Yves Saint Laurent Fall/Winter 2011/2012 Ad Campaign | Raquel Zimmermann

Raquel Zimmermann replaces Arizona Muse as the face of YSL, fronting the Yves Saint Laurent Fall/Winter 2011/2012 ad campaign. Shot by Inez and Vinoodh, Raquel Zimmermann is pictured against a floor to ceiling window overlooking city buildings, showcasing monochrome pieces by Stefano Pilati’s YSL. The highlight of this ad campaign has to be the Yves Saint Laurent Fall/Winter 2011/2012 ad campaign video. Shot also by Inez and Vinoodh, the video uses stop-motion animation to feature 14 looks in 53 seconds to the soundtrack of LCD Soundsystem’s I Can Change. Check out the full Yves Saint Laurent Fall/Winter 2011/2012 ad campaign below.

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Yves Saint Laurent Fall/Winter 2011/2012 ad campaign, Raquel Zimmermann, Inez and Vinoodh

Yves Saint Laurent Fall/Winter 2011/2012 ad campaign, Raquel Zimmermann, Inez and Vinoodh

Yves Saint Laurent Fall/Winter 2011/2012 ad campaign, Raquel Zimmermann, Inez and Vinoodh

Yves Saint Laurent Fall/Winter 2011/2012 ad campaign, Raquel Zimmermann, Inez and Vinoodh

Yves Saint Laurent Fall/Winter 2011/2012 ad campaign, Raquel Zimmermann, Inez and Vinoodh

Yves Saint Laurent Fall/Winter 2011/2012 ad campaign, Raquel Zimmermann, Inez and Vinoodh

Image credits: ysl

Lara Stone | i-D Magazine Fall 2011

Lara Stone, i-D Magazine Fall 2011 cover, David Bailey

Lara Stone fronts the i-D Magazine Fall 2011 edition, The Dreams and Aspirations Issue. Shot by David Bailey, Lara Stone appears in several fantasies wearing Jean Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Jeremy Scott and Junya Watanabe among others for the i-D Magazine Fall 2011 editorial.

And that is exactly what editorials and ad campaigns sell, dreams and fantasies, however controversial they may seem. Certain lines have to be drawn of course but most of the time, we as consumers should learn to lighten up a little. They say fashion has no boundaries. Check out the rest of the Lara Stone for i-D Magazine Fall 2011 editorial below.

Lara Stone , i-D Magazine Fall 2011, David Bailey

Lara Stone , i-D Magazine Fall 2011, David Bailey

Lara Stone , i-D Magazine Fall 2011, David Bailey

Lara Stone , i-D Magazine Fall 2011, David Bailey

Lara Stone , i-D Magazine Fall 2011, David Bailey

Lara Stone , i-D Magazine Fall 2011, David Bailey

Lara Stone , i-D Magazine Fall 2011, David Bailey

Lara Stone , i-D Magazine Fall 2011, David Bailey

Lara Stone , i-D Magazine Fall 2011, David Bailey

Lara Stone , i-D Magazine Fall 2011, David Bailey

Lara Stone , i-D Magazine Fall 2011, David Bailey

Lara Stone , i-D Magazine Fall 2011, David Bailey

Lara Stone , i-D Magazine Fall 2011, David Bailey

Image credits: designscene

Natalia Vodianova | Vogue US September 2011

Natalia Vodianova, Vogue US September 2011, Mert and Marcus, Grace Coddington, Sam Riley
Natalia Vodianova wears Prada; Sam Riley wears A.P.C. and Burberry London.

Natalia Vodianova stars in a 60’s inspired fashion editorial titled My Generation alongside Sam Riley for Vogue US September 2011. Shot by Mert and Marcus in Brighton, England and styled by Grace Coddington, Natalia Vodianova and Sam Riley channeled the 60’s mod vibe perfectly. Somewhat different from Mert and Marcus’ usual aesthetic, the soft lighting and vintage edits plus Grace Coddington’s magical touch make this a winner. Check out the rest of the Natalia Vodianova for Vogue US September 2011 editorial below.

Natalia Vodianova, Vogue US September 2011, Mert and Marcus, Grace Coddington, Sam Riley
Natalia Vodianova wears a Yves Saint Laurent dress.

Natalia Vodianova, Vogue US September 2011, Mert and Marcus, Grace Coddington, Sam Riley
Natalia Vodianova wears Bottega Veneta.

