And One Direction made ANOTHER FREAKING FRAGRANCE.
It happens every year: Our ever-growing pile of fashion magazines inches higher with each passing month, and by the time December rolls around, we can barely sift through the hundreds of stylish images we bookmarked for inspiration. 2011 was no exception, and in a year that celebrated retro supermodels, androgyny, vivid colors, and plenty of experimentation in the beauty department, choosing our favorites was particularly difficult. The best editorials of the year ran the gamut from huge ensemble casts of blue-chip models styled by greats like Katie Grand and Carine Roitfeld, to intimate, one-on-one portraits of our favorite girls like Lindsey Wixson and Daria Werbowy. The acid brights that dominated the spring collections allowed for some pretty trippy trend stories last season, but the fall glossies featured much moodier imagery, with a number of gorgeous spreads in black and white. Here are the editorials from 2011 that will stay tacked up on our walls and fill our inspiration boards well into the new year—and beyond.
For next month's cover of Vogue Italia, Steven Meisel shot Raquel Zimmermann in a crowd of suits, slightly jostled but holding her own on what is meant to be the A-train. We think this is the only time the MTA has ever been stylish. The accompanying editorial is appropriately titled "The Commute" and features Zimmermann as various incarnations of NYC girls, all of whom we've seen on the subway before (albeit in much lower-priced versions of Zimmermann's looks). Check out the gallery to see the entire 14-page spread. What's your favorite NYC style?
Here's the deal: You may have seen the 22-page portfolio Steven Meisel shot for W's September 2011 issue. The editorial features black and white "before" and "after" shots of big-name models like Raquel Zimmermann, Jessica Stam, Karen Elson and Carolyn Murphy. The story was a big get for the mag, considering Meisel had never worked with W before. Thing is, Meisel produced a strikingly similar editorial for Vogue Italia's August issue. WWD noticed the nearly identical spreads, and has it from a source that Meisel may have financed the Italian Vogue shoot on W's dime. Neither W nor Steven Meisel has commented on the issue, however a fallout--or at least a fault line--is bound to happen soon.
Alexander Wang is continuing on what seems like a mission to turn New York City in Alexander Wang City with unconventional guerrilla-like marketing. On Monday, he launched a new campaign for T by Alexander Wang with a video starring Spankrock and Santigold and a "wildposting campaign" of still images to be posted around New York City. This morning, an image of Raquel Zimmerman from the Alexander Wang fall campaign was released with the news that another film had been produced for the designer's main line. It stars Zimmerman and was shot in an abandoned factory in Red Hook, Brooklyn (Great minds think alike?). Wang told WWD, “We’ve rented these trucks, and the video will be projected from the trucks onto the sides of buildings. Some will be roaming, some planted.” According to Wang's PR, these screenings will take place tonight, tomorrow night and Friday night "around 9pm" in the following locations:
Since our last roundup of Fall 2011 ads, some of the biggest campaigns have been released. From Chanel's cats to Balenciaga's church-going models, these ads are decidedly thematic. That being said, not all are successful. Most have the guts to get consumers into the stores, but some fall short and enter into parody territory. Click through and see for yourself.
The moment the Fall ads start flowing in is always an exciting one. Which brand will succeed and which will fail miserably in captivating consumers and creating that perfect fantastical image? We already showed you some of our early favorites, but in the past couple of weeks, tons of new images have hit the web. We rank the best of the rest in descending order. Click through to get a glimpse of what's in store for Fall.
Cinema Shots: Caroline Trentini and Raquel Zimmerman got to hang out with Nicholas Hoult for this colorful shoot in Vogue Nippon (which was shot in o