Every year there are pieces that become repeat offenders: out of the hundreds of looks presented each season a few manage to monopolize editorial space and show up in just about every magazine. When you see the same piece in different images the importance of styling, hair & makeup really becomes evident – one wrong element and the clothes can look unappealing.
If a campaign is the visual representation of a house’s current mood, what are Balenciaga‘s S/S ads saying about the storied label? Captivating new faces Laura Kampman, Juliane Grüner, Rosie Tapner & Kirstin Liljegrenstar in Steven Meisel‘s images as a rag-tag bunch of girls gone grunge. The inspiration? None other than the legendary Patti Smith – take a look at her personal photos from the book Just Kids, to see where the campaign gets its spirit. The look is recreated with bedhead courtesy of Guido Palau, smoky makeup by Pat McGrath and Marie-Amélie Sauvé‘s artful styling. A dilapidated hotel room and those larger than life accessories from the spring collection also play a pivotal role.
Two menswear looks we loved and a couple we didn’t. Sound off in the comments and tell us what you’ve been into so far this season. Be sure to click on the photos to see the collections in full on NowFashion!
LOVE IT – PRADA
With all the hoopla over actors filling out the finale of Prada‘s F/W collection, you may have overlooked the beautifully conceived collection. Miuccia’s masterful meditation on male power featured an array of memorable looks that treated the subject matter with humor. Football helmet prints on oh so serious top coats, denim sneaking into formal wear and a whole lot of thoughtful nods to diplomats, dictators and military men of influence. Adrien Brody especially looked dapper in his red shades and fur – potential Oscar outfit? Time will tell.
HMMMM… – VERSACE
Versace refers to this particular pattern as floro-flague and we’re not sure if we love the audacity of it, or hate the very idea of such a thing. It is somewhat memorable though – even with that horrific lime green fur collar. We do admire River Viiperi‘s ability to look good in even the most outlandish pieces – that has to count for something.
Italo Zucchelli’s Calvin Klein collection was intended as a tribute to New York’s unique blend of modernism and tradition. Definitely a fitting idea and a sweatshirt with croc accents certainly encapsulates the concept accurately, but we’re still having a hard time imagining where exactly this sort of piece fits outside of the editorial pages. Where will you be wearing your exorbitantly priced croc hoodie? Other than the obvious answers of Le Bain, Equinox and in every Pitti Immagine Uomo street style picture taken next year.
If you lost the sweater and dyed this violet you would have the ultimate performance wardrobe for Prince. Alas, these are not the purple one’s touring ensembles and as such we can find no logical excuse for this combination of elements. Orange velvet, a cowboy hat, one of Bill Cosby’s old sweaters – the mix is confusing and we usually like Etro’s unique melange of influences.
Fashion week is almost here and with it come the long days, the late nights and the meals consisting solely of fried carbohydrates. We can already feel the tension building so what better time to start treating ourselves right with a few skincare helpers, some soothing music and a perfectly scented candle to set the mood. By the time NYFW rolls around you’ll be feeling fresh as a daisy.
STEP 1: SHOWER POWER
The quickest, easiest (and lets face it most cost effective) way to conquer stress is a nice hot shower. Pamper yourself with a frothy soap by THYMES – we’re in love with the refreshing Agave Nectar bar, that is guaranteed to lift your mood. Packed with ruby red grapefruit, lemon blossom, guava and aloe leaf it is downright delicious. The classic Eucalyptus and Bergamot Vert scents are equally lovely, as is the creamy lather and moisturizing properties of the entire line – be sure to try the bubble baths too!
Nothing is quicker and more effective than a mask when it comes to restoring skin’s vitality. There are literally hundreds to choose, from but when it comes to rejuvenation we reach forSisley’s Black Rose Cream Mask. Moisturizing, softening and refreshing, it restores the life to tired, dull skin.
NUDE Skincare’s Deep Cleansing Mask is packed with kaolin clay and exfoliates as it cleanses skin of impurities and excess oil. The fact that it simply feels incredible on the skin doesn’t hurt either.
If your problems tend more towards pesky stress pimples,REN’s Clear Calm Acne Maskboasts an all natural remedy to those persistent breakouts. Absorbing sebum and attacking the bacteria behind breakouts without resorting to harsh chemicals.
STEP 3: GET SET
You’re busy, you’re on the go, you want something that is portable, manageable and best of all works. Algenist’s Regenerative Anti-Aging set is a small wonder. Filled with everything you’ll need – a cleanser, a serum and ultra-rich moisturizer all based around Alguronic acid, a compound that increases elastin synthesis and cellular regeneration. We had women of different ages (25, 47 and 59 to be exact) test drive the line and each reported that their skin looked smoother, clearer and considerably fresher.
