Category Archives: Designers

Two Covers of Vogue US September 2020


For Vogue US September 2020 issue, Kerry James Marshall and Jordan Casteel were given complete freedom to decide who would be on their covers, a real or imaginary person, and how that person would be portrayed.

For her Vogue cover, Casteel chose a real person as her subject, fashion designer Aurora James, who made headlines in June with her @15percentpledge, a campaign to support Black-owned businesses. “I believe that what Aurora is doing is hugely important in creating the long-term change that Black people deserve and this country owes us,” Casteel says. “I see her as a light in a lot of darkness, and a potential for hope, a representative of change across all creative industries. What’s most exciting to me is being given artistic integrity and being able to choose the person to be my sitter—someone who reflects a portion of my own identity—and then to do that truly in the medium of my choice. This is the way that I speak to the world. And this is the way I’ve been speaking to the world and talking about the humanity of our people, talking about humanity in general. It’s a really profound experience. I do think I’m participating and a change is happening.”

Marshall created a fictional character, as he typically does in his paintings. “I’m trying to build into her expression that she’s not dependent on the gaze of the spectator,” he says. “‘I’m here and you can see me, but I’m not here for you.’ That’s a critical element. The great word, ultimately, is going to be self-possessed. That’s what I’m aiming for.”

The Black figures Marshall paints have skin so dark that it is, as he says, “at the edge of visibility.” To achieve this, Marshall begins with three different shades—carbon black, iron oxide black, also called mars black, and ivory black, also called bone black, and then adds cobalt blue, chrome green, carbazole dioxazine violet, yellow ochre, and raw sienna. “The color comes up when you stack them on top of each other,” he says. “If you’re going to be painting a face as black as I’m painting them, they can’t just be a cipher, like a black hole. They have to be mysterious but available. If you say ‘Black is beautiful,’ you have to show it. And what I’m doing is showing it at the extreme. Yes, it is black—very black—and it is very beautiful.” (source)

Click here to view last year cover featuring Taylor Swift, here to view 2018 cover featuring Beyoncé, here to view 2017 cover featuring Jennifer Lawrence, here to view 2016 cover featuring Kendall Jenner, here to view 2015 cover featuring Beyoncé, here to view 2014 cover featuring Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss, here to view 2013 cover featuring Jennifer Lawrence, here to view 2012 cover featuring Lady Gaga, here to view 2011 cover featuring Kate Moss, here for 2010 cover with Halle Berry, and here for 2009 cover with Charlize Theron.


Gucci Bloom Fragrance 2020 Ad Campaign


Gucci tells a story about four women–singer Florence Welch, actress Jodie Turner Smith, actress and director Angelica Huston, and designer Susie Cave–for the ad campaign images of Gucci Beauty new fragrance series, Gucci Bloom.

They are exploring the abandoned theatres of La Scarzuola, a surrealist architectural compound built around an old Franciscan convent in the campaign directed and photographed by award-winning photographer and director Floria Sigismondi.

Some scenes in the campaign took inspiration from the popular French musical film ‘Peau d’Âne,’ directed by Jacques Demy. (source)


Louis Vuitton Fall Winter 2020 Ad Campaign


Nicolas Ghesquiere photographs the latest campaign images of Louis Vuitton featuring the Paris-based brands’ fave models, muses and friends such as Léa Seydoux, Akon Changkou, Dina Asher-Smith, Sora Choi, Lous and the Yakuza, Noémie Merlant, Marina Foïs, Mariam de Vinzelle, Krow Kian, and Stacy Martin. The campaign is styled by long time collaborator stylist Marie-Amélie Sauvé. (source)

Click the links to view past campaign images of Louis Vuitton: Pre Fall 2020, Spring Summer 2020, Fall Winter 2019, Spring Summer 2019, Cruise 2019, Fall Winter 2018, Spring Summer 2018, Resort 2018, Fall Winter 2017, Spring Summer 2017, Cruise 2017, Fall Winter 2016, Spring Summer 2016, Fall Winter 2015, Spring Summer 2015, Fall Winter 2014, Spring Summer 2014, Fall Winter 2013, Spring Summer 2013, Fall Winter 2012, Spring Summer 2012, Fall Winter 2011, Spring Summer 2011, Fall Winter 2010 and Spring Summer 2010.


