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After pursuing her for years, Nicholas Ghesquière has finally landed Jennifer Connelly for his S/S '08 campaign for Balenciaga (click image to enlarge). While many designers are reverting back to using models instead of celebrities (although arguably models are becoming celebrities in their own right) for their campaigns, Ghesquière is doing his own thing by hiring the 37-year-old actress. "She was the inspiration for the [catwalk] show. I had this vision of her. Even for the casting, I only wanted brunette girls. Her beauty and her character are so inspiring," he said.

Shot by Brit photographer David Sims in LA, the Oscar-winner even helped in the styling of the shoot which features Balenciaga's strong sculptural designs in bold florals. "She had an opinion on the brooch we put on one dress, the best colors for her skin," Ghesquière added. [Source]

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