Surprise, everyone! Cara Delevingne is fronting yet another fashion ad campaign – this time for Mulberry. Inspired by the English countryside (a recurring theme for this British brand) the ads are shot in photographer Tim Walker’s signature whimsical style. Somewhat reminiscent of the Fall 2012 campaign featuring Lindsey Wixson among Wild Things-esque creatures, this set of images was shot at the 18th century Shotover House in Oxfordshire, where set designer Shona Heath created a dark, moody, owl-filled indoor forest. This Brothers Grimm-like campaign was art directed by Ronnie Cooke Newhouse.
Once the full campaign emerged in the forums, forum members were completely smitten. Elfinkova in particular had some high praise. “Wow Cara actually looks great here,” she shared. “Like Karlie [Kloss], I think she's at her best when she isn't doing over-the-top 'fierce' poses. She's stunning in print with soft, natural posing. I'm sure this will sell like hotcakes due to her presence, but regardless the sheer loveliness of this campaign would leave anyone reaching for their checkbook.”
Kanna was also pleasantly surprised. “This is unexpectedly great, because I am neither a fan of Cara's nor have I been impressed by Tim Walker for Mulberry yet, but this is going to be the first campaign to be my favorite. The owls are cute,” she laughed, “and Cara looks to be well-suited for this.”
Like Greenway said, “Mulberry has beautiful campaigns time and time again and this doesn’t disappoint.”
Between the clothes, set, and talented team who put it all together, it almost doesn’t matter who the model is. Almost. We all know Cara’s having her moment. We might as well enjoy it with her.
Images via Mulberry.
With Men’s Fashion Week underway and models hitting the runways once again, discussion has flared back up in the forums regarding diversity (or the lack thereof) in the fashion industry. What most notably struck up the conversation was the casting of the female models at Prada’s Spring 2014 Menswear show. Casting Director Ashley Brokaw picked four women of color (out of the twelve who were cast) to walk the show: Leona “Binx” Walton, Marina Nery, Tamila Naser, and Malaika Firth. Considering Prada’s not-so-hot track record with racially diverse casting, the runway selections for this show were notable.
Clockwise from top left: Leona “Binx” Walton, Marina Nery, Tamila Naser, and Malaika Firth. Images via IMAXtree.
Forum members were pleased, but not fully convinced that this casting is a sign of consistent change for future collections.
“Cast at Prada was really top notch, four female models of color (!!!) pretty amazing if you ask me," teaars commented. "Would hope to see the same kind of casting for the womenswear RTW show.”
Marc10 wrote, “Prada was indeed great… but I can’t help but wonder if it was only because of the collection’s mood or if they’re really embracing diversity.”
“Is Prada finally feeling the heat after all those articles sprung up about the lack of diversity on the runways?” HeatherAnne asked. “I'll save my praises for them and Brokaw until after I see their Spring 2014 show,” she added.
Cold is also adopting a wait-and-see attitude. “I'm cautiously optimistic,” she shared. “I hope this isn't just one of those instances where they felt more daring since casting for menswear isn't as amplified as womenswear.”
Another concern with Prada was the racial ambiguity of the selected models. Since the women featured are so light-skinned, Seaj didn’t really find the casting to be cause for celebration. Intern22 disagreed, arguing that non-white models come in many shades, and that this is still something of a victory.
What do you think? Are casting directors taking a step in the right direction? Or could this all just be a one-off to placate the recent outcries against fashion’s lack of diversity? The debate rages on in the forums: read more here.
Everything in fashion is a matter of opinion, but Kate Upton's fourth Vogue cover, for the Brazilian edition's July 2013 issue, is surely her best yet.
The cover above appeared in the tFS Forums as a snapshot preview yesterday afternoon; shortly after, Vogue Brazil posted an authorized version to their website. Upton was photographed by Henrique Gendre and styled in Miu Miu by Luis Fiod.
