Two pieces of Miu Miu news today:
For the label's Resort 2014 campaign, Blue is the Warmest Color stars Léa Seydoux & Adèle Exarchopoulos were photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for a five ad series.
The film (which won the Cannes Palme d’Or in May and was just released in the U.S.) received inordinate pre-release attention due to its Cannes success and supposedly graphic lesbian sex scenes.
Miu Miu's campaign plays on the film's sexy reputation, highlighting the two leads' "candid chemistry." From a statement to WWD: "The background wall in baby pink and girlish styling of the collection contrast with the actresses’ seductive presence."
Unrelated/related: The label has just announced a partnership with fragrance giant Coty, Inc. The Paris-based beauty company will develop a Miu Miu-branded line of prestige fragrances, slated to debut in 2015. In a written statement, Prada Group CEO Patrizio Bertelli suggested that move was part of a broader strategy to expand the Miu Miu brand:
“The agreement with Coty, an internationally recognized reference in the luxury fragrance market, marks a major step forward in Miu Miu's development plan. I am therefore sure that, leveraging on Coty’s know-how and Miu Miu’s strong identity, this partnership will be a worldwide success of mutual satisfaction to both companies.”
Fashion retailers are always competing to secure the best collaborations and we’ve just learned of two forthcoming campaigns that sound extra exciting.
Next with Kendra Spears
Originally discovered through a MySpace competition, Princess Salwa Aga Khan, as she’s now also become known since marrying the billionaire Prince Rahim, has just landed Next’s A/W13 campaign. Move over Kate Middleton as here’s another royal who’s ranking very high in the style stakes right now. The stunning model is the new face of the British retailing giant and can be seen showcasing Next’s key pieces for fall, which includes gorgeous lace dresses and must have silky jump suits, perfect for the party season ahead. The collection goes on sale online at Next
on October 31, and is punted as one of Next’s best yet.
Net-A-Porter with Trish Summerville
For those of you who don’t already know, Trish Summerville is the fabulous costume designer behind the award winning movie The Hunger Games
and following in the footsteps of other costume designers like Janie Bryant, who created a special Mad Men
inspired capsule collection for Banana Republic, Trish has gone and done the same. Only this time, it’s a breathtaking Hunger Games
collection which is available at Net-A-Porter
Don’t worry that the collection is going to emulate the movie's overly flamboyant costumes. Instead, pieces that could translate down to high street tastes were chosen. Get ready for a mix of elegant sheer dresses and edgy leather trousers which are available to buy at Net-A-Porter site as of November 21.
image credit: Facebook Numéro via the tfs forums
Photogrpaher Stéphane Sednaoui shot Italian top model Mariacarla Boscono for a surreal and visually striking Numéro cover. The November issue of the French edition shows the high fashion icon surrounded by surrealistic elements and effects, wearing a gorgeous Lanvin gown from the Fall 2013 collection .
The cover pleased non-fans and Mariacarla’s hardcore stans alike and received mostly positive responses on the tFS forums.
“She is one of those models I will never get tired of. Stunning, can't wait to see the editorial,” noted GarageGlamorous.
“Beautiful, phenomenal, striking, stunning and cinematic. These are the adjectives I came up with just looking at the cover,” gushed Kanna.
TREVOFASHIONISTO called the cover “gorgeous” and justaguy loved it and said that it is a “beautiful shot of [Mariacarla]”.
Indeed, the cover is unique and powerful. Mariacarla looks mesmerizing and ravishing and to me this cover is on a whole other level. Other forum members also pointed out this was unlike most Numéro covers.
“I adore this, it's a departure from the usual headshots that make the cover,” wrote atomicblue.
And LRlovesDaria encapsulated, “This is obviously the best Numéro cover of the year, the queen is coming to amaze.”
Naomi Campbell Covers, Preliminary version (left), Final version (right) / Images: FACEBOOK.COM/MARCIN-TYSZKA
When photographer Marcin Tyszka first posted the preliminary version of his Vogue Thailand November Issue cover, featuring Naomi Campbell, some commentators observed that the supermodel's skin had been heavily airbrushed and made to appear lighter. Outrage quickly reached fever pitch and within a day, Tyszka shared a statement saying his choices were stylistic and did not reflect any kind of racism.
(You can read the photographer's full statement here: Was Naomi Campbell’s Skin Whitened for Her Vogue Thailand Cover? Photographer Marcin Tyszka Responds.)
The publication has since released the final version of the cover (above, right), which shows the supermodel with unmistakably darker skin.
We reached out to Vogue Thailand for comment, and their Editor in Chief, Kullawit Laosuksri, sent back a statement*. His remarks:
"The cover shot of Naomi Campbell was taken in Paris by Polish photographer Marcin Tyszka, whose signature style is pastel, with light (natural) soft colours created by using lighting techniques and make-up for his results. In his own words he explains, “Naomi is always super sexy – our idea was to create the Prada ‘60s look – more natural– pastel – sweet – soft.”
