One Direction Nail Polish; Anti-Bullying PSA

Awareness comes by any means and travels by any communication route, the purpose being to get more coverage, to get more people involved and carrying. The Anti-Bullying Campaign is something of wide concern and implication and although I applaud the One Direction commercial initiative, I don’t see how it will impact on the matter itself. But maybe you can help me see more sides to this story?

The new generation’s boys band par excellence, One Direction, teamed with Office Depot for a nail polish collection carried on through a PSA to be played at all and every concert they sustain on the US soil (and perhaps even further the US borders?). Together against bullying includes more than just nail polish, but that’s what caught my eye more than anything. Pens, stickers, notebooks, they’re all available through your nearest Office Depot store.

One Direction nail polish

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Juicy Couture New Fashionable Ad Campaign By Inez & Vinoodh

Clearly a far cry from the company’s last ad campaign which featured Karlie Kloss and an outdoor setting, the new Fall 2013 Juicy Couture ad campaign with fashion’s new hot model Andreea Diaconu and Edita Vilkeviciute look surprisingly good. For a fashfitness lesson.

What’s fashfitness? I will try to explain it the best I can as I just came up with the word and seems like an honest, representative concept for countless occasions. Including this one. Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele styled the two girls in a series of up and down, curved, bent and all around gymnastic-y poses for Inez and Vinoodh‘s cameras that try to set an entirely new standard of defying gravity and comfort in the name of fashion photography.

Juicy Couture fall 2013 ad campaign

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Everybody Loves Louis Vuitton! Even Buddhist Monks!

In other LV related news of the day: have you seen the word of the internet as of two days now? It’s fashion related but it really triggered a world of response and not all of it positive. It involves Louis Vuitton luggage and a couple of Buddhist monks, a jet, some mirrored sunglasses, iPhones and worldly possessions that would normally describe fashionable individuals.

But wait, they’re monks! Something’s not right here, is it? Countless news outlets hurried up in releasing statements with regards to the temptations of the monks or their rules of conduct. But that doesn’t change the simple truth: a Louis Vuitton monogram bag is just as appealing to a humble Servant of (any) God as it is to mere mortals, fashionable or not. Yes, this may not be your regular preach&teacher Buddhist monk but they sure live connected to the world. (hit the jump to watch the actual video)

Buddhist monk Vuitton bag

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Marc Jacobs Exits Vuitton, Enters Beauty With Makeup Collection

Rumor has it – again – that Marc Jacobs is going to leave the house of Louis Vuitton. Because we all know that fashion is but a glittery game of smoke and mirrors, this could very well be just a maneuver to rise the popularity of LV to never before attained peaks of commercial frenzy or it could simply be true. In which case…

Let’s discuss the arrival of a new beauty line at your local Sephora (on online, for those of you who don’t have one nearby): Marc Jacobs Beauty. A line of 122 products from eye shadows to nail polish (oh, I wish I could test those, just out of curiosity – as I previously stated, nail polish became my most recent addiction).

Marc Jacobs cosmetics through Sephora

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The Perfume Of The Year: Balenciaga Florabotanica

Just a couple of days ago I mentioned a thing or two about the rumors swirling around Robert Pattinson’s perfume campaign for Dior. Today, it’s his girlfriend’s turn to take the spotlight. Before you ask: yes, they’re still together, some gossip outlet reported they were caught walking together hand in hand.

Remember that awkward, silly ad campaign with Kristen Stewart as the spokesperson of Balenciaga’s Florabotanica perfume? Everything seemed to really work against it: the backdrop, the model, her aura, her dress, the same worn by Jennifer Connelly in a season’s past ad campaign. And still, the fashion world has its own rules and judgement as the Fragrance Foundation Awards designated Florabotanica as the Fragrance of the Year and also received accolades as the Best Packaging of the Year. Well I’ll be …? See, if I wrote this piece before the one disputing the aesthetic of Tom Ford’s Fall 2013 ad campaign for women, I would’ve known better than to impose my perspective as the just one! Pffff

Balenciaga Florabotanica perfume advertising

Tom Ford Ad Campaign For Women. Really?

And if so, what’s wrong with this fall’s advertising? Are the general trends so hideous as to deliver the intoxicatingly unhappy imagery out for the media to praise and glorify? Is this a new height of snobbery and elitism to produce a clearly blunt and poorly inspired initiative that would allegedly help in selling fashion goods?

I have no Front Row invite to lose, no freebie to gain by saying it as it is: if this indeed proves to be Tom Ford For Women Fall 2013 ad campaign, it was done while he was away, on a desert island, cuffed to a giant rock, blindfolded and earplugged. All his senses numbed beyond compare and even so, he’d had no excuse for producing, signing and backing this imagery as his own.

All three graces photographed in this ensemble, Soo Joo Park, Herieth Paul and Gemma Refoufi could’ve been, should’ve been, would’ve been, if it hadn’t been… this Ka-Pow! (on a side note: pink makeup is definitely happening! hurray for pink!)

Tom Ford Fall 2013 ad campaign for women

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Garance Dore Is Going Retail With Marc O’Polo

Chances are that you may not be aware of it, but the next logical step in a fashion blogger’s curriculum, beyond the First Row&Backstage Pass&Freebies, is a fashion collection. For some fashbloggers, this is their lifelong dream come true.

Garance Dore, however, is not your average fashion blogger. She’s fashblogging royalty, the blue blood of street fashion photography pours through her veins and keep us inspired with her ever-so-funny and witty approach. For those of you who were literally living under a stone and weren’t au courant, Garance Dore and Scott Shumann aka the Sartorialist have formed, for a couple of years now, the golden couple of fashblogging. Because together, they get even more coverage and attention than they would on their separate blogging ways.

So Garance is already living the dream. Her collection with Marc O’Polo is like a bonus. The extra crystal slipper in her already crammed up shoe closet. But, then again, it doesn’t hurt (for Marc O’Polo) to have a formal engagement with the much esteemed fashion blogger as the past has taught us that unbranded drawings of fashion bloggers on various t-shirt is bad legal news.

Long story short: starting this August, you can buy Marc O’Polo t-shirts and sweatshirts with Garance Dore’s lovely drawings on. Wwd counted a total of eight models in five colors. So if you’re a real fan, you’ll buy one of each and keep the economy running smoothly, like our dear friend, Appollonia sais!

Garance Dore Marc o Polo

Annie Leibovitz Photographed Katy Perry For Vogue US July 2013

Katy Perry, post divorce, is going through some kind of rebranding. Part of which, make no mistake, is this Vogue US July 2013 cover. In an on and off relationship with John Mayer, Katy Perry is going for a ‘fresh, romantic look’ as the cover title announces it.

Annie Leibovitz, as always, performs her epic photographic magic on Katy and, although to my eyes, her face looks half-sleepy, half-medicated, I’m certain that fashion amateurs and pop music fans alike will see some kind of Snow White beauty in this image. I like the overall composition of the cover, it’s clearly far from being the fashion/model cover work we’ve been expecting from an edition of Vogue magazine, but being lead by the steady celeb-hand of the one and only Anna Wintour, we can surely understand and accept this Vogue too. It’s not bad, it’s just playing it all on the fame capital of the cover personality.

Katy Perry romantic cover Vogue US July 2013

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