The Gap is really feeling the love for their Holiday 2012 ad campaign. “Love comes in every shade,” they declare, and do their best to exemplify that with ads showing people expressing the kind of love they have for each other. All while wearing holiday duds from the Gap, of course.
Actress Diana Garcia And Musician Greg Rogove: In Love
Director Gia Coppola And Actress Nathalie Love: Best Friend Love
“I've always loved these Gap ads. So sweet,” ALAUU commented.
Abadonna called the campaign “so emotional and colorful, fantastic.”
Actor Jack Huston And His Dog Orso: Puppy Love
Michael J. Fox And His Wife Tracy Pollan: True Love
The fact that the ads portray relationships between real people (for the most part – the New Normal cast pic may be the odd man out here), really adds to the impact of the images. Forum members were particularly drawn to the ad featuring rapper Nas and his father, blues musician Olu Dara. It’s nice to know that we’re not looking at pictures of models faking it for the camera, for once.
Musician Rufus Wainwright And Artistic Director Jörn Weisbrodt: Married Love
The Atomics: Sibling Love
'The New Normal' Cast: Modern Love
Rapper Nas And His Father, Blues Musician Olu Dara: Fatherly Love
Even if you don’t yet feel like the best way to express your love is by dressing up everyone on your Christmas list in Gap clothing, the ads are nice to look at.
Here's Kristen Stewart looking fantastic and happy, which is a hard look to pull off at the premiere for Twilight's Breaking Dawn 2. But I would probably be equally smiley if I owned that Zuhair Murad dress and never had to do another Twilight movie ever again. As it stands, I *don't* have to do a Twilight movie ever, so the actress and I are in the same boat, give or take a lacy beige column gown.
That's okay. I may covet KStew's dress, but I have it on good authority that she totally envies my sense of self and also my book collection which, put together, *almost* amount to a single Zuhair Murad dress. An ugly one, though.
It feels like it’s been quite a while since we’ve seen a December cover with such a holiday vibe. Vogue kept it relatively subtle, coordinating a red and green color scheme for the text, background, and of course, Anne Hathaway’s clothing. Coming off a romantic secret wedding and starring in the upcoming Les Miserables, one of the season’s most anticipated films, Anne was a natural choice for the cover. In addition to her own interview and photo spread by Annie Leibovitz, Anne and her Les Miserables costars (Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Isabelle Allen, and Russell Crowe) also appear in character in a Leibovitz-photographed editorial within the magazine.
“Love it! Very festive and she looks gorgeous!!” Handbag Queen exclaimed of the cover.
Not everyone was so enthused. “She looks sad and tired. This cover is depressing,” GivenchyHomme remarked.
“The only thing that I like about the cover is the color combination,” congacon shared. “Anne looks depressing, sleepy and tired,” he added, echoing GivenchyHomme’s sentiments.
There’s something offputting about how disjointed these three Anne Hathaway-featured elements are. Anne’s editorial has no connection to her cover (Luxx even noted that it felt a bit Sound of Music-esque, “The Hills are Alive and all that”), but I’m really looking forward to seeing Les Miserables, so I feel like I can forgive all on that score. Regardless of how well these pieces do or don’t fit together, I think that the cover shot of Anne could have been better. Her smile is radiant, and it’s a shame that Vogue didn’t take advantage of that to draw readers to the newsstand. This gloomy and serious fashion picture isn't exactly spreading any holiday cheer.
On that note, I'll leave you with images from the film that will make you cry your eyes out come Christmas day.
Karlie Kloss followed up the brand's apology with one of her own: "I am deeply sorry if what I wore during the VS Show offended anyone. I support VS's decision to remove the outfit from the broadcast."
Although I'm glad Victoria's Secret and Karlie both apologized, and also that the look will be cut from the runway broadcast, I don't think we should let either party off the hook so easily. This is the second time in recent weeks that a pretty, fashion-y white girl has worn a headdress replica like this as part of a highly visible pop culture performance piece: the item also made an appearance during a climactic scene in Lana Del Rey's Ride, a strange and tone-deaf moment in a video that was otherwise deeply affecting. The whole cultural appropriation thing is a serious and common problem, and Tweeting out a quick statement shouldn't be enough to address it.
The headdress as fashion accessory relies on and reinforces stereotypes of Native Americans, a minority culture and race which the United States destroyed to build itself as an empire. I don't know anything, but I do know that the headdress belongs to a specific spiritual practice, and commodifying it to sell corporate panties for Christmas — or a pouty-lipped pop star's latest album — fits nicely into the genocide-y, pillage-y relationship the United States has with Native Americans.
I'm just saying that maybe saying, "I'm sorry I like, offended you or whatever," isn't good enough. No: be sorry for being racist! Or ignorant and thoughtless, at least. Any other kind of apology is just smart, politically correct PR.
Louis Vuitton has always been famous and iconic for its travel bags, trunks, and accessories, and this month they’re bringing “the art of travel” to life with a multi-media campaign featuring Arizona Muse. Photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin shot the campaign, which they’re calling “l’Invitation au voyage,” or “Invitation to Travel,” at the Louvre Museum in Paris. The campaign consists of print, film, and digital offerings.
“It's always a pleasure to see Inez & Vinoodh shooting a Louis Vuitton campaign. This is no exception,” wrote mikel.
“This whole campaign is so flawless, both the print ads and the video,” Psylocke posted. “Arizona looks beautiful and the whole mood created in this is so nice. The shots with the hot air balloon are awesome!”
The campaign images are great and convey a subtle sort of moodiness, but the video actually feels a bit sinister to me. Even so, it’s still good. Here it is for your view pleasure (or displeasure?).
Do you love it? Hate it? Feel indifferent about it? Don't be shy about letting us know.
There’s pretty much no guessing the direction of your career trajectory when both of your parents are leading creatives, and so, it came as no surprise as we watched London based designer, Bella Freud successfully dabble in an array of artistic fields over the years. Her designer credentials are further solidified by the fact that style icons Kate Moss, Sophie Dahl, Alexa Chung, Courtney Love, and Madonna can be named amongst her customers. Remember that quirky Je t’aime Jane sweater which Alexa wore for the press day at the Bicester village? Well, that was a Freud!
Bella Freud has just exclusively opened her first-ever boutique, in the form of the long awaited pop-up store at the Bicester Village, and we’re guessing that it’s set to be a massive hit amongst shoppers. The store is filled to the brim with much sought-after goodies such as her fab knits and cute household items to adorn your house with — those limited-edition scented candles are a must! Although there’s been no official announcement regarding the opening of a permanent store, upon the launch of the pop-up, Bella herself admitted that she’d very much like to open one up, with her ideal location being London’s Mount Street.
She’s widely acclaimed for her gorgeous knits and tailored suits, which upon first glance are aesthetically typically English, but really, they have been injected with that edgy Freud style. Her most recently available AW/12 collection was actually inspired by old Vegas signs in neon graveyards in American, and you can’t get quirkier than that! If you can’t make it down to the Bicester village, you can always shop her collection online.