Ferragamo's Fall 2012 campaign video is set in my favorite place I've never been to, and also never really thought about before: the Russian embassy in Berlin.
Fashion photographer Mikael Jansson captured the building's opulent, old world interior and included flashing glimpses of the surrounding city, which is undergoing rapid changes. A quick Google Image search informs me that visitors were once-upon-a-time greeted with a bust of Lenin.
The Italian fashion brand skipped the embassy's weird Soviet story to tell a different kind of tale. The Fall 2012 campaign riffs on the increasingly popular costume drama, casting Kate Moss, Sean O'Pry, and Karmen Pedaru entangled in a web of mystery, seduction, and desire…in pre-revolutionary Russia? Just kidding about the last part.
There may be no Romanovs this time around, but the video's definitely still a treat.
When it comes to fast-fashion/designer collaborations, Target has long been a trailblazer. Since launching its Go International program in 2006, the retailer has launched a series of successful fashion collections from major international designers like Rodarte, Thakoon, and Missoni, setting the standard for diffusion lines. Earlier this year, the brand dismantled its Go initiative and launchedThe Shops at Target, a rotating installation of celebrated retail boutiques offering exclusive products.
The Shops at Target is a cool concept, but the national chain's newest project aims to top all of its past successes. The retailer has joined forces with upscale department store Neiman Marcus and 24 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) designers to create an epic holiday line.
The Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection will launch on December 1, and will be available at all Target and Neiman Marcus locations and online. There's a wide range of participating designers, from the established (like Carolina Herrera, Derek Lam, Diane von Furstenberg, Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Tory Burch) to the more cutting edge (Alice + Olivia, Altuzarra, Band of Outsiders, Brian Atwood, Lela Rose, Marchesa, Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone, Rodarte). Each designer created between one and three pieces for the collection, and prices will range from $7.99 to $499.99, with most items coming in at under $60.
Even though this collection is great for both Target (partnering with Neiman's will cancel out a lot of the quality concerns many people have about fast-fashion collabs) and Neiman Marcus (Target's hip-to-the-times brand will help the decades old department store update its faintly stuffy image), it'll be even better for the rest of us — and I'm not talking about the chance we'll have to to knock out our holiday shopping in one fell swoop. Since there are so many CFDA designers participating, this collaboration is a kind of snapshot of the current state of American fashion — maybe more than any NYFW we've ever seen.
Ivoire de Balmain was first introduced in 1979 and has become the brand’s most well known fragrance. This August, the label will relaunch a modern interpretation of the scent as part of its new licensing agreement with InterParfums. Of course, with a new scent, or in this case an old scent made new, an ad campaign is in order. Unfortunately, the image shot by David Sims missed the mark with forum members.
In this campaign, the label presents today’s Balmain girl with her face half-concealed in the shadow of her fedora, and her naked back turned to the camera. The image is supposed to be mysterious and alluring, but instead it seems a little silly and lacks the glitz and glamour that most people would associate with today’s Balmain.
“It's like a Valentino ad, except the mansion's been repossessed and the expensive clothes have been sold, so they're making do with a fancy kitchen wall for their background and a big hat to hide the shame,” tigerrouge analyzed. “The most expensive thing about this campaign is probably the price-tag mark-up on the product. As for the mysterious allure of the model, with that pose, she looks like she'd be capable of getting lost in her own house. And I don't know about anyone else, but I certainly don't have fantasies about standing in the corner of a room with half my clothes off,” she concluded.
All I can think is, who stole her shirt?! She’s obviously not in the middle of getting dressed or undressed because the shirt would naturally go on before the fedora, or come off after the fedora. Or did she actually trade her shirt for the bottle of perfume? It doesn't look like the trade was worth the trouble. The model just looks kind of sad and vulnerable, and I would wager a guess that that’s not the intended effect of the image. "Get this perfume! It will leave you cowering in the corner!" No thanks.
In what is their most significant artist collaboration since Steven Sprouse created his graffiti bags for the brand in 2001, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has teamed up with Louis Vuitton to create a collection that features bags, shoes, dresses and other apparel covered in her bold signature spots. Creative director Marc Jacobs first met the artist, who is now 83 years old, in her Tokyo studio in 2006 while he was filming the documentary Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton, and he was immediately drawn to her energy, innovation, and passion for creating art.
To promote the capsule collection, Louis Vuitton will be rolling out seven pop-up shops. Some will feature her psychedelic polka dots as decor, while other shop designs will be inspired by Kusama’s famous pumpkin sculptures. The first shop is set to open inside New York’s Louis Vuitton boutique on July 10, two days before Kusama’s touring retrospective opens at the Whitney Museum of Modern Art. Pop-up shops in Asia, Paris, and London will follow. The shops will be open for one to two months, so plan to get in while you can if you’re able. Even if only to take it all in, it’s sure to be a memorable sensory experience.
Empress of Dress agreed: “I like what I see so far. I can see this becoming a huge trend!”
The collection officially launches July 10, with a second installment hitting stores in October. If you love polka dots and love a collectible, then now is the time to buy. Here's a look at the entire collection so you can plan accordingly before hitting a pop-up shop near you.
Lara Stone's been the face of Calvin Klein since Fall 2010. That's a long time — in the commitment-phobic fashion industry, it's practically a common-law marriage. And maybe Lara will get bored of repping the same label time and time again, but I can't imagine that Calvin Klein will ever want to let her go. Most high fashion models mystify the masses and most commercial models bore industry people to death, but Stone's looks are so shattering that no matter who you are, her appeal will neither mystify nor bore. If I were in the brand's position, I'd do exactly as Calvin Klein does — dig my nails in Stone's arms and never let go. Currently, the model's starring in all but one of the brand's print campaigns: Calvin Klein Collection, CK Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Jeans, CK Calvin Klein Watch & Jewelry, and Calvin Klein Fragrances. CALVINKLEINCALVINKLEINCALVINKLEINCALVINKLEIN
If you don't really get what all the fuss is about, the image above is from the most recent crop of Calvin Klein Collection ads, photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Stone totally nails the sexually suggestive (okay, I'll say it: degrading) pose which is practically compulsory in the world of aspirational fashion campaigns, but still keeps things glam. I'd have maybe cropped out the male model's creepy lower body, but at least this image doesn't veer into Terry Richardson-style "young naive lured into a seedy basement" territory. Still not sure whether rolling around in dry leaves and debris is really a good way to care for your Calvin Klein leather skirt, but I'll let it slide.