Much has been said about the smashing success of Moda Operandi, the pre-order online retailer peddling designer collections straight from the runway. I’m a fan of their savvy business model and of their co-founders: the infallibly chic Creative Director Lauren Santo Domingo and the brilliant CEO Áslaug Magnúsdóttir, whose comprehensive and resourceful ‘Finding Your M.O.’ series on The Business of Fashion imparts wisdom from her firsthand experience launching a fashion startup.
Now add to the company’s accolades a drop dead gorgeous Spring ad campaign starring über-model Karlie Kloss.
…but Moda Operandi manages to give the campaign a look all its own: a blend of rich luxury and avant garde beauty, reflecting the e-tailer’s own M.O.
Lanvin taps model Montana Cox for its Spring 2013 eyewear campaign and I like – the brows, the lips, the lighting and especially the specs. On a side note, seems like gradient is becoming all the rage in both fashy ads and editorials, no?
Here’s lookin’ at you. For no reason other than pure awe: Grace Kelly. Gotta admit Gwyneth Paltrow does bear a strong resemblance, especially on the Harper’s Bazaar cover from December 1997.
(Source: We Heart Vintage)
There’s a reason Hermès maintains its status as a storied fashion house and a wildly profitable business at the same time: because they get luxury. And this Spring sporting campaign simply puts another notch in their sumptuous leather belt. Featuring Norwegian model Iselin Steiro, shot by Nathaniel Goldberg, it captures the refined quality, consistency and culture of Hermès against the picturesque backdrop of Lake Como. This is the life, people: bocce, bikes, fine leather goods and resplendent scarves billowing in the Italian wind. Just bring me my Campari and we’re done here.
The Céline Spring 2013 advertising campaign was revealed recently, much to the delight of the blogosphere. Everyone, from Amanda Brooks to Garance Doré, gave a shout out to the beautiful images. And I must jump on board.
While I’m a big fan of Phoebe Philo’s luxe minimalist work for Céline, I’ve been nonplussed by the ads from the fashion house thus far. They’ve struck me as a little flat and detached, and quite frankly, after decades of Marc Jacobs, I’m a little over photographer Juergen Teller’s schtick. Until now.
Starring Daria Werbowy again this season, these pictures channel more power and femininity at the same time. Her hair is softly curled and she wears just a touch of makeup, while her clothes mix menswear basics with the sensual likes of spaghetti straps and knotted headbands. It is everything Céline aspires to: chic, luxurious, empowered, unfussy.
On a personal note, I also enjoy that the images conjure LA, with palm trees, light wood, modern stone fireplaces and assorted west coast architecture in the background. The look is natural yet rich, much like the brand (and town) itself.
Too cool for school, these two. Love.
Talk about a breath of fresh air! Loving the new Dior campaign, the first ready-to-wear look under Raf Simons. The art direction is elegant, clean and modern. The focus is on no model in particular. Using sunny skies, lighting fixtures, blooming bouquets and curtains billowing gently in the breeze, the message (and metaphors) are clear: this is a fresh new era for Dior.
Can you believe it’s already mid-December!? So far this holiday season has been grand. Hope yours has been, too.
To know me – to have had a drink with me – is to understand my love for Campari. I enjoy its bittersweet taste and that it can be mixed any number of ways (Campari and grapefruit at breakfast, don’t mind if I do). It’s merely added bonus that they happen to have one of the best ad games within the spirits industry, going on 150 years strong.
Beyond their groundbreaking illustrations and artwork, the Campari calendar has become a key part of the company’s creative marketing over the past several years. The limited edition Red Passion calendar typically features an exotic, devastatingly good looking lead (Benecio del Toro, Eva Mendes, Olga Kurylenko), and this year is no exception, with beautiful Oscar winning actress Penelope Cruz navigating mystical superstitions, including black cats, broken mirrors and salt shakers.
The images are hardly as cutting-edge as some of their art deco pieces from the twentieth century, but their cast of characters keeps the Campari narrative consistent and strong. Salute!
‘Eye Wall’ by street artist JR.
Juniper and vanilla infusing in fresh milk, by Modern Farmette.
Reflections, Stavsvägen, Tungelsta, Välsta, Sweden, by Sana Linn.
Rika Magazine’s killer collage cover featuring model Jessica Stam.
Afternoon light in my office.
I wouldn’t call myself a Tiffany’s girl, preferring more dramatic or subversive jewelry from the likes of Pamela Love, Delfina Delettrez, Lydia Courteille and Repossi. However, I admire the Tiffany & Co. legacy, and their Holiday 2012 campaign is among their best ever. It’s rich, elegant, graceful, and the color scheme is superb. Dusty pinks, lilac and – of course, Tiffany’s blue – are a romantic departure from most campaign hues these days. Photographer Michael Thompson captures models Doutzen Kroes, Grace Gao and Karen Elson looking their (holiday) best.
In honor of fall wedding season (I’ve already been to two this month), behold Kate Moss as The Burberry Bride, by Mario Testino, year 2000. Burberry at their very best, as far as I’m concerned…
I spy Liberty Ross, above, too. Most of America only discovered her this summer as the disgraced wife in Kristen Stewart’s cheating scandal, but she’s been modeling for blue chip brands for years.
This is how you combine style, story, heritage and aspiration all at once. This is fashion.
Fifties model Jeannie Patchett in a striped headscarf on the cover of July 1951 Vogue. Simple – and yet so striking. Once again, would love to see more timeless images like this on today’s Vogue. I think the magazine can do so much better, especially with creatives like Grace Coddington and André Leon Talley involved. This month’s cover with Keira Knightley is uninspired (though Lady Gaga’s September issue made a fantastic and strong statement). Dig deeper Vogue!
(Source: We Heart Vintage)