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There were lots of great collections in Milan (Jil Sander and Marni to name but a few), but after having seen Prada, there is really nothing much left to hear, see or do. Miuccia Prada showed such a rich, intelligent collection, managing to show beautiful clothes, while at the same time making a strong political-feminist statement.
So: If you weren’t interested in political messages, you’d find gorgeous color combinations, three-dimensional embellishments, gems and crystals, classically beautiful gowns and tiny, extremely ladylike handbags. If you wanted weirdness, you’d be happy with the usual pretty-ugly shoes, American Apparel-style leg warmers and sleeveless rugby sweaters worn under elegant dresses. And then, politics: The bras stitched upon coats made you think of the enticement usually associated with them, but the way they were placed on the garments, their shapes and presentation (and the overall styling of the clothes, for that matter) put all sexiness ad absurdum. The strong female faces on the coats and skirts were commissioned by Prada to a group of mural artists; their paintings were also on display in the show’s venue. To quote Miuccia: “I want to inspire women to struggle.”
All together, what on paper may sound like a confounding and incoherent head-scratcher resulted in one of the most creative and innovative collections of Fashion Month so far.

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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

So, after posting the fashion video for Love, I just had to show you the covers (yep, there are multiple) for the glossy’s 5th anniversary issue. They are playful, colourful and fun with a not-so-serious attitude. The magazine pays homage to – who would have guessed it – Minnie Mouse; the Disney character is not only one of five cover girls, but is also featured on Love’s website in a very entertaining, interactive game. Well, it’s not really a game, the cursor is basically Minnie’s hand and you can go and grab  stuff. Oh, just go and see for yourself!
The mouse ears worn by the models have been made exclusively for the magazine by luxury brands such as Gucci, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton and Prada. Check out the video below to see them all.
Katie Grand, Love’s editor-in-chief, said that she was inspired by her Instagram feed: “As work began on this issue, that famous Herb Ritts shot of Madonna popped up on my Instagram feed, the one where she’s in bed wearing the Minnie Mouse ears. There was something about that look – knowing, but genuine, and genuinely sweet – that got me thinking. And I’ve always been a big fan of Minnie’s style and that polka-dot bow.”
Well, I just love Love’s covers! Take a look for yourself!

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In its August 2013 issue, Dazed & Confused published a great editorial portaying some of the best from Miu Miu‘s past and present collections. In its accompanying article, the magazine describes the label as being “intuitive, playful, clever and contrary, a subversive take on the elder label’s hammering of the bourgeois code.” And since I have always been a big admirer of Miuccia Prada and her two labels, I was really happy to see some of my favorite pieces shot in the spread, including the yellow dress with the peach-colored bow at the neck from AW11 and the cat-printed dress with the puffy sleeves from SS 2010.
(Sorry for the really small captions under the pics, you can read them by clicking on the image.)

The Miu Age
Photographer: Ben Toms
Stylist: Robbie Spencer
Models: Anne-Catherine Lacroix, Delfine Bafort, Irene Hiemstra, Jamily Wernke and Vlada Roslyakova

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