Change is in the air at Gucci, after the brand announced the departure of Frida Giannini and Alessandro Michele was tapped to be her successor earlier this year. The industry witnessed a dramatic difference between the two creative directors’ aesthetics with the Fall 2015 show, and now Gucci has unveiled Michele’s first campaign under his reign at the iconic Italian fashion house. Gone are the oversexualized ads Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott produced, as Glen Luchford is ushered in as the photographer of choice. There’s no sign of Natasha Poly, Anja Rubik or Karmen Pedaru, either, who are replaced by newbies Julia Hafstrom, Alexandra Elizabeth and male model Jack Chambers.
Are our forum members fond of the change? “Kinda reminds me of Mario Testino’s work for Gucci a few years back. I didn’t like it, it’s too minimal and sad,” madzedre voiced the moment the campaign surfaced.
“To me this is very Prada around 2000,” added Creative.
Mody was quick to rant, “It is a confusing campaign. With all the sex appeal those outfits have, this campaign just shows it in a completely wrong way. Nothing sexy, nothing modern. It is under Michele’s charge, which makes me think how poor this guy’s imagination is. Using your romantic poetic vision to execute this pre-fall collection is not that hard.”
“I think that looks like an editorial, but I like the change of the photographer,” appreciated testinofan.
In agreement was Benn98: “I like that he chose Luchford, who in my opinion is somewhat underrated. That said, this looks too clinical. I’d have thought maybe Willy shot this as it reminds me of his Dior campaigns. Glad for Julia more than anything else.”
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We’ve known for a while that Gisele Bündchen would be leaving the runway game, but the model herself hadn’t come out to confirm her retirement from the catwalk. Now, the world’s highest paid model has come forward to say that yes, you won’t be seeing her turning down a runway for a while.
According to Bündchen, she needs to give her moneymaker, her impossibly long-legged and fit body, a little breather. “Automatically my body tells me if what I do is worth it, and it asked to stop,” Bündchen told Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo. “I respect my body, it’s a privilege to be able to stop. I don’t see how to continue modeling on the catwalk.”
It certainly is a privilege to be able to stop – especially when halting part of your career probably won’t have much of a negative effect on your cash flow. “Stopping will leave room for other projects I have for myself,” she said. So don’t worry, just because she won’t be on the runway doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing a lot of Gisele. Quite frankly, we might get to see even more of her now that she has time to focus on these mystery projects.
[via Vogue UK]
Denying Justin Bieber access to something he wants is tantamount to telling a tantrum-prone 3-year-old no. According to TMZ, Justin was thrown out of Coachella on Sunday night after security guards refused to grant him passage to the exclusive artist’s entrance so he could watch Drake perform in peace, without being overrun by a crowd full of drugged-up plebes.
Justin allegedly pleaded with security to escort him to his rightful place in the artist’s entrance until finally, someone came to grant him the access he craved. Unfortunately, security was still bent on keeping Justin out, saying the area was at capacity. A security guard put him in a choke hold, which led to an argument and eventually Justin being booted from Coachella — although the petulant pop singer’s people say it was their choice to leave.
It seems anywhere Justin goes, trouble follows. Between this and his several public scuffles, including his throwdown with Orlando Bloom last year, maybe the guy needs a weekend spa trip or a new set of friends. Or, most likely, an attitude adjustment.
- David Hasselhoff is having the best Coachella ever. [Facebook]
- Supreme of the Knowles-Beyincé clan, Tina Knowles, got married this weekend and totally forgot to invite us to the wedding. [Jezebel]
- Kylie Jenner says she’s never gotten plastic surgery. [Grazia]
- North West got baptized in Israel. Probably in the name of Yeezus. [Page Six]
- Here’s what baby Zoolander looks like. [@benstiller]
- Watch Cara Delevingne expertly Nair off someone’s eyebrows in this clip from Paper Towns. [BuzzFeed]
- Who is this woman masquerading as Mariah Carey on the cover of the pop singer’s latest album? [E!]
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This Wednesday, April 15 at 10:00 p.m. (EST), QVC and Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) will join forces for a two-hour live charitable broadcast, Beauty with Benefits. Viewers will have the opportunity to shop from a selection of fragrance, skincare, color cosmetics and haircare products from brands like Dior, Josie Maran, Laura Mercier, Shiseido and more. Eighty percent of the purchase price will benefit Cancer and Careers, contributing to the $2.2 million that has already benefited the organization through this partnership.
Model and entrepreneur Cindy Crawford and makeup artist and entrepreneur Sonia Kashuk are close friends, and the spokeswomen behind the initiative. The charitable organization empowers and educates women and men living and working with cancer, and was founded by the CEW when the board of directors came to the realization that five out of the 40 members had been diagnosed with cancer. Kashuk herself is a cancer survivor and said in a press release, “As a cancer survivor and beauty industry veteran, I am thrilled to be a part of Beauty with Benefits. It’s wonderful to see so many leading names in beauty come together to support such a powerful cause that will impact the lives of so many.”
Cindy added, “Cancer has affected so many lives, but the challenges of living and working with cancer is often an aspect of the diagnosis that rarely gets attention. That is why I wanted to be a part of this great cause with my dear friend Sonia. Beauty is not just about the way you look, but also about the way you feel inside, and this is an opportunity for beauty to make a difference in people’s lives.”
Check out the video below for more information and the slideshow for a preview of what will be available this Wednesday. (more…)
The fashion industry is obviously a field where appearances matter – a lot. But just as important to the industry is money. How else can design houses stay afloat if they’re not selling anything? It is then quite puzzling that high fashion has an enormous money making opportunity right in front of them, and they are pretty much ignoring it.
Business of Fashion explores the high demand and rapidly evolving landscape of the plus-sized market, which can credit some of its growth to the outspoken legions of stylish women over a size 14 on the internet, begging for more stylish clothing options. In fact, their voices have been so loud that when The Limited shut down Eloquii, their plus-sized line, the response was so intense that they had to bring it back. But as dedicated, involved and ready to spend money as the plus base is, why then, are more brands so reluctant to cater to them?
“It’s a confluence of factors,” said Mariah Chase. “If they’re in the straight-size business, they believe that launching plus-size is going to cannibalize that. Also, it is like launching a new business. They have to put investment dollars up against it and so that’s something every business needs to weigh and understand.” And besides that, there is the obvious stigma against plus sizes that has brands a little timid to jump into the pool.
But regardless of how they feel about larger women, the fact is that plus size fashion is a lucrative opportunity. When Eloquii returned from its hiatus, its revenue increased 100 percent per quarter in 2014. That’s some serious dollars. And it’s time the fashion industry started looking at dollars and cents, instead of clinging to some idealized version of what they think women want to look like.
They might be richer because of it.
[via Business of Fashion]