Dolce & Gabbana tax evasion case is pretty confusing. Maybe this will help shed some light? [The Cut]
I think we can all agree that the will-they-or-won’t-they-go-to-jail aspect of this
The Sopranos actor James Gandolfini passed away on Wednesday at age 51. Here’s how we should remember him. [Vulture]
In happier news, Rachel Zoe is reportedly preggo! Could it be a girl this time? [Fashionologie]
Karl Lagerfeld has officially been turned into a video game character. It was only a matter of time. [Fashionista]
Also only a matter of time? Tom Ford's launching of a Men’s grooming line. All you men out there are going to look so handsome. [WWD]
- Had a few too many last night? (We've all been there.) Here’s a way to wipe that hangover off your face. [She Finds]
GUESS? has released its new campaign for the Fall/Winter 2013 season, starring models Gigi Hadid, Natasha Barnard, Megan Williams, Kate Bock, Gui Fedrizzi and Jacey Elthalion. Shot by Raphael Mazzucco in Joshua Tree, California, the images show the denim-clad models looking cool and badass while posing on motorbikes and hanging out in the desert, and most likely also provoking major hair envy. Under the creative direction of Paul Marciano, GUESS? continues to stay true to its youthful, laid-back and sexy signature style while adding an array of vintage Americana influences. The campaign features several strong denim on denim looks, overalls, jumpsuits, moto styles and jeans in various shades of indigo.
The images actually remind me of my favorite GUESS? campaign series with model Megan Ewing from the early 00s. And although we have seen GUESS? successfully venture into doing more glammed up celebrity campaigns and trying other concepts multiple times, this campaign shows what may currently work best for the brand. With a convincing model cast and just the right mood for the transition from Summer to Fall, this campaign has a wonderful vibe to it that sets it apart from other commercial fashion brands campaigns.
Why does a brand as established as Burberry feel the need to copy another designer? Probably because everyone does it and it is becoming more and more accepted? It is not just Zara, H&M and other fast fashion retailers who copy entire looks from Prada and Celine these days, a lot of renowned fashion houses also take inspiration from their colleagues. And it seems Burberry Prorsum is another example par excellence for a luxury house doing just that. Christopher Bailey presented his Spring 2014 collection for Burberry Prorsum during Men’s Fashion Week in London this week. And although the collection received mainly positive feedback on the tFS forums, several commenters found it audacious how blatant the resemblance was to Prada.
Thefrenchy also thought the collection looked too inspired by Prada Fall 2013 and stated that it was a “poor interpretation of Prada FW13… One of his most boring collections to date…”
fashunviktim agreed and asked, “Why would [Christopher Bailey] so blatantly copy Prada? I mean it has only been 5 months since that collection and the advertisements are just starting to run?”
(My cynical answer to that would be that since Burberry’s collections are up for pre-order on their website instantly after the runway show, the resemblance to pieces currently being seen in a Prada campaign, and therefore being hot and trendy right now, can only be a good thing!)
Pricciao focused more on the collection itself rather than on where it took inspiration from and commented, “I don't mind he takes the idea, because it's a good concept to be continued. And it's comfy, light, and full of joy. Well done.”
And 5 8 6 also liked it because it looks like Prada. He wrote, “First time I've ever liked something from Burberry Prorsum. I do see some similarities with Prada latest collection, that's probably the reason why I enjoy this so much.”
“Looks good! Reminds me a bit of Marni and Prada but it's solid,” added Mutterlein
It is safe to say the verdict is obvious here. While Bailey created an enjoyable collection that has no real flaws in terms of design and styling, the resemblance to Prada’s Fall 2013 (and also Spring 2012, in my opinion) collection cannot be ignored. In the end, will it matter that it references Prada? Once the individual pieces hit the stores, they will probably be flying off the shelves nonetheless as this has everything it takes to make a customer happy.
Juicy Couture tracksuits are not exactly the epitome of sexiness, but when you have two flawless models like Andreea Diaconu and Edita Vilkeviciute modeling for your campaign, you might as well put them in leopard tracksuits and they will still look hot as hell. Photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, the theme for the campaign is “sexy and wild,” according to WWD and shows the two models posing lasciviously on a pink sofa. Like last season, a collage-like effect was used on the images, which seems to set off the models from the background. Opinions about the images were divided on the tFS forums, with Elfinkova having been the first to voice one of the most popular opinions. “Love the cast, hate the outcome,” he wrote. Teaars (“Andreea and Edita, two of the hottest girls in HF, unfortunately I hate the images themselves, the colors are nice though…”) and Moofins (“The cast is stellar, the images are tacky”) both agreed. And zacatecas570 added, “This could have been a great campaign, the cast is great, the set is cool, but the poses are just so awkward they look so uncomfortable!”
TREVOFASHIONISTO commented, “For two sexy girls I don’t think they mesh well in these shots. I prefer Edita and Magdalena together. I do love the colors though.”
“*enters thread* sees velvet tracksuits *leaves thread*,” wrote Marc10.
With two of the released campaign images featuring the same leopard velvet tracksuit and one of the eyewear shots showing Edita wearing a leopard top, I found all the leopard and velvet to be overkill, too. But I cannot deny that Edita and Andreea are beautiful and sexy enough to pull this off and still look great. The campaign seems to heavily focus on the velvet tracksuits and accessories, probably a smart marketing move, with the tracksuits being Juicy Couture’s signature pieces and accessories being known to always sell well for most brands. While past campaigns featured more fashion forward pieces from their collections, this seems to be going back to the roots and illustrating the brand’s identity more obviously. And for further proof of the two models’ sexiness, watch the campaign video below.
On set of The Originals, Phoebe Tonkin is currently pregnant with a hybrid-werewolf baby. But at last week’s 2013 Women In Film Awards in Los Angeles, presented by Max Mara and W Magazine to honour True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld, Tonkin assured us the storyline was purely to drive ratings.
The Sydney actress wore a black Max Mara onesie with tapered legs and three-quarter sleeves, belted at the waist and teamed with nude patent heels. Hot pink lips and a few errant flyaway strands coming out of her otherwise sleek ponytail keep things young and fresh. Sure Phoebs is a 5’10” knockout who got her start modeling for Girlfriend, Teen Vogue, Dolly and, er, advertisements for the Vauxhall Meriva, but this is a look that even those of us with real human DNA could appropriate for our own wardrobes.
Phoebe also features on the cover of Miss Vogue Australia this month. She tweeted a preview of the cover last week with the caption “Baby’s First Vogue”. We’re sure there are many more covers to come. And that by “baby” she’s not referring to any surprise offspring.
Images courtesy of EVH PR and Vogue.com.au