Alexander Wang Ushers in a New Lunar Year and Season

The Year of the Earth Pig begins and to celebrate a (hopefully) more genial spirit, Alexander Wang ushered in the new year with the third drop of the sartorial saga. Shot by Brianna Capozzi, the ad features Su Kexin, Jing Wen, and rapper VaVa playing up all the chinoiserie, in culture-clashing fashion. As Wang’s art direction evolves for Collection 1, a memorable observation is how the campaigns so far have magnified the banality of labels like “American“, “Chinese”, and even “femininity“. What a relief to see the characters in Wang’s world set the (fictional) terms for themselves.

Dazed Beauty adds Kylie cover to its limited edition issue zero (Updated)

Much has been done in the realm of beauty but Dazed Beauty‘s futuristic perspective pushes things to another dimension. Kate Moss and Travis Scott are the “The Children of Ixion” for the first drop of the inaugural print ‘artefact’, 3D scanned into CGI centaurs as they roam their fantasy world. Digital artists Darío Alva and the Travis Brothers along with creative director Isamaya Ffrench are the masterminds behind this phantasmic delivery that blends sci-fi and tech seamlessly. Add additional drops featuring a digitalized Slick Woods and artist Genesis P-Orridge and you get an off-kilter offering that’s far from your average beauty book.

Update: Dazed Beauty released the issues third and final cover for issue zero which features Kylie Jenner by Daniel Sannwald and beauty applied by the AI program Beauty_GAN which learned from 17,000 images. The full editorial is now on Dazed Beauty. Issue zero will be a limited release of 2000!

Did Gucci just make the campaign of the season, year? Maybe yes

Debbie Reynolds in “Singin’ in the Rain”

It’s still the top of the year and Alessandro Michele somehow already out-Gucci‘d himself for Spring Summer 2019. A concept of this scale could have easily been a jump the shark moment, but in the hands of trusted collaborator Glen Lunchford (they’ve come a long way since their first Pre Fall 2015 effort), it turned out to be possibly the most dizzyingly impressive campaign of the year. #GucciShowtime calls on the golden age of Hollywood drawing, and sometimes directly referencing (like Debbie Reynolds up there), from 50s films like “Singin’ in the Rain,” “An American in Paris,” “The Band Wagon,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and more. A tinselly, delightful 60-second musical revue by Luchford backed by the show tune “There’s No Business Like Show Business” accompanies the still images. Is Alessandro’s biggest hurdle going to be trying to outdo himself?

Alexis Sundman, Delphi Mcnicol, Ellia Sophia, Emmanuel Adjaye, Freya Lawrence, Liz Ord, Matïss Rucko, Paul Hendrik Piho, Sedona Legge, Unia Pakhomova, William Valente, Yuval Jonas Director/Photographer Glen Luchford | Creative Director Alessandro Michele | Art Director Christopher Simmonds | Hair Stylist Paul Hanlon | Makeup Artist Isamaya Ffrench

Daniel Lee shows us his promising vision for Bottega Veneta in debut campaign

Yesterday, Daniel Lee quietly presented his debut campaign as the creative director for Bottega Veneta. Quiet because, Lee himself, nor Bottega, have Instagram accounts to tip the hordes of bated breathed aesthetes who are aware that Lee is the one-time understudy of Phoebe Philo, now a visual outgrowth from her genius. Though it’s steeped in Philo homage, he left plenty of room to breed new code. It is on the island of Ischia, with Tyrone Lebon, that he gave people a glimpse of what that might look like––and it’s pretty dreamy (or torturous if you’re currently stuck in the polar vortex, sorry). Models Kaya Wilkins and Rockwell were both in the Lebon-photographed Pre-fall lookbook, but Oceana and Saskia de Brauw, who are featured for the first time under Lee’s watch, are welcome as additions as brand muses. We’ve got the full credits below.

Oceana, Kaya Wilkins, Saskia de Brauw, Rockwell Harwood by Tyrone Lebon | Stylist Marie Chaix | Casting Anita Bitton | Makeup Hiromi Ueda | Hair Stylist Cyndia Harvey

Tisci taps 6 British photographers for his Burberry Spring campaign

While one might be unsure of what the exact purpose of employing 6 different photographers for a single campaign is, there certainly is no rule against it. Subverting the powers that be likely wasn’t what Riccardo Tisci was going for though when he did exactly that for his Burberry Spring 2019 campaign, tapping the respective talents of Nick Knight, Danko Steiner, Hugo Comte, Colin Dodgson, Peter Langer and Letty Schmiterlow, all of which have never photographed a campaign for Burberry before. Dodgson, for example, was frequently associating with Gucci and Bally for advertising; and Knight, busy with SHOWstudio, was shooting Tom Ford in 2016. In a statement, the heritage brands’ chief creative officer reasons, “…When I was thinking about my first campaign here, I knew I wanted to work with a collection of collaborators to help interpret the breadth of what this incredibly heritage house represents to so many different people — from the millennials to the mature, to the British and to the international.” Tisci further described the 6 photographers as, “British masters of photography and the next generation who have something new to say”. It’s certainly beneficial to be part of this band of Burberry campaigners and bound to be a boost for the “next-gen” bunch who make up a majority, excluding Knight. See which models Riccardo chose to represent his vision of the house below.

Claudia Lavender by Danko Steiner

Darani by Danko Steiner

Fran Summers and Irina Shayk by Danko Steiner

Sora Choi, Natalia Vodianova and Rianne Van Rompaey by Nick Knight

Sora Choi, Natalia Vodianova and Rianne Van Rompaey by Nick Knight

Matteo Ferri and Joe Plunkett by Nick Knight

Stella Tennant photographed by Colin Dodgson and ‘Still Water’ by artist Nic Fiddian-Green photographed by Peter Langer

The TB bag by Hugo Comte