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I wouldn’t call myself a Diesel fan, but I really like Nicola Formichetti’s first ad campaign as new Artistic Director of the brand. Instead of using models or famous actresses, he looked for his subjects on Tumblr. The 20 people cast feature 18 individuals of all shapes and sizes, they have colored and shaved hair and are often androgynous. Always nice to see something else than the usual white, blonde, thin 18-year old. You see, it can be done.
Formichetti said that he “wanted to find people who reflected the diversity of the creative community today and not just the typical model.” He continued: “I wanted the campaign to showcase a variety of characters, people who are beautiful in their own unique way. It was less about capturing fashion and more about getting an insight into these people’s souls. ” The campaign was shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

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So, Lady Gaga released her new video yesterday and of course, the main thing I’m interested in is: What the hell is she wearing? With her usual theatrics and shenanigans you can always count on some major fashion statement, so let’s see some of the things she came up with this time.
Brandon Maxwell, Gaga’s stylist, explained that the concept for the video was: “What would you do for the applause?” Not digging very deep here, since the song’s title is “Applause”… Well, whatever, I’m not here for some pseudo-intellectual babble, I’m here for the costumes, so let’s get to them!
First, we have a surreal top by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac that looks like two gloved hands grasping her breasts, worn with a matching glove-choker, coordinating leather gloves and some glove-panties.
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Next, we have a a custom Gareth Pugh pillow gown worn over a black catsuit by Mila Schön. Very simple, very beautiful.Bildschirmfoto 2013-08-20 um 12.47.03Bildschirmfoto 2013-08-20 um 12.47.38

When I saw the green jacket Gaga is wearing next, I knew I had seen it not too long ago: Yep, it was the Maison Martin Margiela Couture jacket shown a couple of months ago at Paris Couture week. Gaga’s sister Natali Germanotta designed the mirror-and-pin costume she’s wearing it with.Gaga_4Bildschirmfoto 2013-08-20 um 12.48.41Bildschirmfoto 2013-08-20 um 12.59.06Margiela_3b

The lingerie Gaga is wearing here is by Valentino Couture, the boots are Alaïa. Quite boring, really, and I think I saw a similar pair of panties at H&M last week.Gaga_10Bildschirmfoto 2013-08-20 um 12.59.48Bildschirmfoto 2013-08-20 um 13.00.00

The seashell pasties and bottoms were made by Perry Meek from fresh flowers, glue, sea shells, obviously, and string. And yes, the inspiration behind this outfit – no prizes for guessing that right – is Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus. The singer recently tweeted a photo of her in that outift with the hashtag #boticellibabe.Bildschirmfoto 2013-08-20 um 13.19.22Bildschirmfoto 2013-08-20 um 13.24.49Bildschirmfoto 2013-08-20 um 13.24.17Bildschirmfoto 2013-08-20 um 13.20.13

The wings worn here are made by Junker Designs from broken umbrella spokes.Bildschirmfoto 2013-08-20 um 13.15.23Bildschirmfoto 2013-08-20 um 13.15.32Bildschirmfoto 2013-08-20 um 13.22.44

Maxwell commissioned New York based fashion designer Mathieu Mirano to design this bra. He said that it was made of duct tape that had been burned with a blow torch; it had crystals on it and safety pins stuck through it for a rougher feel.Bildschirmfoto 2013-08-20 um 13.37.04Bildschirmfoto 2013-08-20 um 13.37.17

And last, but not least: How beautiful does Gaga look in these stills? Gorgeous, non?Bildschirmfoto 2013-08-20 um 12.24.17Bildschirmfoto 2013-08-20 um 12.48.57Bildschirmfoto 2013-08-20 um 12.49.59Bildschirmfoto 2013-08-20 um 12.50.58Bildschirmfoto 2013-08-20 um 12.50.11

As it has become some kind of a tradition, I’m sending you into the weekend with a bunch of pretty pictures (and a video), this time presented by Valentino. For the fashion house’s Fall 2013 campaign, the brand’s creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli took inspiration in Dutch painters like Rembrandt and Vermeer. Chiuri said that the “women were represented like paintings, caught in the intimacy and magic of their gestures,” while Piccioli added that the campaign showed “the magnificence of Flemish lights and 10 different characters of contemporary feminine grace and regality.” The models are placed next to classic elements of still-life paintings: a vase of flowers, a bunch of asparagus, feathers and grapes. I like how they threw some pieces of the season’s accessories into the mix. Very serene and pretty images. Well done. The images were shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.Valentino FW 13.14 Campaign by Inez & Vinoodh_1Valentino FW 13.14 Campaign by Inez & Vinoodh_4Valentino FW 13.14 Campaign by Inez & Vinoodh_5Valentino FW 13.14 Campaign by Inez & Vinoodh_8Valentino FW 13.14 Campaign by Inez & Vinoodh_9Valentino FW 13.14 Campaign by Inez & Vinoodh_10Valentino FW 13.14 Campaign by Inez & Vinoodh_11Valentino FW 13.14 Campaign by Inez & Vinoodh_12