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mdc ♥s: scent refresher

June 22nd, 2012 |Posted by Janelle


Get in the mood for summer with this classic Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin shot of Daria Werbowy for Vogue Paris

The weather may be unpredictable, but there is no denying that summer is upon us. From a beauty standpoint that means experiencing the season’s newest and best fragrances in all their heady glory. Take a look at this line up of refreshing, effervescent and downright intoxicating scents perfect for the summer.

Serge Lutens L’Eau Froide – Lutens scents always go for the esoteric, so it comes as no surprise that L’Eau Froide was inspired by “fresh air in the rusty water pipes.” Unusual, but the end result is a bracing blast of unisex verbena and mint that provides a much needed dose of cool.

INEKE Balmy Days & Sundays – The hotter it gets the more things start to feel out of control, but Ineke’s soothing green Balmy Days & Sundays creates an instant aura of tranquility. The scent is soothing, fresh and just crisp enough keep things exciting. The winning combination of Freesia, Grass, Honeysuckle and Mimosa is perfect for when the temperature creeps up past 90. Don’t let the name fool you, Sunday may be a day for relaxation but Ineke’s lightweight chypre doesn’t lack for sophistication.

Jo Malone Wild Bluebell – Delicate, enveloping and ever so slightly sweet, Jo Malone’s unique combo of persimmon, lily of the valley and eglantine is simply delightful. Floral lovers rejoice, summer doesn’t have to mean giving up the flowers you love so much – put the Fracas back on the shelf and try a lighter variation. The almost aquatic florals in Wild Bluebell are subtle and elegant.

L’Artisan Batucada – One word – Brazil. Batucada is named after a style of samba and has notes that call to mind a Caipirinha – lime, coconut, sugar and a bit of Tiaré flower for good measure, coming together to form a the perfect fizzy cocktail and ultimate exhilarating burst.

Roberto Cavalli – The Cavalli name promises sex appeal, trendiness and a certain rebellious spirit that infuses the house’s daring designs and the namesake scent more than lives up to this reputation. Fronted by Elisa Sednaoui, the amber and pink pepper focused blend is decadent and appealing without being overwhelming. A spritz of this on a steaming summer evening is guaranteed to make you feel your sexiest.

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Candice Or Nothing

June 22nd, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Candice Swanepoel.
Mariano Vivanco.
Muse Magazine.

The most mesmerizing body in the business bares all for a special issue of Muse dedicated entirely to her allure. Mariano Vivanco shoots a black and white portfolio featuring Candice in curls and little else and the elegant images are guaranteed to excite, because when you have Candice, what more do you need?

 

 

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Brand Creative : The Best F/W Campaigns So Far

June 22nd, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Every top tier brand ushers out a new campaign each season, but only a select few push creative boundaries instead of just pushing product. With fall ads launching earlier than ever (remember the days of opening up September Vogue and experiencing new ads for the very first time) there are already several ads that impress us with their unique interpretation of their brand’s message. Take a look at our picks for most intriguing ads so far and be sure to share your selections in the comments!

Kenzo

The brand’s thrilling reboot continues with Jean Paul Goude breathing new life into the fall campaign imagery. Xiao Wen Ju & Simon Sabbah are connected in these cheeky reversible shots with a neon Kenzo logo flashing in the background. Goude’s image has instant visual impact and is a fun showcase for those cool Humberto Leon and Carol Lim designs.

Raf Simons
In case you had any doubt’s about Raf Simons’ ability to be subversive check out the striking new f/w ads by Pierre Debusschere starring Yannick Abrath. The impressive sculptural shots are a sight to behold, as is the corresponding campaign video that brings the imagery to life with beautifully abstract visuals.

RAF SIMONS RUN FALL RUN from 254⚡FOREST on Vimeo.

Mulberry

The fuzzy-wuzzies from Where the Wild Things Are invade Tim Walker‘s fantastical ads for Mulberry. The ads otherworldly vibe is only heightened by the addition of fashion’s favorite pixie, Lindsey Wixson and Jane How‘s sleek styling.

