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Louis Vuitton Sticks With the Checkerboard Motif for their Spring 2013 Campaign (Forum Buzz)

Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 ad campaign photographed by Steven Meisel

Everything Marc Jacobs does seems to be semi-controversial in the Fashion Spot forums, so it’s no surprise that the ad campaign for Louis Vuitton’s graphic checkered Spring 2013 collection received mixed reviews from forum members. It is worth noting, however, that the positive seemed to outweigh the negative, and (most) forum members were willing to give credit where it was due.

Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 ad campaign photographed by Steven MeiselFeaturing a whopping eight(!) models (Athena Wilson, Nastya Kusakina, Janice Alida, Magdalena Jaesk, Ruby Jean Wilson, Tian Yi, Ji Hye Park, and Bria Condon) the campaign, which was photographed by Steven Meisel, echoes the motif that permeated the collection and runway presentation. Jacobs chose the young models and specifically paired them with their “twins” to heighten “the message of repetition and the repetition of patterns.” Something not unfamiliar in the world of Louis Vuitton (Damier check anyone?).

“I hated the collection, but this campaign is the perfect way to advertise it,” Mockingbird conceded. “I'm in love!”

Fashionlover2001 wrote, “Love the campaign; it's well executed. The yellow and white checkerboard set draws you in.”

Style Savvy was among those who didn’t care for the campaign. “The collection is the ugliest I've seen in years so didn't expect much from the campaign. This gives me a headache,” he commented.

Jelavender was in the same boat. “I honestly dislike this collection as well as the styling too much to even appreciate this advertisement,” she remarked. “Good photography is not enough to salvage the hideous clothes.”

I understand the impulse to critique, but I kind of love this campaign. Whether or not I want to wear the clothes, I love the repetition, I love the models and their doubles (who coincidentally kind of make you do a double take to ensure they are not in fact the same person), and I love the mod Sixties styling. I also love that the tone of the colors is so bright and punchy. Whether you love or hate this, you kind of can’t avoid looking at it.


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I Dare You to Watch this Victoria’s Secret Holiday Video and Not Be Charmed

Victoria's Secret cast Candice Swanepoel, Miranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes, Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge, Lindsay Ellingson, and Erin Heatherton in its holiday video, which shows the models lighting holiday candles, putting presents under the Christmas tree, and hanging wreaths — all while wearing red lingerie with fluffy white trim (as you do) and singing "Deck the Halls."

If this sounds like the stuff of your holiday commercial nightmares, it's not. You're welcome to try and hate-watch, but I'll take a picture of myself in one of VS's stupid minature Santa hats if you aren't smiling by the end. 

[via Fashionologie]



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Oscar De La Renta and Cathy Horyn Kiss and Make Up

ODLR and Cathy Horyn images via WENN

I'm not sorry to have to report the news that Oscar de la Renta and Cathy Horyn have kissed, made up, and moved on from the meat feud which bloodied (sry) NYFW Spring 2013. We'll always have the memories. 

If you don't remember what happened, here it is in two sentences: After becoming offended by several perceived slights (including a reference to the designer as a "hot dog") to his work and reputation in fashion critic Cathy Horyn's New York Times column, Oscar de la Renta took out an ad in WWD's print edition, calling Horyn a "stale three-day-old hamburger." (That's the quote of the fashion year!*) Cue uproar, both parties elaborating on their statements in not entirely helpful ways, and new [Yves] Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane getting himself tangled in the crosshairs by calling the fashion writer a "schoolyard bully" (among other things) on Twitter.

These meatscapades were fun (I guess?) while they lasted, but we shouldn't count on any future protein-rich name-calling. Horyn sat front row at the designer's Pre-Fall show yesterday, wearing an Oscar de la Renta dress. According to WWD, she even popped in backstage before the show, to wish the American designer luck. "I read every single article she writes on fashion," said ODLR, in another astonishing display of maturity. Look at that, people can change. 

* I know that parenthetical makes it three sentences. Hate me, it's fine. 



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Cat Get Enough: Rejected Titles for ‘Cat Lover’s Gift Guide’

Working Title: Gift Guide: Cat Lady

Proposed Alternatives:

  • Holiday Gift Guide: Crazy Cat Lady
  • The Ultimate Cat-tastic Gift Guide
  • What to Get the Girl Who Loves Her Cat to Death
  • She's On Everyone's Shopping List: Gifts for the Cat-aholic In Your Life
  • Lucky for Your Fave Cat-aholic, Cat-Inspired Gifts Are Everywhere Right Now
  • Merry Catmas Karl! Choupette Would Totally Pounce on this Gift Guide
  • Meowy Christmas! Purr-fect Gifts for the Crazy Cat Lover
  • The Pawsitivly Purr-fect Present Fur the Cat-aholic In Your Life
  • We're Totally Feline These Gifts for The Girl Who Loves Her Cat to Death
  • The Time to Buy Your Crazy Cat Lover Friend a Gift Is Right Meow
  • Pounce On These Purr-fect Catmas Presents

Shockingly, none of these titles were used. Final version:  Love Me, Love My Cat: The Feline Fan's Gift Guide

Image: TFS mascot Nika's cat, Carl

Previously (even more cat coverage):

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Link Buzz: NYC Fashion People Are So Happy for Wang (Mostly); Who Was 2012′s It-est ‘It’ Girl?

  • Anna Wintour, DVF, and most other people think Alexander Wang is going to do a bang-up job at Balenciaga. More anonymous members of the American fashion community are … not convinced. [Fashionologie]
  • Is grunge hair cool again? Sort of, but if you have to phrase the question that way — then no, not exactly "cool."  [BellaSugar]
  • The it-est 'it' girls of 2012: Who's the fairest of them all? [FabSugar]
  • Beyonce got a $50 million contract with Pepsi because that's totally something Beyonce would do. [FashionETC]
  • Lea Michele shared January's Marie Claire cover with Adobe Photoshop CS6. [DailyStab]
  • Dita Von Teese's debut dress collection is nice. Yup. [SheFinds]

Image via Getty

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Check Out Alexander McQueen’s Shoe Designer’s Shoe Collection

A woman can never have too many shoes…or, more to the point, any kind of accessory in general, right? There’s one designer you need to have on your radar: Gaetano Perrone. For those of you who regularly swot up on your fashion knowledge, you’re already familiar with the name and know that he’s currently the shoe designer for Alexander McQueen and Corso Como Russia. On the other hand, you may not have realized that he actually launched his own label back in the spring and, yes, it's fab!

Gaetano Perrone's Design Inspirations

Initially, it was working alongside Antonio Berardi which opened Perrone’s eyes to the limitless creative opportunities to be had whilst designing handmade shoes. Later, whilst leading the shoe design department at Salvatore Ferragamo, he learnt how to inject classic products with freshness and modernity. For his own label, Perrone has taken these design experiences and combined them with influences from his own southern native origins to create shoes to help women feel feminine yet strong. To get a feel for what we mean, check out a few choice picks from his AW/12 and SS/13 collections: 

Images: Gaetano Perrone

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