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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

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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:

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[Pics/video: Prada]

Jun 30 2012

Beauty: Kristen Stewart’s First Fragrance Campaign

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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

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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.

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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!!

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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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Jan 08 2012

Video Loving: Vogue Italia Spoofs QVC

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What if QVC sold Chanel, Alexander McQueen and Gucci? I can take a guess and say we’d all tune in a lot more. Well the amazing Vogue Italia have merged high fashion and home shopping together for their January issue and launched their own shopping channel, IVC, well a spoof of what it would be like to see the spring/summer 2012 collections sold via the power of TV!!!

I do love a spoof, and I love how Vogue Italia always do something very creative, completely off-beat and sometimes controversial for their runway issue. I think that is because Steven Meisel is a genius at capturing gorgeous photographs and bringing much needed humour into fashion, and I am so glad that Vogue Italia think the same way.

I love this latest collaboration between the two, everything from the perma-grins to the faux-presenters, it just works. I wonder if they were inspired by Henry Holland’s informercial starring himself and Pixie Geldof showcasing his autumn/winter 2011 collection??

Either way I adore it, oh and don’t forget “All prices, telephone numbers are invented and have no reference to reality,” as Vogue Italia puts it on its website, “It is only a game”.

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[Images: Vogue Italia]

Dec 27 2011

SS12 Campaign: Louis Vuitton Candy Perfection

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Last season Louis Vuitton was all about ladylike dominatrixes accessorised with puppies, and for spring/summer 2012, up-and-coming models Daria Strokous and Kati Nescher enjoy some sundaes in a gorgeous pink and white ice cream parlor.

The campaign once again shot by Steven Meisel is a beautiful sorbet-coloured scene featuring some of Louis Vuitton’s standout pieces, including the romantic broderie anglaise dresses, ladylike shifts embellished with studs and flowers, and stunning white lace collars.

I really do think that this campaign brings together the tone, texture and prettiness of the collection really well, and it is divine – I can’t wait for the summer!!!

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[Pics: - Louis Vuitton/Steven Meisel]
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