Hari Nef, Petra Collins, and Dakota Johnson Are the New Faces of Gucci’s ‘Bloom’

Photo: @lallo25 on Instagram

Last night at MoMA PS1 in New York City, Gucci revealed their new fragrance, “Bloom,” through an intimate party in the gallery’s courtyard, which had metamorphosized into an extravagant garden. At the party, Hari Nef, Dakota Johnson, and photographer Petra Collins were all named faces of the new perfume.

While “Bloom” won’t be available for sale until later this year, 1,000 bottles are being released online today for those who really just want to smell like expensive flowers, ok?

The launch event was a star-studded affair, and we know because of the iconic Instagramming that took place along the East River last night (Yes, that’s Hari with Lana and Allesandro Michele):

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Here’s the whole crew of new fragrance faces posing with Gucci’s Creative Director:

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Retro Bookworms Run Rampant Through Berlin in Gucci’s SS ’16 Campaign

Photography Glen Luchford

Gucci, once marked by Frida Giannini’s glamorous interpretation of luxury, has undergone an eccentric renaissance with the help of new creative director Alessandro Michele. For SS ’16, the newcomer’s aesthetic approach was one that looked to the past, introducing a retro lineup of tailored bookworms from decades past.

Giannini’s full-blown lamé gowns were slimmed down to subtle golden details on floral appliques; Michele’s take on drama was seen in his bold collision of patterned fabrics and previously passé, oversized eyeglasses were asserted as the season’s must-have accessory. There’s a delicacy and rebelliousness to Michele’s work thus far—one that was much needed to make Giannini’s stagnant Gucci feel relevant.

For its newest campaign, Gucci paired up with fashion photographer Glen Luchford, who rallied a troupe of models to shoot in Berlin. The photo series oozes with captivating energy, as Michele’s colorful looks are juxtaposed against the city’s urban landscape. In one shot, we see a model carrying a peacock, while skateboarding, and in another we see bowl cut purveyor Peyton Knight waiting for the city bus and checking up on her manicure. See the full campaign, below:

 

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Why Ban This Saint Laurent Ad? + 7 More Banned Fashion Ads

The banned Saint Laurent ad featuring the model Kiki Willems, shot by the house’s creative director, Hedi Slimane.

Fashion is constantly courting controversy, whether dancing the line on a healthy BMI, playing with drugs, or pushing the art of seduction a little too far. See the banned Saint Laurent ad + 7 other banned ads here.

When you look at the most recent Saint Laurent ad, seen above, shot by Hedi Slimane and featuring the model Kiki Willems, what catches your eye? For me it was the near-unconsciousness of the model. But for the ASA in the U.K., it was the Willems’s body, how thin she is — too thin, according to the agency. I take issue with this — she’s not skeletal, she’s not imminently in danger of hospitalization, or passing out and yes, you could say that’s exactly what she did right before this photo was taken. Is this another form of body shaming? Who can say from the photo whether Willems is healthy or not? I see no flies circling.

Models with athletic, curvy figures are de rigueur now, in vogue — look at models of the moment Gigi Hadid and her sister Bella Hadid, both gorgeous, both curvy with insane bodies. See also: the uber-athletic Karlie Kloss, who posts workout videos to Instagram nearly daily. Some women are bigger, and still gorgeous, like Candice Huffine. What about the skinny girls who just can’t put on a pound no matter how hard they try, but are still healthy? Let everyone live! I say.

Does she appear unhealthily thin to you? While you mull it over, take a gander at seven more ads banned over the years, from a Marc Jacobs ad featuring Dakota Fanning to a series of Terry Richardson-lensed ads that were made against everyone’s better judgement.

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A sexualized and 17-year-old Dakota Fanning depicted with a bottle of the Marc Jacobs Lola perfume between her legs.

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In 2001, this Saint Laurent ad for Opium perfume featuring Sophie Dahl was banned.

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Tom Ford‘s 2004 Gucci campaign featuring Carmen Kass getting some controversial grooming done, shot by Mario Testino.

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Sisley ads shot by Terry Richardson. Take your pick!

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Mia Goth for Miu Miu was banned for portraying a child in a sexualized manner.

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And then there’s the spectacularity of this Tom Ford ad, shot by, who else? Terry Richardson.

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Plus check out Kylie Minogue’s banned TV commercial for Agent Provacateur here.