STEP 4: SET THE MOOD
Put on some music, light a candle, meditate and try to forget the outside world. Put on some AIR, maybe a little lo-fi Lana Del Rey for good measure and just relax. Our latest candle obsessions come from Astier De Villatte, a French brand with scents meant to evoke the feeling of travel. Each candle is a destination and from the moment you light one up, you’re transported to an exotic new place, minus the tourists, airline fees and jetlag. The effervescent and citrusy Broadway is a breath of fresh air, while Alger boasts wild jasmine, bitter orange and just a hint of chilli – truly thrilling to the senses. Added bonus the handmade ceramic cases and toppers will be gorgeous long after the candle is finished.
As fashion films become the default means of editorial storytelling, a new crop of directors have been making their mark with compelling shorts that boast cinematic production values and elegant styling. Sandro Suppnig‘s romantic tales feature beautiful women with expensive taste and complex relationships. His latest ‘The Necklace Affair‘ is a sumptuous piece with Vanessa Hegelmaier as a tortured trophy wife: the clip is chic, sleek and packs a whole lot of drama into less than a minute. MDC caught up with the enterprising Mr. Suppnig to talk casting, castles and doing something beyond the typical fashion movie.
MDC: How did you come up with the idea for this film?
SANDRO: The fashion focus of the whole piece is jewelry. However I wanted to do something a bit different than a regular fashion film, something very cinematic that tells a real story. To use the necklace as a metaphor for a chain, holding this unhappy relationship together was a rather dark and uncommon approach for a beauty piece, but Linn Lomo, whose jewelry was featured, loved it.
My main inspirations for the film certainly were Giorgiana, Duchess of Devonshire‘s destiny, whose biography I read last spring, as well as Tilda Swinton’s brilliant and visually stunning movie “I Am Love“.
MDC: What was the casting selection like?
SANDRO: Since we were shooting in the middle of August, in the middle of nowhere, regarding the fashion-world map, the casting was rather difficult. Additionally it was really important to get talent that was excited about the project and didn’t mind the hard conditions. Vanessa Hegelmaier turned out to be the perfect fit for the female lead and I honestly could not have been happier. Besides being incredibly professional and stunningly beautiful she really identified with her role and acted very naturally. In combination with the dashing Ferdi Sibbel they made an amazing couple and their on-set chemistry blew us all away!
Oliver Hirschbiegel, who played the Lord, is a very well known and respected Oscar nominated movie director. I have known him for years and I thought he was perfect for the role. When he did me this incredible favor however, and accepted to play the part, I got pretty nervous.
MDC: The location was incredible – how did you find that amazing castle?
SANDRO: We shot in Austria, where I’m originally from. There are many castles, more or less well maintained and still owned by old aristocratic families. The problem was to find and get access to one close to Vienna, as we only had one shoot day and the talent was flown in. That we managed that, happened thanks to my amazing producer on this job Ernst Mican from Mican Film. He used all his connections and got on the phone with Princesses and Dukes until finally a Count referred him to a Baron, whom he then persuaded to open his doors! What awaited us was sheer incredible: A 750 year old moated castle in the lush countryside of Lower Austria full of history and Serendipity. It even had a ghost…
MDC: Your last film that we saw, ‘An Obsession’ also dealt with an intense romantic relationship. What makes this theme resonate for you?
SANDRO: Oh lord! Well I would lie not to admit that some of it certainly is auto-biographical. I’m a very passionate guy, who loves love and I think some of that translates into my work in one way or another. Also stories like this one might be a way for me to cope with past experiences and emotions.
MDC: What can we look forward to next?
SANDRO: My music video for the song “Take Me” by Backroom Students, featuring Brazilian bombshell Diego Miguel will be released within the next few weeks. I’m also working on my first short film for cinema which I will hopefully be shooting this summer in France. Stay tuned!
Art and fashion collided in Dries Van Noten‘s spring collection: look closely at the dresses, skirts and jackets and you’ll see photographer James Reeve‘s beautiful series ‘Lightscapes’ emblazoned throughout. Van Noten wanted to create a collection with prints comprised only of things that “were not made to be printed on fabric.” Dries had first noticed Reeves’ work while presiding over the fashion jury at Festival d’Hyères and sought him out specifically. Fittingly the duo’s collaboration has graced museums in Vienna, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Now the exhibition comes to Paris’ Joyce Gallery, with an opening reception tonight and a exhibition until the 25th of January. Don’t miss it!
Love them or hate them actresses keep snapping up those coveted campaigns at an alarming rate. While we will always prefer the sight of a model in a fashion campaign, there are still some interesting ads featuring cinema stars this season. After dealing with the dog eat dog world of Tinseltown, surely these Hollywood beauties can handle a little critique.
With her delicate features Aussie actress Mia Wasikowska certainly looks like a model in the spring ads for Miu Miu, but the posing skill isn’t really there. In the second shot she seems a little lost, but lets face it the real star here are the neon bags and those floral hair accessories. The garish color scheme might turn some people off, but these shots almost remind us of a neon version of the cameos that adorn her neck.
We admit to not seeing much of the Ashley Greene ouvre (sorry, we could only get through about a half hour of Twilight before shutting it off) but her DKNY ads are nice enough. Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin always deliver something pretty and these shots with Ash and Garrett Neff on top of a midtown building are a little bland, but cute.