Barneys New York Better Than Ever

There’s always something special about Spring campaigns; they possess traits which help pave the upcoming season to be nothing short being fun and flirty. So it was of course no surprise when a popular fashion retailer tapped the industry’s favourite photographer and a handful of the most iconic (and beautiful) supermodels to add a touch ageless beauty to their upcoming spring campaign.

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Barney’s New York set up studio in Miami with photographer Bruce Weber to create their spring 2015 campaign titled “Better Than Ever”. The title is most suitable as it features models who have been strutting down the catwalks since the 70’s.

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The 10 former models (which judging by the images can give a few of the models today a good run – or should we say walk for their money) included Brooke Shields, Elaine Irwin, Kirsten Owen, Stephanie Seymour Brant, Veronica Webb, Christie Brinkley, Kiara Kabuluru, Pat Cleveland, Susanne Bartsch and Bethann Hardison ( who recently received an award from the CFDA for her work with the diversity coalition).

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Weber was there to capture the ladies whilst the models showed off their fiercest poses (let’s take note, these ladies still have tons of game), also aiding as props were a clad of hunky young men.

The display was ever so refreshing as it featured women and men of all ages, races and sizes – the sight of youngsters worshipping Brinkley by the pool does make one giggle.

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It’s quite clear that Barney’s campaigns are of a unique nature and does more than just capture the attention of consumers. For their last spring campaign titled “Brothers, Sisters, Sons and Daughters”, which was also photographed by Weber, was a creative collection of portraits featuring transgender men and women posing among family and friends.

For more information about the campaign visit Barney’s blog, The Window.

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Peter Dundas’ Last Kaleidoscope For Emilio Pucci?

Peter Dundas (left) & Marco Zanini (right)

Peter Dundas (left) & Marco Zanini (right)

It looks like a new kaleidoscope of colour is headed to Emilio Pucci for a long term playdate. According to sources and the rumour mill, Italian designer Marco Zanini, who departed from Schiaparelli last November, is expected relieve Peter Dundas of his duties after he delivers what is rumoured to be will be his last collection for Pucci in Milan on feb 28th.

Emilio Pucci Pre - Fall 2015

Emilio Pucci Pre – Fall 2015

With speculation being that Dundas will be returning to Roberto Cavalli, no announcement from Pucci has been made.

Emilio Pucci Pre - Fall 2015

Emilio Pucci Pre – Fall 2015

Zanini has quite the résumé; from being tapped as creative director of Schiaparelli in 2013, to previously designing RTW at Rochas, as well as work experience at Versace, Halston and Dolce & Gabbana.

Schiaparelli Fall Couture 2014

Schiaparelli Fall Couture 2014

It should come as no surprise that Zanini is a contender for Pucci; with his work etiquette involving a playful use of colour and patterns he would fit right in. Another advantage is that Zanini holds no signature line of his own, which will see him entirely dedicated to the brand. However, when asked about contact or moving to the brand Zanini denied the allegations.

Schiaparelli Fall Couture 2014

Schiaparelli Fall Couture 2014

Another rumoured contender is MSGM creative director Massimo Giorgetti.

Prada Cast Ansel, Miles, Jack & Ethan For Spring

With Spring 2015 campaigns coming at us at full force, it looks like fashion giant Prada has carefully curated an exceptional menswear spring 2015 campaign with the finest of gentlemen and household objects.

Source: Official Website

Source: Official Website – Ansel Elgort Prada Spring 2015

Prada brings together four of Hollywood’s leading men to lend their onscreen presence in aid of a series of photographic images conjuring up their own secrets.

The Spring/Summer 2015 campaign features Ansel Elgort peeling a tangerine, whilst Miles Teller scribbles on his hand with a pen, Ethan Hawke cuts a postcard all while Jack O’Connell sips on a glass of water… alluring and mischievous.

Source: Official Website  Miles Teller - Prada Spring 2015

Source: Official Website
Miles Teller – Prada Spring 2015

The campaign which was shot between London and New York by Craig McDean, appropriately created a balance between object and holder with focus shifting to close-ups of hands, faces and placing emphasis on something unknown. According to the release; “As if the magical forces that make the world seem normal have, for an indeterminately short time, revealed their strangeness.” 

