Better Than Brad? : 5 Chanel Campaign Alternatives

May 10th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Obvious fake ad is obviously fake 

Like everyone else on earth when we heard the news that Hollywood star Brad Pitt was going to be fronting the latest Chanel No. 5 campaign we were surprised. While we like Pitt well enough, we’d rather see him headlining a blockbuster than waxing poetic about fragrance. Unless of course he’s wearing the Chanel No. 5 scent himself – that we’d like to hear about. Celebrities have a long history with Chanel No. 5, with everyone from Catherine Deneuve, Carole Bouquet and Nicole Kidman fronting the campaign, but we’re of the mindset that no one does it better than a model.

Granted, we understand that a having a mega-popular superstar in an ad will probably get a brand more attention than they know what to do with and all publicity is good publicity, but we can’t help but ponder which models would have been just as good when it comes to posing. Here are 5 Karl approved alternative who could fill Brad’s shoes – just in case they decide to go in another direction next time…

THE OTHER BRADBrad Kroenig

Wouldn’t it be nice to see Karl’s favorite blonde Brad snatch up a high profile campaign like Chanel No. 5? It could be cute – imagine little Hudson sneaking into every picture!

THE MODEL TURNED MUSICIANBaptiste Giabiconi

Think of the accompanying campaign music video complete with Katy Perry cameo! Think of the general online outrage it would spark! Think of the gifs!

THE GIRLSSaskia de Brauw, Jac JagaciakCoco RochaFreja Beha ErichsenHeidi Mount - the list goes on!

Who says the new campaign has to be fronted by a guy? Forget the gimmicks and go with a group of models who have the star power, personality and presence to pull off anything. Saskia is already in Chanel’s latest ads, Jac Jagaciak is already the face of Chanel beauty and Coco is a perennial Lagerfeld fave who gets bonus points for tweeting her contention with the Pitt appointment. Feisty! We like it!

THE ACTRESSES – Mélanie Laurent, Mylène Jampanoï or Anna Mouglalis

If it absolutely has to be a celebrity, couldn’t the honor go to one of the gorgeous stars of French cinema? Sure Nicolas Ghesquiere has already got his claws in Charlotte Gainsbourg and Léa Seydoux is still representing Prada, but what of the superb, Mylène Jampanoï or Karl muse Anna Mouglalis? Granted, neither of them have the name recognition of Pitt, but what they lack in international attention they more than make up for in chic.

THE META MOVEKarl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld shot by Karl Lagerfeld dressed in Chanel designs by Karl Lagerfeld, with creative direction by Karl Lagerfeld and special thanks to Karl Lagerfeld. This could work.

All this said, we’re still curious about just what the Chanel / Pitt collaboration will look like. We secretly loved that ridiculous (and ridiculously beautiful) Nicole Kidman No. 5 short film.

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Blast from the Past: Supermodels Singing

April 4th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

We all know models like Karen Elson and Baptiste Giabiconi are all about their music careers, but here are a few nostalgic musical moments from the past featuring fashion personalities.

Naomi Campbell – All Through The Night + Love & Tears

Before she became an editor at Interview Russia, Naomi tried her hand at a music career with the release of her 1994 album, Babywoman. On the album Naomi covers Donna Summer’s classic All Through the Night and she sounds pretty damn good. The album wasn’t exactly a smash hit and Naomi hasn’t released another since, but we’ll always have this and of course the video for Love & Tears.

Tyra Banks – Shake Ya Body

Who can forget this masterpiece of modern reality television and autotune. Not only did Tyra record a song, she managed to make the video’s creation a subplot on America’s Next Top Model. For the non-moguls out there that is what they call they call multi-tasking!

Milla Jovovich – The Gentleman Who Fell

When she isn’t posing for campaigns or fighting zombies (or both – there are moments when those situations mix) Milla J is busy making music. Her album The Divine Comedy – also released in 1994, clearly the peak year for supermodel album sales – was praised by critics. Though she hasn’t come out with a full album since, Milla frequently releases MP3s on her website.

Joe McKenna – Cha Cha at the Opera

Ok. Ok. Joe isn’t technically a supermodel but you know what, this clip is priceless all the same.

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The Music Men

March 28th, 2012 |Posted by models.com

This past week we were graced with new music videos by two pop divas and a queen. The month started when a Canadian singer Carly Rae Jespen debuted her music video for “Call Me Maybe” featuring the first in spring’s wave of videos with male models. Say goodbye to the days of the model video vixen, we welcome the presence of fashion’s finest men.

No stranger to a Lana Del Rey video, Bradley Soileau makes his second video appearance in “Blue Jeans” as her half-man-half-crocodile pool side lover.

What’s the best way to get over your cheating ex? Katy Perry makes her statement by enlisting with the Marines after catching Lucas Kerr red handed at the office in the “Part of Me” video. Let’s just hope that Katy and Baptiste Giabiconi can find a happier ending than that.

And never to be outdone, Madonna takes no prisoners in her Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott directed video by taking on not one, but five of the top male models in her video for “Girl Gone Wild.”

Fashion and music seem to go hand in hand and we can’t help but wonder; who will be the next fabulous face in this growing trend?

