HER. ESPECIALLY IN VALENTINA BY VALENTINO'S SPOT. <3 <3 <3 FOLLOW YOU!

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