Juicy Couture tracksuits are not exactly the epitome of sexiness, but when you have two flawless models like Andreea Diaconu and Edita Vilkeviciute modeling for your campaign, you might as well put them in leopard tracksuits and they will still look hot as hell. Photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, the theme for the campaign is “sexy and wild,” according to WWD and shows the two models posing lasciviously on a pink sofa. Like last season, a collage-like effect was used on the images, which seems to set off the models from the background. Opinions about the images were divided on the tFS forums, with Elfinkova having been the first to voice one of the most popular opinions. “Love the cast, hate the outcome,” he wrote. Teaars (“Andreea and Edita, two of the hottest girls in HF, unfortunately I hate the images themselves, the colors are nice though…”) and Moofins (“The cast is stellar, the images are tacky”) both agreed. And zacatecas570 added, “This could have been a great campaign, the cast is great, the set is cool, but the poses are just so awkward they look so uncomfortable!”
TREVOFASHIONISTO commented, “For two sexy girls I don’t think they mesh well in these shots. I prefer Edita and Magdalena together. I do love the colors though.”
“*enters thread* sees velvet tracksuits *leaves thread*,” wrote Marc10.
With two of the released campaign images featuring the same leopard velvet tracksuit and one of the eyewear shots showing Edita wearing a leopard top, I found all the leopard and velvet to be overkill, too. But I cannot deny that Edita and Andreea are beautiful and sexy enough to pull this off and still look great. The campaign seems to heavily focus on the velvet tracksuits and accessories, probably a smart marketing move, with the tracksuits being Juicy Couture’s signature pieces and accessories being known to always sell well for most brands. While past campaigns featured more fashion forward pieces from their collections, this seems to be going back to the roots and illustrating the brand’s identity more obviously. And for further proof of the two models’ sexiness, watch the campaign video below.
On set of The Originals, Phoebe Tonkin is currently pregnant with a hybrid-werewolf baby. But at last week’s 2013 Women In Film Awards in Los Angeles, presented by Max Mara and W Magazine to honour True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld, Tonkin assured us the storyline was purely to drive ratings.
The Sydney actress wore a black Max Mara onesie with tapered legs and three-quarter sleeves, belted at the waist and teamed with nude patent heels. Hot pink lips and a few errant flyaway strands coming out of her otherwise sleek ponytail keep things young and fresh. Sure Phoebs is a 5’10” knockout who got her start modeling for Girlfriend, Teen Vogue, Dolly and, er, advertisements for the Vauxhall Meriva, but this is a look that even those of us with real human DNA could appropriate for our own wardrobes.
Phoebe also features on the cover of Miss Vogue Australia this month. She tweeted a preview of the cover last week with the caption “Baby’s First Vogue”. We’re sure there are many more covers to come. And that by “baby” she’s not referring to any surprise offspring.
The Dannijo jewelry sisters are celebrating five years in business. An anniversary capsule collection seems like a good way to do that, don’t you think? [Elle]
Tilda Swinton has been tapped yet again for an offbeat fashion campaign. Have we reached the saturation point yet? (The correct answer is never. Just so you know.) [style.com]
Think razor burn is one of those things you just have to deal with every time bikini season rolls around. Nix that thought. Here’s the 411 on what causes it, how to prevent it, and how to treat it. [Bellasugar]
Another thing you shouldn’t have to deal with this summer? Thigh chafing. (It happens to the best of us.) [SheFinds]
While we’re talking about summer beauty issues… here’s how to not let your face melt. [Refinery29]
The Prancercise lady (Johanna Rohrback) decided to perform her craft in tune to John Mayer’s “Paper Doll.” And yes, it’s as awkward as it sounds. [The Cut]
Although photographer, artist, photo-essayist and music video director Stéphane Sednaoui is known for being multi-talented, his fashion photography is not exactly what he is famous for. Having not shot a notable fashion ad campaign since Etro Spring 2007, it comes as a bit of a surprise that he was appointed to shoot top model Karlie Kloss for the new Jean Paul Gaultier campaign, even if Sednaoui and Gaultier have previously collaborated on the JPG for Diet Coke campaign. The result, however, is far from underwhelming. Sednaoui’s unique style and his way of transcending genres are displayed in its best form in the arresting image that was released as a preview for the campaign yesterday.
