It’s Independence Day, so throw on those American flag shorts that TopShop sells every year, watch a few fireworks and most importantly…shut off the computer and go outside! That’s what we’re doing today. We’ll be back in full effect tomorrow.
Back in May, we told you that Burberry was set to launch another star-studded ad campaign for their Autumn/Winter 2012 collection, and if you didn’t catch the first release of images at the start of June, then here’s the latest to feast your eyes on! Isn’t it stunning?
Burberry’s Creative Director, Christopher Bailey explained at the time that he and photographer Mario Testino wanted to “play with everything that’s at the heart of the Burberry world – celebrating our brand and London through imagery, film, music, weather and our iconic outerwear, all in a very poetic and British way”, and the pair have certainly managed that. The ‘Runway to Reality’ adverts, featuring actress Gabriella Wilde and singer Roo Panes, are shot in black and white at the Old Naval College, and depict an almost Victorian view of London, with rain and fog providing a gloomy, atmospheric backdrop. Each ad is whimsically named, with typically quaint titles such as, “the cobbled streets”, “the gentleman”, and “shelter from the storm”.
I have to admit, when I first saw the Burberry Prorsum AW12 show at London Fashion Week, I knew the campaign would be something special, but it’s even more dramatic and beautiful than I had imagined. It’s also still causing a huge stir on the Internet, despite going live a few weeks ago across their social platforms such as Youtube, Facebook, and their website. The British brand certainly knows how to command and utilise its social media; they released an accompanying campaign image entitled “The Arrival” (pictured above) just two hours ago, and it’s already received over 12,500 ‘likes’! Ahh, the power of fashion.
I have a thing for continuity. Fashion houses, in this particular case, who keep a coherent aesthetic regardless of the ever changing trends, who insist on being represented by the same faces despite of the ever growing pressure of staying forever young & in the spotlight.
Ashley Greene still represents for Donna Karan’s DKNY label. Honoring her contract, Ashley worked with photographer Peter Lindbergh shooting the DKNY Fall Winter 2012 2013 ad campaign. Blistering cold and freezing rain, but look how fashionable she is! (dark, but fashionable still)
Summer brings so many opportunities to celebrate after a long year of studying. Thanks to everything from music festivals to pool parties, backyard BBQs and beach days, summer really is the best time of the year.
Whenever I am planning my outfits and makeup for summer, I always make sure they’re both daytime and nighttime-appropriate since most summer activities last on into the night. My favorite day-to-night makeup look for summer is a brown smokey eye. In the video, you’ll see that I “cat out” my eyes with shadow rather than liner to create a smoldering eye that looks great for day AND night.
Exclusive: American Apparel’s New ‘Advanced’ Model Jacky Reveals Her Age, Responds To Criticism and Tells Us How Her Controversial Campaign Came About
Earlier this week, we revealed American Apparel’s latest campaign. The retailer, known for courting controversy with their provocative ads, surprised everyone by casting an “advanced” model, Jacky, as the face of their “advanced basics” line. Like all of American Apparel’s models, Jacky is gorgeous. Unlike most of the young hipster twenty-something nearly-nudes that tend to grace AA’s billboards, Jacky has long grey hair. And she’ll be 61 in December, she just told us.
Jacky’s ads for American Apparel have already garnered a lot of buzz since they broke on Monday. So we got in touch with her to find out just how this whole campaign came about, if she had any qualms about the shoot (in one ad she’s wearing nothing but a leotard and tights from the waist down with her legs spread–but as we said before, this is American Apparel and we kinda like that they’re an equal opportunity crotch shot-taker), and how she’s responding to the inevitable criticism. Read on, this is one awesome lady.
Fashionista: So how did this all come about? How did you get “scouted” as they say?
Jacky: It was around 11:00 p.m. on a Thursday night in February. I was staying with friends in the Village and had gone downstairs to have my nightly cigarette. I found a spot on the stoop and sat there smoking in my puffy winter coat and a woman walked by and said, “You look so regal sitting there smoking that cigarette.” I said, “Well, I don’t think most people would agree with you these days.” And she answered, “It’s not the cigarette. You’re just beautiful.” We exchanged smiles and she kept on walking.
A week or so later I was in a restaurant having a pensive dinner on my own at the bar. I looked across the tables and saw another woman who appeared to be doing the same thing. I thought she looked very much like the woman who had spoken to me the other night. I wasn’t sure because she had had the hood of her parka up when we were on the street and now she had a thick head of long, dark hair. But when she finished her dinner, she came over, smiling. She said hello and that we’d already met once before, and asked if she could join me. Of course I remembered her I said, and we got some wine. It felt so natural, like the most ancient way of getting to know someone new. She asked me about myself. We talked for a long time about many things; my life, her life. It was wonderful. My grandmother used to say, “We don’t make friends, we recognize them.” It was an evening of recognition.
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J Brand and Christopher Kane continue their collaborative partnership with the presentation of Resort 2013 Women’s Wear and Spring / Summer 2013 Men’s Wear.
Normally, any completely pink look would be tacky à la strawberry ice cream cone but the way Christopher Kane and J Brand present it, there is nothing gaudy about it. The look is fabulous. Dressed like this, we’re going to cause a lot of poor gawkers to do one too many double takes!
What I like to point out once more: it is not about colors only, or style only, it is about flair and edginess. It’s about how you pair the un-pair-able items. These pink pants have a white flower inset on the legs, which cuts the otherwise solid pink of the jeans, and the sweater is boxy and has extra long sleeves, which gives it a girlish feel, but at the same time, an edgy look. The same goes for the look with the turquoise splashed jeans and a matching darker colored tee.
“Do you celebrate Independence Day in the UK?” asked my childhood penpal, a sweet 9 year old from Missouri. Even back then I was precocious enough to want to reply “Have a think about that one and get back to me, yeah?”
But though we might not get a public holiday to celebrate the day ancestors gave up and headed home (ahem, I might be simplifying history a bit there..) a lot of time has passed since the declaration of independance was signed. The UK and US are firm friends now (albeit friends who rib each other mercilessly) and plenty of UK-based brands have recognised that the good old star spangled banner makes a particularly good fashion motif.
So here are just a few of our favourites from the UK high street that’ll help Brits show their love for the good old US of A on 4th July.
Long Nguyen is the co-founder and style director of Flaunt. Read more…