The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover girl has previously appeared on the cover of Vogue's American, British and Italian editions. Though her trajectory from men's magazine model to fashion darling has attracted a number of detractors (the "bombshell" look can be unpopular among many model junkies, who tend to prefer the more unusual beauty of runway models), her consistently strong editorial work is making it increasingly difficult to dismiss her.
Remember a few weeks ago when I posted a story about retailers that ship to Canada (for free or cheap)? No? Well go here a moment to read it… You're back? Good. Because I now have another fashion focused website to add to that list: Boohoo.
Originating across the pond, Boohoo showcases trend-led and affordable fashions taken directly from the streets and runways in the UK and made available for purchase within a matter of weeks internationally. They've now launched in Canada and, to get the party started, invited media fashionistas to preview the collection at a pretty in pink soiree.
Since summer is officially upon us, I was particularly interested in the Pure White collection, which is all about light and whimsical fabrics and styles helping shoppers get that perfect summer weekend-away look at an unbeatable price. The May Pocket High Rise Short, the Eden Mesh Detailed Neck & Hem Top and the Louise Tie Low V-Back Netted Prom Dress. All of these items retail for less than $50, but in case you're looking for something with that little added je ne sais quoi, the Boohoo Boutique is an exclusive, limited-edition line that when it's gone, it's really gone.
But aside from the clothing, do you know what the best part of the event was? I got to grill the Boohoo sales and marketing team on their shipping and customs costs to Canada. Here's what I learned: As of July 1 there will be free shipping and no duty taxes on all orders over $25 to Canada. This is because, as I was told, the company is willing to take the hit and leverage the loss against other destinations (like Australia). I'm patriotically convelling for both Britain and good ol' Down Under right now!
British department store Selfridges is always at the forefront of the most creative fashion campaigns, so when it came to the launch of its new denim collection, they just knew that they had to do something innovative that had never been done before.
Selfridges decided to go beyond the photograph and opened up its studio’s doors to three hundred people all with their own cameras. As the models, which included one of the most sought-after models of the moment, Jourdan Dunn, showcased the finest of the collection’s denim pieces, the crowd snapped away. The end result? A mosaic inspired picture comprised of the crowd’s shots. Well done Selfridges for creating the world’s first ever co-created denim campaign.
Selfridges Denim Campaign
Selfridges believes that denim represents democracy in fashion, it always looks stylish and never goes out of fashion but in order to spice up its denim offerings for this season, Selfridges got some of the world’s leading designers on board, which includes Stella McCartney, Richard Nicoll and Alexander McQueen. The designers have chosen some of their own signature pieces and reinvented them in denim to form the Denim Lovers collection. Plus, it’s not just apparel that’s being transformed, as it also includes homeware and accessories.
Stella McCartney has chosen to make over her own Falabella shoulder bag in denim, £695, whilst Roland Mouret has transformed his Contrast strap dress, £995. Collaborations like these just make denim all the more cool to wear.
You can check out the end result of their denim campaign or even shop the collection on Selfridges’ site.
Jared Leto for Candy by Terry Richardson. I vote wide-eyed love. [Forums]
Street style from the men's shows because this Wednesday is superior to other Wednesdays. [FabSugar]
Chloe Sevigny has never been underrated. This is not something she has in common with tangerine lipstick. [BellaSugar]
Newly-minted actress Natalia Vodianova wants to play Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face. Drea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dream. [Fashionologie]
"Mommy, tell me the story of Brooke Shields' early career again while we walk in the sand." – Quinoa [My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler Daughter, h/t Fashionista]
The Period Store is a monthly delivery service. The "discreet box" is packed with "period products, monthly 5×7 inspirational art work, gourmet sweet of the month, 2 tea bags and 3 medicine packs." (The service has a blog called "The Periodical.") For that special guy in your life. [SheFinds]
Marc Jacobs and Kidult are skirmishing again and I only barely care. You try. [Telegraph]
Maybe you just need to listen to Natalie Imbruglia's Torn over and over and over again, all day. Maybe. [YouTube]