BRANDON MAXWELL SHOT HIS FIRST AD CAMPAIGN HIMSELF

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Brandon Maxwell's fall 2016 campaign. Photo: Brandon Maxwell

Brandon Maxwell's fall 2016 campaign. 

It's been an epic first year for stylist and designer Brandon Maxwell. Since launching his brand in September 2015 with an intimate presentation for an A-list audience at Mr. Chow's in New York, he was shortlisted for the 2016 LVMH Prize, won the CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear and kept the momentum building with his second collection. (Oh, and he still styles Lady Gaga, too.) On Wednesday, Maxwell demonstrated yet again that he's not your average emerging brand by revealing his first ever advertising campaign, shot by the designer himself at the Standard Hotel in New York. 

It's very rare for such a young brand to invest in promotional ventures, beyond statement-making red carpet designs and memorable runway shows, this early. For example, early successes Alexander Wang, Public School and Jason Wu all waited four to five years before releasing their first campaigns. 

Maxwell, who studied photography in college, gathered a very diverse group of models (Blanca Padilla, Herieth Paul, Leila Nda, Maria Borges, Ophelie Guillermand and Riley Montana) at the Top of the Standard to pose in his sleek, black-and-white fall 2016 looks. 

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Alexis Mabille Couture Fall 2016 Collection Mimics Cy Twombly Art

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Textures, colors, shine… With 23 incredible creations, the Alexis Mabille Couture fall/winter 2016-2017 collection is by far one of our very favorites from the Paris Couture Fashion Week, embodying enchantment in princess costumes. The lineup was described by Mabille as “a bit traditional but with a cooler feeling” and it certainly embodied everything that was beautiful.

Alexis Mabille Couture Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 Collection

We saw colors that were on the cooler side to be certain, particularly in frosted blues and mauves, with some peachy plumetis and tulle appearing here and there for a touch of some warm rays. The whole palette was on the pastel side and brought Disney princesses to mind.

Mabille expressed his inspiration as being the breaking dawn itself, with soft colors and a hint of the night still in place but with the hope of the day shining through. The grayish aspects were definitely to be expected then, along with the spring nature of the color scheme, despite this being a fall collection in of itself.

While minimalism is not the artist’s style in general, it had its pace in this collection that shone through for its fashionable silhouettes and lack of much in surface detail. A favorite was certainly that corset paired with the skirt that was draped in such a way as to mimic a trench tied off at the waist.

Alexis Mabille Couture Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 Collection

There were sheaths in crepe and lace, and some pretty voluminous gowns, pointing towards a common trend that just simply won’t be going away anytime soon. There was beauty and regality in the gowns themselves but none of that overload of flair, nor that overtly soft romanticism.

It is a youthful collection and certainly one that appeals to the young adult ages as well, meaning that we shall be seeing a lot more ladies in their late teens sporting the gorgeous pieces about. While they may not be caught dead in a designer outfit their grandparents choose, the belles of the ball will be dancing the night away in Alexis Mabille… mark our words on that one. Of course, Mabille designs for all and thus brings generations closer together, bridging that unfortunate gap.

Graphic ribbons, lavishly tiered skirts, Cy Twombly art as a muse and princess gowns all come together to create this masterpiece of a haute couture collection that certainly demands a grand entrance – particularly when the width would have you struggling to get through the doors in general.

Alexis Mabille Couture Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 Collection

Alexis Mabille Couture Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 Collection

“The idea of this collection was to be in the pure tradition of couture, but to modernize it with a cool attitude,” Mabille said backstage — hence the Penelope Tree eye makeup and center-parted, slicked down hair. “You can have a big ballgown, but you add pockets on the sides, and suddenly the dress becomes super-cool. I like to subvert tradition with this kind of detail, and loosen up how these outfits are worn. You don’t necessarily need to pair them with an updo and big earrings,” he added.

Darling, what’s there not to love about all you have done? It is simply enchanting!

Alexis Mabille Couture Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 Collection

Alexis Mabille Couture Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 Collection

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Maison Margiela Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 Collection

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Whimsical, extravagant, with pops of bright, bold colors and Pop Art references, theMaison Margiela Couture fall/winter 2016-17 collection is here to make those who like fashion art rejoice. John Galliano’s winning technique appears to be the combination of an out-of-this-world sense of nonsensicalness and exceptional artisanal skills, when it comes to manipulating different, unconventional materials, which often lead the designer to intertwine fashion with surrealism and the grotesque.

Maison Margiela Couture Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 Collection

When it comes to fabrics, Galliano knows for sure what he is doing, and this couture line-up is here to prove he is definitely pretty good at choosing the right fabrics for his designs, especially when it’s about wool, cotton and overall ‘common’ materials.

With his Maison Margiela Couture FW 2016 collection, Galliano shows his desire to further explore the futuristic world he mostly draws inspiration from, although this time letting it be less influenced by the eastern culture. He mainly focused on western-oriented vibes, letting the main Eighties and Nineties subcultural trends overwhelm all of the proposals with their unique colors and subverting fashion rules.