Natalia Vodianova, Vogue US September 2011, Mert and Marcus, Grace Coddington, Sam Riley
Natalia Vodianova wears Versace.

Natalia Vodianova, Vogue US September 2011, Mert and Marcus, Grace Coddington, Sam Riley
Natalia Vodianova wears Celine.

Natalia Vodianova, Vogue US September 2011, Mert and Marcus, Grace Coddington, Sam Riley
Natalia Vodianova wears Prada.

Natalia Vodianova, Vogue US September 2011, Mert and Marcus, Grace Coddington, Sam Riley
Natalia Vodianova wears Oscar de la Renta and Manolo Blahnik; Sam Riley wears Marc Jacobs.

Natalia Vodianova, Vogue US September 2011, Mert and Marcus, Grace Coddington, Sam Riley
Natalia Vodianova wears Loewe.

Natalia Vodianova, Vogue US September 2011, Mert and Marcus, Grace Coddington, Sam Riley
Natalia Vodianova wears Dolce & Gabbana and carries Burberry.

Natalia Vodianova, Vogue US September 2011, Mert and Marcus, Grace Coddington, Sam Riley
Natalia Vodianova wears Burberry Prorsum.

Image credits: models.com

Lara Stone for Vogue US July 2011

With the stunning photo of Emma Watson by Mario Testino on the cover of Vogue US July 2011 on everyone’s lips, I would like to divert your attention to a beautiful and captivating film noir inspired editorial within the pages of that very issue. This editorial features Lara Stone in the leading role and Frida Gustavsson in fall’s latest collections accompanied by actor Alexander Skarsgard. Styled by Grace Coddington, a subtle melodramatic story of a femme fatale entitled Spellbound is told through the lens of Peter Lindbergh with significant usage of low-key lighting. Enjoy!

‘An air of smoky, 1940’s film noir chic permeated the most glamourous fall collections’ -Grace Coddington

Lara wears a lavender Gucci fox jacket and a pin-striped wool skirt from Ralph Lauren Collection.

Lara wears a Marc Jacobs silk-satin dress with a patent waistband. Bag and boots, all from Marc Jacobs. Frida wears a Marc Jacobs tweed jacket with sheepskin collar and skirt. Beret, handbag and boots all from Marc Jacobs. Alexander wears a Tom Ford suit, Prada shirt and Dolce & Gabbana tie.

Lara wears a Proenza Schouler velvet dress with chevron patterns and Tabitha Simmons pumps.

Lara wears a Balenciaga printed silk dress.

Lara wears a Yves Saint Laurent silk blouse, satin trousers and belt. Alexander wears a Ralph Lauren Purple Label suit and Hermes tie.

Lara wears a Miu Miu embroidered dress with mink shoulder detailing and Gucci slouch hat.

Lara wears a Rochas silk bustier, wool and silk blend pants and heels.

Frida (dancing) wears a Nina Ricci sky blue radzimir dress with black tulle. Lara wears a Oscar de la Renta velvet dress and earrings.

Laura Love (left -wearing apron), Lisa Love’s daughter, wears a Louis Vuitton silk dress with leather collar and boots. Lara (centre) wears a Louis Vuitton embroidered silk dress, gloves, belts and pumps. Frida (right -pulling up stockings) wears a Louis Vuitton cashmere romper and pumps.

Lara wears a Ralph Lauren Collection leather coat and Louis Vuitton ankle boots.

Spellbound
Models: Lara Stone, Frida Gustavsson and Alexander Skarsgard
Photographer: Peter Lindbergh
Stylist: Grace Coddington
Fashion Editor: Grace Coddington
Hair: Didier Malige for Frederic Fekkai
Makeup: Stephane Marais

Glad that they included a black and white photo, it wouldn’t be film noir without it. And I think I might just know what I want to do for my next collection for school. Love the calm grandeur and Lara’s alluring gaze. Kudos to the team for going one up; a perfect complement to the cover.