 

10 Spring Wines and the Perfect Lipsticks to Wear While Sipping

Lipstick: We’ve discussed it before (namely, the best shades to last through a makeout sesh, and the colors you need to get through winter holiday drinks)…But with a new season, comes a new conversation. With the spring comes a new color palette…and as the temperatures rise, we’re celebrating with lighter, brighter lipstick shades. We’re not just looking for pretty pinks here — oh no — we made sure to pair wine with a host of the season’s best shades that also just happen to last through a glass or two. We consulted wine experts, and husband-and-wife team, Josh and Becca Shapiro, of Flatiron Wines, for their expert opinion on the wine side of things.

1. Sonia Kashuk Ultra Luxe Lip Gloss in Sparkling Sugar pairs nicely with prosecco. Keep things balanced: with sugar on your lips, stick with crisp, dry bubbles in your glass. Drink With: Sommariva Prosecco di Conegliano Brut, NV

sonia kashuk2. Sephora Collection Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Color in Nude Pink pairs well with rosé. All day drinking requires all day lip wear! We recommend this classic french rosé, the perfect choice for sipping straight into sunset. Drink With: Commanderie de Peyrassol, Cotes de Provence Rose, 2014

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3. Marc Jacobs Beauty, Le Marc Lip Crème, Boy Gorgeous pairs well with rosé. A full-bodied, one-of-a-kind rosé is the perfect match for Marc Jacobs’s luxurious, ultra-hydrating and indulgent longlasting lip wear. Both are vibrant, dramatic, and opulent. Drink With: Chateau Simone, Palette Rose, 2013

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4. 100% Pure, Fruit Pigmented Pomegranate Oil Anti Aging Lipstick, Magnolia pairs with champagne. The purest form of sparkling wine–Champagne of course! This elegant and defined Grand Reserve will help any lady feel young. Drink With: NV Clouet Grand Reserve

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5. Nars Sheer Lipstick in Liguria pairs with prosecco. A bone-dry, Italian sparkling from a Ligurian producer pairs perfectly with this translucent and sophisticated lip color. Sheer, lightweight, and ultra-fresh. Drink With: Bisson, Vino Frizzante Trevigiana “Glera”, 2011

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6. Sephora Collection Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Color, Lilac Pairs with Sauvignon Blanc. Bright, fresh, and ready for spring! This pop of color on the lip is perfect with this zippy white. Drink With: Shinn Estate Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc, “First Fruit”, 2014

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7. Gucci Lip Luxurious Moisture-Rich Lipstick, Exposure pairs with champagne. If you’re wearing Gucci on your lips, you better pair it with vintage Champagne. Expose your palate to an elegant wine with richness and elegance. Drink With: 2008 Andre Clouet

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8. TopShop Lips in Infrared pairs with a cool red. Chill those hot, infrared lips down with a cool red wine. Best served with a slight chill, this earthy wine with a hint of tobacco will keep you cool even when you’re looking smokin’ hot. Drink With: DeForville, Dolcetto d’Alba, 2013

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9. By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Nude Hydra-Balm Lipstick – Flush Contour pairs with red. Even on a warm day you can stay chic in this deeply tinted, moisturizing balm while sipping on this complex cru Beaujolais. This red wine is best served at cellar temp–or 55 degrees. Drink with: Jean-Paul Thevenet, Morgon “Vieilles Vignes”, 2013

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10. Butter London, Teddy Boy Lippy Tinted Balm pairs with white. This bright color is perfect to throw on as you head out to meet friends for springtime brunch. Try it with this lightly effervescent white that has just enough sparkle to get your day started. Drink With: Ameztoi, Txakolina, 2013

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Lykke Li Makes Us Really Want Gucci’s New Lady Web Bag

Photo courtesy of Gucci

Lykke Li stars in a video for Gucci’s gorgeous new Lady Web bag. The video itself is an exploration of the singer’s songwriting inspirations and plays like a dream sequence of everywhere we’d rather be right now (we’re over you, NY winter and snow in March). The singer’s sepia-toned adventures take her from a very chic, orchid-adorned apartment where she composes at the piano, to a record shop, to a mountain with a gorgeous view of the sunset.

6 Things You Need to Know About the New Gucci, Premiered Today at Milan Fashion Week

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1) Gucci showed its fall collection today in Milan — the first for new creative director Alessandro Michele, previously accessories director, who replaced Frida Giannini, ousted earlier this year shortly following the firing of Gucci’s CEO Patrizio di Marco, also Giannini’s partner and father of her child.

