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Spring Forward

January 29th, 2014 |Posted by jonathanshia

You wouldn’t know it from the frigid cold gripping New York City at the moment, but spring is just around the corner, and that can only mean one thing: new campaigns. After our round­ups of the best Spring 2014 womenswear ads (here and here), we thought it was time to give the guys their fair due. Here’s our picks for some of our favorite men’s campaigns for the season, all of them featuring rich explosions of color to help us through these dreary, gray winter days.

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Hugo Boss HUGO line
Last July, photographer Pierre Debusschere hit the Utah salt flats—home of the famed land­speed trials so powerfully illuminated in Rachel Kushner’s breakout 2013 novel The Flamethrowers— for Hugo Boss’ energetic, athletic younger label. Victor Nylander, Sung Jin Park, and Andrew Westermann are joined by Caroline Brasch Nielsen and Kasia Struss and the lambent, translucent hues of what look like shimmering mirages, add a soft tinge of glowing color to the blinding whiteness of the pristine sodium crust.

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Jil Sander
The namesake designer may be once again dearly departed, but she has left her artistic, distinctly modernist fingerprints all over the house’s latest campaign, shot by David Sims. Ben Waters and Edie Campbell wear their sharp, graphic ensembles —distressed plaid for him and tangled florals for her against a faded background combining the strictest geometry with the soft delicacy of nature.

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Kenzo
In their second collaboration with Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari‘s idiosyncratic art magazine Toilet Paper, designers Humberto Leon & Carol Lim have demonstrated their revolutionary talents extend far beyond their charming runway designs. A relaxed Devon Aoki perches upon a trout carried on Paul Boche‘s shoulders, both of them dressed in a soothing, swaying ripple print inspired by the surf of Leon and Lim’s native Southern California and lit by the harsh glow of red neon.

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Patrik Ervell
After making a stunning campaign début with his stark black ­and­ white images of Max Von Isser in an overgrown field last Fall, Ervell enlisted up ­and­ coming photographer Daniel Sannwald (New York: Management + Artists, Paris: Management + Artists) for an appropriately luminous series of images that find Michael Lange wearing his sailing­ inspired pieces against the digitally enhanced shine of an impossibly rich and vibrant oceanic sunset.

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Salvatore Ferragamo
The Italian house’s campaigns can sometimes have an anodyne feel of anonymous luxury to them, but Spring finds Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott (Art Partner) bringing a vivid pop of classic Modernism to their images. Stalwarts Sean O’Pry and Daria Werbowy bask in the radiant warmth of the sherbet­colored angles and columns that bring to mind the cheery, iconic designs of the Mexican Pritzker Prize–winning architect Luis Barragán.

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#Tripping

September 9th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

Dazed & Confused goes off the beaten path with a stellar October cover that revels in its originality. Lindsey Wixson stars in Pierre Debusschere‘s in your face  shoot and brings her one of a kind appeal to Debusschere’s outlandish editorial & film – You Make Me Feel Hyper Real view the trailer above and stay tuned to Dazed Digital for full film. Sporting hot pink hair, a purple pout and heaps of attitude, Lindsay is styled to psychedelic perfection by Robbie Spencer. Utilizing an wild lineup of pieces from Margiela, Prada and Y-3 mixed in with Mickey Mouse masks and other stylish kitsch items, Spencer creates a look that is bold and completely in line with the issue’s irreverent subject matter.

For more on the October Issue of Dazed (on stands September 12th) check out the preview on Dazed Digital

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Exclusive : Age of Aquarius

January 29th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

Age of Aquarius by Pierre Debusschere from models.com on Vimeo.

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.

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Raf Mode

January 9th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

RAF SIMONS

Raf Simons has always provided an intellectual take on menswear, so Pierre Debusschere‘s esoteric S/S 13 campaign film is completely in line with Simons’ vision. Mixing dramatic imagery with unexpected narration that sounds like a vintage rock interview, the clip interweaves the Simons’ minimalist menswear vision with the grunge influences that underlined his entire S/S collection. The corresponding still imagery adds a layer of darkness to things with a series of high contrast shots brimming with mystery and slick styling by Robbie Spencer.

Pierre Debusschere on the S/S campaign:”The idea behind this season’s imagery came to life through a discussion between Raf Simons, Marieke Van Dongen and myself – our starting point was the SS13 show with the L.A. feeling and artist Brian Calvin’s world. We texted with Raf about great movies we saw such as ‘Last Days’ by Gus Van Sant and ‘Suspiria’ by Dario Argento. Plus paintings by Steven Shearer and Brian Calvin.

