For more than 40 years, Diane von Furstenberg has designed beautiful, covetable dresses and ready-to-wear pieces for a strong, stylish, independent woman. Today, we celebrate her birth and all of her fabulous accomplishments since jump-starting her iconic brand. Among her chic milestones? Giving us a plethora of colorfully signature wrap-dress prints, being honored with the CFDA lifetime achievement award, moonlighting as a judge on America's Next Top Model, committing millions of dollars to New York City's High Line public park, and inspiring countless women to own their womanhood. To honor DVF's iconic ladylike looks, we've culled the brand's most stunning campaigns to date. Click through to admire Diane's wearable works of art in all their glory.
Instead of just choosing one face to represent its Fall campaign, Lane Crawford went for the gusto featuring five Chinese top models: Fei Fei Sun, Liu Wen, Ming Xi, Shu Pei, and Xiao Wen Ju. The ad, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, depicts them wearing a palette of black and neutrals from brands like Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, and Lanvin. "The campaign combines a stunning array from renowned international fashion brands with the strongest Chinese faces to create a fascinating and powerful shot," said the China-based retailer. Do you like the dramatic statement, or would you prefer more diversity?
The message is clear: be it in a courtroom or heading to a black-tie ball, the Donna Karan woman is a rather seductive force to be reckoned with — especially when she's played by Brazilian bombshell model Isabeli Fontana. The campaign, shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin is set in various urbane locations. Click to see the entire campaign, and watch the short film the photographers directed on donnakaran.com.
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.
Remember when Julianne Moore fronted Bulgari's Fall/Winter '10 campaign, posing naked but dripping in jewels and cuddling with the cutest lion cubs in the world? Julianne's elegance and glamour seemed a natural fit for the luxury brand. For its Mon Jasmin Noir perfume campaign, Bulgari continued with the sultry vibe, and their choice of frontwoman is surprising: indie cutie Kirsten Dunst, who I associate more with adorable dimples and Marc by Marc dresses than glamorous jewels and lion escapades. To get the full experience, watch the movie, where Kirsten Dunst appears to love a lion in a strong Beauty and the Beast reference. She looks gorgeous, and it's a complete departure from the older Julianne. Who do you think is a better fit?
You may remember when Gisele, Jessica Biel, and David Beckham turned into iconic Disney characters for an ad campaign shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. Disney is at it again, calling upon the likes of Penelope Cruz, Olivia Wilde, and Queen Latifah to bring our childhood pals to life. Want to see the fairy tale transformations? Click through our slideshow of the latest behind-the-scenes shots and portraits, and keep clicking to see the first ad campaign . . . because who doesn't want to see a princely David Beckham on a white horse?
Wanna get away? Mario Sorrenti shot the Hugo Boss Spring ad campaign, which features two gorgeous blondes – Raquel Zimmermann and Heidi Mount – in a boat, sunbathing, above a turquoise sea, and hanging with really handsome men. Click through the highlights from the campaign, but be forewarned: you might be inspired to drop everything and hightail it to Italy!
There's a big neutral story happening for Spring, and if its most recent ad campaign is any indication, H&M will have you covered when it comes to neutralizing on a budget. It has brought on the dark-featured, totally sexy photographer-cum-model Elisa Sednaoui to bring a little sultriness to the mostly monochromatic campaign, shot by Asa Tallgard, that includes tailored separates for day and night. At the top of our Spring shopping list: that swingy trench with the mini-ruffle detail.
Julianne Moore is the face of Talbots, a brand that until now, we always associated as a favorite of great-aunt Mabel. Yet here is the new ad campaign, shot by Mert and Marcus, featuring Julianne Moore looking fresh, pretty, and, dare we say, totally chic in Talbots's Spring collection. The campaign inspired us to take a closer look at Talbots, and flipping through the Spring lookbook we are thrilled with our finds: a full denim skirt, bohemian jewelry, a snake-print shoe with a lucite heel among them. Take a look at the rest of Julianne's beautiful campaign, along with our Spring finds. Now we have to wonder what other fashion secrets great-aunt Mabel has been hiding from us.
Icy blue backgrounds, transparent clothing, ethereal model with arms outstretched . . . did Alexander Wang and Elie Saab meet for coffee before shooting their respective ad campaigns? These ads share similar elements, yet they manage to project very different attitudes to represent their polar opposite brands. Wang's Aymeline Valade projects fierceness while Erin Wasson (who is friends with Wang) exudes femininity for Saab. What do you think is the most important factor in their difference?