Fashion photography has been about sex ever since Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton made it that way. Then Tom Ford came along and shaved the Gucci logo into a woman's pubic hair at a campaign shoot; that's when fashion became about pornography, too.
And today, more and more of the industry's top photographers are drawing their inspiration from Internet porn (Terry Richardson is the most obvious example here, but we should also cite American Apparel CEO Dov Charney, who shoots many of the brand's advertising images himself and has helped take the aesthetic mainstream).
So that's where the [extremely NSFW] 'Fashion or Porn' game comes in: Milan-based publication NssMag created a browser game to help you test whether you can tell the difference. Frankly, I'm awful at it. My highest score was 2/40 — granted, the game cuts out if you get a single answer wrong, but I've played at least ten different times. You try.
image credit: models.com via the tfs forums
The idea is simple. A man dining with a beautiful woman and her wearing beautiful designer clothes. But when that woman is a legendary supermodel and the man is the designer himself, the result, surprisingly, is far from being visually appealing, as demonstrated by Jason Wu in the ad campaigns for his Spring 2013 and Fall 2013 collections. First it was Stephanie Seymour who was selected as the rendezvous of Wu in Spring 2013. For Fall 2013, Wu casted Christy Turlington, and the unnatural posing and Jason Wu’s bad modeling skills could not have made for a more awkward series of images.
Despite the lack of enthusiasm and positive feedback for the last two campaigns, Wu holds onto the concept for this season. This time it’s Karen Elson who has the pleasure of dining with Wu and showcasing some bad table manners by lasciviously lolling on the bench while the food seems untouched. Members of the tFS forums were not excited at all.
image credit: facebook.com/jasonwu via the tfs forums
“This is a joke, right?” asked anlabe32.
Urban Stylin put it simply: “This would have been nice minus him.”
“For the 3rd time in a row?!?!?! Jesus!!! This is just sad, he wants to be in all ads, just give the focus to women, and models, for them to aspire to, next season he should just wear the collection himself, being self-centered as he is…” ranted miguelalmeida.
“I hated the first one, I hated the second one, and I hate this one, too. It's a shame because I thought this collection was really nice, but this awful campaign does it zero justice,” agreed beedonaldson.
ALAUU also expressed discontent with the idea here and I could not agree more with her. “Okay, please get over this concept. If it didn't work the first time or the second time, it sure as hell isn't going to work the third.”
For his final campaign at Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs didn't underplay his hand, tapping six iconic muses that in many ways defined his tenure at the French luxury house. Catherine Deneuve, Sofia Coppola, Gisele Bündchen, Fan Bingbing, Caroline de Maigret and Edie Campbell were photographed portrait-style by Steven Meisel in New York and styled (by Karl Templer) in the Spring 2014 collection, with the brand's quintessiantial accessories mixed in throughout.
“It was a very emotional shoot, and I find this shows in the images,” Vuitton's communications director told WWD. “It’s not a melancholic campaign. It’s really celebrating women who inspire Marc.” Yes, but clearly it's also celebrating aspirational leather goods.
The campaign will drop in February magazines.
Photos via Vogue.co.uk.
Christmas party season is well and truly in full swing and last night saw London's fashion cohort flocking to cosy The Lady Ottoline pub in Camden, North London, for the Love Magazine Christmas celebrations with designer Neil Barrett.
In true Christmas spirit, 24 year old model Daisy Lowe arrived in festive fairy attire with large feathered angel wings to complement her silk satin camisole dress with tulle skirt and glistening Nicholas Kirkwood sandals.
The ivory ensemble worn with tousled curls and red lips showed just how effective white and light tones can be in winter as she lit up the dance floor alongside singer Florence Welch who wore a daring sheer Marios Schwab pantsuit.
Countless wellness magazines, websites, fitness professionals and even doctors tout the benefits of nutritional supplements on a regular basis, but now according to a finding published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, they have had it all wrong. Worse yet, the supplements many of us have been taking may actually be harming us.
The new findings conclude that not only do most supplements not prevent the chronic diseases that many are trying to ward off, but because many Americans to not have micronutrient deficiencies, they may be overdosing. While this news may be shocking to many, it isn't new news to experts that have long urged us to get all of our vitamins and minerals directly from foods; nothing will ever benefit your body the way a healthy diet filled with fruits, vegetables, lean protein, nuts and seeds and, of course, exercise will.
The study also pointed out that while the use of supplements overall have been growing more or less steadily for decades in the US, UK and other European countries, the usage of some individual supplements have gone down after negative results made headlines (vitamin E and beta-carotene, for example). With that in mind, it will be interesting to see what effect these findings now have on the $28 billion a year that US consumers spend on supplements.
The Council for Responsibile Nutrition (CRN), a group that represents the supplement industry, has been fighting these findings saying that it isn't realistic for most Americans to get all the vitamins and minerals they need via their diet. While that may be true, the studies that show that supplements are no more effective than a placebo clearly taints the argument that supplements are a viable solution.
Here's to hoping one day our economy will work in such a way that healthy produce will not be grossly overpriced and big corporations will focus their marketing efforts on carrots and celery and not Snickers and sugary cereal. This is a good start!
The much anticipated recipients of the British Fashion Council’s NewGen scheme for 2014 have finally been announced. Helping London based emerging designers to develop their talents in the form of financial aid and mentoring, it’s an invaluable project that all developing designers hope to be part of.
This year’s judging panel included Caroline Rush, the Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council, Designer Mary Katrantzou, and Kate Phelan, Topshop’s Creative Director, amongst a handful of other integral members of the fashion world.
Next year, the scheme will be mainly sponsoring the emerging designers Simone Rocha, Marques Alemeida and Lucas Nascimento, which will help towards their London Fashion Week catwalk shows. In addition, Ryan Lo will receive funding towards a presentation during Fashion Week.
(Left: Designer Simone Rocha, Right: Simone Rocha FW 13-14 runway)
We’re super excited to see what the emerging designers will bring to the table next year, and if you think of NewGen’s previous beneficiaries, like Christopher Kane or J.W Anderson who have gone on to be very successful and gain international recognition in the world of fashion, only good things are on the horizon for the new batch of NewGen recipients.
As Topshop is a sponsor of NewGen, we’re sure that we’ll be seeing high street collaborations with these emerging designers in the near future too.
Images: Daniel Deme/WENN.com Imaxtree