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Fashion brands love to put out some arty-farty, pretentious and affected ads and movies (see the current Calvin Klein underwear campaign, in which a buttered up Christy Turlington talks about how her panties make her feel; or who could possibly forget Brad Pitt meditating about journeys, plans and dreams in last year’s Chanel Nr. 5 campaign). Today’s edition comes courtesy of Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the sisters behind Rodarte. This Must Be the Only Fantasy is a film collaboration between the fashion house and director Todd Cole, produced by The Creators Project and with (great, if I might add) music by Beach House. They combine magical realism, 1980s video games, fantasy role playing games and some of Rodarte’s absolutely gorgeous pieces from their spring/summer 2013 collection to create this odd, strange short movie about  “mostly teenage kids, just hanging out in the suburbs of LA, killing time, chatting inanities, looking for kicks. It just so happens that the magic from their games has spilled out into the physical world. So the film becomes a contemporary take on the fantasy genre, while also merging art, action, music, and fashion” (The Creators Project). Yeah, yeah, whatever. I have more important questions: Did the dress stay intact after the young girl’s ride on that unicorn? Why didn’t they show more pieces from the collection? Why is Frodo sitting on a throne made out of gaming joysticks and consoles? Was there melted chocolate in the boy’s cup? And what is a Sith Lord doing in the suburbs?

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The faces of fashion are white, young and thin. No breaking news here. When a magazine decides to use a plus-sized model in an editorial, the emphasis lies on the fact that she’s not “straight-sized” and she’s often nude or semi-nude. It’s extremely rare that a heavier model is used without her curves being explicitly mentioned and made the focus of the spread. The same goes with age. It will be the main subject of the article and it will be mentioned how good the model still looks – for her age, of course. And most often than not, you will see the face of one of the supes of yesteryear like Linda, Christy or Helena.
Harper’s Bazaar is now doing an “homage to the diversity of women” in their September issue, cast and styled by the magazine’s Global Fashion Director Carine Roitfeld and shot by Karl Lagerfeld. I seriously don’t know what to think about this editorial. First, and most importantly, I think that diversity should be normal, a thing seen in every magazine, all the time, without a special mention, without it being an “homage”. The variety of model shape, age, size and race used here is rare and great, but it would be even better if it were just a “normal” editorial, not an oddity. I also don’t know what to make of the juxtaposition of old and young, big and small, straight-sized and plus-sized. What exactly is the point here? To show how crazy-old one model is? Or how freakishly tall another? It kind of leaves a bitter aftertaste and reminds me a little bit of a circus freak show. So, what do you think? Am I being too sensitive? Or do you agree?

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So, after yesterday’s post with part I of my review of some of Fall’s 2013 campaigns, today I’m going to show you part II, aka The Bad or some really unimaginative campaigns. Coming from the biggest names out there, it’s rather depressing, really. These companies have access to the best photographers, make-up artists, hairstylists and models and still, the results are just dreary. *sad face*

(And don’t forget to tune in tomorrow for part III, The Ugly!)

CALVIN KLEIN
What the heck is that? Old-fashioned and boo-ho-ooring. In what kind of post-apocalyptic scenery are the models standing there, anyway? And who would say yes to this pitch: Oh yeah, great idea, let’s put the models in some kind of grey room with two doors in the corner that have no function whatsoever? Who would come up with such an idea? Well, I can tell you who already did come up with it: Dozens and dozens of executives who okayed this in the past – cause this is just the kind of ad we all have seen just too many times before.Madison Headrick & Shaun DeWet for Calvin Klein White Label FW 13.14 Campaign by Daniel JacksonMadison Headrick and Shaun DeWet shot by Daniel Jackson

Louis Vuitton Handbags
Yes, sure, Michelle Williams looks gorgeous; I want her hair, her brows and that lipstick, but isn’t there ANY other way to sell a handbag than to have the model contemplatively lean against it, casually throw it over her shoulder or shove it in her face?Michelle Williams for Louis Vuitton Handbags Campaign by Peter Lindberghlv-michelle-williams2Michelle Williams shot by Peter Lindbergh

