As expected, Anna Wintour successfully completed her mission to get Lena Dunham on the cover of Vogue's February Issue cover (Kanye's plan to secure the gig for fiance Kim Kardashian is still, however, very much in the works).
Photographed by Annie Leibovitz and styled by Tonne Goodman, the cover and accompanying editorial spread play to Dunham's quirky public persona while staying true to the publication's label-conscious identity. On the front of the glossy, Dunham wears a collared shirt printed with oversized red polka dots — a playful choice from from Burberry, which is a major advertiser.
Elsewhere in the magazine, Dunham poses for a series of staged vignettes set in a cheesy, out-of-touch version of Brooklynadia — think artisanal grit goes CGI. In one shot, she's pictured on a quiet brownstone street, wearing a dramatic black-and-white feather dress by Alexander McQueen; naturally, there's a pigeon perched on her head. In another, Dunham twists her face into an expression of either discomfort or flirtation, I can't be sure; she is standing on a subway platform in Brooklyn at sundown, wearing an expressionistic, multicolored jacket by Céline.
In other photos, the writer/director is joined by Girls actor Adam Driver. In one, he sits in bed shirtless, while Dunham is splayed out on the bedcover, wearing a strapless, sequined mini-dress from Prada's Spring 2014 collection. In another photo taken on the Upper West Side, Driver carries Dunham on his shoulders; she wears a full Rochas look, her feet dangling with the label's memorable neon feather slippers.
In yet another shot, Driver soaks in a dingy clawfoot tub (such bohemia) while Dunham perches on the side, wearing an elegant off-the-shoulder dress by Dolce & Gabbana.
It's amazing to these see clothes worn to great effect by someone who doesn't fit Vogue's typical mold: Dunham is a talented young woman and her primary attributes aren't her looks. Still, we should see this for what it is — hardly a revolution, just the Vogue guide to slumming it.
Late yesterday, The New York Times reported that The Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute will be renamed in honor of Anna Wintour. The Vogue editor and Condé Nast artistic director has reportedly been involved with the fashion department since 1995; over the years, Wintour has raised about $125 million dollars and hosted more than fifteen Met Ball benefits, establishing the annual gala as one of the world's most high-profile red carpet event.
The Costume Institute reopens in May following a two-year, $40 million renovation project (the sum was fundraised, in part, by Wintour). It will be called the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Get used to it.
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When the first images from Roberto Cavalli's Spring 2014 campaign, with model Iselin Steiro photographed by David Sims and styled by Marie Chaix, leaked online a couple weeks ago, one forum member immediately noticed that a featured animal print item appeared to be from the label's Resort 2014 collection.
Commenters were confused. "I think this is the Resort 2014 campaign," said Starry, to general assent.
But it's not. The Italian fashion house has confirmed it: The ads are part of the brand's main, Spring campaign — which you can see in the slideshow below, in full (there's also a video component).
Many of the items (such as the metallic moto jacket and sheer multi-patterned dress) appeared on at the designer's Spring runway show in Milan last September (the color of the garments is slightly different in the ads, but perhaps that's a matter of lighting).
I couldn't find anything resembling the bedazzled black cutout swimsuit (slide 8) in either collection, but the style is fairly similar to a Roberto Cavalli swimsuit available at the online shop of the Seattle-based luxury intimates retailer, Nancy Meyer.
In the few years that I've been closely following fashion advertising, I can't recall another instance of a major label mixing two distinct collections in a single campaign. Of course, just because I haven't noticed it, doesn't mean it never happens — but even if this is (as I suspect) an unusual occurrence, it's certainly not a surprising one. With the growing importance of mid-season collections and the pressure placed on designers to constantly churn out new creations, why wouldn't fashion houses mix and match their strongest current items — no matter when or where they were first shown — in advertising materials?
We reached out to Roberto Cavalli for comment and will update when we hear back.
See the full campaign in the slideshow below, and keep scrolling for the video ad.
All images courtesy Roberto Cavalli.
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Following the campaign preview, featuring model Jessica Stam, which appeared on Net-A-Porter yesterday, Target has released the full lookbook and item breakdown for its collaboration with Peter Pilotto.
The London-based design duo (Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos) have created 22 full looks and (by my count) 36 individual pieces for the limited-edition range, including women's apparel, accessories and swimwear.
Apparel and swimwear are priced from $14.99 to $79.99; accessories range from $16.99 to $39.99.
The capsule collection launches in Target stores and online on February 9. For the first time ever, the mass market retailer has partnered with luxury e-commerce site Net-A-Porter to make select items available internationally.
All images: Target
As WWD points out, before Daria Werbowy was the face of Balenciaga's most recent, ivy-covered campaign (pictured here), she walked at the label's corresponding Spring 2014 show, as a runway exclusive. (Having an "exclusive" typically refers to a model agreeing to turn down other runway opportunities in return for a lucrative compensation package and exclusive runway appearance from a specific label).
Who doesn't love Werbowy? The 30-year-old model has sustained a stellar high-fashion career for a decade. After the model first walked at fashion week, she was handpicked by Steven Meisel to appear in Prada's Fall 2003 campaign. By 2004, she was posing for American Vogue spreads, getting photographed for them by Helmut Newton and signing a lucrative cosmetics contract with Lancome. Nine years later, the Ukrainian-born model is still one of Lancome's two spokesmodels. She also appears in campaigns for hyper-luxury label Céline (the only LVMH brand which doesn't have e-commerce), Parisian designer Isabel Marant, legendary Italian house Salvatore Ferragamo — and now, Alexander Wang's Balenciaga.
The first ad image appeared on WWD earlier today. Photographed by Steven Klein, Werbowy poses against a white wall, her eyes shrouded by a tangle of vines. The stark, high-contrast lighting is reminiscent of the label's Fall 2013 campaign, which featured Kristen McMenamy and was also photographed by Klein, and helps create an overall moody effect.
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Images: WENN.com (left) / Getty (right)
The awards show red carpet circuit never fails to produce a few minor design dramas. Here's one: We've just spotted case of designer look-a-likes, via tFS Forum member Lefemmenikita.
Last week at the People's Choice Awards, actress Kat Dennings appeared on the red carpet wearing a strapless black ball gown printed with roses from the David Meister Signature collection. Just a few days later, Golden Globes co-host Tina Fey made her entrance at the awards show wearing a one-of-a-kind Carolina Herrera creation. Although small details distinguish the two gowns — Dennings' has a flattering ruched bodice, Fey's comes with a voluminous pleated overskirt — they are quite similar in terms of silhouette, color and concept.
In yesterday's issue of WWD, the trade published a profile on Herrera's creative process, noting that she and Fey developed the star's gown together, from sketches. Dennings' gown has been on sale for at least a season (it's currently available for $1,137 on NeimanMarcus.com, marked-down 65% from $3,250).
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