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Jan 16 2015

Fashion: My Top Five SS15 Campaigns

SS15-Valentino-Michal-PudelNormally for me it is the autumn/winter campaigns that really brings the fashion alive, maybe I say that because for me the winter collections are what I love to see on the catwalk, but these five fashion houses are really making me love spring/summer with their incredible fashion ads.

There is a stripped back feel to all the campaigns this season, I don’t mean that there isn’t as much money pouring into them or that they are less creative, just that the clothes are doing the talking rather than a celebrity face, well except Julia Roberts, who even appears in complete contrast to her perfume ambassadors days in a make-up free shot for the Givenchy campaign. There is a hint of darkness in some, especially Valentino and Prada, as well as oozing coolness from the likes of Chloé and Coach.

It was hard to pick just five campaigns to be honest as I absolutely love Kit Harington for Jimmy Choo, Joan Didion showing that age is just a number for Celine and Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn looking stunning for Burberry.

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First up Valentino, not only are they gorgeous, as always, I love the cinematographic vision of this campaign, as well as the darkness and the beauty of the floating models. But what I absolutely love about this campaign is that it isn’t shot by Steven Meisel, or Tim Walker, or Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, which don’t get me wrong I adore, but I am so pleased to see a major fashion house tapping a relatively unknown photographer in Slovakian Michal Pudelka to helm their spring/summer 2015 campaign.

Shot in Tuscany on the beaches and in the woods of Punta Ala, there is something mesmerising and spooky about this campaign, as well as poetic and romantic that I adore and I really think it standouts out from the rest.

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In total contrast with have an uber cool campaign from Coach, shot by Steven Meisel his second campaign for the New York-based accessories and apparel brand, and I really think it showcases British designer Stuart Vevers‘ updated vision for the brand to make it equally about the bags as well as clothes, while adding that laidback cool feel, which really comes across in the muted pastel palette of the group shot. Plus can we please also discuss how incredible Valery Kaufman looks? For me she is one of hot models of the moment.

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Normally ad campaigns are filled with celebrities, not that I don’t like that, but I feel that Julia Roberts for Givenchy, shot by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott is different, maybe it is because they are in black and white, maybe it is because she isn’t wearing any make-up, or maybe it is down to the fact they deliberately avoid using her famous smile in the images.

Like with Valentino there is a darkness to the images, while still having that sexiness that Julia is known for, as well as a hint of masculinity, the pants suit shot has to be my favourite. But I think what makes this a great campaign, styled by Katy England, has to be how honest it is, which is unusual in the fashion industry.

I just adore that it isn’t the Pretty Woman Julia Roberts that everyone expects and loves, for me this is a so much better, I really think she looks beautiful.

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Prada is always one of my favourite campaigns, do you remember the chic gas station from a couple of seasons ago, and the chess board setting? I feel that Miuccia Prada and Steven Meisel really make a great team and this is another strong campaign that really is a lot moodier than you expect from Prada, which is probably why I like it even more.

I really do love the offbeat details from this campaign such as the wet-look, matted hair, the haunted looks on the models faces, as well as the odd placement of the accessories, which works well with the contradictory storyline of a woman that exudes confidence, is uninhibited and carefree, while still remaining in control.

The black and white images are my favourite, especially the seductive bedroom scene, where she has just casually flung herself onto her bed, as well as the graffiti pastel backdrop you can just about make-out. The campaign really does highlight how strong the Prada bag collection is this season.

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OK, so this isn’t the most creative or technical of campaigns, but it is the one each season I gush over, as one day I hope that I will be a Chloé girl and that I too will be able to pull off that 70’s vibe. Basically I have a serious girl crush not only on the brand but on the perfect Chloé girls that model the campaign, which this season is the gorgeous Caroline Trentini and Eniko Mihalik, who both just have a nymph-like quality about them floating down the sandy beach in their maxi dresses.

As well as the beautiful models, this campaign, shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin also has the most stunning setting in Paradise Cove, California, which has so been filed away in my wanderlust folder on Pinterest, the striking horses, as well as the chic Drew bag that is high on my SS15 wishlist.

