After photographing Daria Werbowy for the brand's Spring 2014 ads, Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott have made a welcomed return to shoot Salvatore Ferragamo's Fall 2014 campaign. This time around, the Turkish duo shot models Mariacarla Boscono, Amanda Muprhy, Suvi Koponen and male models Felix Hermans and Jason Anthony to don pieces from Ferragamo's latest collection. Set against a saturated background of purple and blue skies before a field of vibrant flowers, the campaign is slated to surface in major fashion titles soon.
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Members of theFashionSpot forums are undecided about which model stands out. "All I can see is Amanda. Suvi is so out of place with that hair… Seeing blond bothers me for the first time ever, but it just doesn't work," comments Creative.
"MCB stole the show once again, Amanda looks like she's in pain and Suvi is meh…" wrote Mrs.T.
Wolkfolk is biased towards Amanda Murphy and posted, "Amanda is the star here for me. I don't know if it's the red lips (besides being utterly gorgeous as always) but my eyes go straight to her and only her."
"As odd as it may sound, I think they all work well together. But once again MCB just steals these two shots but overall I love this," enthused TheoG.
Forum member valliaddict is undecided, however: "I really like the setting, but the styling and cast seem so disjointed. You have Suvi with blonde hair, Amanda with red lipstick and MCB with a matte face all in one shot. It makes no sense. I think they should've just given everyone their own shots and not put them together."
Who's your favorite? Or do you love them all together? Check out the full campaign and join the discussion here.
Lindsey Wixson is Vogue Japan's August 2014 cover girl (curiously mislabeled in the image below as July 2014). Giampaolo Sgura photographed the American model who stands before a white background wearing a sequined dress from Saint Laurent's Fall 2014 collection, which was styled by Anna Dello Russo. Wixson, Sgura and Russo have worked together before on numerous projects, so it's no wonder we're seeing Wixson score her second cover of Japanese Vogue.
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Forum member burbuja8910 suggests Sgura's previous covers for Vogue Japan haven't been up to scratch and wrote, "Finally a good cover [from] Sgura."
"It's a cool cover for VP. I actually like it," enthused fashionlover2001.
"Every month I [expected] to see one thing and that Chiharu… I should stop getting my hopes up. But I don't mind the cover, not really all that fond of Giampaolo photography. The font doesn't bother me, I guess it's what gives Vogue Japan identity and the fact that it's in Japanese," shared TheoG.
The attitude soon changed within the thread when MoniqValentino posted, "Ohh , I don't like it. Everything is bad for me. I'm not a fan of Lindsey, and this font is horrible…"
"I guess I have a problem with a white background on a cover. Terribly boring. Awful dress. I don't mind the Vogue font but this is simply not the type of cover that I like," commented Valentine27.
Await the contents of the issue inside the thread and post your own opinion here.
Closing out Men's Fashion Week in Milan was Vivienne Westwood, who put forth a lively selection for the guys next spring. The show wasn't without its usual quirkiness and we know Dame V. loves a tall topper–but we think this piece she dreamed up for Fall 2015 might be particularly appealing to a certain Mr. Pharrell Williams, who will not rest until he wears every version of her now-iconic mountain hat.
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Skateboard P. can't be expected to roll around all summer wearing that heavy felt fabric. And as a man with pretty badass style, he's certain to want to switch up his swag every once in a while. This straw top hat from Westwood's Spring 2015 collection is pretty much calling his name. "Pharrell, baby when we hitting the BET Awards?"
It's the perfect accessory for one of those short suits he's so crazy about.
Primark is in hot water again after a 25-year-old shopper found a controversial hand-stitched label reading "forced to work exhausting hours" sewn into her dress.
After buying her £10 floral dress from the high street bargain store, Rebecca Gallagher told the South Wales Evening Post, "I was amazed when I checked for the washing instructions and spotted this label. To be honest I've never really thought much about how the clothes are made. But this really made me think about how we get our cheap fashion. I dread to think that my summer top may be made by some exhausted person toiling away for hours in some sweatshop abroad.”
