Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The Virgil Abloh x Evian Bottle

Earlier this year, Virgil Abloh embarked on a worthwhile, eco-friendly project. With Evian, the designer, artist, architect, engineer and creative director designed the 100% environmentally friendly Soma bottle, enhanced by the bright pink inscription "RAINBOW INSIDE". Popular within the fashion sphere, this model sold out in a matter of minutes.

The duo strikes again with another collaboration, this time a brand new collector's glass bottle, with a refined design inspired by the rainbow trend. The Virgil Abloh magic touch? The bottle is designed with the "MAKE A RAINBOW" motto. Calling all fans, this new collector's item is already available in very limited supply art La Grande Epicerie, Bon Marché and on Grab one while they're hot!

Why Wrap Flowers In Plain Paper When You Could Put Them In Prada?

Is there anything better than a fragrant bunch of fresh flowers? Here’s one suggestion; a fragrant bunch of fresh flowers wrapped not in brown paper, but in Prada. To mark the unveiling of its spring/summer 2020 resort campaign – and the collection’s arrival in stores – Prada has teamed up with selected florists around the globe for a special initiative.

From Thursday 14th November participating florists around the world, including Petals at Bibendum, Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart and Kensington Flower Corner in London, will wrap customers’ dahlias and ranunculus in Prada-paper printed with chic shots from the resort campaign, for as long as stocks last. The shoot features the likes of Freja Beha Erichsen, Lexi Boling and Qun Ye toting their own blooms – also wrapped in blown-up images from the campaign. Very meta, Miuccia.

Prada selected two photographers to shoot the spring/summer 2020 resort campaign; New York-based Drew Vickers, and the Japanese photographer Keizo Kitajima, noted for his dynamic street photography from the 1970´s through to today.

Florists in New York, Moscow, Milan, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo will also take part in Prada’s flower activation from 14th November, which will see an interactive landing page go live on the brand’s website and social platforms, where fashion fans can upload and share selfies snapped with their Prada-wrapped blooms.

The Stars Of Burberry’s Christmas Campaign Share Their Favourite Festive Memories

At this time of year, along with festive food, last-minute shopping and mulled wine, the spreading of the holiday spirit brings one other thing to the forefront: love. And Burberry’s chief creative officer, Riccardo Tisci, has brought together an all-star cast – from Carla Bruni and Fran Summers to Lea T and Ikram Abdi Omar – to celebrate just that for the brand’s festive campaign.

Set to the soundtrack of “What Is Love?” by Deee-Lite, it sees the cast – which also includes brand ambassadors Zhou Dongyu and Yoo Ah-in, Shay, Boychild, Wu Tsang, Cecilia Chancellor, Sasha Pivovarova, Marina Morena, Mahmood and Ruben Loftus-Cheek – move and dance to the music amidst a suitably festive white setting.

Fran Summers, model-of-the-moment and former British Vogue cover star, fondly reflects on one special Christmas: “One year the whole family decided to go to Florida,” she tells Vogue. “It was so nice waking up in the morning to my parents’ cuddles, and knowing I was going to Disney World the same day! Presents under a tree don’t matter when you’re with your favourite people in your favourite place. I was still young and we went for Christmas lunch and it was one where all the characters would come out while you eat. And as you can imagine, I was the happiest little girl in that room!”

In contrast to Burberry Christmas campaigns under Christopher Bailey, which were as warm and fuzzy as they come thanks to a line-up of British favourites including Julie Walters, Tisci’s festive campaign, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, is more eccentric. And being part of it is an experience Abdi Omar did not take for granted. “I felt so honoured to be part of an eclectic cast like this,” she tells Vogue. “I was so surprised and excited when I got the call because last year I met Naomi Campbell’s mum [Valerie Morris] and congratulated her on featuring in the 2018 festive campaign! It was a shock to me but it has always been one of my dreams to work for Burberry. It means a lot to me and it shows me that I can dream and achieve things that I put my mind to.”

Naomi Campbell's Fashion For Relief Pop-Up

It’s not every day you get to rifle through the contents of a supermodel’s wardrobe. But an upcoming pop-up shop masterminded by none other than Naomi Campbell will give shoppers an opportunity to do just that.

The supermodel is bringing back her Fashion For Relief pop-up shop with Westfield London for the first time in five years, for a 12-day run at the Atrium kicking off on 27th November – just in time for Christmas. The Campbell-curated shopping experience will incorporate bespoke and limited-edition pieces donated by brands, as well as items from the model’s own collection. The money raised will help benefit Fashion For Relief 2019’s charity partner, the Mayor’s Fund for London, this festive season.