It was an incredible opportunity for me to work with such an icon as Naomi Campbell and we were so pleased that she agreed to grace our November cover. We chose Naomi because she represents a strong, intelligent and beautiful woman and we did not enhance or need to enhance her looks in any way.
We at Vogue Thailand believe in the universal beauty of women and I have had a chance to work with so many gorgeous women such as Liu Wen, Carolyn Murphy, and Coco Rocha as our cover models, and to be able to add Naomi into our portfolio is something that I am very proud of."
It's true that accusations of racism are quick to go viral, and online publishers will sometimes manufacture outrage to boost the appeal of a story. Still, all over the world, skin tone factors into the beauty standard (not least of all in Asia, where the skin whitening industry is projected to reach nearly $20 billion within the next five years) in a way that propagates white, Eurocentric beauty ideals and excludes many women of color.
Vogue Thailand says it didn't enhance Campbell's looks in any way. We should take the publication at its word, but acknowledge that showing a famous black supermodel in a photo with lighter skin does send a message, unintended or otherwise. Fashion magazines have a lot of influence and produce powerful images that shape society's understanding of what's beautiful and desirable — and they should take responsibility for it.
*This article has been modified. The original version included a statement by Vogue Thailand's digital editor, Tachol Kajornmasabus. She has since retracted her statement.
image credit: metro.co.uk
Kate Moss covering an issue of British Vogue is hardly something to write home about. This is her 35th appearance on the cover of the UK edition. What makes it a hell of a lot more exciting is not just that the cover was shot by Tim Walker but most of all that the fashion content of the December issue was guest edited by none other than John Galliano.
The cover itself was not met with a lot of praise on the tFS forums. Most members found the cover shot to be weak but had high hopes for the content.
Vogue28 analyzed, “Even though it's Kate Moss on the cover (which I'm thankful for), I'm underwhelmed with the cover as a whole. She's hidden under a mass of feathers (Vogue Paris October 2009's cover shot was way better), and at first I found it hard to make out her pose. The text placement is decent but still doesn't do the cover any justice. This is nothing compared to Kate's cover shot for the December 2008 issue — now that was December cover brilliance. The lack of character and depth is evident here.”
“Always love seeing Kate on the cover and lovely to see Galliano as the guest editor. He looks great in that preview shot. It's going to be a terrific issue,” wrote Jelavender.
image credit: metro.co.uk
And Marc10 noted, “I don't love the cover (she looks a bit cross-eyed), but isn't the preview something! Galliano guest editor? By Tim Walker? Major.”
“She does indeed look cross eyed, this is a very bad cover although the issue looks interesting. The editorial preview is nice, I'm not a fan of the hair,” co-signed GarageGlamorous.
And jeffandtheworld found that “that pic with Galliano would make a lovely cover,” which I completely agree with. It would have been a bold move and it would have embodied the British fashion focus of this issue perfectly. Like most tFSers, I can’t wait to see what Galliano came up with for this issue.
image credit: womenmanagement.tumblr.com via the tfs forums
German model Anna Luisa Ewers is one of the models starring in Prada’s Resort 2014 campaign, which was shot by Steven Meisel. The blonde beauty, who often gets compared to original German supermodel Claudia Schiffer, made her debut in the Fall 2013 runway season, walking for Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney, Giambattista Valli and Valentino. She continued in the same vein this season and snagged a runway semi-exclusive at Alexander Wang in New York and ended the season with a flawless showlist.
As always in the case of Prada campaigns, the model cast was the essential point of discussion on the tFS forums.
“Oh love this! Anna looks fantastic, she has this sensual allure that really works with the mood of the collection and the image captures that perfectly. Hope to see Malaika in this too,” expressed Marc10 his thoughts on the casting.
But anlabe32 disagreed. She posted, “Why her? She's really boring. Hoping for Julia Bergshoeff and Amanda Murphy. Can't say much about the shot yet, but it looks really crowded.”
Melancholybaby made no fuss about the model and simply remarked, “It looks quite good…especially the set design. Reminds me of Daria [Werbowy]'s Fall 2003 campaign.”
“For some reason I thought of [the Fall 2003 campaign] too. I'm really liking it. Hope to see more models in it, looks pretty promising so far,” stated mackos.
I agree with the observation that this image is reminiscent of the Fall 2003 campaign (see the iconic campaign here) and find this image to be unusually strong for a Resort campaign. It’s not unreasonable to assume more models have been cast for this campaign, so stay tuned for more images from the campaign and follow the discussion on the tFS forums.