We do see, however, a few Japan-inspired touches here and there too, such as the origami-gowns, Nehru collars and Geisha-inspired makeup styles, yet always being not so predominant as the Pop art inspirations.

Maison Margiela Couture Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 Collection

As much as Pop art played with different patterns, reinterpreting what we unconsciously defined as part of the popular culture, Galliano deconstructed most of his pieces too, reinventing the classics and structuring them in new, exaggerated shapes.

Using intricate draping, belts and quirky fringed details, Galliano managed to create 24 pieces that all differ from one another, at times exploring the Maison’s beloved genderless territories, at times showcasing moments of pure (futuristic) femininity. Plastic materials help reach both the goals, either wrapped around the bodies just to create sinuous mermaid gowns, or used as refinements for what will probably break the Internet as the quirkiest accessories of all time.

Aside from the accessory line, which among futuristic hats, oversized boots and gloves is quite diverse for sure, the line is strong on coats too, displaying both billowy, theatrical garments and deconstructed short coats. They all seem to be extremely cozy and especially warm and, although some of them don’t look like the most wearable ones, they are highly covetable anyway.

Maison Margiela Couture Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 Collection

Maison Margiela Couture Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 CollectionThis Maison Margiela Couture collection is also interesting for two more reasons: its color palette, which could probably be regarded as the most multi-dimensional we have seen so far, and the layering techniques used. T-shirts worn under dresses, layered jackets and shirts with hems that are so intricately wrapped around the bodies it is almost impossible to distinguish them, all contribute to creating a collection that makes us eager to see how Galliano will translate these couture-esque trends into his upcoming Margiela ready-to-wear line.

Maison Margiela Couture Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 Collection

Maison Margiela Couture Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 Collection

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Burberry Beauty Fall 2016 Makeup Collection

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Mesmerizing glitter and futuristic metallic shades are the focus of the newly unveiledBurberry Beauty fall 2016 makeup collection, which celebrates the beauty we saw at the house’s fall runway show. From the illuminating powder to the eyeshadows to the nail polishes, almost every product included in the line-up comes packed with sparkling textures, with the lipsticks being the only products that don’t have a shining finish in order to create the perfect balance. The collection hits Nordstrom, Sephora, Saks Fifth Avenue,Burberry’s online store and beauty counters at major department stores starting from August, 2016, just in time for you to update your beauty kit for fall!

Burberry Beauty Fall 2016 Makeup Collection

Burberry Runway Palette Illuminating Powder Face & Eyes (Limited Edition)

If you wonder about what made the models’ complexion shine with such a healthy glow at the runway show, we have the answer for you! Embossed with a delicate floral lace pattern, this face and eye powder comes embedded with light reflecting particles that instantly enhance the enviable glow of the skin and eyes.

This limited-edition lightweight illuminating powder captures the essence of a Burberry glow, being an amazing product for implementing the famous storbing techniques. Simply apply it on the areas of the face where light naturally hits and you’ll brighten the complexion in an instance.

Burberry Beauty Fall 2016 Makeup Collection

Burberry Eye Colour High-Shine Shadow

While Burberry’s mono eyeshadow isn’t a limited-edition product, the new colors this collection offers are. Captured inside sleek, grey cases, the gold and silver eyeshadows let you embrace the latest metallic beauty trend that’s all the rage in the upcoming fall.

• 010 Metallic Gold (Limited Edition)
• 012 Metallic Silver (Limited Edition)

Burberry Shimmer Dust Loose Glitter

Apparently Burberry wants you to look festive throughout the cold season to come, which is why the brand introduces this loose glitter in two color options. Wear it around the eyes and on your peepers to shine bright like a diamond on any occasion.

• 01 Gold Glitter – gold (Limited Edition)
• 02 Black Glitter – black holographic color (Limited Edition)

Burberry Beauty Fall 2016 Makeup Collection

Burberry Kisses Lipstick

When it comes to lip makeup, Burberry advises to keep it more toned down and sleeker, ditching all the glitter and gloss and instead wearing any of these versatile lipstick colors with a satin finish. The lipsticks not only deliver the right amount of color with a single application, but also provide intense, continuous hydration thanks to the lavender, tea and rosehip contained.

• 01 Nude Beige – nude beige
• 401 Nude Apricot – nude light coral
• 425 Damson – deep plum

Burberry Nail Polish

The same festive mood is maintained in terms of nail art, since the Burberry Beauty fall 2016 makeup line favors cheerful glitter polishes over ordinary colors. You can wear any of these glittery polishes on your naked nails or over a coat of your favorite color, depending on the intensity of drama you want to create on your fingertips.

