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29 Oct

Bottega Veneta’s perfume campaign

Bottega Veneta have just released their third and final short film for the launch of their first women’s fragrance, which features behind-the-scenes footage of Bruce Weber shooting the beautiful Nine d’Urso for the advertising campaign.

V Magazine brings back supermodels. 

Bringing supermodels after a two year haitus is a pretty bold move, resulting in four super eyecatching covers featuring two models apiece. Styled by Carine Roitfeld, the result is visually stunning and vibrant. It’s hard to pick a favourite but I think Candice Swanepoel and Joan Smalls pip the others to the post. Carine says: “These eight girls are unique, not one is like the other. Candice is the only blonde and blue-eyed of this new generation of supermodels. Joan is black, Sui He is Asian, Hanaa is North African. It’s their diversity that makes each of them, to me, truly modern. They bring a new energy to fashion.” 

Chanel replaces Freja Beha!

Another bold move also involving Carine, Chanel have ended Freja Beha Erichsen’s five campaign reign at Chanel. I have to admit, although the AW11 campaign was cheeky and charming, it wasn’t my favourite so I’m intrigued to see what SS12 brings. Lagerfeld shot new faces Saskia de Brauw and Joan Smalls, who were styled by Carine Roitfeld. Lagerfeld is also due to shoot Arizona Muse for Fendi, replacing Anja Rubik after four seasons as the face of the brand. It seems that Mr Lagerfeld is after change and something fresh. 

Prada to launch jewellery collection…in time for Christmas. 

Rip up that letter to Santa, ladies, Prada are launching their first jewellery collection next month…just in time for Christmas. The limited edition capsule collection featured a feminine, quirky range of brooches, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and cuffs. I’m pretty partial to a shiny bauble or six, but I’m not convinced by the collection, especially given the price tag which starts at 350 Euros. The leather cuffs are gorgeous though. 

You’re invited to the launch of Emerging Artists and Designers Month!

Readers of Fashion Daydreams are invited to pop down to Narciss boutique on Westbourne Grove to the launch event for Emerging Artists and Designers Month, where contemporary art and fashion merge. 

Republic launches White collection.

High street fashion favourite Republic have launched their White Label collection which features affordable wardrobe staples at pocket friendly prices. Think gilets, chinos, shirts, tshirts, hoodies and even boots for under £30. 

The campaign trail: Jil Sander, Prada and Jean Paul Gaultier AW11

24 Jun

The Jil Sander campaign was shot by Willy Vanderperre and features Daria Strokous for the second time along Guerrino in this bold, dark campaign. I think the overall look works well as it’s highly impactful and is a seamless continuation of the clean Jil Sander aesthetic. The sharp shots of colour add interest and I love the long, languid shapes draped over furniture – it’s a bit surreal and reminds me a little of Salvador Dali’s work. 

The Jean Paul Gaultier autumn/winter 2011 campaign was shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin and features the stunning Kristien McMenamy…it is also the second AW11 campaign to be styled by Carine Roitfeld. I think the campaign is taking Gaultier in a different direction and has all the Roitfeld trademarks, super sexy and slightly dishevelled looking. The clothing and posing don’t really do much for me though. 

The Prada autumn/winter 2011 campaign was shot by Steven Meisel and features a surprising cast of Kelly Mitendorf, Antonia Wesseloh, Frida Gustavsson and Ondria Hardin. Though the colour palette is soft in the Kelly and Antonia image (slightly more punchy in the Frida and Ondria image), the campaign is quite impactful. There have been criticisms about this campaign, namely that the models are expressionless and the image feels flat. I can see where this criticism is coming from but I like the campaign, it’s fresher and younger. Though I think perhaps the models look a tad too young and maybe a bit more appropriate for Miu Miu…who have gone for the even younger Hailee Steinfield. 

Everyone loves Prada stripes

20 Apr
The high street may have fully embraced (read: killed) colour blocking and brights, but magazines are going crazy for Prada stripes this season. The number of covers alone is fast approaching FIFTY, let alone editorials. International Vogue editions are absolutely loving the collection, featuring pieces with stripes as well as monkey and banana motif printed pieces. Here are my favourite of the 48 covers..and counting! Anna Wintour’s WSJ cover definitely makes the cut though you can’t see much of what she’s wearing. I think that the fact that she chose Prada for this rare cover and interview speaks volumes. 

Looking beneath the bright jewel tones, florals and cool neutrals littering the high street, plenty of stores have been inspired by prada’s bright, punchy prints. They’re a bit sassier than block colours and the perfect bold antidote to pretty florals which are getting a bit boring and predictable in Summer. Head to toe stripes might be a bit much for some, so choose a statement piece like one of the gorgeous skirts and pair with either brights or neutrals. 
Zara stripe skirt – £25.99


31 Mar
The last couple of weeks have been very Spring-like…hurray! I’ve officially ditched my winter coat in favour of a slightly lighter coat and even wore shorts (with tights) sans jacket on the weekend. As great as the lighter evening and sunshine are, I suddenly feel like I’m ill equipped to deal with the warmer weather. It’s not as simple as just taking a couple of layers off and wearing a lighter jacket, actual hot weather will require appropriate clothing.

One of my favourite Spring/Summer trends is thankfully one that you can count on every year – nautical stripes. Stripes are already all over the high-street  in various guises from traditional blue, ultra thin stripes, vertical and horizontal stripes. My favourite are the more block-y Prada inspired stripes like the Zara skirt in the centre. I also love the Topshop  night shorts which are just too cute to be confined to indoors, I’m planning on wearing them with wedges, slouchy tee and a maxi length cardi. 

Prada SS11 campaign video

24 Jan

This Prada video has literally made my day! I bet you can’t watch it without breaking into a grin. I love that such a well respected fashion house is embracing new technology and it’s the perfect medium for showing off the very bold baroque-meets-stripes collection. 

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