This campaign is basically the idyllic summer I dream of each year.

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Jun 05 2014

AW14 Campaign: Jeremy Scott Surprises With His First Moschino Ad

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Who could forget Jeremy Scott’s explosive, fun, junk food-inspired autumn/winter 2014 collection for Moschino, I think the French fries iPhone cover was Instagrammed by all the top bloggers within days of the catwalk show, well it seems that for his first ad campaign he has gone for a more iconic, timeless approach and I adore it. 

Starring Linda Evangelista and shot by Steven Meisel, the campaign is less trashy-chic and more classy than I was expecting after seeing the McDonald’s Moschino Happy Meal handbags and SpongeBob Square Pants knits hit the Milan catwalk – the gaudy colours have been replaced for a classic black and white portrait that actually makes that McDonalds bag look classy. 

I love everything about this campaign – from the black and white to the pose, now that is a supermodel working it, to the big blow dry, gorgeous tailored coat and super cute earrings. The catwalk might have been to grab attention, steal a few headlines during fashion week, but this campaign is all about selling the collection. 

If nothing else you have got to admit, McDonalds has never looked so good!

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More of the Moschino’s autumn/winter 2014 campaign has been released and it just keeps getting better. I just adore the styling by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, seriously exquiste and truly captures a different side of the collection, especially with it shot in black and white. I also love the use of the all-star crew – for Jeremy Scott’s first campaign it is great that he could get Linda Evangelista, Stella Tennant, Carolyn Murphy, Saskia Debraw, Karen Elson and Rachel Zimmerman all to take part as they look incredible.

What do you think of Moschino’s AW14 campaign?

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[Pics: Moschino]

Aug 31 2013

Cover Loving: Vogue Italia Goes Retro For September

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Vogue Italia revealed its September issue earlier this week and I am just loving the retro vibe of the cover photographed by Steven Meisel.

Starring model Doutzen Kroes, who is having a great month as she is also on the cover of Vogue Spain, Vogue China and Vogue Netherlands, the beauty has a touch of Shrimpton-meets-Bardot about her wearing a Prada gingham check dress and baker boy cap.

I am not sure what I love more – the 60s/70s styling, the beautiful facial close-up, I am in love with her eye make-up, or the retro feel to the cover with the muted colours and light flares. I can’t wait to see the accompanying editorial.

What do you think of the Vogue Italia’s September cover?

[Pic: Vogue Italia/Steven Meisel]

Aug 03 2012

Video Loving: Only Prada Can Make Chess Stylish

Who knew chess could be so stylish? Well, obviously Miuccia Prada did as her latest video showing off her incredible “virtual princess” themed autumn/winter 2012 collection stars supermodels Magdalena Frackowiak and Anne Vyalitsyna playing a fantasy game of chess.

Shot by Steven Meisel the abstract video is filled with the sharp geometric patterns of the autumn/winter show and as described by the fashion house “a virtual labyrinth of fantasy and reality” – so basically this is what a Prada videogame would look like!!!

What’s very cool about that this fantasy game of chess is that every time Magdalena or Anne move a piece, they force models Vanessa Exente, Madison Headrick, Elza Luijendijk and Iselin Steiro to move in tandem, so this is chess with a fashion face-off  – and really does show that models are just pawns **sorry couldn’t resist it**.

I love the styling of the video, everything from the 1970s vibe of the geometric printed trouser suits to the razor sharp sleek straight locks and the dramatic dark eye make-up.

I loved last seasons 1950s retro campaign, it was fun and quirky, but there is something magical about this creepy game of chess. Check it out and let me know what you think:

[Pics/video: Prada]

Jun 30 2012

Beauty: Kristen Stewart’s First Fragrance Campaign

After all the excitement of Blake Lively’s first fragrance campaign for Gucci I had totally forgotten that the first image for Kristen Stewart’s were due this week. I have to admit, when I first heard back in January that Kristen was due to be the new face of Balenciaga’s latest fragrance, ‘Florabotanica’, I wasn’t surprised Nicolas Ghesquière does love her, but I wasn’t wowed by the idea either, but I was intrigued to see what the imagery would look like.

