Prada’s Pastiche

May 21st, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Miuccia Prada‘s fall collection offered a subversive take on the films of Fassbinder and all things connected with German art, so it seems fitting that the corresponding campaign is equally esoteric. Mica Arganaraz and Karl Kolbitz pose against a backdrop of brutalist architecture as Steven Meisel shoots the duo looking aloof and oh so elegant. Prada is known for its inventive campaigns and quirky videos, so this seasons reserved almost severe imagery feels like a refreshing change of pace.

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Cover Confidential

March 20th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Feburary and March are big business for fashion magazines with glossies often debuting some of their best and brightest content during these months focused on spring collections, renewal and change. Take a look back at some of the most interesting covers from the boundlessly creative, to the simply beautiful.

PURE BEAUTY

Antidote Magazine‘s romance issue boasted multiple covers by Cuneyt Akeroglu featuring some of the world’s most beautiful women. United by their simple yet effective photography and their chic take on the magazine’s pristine subjects these covers were something special.

As one of fashion’s coolest faces Leona Binx Walton is typically photographed looking grungy, avant garde or off-kilter. Her Self Service cover with it’s effective beauty statement and clean layout showed another side. Collier Schorr portrait brings out Binx’s beauty, while maintaining her character.

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THE BEST OF CELEBRITY

There are few actresses as effervescent as Marion Cotillard and Interview Magazine‘s March cover captured the La Vie En Rose star’s elegant side with a shot by Craig McDean that positively crackles with good ol’ fashioned glamour. Styled by Karl Templer with makeup by Christophe Danchaud and a 40s coif by Sam McKnight the image strikes the right balance between retro film siren and modern glamour - as does the accompanying fashion story. 

On the flip side, Dazed & Confused‘s rough and tumble cover of Scarlett Johansson finds the star’s inner bad girl and brings it to the forefront with a vibrant shot by Benjamin Alexander Huseby . The combo of red background and Saint Laurent biker jacket and Scar-Jo’s glare makes for an appealing contrast to the typical smiling celebrity glamour shot.

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MINIMAL MARVELS

You can’t go wrong with a picture of Daria Werbowy and The Last Magazine served up an epic large format image the superstar looking foreboding for it’s spring issue –  Mikael Jansson‘s in your face shot captures Werbowy at her rawest and best.

The Gentlewoman always errs on the side of minimalism, but the pulpy red cover of Vivienne Westwood by Alasdair McLellan (Art Partner) was the perfect merger of timelessness and modernity.

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CREATIVITY RULES

Nick Knight‘s trippy photography has always struck a chord with surrealists and on the cover of GARAGE‘s spring/summer edition he twists and morphs Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne into unbidden creatures designs that were eventually tattooed onto the skin of Garage readers – how’s that for taking things to the next level.

E.T. got a fashion makeover with Lindsey Wixson taking over the frontpage of CR Fashion Book with an expressive Sebastian Faena image that puts Wixson’s otherworldly visage to good use with a sweet nod to an 80s favorite.

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DESIGNER DOMINATION

Karl Lagerfeld’s watercolor inspired spring Chanel collection has proved a hit with editors, in addition to appearing in the pages of just about every magazine imaginable his paint by numbers dresses found themselves on a variety of covers in March, most notably Vogue China, where two of the designer’s creations took center stage.

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Ph. Mario Testino for Vogue China | Ph. Marc de Groot for Vogue Netherlands | Ph. Nat Prakobsantisuk for Vogue Thailand

Not one to be outdone, Miuccia Prada also made a strong showing this March (and April) with a variety of painterly spring looks from her collections showing up on the cover of several different magazines.

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Ph. Cuneyt Akeroglu for Vogue Spain | Emma Summerton for Vogue Australia | Mario Testino for British Vogue | Elle Greece | Thomas Whiteside for Elle UK | Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue Japan 

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Totally Head to Toe

September 12th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

Head to toe designer dressing is all about capturing the total look and all its intricacies and no one understands that better than Carine Roitfeld. In the latest CR Fashion Book, Carine provides a stylish guide to the biggest labels, enlisting an all-star cast to showcase the signature style of fashion’s powerhouse labels. Shot by Max Von Gumppenberg & Patrick Bienert the story a diverse cast and intriguing twists on what we’ve come to expect from an array of well known designers. Karolina Kurkova adds sex appeal to Tomas Maier‘s Bottega Veneta finery, while Xiao Wen Ju illustrates the luxuriousness of Christopher Bailey‘s sumptuous designs for Burberry. Else where Lakshmi Menon shines in a sleek Alber Elbaz look for Lanvin and Carine’s stunning daughter Julia Restoin-Roitfeld adds some coquettish charm to a ladylike look from Miuccia Prada.

Experience the full story and more from the latest issue of CR Fashion Book on their website – CR FASHIONBOOK.com

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The Miu Miu Age

July 25th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

In 1993 the Miu Miu line launched as an offshoot of Miuccia Prada‘s creative empire. With an ultra-feminine point of a view and a youthful, eclectic design sensibility the label quickly came into its own. Rising from a secondary project into a full-fledged powerhouse of its own, Miu Miu has grown exponentially, becoming a favorite label of insiders and celebrities alike. Over the years there have countless memorable moments of Miu and in their latest issue Dazed & Confused travels back through the archives with an atmospheric edit by Ben Toms. With a series of quintessential brand faces lounging around in key looks from seasons past, Toms and Robbie Spencer capture the essence of what makes the brand special – that intrinsic feeling of youthful whimsy and insouciance, infused in each outfit and brought to life here in chic style.

