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Every top tier brand ushers out a new campaign each season, but only a select few push creative boundaries instead of just pushing product. With fall ads launching earlier than ever (remember the days of opening up September Vogue and experiencing new ads for the very first time) there are already several ads that impress us with their unique interpretation of their brand’s message. Take a look at our picks for most intriguing ads so far and be sure to share your selections in the comments! Kenzo
Yesterday The Metropolitan Museum of Art played host to a conversation between style legend Iris Apfel , and Rookie Editor-in-Chief (and a budding style icon herself) Tavi Gevinson , in honor of the Costume Institute exhibit, “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations,” on view until August 19. The bringing together of Tavi, aged 16, and Iris, aged 90, was an inspired pairing as each has not only a unique sense of style, but also the reputation for some hilarious one-liners. Apfel’s comments on Rei Kawakubo’s bump collection for Comme des Garçons “There’s no sense to pay a fortune and look like a freak… I can look ugly on my own and it won’t cost me a penny!”
The fun-house silhouettes, prints and fabrics in Marc Jacobs’s resort collection came inspired by Cindy Sherman’s clown series: tinsel tweeds, sequin stripes, primary colors and polka dots covered many of the curious puppet-doll dresses and suits. The shoes — clunky sandals with big candy ball stones and awkward, cartoon-character loafers — looked a little too big on the models. Make no mistake, though. Jacobs wasn’t just clowning around. He knows his customers and knows that their eyes will have adjusted to ballooning skirts and funny fitting jackets (see fall ) by the time resort hits stores. Jacobs also knows very well how to design commercial successes and sprinkle them between his experiments.
8:00 A.M. I sleep seven hours. If I go to bed at two, I wake up at nine. If I go to bed at midnight, I wake up at seven. I don't wake up before—the house can fall apart, but I sleep for seven hours. I wear a long, full-length white shirt, in a material called poplin imperial, made for me by Hilditch & Key in Paris after a design of a 17th-century men's nightshirt I saw at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
You might remember our woven chain bracelet tutorial, one of our favorite DIYs to date. As we're starting to get a taste of spring, we're revisiting this oldie but goodie with some minor adjustments - As the month of love approaches, we thought we'd combine friendship and hearts into one Valentine's Day themed tutorial: a heart patterned friendship bracelet! Using some candy-
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Mara Hoffman’s Spring 2012 Collection Brings the Tropics to New York Fashion Week Mara Hoffman Spring/Summer 2012 at New York Fashion Week – EcouterreTo construct the dramatic braided pompadours, Hoffman worked with Tigi hairstylist Nick Irwin to weave her fabrics into synthetic hair. Corresponding prints found their way into the models’ espadrilles, as well as eye-popping rope necklaces and dangling earrings by Holst+Lee . “We love playing with color and texture and believe the pieces each have a story to themselves,” Natalie Holst, who founded the Brooklyn-based label with partner Rochelle Lee, tells Ecouterre. Refreshingly prismatic, Hoffman’s “Mexican Mamas” is a testament to female tenacity and creative verve. + Mara Hoffman <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Bandit - I’m spotting a bevy of pretty people going this route with their scarves this season. Does it remind anybody else of bandits in old westerns? Esben Knoblauch is a charismatic Danish singer/musician, playing with his band in Union Square, just out of frame. Brothers Moving is quite literally a band of brothers, with Aske (Ash) Knoblauch and Simon Knoblach as well as Nils Sørensen rounding out the band.
First job? It was actually at Abercrombie! I learned how to style outfits for customers. Thankfully, when my interest in that store died my passion for styling lived on.
How does your upbringing reflect in your style today? I grew up in Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union. During that time, imported goods from China were all you could buy. So, I was educated on quality and creativity by my mom, who sewed all of my clothes. She made this dark dress with huge shoulders for my first day of school– I was 7 years old and my hair was cut into a short bob. The other girls had braids… I felt so awkward, but now I realize how cool I looked!
Current job? Men’s Fashion Director at T Magazine . First job? I was a Newsie in Arizona– I delivered the Yuma Daily Sun (get it?!) on my bike after school. During college I worked at the Gap while interning at museums in Georgetown, then graduated to Esprit the summer after.
Current profession? Photographer First job?
First job? I customized backpacks in high school. It began with mine, then everyone wanted one. They were quite garish; Disney meets Pollock meets splatter… Current profession? I consider myself a writer; I love words.