“This is a unique opportunity for everyone to get their hands on some really special fashion pieces at accessible prices,” Campbell said of her pop-up, which will also host presentations from up-and-coming designers. “Whether you are shopping for Christmas presents or just treating yourself, you can do so here knowing that the money is going to help improve the futures of young Londoners.”

In September this year, Campbell brought her Fashion For Relief gala back home to her native London – after stints in farflung locations including Moscow, Mumbai and Dar es Salaam. For 2019’s event, which was attended by the likes of Billy Porter and Naomie Harris, the supermodel joined forces with the Mayor's Fund for London and UNICEF as charity partners, meaning Fashion For Relief, which was sponsored by Chrome Hearts and Gucci, raised vital funds for disadvantaged children in London and further afield, too.

“I’m delighted that Naomi and Fashion For Relief have chosen to support the Mayor's Fund for London,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan said ahead of the gala at the British Museum. “We share the belief that all young people, regardless of their background, should have the opportunity to fulfill their potential.” Since Campbell launched Fashion For Relief 14 years ago she’s raised millions of pounds for disaster relief and multiple humanitarian crises, too. So why not do your bit this Christmas? The proceeds of the pop-up shop will support Londoners from low-income backgrounds with help and skills to build careers.

Kristen Stewart Champions Sustainable Fashion

We are living in the age of the reboot, and if the latest red-carpet appearance from the new-gen Charlie’s Angels is anything to go by, we’re in for a real cinematic treat. All three Angels; Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, came together last night for the LA premiere of their highly anticipated action comedy, and each brought their own individual take on red carpet fashion.

At Westwood's Regency Village Theatre, Stewart – who takes on the role of Sabina, who “runs the ground game” – wore a multi-coloured Germanier minidress strewn in hundreds of beads. Kevin Germanier, a young designer known for his dramatic, sculptural shapes and bold colour combinations cut his teeth under Nicholas Ghesquière at Louis Vuitton after graduating from Central Saint Martins. His eponymous designs are a glamorous take on upcycled fashion – Germanier scatters his garments with discarded beads once destined for landfill.

Scott and Balinska didn’t disappoint, either. Scott, a former BritishVogue cover star who plays programmer Elena, opted for a high-neck black dress with an oversized silhouette. The actor paired the hiked hemline dress with black fishnet tights, chunky platform boots and diamond-encrusted jewellery. While Balinska – who takes on the role of a former M-I6 agent – wore a multi-layered beige chiffon gown. The actor paired the floor-sweeping dress with diamond-laden rings.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Vivienne Westwood’s Iconic Corsets Are Being Reissued

As we prepare to enter a new decade, Vivienne Westwood is reviving an element of her past: the corset. Not the traditional, rib-crushing kind that women were lacing themselves into back in the 16th Century – but the empowering, punk-infused version she unleashed in her Harris Tweed collection in 1987.

The British fashion designer, who first incorporated corsets into her punk aesthetic in the 1970´s, reimagined the garment through a lens of female power, rather than oppression. Now, one of her most iconic designs is set to make a return. Dressed in three shades – ivory, red and black – Westwood’s classic corset (£1,045) is being reissued for a limited time only in stores in London, New York, Paris, Milan and Los Angeles.

Designers from Stella McCartney to Jean Paul Gaultier have experimented with the corset or corset-like tailoring in their designs, but it remains most associated with Westwood, who first utilised it when experimenting with fetish-wear at Sex, the King’s Road boutique she ran with Malcolm McLaren in the 1970´s. Now, it seems, the time is ripe for its latest revival.

The Most Controversial Banned Fashion Ads

In the image-centric world of fashion, it's no secret that sex sells. From fast fashion to high luxury, sexuality has spilled from the billboards of brands since the advertising industry first emerged. As society evolved and the boundaries of decent exposure were pushed further, brands continued capitalizing on double-take-worthy ads. But questionable images can easily strike a chord (or several) among customers, and fashion campaigns that reveal too much or go too far are quick to be called out. Advertising regulators are responsible for reeling in the offenders, often banning ads from circulation and deciding when the risqué has crossed into the wrong. Click through to uncover the most controversial banned ads in fashion history, from cocaine to cow udders and everything in between.

Calvin Klein Jeans

In 1980, a then 15-year-old Brooke Shields starred in a Calvin Klein Jeans campaign and infamously whispered, "Do you know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing." The campaign's commercials were banned by ABC and CBS, after public backlash erupted around the seemingly sexualized teenager.

