Ever look at your closet and think "this is a downpayment for a nice house, 2 cars and 2 dogs" before thinking "I have nothing to wear"
— bryanboy (@bryanboy) December 19, 2013
Nope, doesn't happen to me.
Nope, doesn't happen to me.
Fashion photography has been about sex ever since Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton made it that way. Then Tom Ford came along and shaved the Gucci logo into a woman's pubic hair at a campaign shoot; that's when fashion became about pornography, too.
And today, more and more of the industry's top photographers are drawing their inspiration from Internet porn (Terry Richardson is the most obvious example here, but we should also cite American Apparel CEO Dov Charney, who shoots many of the brand's advertising images himself and has helped take the aesthetic mainstream).
So that's where the [extremely NSFW] 'Fashion or Porn' game comes in: Milan-based publication NssMag created a browser game to help you test whether you can tell the difference. Frankly, I'm awful at it. My highest score was 2/40 — granted, the game cuts out if you get a single answer wrong, but I've played at least ten different times. You try.
The idea is simple. A man dining with a beautiful woman and her wearing beautiful designer clothes. But when that woman is a legendary supermodel and the man is the designer himself, the result, surprisingly, is far from being visually appealing, as demonstrated by Jason Wu in the ad campaigns for his Spring 2013 and Fall 2013 collections. First it was Stephanie Seymour who was selected as the rendezvous of Wu in Spring 2013. For Fall 2013, Wu casted Christy Turlington, and the unnatural posing and Jason Wu’s bad modeling skills could not have made for a more awkward series of images.
Despite the lack of enthusiasm and positive feedback for the last two campaigns, Wu holds onto the concept for this season. This time it’s Karen Elson who has the pleasure of dining with Wu and showcasing some bad table manners by lasciviously lolling on the bench while the food seems untouched. Members of the tFS forums were not excited at all.
“This is a joke, right?” asked anlabe32.
Urban Stylin put it simply: “This would have been nice minus him.”
“For the 3rd time in a row?!?!?! Jesus!!! This is just sad, he wants to be in all ads, just give the focus to women, and models, for them to aspire to, next season he should just wear the collection himself, being self-centered as he is…” ranted miguelalmeida.
“I hated the first one, I hated the second one, and I hate this one, too. It's a shame because I thought this collection was really nice, but this awful campaign does it zero justice,” agreed beedonaldson.
ALAUU also expressed discontent with the idea here and I could not agree more with her. “Okay, please get over this concept. If it didn't work the first time or the second time, it sure as hell isn't going to work the third.”
For his final campaign at Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs didn't underplay his hand, tapping six iconic muses that in many ways defined his tenure at the French luxury house. Catherine Deneuve, Sofia Coppola, Gisele Bündchen, Fan Bingbing, Caroline de Maigret and Edie Campbell were photographed portrait-style by Steven Meisel in New York and styled (by Karl Templer) in the Spring 2014 collection, with the brand's quintessiantial accessories mixed in throughout.
“It was a very emotional shoot, and I find this shows in the images,” Vuitton's communications director told WWD. “It’s not a melancholic campaign. It’s really celebrating women who inspire Marc.” Yes, but clearly it's also celebrating aspirational leather goods.
The campaign will drop in February magazines.
Photos via Vogue.co.uk.
Christmas party season is well and truly in full swing and last night saw London's fashion cohort flocking to cosy The Lady Ottoline pub in Camden, North London, for the Love Magazine Christmas celebrations with designer Neil Barrett.
In true Christmas spirit, 24 year old model Daisy Lowe arrived in festive fairy attire with large feathered angel wings to complement her silk satin camisole dress with tulle skirt and glistening Nicholas Kirkwood sandals.
The ivory ensemble worn with tousled curls and red lips showed just how effective white and light tones can be in winter as she lit up the dance floor alongside singer Florence Welch who wore a daring sheer Marios Schwab pantsuit.
The much anticipated recipients of the British Fashion Council’s NewGen scheme for 2014 have finally been announced. Helping London based emerging designers to develop their talents in the form of financial aid and mentoring, it’s an invaluable project that all developing designers hope to be part of.
This year’s judging panel included Caroline Rush, the Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council, Designer Mary Katrantzou, and Kate Phelan, Topshop’s Creative Director, amongst a handful of other integral members of the fashion world.
Next year, the scheme will be mainly sponsoring the emerging designers Simone Rocha, Marques Alemeida and Lucas Nascimento, which will help towards their London Fashion Week catwalk shows. In addition, Ryan Lo will receive funding towards a presentation during Fashion Week.
(Left: Designer Simone Rocha, Right: Simone Rocha FW 13-14 runway)
We’re super excited to see what the emerging designers will bring to the table next year, and if you think of NewGen’s previous beneficiaries, like Christopher Kane or J.W Anderson who have gone on to be very successful and gain international recognition in the world of fashion, only good things are on the horizon for the new batch of NewGen recipients.
As Topshop is a sponsor of NewGen, we’re sure that we’ll be seeing high street collaborations with these emerging designers in the near future too.
Images: Daniel Deme/WENN.com Imaxtree