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Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2014 Campaign: ‘Steven Klein + Kate Moss = Instant Love’ (Forum Buzz)

Alexander McQueen Spring 2014 by Steven Klein

image credit: prnewswire.co.uk via the tfs forums

The Spring 2014 campaign season is slowly but surely wrapping up. Only a few major brands are left to release their campaigns. And out of those, Alexander McQueen was one of the most highly anticipated ones. The collection itself was anything but well-received on the forums, and fashionistas were eager to find out if the runway pieces would look better in print. They do. In a fabulous campaign shot by Steven Klein and starring none other than Kate Moss (and a McQueen-clad doll version of her!), the outfits spring to life. 

Alexander McQueen Spring 2014 by Steven Klein

image credit: style.com via the tfs forums

“WOW! Kate looks divine and the mood plus the set looks incredible! Another proof that Steven Klein is the master of fashion advertising!” gushed miguelalmeida

Anlabe32 explained the obvious success of this campaign. “Steven Klein + Kate Moss = instant love and yes, this looks brilliant,” she perfectly put.

“I’m more interested in that doll and its mini McQueen ensemble. Miniature dresses always get me…” admitted Street_a_Licious.  

And UpperEchelon nicely summed up. “I was so wrong when I thought no one would make me like this collection. The photos are perfect, the overall mood is amazing. The hair looks odd at first sight but it fits perfectly with the rest. This obscure feeling never fails to make me fall in love with Klein's work.”

Weird yellow hair, a creepy dark mood and mini-Kate, what else could you ask for. Spectacular!

Alexander McQueen Spring 2014 by Steven Klein

image credit: style.com via the tfs forums

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What Are They Talking About? Inside the Dreamy, ASMR-Inducing World of Lanvin’s Spring 2014 Campaign

Featuring a troika of nearly indistinguishable models, all three ghostly pale and white-haired, posing in jewel-toned lamé against a solid black background, Lanvin's Spring 2014 campaign is a witty reversal on the French fashion label's Fall 2013 ads, which starred bright-eyed Brit Edie Campbell playing six different characters to great effect. Last season's ads were packed with personality; this season's are (almost) devoid of it. 

The print campaign comes to life in the video component (below); the clip captures the models slipping into their poses, while a hushed, mysterious conversation plays in voiceover. Sample dialogue: "It is a glossy texture, rich and smoooooth. I think it is one of the most exceptional things I've ever tried." 

Here is how the brand described the concept in an email we received this morning: "A discussion in a room that lacks time, place, context and meaning. Very black and white but in total colour. What are they talking about?" This is meant to be a baffling question, but I'm pretty sure I've figured it out: They are talking about chocolate truffles.

But who are they? That question turns out to be the more puzzling one, because details of casting were wholly left out of Lanvin's promotional materials (full creative credits, however, were listed). According to the forums, the womenswear models are Irene Hiemstra, Julia Nobis and Sasha Luss; the male models have not yet been identified.

The campaign was photographed by Steven Meisel, with creative direction by Ronnie Newhouse and Stephen Wolstenholme of House and Holme. The trio has been working with Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz since the beginning of time, and were behind the label's many advertising successes, including the Fall 2011 retro dancing video (which went viral) and the Fall 2012 campaign, which replaced fashion models with so-called real people.

[UPDATE: It has come to my attention that this video functions as a trigger for people with ASMR, a condition characterized by a tingling in the scalp and spine in response to specific, whispery sounds — like the voiceover in the Lanvin video.

ASMR (and the YouTube subculture surrounding it) saw a spike in media attention last year. Listen to a few seconds of this popular ASMR vlogger, and see if you don't notice an uncanny similarity to Lanvin's latest ad.]

All images courtesy Lanvin

PreviouslyEdie Campbell Models Lanvin’s Fall 2013 Collection (Forum Buzz)

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A Crime Against Prada? Carey Mulligan Reveals Her Oscars Fashion Secret

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Carey Mulligan may not look like a red carpet renegade but when it comes to Oscar performances, her behaviour at her first time at the awards in 2010 went unnoticed until she revealed a little secret to Vogue.com about her dress.

Given the chance most of us would probably feel petrified in Prada couture and praying that not a thread went out of place, Carey’s attitude however was a little more nonchalant as she divulged how she drunkenly attacked the black beaded strapless gown she wore to the 2010 Academy Awards.