2) News recently surfaced that di Marco and Giannini, and particularly the former, did not leave quietly. In fact, it’s come to light that di Marco gave a speech that he also sent out in a memo to the company in which he stated that,

“Against my will, I leave my cathedral uncompleted.”

Grand words, and many of them. He also called other members of Gucci and parent group Kering “nani,” or dwarfs, for plotting against him. The speech clocked in at nearly 3,000 words.

3) When Michele was announced, many were surprised to hear that this unknown would be taking over for a house like Gucci. Names like Riccardo Tisci, Joseph Altuzarra, and even Tom Ford had been thrown in the mix as speculation.

4) So today, the fashion world watched Michele make his debut. First to give us a hint of the new direction? Salma Hayek, wife of Kering CEO Francois-Henri Pinault, arrived at the show in a preview of the collection — she sported a beret.

5) Let’s talk about the clothes — words like “romance,” “librarian chic,” “military,” “girls will be boys,” and “boys will be girls,” were used to describe the show on social media — a continuation of the floaty gender delineations seen at Michele’s men’s show for Gucci earlier this year.

6) There were also majorly furry backless loafers…gucciloafers
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It’s a vast departure from the Gucci of yore. What do you think?

Insta-Critic: Gucci’s New Chapter

Photo: @WWD on Instagram

Everyone was waiting for Gucci–and now we’ve got our first glimpse. The first collection by the house since Frida Giannini‘s exit marked former accessories designer Alessandro Michele’s debut. And it looks great.

Read 6 Things You Need to Know About the New Gucci here

The collection had a boho feel (easy florals and lace) mixed with a more luxurious sensibility (read: more fur). Jewel tones were abundant and the clothes had an ease about them–there were no indecipherable layers, but more the kind of dresses you’d want to casually throw on time and time again. Congrats Alessandro!

Wow! Just wow! A whole new day at Gucci @gucci Congrats I love what’s in the future for this house!

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Luxe furs + glasses for a fancy librarian look.

Decidedly un-stuffy, youthful, and a hint of playfulness with the shoes.

The finale at #Gucci. #MFW #MFW2015

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Now that is a fun fur.

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The Dish and Dispatch from Milan Fashion Week

Models backstage at Calvin Klein Fall/Winter 2015. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

Gucci was the talk of Milan; it was intended to be Frida Giannini‘s last collection (her departure was announced last December; she has been creative director since 2006). Last week it emerged that she was given a quick boot, and her deputy, Alessandro Michele, charged with producing a new collection in the space of a week. Actually, it was very Frida — feminine and romantic, with dashes of color, contrasting with the somber collections everyone else sent down the runway (this year’s predominant palate: gray). The puzzle was just how much Alessandro Michele inherited, and how much he altered.

The rumor is that Riccardo Tisci will take over just as soon as his contract with Givenchy is up (in about a year), while Alessandro steers the ship in the interval. For what it’s worth, I really loved the collection, but there will nothing there for GQ, Details, Esquire — it’s definitely not what Americans would consider men’s fashion. It was as if all the cute boys raided their girlfriend’s closets.

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Outwardly, Prada appeared to play it safe, drawing on military uniforms in a collection that included women as well as men. The silhouettes were tight and geometric, lots of double-breasted jackets, very tailored, and naval. Epaulets on the shoulders of some of the men’s jackets were echoed in the bows on the shoulders of the women’s dresses. Many of the fabrics were lightweight — nylon jackets, gray mohair sweaters. I loved it, but as usual you would have to be super skinny to get away with it. You’ve got eight months left to diet.

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Military motifs showed up also in Italo Zucchelli‘s F/W collection for Calvin Klein, but this time with a futuristic patina that summoned Blade Runner–an army of sharply silhouetted models in every shade of grey. In fact Zucchelli was more inspired by film noir than sci-fi, but it’s that combination of brooding masculinity and dystopia that makes this collection come to life. Double-breasted coats, parkas, black vinyl jeans, and cropped sweater and bomber jackets, often embossed with animal prints, felt signature Calvin Klein without feeling in any way repetitive.

5 Major Things That Happened in the Fashion World Today

Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Here’s what you need to know today…

Screw Agents, Get Instagram

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Marc Jacobs gives #castmemarc a second go-round

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Gone but maybe, possibly, back again.

Viva La Print!
The paper of record, The New York Times, introduces its first new print section, called “Men’s Style,” which will run monthly, at 12-14 pages, beginning April 3rd.

Banana Republic Is Going Down the Runway
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The major retailer’s taking its amped up, fashion-forward Marissa Webb-designed looks for a strut down the runway. 

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