Gucci’s Girls

July 3rd, 2014 Posted by Janelle comments (14)

Gucci has always had a clear understanding of its ideal woman and each season it picks a cast that reflects that ethos. This time around Frida Gianinni and co. take things one step further with a campaign featuring seven top models who exemplify the modern Gucci woman. Anja Rubik, Joan Smalls, Raquel Zimmermann, Nadja Bender, Suvi Koponen, Karmen Pedaru and Natasha Poly  feature in stylized shots by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. (Art Partner) In a season filled with high concept campaigns it’s refreshing to see ads where the clothes and the girls are at the forefront. The collection’s pastel tones and ultra-luxe accessories are front and center in the simple studio shots that make every item look like a must have.

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Shades of Lara

July 3rd, 2014 Posted by Janelle comments (3)

Lara Stone is a natural in front of the camera and since snagging her L’Oreal contract last year Ms. Stone has been amping up her status as a bonafide beauty icon. When you’re a model with bedroom eyes and lips born for lipstick it makes sense for editorials to play that up and that’s the case in Stone’s Elle France coverstory. Shot by Hans Feurer in his trademark style the feature has Lara in a variety of looks from smoky eyeliner to a hot pink pout. Makeup artist Charlotte Willer (Jed Root) plays with color to great effect while hairstylist Stephane Lancien crafts everything from a Bardot-esque ponytail to the perfect windswept coif.

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The Biz: Marc’s Cool Cast & Net-A-Sporter

July 2nd, 2014 Posted by Janelle comments (2)

#CASTMEMARC : Is Instagram the new casting source dujour? For the revamped MBMJ casting director Anita Bitton (Establishment Casting) searched for faces via the social media platform, asking hopefuls to upload images to their profiles using the hashtag #castmeMarc. The end result is an effortlessly cool David Sims shoot featuring a lineup of international cool kids. With their pink hair, piercings and youthful good looks the cast looks like ideal Marc by Marc consumers – they pull off Luella Bartley & Katie Hillier‘s collection perfectly.

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David Sims for Marc Jacobs

Take a trip through the wealth of Resort accessories – Women’s Wear Daily has a comprehensive overview of the season’s goodies.

A rose is still a rose – or is it? Should fragrances qualify for intellectual property protection – Business of Fashion presents a compelling arguement.

DEATH BECOMES HER: The Costume Institute never fails to select an inspired theme for its annual exhibitions and the latest is sure to raise a few eyebrows. For fall the institute will explore the Victorian tradition of mourning attire and its evolution, charting the oft elaborate standards of bereavement wear and the corresponding cultural influences. The ‘Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire” exhibit will be the Costume Institute’s first fall show in seven years and will run from October 21, 2014–February 1, 2015

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Mourning Ensemble, 1870-1872, Black silk crape, black mousseline Photo: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Karin Willis

The words Julian Assange and runway model aren’t often seen together, but the Wikileaks founder is set to make his catwalk debut this fall at designer Ben Westwood’s show.

Suzy Menkes guides you through Van Cleef and Arpels’ garden of earthly delights and the brand’s exquisite The Peau d’Ane collection.

BRIDAL PARTY : Meanwhile at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum the full gamut of wedding dresses and their history are explored in a sumptuous new exhibit – Wedding Dresses 1775-2014. Charting the development of the wedding dress as a standard and exploring designer takes on the classic the exhibit aims to provide an overview of one of fashion’s the most iconic pieces. The dresses by Galliano, Lacroix and of course Vera Wang are must see. Added bonus – famous brides like Gwen Stefani & Dita Von Teese have loaned their dresses to the museum for this special exhibit. (Running from now until March 2015)

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Silk satin wedding dress, designed by Norman Hartnell Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum

Guy Trebay explores the Paris menswear collections and their ideal man – whose name might surprise you.