Carly Rae Jespen – “Call Me Maybe” featuring Holden Nowell

Lana Del Rey – “Blue Jeans” featuring Bradley Soileau

Katy Perry – “Part of Me” featuring Lucas Kerr

Madonna – “Girl Gone Wild” featuring Brad Alphonso, Jon Kortajarena, Rob Evans, Sean O’Pry, and Simon Nessman

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The Giabiconi Gambit

November 1st, 2011 |Posted by models.com

Well on his way to becoming a household name, Baptiste Giabiconi has given us many outrageously, over the top moments in the past three years. Here are 10 shining Giabiconi highlights, in high fashion (and not), throughout the years.

Humble Beginnings

We were treated with just a taste of what Baptiste could really do in the March 2009 issue of Vogue Paris

Barbie Girl

Chanel’s collaboration with doll retailer Barbie brought yet another side out of Baptiste. Spring 2009

Purple

After that earlier Vogue Paris teaser, Baptiste gave us everything in his editorial for Purple Fashion and left very little to the imagination. Fall 2009

Peel & Reveal

Readers were able to pull back the interactive cover of Wallpaper Magazine to reveal a clothes-less version of the newsstand issue. Fall 2009

Icon in the Making

Embodying some of the icons of the music industry for L’Officiel China, photos by Xian Sun. Spring 2010

Showtime

Baptiste takes a venture into the music industry with his video debut for his single “Showtime”. Watch him take a bow and be a singing motorcycle hero. (Buy his single “Showtime” here)

Showing that he can pull off just about any look, Baptiste is be-wigged by Thomas Lohr for Dansk. Spring 2011

Magnum

Baptiste immortalized in chocolate by Karl Lagerfeld. Need we say more? Spring 2011

Danse Avec Les Stars – Tango

Baptiste’s latest venture:  reality television for France’s version of Dancing with the Stars. Spoiler alert: he ends up shirtless and covered in glitter

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Let’s DANSK

January 27th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Thomas Penfound astounds on the cover of DANSK‘s latest issue. Drawing inspiration from androgynous icon Annie Lennox’s hit Missionary Man, Aitken Jolly and Anders Solvsten Thomsen transform Thomas into a flame haired beauty. This is the 25th issue of DANSK and the overarching theme is ‘towards uncharted territory’ an idea echoed throughout the content. Inside you’ll also find a few surprising images of Baptiste Giabiconi by Bojana Tatarska and styled by Morgan Hamada Ruiz, as well as this thought provoking quote.

“One day I went up to Karl and said: ‘Why me? What is it you see in me? Why do you only work with me?’ And he told me it’s because he sees something in me that he doesn’t see in other people, something in the way I carry myself. Karl said: ‘I see both a man and a woman in you at the same time.'” - Baptiste Giabiconi

Thomas Penfound by Aitken Jolly

Baptiste Giabiconi by Bojana Tatarska / styling by Morgan Hamada Ruiz

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Special Additions

January 7th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Campaigns! More and more campaigns! You know you love them. Gucci gives us their signature sleek glamour with a Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott campaign starring Joan Smalls, Karmen Pedaru and Hailey Clauson, while Jimmy Choo goes for energetic shots of Crystal Renn by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Meanwhile, Chanel keeps true to the house’s history of iconic muses by gathering a set of Lagerfeld favorites like Freja Beha Erichsen, Baptiste Giabiconi, Stella Tennant and Ines de la Fressange.

Joan Smalls, Karmen Pedaru & for Gucci
Also featuring Hailey Clauson, Gen Huismans & Nikola Jovanovic

Crystal Renn for Jimmy Choo


Freja Beha Erichsen, Stella Tennant & Baptiste Giabiconi for Chanel
Also featuring Ines de la Fressange

BONUS
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Take a look at Querelle Jansen‘s stunning campaign shot for Miu Miu

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Don’t Stop The Music

December 8th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

In honor of our number one male model Baptiste Giabiconi, branching out with his debut music video AND the news of Anna Wintour guesting on Diddy’s album, we thought it might be fun to look back at some of the other fashion stars who have shown up on MTV over the years.

Jean Paul GaultierHow Do You Do That?

Naomi Campbell - Love & Tears

Primal Scream featuring Kate MossSome Velvet Morning



Which video is your favorite and can you think of any other instances of models or designers singing?

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Bits & Bytes Model Edition: Through Rasa’s eyes

October 27th, 2010 |Posted by Betty


Backstage this fall through the eyes of the beautiful Rasa Zukauskaite, the photos she shot only on theO2W.

The state of the modeling industry and the new word that everyone else will once again co-opt, by the Imagist.

You know you want to see VMan’s‘s exclusive sneak peeks from the new issue just for models.com, 3 more Powerhouse agencies which include some gorgeous naked Brazilian men. VMan is out on newsstands, November 11th.

Baptiste Giabiconi is pretty adorable as he talks Ponyryder about his new single and the importance of giving back to society. We see why he is Karl’s favorite from this interview.

Lara Stone wins her lawsuit against Playboy. In an industry where models don’t have that many rights, we love that a model scores the win.

Sarah Ziff‘s documentary, Picture Me, on the darker side of the modeling industry, is causing quite a stir..

Lula Magazine who always features the coolest new girls, celebrates 5 years. Dazed Digital talks to founder and E-I-C Leith Clark who states, “I made a magazine of women looking at women, without that competitiveness and that hard edge that we think we need as we get older.”

Helena Christensen and David Gandy join David Bailey’s son, Fenton, in a new short film.

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