>> Between former girlfriends Gisele Bundchen and Bar Rafaeli — plus Anne Vyalitsyna, who he was spotted with while he and Rafaeli were broken up a couple of years ago — Leonardo DiCaprio indisputably has a thing for models. Although he's recently been spotted with Blake Lively — as recently as late last week, despite rumors of a split — he was also snapped meeting Anna Maria Jagodzinska at 2 am outside a building on Manhattan's Upper West Side last week. According to the paparazzi who snapped them together, when DiCaprio realized that their picture had been taken, Jagodzinska left suddenly, and DiCaprio told the photographers that he and Jagodzinska were just friends. PopSugar has the images of the model and actor together. [PopSugar, 5min]
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John Galliano Had Been Suffering from Drug and Alcohol Addiction For Two Years, According to His Lawyer
>> John Galliano is expected to make an appearance at his day-long trial tomorrow, and today his lawyer, Aurelien Hamelle, shed light on how he plans to argue the case. He attributed the designer's outburst shown in the now-infamous video to Galliano's longstanding drug and alcohol addictions: “Some things may have come out of his mouth that didn’t come from his brain." Hamelle noted that Galliano has nearly suffered from addictions to sleeping pills, Valium, and alcohol for nearly two years, and has since sought two months of treatment The Meadows rehab center in Arizona. [NY Times]
>> H&M has announced its next collaborator: Versace. Donatella Versace looked back at the house archives to reinterpret classic Versace designs from 1978 to today — "iconic Versace pieces [from] iconic Versace moments" as she put it — for the collection, which will encompass around 40 pieces for women, as well as a 20-piece collection for men and a selection of homeware (think bedspreads and pillows).
Since the collection is debuting on November 17 (in 300 stores worldwide and online) — right in the thick of party season, as Margareta van den Bosch, creative advisor at H&M, points out — it will be dominated by gold studded leather dresses (one of which Donatella was "so excited" about that she wore yesterday to take her bow at the Versace men's show), colorful silk and print dresses, high heels, and costume jewelry.
Versace also designed a Pre-Spring collection for H&M that will be exclusively available in countries with H&M online sales (Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Holland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the United Kingdom) starting on January 19, 2012. See Versace talk about the collaboration in the video below, and preview the collection in the slideshow.
>> A freelance career is agreeing with Carine Roitfeld — very early on in the Fall 2011 ad campaign reveal game, she's already racked up styling duties for two houses. First Chanel, and now Jean Paul Gaultier, the first images of which show Kristen McMenamy in a Roitfeld-esque pencil skirt, captured by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.
>> Rachel Zoe is back on Bravo starting Aug. 2 for the fourth season of The Rachel Zoe Project. Snippets of the season — which covers Zoe's pregnancy and delivery of her first child, her debut of The Rachel Zoe Collection, plus her full-term-pregnancy gig of getting Anne Hathaway in and out of seven looks while hosting the Oscars — in the newly-released trailer.
>> Christian Louboutin and photographer Peter Lippman, who first worked together a couple of years ago, have teamed up again — this time to create Louboutin's Fall 2011 lookbook. The seven images are inspired by classic portrait paintings and features recreations of iconic works — including Whistler's Mother and Francisco De Zurbaran's Saint Dorothy —with the new Louboutin pieces included, of course. Click through to see the entire lookbook (NSFW), modeled by Trissan Polas, Sterenn Nogues, Karom Kelly, Lia Catreux, Francoise de Stael, and Karen Assayag.
>> Vogue senior accessories editor Filipa Fino, who had been at the magazine for 11 years, left her position on Friday. WWD's sources indicated that Fino's departure might be tied to some alleged inappropriate behavior on her part, but a Vogue spokesperson declined comment. “She is no longer with the company,” the spokeswoman confirmed. [WWD]
>> John Galliano, who has been in rehab since early March, "is still in rehab," a source close to the designer confirms to Vogue UK. "The treatment will be long and arduous — and ongoing for a long time in the future — but he is humble, apologetic and hopeful that he can recover."
But: Galliano will still appear at his trial on Wednesday, as was expected, his lawyer Aurelien Hamelle confirms. Hamelle also notes that Galliano has "been doing nothing. He's treating his addiction to alcohol and medication. He will think about his professional future" after the trial.
The Wednesday hearing is expected to span four or five hours, with five people set to testify, including two girls who were sitting next to Galliano during the Feb. 24 altercation who did not hear him say anything anti-Semitic, and two friends of the woman who Galliano allegedly insulted last year, who are expected to confirm her version of the events.
As for Galliano himself, Hamelle says he "does not remember because he was in an altered state. ... This video, where he even looks a little strange to himself, gave him a shock." Hamelle added that the alleged insults "do not reflect what [Galliano] thinks. He's not anti-Semitic or racist."
>> Azzedine Alaia was called to take the open creative director job at Dior, recently vacated by John Galliano, he has just confirmed. But: he said he wasn't interested — flattered, but not something he was going to pursue. The story of what happened with Galliano was a sad story, he added, and he didn't want to be part of the next chapter. As the Financial Times's Vanessa Friedman points out: "The sheer fact that the Dior leadership was thinking this way does ... make me think the field may be more open than the fashion world suspects. ... Since I would never under-estimate Bernard Arnault, chairman of Dior (which actually owns LVMH), nor CEO Sidney Toledano, ... this makes me wonder if perhaps the group has some interesting plans to change the way it does business up its sleeve, and will use the new designer as an excuse to do so. If so, it would be a revolution that would have an enormous ripple effect on the whole fashion industry. My guess is other brands would immediately fall in behind; everyone is looking for a reason to change and slow down, but everyone is scared to be the brand that sticks its neck out." [FT]
>> You've seen a good portion of the Fall 2011 ad campaign for Louis Vuitton, but now the house has released a making-of video, complete with Marc Jacobs explaining the photoshoot's inspiration: "Steven [Meisel] and I met and decided we would do this wonderful story of beautiful antique cars, little dogs, and fresh-faced young women dressed in the collection. So we cast Gertrud [Hegelund], Zuzanna [Bijoch], Daphne [Groeneveld], Fei Fei [Sun], Nyasha [Matonhodze], and Anais [Pouliot], a bunch of beautiful cars, we cast Richard as the chaffeur and various dogs, and came out here to Brooklyn. I think it's a very classic scenario — of course it suggests travel, and it's definitely luxurious. But I think we gave it a fresh and kind of modern, sometimes a little bit naughty, tongue-in-cheek sort of spin."