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06.05.14: Italy, Spain, US, Canada, South America
02.05.14: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Ireland, Australia, South Africa
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!
(Photo Credit Prada)
“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.
(Photo Credit Tim Walker)
Cara Delevingne reprises her role as the face of Mulberry for Spring/Summer 2014 campaign and yes, she is again posing with a bevy of animals.
Building on last season’s campaign, where she posed in trees alongside a parliament of owls, the new pictures are set against the backdrop of an English tea party complete with a pony called Dusty, a tortoise named Pukka and a collections of storks, cockatoos and dogs.
The campaign is shot bylong-time Mulberry collaborator, Tim Walker, and showcase the final collection designed by Emma Hill. Absolutely stunning.
Happy 2014 everyone! Is it just me or did 2013 go by too quickly? In honor of the closing of the 2013 year, here is one, if not, my favorite fashion advertisements of the year by Fendi! Everything about this advertisement is perfect from the music accompaniment to the cinematography, along with, of course, the adorable Bag Bugs. Aren’t they adorable? I want one for my backpack!
(Photo Credit Louis Vuitton)
Wow I love this! Louis Vuitton, back in May of 2012, enlisted artist Vincent Bousserez, known best for photographing miniatures for their quirky ‘Larger Than Life’ series. In this imaginary playground of Louis Vuitton wares, newlyweds walk down a glowing strap, golfers enjoy an evening game over a monogrammed bag, and construction workers carve out embedded logos. Genius!
Check out more pictures, and read the interview of this hollywood icon here.
(Photo Credit Hermès)
Woah! Hermès continue their creative window series with this incredible installation from Studio Toogood under the direction of designer Faye Toogood. A bloody theme as red takes over the entire ground floor of their flagship Bond Street store with gallons of red resin and red leather are placed against walls of craftsmen’s tools. Celebrating the makers behind their fancy accessories, each tool is scaled up in linear neon and set against drapes made from remnants of Hermès’ iconic silk scarves, covered in scarlet-pigmented resin.
Check out the display until December 7, 2013!
(Photo Credit Instagram)
Donatella, is that you? Nope, It’s Lady Gaga! While the fashion world has known for awhile that Lady Gaga would take the helm of Versace’s Spring/Summer 2014 campaign, we know have photographic evidence thanks to the Instagram of Mert Alas from Mert & Marcus who shot the advertisements! In the photo, Gaga is no doubt channeling Donatella Versace, wearing a long blonde wig and a sexy cut-away gown from Versace’s Spring/Summer 2014 line. The photo is certainly more demure than I expected when I heard of the collaboration. On one hand, the styling is definitely a welcomed change from some of the crazier looks Gaga has been sporting lately, but on the other hand this is VERSACE. If there is one time to ham it up for the cameras, Versace certainly fits the bill. What are your thoughts?
(Photo Credit Tom Ford)
"I have always been fascinated by unusual ingredients from exotic cultures. The ume plum is an exquisite ingredient that has great meaning in Oriental culture; in Japan and China, it is a sacred symbol of spring. I wanted to craft a fragrance around the ume, because it has a texture and aroma that is so luscious." - Tom Ford
This past weekend, I made a quick flight home spending two days in the ever-great New York City. On one of these days, I spent almost entirely scouring through the many stores I have not been to since summer and, of course, admiring the beautiful Fall/Winter collections. Accordingly, one of the first stops I made, besides Barneys New York, was Bergdorf Goodman while waiting for a dinner reservation. Admittedly, I spent most of my time trying to justify certain Saint Laurent pieces to myself, but I also checked out the stunning Tom Ford counter on a mission for a new cologne.
The first one I laid eyes on and smelled was the relatively new Tom Ford Plum Japonais ($210 USD for 1.7 fl oz.), part of Atelier d’Orient collection for Fall 2013. Like most Tom Ford scents, Plum Japonais is a very sensual, unisex, slightly smoky scent revealing the beauty of the ume plum, with notes of camellia and vanilla, juxtaposing against a lush mélange of exotic Asian ingredients like Saffron, cinnamon bark, everlasting flower and Sawara cypress. Expectedly, the fragrance, with just two spritzes, lasted well over eight hours and I had multiple people coming up to me asking what I was wearing.
While I did not buy the fragrance this time around, the buying of this scent is of highest priority for when I return to New York over winter break!
(Photo Credit Givenchy)
Givenchy opens a new 4,000 square-foot flagship store on Avenue Montaigne in Paris dedicated to womenswear (where is the menswear?!). While the pristine exterior is like any other luxury shop, the dark wooden and marble floors and gray lava stone walls of the interior stay true to Givenchy’s darker, warrior-like brand aesthetic. French interior designer Joseph Dirand worked with creative director Riccardo Tisci to give a nod to Hubert de Givenchy’s original black box packaging used in the brand’s early days. This is one of the first of Givenchy’s army of stores to come, with the new CEO, Sebastian Suhl, in plans to open 26 more boutiques globally by 2015. I know one of my first stops when I visit Paris during my semester abroad!
(Photo Credit Polyvore)
Part III: T-Shirts
While one does not necessarily associate t-shirts with the winter, they are a great transitional staple and can be worn under button-downs, sweaters and, for the ones willing to brave the cold, by themselves! I also do not like long-sleeve shirts at all, so my options are already intrinsically limited. The two keys, In my opinion, to making t-shirts seasonably appropriate are to keep them within a darker color family and made with a heavier weave. I would also suggest crew-necks for extra-warmth! So, lets begin, shall we?
