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Part Two of Saint Laurent Paris’ Spring 2013 Campaign Features the Welcome Addition of Edie Campbell and Beck Hansen [VIDEO]

Some people may find it to be overkill that Hedi Slimane released a whole second portion to his Spring 2013 debut collection for Saint Laurent Paris, but personally, I find the new images features Edie Campbell and musician Beck Hansen to be a very welcome addition. Not that the first ads featuring Julia Nobis weren’t alluring enough in and of themselves – they were, and she did a fantastic job of making the collection more desirable – but Edie and Beck bring the campaign to a whole new level.

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Beck collaborated with Slimane way back when for Dior Homme and it’s nice to see the two coming together once more. It’s also nice to hear Beck’s music in a promotional campaign video. The ads, the models, the inclusion of Beck, and yes, even Slimane’s styling and photography all bring a fresh infusion of “cool” to the brand. Slimane is shaking things up, and seemingly for the first time, I’m not mad at him for it.

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See the complete sets of images here and here, and check out the aforementioned campaign video below.

Images: Yves Saint Laurent

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Raquel Zimmermann and Sean O’Pry Front Salvatore Ferragamo’s Spring 2013 Ad Campaign

Salvatore Ferragamo Spring 2013 - Raquel Zimmermann photographed by David Sims

Raquel Zimmermann is consummately elegant, and her appearance in Salvatore Ferragamo’s Spring 2013 ad campaign only reinforces that. Photographed by David Sims, the campaign also stars the chiseled (seriously, I think his cheekbones could possibly cut diamonds) Sean O’Pry. The team sought to portray a kind of timelessness and intensity while displaying Creative Director Massimilliano Giornetti’s collection with a set consisting of a seasonless sky and salty vegetation among black, windswept sand.

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The sleek Ferragamo clothing (styled by Marie-Amélie Sauve) among the somewhat barren landscape is a story in contrasts in the menswear shots in which O’Pry models colorful jackets in fiery red hues. In the womenswear shots, the clothes and the landscape are much more complementary, but I think both versions work beautifully.

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On another note, is anyone else dying over how amazing that cream trench is? Because I know I can’t be the only one. I’m just going to pretend that I’m Raquel Zimmermann for a second – that way I can be wearing that trench, and I’ll have a better chance of finding Sean O’Pry if I’m in that sparsely populated landscape with him.

Images courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo.

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Link Buzz: Kate Lanphear Joins T Magazine; Tom Ford Will Show in London

  • Kate LanphearIt’s been confirmed: Kate Lanphear is joining the T Magazine team. Take a look at how the news broke on the interwebs. [Style.com]
     
  • Tom Ford has decided it’s okay to be like everyone else. He’s staging “a regular, real show” during London Fashion Week next month. [Fashionologie]
     
  • Why can’t we all just be happy with what we’ve got? Here’s a look at all the hard work caused by hair envy. [Naturally Curly]
     
  • Love editor-in-chief, Katie Grand’s collection for Hogan is now available online. There’s a good chance you’re going to want to shop it. [She Finds]
     
  • If something is made of rayon, don’t say it’s made of bamboo. It could end up costing you a lot of money – we’re looking at you Macy’s, Amazon and Sears. [Fashionista]
     
  • 2012 was the first time in history that tattooed women outnumbered tattooed men. Kind of amazing, right? Here’s a peek at the history of women and tattooing. [The Cut]

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Claire Danes Has Crazy Eyes on the Cover of Elle’s February Issue (Forum Buzz)

Elle February 2013 cover - Claire Danes by Carter Smith

Anyone who ever watched an episode of My So Called Life will forever have love for Claire Danes, but it’s hard to get past her crazy-eyed stare on the cover of Elle’s February issue. Her eyes seriously look so crazy they make it difficult to focus on anything else on the cover (for me anyway). 

Kokobombon posted, “That is one loony and intense stare, maybe she’s channeling her character in Homeland. I’m so glad she got the cover!” she added, despite the odd image.

“What did they do to my dear Claire?” asked LolaSvelt. “She looks like she stepped out of White Chicks,” she wrote, pulling out a Wayans brothers movie reference from 2004.

“I love Claire, but this is so bad – cluttered with text, super zoomed in picture of her, poor styling. Fail,” HeatherAnne concluded.

My only consolation here is that the editorial images within the magazine aren’t nearly as bad as the cover. But I still think there's a chance Claire’s gaze may haunt me as I try to go to sleep tonight.

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Images: fashiongonerogue.com, elle.com

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Australian Models Continue Their Domination of the Spring 2013 Campaigns

Three months ago, it was about who had the punchier collection; now it’s whose campaign makes best use of an Australian model. The photographic ads for Hedi Slimane and Raf Simons’ debut collections for Saint Laurent and Christian Dior, respectively, have now both been released, with both designers inadvertently fueling their media-fabricated rivalry by choosing local faces to front them. This comes after model of the moment Ruby Jean Wilson’s domination of both the Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton campaigns.

Slimane’s black and white shots of Julia Nobis for ‘Part 1’ of his campaign garnered mixed reviews from the forums, with his choice of model finding more favour than his monochromatic photography style. For Simons’ campaign, he’s chosen Willy Vanderperre to lens and six-foot Brisbane stunner Nicole Pollard to star alongside the comparatively exotic Daria Strokous, Marie Piovesan and Anna Martynova.

Pollard was booked as a Dior exclusive for the label’s Spring 2013 show in Paris, in which Julia Nobis also walked. The surrealist photographs are a massive departure from Dior circa Galliano, but even those of the opinion that they look less like a fashion campaign and more like screengrabs of a Stepford Wives video game can’t argue that choosing relatively unknown faces is an inspired move for a revamping brand.

Removed from the supposed feuding but not from the obsession with local faces is Valentino. Photographer Sarah Moon shot the Sunshine Coast’s Codie Young, who excels at looking pasty and a bit drugged in the best way possible, in a ghostly campaign created in a Parisian studio. 

Images: Dior.com & Valentino.com

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Shanina Shaik is Australia’s Latest Genetically Blessed Reality TV Success Story

Reality television protégé Shanina Shaik is making a nice career out of looking divine in next-to-nothing. After placing second in Make Me A Supermodel back in 2008, she’s landed successive gigs for Victoria’s Secret alongside fellow antipodeans Miranda Kerr and Jess Hart, and now sizzles in the pages of Australian Vogue’s January 2013 issue.

Taking athletic swimsuits by Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors and Jets for an off-road test drive, Shanina is yet more proof that killing it in a modeling competition shot for reality television doesn’t always end careers before it starts them. Parading around in brightly-coloured lycra and things held together primarily by sequins and underwire is no doubt her vocation, but it’s not hard to see her making an equally sizeable splash in RTW. Shanina modelled for labels such as Shipley & Halmos, Catherine Malandrino, Ann Taylor and Jason Wu in New York before walking in the Chanel Pre-Fall 2012 presentation in Paris. She has also featured in advertisements for General Pants, RMK, Revlon, Seafolly and Urban Outfitters.

The Vogue shoot was lensed Todd Barry on the New South Wales Central Coast, with barely-there makeup and tousled hair courtesy of Kellie Stratton and a really unfair genetic code. 

 

Images: Chic Management

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