10/19/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Balenciaga Unveils Fall Ads Starring Jennifer Connelly

For fall 2009, Balenciaga's clothes are still fly. Jennifer Connelly is still the house muse. And I am still confused.



Famed fashion photog Steven Meisel clearly had a busy summer. A quick scan of the top fashion books this month reveals that he's shot covers and fashion stories for a laundry list of international publications from Vogue Italia to W magazine. We can now add campaigns to the list. Meisel snapped the fall 2009 Balenciaga campaign starring Hollywood actress Jennifer Connelly.



The brunette beauty dips, flexes and bends it like Beckham in Balenciaga's lux finery. (Please spare a few minutes to take in the towering glamazon heels.) Everything about these shots are perfect: the kinetic clothes which range from subdued wools to metallic silks; the bold hair and makeup that lends an air of haphazard chic; and even the set which is comprised of pricey antique furniture strewn helter skelter. Oddly, that the only element that doesn't work so well is Connelly herself. Beautiful though she is, am I the only one that finds her a lackluster choice - literally - for a starring role in an haute fashion campaign?

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