To start, I suggest everyone have some sort of statement t-shirt. To be honest, I am still not 100% sure what this means, but I assume it means any item of clothing/accessory that has enough “ooh” factor to elevate any outfit by itself whether it be during the daytime or night. if this definition is true, than this beautiful Marni t-shirt , containing everything from color-blocking, paneled stitching to longer sleeves (trust me- it is universally flattering), definitely fits the bill! While the price tag is definitely steep, I think it just may be worth it. Another t-shirt I believe may be worth the price, is this beautiful Raf Simons Paneled t-shirt (yay for paneling!). While I am not a huge fan of the logo, this shirt screams luxury from the thick-cotton construction, pentagon imprint and ending JUST at the perfect spot length-wise, which is surprisingly one of the hardest components of t-shirt shopping I have come across.
If the Marni and Rag Simons t-shirts are not your style or outside of your price-point, I strongly suggest this stripped, Rag & Bone t-shirt or this Acne t-shirt. While I am new to Rag & Bone t-shirts, I have accumulated four, throughout the past couple of months, and let me tell you they are some of my favorite t-shirts I own. While I cannot speak for all aspects of Rag & Bone, both their denim and t-shirts are universal praises in my book. Similarly, Acne has become one of my favorite brands, with this t-shirt really cementing this status for me. While embroidered with the word “romantic”, the shirt anything, but trite seen through its all-black construction and its thick, cotton material.
If you are looking for something a bit more trendy (and less of a hit on your wallet), I suggest this Topman faux-leather pocket t-shirt. If you choose the Topman route, let me warn you however that Topman t-shirts have a relatively short shelf-life from either losing their shape quickly or threading coming undone while laundering. But hey - the t-shirt is only $32 dollars, so no harm or foul.
In addition to a statement t-shirt, I also suggest having a go-to black t-shirt that helps make you feel confident. Hopefully, you already have one of these, but if not I strongly suggest any t-shirt by James Perse or any basic t-shirt by Rag & Bone. I own this Rag & Bone t-shirt and this James Perse t-shrt, so, if you are indeed in the market for one, I can personally attest to the greatness of these two above.
See you for Part IV sometime this week!
(Photo Credit Polyvore)
Part II: Accessories
I feel a bit silly dedicating a whole post to accessories, but hey - why not? Personally, I do not really own or wear that many accessories, but I think it is important to have some classic staples to carry you through the year. To begin, I think a great wallet/cardholder is a must. You should be carrying it everywhere with you and should last you quite a while, if treated well. In fact, I have had the same Yves Saint Laurent wallet for almost 2 and a 1/2 years! While this may not seem like a long time, it is for me because before I use to go through cheap wallets like tic tacs. While I do not think you can buy my exact wallet with the whole rebranding of YSL (look at the improved Saint Laurent Paris ones instead), I can, however, personally vouch for the Givenchy cardholder! Yes, it is expensive. Yes, it is more expensive than the contents within my wallet nine times out of ten. Yes, I bought it for the Givenchy name. BUT - it is made from great, pliable leather, has an embossed logo (fancy) and is my favorite brand. Plus, I always have it on me, or my wallet, so the price-per-wear is extremely low.
Similarly, I highly recommend a great leather shoe, preferably high top and, you guessed it, black. The one above is from the great shoe brand, Common Projects, and like my Band of Outsiders oxford, is a lucky charm for me. While the price is a bit jarring, mine have lasted for three and a half years with barely any noticeable wear and easily transition from super casual to semi-formal occasions. Besides the high top, another great investment shoe is in an ankle boot. Before I begin, boots are EXTREMELY hard to find and, at least for me, always look slightly wonky - especially with how some people wear them. While I JUST bought a pair of ankle boots and thus no pro, I recommend only wearing ankle boots with a very tapered leg or shorts (if you dig that sort of thing). The ones above are from Sandro, bought on hautelook for 70% off from $630, but basically every brand makes some version of the ankle/chelsea boot. I HIGHLY recommend Zara for all your shoe needs, but remember to be wary of the quality! Footwear, in my opinion, is generally worth the splurge!
If you are like me and wear hats on days you are too lazy to shower or like the look, then check out this great all-leather hat by Oak. For reference, Oak is a trendy boutique in New York City that was recently bought by American Apparel. While you are there (and to push your order into the free-shipping category), may I also suggest you pick up one of the many Comme des Garçons colognes they have in stock. While we are on boutiques, check out this great belt by COS at Opening Ceremony. I like the matte-black finish inverting the stereotypical black leather and gold/silver buckle, which will elevate any outfit to cool. Note: I have not purchased this belt and instead keep it simple with a black leather belt I bought at Zara a year ago for $29.99.
Last, but certainly not least complete any outfit with a great pair of sunnies and a versatile backpack. The sunglasses above are the Tom Ford Campbells, but any pair will do depending on your budget and personal aesthetic. Sunglasses are not just for summer! In fact, the sun is closer to earth in the winter, so make sure to protect them (and maybe where spf?)! The backpack is MBMJ (Marc by Marc Jacobs), all black and is “packable” meaning you can compact and throw it in another bag when traveling. What more can you ask for? Just kidding - don’t ask that.
Have a great Monday!