Calvin Klein Jeans

Calvin Klein Jeans' 1995 ad campaign was banned for its provocative use of youthful models, causing many to accuse the brand of child pornography. The complaints became so frequent, the Justice Department launched a full investigation of the campaign, ultimately revealing that none of the models were minors.


One of many banned Sisley ads, this 2001 image controversially featured model Josie Maran posing seductively with a cow's udder. It was part of a campaign that had models in various risqué scenes on a farm and was supposed to convey "a naturalistic representation of life and countryside, playing on models' exhibitionism, and hinting ironically at nature and natural eroticism," according to the brand.

Yves Saint Laurent

During Tom Ford's appointment at the helm of YSL, this infamous ad for the Opium fragrance received nearly 1,000 complaints and was removed from billboards. Model Sophie Dahl, styled by Carine, was posed in a way that was "sexually suggestive and unsuitable to be seen by children," according to the Advertising Standards Authority.

Yves Saint Laurent

In 2002, Yves Saint Laurent created a full-frontal fragrance campaign inspired by a 1971 photograph of the fashion house's founder. Needless to say, the image of model Samuel de Cubber in the nude received countless complaints and only a cropped version was authorized for use on posters (even though the full image was printed in magazines). "Perfume is worn on the skin, so why hide the body? The M7 campaign is really pure... it's a very academic nude," then-creative director Tom Ford said of the campaign.


Never one to shy away from sexuality, Tom Ford released a slew of highly controversial ads throughout his reign at Gucci (with some help from Carine). In perhaps one of the most well-known fashion advertisements to date, Ford joined forces with legendary photographer Mario Testino in 2003 for a series of fetish-inspired Gucci ads. This photo, starring model Carmen Kass' pubic hair shaped into a Gucci "G," was instantly banned across the world.


This 2007 Sisley ad was banned for depicting and glamorizing drug use, through both the clothing's positioning and the models' appearance.

Tom Ford

This 2007 Tom Ford for Men fragrance advertisement was swiftly banned in Italy for its graphic sexuality.

American Apparel

Although this 2009 ad may rest on the modest side of American Apparel's notoriously sexual photography, it was banned in the UK after many complained that the 23-year-old model looked younger than 16.

Miu Miu

The entirety of Miu Miu's 2011 ad campaign starred up-and-coming actress Hailee Steinfeld, but this image in particular was banned across the UK. After hearing complaints that the then 14-year-old appeared to be crying while perched on a railroad track, the ad was condemned for depicting "a child in a hazardous or dangerous situation."


The parent company of Sisley, Benetton featured a number of controversial ads throughout the years, often with the aim to challenge people's perceptions. Although depicting a real event, this photo of Pope Benedict XVI and imam Sheik Ahmed el-Tayeb kissing was condemned by the Vatican and was forced to be taken down just hours after it was released. Part of Benetton's Unhate campaign, which also highlighted images of the impact of AIDS and domestic abuse, this photo was accused of confusing brotherly love with sexual love.

Marc Jacobs

In 2011, Marc Jacobs' Oh, Lola! fragrance was launched with an ad campaign starring a then 17-year-old Dakota Fanning. The ad was banned across the UK for appearing to sexualize the underage actress with the placement of the flower-topped bottle, a claim that both Fanning and Jacobs publicly contested.


Diesel's 2011 "Be Stupid" campaign was banned across the UK, after the Advertising Standard Authority argued that they were "indecent and could be seen by children leading to bad behavior." Diesel disagreed with the ban, but was forced to comply.

American Apparel

Three years before declaring bankruptcy in 2016, American Apparel released this bottomless ad, starring an employee, that was banned in the UK due to nudity.

Miu Miu

This 2015 Miu Miu ad was banned for "inappropriately sexualizing a model" due to backlash concerning her youthful appearance. Miu Miu later provided proof that model Mia Goth was 22 years old, but the ban was not lifted.

Saint Laurent

Advertisements for Hedi Slimane's Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2015 collection were banned by the Advertising Standards Authority for posing 18-year-old Kiki Willems in "irresponsible" ways that highlighted her thin, leggy frame. This controversy hit the Parisian fashion house particularly hard, as it occurred shortly after French Parliament passed a law banning the use of overtly thin fashion models.


Images from Gucci's Cruise 2016 campaign were banned by the UK's Advertising Standards Authority for featuring "unhealthily thin" models. Gucci argued that determining models' health is not subjective, claiming that there were no visible bones in the images, but the ban didn't budge.