For Diesel's Pre-Fall 2014 campaign, designer Nicola Formichetti tapped his frequent collaborator, photographer Nick Knight, to create "a pop amalgam of the classical, the digital and the real." The duo pulled inspiration from the history of art — from painters like Titian and Tiepolo and photographers like Richard Avedon and Diane Arbus — to create the images below, which are suffused in ethereal light, like so many classical paintings. The digital influence is also evident in the splintered effects and the hyper-Photoshopped quality of the photos.
Two days ago, Australian model Robyn Lawley posted a fitspo selfie (above, right) to Instagram, showing her bare torso along with the caption: "The best kind of exercise? The one when you jump and dance around like there's no tomorrow to awesome music!!"
Lawley is one of today's top plus size models, with credits in Vogue Italia, Vogue Australia and a number of campaigns for brands like Ralph Lauren and H&M. The 24-year-old has also made headlines for her views on the thigh gap phenomenon ("dangerous") and the lack of body diversity in the fashion industry. Earlier this year, she gave an interview in which she expressed frustration with the "plus-size" size moniker: "People say, 'How is she a plus-size model?' and I'm like, 'Exactly, this is the point, how am I a plus-size model?'"
Lawley might be seething right now. On Instagram, commenters have lashed out at the model for posting the selfie above. A selection of the responses:
Although the shot does show a more conventionally-toned physique than what we typically see in Lawley's photos (the lingerie photo above was posted to her account in April), the difference might be a matter of angles and lighting. However, the fitspo-style caption does make it seem that Robyn was acknowledging and showing off the changes to her shape, which plenty of young women do every day, without facing the nearly same level of scrutiny. Lawley looks great, but the response she got from commenters illustrates her point about 'plus-size' being a pernicious term — it's just another way for people to police models whose bodies don't fit into the fashion mold.
Sølve Sundsbø has replaced Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, who photographed previous Giorgio Armani campaigns for several seasons, for the Italian fashion house's mainline advertisements. This time around, we see models Marikka Juhler and George Alsford fronting the Fall 2014 campaign. Photographed against a green backdrop with slicked back hair and effortless styling, Marikka is letting the clothes do the talking in the first image which surfaced earlier today, via WWD.
The first image hopefully sets the mood of the entire campaign because our forum members cannot seem to get enough. "Stunning. Thank god Armani changed the photographer & can't wait to see more," enthused burbuja8910.
"Absolutely divine. It's the first time I find myself liking an Armani campaign. Can't wait to see the rest!" commented Thefrenchy.
HeatherAnne is also on board: "I can't even recollect any recent Armani campaigns, but this is indeed a striking and memorable portrait."
As is TREVOFASHIONISTO, who suggested Marikka's presence for Armani was a long time coming: "Marikka is a vision in print, definitely fits the Giorgio Armani aesthetic."
Await the full campaign and join the discussion within the thread here.
Burberry released its Fall 2014 campaign via Facebook earlier today. The British fashion house stuck with Mario Testino to photograph the campaign which includes Cara Delevingne, Suki Waterhouse, Malaika Firth, Callum Ball, Tarun Nijjer and Oli Green. The Brits are shot in a studio against a clean backdrop whilst moving and interacting towards Testino's lens for the final campaign images.
However, the campaign has fallen flat with our forums members. "I would be able to look through the usual abysmal lack of creativity if it was just Malaika and the guys, but of course they snuck those two annoying bobbleheads in. Burberry's campaigns are just the worst," commented Marc10.
"It should have just been Cara and Malaika. The others are just not working here. I'm so over their 'cool young things' approach. It's dry and extremely boring," shared GivenchyHomme.
HeatherAnne suggests Burberry campaigns are always the same and are in desperate need of a revamp: "Same ol' snoozefest."
Thefrenchy was in the same frame of mind and wrote, "Bloody boring! How ugly the clothes look too."
Check out the full campaign, watch a behind-the-scenes video and join the discussion here.
The American artist Ron Isaacs constructs these exquisite installations, which take on the appearance of vintage dresses blooming with tree branches and leaves, entirely out of plywood. He paints the layered compositions with acrylic paint to create a trompe l'oeil effect, which creates an illusion that the wood is actually fabric.
From his artistic statement, which was published on ThisIsCollosal.com:
See more of Ron Issacs' work here.