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Following the departure of Jil Sander from her namesake label, the Jil Sander group has announced the peculiar choice of Rodolfo Paglialunga as its new creative director. First cutting his teeth with Romeo Gigli in the ’90s, Paglialunga then spent ten years at Prada reaching the title of design director for women’s wear, before moving to Vionnet remaining until 2011. The new creative director will be based in the company’s Milan headquarters and will, in his words, “…carry forward the fusion between sophistication, luxury and innovation and bring the house [to] the next level”. The designer’s first show for Jil Sander will be for the 2015 spring/summer collection.
THURSDAY 08 MAY 2014 - VILLAGE UNDERGROUND - LONDON
Kirsten stars in our special Sofia Coppola issue.
Photographs by Juergen Teller; styled by Felicia Garcia-Rivera; W magazine May 2014.
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Celebrating twenty-five years of its iconic “Eternity” fragrance, Calvin Klein has reissued its 1995 print campaign featuring Christy Turlington and Mark Vanderloo. Captured at the beach by Peter Lindbergh, the pair deliver a romantic pose with wedding rings made clearly visible. Christy recently starred in the brand’s underwear advertisements.
The Eternity Calvin Klein 25th Anniversary Edition bottles are cast in a sleek metallic finish. “For 25 years, ETERNITY Calvin Klein has remained a top-selling global fragrance brand,” says Steve Mormoris, Senior Vice President of American fragrances, Coty Prestige. “Its beloved advertising campaigns are a part of popular culture and are still as relevant today as they always have been”.
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Russian model Sasha Luss is the latest Dior beauty face, starring in the brand’s Dior Addict Fluid Sitck print campaign photographed by Steven Meisel and styled by Carine Roitfeld. This new lip product is neither a lipstick or gloss or lacquer, according to its press release. Fluid and glossy, it is a hybrid of all three. I am loving the new direction seemingly every brand is embracing, which is scream-out-loud color against simple backdrops. As a minimalist at heart, nothing makes me happier than a crisp white background allowing the model, and the product, to shine through versus a picturesque landscape forcing not one element to be the main focus.
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Much like the collection, Celine’s spring-summer 2014 campaign is a juxtaposition of frenetic energy and cool composure. With the help of choreographer Stephen Galloway, models Daria Werbowy (who also appeared in several previous ads for the brand), Julia Nobis, Amanda Murphy and Binx Walton pose for Juergen Teller in the label’s artful prints and modern silhouettes styled by Camilla Nickerson.
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Promoting YSL’s Baby Doll Kiss and Blush products, the new Cara Delevingne and Ondria Hardin beauty campaign for YSL is stunning; by far, my favorite beauty campaign I have seen thus far. It is refreshing to the general moodiness YSL employs with their beauty/fragrance ads and really allows Cara’s natural beauty to shine through. Give me those brows, Cara!
(Photo Credit Frame Denim)
70s Karlie–Following up her collaboration with Frame Denimlast year, Karlie Kloss stars in the spring-summer 2014 campaign from the jeans brand. The American model is the epitome of seventies chic in a pair of flared denim pants with a white asymmetrically cut bodysuit. Karlie trades in her signature short crop for a longer ‘do in the black and white image.
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I had the fortunate opportunity to attend the Phoebe Philo, with Alexandra Shulman, talk at the annual Vogue Festival. Like always, Phoebe was excellent, like her brand: relaxed, on-point and elegant. However, I feel the same cannot be said about Alexandra Shulman…
For example, when Shulman asked, “[a]re you worried, like I am, about unrealistic images of beauty in fashion?” it came off as out-of-touch because, quite frankly, it is a huge discussion in its own right and not something that Phoebe could possibly address in any reasonable amount of detail. Phoebe mentioned how she loved the SS14 Rick Owens runway show, with the step dancers, and how she’d like to do something similar. I thought the pertinent thing Alexandra could have pointed out then was that, of all the people in the fashion industry, Phoebe is one of the few people (along with, say, Miuccia Prada) who is in the position to redefine that rarefied image of beauty - if Phoebe can mandate that she will only work for Céline if she can do so from London, or if she can say she’s skipping a season for family reasons, then she certainly has the power to change the image of the women she uses to present her work. Given that Phoebe also said she has absolute power at Céline in terms of controlling the brand image, I feel like that would have been an interesting direction for the discussion - the pros and cons of having that much power and considering the impact it might have. But nope, we just skipped onto the next question.
Alexandra also asked something to the effect of “[h]ow important are print magazines to you and Céline?” - what on Earth was Phoebe supposed to say? I think Alexandra wanted Phoebe to validate the cultural importance of print magazines, but I got the feeling that Phoebe knew that it was primarily a relationship based on publicity, so all she would say was that she wasn’t going to tell Alexandra how to do her job.
And one of Alexandra’s most generic questions was about whether Phoebe is influenced by general events and sentiments in society (Phoebe’s answer was something like “of course, how could I not be?”). But instead of drilling down and asking Phoebe exactly what that meant (like which specific aspects of the design details she incorporates into her work reflect wider cultural themes or social sentiments and how - like is the minimalism any sort of conscious response to economic austerity, and did the SS14 collection represent some sort of deviation from that mindset or was it supposed to reflect some other aspect of the social consciousness, or was it none of the above, or what?) Alexandra just ploughed on with another random question.
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Sorry for the lack of updates! I am happily enjoying romping around the England as I take-in my first weeks studying abroad at University College London! With that said, I am ready to come back to my regular blogging and cannot wait to give my opinion on the upcoming Spring/Summer 2014 ads; the ones I have seen so far are stunning.
Without further ado, I want to kick things off with the beautiful Lanvin Spring/Summer 2014 Ad Campaign. Lanvin unveiled its Spring/Summer 2014 campaign this week, and let me say, the ads are both perplexing and beautiful. Snapped by Steven Meisel, the ads depict a group of models enjoying tall glasses of water around a stark kitchen table, with plenty of metallic goods and accessories from the collection, on display.
In the accompanying video (shown above), we overhear a couple of the models’ internal dialog, uttered over the clang of silverware and the sound of water boiling over, and it’s eerily sexual. According to a spokesperson for Lanvin, the situation depicted in the campaign as a “discussion in a room that lacks time, place, context and meaning”. I still am not sure what this means, if I am being honest. What are your thoughts? Take a watch above!
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“I was fixated with the idea of women and how it is necessary that they be strong, visible, kind of fighters. I wanted the clothes to be so bold that people will see you but also listen." - Miuccia Prada
Prada just released its Spring/Summer 2014 campaign, photographed by Steven Meisel, and let me just tell you - it is STUNNING. I love the use of bombastic color and the 18-person cast making the images really standouts amongst the sea of florals and lighter tones most other houses are employing for their Spring/Summer campaigns.