Unlike most fragrance adverts this isn’t sexy or alluring rather odd and Kristen’s pose looks slightly uncomfortable and out-of-place among the metal floral structures. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, Balenciaga is aiming this new fragrance at a younger crowd, so I am think the aim of this Steven Meisel campaign is just to be cool, and it does quite a good job of that with Kristen rocking a gorgeous OTT floral dress.

It is quite a futuristic-psychedelic advert that I kind of feel needs to be accompanied by a dark and moody soundtrack, which of course is very much Kristen’s territory from her Twilight background, so it makes me wonder if we might see a short film to launch the fragrance in September like with Blake’s Gucci Premiere – now that will be an interesting head-to-head!!!

The fragrance itself is inspired by the 2008 collection that featured “nasty” and “nice” flowers, and the composition of notes of vetiver, amber and caladium-leaf accord, a hybrid rose, carnation and mint accord is suppose to offer a floral character that is very seductive and it’s flowers will not be just beautiful, but also very dangerous. I am serious intrigued and so want to smell it – sounds amazing.

The fragrance hits select stores in the US, Canada and France come September – but for some reason the UK date wasn’t announced – hopefully not long after the initial launch.

[Pic: Balenciaga via thefashionspot.com]

Jun 09 2012

AW12 Campaign: All Aboard The Louis Vuitton Express

Louis Vuitton have developed a real art of transforming their catwalk shows into their advertising campaigns and I loved that the Louis Vuitton Express wasn’t put into retirement straight after the show.

I have to be honest the autumn/winter 2012 Louis Vuitton collection wasn’t my favourite shown during Paris Fashion Week or any of the AW12 shows, the clothes are a little too out there for me, but the art direction of the train was a unique idea.

This is the first ad from the AW12 campaign, shot by Steven Meisel and really delivers the glamorous era of high-class train travel, but for me it feels more like an editorial spread as there is so much going on. I love the concept, but for me there are just too many models to concentrate on, so many colours mixed in together from mustard to aubergine, and on top of all that lots of different prints.

I think the star of this first campaign shot, has to be those handbags, normally I am not a leopard-print fan but even I can see why they wouldn’t want to stow those beauties.

I am sure there will be many more campaign images unveiled that aren’t as chaotic, and maybe even ones that allow the models to shine, as this one I can’t figure out who is who with them hiding underneath those crazy crumpled hats.

So who else wants to get aboard the Louis Vuitton Express? Also anyone else have visions of all these models heading to Hogwarts?

[Pics: Louis Vuitton]

Feb 02 2012

Video Loving: What Prada Radio Would Sound Like!!

Have you ever wondered what Prada radio would sound like? Well in the Italian label’s spring/summer 2012 campaign video you can listen to their crazy mash-up of electric tunes. I loved the print version of Prada’s spring/summer 2012 1950′s inspired ad campaign shot by Steven Meisel, but this gorgeous retro-themed flick is just exquisite.

I never thought that a gas station could look so chic, the print images prooved that wrong, but the video just makes it look every more divine and works perfectly with the aesthetic that Prada presented for SS12. I love all the details in this video, it really does capture the accessories brilliantly, from the heels to the bags and even the flawless make-up of the models. But most of all it makes me want a yellow and grey pleated dress – pastel shades really are gorgeous – especially when they are Prada!!!

Want to download all the tunes? Well Prada was kind enough to send over the playlist: ‘Funnel of Love’ by Duck and Cover, ‘Dirt’ by Tobacco and ‘Musaphonic’ by Tom Recchion, ‘Kids’ by Brooklyn-based Sleigh Bells, and ‘Written All Over Your Face’ by Ariel Pink.

I also adore how Prada describe the gas station: “It is cast as a central symbol in this post-modern crossroads of new horizons and economic fulfilment, a stage set where fashion, fantasy and the promise of new discoveries collide.” Wow, I’m wishing next time I fill up my car that new discoveries collide with me – oh and if possible those flame-adorned heels.

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