Louis Vuitton Series 7 New Ad Campaign

I love when the new ad campaigns are released for the upcoming season as I always like to see what the brands have come up with. Louis Vuitton took a cast of mostly young A-list house ambassadors to be featured in the new “Series 7” campaign for the F/W 2017 collection, which takes shape in an industrial world of raw elements and stark lines.

Against this ideal cinematic backdrop photographer Bruce Weber has set a romantic ballet of never-before-seen characters and powerful heroines. Whether massed in groups, paired off, or singled out for solos, these models generate surprise against a multiplicity of décors and visuals. Among the models faithful to Nicolas Ghesquière’s imagination—a feminine cohort that he delights in transforming every season—are some prestigious guests. Riley Keough, Jaden Smith, Sophie Turner, Catherine Deneuve, and Kevin Michel arise like serendipitous interlopers in the photographs’ composition, fitting right in to the modern tale.

I especially like the close-up shot of the fantastic new embellished clutch bag!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton 

Chicago My Beat

Chicago Is My Beat

For the first time in 17 years, Donatella Versace and Bruce Weber reunite for the Italian House’s F/W 2016 ad campaign. The photographer responsible for some of Versace’s most iconic images returns to the famed fashion brand for the first time since 1999. Starring Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss and Dilone in a series of tableaux, some real-life and some fantastical, the images were shot in Chicago and, in classic Weber style, womenswear and menswear are shown together. The large cast of men features real-world discoveries such as a bodyguard, a singer and dancers, as well as models Trevor Signorino, Charlie Kennedy and Marcus Watts.

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Bruce Weber said, “When I first spoke with Donatella about going to Chicago she said, simply, – yes, let’s pack up and go! – Donatella has always been an adventurer and not only does she treat me like a prince, she treats me like family – and the feeling is mutual. The most important thing to me, after all these year, is that we can still laugh together”.

I used to live in Chicago and love this city, what a great choice.
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LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Versace

A Happy Fabergé Easter

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Happy Easter to all of you, my fabulous readers! This year, I would like to share with you some of the probably most stunning Easter eggs ever seen, coming from the house of Fabergé, a name that is synonymous with eggs of the most luxurious kind.

In New York City, Fabergé has been sending the residents on their biggest ever egg scavenger hunt to raise millions for charity. Almost 300 giant egg sculptures were scattered around the city’s five boroughs. The jeweller had commissioned renowned artists, designers and architects to create the two-foot tall eggs as part of a citywide art display. Among those participating in the project are Tracey Emin, Mark Quinn, Zaha Hadid, Ronnie Wood, Peter Beard, Diane von Furstenberg, Marchesa, Oliver Theykens and Bruce Weber.

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Those amazing egg sculptures are auctioned off (bidding has already started) until April 26 on Paddle8 to raise money for the conservation organization, Elephant Family. The hunt will also gather funds for Studio in a School, a program that brings visual arts to New York City’s public schools.

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Some of the amazing egg sculptures by famous artists such as Jeff Koons or Julian Schnabel will close on Paddle8 at 12:00pm EST on Tuesday, April 22nd. Live auction begins on Tuesday, April 22nd at 07:00PM EST.

Fabergé is hoping that the New York initiative will repeat the success of The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt in London in 2012, which set two Guinness World Records and raised more than $15 million for charity.

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In London, Fabergé has teamed up with Harrodsicon for a creative collaboration that will run until 21st April 2014. An exhibition space has been set up in the famous department store, with the famed Brompton Road windows and façade dressed in Fabergé flags, telling the story of the legendary jewelry house.

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On display is a a rare masterpiece, an original Fabergé Egg – The Apple Blossom Egg, together with other historic Fabergé treasures. This Egg was designed in 1901 and is beautifully crafted in gold, diamonds and nephrite.

Spiral Diamond and Amethyst Tassel Pendant on black

Harrods Exclusive
To celebrate the extravaganza, Fabergé has created a limited-edition Spiral Tassel Pendant, available exclusively at Harrods. The modern, playful, diamond-set egg comes with a stunning gemstone tassel, finished with amethyst, tsavorite, or spinel.

