Fashion’s finest adds another major cover to her already impressive resume – check out Joan Smalls on the cover of the new Elle. Given that American Elle is usually reserved for Hollywood starlets and singers it’s big news when a model lands on the front page. As always the versatile Ms. Smalls looks flawless sporting ombre hair and a Givenchy gown on the Thompson helmed cover, but the accompanying interview holds the real surprises. Inside Joan shares her thoughts on fashion’s diversity issue, the forces that propelled her to the top and why she feels acting is the next step in her storied career.
Muse Magazinereturns with two stellar new covers that showcase the beauty of two of our favorite faces. Beau Grealy brings out the bohemian in Aline Weber with a witchy shoot that capitalizes on Aline’s posing skills. Styled by Sarah Ellison-Prat and featuring the best in fringed, embellished and embroidered looks, the woodsy shoot and its eerie vibe showcase a fresh side of Aline.
On the opposite end of the spectrum,Meghan Collison‘s cover shoot with Amy Troost is all about the contemporary wardrobe and all its sleek trappings. With an appealing selection of minimal looks chosen by Beth Fenton and a stark black background, the focus is all on Meghan and how she brings the pieces to life.
It’s difficult not to have a soft spot for American Vogue‘s actor + model editorials and over the years the magazine has given us more than a few memorable pairings; Gisele and George Clooney, Gemma Ward and Josh Hartnett, Liya Kebede & Andre 3000, the list goes on. For the December issue Vogue takes things to the next level, enlisting Kate Moss and this year’s Oscar front-runnerChiwetel Ejioforfor a Mario Testino (Art Partner) helmed story that takes the pair to Istanbul on a romantic getaway. Sporting resort looks from Burberry, Jason Wu and a bit of SS14 Proenza Schouler as styled by Tonne Goodman, the pair looks resplendent. With architectural wonders like the Çinili Köşk as the backdrop and Testino showcasing the beauty of Istanbul in every shot the story also serves as an especially chic travel diary.
Masculine and feminine fashions merge in this elegant exploration of the season’s menswear inspired fashions as selected by stylist Belen Antolin. Andreea’s sensual look is put to good use in Vivanco’s shoot which mixes studio images and outdoor shots into one chic story.
We’ve all seen enough fashion films featuring slow motion models whose hair blows elegantly in the wind and though there is nothing wrong with that per se, the most engaging campaign movies we’re seeing this year break from the tried and true formulas. Going for over the top humour, cinematic imagery or full on designer commentary, these brand new campaigns excite and delight.
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We last saw Anjelah Johnson’s Bon Qui Qui character on old episodes of Mad TV, but she’s back and has upgraded from her old job at King Burger. Starring as a sales associate at Wang’s trendy Soho boutique, Bon Qui Qui manages to insult everyone from Alessandra Ambrosio to A$AP Rocky with her in your face brand of customer service. For anyone who has ever worked retail, or had an especially crazy shopping experience this clip will make you crack a smile.
CALVIN KLEIN PRESENTS PROVOCATIONS
Calvin Klein has a long history of memorable advertisements that push boundaries with a strong dose of sex appeal and their latest fashion film, Provocations adds to their oeuvre with a slick Fabien Baron helmed vision of minimalist eroticism. Starring actor, Alexander Skarsgard and Suvi Koponen, the avant garde ad provides some truly remarkable imagery.
Dazed & Confused kicks the year off right with a stellar story by Pierre Debusschere, starring Yumi Lambert and a host of the season’s slickest runway hits as selected by Robbie Spencer. As always Spencer’s edit is strong and vibrant, with pieces from Saint Laurent Paris, Ann Demeulemeester and Dior showcased alongside cutting-edge additions like Craig Lawrence’s fibre optic wire tops. Pierre Debusschere‘s arresting visuals explode off the page with their originality and dynamic perspective, but it gets even better in the corresponding video. Experience the editorial and take an exclusive first look at the film right here.