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Now this movie is just insane. It’s supposed to be a fashion drama, but it’s basically an overlong ad for Elite Models with the best and worst the 80s had to offer: Campy, kitschy visuals, spandex, ribbons, thong leotards, synthesizer music, big hair and loads of eye make-up: And this is just the first 15 minutes. Now I’m not telling you to watch the whole thing, but do skip forward to 08:50, where you’ll find a young Steven Meisel in all his glory insanely yelling “Nastier, stranger…wilder! wilder! sicker!” to a pack of 80s supermodels such as Paulina Porizkova, Kelly Emberg and Carol Alt. No, really, watch this segment. It’s just too much.

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!)

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

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

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 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

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

To celebrate its “25 Years of Fashion”, Vogue Italia’s July issue comes with not one, but six different fold-out covers, photographed by Steven Meisel and featuring models such as Gisele Bundchen, Linda Evangelista, Natalia Vodianova, Stella Tennant, Raquel Zimmerman, Cameron Russell and Amanda Murphy.
The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Franca Sozzani, told the Telegraph: “If you think about all the [fashion] movements we have had in the years, they came from a situation that’s social, economical and political. So why should we not reflect our time? Everything you would expect to be on the inside is on the outside.”

First, we have Stella Tennant in an S&M-influenced shot. Nice, but not my favorite.Vogue Italia Stella
Then the grungy-one. Yeah, I never really got the appeal of the whole grunge thing. So even though the models are wearing Prada, I’m not particularly feeling this cover.Vogue Italia
Gorgeous portrait of Natalia Vodianova. Very pretty.Vogue Italia Natalia
I really like this one: It reminds me of the glorious, Richard Avedon-lensed Versace ads of the 90s. At the time, I was quite obsessed with them. I even tore them out of magazines to put them into folders, where I would collect them.Vogue Italia Raquel
And here she is, one of my all-time favorite supermodels, Linda Evangelista, doing what she does best: Looking ah-mah-zing!Vogue Italia Linda
Last, but not least, Gisele in Dolce & Gabbana, reminding me of the actual ad campaigns of the brand.Vogue Italia Gisele