We wanted to talk about a teenager, a fan of music with a dialogue between grunge and nature.From here the mainframe was decided; two boys sitting in a bedroom listening to an interview of someone they’re a fan of. We wanted something real so I didn’t force any movement during the filming process. We used the hair by Guido from the show as a starting point which didn’t place too much much focus on the models’ faces. There could be any teenager underneath this hair.We couldn’t speak about teenagers without talking about an object of desire either, that’s when we decided to include Anne-Catherine Lacroix as the incarnation of a pure teenage dream girl.We’re not talking about sexuality but more feelings and emotions, the awkwardness of a teenage relationship, without saying too much about it.”

RAF SIMONS SS 13 from 254⚡FOREST on Vimeo.

 

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Retrospective : Vogue Hommes Japan

November 9th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Earlier this week it was announced that the consistently stellar Vogue Hommes Japan would be shuttering as part of Conde Nast’s decision to switch their men’s publications globally from Vogue, to GQ Style. Magazines come and go, but Vogue Hommes Japan was something special. Led by Nicola Formichetti and featuring the talents of some of fashion’s biggest names, the mag delved into the artistic, eccentric and boundary pushing side of menswear. Fashion can often be disproportionally focused on the ladies, but Formichetti and co. breathed new life into the world of men’s editorial with an outlook that was bold, brash and always on point. We’re going to miss VHJP and their in-your-face style, take a look back at some of our favorite editorials from the magazine and share your own in the comments.

One Impression of Francis Bacon
Ph. Tim Richardson
Fashion Editor – Shun Watanabe | MU Kristin Gallegos | Hair Cash Lawless

A mind-bending tribute to one of art’s heros, accompanied by an equally compelling film.


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Ph. Pierre Debusschere
Fashion Editor – Nicola Formichetti

Before gifs became a regular part of our appreciation of editorials, Vogue Hommes Japan was creating content that utilized new media to tell fashion tales in a whole new way.


Ph. Mariano Vivanco
Fashion Editor – Nicola Formichetti

Gothic glamour at its finest, a theme the magazine has revisited since, but this story holds a special place in our hearts.


Samurai Fiction
Ph. Hedi Slimane
Fashion Editor – Nicola Formichetti

Pushing past the expected Slimane-isms and into new territory, this story explored the Asian influenced menswear trends in the most beautiful manner all in juicy, pops off the page color. We wish we could order prints of this one!


Glamourama
Ph. Miles Aldridge
Fashion Editor – Shun Watanabe | Makeup - Lloyd Simmonds

High gloss fantasy and saturated colors are Aldridge’s signature style, but this edit gives things a decadent menswear twist that makes things pulsate with energy.


Style & Product
Ph. Santiago & Mauricio Sierra
Fashion Editor – Shun Watanabe
Makeup –  Maud Laceppe | Hair - Diego Da Silva

You might remember this one from MDX recently, Shun Watanabe turned it out with the styling – Thom Browne has never looked this good.


The Americans
Ph. Hedi Slimane
Fashion Editor – Nicola Formichetti

Instant classic!


Bondage Warriors
Ph. Steven Klein
Fashion Editor –  Nicola Formichetti |  Makeup – Kabuki | Hair –  Shon

Steven Klein’s preoccupation with bondage has led to some truly exquisite editorials and this is no exception. Many fashion stories get called edgy, but this one pushed all the limits and it payed off big time.


The Creator of Devotion
Ph. Matthew Stone
Fashion Editor - Matthew Josephs
Makeup - Alex Box |  Hair - James Pecis

Pure beauty from one of the art world’s most exciting talents. Stone is a noted photographer, sculptor, performance artist, curator and more, this story utilizes his talents to create a sumptuous vision that went beyond fashion.


A Glowing Response
Ph. Richard Burbridge
Fashion Editor - Robbie Spencer
Makeup –  Peter Philips

Who says a men’s beauty story has to be dull? Burbridge plays with color and light, while Robbie Spencer’s styling talents are put to good use with the expressive styling.

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Paint By Numbers

August 21st, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Pierre Debusschere goes above and beyond for Dazed & Confused, creating an inventive series of images filled with painterly panache. Robbie Spencer styles Guerrino Santulliana in Hermes creative director Christophe Lemaire‘s refined interpretation of 80s New Wave style, designed specially for a collaboration with popular Korean brand, Bean Pole.

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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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Mentality

January 27th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Pierre Debusschere.
Katie Shillingford.
Marte Mei van Haaster.
Dazed & Confused.

Fashion and art collide in an expressive and eclectic editorial filled with one of a kind portraits: this is the kind of off the wall imagery Dazed does best!


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