Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Jamie Bamber for Peta

Jamie Bamber from Battlestar Galactica has stripped down for a new ad campaign for Peta. In an exclusive video for Peta, Jamie explains the unnecessary and exploitative use of black bear fur used in the fur hats of the Queen's guards uniforms. Using bear fur is totally excessive and not functional or practical - oh wait this is royalty we're talking about. Faux fur is definitely the way to go!


Pet Shop Boys - Love Etc. Video

This is the new video for the Pet Shop Boys newest single "Love Etc." available in stores March 16, 2009. I am LOVING this single and the video is fun, colorful, pop arty, innovative and totally Pet Shop Boys. I can't wait to hear the new album "Yes" (in stores March 23, 2009)!!!!

Pet Shop Boys

Monday, February 23, 2009

Hedi Slimane Shoots Courtney Love

Hedi Slimane has collaborated with Courtney Love to create these images for a photojournal book about Courtney entitled: Portrait of a Performer. I love these images of Courtney and Hedi has captured a side of Courtney that we seldom get to see - pretty, clean, vulnerable, sexy, and high fashion.

Source: Hypebeast

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Hedi Slimane for Prada Spring/Summer '09 - Part 2

In an earlier post, I gave you a glimpse of the Prada Spring/Summer '09 campaign featuring Louis Simonon and Claude Simonon (sons of The Clash's bass player and manager Paul Simonon). These are the rest of the images from the campaign.


Pet Shop Boys @ the Brit Awards

Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, better known as the Pet Shop Boys, won the most outstanding achievement award at this year's Brit Awards and this was their performance from the show (Lady Gaga and Brandon Flowers guest performed with the boys). I am a huge fan of the Pet Shop Boys and their performances are always visually stunning, artistic, visionary, creative, and highly entertaining. I love their sunglasses and Neil Tennant's coat in this performance. I can't wait for their new album "Yes" in stores March 23!

Pet Shop Boys

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Y-3 Fall/Winter 2009

For Y-3 Fall/Winter '09 (see the complete collection here), Yohji Yamamoto showed a slouchy military inspired collection. I am usually a huge fan of anything Y-3, but this collection just didn't "WOW" me. All of the jackets in this collection are beautifully constructed and luxurious, but nothing exciting as they are merely variations of coats from previous collections. The pants and tops in this collection are functional and definitely Y-3, but again variations of previous designs seen in other seasons. My favorite pieces (see above) are the black cap with side-ear flaps, the long trench coat style pieces, and the denim. Perhaps the global economic recession played a factor in this collection because every piece of this collection is safe and completely wearable...



Monday, February 16, 2009

MAC's Hello Kitty Extravaganza

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Last week, Beauty Buff and I made our way to the Toronto Eaton Centre to check out a special Hello Kitty themed event that was held to celebrate the launch of the new M.A.C makeup collaboration with Hello Kitty. M.A.C advertising campaigns are always sexy, innovative, provocative, and cutting edge and after watching the Alice in Wonderland inspired promotional video (see below) I was intrigued and excited to see how this event would expand upon the creativity of the video and how the muscled kitty men would translate in person...

The entire MAC store was transformed into a Hello Kitty extravaganza and the trademark kitten was seen all over the store from the collection's lipsticks, lipglasses, eye shadows, powders, nail polishes, makeup bags, pocket mirrors and plush dolls to special Hello Kitty shopping bags that were given with each purchase of Hello Kitty product. I felt as if I'd died and arrived at Hello Kitty heaven! Visitors to this event were treated with cute Hello Kitty tattoos and they could have their pictures taken with the finely chiseled half naked PVC-clad kitty man that was on hand to give out Hello Kitty shaped balloons and to provide some pre-Valentine's Day heat to the event. Shoppers in attendance were definitely excited to be a part of this Hello Kitty beauty event and even more excited to acquire some of the new products, as I saw girls flock to the displays and ultimately many products found their way to the registers. Everything about this event was in line with the M.A.C aesthetic - beautiful, fabulous, fashionable, sexy, and ultra glamorous!


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Yves Saint Laurent Tote Bag and Heart USB Promotion

On Valentine's day, Yves Saint Laurent will be giving away a Stefano Pilati designed YSL tote bag and a YSL branded heart shaped USB flash drive (containing images from the YSL S/S '09 ad campaign) to 2,000 lucky people on the streets of New York, Paris, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo. I love the concept behind this giveaway blitz as it is an exceptionally clever way to heighten awareness of the brand by taking viral marketing to the next level. Those people that end up with these giveaway items (acquired either by figuring out the locations where the giveaways will happen or from Ebay scalpers) will ultimately be hardcore fashionistas and the content on the USB flash drive will quickly be disseminated through a variety of social media networks and fashion websites, while the tote bag will instantly become a coveted collector's piece. I applaud YSL for devising this relevant and ingenious marketing strategy.


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Banned Calvin Klein Spring/Summer '09 Commercial

This new commercial for Calvin Klein jeans, shot by Steven Meisel, is apparently banned in the USA. I love the concept behind this commercial and it is completely Steven Meisel and reminiscent of the 2003 Dolce & Gabbanna ads (see below) that he shot previously of Gisele Bundchen set against a backdrop of monitors. Clever and beautiful, Steven Meisel always delivers. Calvin Klein is the master media manipulator and this banned commercial will only heighten the exposure of his brand.

Calvin Klein

Monday, February 2, 2009

Dsquared2 Women's Spring/Summer '09 Collection

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A few weeks ago, as I was catching up on my fashion news I came across these new images from Canadian twin design superstars Dan and Dean Caten’s Dsquared2 Spring/Summer ’09 ad campaign. These ads feature Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell in a variety of poses which may be interpreted as: a fierce supermodel catfight, Naomi losing her temper and flipping out on Linda, or both. With all good advertising, many things may be read into these advertisements, but the most important factors are that these models look beautiful in these dresses and that these ads sell the garments. I am a huge fan of all of the ’90s supermodels and it is refreshing to see Linda and Naomi in an ad together after all these years. After seeing these ads I was inspired to see what else Dsquared2 had in store for us this spring so I checked out their Spring/Summer ’09 fashion show (see it below).

For Spring/Summer ’09, Dan and Dean Caten take us back to the glamour of the ’70s and their inspiration for this collection was the ’70s television show Charlies Angels. The show opens and ends with Esther Cañadas, Fernanda Tavares and Nadege du Bospertus posing as the trio of femme fatales originally made famous by Farah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith. Denim flares, sexy cutout bathing suits, checkered printed dress shirts, tailored denim jackets, sleek three-piece suits, chic high-wasted pants, strapless ruffled evening gowns, beautifully draped goddess dresses and lots of gold jewelry and accessories worked to keep this retro-inspired collection cohesive and completely wearable. Dan and Dean are masters at designing stylish sportswear that can seamlessly translate from day to evening or from work to leisure wear and this collection is a testament to their astute fashion sense. Based on the pieces presented in this show, the Dsquared2 woman may be understood as successful, sophisticated, strong, self-confident and flirty and sexy at the same time. I loved the fashion-creativity qualities of the gun holster inspired harness (worn over a dress) and the oversized brown satin poncho, although I’m not sure how wearable these pieces are off of the runway. The only piece that I didn’t like was the brown cargo-style balloon dress because it was poorly executed and it looked like a glorified potato sack. Overall, the highlights of this collection for me were the draped goddess dresses, the beautifully tailored suits and jackets and all of the accessories. It's great to see Canada represented in the high fashion world and Dan and Dean Caten are truly a Canadian fashion force to be reckoned with!

What did you especially like or dislike about this collection?