Image credits: fashionising

TOM FORD Spring/Summer 2011

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2011 featured in Vogue US December 2010

Tom Ford. Well, what do you know about him? Is he just a big name in fashion and you swoon ‘oh Tom Ford‘? So what’s so good about him? It’s like you know Chanel and Hermes and someone asks you what you like about them and you give them the blank stare and say ‘ohh it’s…nice, chic, elegant (and what-not)’ So are you just paying for the brand? The status when you parade the interlocking ‘c’s around town or that letter ‘H’ on your bag? Yes you know the workmanship of the bag, it’s good, no it’s excellent. But in spite of all these trademarks that define a brand’s image, what we are looking at is actually the clothes. The clothes are almost always the foundation of the brand. This is what fashion is about. It has always been about the clothes. What did Coco Chanel get noticed for? It’s her willingness to break boundaries and design and wear her own clothes that were supposed to be deemed inappropriate of her time and not her 2.55s (though that came later) A fashion label diversifies in the future to include accessories, beauty products and the whole brand is established right there.

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2011 featured in Vogue US December 2010

But what is sad is that people nowadays are more interested in the bags (correct me if i’m wrong). They can spend a couple of thousands on a Balenciaga and there you have it, status on your arm (it’s nice no doubt). Whereas if you were to wear a Jonathan Saunders dress with those snazzy geometric prints, people won’t necessarily notice that you are a woman of status if that is what you are trying to portray. But well, think about it, if you are in your sartorial best, what you are wearing will get noticed by people! It’s sorta like street style blogs, it’s about what you wear that get’s you noticed! What I’m trying to say is that it’s not always about the bags. The bags accompanies, accessorises, jazzes up the outfit. Of course bags are utilised more, they can be carried every day so it makes your money spent worthwhile while dresses, tops and such are only worn maybe once a week? It’s like wallets or shoes too. People talk about these accessories more than the actual clothes. So maybe that’s why fast-fashion/high-street labels are doing so well? It’s cheaper although they are actually knock-offs; based on a design from a designer label. It is like that most of the time. I would go for high-street labels of course; you could make it look expensive. I guess that is how the average consumer thinks nowadays? Yes/no? But nothing beats the original!

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2011 featured in W Magazine January 2011

Moving on to Tom Ford. Who do you know him as? The man credited for the revival of the Gucci brand (and for some part at Yves Saint Laurent as well)? The man behind the modern eyewear and fragrances for his eponymous label? The man who does sleek and clean menswear, worn by Hollywood’s A-list? The man who dressed Daniel Craig’s James Bond for Quantum of Solace? Or the man who is openly gay and has a love for sexuality in his ad campaigns which sometimes borders on the line of pornography? All of the above I would say.

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2011 featured in V Magazine #69 featuring Julia Reston Roitfeld. She interviews Tom Ford. Check out the interview here!

For Tom Ford, it was always about the clothes and we like him for that. After a 6 year absence in the womenswear scene, he is back with his debut womenswear line from his eponymous label. It was showed privately to less than 100 people (including models) back in September and true to his word a video of the event has just been released. It features Beyonce, Julianne Moore, Karen Elson, Daria Werbowy, Freja Beha Erichsen, Karlie Kloss, Emmanuelle Seigner, Lou Doillon, Lauren Hutton, Natalia Vodianova, Rinko Kikuchi, Daphne Guinness, Julia Reston Roitfeld, Chanel Iman, Du Juan, Stella Tenant, Amber Valletta among others walking for Tom Ford. Can somebody say ‘WOW’? Only Tom Ford can get these kind of women, all inspirational in their own right to walk for him. It was very nice seeing all of them have fun, including the audience clapping and laughing to every bit of amusement. It was like a celebration of Tom Ford‘s return to womenswear. Makes me smile a lot.

“Richard (Buckley) knows that for years when I was at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, I had a recurrent nightmare and it would last for a week before the show that the clothes would not arrive, that something went wrong, that the atelier burn down and that I had to stand up in front of all of you and talk for 20 minutes. It’s a tough crowd! I am happy to say that tonight I am very proud. We have, I think, wonderful clothes to show you and we also have I think many of the women–the most inspirational women–to model for us. So I’d like to present to you now my Spring 2011 ’Women’ collection,” said Tom before the show started.

Just amazing (yeap cliche line there hah). Beyonce worked a sequined number; there were a lot of silk; silk georgette, silk tulle, silk chiffon, fringe, leopard prints, tuxedos coupled with the fedora, leather jacket and skirt, big hair and even bigger sleeves. It was very film noir and with Karen Elson’s Pretty Babies playing, it really did set the mood. I can see a lot of the clothes being worn by fashion’s various it girls including the icons that walked for him. You have got to really love fashion to work his clothes. Definitely not for the faint-hearted.

Here is the video. Enjoy!
xx

Image Source: Wmagazine, Vmagazine, FGR