Happy Easter Sunday!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Fabergé

Anna Wintour Shares Her Vogue Story

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Honouring the 120th anniversary of Vogue, Anna Wintour took a trip down memory lane and shared her Vogue story. While working on this September’s cover (which will be the biggest one ever, be prepared to weight-lift) of a Marc Jacobs–clad Lady Gaga made her think about her first one as the editor of Vogue in November 1988 which starred the Israeli model Michaela Bercu, photographed by Peter Lindbergh and styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele.

As the model couldn’t fit in the skirt, she had to wear jeans which made their first ever appearance on the cover of Vogue, and thus fashion history was made.

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“Michaela was wearing a Christian Lacroix jacket with a beaded cross and stonewashed Guess jeans. The jacket was part of a suit, but the skirt didn’t fit Michaela; she had been back home and had gained a little weight. Not that that mattered. In fact, it only reinforced the idea: Take couture’s haughty grandeur, playfully throw it headlong into real life, and see what happens. What none of us expected was to run that picture on the cover, least of all the magazine’s printers, who asked if there’d been some mistake. It was so unlike the elegant close-ups typical of Vogue’s covers back then. This one broke all the rules. It looked easy, casual, like a moment snapped on the street, which was the whole point. Afterwards, people applied all sorts of interpretations: It was about mixing high and low, Michaela was pregnant, it was a religious statement. None of that was true. I had just looked at that picture and sensed the winds of change. And you can’t ask for more from a cover image than that.” – Anna Wintour

She also shared some of her favourite images from Vogue:

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Vogue, July 15, 1928 – Photographed by Edward Steichen

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Vogue, July 1, 1930 Swimmers – Photographed by George Hoyningen-Huene

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Vogue, September 15, 1939 Manboochers corset – Photographed by Horst P. Horst

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Vogue, May 1, 1947 One of Irving Penn’s most famous tableaux, often referred to as “The Twelve Beauties.” At this sitting Penn first fell in love with wife-to-be Lisa Fonssagrives, sixth from left. – Photographed by Irving Penn

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Vogue, June 1, 1948 Cecil Beaton’s iconic image of Charles James ball gowns, photographed in the salon of French & Co., New York.- Photographed by Cecil Beaton

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Vogue, December 1989 Naomi Campbell, Mike Tyson and Don King were all part of a feature on Tyson called “Fight Knight” – Photographed by Bruce Weber

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Vogue, August 1990 Cleopatra’s Eye – Photographed by Irving Penn

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Karl Lagerfeld’s “city ballerinas” shot in Paris. – Photographed by Ellen von Unwerth, Vogue, October 1991

I hope that you have enjoyed this little retrospective as much as I did. Such beautiful images!
For the complete slideshow, please click here.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Via Vogue

Giorgio Armani Acqua di Giò Essenza

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« The strength of the sea and the brightness of the sky are the elements that I am drawn towards the most when in Pantelleria and that inspired me Acqua di Gio. For Acqua di Giò Essenza, I wanted to create a concentrate of power and sensuality. »

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Giorgio Armani has always loved the Mediterranean, and drew his inspiration from the rock-strewn landscape of Pantelleria to create Acqua di Giò in 1996. A fresh, sensual blend that has become a classic men’s fragrance. An irresistible combination of sea’ salty accents, sparkling citrusy notes, musk and woody cedar, this exceptional scent embodies masculinity in harmony with nature, a fragrance of escape and sensuality.

Today Acqua di Giò Essenza opens a new chapter with an Eau de Parfum, a new interpretation of Acqua di Giò, more intense, composed by Alberto Morillas.

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Top notes: Cascalone, Sicilian bergamot essence and grapefruit zest.
Heart notes: Paradisone, jasmine absolute from Grasse, basil and sage.
Base notes: Patchouli,  Atlas cedar, vetiver from Haiti, ambrox, animalic ambergris and clary sage.

The result is an incomparable sensuality, the tantalizing lure of the skin.

The bottle shares the same architectural lines as the Acqua di Giò bottle, with the addition of light and technology. An engraved silver-plated plaque embraces the base of the glass like a mirror, to give the fragrance an even greater dazzle. In a click, the new magnetic cap bearing the Armani logo, opens and closes the bottle with a simple, sensual gesture.