Primark’s AW14 campaign gives the brand a far more luxury look. (image: Primark)
This is not the first time Primark’s ethics have come under scrutiny after the global brand had to pay out $9 million to victims earlier this year after one of its Bangladesh factories collapsed on workers in April 2013. Following the incident, there were protests in the UK questioning the working standards upheld by the brand.
When and where this label came to be sewn into the dress is unclear at this time, but regardless, it is not a positive sign for the store.
A spokesperson for Primark responded to Vogue UK today regarding the matter: “We find it very strange that this has come to light so recently, given that the dress was on sale more than a year ago, with no other incidents of this kind relating to this dress. We would be grateful if the customer would give us the dress, so we can investigate how the additional label became attached and whether there are issues that need to be looked into. Primark's code of conduct sets out the core principles that suppliers and factories must follow to ensure products are made in good working conditions, and that the people making them are treated decently and paid a fair wage. We inspect each factory to ensure it is meeting the code and support it by providing guidance and training when issues are identified. Primark is a member of the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI), and our code is based on the ETI base code."
It goes without saying that Paul Hardy is one of the most successful fashion stars to come out of Calgary over the years. He’s running a multi-million dollar gambit and his clothing has been worn by the likes of Kate Hudson, Alanis Morissette and Jennifer Hudson. Hardy is a big deal, which is why it makes perfect sense for him to partner with the Calgary Stampede to create a western retail experience unlike any other.
Spawning the new retail concept, CS Mercantile Collection, Hardy has put together more than 1,000 new pieces, ranging from a custom-designed Wrangler baby line to sterling silver necklaces, vintage-inspired belt buckles, home décor and bold urban-western apparel. Drawing from his years of experience as a personal shopper for Holt Renfrew, he spent months pouring over archival photographs provided by the Stampede, before pulling strings and utilizing his personal contacts to secure some of the pieces. Really, he’s acting as the curator or creative director of the collection, if you will, painstakingly putting together pieces that preserve the Stampede’s tradition, yet providing a modern update.
“I expect many of these pieces will be included into one’s wardrobe year round," says Hardy on the Stampede's blog. "There is a deep appeal to those who embrace style regardless of age, regardless of where you work or play, regardless of where you live.”
Hardy ensured his choices balanced out the latest 21st Century retail trends with respect for the institution’s history. As he tells the Calgary Herald, some of his favourite pieces include “designer cowboy boots from Mexico, cheeky T-shirts from Los Angeles and pop-art paintings of historic First Nations chiefs by Calgarian Jane McCloy Pierce.” I think it’s also worth remembering that in 2012, Hardy designed a commemorative white hat for the 100th anniversary of the Stampede and the 50th anniversary of the white hat, making him no stranger to the boot-stomping, dirt-kicking, yee-hawing ways of the west.
The lineup launches online on July 2 and at three locations on the grounds in time for the 2014 Calgary Stampede — if you happen to be one of the lucky ones who get to go.
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The much-awaited Louis Vuitton Foundation, a new museum just outside Paris in Bois de Boulogne, is set to open its doors on October 27. The 126,000-square-foot building designed by Canadian architect Frank Ghery (who was recently tapped for Louis Vuitton's 'Icons and Iconoclasts' project) will house LVMH's corporate art collection, with space for 11 galleries and an auditorium for events and special performances. The building, which cost about $136 million to build, is supposed to resemble a glass cloud.
The Foundation is a testament to the luxury conglomerate's financial success over the years, though officially, the institute's purpose is to "encourage and promote contemporary artistic creation both in France and internationally,” rather than showcase the glory of LVMH. LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault has been very involved, telling WWD that “this a small payback to the public, and to our employees."
The very first exhibition will be quite close to the building's history: it is to be devoted to Ghery's architectural contribution to the Foundation. You'll be able to catch it for free at the institue for the first three days after its opening, as LVMH is inviting the public to reserve complimentary tickets to the museum.
“[The Foundation] will express the artistic, cultural and emotional values, as well as the art of living, promoted by Bernard Arnault and the LVMH Group," said LVMH advisor Jean-Paul Claverie. "But it is truly a charitable foundation, devoted to the public as a whole,” he notes. How might a multi million-dollar glass building you'll have to pay to get into be a gift to the public? Claverie says that LVMH has only a 55-year lease on the building, essentially making it a gift to Paris.