When Haider Ackermann filled his S/S13 runway with transparent creations emblazoned with black and white dots, it seemed like an unusual move. Polka dots are a fashion standard dating back years, but the diminutive patterns are more often associated with the prim styles of the 1950s than with the kinds of cutting-edge wares favored on Paris’ runways. The designer so known for his innovative use of lush, saturated color was showing another side, taking one of the most uncool of motifs and making it feel new.
In keeping with the current craze for all things graphic, stylists have embraced the versatility of these simple circles, working Ackermann’s creations into a variety of editorials. On occasion the interpretations don’t veer too far from the runway approach (fashion abides by the ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ mantra whenever it can) but the excitement comes when the spots are complimented by clashing patterns to create a dynamic visual treat. Whether it is layering in another of Ackermann’s prints from S/S or adding a bold kimono for interest, the real fun lies in the mix which offers stylists an opportunity to show their creativity.
i-D Magazine looks to the power of young voices with an issue focused on youth, vibrance and the stars of the future. The ‘Time is Now’ issue features the cream of the current crop from fashion, art and film with five of the modeling world’s freshest stars on collectable covers. Julia Nobis, Grace Bol, Lily Mcmenamy, Sam Rollinson and Xiao Wen Ju shine on covers that celebrate the uniqueness of the moment’s most vital fashion trends from grunge to Gatsby.
With each issue Glass Magazine chicly presents the season’s key trends while providing a wealth of information. For their 3rd anniversary, the publication looks to peace creating an issue filled with colorful, harmonious imagery. Xiao Wen Ju,Coco Rocha and Anais Pouliot grace three uniquely appealing covers united by their clean design and beauty. The accompanying editorials are fresh and dynamic, from posing queen Coco giving her all in a richly hued beauty story, to Anais’ seductive turn and Xiao Wen’s innate cuteness – peer inside the latest issue of Glass for all that and then some.
Elegant, atmospheric and a filled with bold new editorial from a host of top tier contributors, the new issue of Grey Magazine is a must have. With its coffee table book construction and high end feel, Grey has always been a standout but when you add in new work from Nan Goldinand Emma Summerton it takes things to that next level. Take a first look inside the gorgeous new issue of Grey in our exclusive preview.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Juergen Teller‘s campaigns for Marc Jacobs have become iconic for their unpretentious cool and noteworthy casts. Spring sees rising star Xiao Wen Ju headlining Teller’s images as Marc’s first Chinese campaign star.