Prada

All the things that made the show so memorable are served up with glossy perfection in Steven Meisel‘s ultra-luxe ads. Vanessa AxenteMagdalena FrackowiakMadison HeadrickElza LuijendijkIselin Steiro and Anne Vyalitsyna sport the dip-dyed extensions and gilded accessories with panache.

Louis Vuitton

Putting that one of a kind Louis Vuitton train to good use Steven Meisel shoots a cast of it girls for the brand’s fall ads.  Elena BartelsErjona AlaFranzi MuellerHedvig PalmJulia NobisMackenzie DrazanMagda LaguingeMarie PiovesanMarina HeidenRos Georgiou shine in those signature oversized hats.

Givenchy

It is hard to beat an ad with fashion by Carine Roitfeld, images by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and a fresh cast including Stella Tennant, Joan Smalls, Daniela Braga, Stef Van Der Laan, Rodrigo Braga, Simone Nobili and Jarrod Scott. Givenchy’s campaign is all about motion and movement, be sure to check out the behind the scenes video to see how those action shots came together.

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A Delicate Touch

June 20th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

With summer officially upon us and temperature’s rising to new heights, it feels fitting to enjoy an editorial focused on lightness, transparency and ease. Ludivine Poiblanc (Paris: Management + Artists, New York: Management + Artists) takes on the season’s ethereal trend with a beautiful story in Interview. Shot by Patrick Demarchelier and starring Ophelie Rupp & Sara Blomqvist, the images are dreamy and feminine with a hint of edge to keep things interesting – View the full story on Interview.com 

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Sneak Peak : Acuática

June 19th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Saskia de Brauw transforms into a bathing beauty for Nathaniel Goldberg‘s colorful new cover of  V Magazine Spain - on stands todayShot in Thailand and featuring several of the season’s swimwear hits (check out that gorgeous plum Lanvin on the cover) as chosen by Clare Richardson, the images are an appealing showcase for Saskia’s androgynous elegance.

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Super Modern

June 19th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

It is not every day you see fashion models on the cover of a major American magazine. Actors, musicians and even omnipresent reality stars have usurped models on US mag covers and few publications understand that the general public might be interested in seeing someone fashionable and beautiful on their glossies, instead of just getting a glimpse of the latest celeb with a movie to pimp.

As a consumate leader W Magazine always goes off the beaten path and creates stunning imagery – case in point, the latest covers shot by Steven Meisel and starring budding supers Joan Smalls and Karlie Kloss. The larger than life hair by Oribe, the glowing skin courtesy of Pat McGrath and stunning styling by Edward Enninful, it all combines to create a look that is bold and larger than life – echoing the classic Avedon images of of the original supers from years past. Add to this a charming article that show’s both young women are more than just pretty faces and you have the makings of a must buy issue.

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Future Revival

June 18th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle


Knoepfel & Indlekofer

Kendra Spears
Iris Van Berne
Melissa Stasiuk

A compelling Vogue Germany fashion special styled by Nicola Knels that focuses on the intersection between fashion’s au courant designers and the bold look of the 1980s.

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First Look: Intermission DK

June 15th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

As one of the sleekest glossies on the scene, Intermission Magazine never fails to deliver something different and with their new launch of their first Danish edition – Intermission DK, they create an elegant new addition to their growing brand. Case in point, their ultra-chic new covers featuring girls of the moment Marie Piovesan and Katryn Kruger clad in Balenciaga and Celine. The images shot by John Scarisbrick and styled by Daniel Magnussen and Vanessa Traina (New York: Management + Artists, Paris: Management + Artists) are engaging and fresh. (Look for it on newsstands this August)


Styling Daniel Magnussen, Hair Vi Sapyyapy Thuy, Makeup: Mikael Noiselet

Intermission DK from models.com on Vimeo.


Styling Vanessa Traina, Hair Rudi Lewis (New York: Management + Artists, Paris: Management + Artists), Makeup: Romy Soleimani (New York: Management + Artists, Paris: Management + Artists)

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