“What a captivating and strong photo! Karlie keeps getting better and better. Her intense stare, the styling and photography all together form an excellent combination. But well, I've always loved JPG's ads,” wrote yesitsdagny.
“This is truly stunning. Karlie just exudes supermodel!” exclaimed Nepenthes.
And alonsoJonathan also credited the model for the brilliancy of the ad: “Wow this is so simple yet it has all it needs for a great ad. Karlie really make this work any other model wouldn’t make this look as good as she does. She really is a major Print model.”
While I agree that Karlie truly shines here, I am not sure I agree that the shot is simple. There is obviously a lot of conceptualization and post-production involved here, as well as the styling being rather extravagant. And clearly, it’s not just the model that makes this image so outstanding, even if the model choice is what the majority of tFS forum members pointed out. Endorsing Sednaoui to shoot the dynamic and energetic Karlie Kloss was a brilliant idea and, to me, this is a product of a great collection inspiring a fantastic concept for a campaign, executed perfectly by the right photographer and model and stylist. This image is convincing on every level, and I guess I am not only speaking for myself when I say I am excited to see more!
Scottish designer Christopher Kane has released a Resort collection that is so good, it almost makes you forget that Resort season is usually not quite the highlight on everyone’s fashion calendar. Having been inspired by "the long, intersecting lines of computer graphics from the Seventies and Eighties," according to WWD, he has livened up the season by delivering a quirky and intelligent collection that has managed to receive nothing but compliments from members of the tFS forums.
“I can't stop starring at this collection. Fascinating!” said Moofins.
GERGIN stated that it is "easily one of the most innovative resort collections ever…combining uniqueness, originality and elegance into all these amazing looks.”
“This is such a cool and interesting collection, I'm in love with everything about it,” wrote TREVOFASHIONISTO.
And Vitamine W added, "Christopher Kane is again proving himself to be at the absolute top in fashion design these days. Amazing collection, great innovative ideas & immaculate execution!”
StoneSkipper swooned, “How great is this? I'm in awe. The rendered naked bodies and wildflowers, and the denim, and the diamond buttons, and the cut-outs – I'm in love.”
This collection is deservingly getting rave reviews from tFSers. Some looks here are so brilliant, it almost makes me overcome the trauma of having looked at too many lackluster, badly styled and plain hideous outfits in a large number of Resort collections in the last few weeks. This is a highlight because it doesn’t give in to the idea that Pre-Collections need to be mostly just wearable and completely toned down and instead delivers something completely new. Those laced body and flower-shaped images in the sweaters and dresses? Brilliant. The play with silhouettes in those lace dresses? Awesome. The use and combination of various materials and colors? Fabulous. I guess it is safe to say that Kane has truly outdone himself with this collection, especially considering this is “just” Resort. Bravo!
There’s more than one duality present in the good girl/bad girl Resort collection Zimmermann showed in New York last week. Zimmermann has long had their eyes cast towards the Northern Hemisphere, recently opening flagships in both New York and Los Angeles, and the Resort shows have provided them with a chance to appeal to the best of both markets.
Vogue Australia editor Edwina McCann wrote an article in the Sunday Telegraph over the weekend explaining how Resort gives designers the opportunity to appeal to two markets simultaneously: something that has been a constant source of frustration to Australian designers. Zimmermann was particularly bummed out about the timing of MBFWA, which now sits awkwardly between Resort and Spring.
Resort, in general, is often sneered at, thought of as unnecessary for people whose jobs don’t allow them to skip winter for the South of France and existing only to maintain a designer’s presence on shop floors. But, as McCann points out, Resort serves a different purpose for Australian labels. It’s one of those rare times in fashion where the hemispheres are in synch. The wearable swimwear and wide-legged trousers hit shelves just as rich Northern Hemispherians start wanting a break from the cold and Australians need stuff to wear for summer.
Probably unintentionally, yet rather fittingly, Zimmermann’s Resort 2014 collection was a game of two halves. Designer Nicky Zimmermann was inspired by a good girl corrupted, the monochrome runway split into white and black outfits. The silhouettes, too, were either figure-hugging or long and loose. Perfect for both long weekends in Montauk or lazy nights by Bondi Beach. Not quite sure where you'd wear a French lace one-piece with sculpted wings and risqué sheer panneling, but we'd be more than willing to find an excuse.