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The campaign was shot by Bruce Weber starring Simon Nessman.

LoL, Sandra

Fashion Favourites for F/W 2011

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Summer has officially just started, but when it comes to fashion, we are right in the middle of winter.
The F/W 2011 ad campaigns are popping up and one of the most talked about this season is Prada’s „fashion maximalism“. Shot by Steven Meisel, the photos show never-before-seen faces such as Frida Gustavsson, Ondria Hardin, Dorte Limkilde, Kelly Mittendorf, Antonia Wesseloh and Julia Zimmer.

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One thing is for sure, same as the S/S 2011 banana prints, those trompe l’oeil boots in bright and exotic skins will be seen everywhere the next season and the `60s colour block shift dress will be on every fashionista’s shopping list.

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It wouldn’t be Miuccia Prada, if she didn’t surprise us once more. The face of her Miu Miu F/W 2011 ad campaign is 14-year-old actress Hailee Steinfeld who was photographed by Bruce Weber.

After nine seasons working with Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Miu Miu is going in a new direction, with this different and fresh campaign.

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Those glitter booties are sure to get even more buzz, they are to-die-for! Same as the oversized clutch bags, preferably in fur.

LoL, Sandra

Big Shots

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It is August and the majority of fall campaigns can be seen now in the new fashion magazines, ads just keep coming out of the woodwork and so I wanted to give you a brief summary of the most important ones and by whom they were shot.
It is funny to see that this world in particular is pretty small and some photographers are ahead of the game.

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My personal favourite is Bottega Veneta`s strong expressive F/W 2010 campaign. Shot by the godfather of energetic graphic photography himself: Robert Longo. The artist has became famous in the late 1970s and early 1980s with his series „Men in the Cities“ that depicts men and women in business attire contorted in extreme positions.

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Roberto Cavalli 40th Anniversary featuring Gisèle Buendchen

The winner this season seems to be renowned Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott. The dream team that has defined the look of the past decade, shot the most campaigns. Enjoy my preview:

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Calvin Klein Jeans featuring Lara Stone

Calvin Klein Jeans featuring Lara Stone





Miu Miu featuring Lindsey Wixon, Ginta Lapina, Siri Tollerod, Daphne Groenweld

Miu Miu featuring Lindsey Wixon, Ginta Lapina, Siri Tollerod, Daphne Groenweld

Stella McCartney featuring Natalia Vodianova

Stella McCartney featuring Natalia Vodianova







Iceberg featuring Carolyn Murphy

Iceberg featuring Carolyn Murphy







Gucci featuring Nikola Jovanovic, Joan Smalls, Raquel Zimmermann

Gucci featuring Nikola Jovanovic, Joan Smalls, Raquel Zimmermann




Giorgio Armani featuring Edita Vilkeviciute

Giorgio Armani featuring Edita Vilkeviciute







Bulgari featuring Julianne Moore

Bulgari featuring Julianne Moore












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Mulberry featuring Abbey Lee Kershaw, Hanne Gaby Odiele

Mulberry featuring Abbey Lee Kershaw, Hanne Gaby Odiele

The American photographer and long-time protégé of both Franca Sozzani and Anna Wintour, editors-in-chief of Italian and American Vogue is also a big shot in the world of fashion photography. No wonder, Steven Meisel shot all those gorgeous campaigns.

Lanvin featuring Mariacarla Boscono, Anja Rubik, Magdalena Frackowiak

Lanvin featuring Mariacarla Boscono, Anja Rubik, Magdalena Frackowiak








Balenciaga featuring Eliza Cummings, Freja Beha Erichsen, Julija Stepanoviciute, Kirsi Pyrohnen, Karen Elson, Meghan Collison, Mirte Maas, Stella Tennant

Balenciaga featuring Eliza Cummings, Freja Beha Erichsen, Julija Stepanoviciute, Kirsi Pyrohnen, Karen Elson, Meghan Collison, Mirte Maas, Stella Tennant

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Prada featuring Daria Strokous,  Angela Lindvall

Prada featuring Daria Strokous, Angela Lindvall






Louis Vuitton featuring Karen Elson, Christy Turlington, Natalia Vodianova

Louis Vuitton featuring Karen Elson, Christy Turlington, Natalia Vodianova











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YSL featuring Daria Werbowy

YSL featuring Daria Werbowy

Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinood Matadin, a fashion photographer duo that is well known for their independent art work. Most of their photographs are both critical and slightly disturbing as you can see in the campaigns they shot for F/W 2010.