Still in search of a menswear fix? Tim Blanks details his personal favorite pieces from the mens collections over at Style.com

GOOD SPORT : Who says you have to ditch the designer duds when you hit the gym? Net-A-Porter delves into the lucrative activewear market with the launch of their latest spin off site – Net-A-Sporter which launches in July. The site will stock favorites like Adidas by Stella McCartney and Nike alongside a host of fresh brands that merge luxury with athleticism. With everything from tennis gear, to yoga mats and swimwear expected to be in the mix the project is sure to raise the bar for gym dressing.

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The Net-A-Porter Sport ad Campaign starring Nadia Araujo

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Mulberry Hills

July 2nd, 2014 Posted by Janelle comment (1)

Mulberry heads back to its rugged roots with a picturesque campaign set against a Scottish highland backdrop. Tim Walker eschews the fantastical in favor of the simple pleasures of green hills and blue skies and it makes for beautiful images. Cara Delevingne plays modern English rose in Walker’s shots, sporting knit sweaters and minis as she totes around the line’s signature bags. Walking alongside hunting hounds might not require the use of a Bayswater tote, but the added touch of luxury certainly doesn’t hurt and Edward Enninful‘s skillful styling makes each fall ensemble seem perfect.

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Pink Aura

July 1st, 2014 Posted by Janelle comment (1)

Balenciaga has never shied away from creating arresting images come campaign season and this time around the brand delights with a darkly romantic vision for menswear. Josh Olins shoots Dzhovani Gospodinov surrounded by fuchsia flora for the line’s fall ads and it makes for a captivating image series. The contrast between the clean lines of Alexander Wang‘s graphic collection and the wild oddly colored background makes thing eerie and interesting.

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Days of Heaven

July 1st, 2014 Posted by Janelle comments (2)

Standing out on a crowded newsstand is difficult, but Porter Magazine has proven itself a formidable presence. Each issue brings forth compelling new content and the latest is no exception. The summer edition is filled with beautiful editorials, but the standout is Norman Jean Roy‘s ‘Days of Heaven’ story featuring Malaika Firth. Roy’s atmospheric photos have a quality draws the viewer in and the picturesque backdrop with its soaring mountain peaks is nothing short of breathtaking. As always Malaika is radiant in all her shots, but Roy brings out her best capturing her as a sophisticated and mature woman.

View the full story in the fashion database 

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Sports Rave

June 30th, 2014 Posted by Janelle comments (2)

The season’s vibrant pieces come to life in Victor Demarchelier (Management + Artists)’s sporty Vogue Japan story filled with fresh faces. Riley Montana, Larissa Hofmann and Emma Waldo pose in colorful looks from Proenza Schouler, Moschino and Acne Studios chosen by stylist Aurora Sansone. The unique combinations take the familiar runway pieces and imbue them with a sporty girlishness that makes them feel new – even the oft used Dior lace-up dress gets a new lease on life when paired with a puffy Eugenia Kim hat.

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La Reina

June 27th, 2014 Posted by Janelle comments (6)

With the triple campaign whammy of Balenciaga, Isabel Marant and Emilio Pucci Gisele Bundchen proves herself high fashion’s MVP. Given that she’s already the current face of H&M and has taken over Stuart Weitzman from none other than Kate Moss, it can feel as though we’re seeing Gisele everywhere and that’s a good thing. Bundchen has always been a compelling presence in front of the camera and her jam-packed campaign slate gives her ample opportunity to display her versatility. In Steven Klein‘s (Art Partner) punk ads for Balenciaga she’s a buzz-cut sporting rebel, while Mario Sorrenti‘s(Art Partner) sleek ads for Pucci give her a chance to amp up the sex appeal in Peter Dundas‘ elegantly embellished party pieces. Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin offer yet another interpretation with Bundchen playing Marant’s well-dressed everywoman in Marant’s signature relaxed knits and layers.

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Ph. Steven Klein (Art Partner) for Balenciaga

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Ph. Mario Sorrenti (Art Partner) for Emilio Pucci

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Ph. Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for Isabel Marant

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