• 306 Ruby Glitter (Limited Edition)
• 451 Gold Glitter (Limited Edition)
• 453 Silver Glitter (Limited Edition)

Burberry Beauty Fall 2016 Makeup Collection

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Gigi Hadid Stars In Max Mara Accessories Fall 2016 Ads

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It’s time for a few comebacks today! After Keira Knightley’s campaign for ChanelGigi Hadid is following a similar path, joining forces withMax Mara again and posing for the label’s accessories fall 2016 ad campaign.

Gigi Hadid for Max Mara Accessories Fall 2016 Campaign

The talented model already had a chance to strike poses for Max Mara’s fall 2015 campaign, where she channeled her Marilyn Monroe attitude. As for this accessory campaign, both the Italian giant and the American model opted for something different, creating Nineties-inspired looks rather than Fifties ones.

Captured by iconic fashion photographer Steven Meisel (a longtime habitué at Max Mara’s studios), the campaign shows Gigi Hadid all dressed up in curve-hugging green, beige and dark brown outfits with fishnet detailing, which undeniably complements her beauty and toned figure as well. Her hair looks slightly laid-back with the iconic ‘wet effect’ many girls liked to sport in the Nineties, while her makeup is all natural and shimmery.

As for the overall results, we could fairly state that hairstylist Guido Palau’s and makeup artist Pat McGrath’s efforts will be praised during this upcoming season, when we admire similar looks down the autumnal streets.

Bronzed and warm, Gigi Hadid’s outfits and makeup perfectly recall the label’s signature color palette as well, which overall embodies Max Mara’s sophisticated urban style and iconic modern accessories. Gigi Hadid is seen sporting some of Max Mara’s must haves from the fall 2016 runway collection, such as dramatic cat-eye sunglasses (here revamped with the use of a golden and ivory frame), the Whitney Bag and the JBag, both of which feature a common oversized geometric silhouette and fine leather finishes.

Gigi Hadid for Max Mara Accessories Fall 2016 Campaign

Perfectly balanced, all of the pictures of the Max Mara accessories fall 2016 campaign manage to accentuate Gigi Hadid’s astounding natural beauty and the brand’s statement designs, following the much-acclaimed trending topic that encourages seasonal campaigns to be more artistic rather than a mere marketing form of a brand’s products.

A similar result is seen, for instance, in Gigi Hadid’s other campaigns for the fall 2016 season, including Versace’s (where Gigi poses with friend and indefatigable coder Karlie Kloss) and Stuart Weitzman’s ads.

Following in the footsteps of Stella Tennant and Linda Evangelista, who recently posed for some of the Italian fashion house’s campaigns, Gigi Hadid is slowly becoming one of Max Mara’s muses, and we bet we will see her in more of the upcoming Max Mara fashion shows and ad campaigns.

Gigi Hadid for Max Mara Accessories Fall 2016 Campaign

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Free People Movement: The Perfect Activewear Line for Summer 2016

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Welcome to the world of summer fitness, where you can find the absolute cutest clothes to work out in, and style becomes almost as important as staying fit and active itself! FP Movement, the branched-off activewear label within Free People, has released a new collection of fitness garments of all types (available for purchase at FreePeople.com), so you can be totally cute as you work to stay fit over the course of swimsuit season.

Free People Movement Summer 2016 Activewear

When the sun comes out to play, less is more so you can keep as cool as you can, which makes it super important to make your garments as stylish as possible! Free People’s latest campaign is set on helping you do just that. I find that having fashionable activewear is the best motivation to get out and work out, so whenever a new collection like this one from Free People comes out, all of the workout possibilities become evident.

Movement is Free. Such a simple statement is the head of FP movement right now. The campaign photoshoot itself features models of many different walks of life, such as actress Davida Williams, model Camille Row, and stylist Djuna Bel, to name a few.

Activewear campaigns always allow for the best bridge between models and everyday women, because working out is something everyone is subject to do in daily life. But Free People’s summer 2016 activewear collection goes one step further, by adding in items like a surf suit.

Free People Movement Summer 2016 Activewear

A sports bra is a basic, almost always essential garment for women when they work out (especially those with a larger bust), but garments like a surf suit are much more niche-specific. If you live near or frequent a beach or the ocean, the white printed surf suit makes for a great investment.

But for those of us who are landlocked, we can stick to shopping for the more basic elements to a great workout; this could mean anything from socks and sports bras to trainers and harem pants.

So regardless of what your workout guilty pleasure is, you can find a piece in Free People’s summer 2016 activewear campaign to suit your needs. Some garments translate well across different activities, like the socks and trainers of course, but also the interesting spin on leggings in this collection.

Free People Movement Summer 2016 Activewear

The turnout leggings in the campaign are form-fitting (just like you’d want from as great pair of workout leggings) but feature lace-up details at the sides for a unique appeal. Even if you’re not in the market for new workout clothes (you should be, though!) you can still check out theMovement is Free webpage on FreePeople.com for some great details into the workout process. You can find information on yoga classes (exclusive to Philadelphia) and social media links.

Free People Movement Summer 2016 Activewear

Free People Movement Summer 2016 Activewear

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