SEE THE FULL STORY AND MORE FROM THE 1993 TAKEOVER ISSUE ON DAZED DIGITAL 

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The Sharper Image

August 2nd, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Far from being simply the icing on the campaign cake, films are becoming one of the primary ways fashion brands communicate with their audience. This season a slew of labels old and new came out with enticing videos to accompany their seasonal imagery. More than just pimping out product these videos create an aspirational vision of the viewpoint behind their respective brands.

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Miuccia Prada‘s esoteric perspective is one of the primary reason’s why Prada is one of the definitive brands of the last century. Steven Meisel takes that ethos and channels it into a chess-centric and haunting film filled with unanswered questions. The presence of  Vanessa AxenteMagdalena FrackowiakMadison HeadrickElza LuijendijkIselin Steiro & Anne Vyalitsyna certainly doesn’t hurt either.

BIBHU MOHAPATRA

Director Katie Fischer brings Bibhu Mohapatra’s sumptuous fall showing to life with an elegant film that shows the collection’s beauty in great detail, Fischer’s film captures the line’s beauty and its luxury. Kaleidoscopic facets hone in on every last detail; from the snowy white eyeshadow on Mackenzie Hamilton‘s lids to the ombre finish of a showstopper dress.

Bibhu Mohapatra F/W 12 Campaign film from models.com on Vimeo.

T by ALEXANDER WANG

We’re always partial to models over celebrities, but sometimes a little star power works. Alexander Wang brings in hip hop’s fiercest femme, Azealia Banks for the T by Alexander Wang campaign video, directed by Daniel Jackson and styled by Alastair McKimm. Bringing energy, style and her infectious track, Van Vogue to the project Banks feels like just what the doctor ordered.

MIU MIU

Miu Miu’s behind the scenes vid isn’t unusual, but it features the unique pleasure of watching style icon Chloe Sevigny trying on clothes. There are whole issues of Self Service dedicated to this very concept and though Chloe has been on the scene since the mid-90s she’s still an ideal representation of the chic Miu Miu girl.

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The Biz : Impossible Conversations & Yohji Directs

April 30th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Take a first look at the upcoming MET Impossible Conversations exhibition Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli together at long last. The fashion possibilities are endless!

And it turns out the conversations aren’t so impossible, director Baz Luhrman films a fictional chat between Prada and Schiaparelli with actress Judy Davis playing Elsa and Miuccia playing herself.

Though the MET is set to salute two of the industry’s all time great female talents – the NY style scene is still dominated by men. Why aren’t there more female designers – Style.com asks the question and wonders if it is easier to make your way through New York fashion if you’re a man.

Watch out Tom Ford – more fashion designers are taking their talents to the big screen – Yohji Yamamoto is the next industry icon to crossover into film. Yamamoto announced his directorial debut during a roundtable at the Hyères international festival of Fashion and Photography. This is of course not the first time Yohji’s has graced the silve screen, the designer has created costumes for films by Takeshi Kitano and Wim Wenders.

Speaking of the goings on at Hyeres - Jessica Eaton took home the Photography prize this year.

Cathy Horyn charts the course of the designer childrenswear boom – JSYK Burberry made 91 million dollars last year selling clothes for tots.

The Gap revitalizes its image with a fresh does of optimism – we like it.

Nick Knight teams withTumblr blogger, Rei Nadal for a unique collaboration – never underestimate who is taking a look at your Tumblr!

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The Prada Persuasion

June 17th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Miuccia Prada keeps us on our toes; whether that is with idiosyncratic collections, or one of a kind imagery depends on the day, but one could never accuse camp Prada of being boring. This season’s campaign is a testament to the brand’s ability to think outside the box, their F/W image is all about the next generation of modeling stars. As such you will find no familiars amongst the stunning cast (well maybe just one – budding supermodel Frida Gustavsson also stars) Ashley Brokaw went in search of girls with the Prada je ne sais quoi, that certain special something that has defined the brand’s faces from Sasha Pivovarova to Daria Werbowy. Only the newest of the new need apply – some of the campaign’s stars haven’t even walked shows yet.

In the first snaps to hit the internet the gorgeous Kelly Mittendorf (Marilyn) gives a star making turn in a beautiful shot by Steven Meisel. The image is pure Prada and Kelly’s one of a kind look is certain to grab the attention of casting directors and model fans alike. BONUS: Gorgeous newcomers Ondria Hardin (Ford) and Antonia Wesseloh (Ford) make equally alluring debuts in the campaign’s two new images!

Casting by Ashley Brokaw | Styling by Melissa Klitzke-Rubini | Hair by Guido Palau | Makeup by Pat McGrath

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Age of the Talkies

July 7th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

These days It is not enough to just have a splashy print campaign; fashion brands are branching out with videos to match their campaign imagery. Always at the forefront of things is Miuccia Prada, this season both Prada and Miu Miu have corresponding videos that bring their engaging ads to life; Angela Lindvall sings a torch song in one clip and Lindsey Wixson, Siri Tollerod, Ginta Lapina and Daphne Groeneveld make mischief in the other. Which do you prefer?

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