Ralph Lauren has one of the most inspiring stories in the fashion industry. The designer, who grew up in the Bronx, started off his fashion adventure at an early age first working as a tie salesman at Brooks Brothers. In 1967, Lauren launched his own line of ties, then followed up with a complete menswear collection the year after. A few years after, Lauren introduced the world to his now iconic polo shirt with its signature horse rider emblem. Fast forward to present time, and the designer has since swept the world with his classic, effortless, beautiful American designs. In honor of Ralph Lauren's 73rd birthday, we compiled some of the brand's amazing ad campaigns — most of which were shot by Bruce Weber — showing us what true Americana really is. Just click the slideshow to see all of the iconic moments.
Sarah Burton took the dramatic route for Alexander McQueen's latest set of Fall ads, featuring Raquel Zimmermann. Shot by David Sims, the apocalyptic setting depicts a glowing Raquel wearing Burton's intricately designed pieces for the fashion house. The contrast between the dark (desolate valleys and burnt ashes) and light (Burton's highly artistic designs) surely catches our attention — do you agree? Check out the rest of the campaign in the slideshow then tell us your thoughts.
Stella McCartney, who just launched her newly revamped website today, is next up to reveal her Fall ad featuring one of favorite models, Natalia Vodianova. Staying true to McCartney's English roots, the shoot, by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, took place in a private Oxfordshire home inside a serene topiary garden with Vodianova wearing an eye-catching black, sheer, polka-dot dress. Notice how the modern juxtaposition between the black and white photo and green garden adds major contrast. Of course, Natalia looks flawless as usual, with smoky eyes and perfectly tousled hair. We love it — are you just as enamored?
Proenza Schouler just released its Fall ad that is bursting with enough color to remind you cold weather doesn't always mean darkness. The vibrant campaign, shot by Willy Vanderperre, features polish beauty Zuzanna Bijoch wearing some of Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez's most memorable modern tribal motifs from the collection. To complete the chic downtown-girl appeal, make-up artist Hannah Murray douses Zuzanna's lips in a matte red hue and gives her hair a wet-look finish. Take a look at one more picture from the campaign, then give us your verdict.
If looking at Alexander Wang's Fall ad conjures up dark thoughts in your mind, you're on the right track. “We wanted something really gritty and raw to contrast with the polished richness of what we showed on the Fall runway,” said Wang. The ad, shot in Red Hook, Brooklyn, features beauty Raquel Zimmermann in wet motion wearing Wang's Streamer dress inside an abandoned grain factory. If you're loving the grimy and gorgeous imagery, check out Wang's complete video campaign tomorrow morning at AlexanderWang.com. However, NYC dwellers can check out the live action tonight when Wang takes over the city, (around 9 p.m.), with a series of projections showing the video campaign juxtaposed across a variety of locations for three straight nights. For now, tell us what you think of the ad.
The Fall campaigns keep rolling in, and we're keeping you updated with part two of our ad roundups. This time, take a look at Anja Rubik working it in a sexy footwear for Giuseppe Zanotti, a sun-kissed Malgosia Bela posing for Iceberg, French beauty Marion Cotillard looking perfectly windblown for Christian Dior . . . and more you don't want to miss in the slideshow.
It might be steaming hot outside, but fashion is one step ahead of us with the latest onslaught of Fall campaigns. The ads show faces like Adriana Lima, Karen Elson, Natasha Poly, and Mariacarla Boscono looking cool-weather ready draped in the best from brands like Balenciaga and Roberto Cavalli. Autumnal inspiration for all — peruse the slideshow to follow the Fall campaign trail.
Mulberry took a whimsical approach for its Fall 2011 campaign, featuring Tatiana Cotliar and Julia Saner dressed in pleated silk skirts and warm woolen coats among a colorful backdrop of foxes and birds. The lively setting — Saner was even pictured holding a faux fox at one point — evokes Fall to its fullest, and we like the modern mix of warm colors with a bright pop of Kelly green. Bags took the forefront with a motley group of Mulberry's classic chic styles such as the Taylor satchel and Polly push lock bag. Take a look at the rest of ad campaign — check out the awesome accompanying video here — then tell us what you think.
Freja Beha Erichsen is no stranger to starring in Chanel ads — this is her fifth season modeling for the brand — but this Fall calls for even more significance. Karl Lagerfeld shot the ad but the twist comes in with Carine Roitfeld, former Vogue Paris editor, as the stylist. Take a look at the first set of leaked ads, featuring Freja decked out in a feline-inspired 'fit, complete with face masks, pointy ears, and lace.
For Yves Saint Laurent's Fall campaign, Stefano Pilati chose Raquel Zimmermann to face off for the brand posing stealth in a menswear-inspired getup. Take a look at the first released image, shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, of Zimmermann working slick masculine appeal. Sleek trousers and a printed jacket go perfect with her short 'do, and take note of the NYC backdrop. She's definitely channeling the workingwoman vibe — and with a very strong, slightly sexy demeanor. What do you make of YSL's latest ad?