The leitmotiv of the collection lies in the stitching, which produces a graphic effect (within large, small, in contrasting colours) all transforming and mixing the classic codes to create new ones. With the addition of modern proportions and silhouettes that invoke the 1970s, it brings forth a sense of peculiarity.

Source: Official Website Ethan Hawke - Prada Spring 2015

Source: Official Website
Ethan Hawke – Prada Spring 2015

The images of muted colour changes to bold black and white, and then back again to emulate the four actors’ fragmented mental focus. The campaign portrays a silence, a space for secrets.

Well it is without a doubt there’s no fault in Ansel Elgort’s stars, Miles Teller leaves us Whiplashed, Ethan Hawke has grown out of Boyhood and Jack O’Connell has broken us…

Source: Official Website Jack O'Connell- Prada Spring 2015

Source: Official Website
Jack O’Connell- Prada Spring 2015

Calvin Harris For Emporio Armani

Known as one of the highest paid DJ’s in the world, it looks like Calvin Harris has stepped out from behind the decks to show off some of his other talents in front of the lens.

I think I just died...

I think I just died…

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Dahui Li Brings You A Colourful Affair

A collection for the Spring Summer season should have two things: colour and minimalism. It should offer the wearer the ability to mix and match and still be able to carry the items through to the next year.This is where designer Dahui Li comes into play. Li is the brainchild behind the self-titled label with which has produced an effortless collection for SS15.  

Li obtained a BFA degree from Columbus College of Art and Design, and states that he always knew he wanted to pursue a career in fashion.

With his interest first being sparked by reading all the fashion magazines that his mother would bring home, and it can be said that through his mothers’ exceptional fashion taste when it came to fashion that drew him in more. With she hiring pattern makers and seamstresses to make her own customized designs, making her wardrobe unique and one of kind.

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With the concept of Dahui Li was due to an ode of classic design with a hint of subtle detail in order to portray individual femininity in each item. Li admires designers such as Anna Sui and Mary Katrantzou, with this becoming more evident in him drawing inspiration from contemporary art.

The SS15 collection is breathtaking, especially for brand that was founded in April 2014 and already having the first collection launched in September 2014. Stating that the goal for the brand is to add newness and longevity to the world of fashion. Giving the Dahui Li wearer the confidence and making the customer feel special.

Li states that in order to really make a brand it is important to have the following three things; great designs, industry connections and financial support. What separates emerging label from rest of the fashion industry; is that each piece in the collection has been inspired by the designer’s life and observation. The Dahui Li label brings into focus a design perspective and not on conforming to market needs.

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The evident motif in the SS 15 collection is the play on colour, with application of hues and shades bringing to life a contemporary RTW pieces. Colour is the main focal point as it is a reflection of the designer himself – positive and colourful. The designer explains that they wish that with all the colour combinations of their designs they are able to cheer people up and bring happiness to those that wear Dahui Li. With the SS15 collection inspired by Japanese artist Nobuhiro Nakanishi; multiple layers of fabric was used to create 3D images. With this brought together the use of colour and sharp silhouettes to give us an innovative collection for the upcoming season.

Currently the team is busy designing their FW15 collection which is inspired by New York 1920’s Chic mixed with contemporary geometric painting – something that I am personally quite eager to see!

As this is Dahui Li’s first collection, it was received with a good applause which boosted the brands confidence and enabled them continue to grow. When looking to the future the brand hopes to start selling at more places and for a bigger international market expansion. Stating that their greatest achievement so far is that their products will be sold in the UK, which has been one of the goals for the brand.

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With the clothing and textile industry known for its cut throat business; Dahui Li states that in order to survive and succeed a “design label must have its own identity, with designs that are consistent and most importantly always believe in yourself and be patient.”

Success to the Dahui Li label is when the people that wear Dahui Li feel special and happy, and then that’s when they have succeeded.

A breakdown of a day in the life of Dahui Li consists of answering emails, finding design concepts and preparing for next season collections whilst running factories for season production and sourcing and purchasing of fabric and trims – it’s evident that that this label lives fashion and is about to turn up the heat in the fashion industry.

Dahui Li collage

View the complete lookbook here

Ready to purchase the items?

The collection is available in-store and online at Wolf&Badger, online via Not Just A Label, as well as online via the The Black Alley. The Dahui Li online store will be opened in March 2015.