Moschino featuring Alessandra Ambrosio

Moschino featuring Alessandra Ambrosio










Balmain featuring Kate Moss

Balmain featuring Kate Moss

Jean Paul Gaultier featuring Kelly Moreira, Crystal Renn

Jean Paul Gaultier featuring Kelly Moreira, Crystal Renn








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Mango featuring Scarlett Johansson

Italian-born Mario Sorrenti is a photographer and director best known for his spreads of nude models in the pages of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.


Kenzo featuring Lily Donaldson, Sasha Pivovarova

Kenzo featuring Lily Donaldson, Sasha Pivovarova









Emporio Armani featuring Karmen Pedaru

Emporio Armani featuring Karmen Pedaru







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Versace featuring Iselin Steiro, Anna Selezneva, Valerija Kelava

Versace featuring Iselin Steiro, Anna Selezneva, Valerija Kelava

Peruvian fashion photographer Mario Testino has shot many fashion stories and celebrities. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums.

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Burberry Prorsum featuring Nina Porter, Lily Donaldson, Rosie Huntington Whitely

Burberry Prorsum featuring Nina Porter, Lily Donaldson, Rosie Huntington Whitely




D&G featuring Simon Nessman, Travis Davenport, Vladimir Ivanov, Nils Butler, Oscar Spendrup, Simona Andrejic, Diana Farkhullina, Elena Melnik, Anya Kazakova, Regina Feoktistova

D&G featuring Simona Andrejic, Diana Farkhullina, Elena Melnik, Anya Kazakova, Regina Feoktistova















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Hermès-Fall-Winter-2010-Ad-Campaign2Hermès has come up with another really beautiful advertising campaign shot by Paolo Roversi. I love his romantic, vintage looking photos that always seem to tell a story. To me, a perfect choice for the French house!

Hermès featuring Constance Jablonski

Hermès featuring Constance Jablonski






Alberta Ferretti featuring Monika Jagaciak, Sigrid Agren

Alberta Ferretti featuring Monika Jagaciak, Sigrid Agren











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Salvatore Ferragamo featuring Stella Tennant

Salvatore Ferragamo featuring Stella Tennant

Bruce Weber is a well-known face in the world of advertising photography. His career really took of in the late 1980s and early 1990s with his famous advertising images for Calvin Klein.








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Céline featuring Sigrid Agren, Emma Balfour

Céline featuring Sigrid Agren, Emma Balfour

Juergen Teller‘s work is extraordinary and with a distinctive design. His raw style makes him one of the most influential fashion photographers working today.


Marc Jacobs featuring Monika Jagaciak, Frida Gustavsson, Ann Kenny

Marc Jacobs featuring Monika Jagaciak, Frida Gustavsson, Ann Kenny







Marc by Marc Jacobs featuring Ruby Aldridge

Marc by Marc Jacobs featuring Ruby Aldridge










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Chanel featuring Brad Kroenig, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Freja Beha Erichsen

Chanel featuring Brad Kroenig, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Freja Beha Erichsen

Multi-talent Karl Lagerfeld likes to keep everything in his own hands. So no wonder that he shoots the advertising campaigns for his own collections for Chanel and Fendi.


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Fendi featuring Anja Rubik, Baptiste Giabiconi

Fendi featuring Anja Rubik, Baptiste Giabiconi




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StevenKlein

dolcegabbanacampaign1Steven Klein is an American photographer that shot many high-profile advertising campaigns for various clients. This season he was hired by Dolce & Gabbana to capture a close knit Italian family with Madonna as the matriarchal figure through his lens.
Great job!

LoL, Sandra

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Dolce & Gabbana featuring Madonna

Dolce & Gabbana featuring Madonna