"When I went to the Oscars – the only time I've ever been to the Oscars – a few years ago, I wore this Prada dress covered in cooking utensils," Mulligan told the outlet. "I got drunk at the end of the night and started ripping them off and giving them as presents to people, so that was fun. I'm pretty sure that was the point of it, that's how Miuccia meant for it to go I'm sure."

The mishap must have slipped Miuccia’s mind when she went on to create Carey’s costumes for The Great Gatsby, or perhaps she was prepared for it given the reckless nature of Carey’s character, Daisy Buchannan.

Luckily for Prada, the English actress is not attending this years awards as the Academy failed to give any her nominations for her performance in Inside Llewyn Davis. The film, written and directed by the Coen Brothers, has its UK release today.

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Ondria Hardin Looks Cute on Her Very First Vogue Cover (Forum Buzz)

image credit: fujisan.co.jp via the tfs forums

image credit: fujisan.co.jp via the tfs forums

On her first Vogue cover, Ondria Hardin looks undeniably cute. And it’s very obviously not her fault the cover itself fails to make an impact. Shot by Giampaolo Sgura and styled by Anna Dello Russo, the Vogue Japan March 2014 cover is just too predictable. (As Miranda Priestly in A Devil Wears Prada would say, “Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.") Needless to say, tFS forums members were not impressed. 

“God, the layout and that [Dolce & Gabbana dress] are just horrendous", noted teaars.

And Kite commented, “The photoshopping around the "V" & "O" is really annoying me. She looks cute though. That Dolce collection is EVERYWHERE.”

Indeed, there are many things wrong with this cover. And as pretty as she looks, Ondria does not exactly exude a happy, cheerful spring mood here. 

justaguy further elaborated, “If this is supposed to be a pretty cover with the theme of flowers, they should have softened Ondria's makeup and had her smile. I think they might have pulled it off better. Other than that, typical VJ cover with too much text drowning the cover subject.”

I couldn’t agree more with him. Is this cover the result of too many clashing ideas? By this lackluster cover we are definitely not convinced. Next!

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Anna Maria Jagodzinska’s Comeback is Becoming a Reality (Forum Buzz)

Anna Maria Jagodzinska in OMEGA Lifetime Magazine

image credit: newagemodels.pl via the tfs forums

About three months ago, tFS forum members discussed that top model Anna Maria Jagodzinska was rumored to be preparing her comeback. Now the popular Polish beauty’s return to the fashion world is becoming a fact. With an enchanting advertorial for the Olympia collection by OMEGA Watches, the model is sending clear signals that she’s ready to come back with a bang.

“I love the editorial! She looks so beautiful! I'm so excited to see new work from her!”, posted wickedcrazyness in the model’s thread.  

Luxx added, “Wonderful to see that she's coming back, she's still one of the most beautiful girls in recent memory and so elegant in her pictures.”

Forum member Dona further reports that Anna Maria recently shot for Vogue. We cannot wait to see the outcome. Welcome back, Anna Maria! 

Anna Maria Jagodzinska’s Comeback is Becoming Reality (Forum Buzz)

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Vivienne Westwood’s Handmade ‘Ethical Africa’ Collection is Now Available on ASOS

Vivienne Westwood may have become somewhat synonymous with British fashion thanks to constantly setting the fashion scene alight with her quirky creations over the years. She is also widely recognized for her own flamboyant sense of personal style but sometimes, people forget about all of the hard work that she does to help charities and promote ethical fashion.

Image: VivienneWestwood.co.uk

Image: VivienneWestwood.co.uk

Westwood’s latest venture is called, Ethical Africa. It’s a collection created from all things recyclable such as unused leather cut-offs and reused roadside banners, and it’s all been created in Nairobi, Kenya by women in communities affected by extreme poverty. It’s also collaboration with ASOS, so, you can peruse the entire collection and perhaps snap up your very own ethical piece over on the ASOS site.

The collection starts from around £58 and features perfectly on-trend rucksacks, as well as handy totes or clutches. And of course, each of the designs have been finished in some way with Westwood’s signature motif. So, the pieces are perfect for the Westwood fan that also likes to do their own bit for charity.

Images via ASOS 

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