If any brand is going to bring the sexy to its underwear campaigns, it’s Versace. And of course, because Versace and photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott are all about that sex appeal, they got really literal and portrayed models Kendra Spears and Ryan Barrett (who you may remember from the brand’s equally blue-tinged Spring 2012 ad campaign) in the act of getting the underwear off.
“Looks really good. Kendra looks like an old-school supermodel,” Elfinkova posted.
“She always does!” Sweet rus agreed. “Am I the only one who finds it a bit weird to see the guy posing while pulling down his trunks? I am not complaining, just saying,” she laughed. “Other than that it's a decent campaign for Versace.”
Urban Stylin was also getting that supermodel feel from Kendra. “I get a Cindy Crawford vibe from Kendra…which is never a bad thing,” he remarked.
Seeing as Cindy Crawford is one of the most iconic supermodels of the Gianni Versace era, she’s not a bad person to emulate. And though forum members put a lot of focus on Kendra, let’s not overlook Ryan. He may be (obviously) hard-bodied, but he is very easy on the eyes.
I'm officially embarassed by the extent to which I was looking forward to seeing Yoko Ono's "Fashions for Men" Opening Ceremony collaboration, because it's up online and it's well … no one's ever going to wear this outside ever, I'm pretty sure / Ireallyhope.
As we learned together last week, the collection was created from a series of sketches Yoko gave John Lennon as a wedding present in 1969. “I was inspired to create ‘Fashions for Men’ amazed at how my man was looking so great," she told WWD. "I felt it was a pity if we could not make clothes emphasizing his very sexy bod." Well, Lennon may be long gone, but the sketches have finally been realized, hypothetically giving today's young men the chance to show off their sexy bods. Ew except ew. I still can't get over the phrase "sexy bod" and also you have a lot of personality to pull off those crotch-handprint pants. Or that male brassiere. Um, godspeed to anyone that dares try. I beam my love your way.
The collection ranges from $55 for Printed Kneepads to $145 for a Neon Pink Mesh Shirt to $750 for the Open-Toe Thigh High Boots.
Go check out the full online catalogue, if only for the expressions on the models' faces.
If there's ever been a magazine better-equipped to show us what it's like to come up against an utter lack of imagination, it's Interview Russia.
Russia is hardly known for its mild winter climate and yet Interview still thought it would be cool to have two of the world's superest supermodels, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, grace its December cover in the nude. Nothing says "Russian fashion glossy" like gratuitous nudity.
Because Naomi and Kate aren't exactly slouches when it comes to their job and the shoot was lensed by photo dream team Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, the low caliber of the final product is, in a sense, a real accomplishment. I don't know what exactly went wrong, but both women look more wooden than I would have thought possible for two people that built their careers on being expressive. Possible explanations for the horribleness: 1) this concept was doomed from the start and 2) Interview Russia needs to dial down on the airbrushing. Just a thought.
Joe Mimran was typically fresh at Toronto Fashion Week, what with his line's Betty Drapper retro vibe of diamond checkers, a bombardment of black and white crisp pleated skirts, shift dresses, and Chanel-inspired suits. Now the full Joe Fresh collection has been released and once again, the company has "checkered" all the right boxes.
There's plenty more retro-inspired designs, standing out against a background of coloured sweaters, bright oxfords, and bold pants. Trippy black and white blouses saunter off the runway and into stores to create a work-ready trouser, while eclectic printed pants are just begging to be clashed against. There's also a modest nod to metallics in the form of a silver denim jacket and matching jeans.
"You'll find a mix of soft sorbets, neon brights and your basic, but very graphic, black and white combos next season. Some of our favourite basics will come in a full rainbow of colours, from skinny jeans to boat neck T-shirts," Joe Fresh's style director Adrienne Shoom told Flare magazine.
I've pulled a few of my top picks from the new line, but before we get to that, I thought I'd share the squeal-worthy news that the big orange shop is opening two new stores in Ottawa, Ontario and Victoria, British Columbia in spring 2013. Both will offer the full range of women's, men's, kids', toddler, and baby apparel and accessories, as well as activewear, intimates, sleepwear, and Joe Fresh beauty products. What's more — this may be a little further from home than say Ottawa — but along with a flagship store in New York, Joe Fresh is also eyeing more international expansion by hunting for a lair in the UK.
But getting back to our main priority, that is, what to stock our wardrobe with come spring, you can flip through the below slideshow for a peek at the best grabs for the new season.
Earlier today, WWD posted an infodump of Cyber Monday analytics. You should not be at all surprised to hear that this year's Cyber Monday was the biggest and greatest and spendiest Cyber Monday in the history of Cyber Mondays. (Cyber Monday has only really been around for like 7 years, which may be a long time in the history of the Internet, but is only like, a second in the history of the world, so don't die.)
Both IBM and ComScore are projecting total sales figures which reach $1.5 billion, up 20-30% (depending on who you ask and how they do math) since last year.
Here's are a few things I learned:
spam email marketing!
93% of "major online retailers" (suggesting that individual Etsy shops were not included in these calculations…/confused) sent out at least one promotional email to their subscriber lists on Monday.
Soon, you'll be able to buy a house on your cell phone.
Users on mobile devices accounted for 13% of all sales. 7% of sales were conducted on an iPad, weirdly. (I tried to use an iPad to buy something over the weekend, and the process was so frustrating – ugh forms — I wanted to bash my head against the wall and have someone come over and take away all my stuff.) eBay's mobile sales more than doubled.
Shut up, fashion blogs! Americans want Nikes, Uggs.
On eBay, the most searched for terms on Monday were for: Ugg boots, Louis Vuitton and Coach handbags, Michael Kors watch, and The North Face women’s jackets. Most searched for brands: Nike, Ugg, Coach, Michael Kors, Adidas, and Ralph Lauren. Don't think about it too much or you'll get really bored.
Professional adults and high school stoners don't have the same conception of 420.
This Monday, the most concentrated hour of purchases was from 4 to 5 p.m.
Well, the best thing I can think to say about all this shopping is: at least it was all done under the pretense of holiday gift giving. Also, hello economy! Are you feeling better yet? It says it appreciates all our recent efforts. And I appreciate all my new stuff. I love stuff. Can I have some more?
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