Valentino Fall Winter 2020 Ad Campaign


Pierpaolo Piccioli enlists multiple personalities to star in the Fall Winter 2020 campaign of Valentino. The campaign stars are Naomi Campbell, Adut Akech (by Josephine Achan), Liu Wen (by Dan Cui), Shu Qi, Ghali (by Amel Cheddi), Anwar Hadid, Janet Mock (by Wendi Miyake), Laura Dern (by Ellery Walker Harper), Leon Dame (by Helena Hiegemann), Rossy Palma (by Luna Lionne), Laetitia Casta (by Sahteene Sednaoui), Vittoria Cerretti (by Matteo Milleri), Gwyneth Paltrow (by Brad Falchuk), Mariacarla Boscono, Frances McDormand (by Bruno Delbonnel), and Rafferty Law by (Sadie Frost).

All talents involved in this upcoming project have decided to donate their fee. 1 Million euros will go to the Italian Hospital Lazzaro Spallanzani in Rome, the Italian Hub fighting against COVID-19. (source)


Featured Article: Balmain Men Resort 2021


For the Resort 2021 collection of Balmain Men, Olivier Rousteing looked up to one of his favourite TV shows, “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” as he binge-watch it during the COVID-19 stay-at-home period. The upbeat spirit and vibrant style from the hit ’90s series are translated into bright tones, sharp tailoring and incredible graphic patterns.

Key designs from the series are married with Balmain‘s signatures and silhouettes such as six-button, military-inspired tailoring, khaki tones, and double-breasted jacket.

The collection is referred as “Zoom” collection, since Olivier and his team needed to rely on a whole new series of tools to create the designs. Olivier, his team, Balmain ateliers, and all of the craftsmen are forced to figure out how to work together in entirely new ways during the lockdown. “We all somehow managed to work closer than ever before, in order to produce a collection that meets this house’s high standards, in spite of all the difficulties that needed to be overcome. My team’s dedication, pride and talents are clearly reflected in each and every piece of this offering,” Rousteing said in a statement to art8amby.

In addition, the brand also introducing their first concrete steps toward the long-term goal of creating truly sustainable collections. The Resort 2021 collection is made up of a selection of tees, polos and sweats fashioned from Ecocert-certified organic cotton. The looks are also created at renewable-energy powered European production facilities located to their global distribution centers. All of the products rely on 100% compostable packaging, as well as recycled polyster labels and hang tags using recycled string and paper from Forest Stewardship Council sustainably managed forests. Visit the link here to see the complete collection on our Facebook page. (source)


Lady Gaga for Numéro June/July 2020


The cover is an archive image shot by Hedi Slimane. (source)


Gucci Fall Winter 2020 Ad Campaign


“I let the models build their own images. To act as photographers and storytellers, producers and scenographers. I asked them to represent the idea they have of themselves. To go public with it, shaping the poetry that accompanies them. I encouraged them to play, improvising with their life,” Alessandro Michele explained the idea behind Gucci latest Gucci The Ritual campaign images. (source)

Click the links to view past campaign images of Gucci: Pre Fall 2020, Spring Summer 2020, Fall Winter 2019, Pre Fall 2019, Spring Summer 2019, Cruise 2019, Fall Winter 2018, Pre Fall 2018, Spring Summer 2018, Cruise 2018, Fall Winter 2017, Pre Fall 2017, Spring Summer 2017, Cruise 2017, Fall Winter 2016, Pre Fall 2016, Spring Summer 2016, Cruise 2016, Fall Winter 2015, Pre Fall 2015, Spring Summer 2015, Resort 2015, Fall Winter 2014, Pre Fall 2014, Spring Summer 2014, Cruise 2014, Fall Winter 2013, Pre Fall 2013, Spring Summer 2013, Resort 2013, Fall Winter 2012, Pre Fall 2012, Spring Summer 2012, Cruise 2012, Fall Winter 2011, Pre Fall 2011, Spring Summer 2011, Fall Winter 2010, Spring Summer 2010 and Fall Winter 2009.


Featured Article: Zuzanna Bijoch for South China Morning Post Style Magazine March 2020


Zuzanna Bijoch wearing Altuzarra and Versace on the March 2020 cover of SCMP Style Magazine styled by DaVian Lain with photography by Mark Squires. Hair and makeup by Riad Azar and Colleen Runne, set designer Dorothee Baussan. (source)


Carla Bruni, Riccardo Tisci & Bella Hadid for Elle France March 2020


The cover is shot by Mark Seliger. (source)


Victoria Beckham for Vogue Greece March 2020


Alexi Lubomirski shot the covers. (source)


%d bloggers like this: