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Third Time’s Not The Charm – Jason Wu’s Campaign Concept Fails Again (Forum Buzz)

Jason Wu Spring 2014 by Inez & Vinoodh

image credit: models.com via the tfs forums

The idea is simple. A man dining with a beautiful woman and her wearing beautiful designer clothes. But when that woman is a legendary supermodel and the man is the designer himself, the result, surprisingly, is far from being visually appealing, as demonstrated by Jason Wu in the ad campaigns for his Spring 2013 and Fall 2013 collections. First it was Stephanie Seymour who was selected as the rendezvous of Wu in Spring 2013. For Fall 2013, Wu casted Christy Turlington, and the unnatural posing and Jason Wu’s bad modeling skills could not have made for a more awkward series of images

Despite the lack of enthusiasm and positive feedback for the last two campaigns, Wu holds onto the concept for this season. This time it’s Karen Elson who has the pleasure of dining with Wu and showcasing some bad table manners by lasciviously lolling on the bench while the food seems untouched. Members of the tFS forums were not excited at all.

Jason Wu Spring 2014 by Inez & Vinoodh

image credit: facebook.com/jasonwu via the tfs forums

“This is a joke, right?” asked anlabe32.

Urban Stylin put it simply: “This would have been nice minus him.” 

“For the 3rd time in a row?!?!?! Jesus!!! This is just sad, he wants to be in all ads, just give the focus to women, and models, for them to aspire to, next season he should just wear the collection himself, being self-centered as he is…” ranted miguelalmeida

“I hated the first one, I hated the second one, and I hate this one, too. It's a shame because I thought this collection was really nice, but this awful campaign does it zero justice,” agreed beedonaldson.

ALAUU also expressed discontent with the idea here and I could not agree more with her. “Okay, please get over this concept. If it didn't work the first time or the second time, it sure as hell isn't going to work the third.”

 

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Marc Jacobs’ Final Campaign for Louis Vuitton: Catherine Deneuve, Sofia Coppola, Gisele Bündchen

For his final campaign at Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs didn't underplay his hand, tapping six iconic muses that in many ways defined his tenure at the French luxury house. Catherine Deneuve, Sofia Coppola, Gisele Bündchen, Fan Bingbing, Caroline de Maigret and Edie Campbell were photographed portrait-style by Steven Meisel in New York and styled (by Karl Templer) in the Spring 2014 collection, with the brand's quintessiantial accessories mixed in throughout.

“It was a very emotional shoot, and I find this shows in the images,” Vuitton's communications director told WWD.  “It’s not a melancholic campaign. It’s really celebrating women who inspire Marc.” Yes, but clearly it's also celebrating aspirational leather goods. 

The campaign will drop in February magazines. 

Photos via Vogue.co.uk.

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Daisy Lowe Takes a Turn as the Christmas Fairy

Celebrity Sightings In London - December 17, 2013

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Christmas party season is well and truly in full swing and last night saw London's fashion cohort flocking to cosy The Lady Ottoline pub in Camden, North London, for the Love Magazine Christmas celebrations with designer Neil Barrett.

In true Christmas spirit, 24 year old model Daisy Lowe arrived in festive fairy attire with large feathered angel wings to complement her silk satin camisole dress with tulle skirt and glistening Nicholas Kirkwood sandals.

The ivory ensemble worn with tousled curls and red lips showed just how effective white and light tones can be in winter as she lit up the dance floor alongside singer Florence Welch who wore a daring sheer Marios Schwab pantsuit.

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NewGen’s 2014 Designer Recipients Revealed

The much anticipated recipients of the British Fashion Council’s NewGen scheme for 2014 have finally been announced. Helping London based emerging designers to develop their talents in the form of financial aid and mentoring, it’s an invaluable project that all developing designers hope to be part of.

This year’s judging panel included Caroline Rush, the Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council, Designer Mary Katrantzou, and Kate Phelan, Topshop’s Creative Director, amongst a handful of other integral members of the fashion world.

Next year, the scheme will be mainly sponsoring the emerging designers Simone Rocha, Marques Alemeida and Lucas Nascimento, which will help towards their London Fashion Week catwalk shows. In addition, Ryan Lo will receive funding towards a presentation during Fashion Week.

British Fashion AwardsSimone Rocha catwalk

(Left: Designer Simone Rocha, Right: Simone Rocha FW 13-14 runway)

We’re super excited to see what the emerging designers will bring to the table next year, and if you think of NewGen’s previous beneficiaries, like Christopher Kane or J.W Anderson who have gone on to be very successful and gain international recognition in the world of fashion, only good things are on the horizon for the new batch of NewGen recipients.

As Topshop is a sponsor of NewGen, we’re sure that we’ll be seeing high street collaborations with these emerging designers in the near future too.

Images: Daniel Deme/WENN.com Imaxtree

 

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Link Buzz: Beyonce, Beyonce, Beyonce, Beyonce

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  • Whatever ever has happened to you this year, it pales in comparison to the radical and exciting life lived by Beyonce's hair. [BellaSugar]
     
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  • A bunch of things you should pack for your holiday trip home, if you want to avoid being an underdressed and unloved loser. [FabSugar]
     
  • Speaking of, here's an excellent essay on the politics of looking sloppy, and how being underdressed sometimes only translates to "chic" if you're young, white and thin. [Jezebel]
     
  • Nail polish sales have plateaued. Oh no, what does Beyonce's hair have to say about it? [AdAge, Fashionista, Refinery29, Jezebel]
     
  • In other dying trends, did anyone actually buy and wear those much-hyped pink coats? An investigative report. [Telegraph]
  • Here's a very sad story about a copywriter who died after working 30 hours straight. [Gawker]

 

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Designer Copycats: Was This Erdem Pre-Fall 2014 Look ‘Inspired by’ Valentino’s Fall 2013 Collection?

Images: Facebook/ErdenRTW (left) / IMAXtree (right)

Images: Facebook/ErdenRTW (left) / IMAXtree (right)

Since we were on the subject of fashion plagiarism, I popped over to the always enjoyable 'Outfit look-alikes' forum thread, which documents instances of designer copying.

One particularly striking recent example: A black dress with multicolor floral overlay from Erdem's Pre-Fall 2014 collection (above, left), which resembles a runway look from Valentino's Fall 2013 show (above, right).

Floral overlay has been a running motif throughout Erdem's past few collections (the label even showed a couple fairly similar black pieces for Fall 2013) and in many ways, this Pre-Fall look represents a natural aesthetic progression for the label. Still, the Valentino item is one of the best-known from that collection, and the similarities come down not just to the basic silhouette and idea of the dress, but also to the distinctive white tuxedo-style collar. 

Erdem declined to comment. 

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