CHLOE
And here we go again, a model just randomly waving her bag into the camera. Sorry, Chloé, I love you very much, but this ad is not worthy of your name. Boring and already been done a thousand times before (see Louis Vuitton, above, if you need any prove).Tess Hellfeuer, Marique Schimmel, Esther Heesch for Chloé FW 13.14 CampaignTess Hellfeuer, Marique Schimmel and Esther Heesch

PRADA
Now this is just lazy. What is this grey, low-budget concrete background anyway? Did they borrow it from the local mall photographer? This campaign looks like every single other campaign out there. I think that you really should be able to expect much more from Prada. Where was Miuccia when this happened? Even the likes of Christy Turlington and Freja Beha Erichson can’t save this mess. Just sad.PRADA FALL 2013 CAMPAIGN_2PRADA FALL 2013 CAMPAIGN_5PRADA FALL 2013 CAMPAIGN_9PRADA FALL 2013 CAMPAIGN_11Amanda Murphy, Cameron Russell, Caroline de Maigret, Catherine McNeil, Christy Turlington, Fei Fei Sun, Freja Beha Erichsen, Kristine Froseth, Malaika Firth, Rachel Williams and Sophia Ahrens shot by Steven Meisel

TOMMY HILFIGER
Tommy does what Tommy does best: Showing waspy, rich families come together to do waspy, rich-people things (this time, apparently, in college) and looking good while doing it.Tommy Hilfiger FW 13.14 Campaign by Craig McDeantommy-hilfiger-fall-ads

GUCCI
Oh, whatever, why bother with anything, let’s just prop the model on a black bachelor leather sofa from the 80s (and yep, let her shove the bag in her face). People will buy our crap anyway; it’s Gucci, y’all!Abbey Lee Kershaw & Adrien Sahores for Gucci FW 13.14 Campaign by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott_5Abbey Lee Kershaw & Adrien Sahores for Gucci FW 13.14 Campaign by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott_4Abbey Lee Kershaw & Adrien Sahores for Gucci FW 13.14 Campaign by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott_3Abbey Lee Kershaw & Adrien Sahores for Gucci FW 13.14 Campaign by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott_2Abbey Lee Kershaw & Adrien Sahores for Gucci FW 13.14 Campaign by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott_1Abbey Lee Kershaw and Adrien Sahores shot by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

As a teenager in the early 90s, I was literally obsessed with the reigning supermodels of the time: Cindy, Linda, Christy, Naomi, Claudia.  I mean, I even bought Cindy’s workout video, with no intention of ever doing any of the exercises; I just wanted to ogle her. For me, these women epitomized everything I thought you had to be to be successful and loved: tall, thin, beautiful; admired by men and women alike. They were the embodiment of beauty and glamour and everything I didn’t even dare dreaming of ever becoming. I collected everything I could possibly find about them and tore out every picture, ad, article and snippet I could find in fashion magazines. I had literally binders full of stuff about them. But the mother-of-all of everything these supermodels represented really were the 90s Versace campaigns shot by Richard Avedon. I don’t remember even particularly liking the clothes, but no one could ever be any more glitzy and sexy than these women. So, in celebration of my youthful enthusiasm for these over-the-top images, here a trip down memory lane.

Spring 1987Versace Spring 87Even though this ad is from the late 80s, I really just had to show you Christy’s and Cindy’s baby-faces.

1990Versace 1990 wonk eyeDon’t even mind Christy here: What kind of god-awful watch is this?

Spring 1991Versace Spring 91_2Look at that hair! Are we still in the 80s?

Fall 1991Versace Fall 91 TriumviratHelena Christensen, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington. Did anybody say fierce?

Fall 1992Versace Fall 92 CowboyYee-haw! Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Yasmeen Ghauri and Christy Turlington shot by Irving Penn.

Spring 1993Versace Spring 93 SandPlaying in the sand: Stephanie Seymour, Naomi Campbell and Shalom Harlow shot by Richard Avedon.

Fall 1994Versace Fall 94_2It really didn’t get any better than this: Nadja Auermann, Christy Turlington, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford and Stephanie Seymour shot by Richard Avedon.

Fall 1994Versace Fall 94Oh, just Christy and Claudia hanging with a bunch of chiseled naked dudes.

Bonus 1994Versace 94 bikerWhat? Just some friends waiting for the soccer game to start!