Daphne Guinness for MAC.
Photo: Courtesy of MAC
It's really no surprise that one of THE most iconic ladies in fashion decided to get her hands dirty in the world of beauty and makeup—beer heiress Daphne Guinness will release her first-ever MAC collection starting December 26. From nail polish to mascara to MAC's famed lipglass (which Daphne is "obsessed with"), the line will run the entire gamut. But don't plan on snatching up any bronzers or bright pink lipsticks from this collection—Daphne says it's ALL about the cool tones. "I’m not a real primary color person, and warm colors do not become me. Anyway we can’t all be bouncing along the beach looking sunkissed. I’m never gonna be that girl. I wish, but it ain't gonna happen!" Talk about our kinda lady! Even her campaign image (above) shot by David LaChapelle is a cool blue-hued image showing off Daphne's fierce beauty game. But if you're wondering where these dark shades of burgundy, blue and beige in her collection came from, we'll bet five buckaroos you won't be able to guess!
Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin in the MAC Viva Glam spring 2012 campaign.
Photo: Courtesy of MAC
Sometimes there are mornings that are just so. hard. that you'll search everywhere and anywhere on the internets for a little pick-me-up. But this morning, WHEEWWW BOY. The greatness found us. In our inbox landed this pretty little sight—a brand spankin' new image of Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin in the MAC Viva Glam spring 2012 campaign shot by David LaChapelle. But seriously, how awesome is this photo? The longer you stare at it, the more amazing it becomes. Nicki Minaj is crawling on a motorcycle in a hot pink low-cut latex dress (please note the creepy hand holding lipstick rigghhhttt around her slit area) while Ricky Martin is weight-lifting a GIANT lipstick above his head while wearing a sweat-stained gray tank top under a white and black leather motorcycle jacket. His expression reads both excited and slightly out of breath for a confusing mixture of sexy, fun, and sweaty all in one campaign image. Also, is that a giant blue finger in the corner? Just sayin'.
Dakota Fanning for Marc Jacobs' "Oh, Lola!" perfume.
Photo: Courtesy of Marc Jacobs
In campaign news, all-American golden girl Dakota Fanning has become wrapped up in a little issue with the British Advertising Standards Authority. OK, maybe not Dakota herself but the ads she's featured in for the Marc Jacobs perfume "Oh, Lola!" The BASA are the same officials who have banned ads for excessive airbrushing and Beyoncë's commerical for her first fragrance, "Heat." In its own words, the Authority says:
We noted that the model was holding up the perfume bottle, which rested in her lap between her legs, and we considered that its position was sexually provocative. We understood the model was 17 years old but we considered she looked under the age of 16. We considered that the length of her dress, her leg, and position of the perfume bottle drew attention to her sexuality. Because of that, along with her appearance, we considered the ad could be seen to sexualise a child.
HMMmmmm... *strokes waist-length thinking beard* At one time, we just thought this was a saucy snap of the eldest Fanning and pretty fragrance bottle we could tooootally envision sitting atop our dresser drawers. And NOW. *shudders* Well, we're thinking a HECK of a lot more about this pic than we ever wanted to.
James Franco in the Gucci "Made To Measure" campaign.
Photo: Courtesy of Gucci
Oh, HELLO, James Franco. Sorry to bother you as you're artfully lounging on that smoky film set, but we have a little something to talk about—this Gucci "Made To Measure" campaign you're all gussied up in. When we think "James Franco style," we immediately conjure up his art school chic look in our mind (which usually involves colorful skinny ties or slightly creepy mustaches or even wooly cardigans worn over suits). But then—BAM. These Gucci photos show up in our inbox and we're all, "Wait. Wut." James is looking HOT, dudes. And, like, not in a, "Let's hang out at the local coffee shop and talk about our favorite bands" kind of way, but an older, more mature, "Let's drink and schmooze at my young entrepreneurs dinner party tonight" kind of way. JAMES IS ALL GROWN UP, Y'ALL. *single tear*
Jessie J poses a promotional photo for the House of Holland for Pretty Polly collection campaign.
Photo: Courtesy of Pretty Polly
Jessie J poses while shooting the House of Holland for Pretty Polly collection campaign.
Photo: Courtesy of Pretty Polly
I don't often wear trousers. I infrequently wear jeans and can't take leggings seriously as a unit of clothing. It's akin to sweatpants in my book, and while I understand this makes me completely insane and way too narrow-minded it does make me really appreciate tights. I'm a huge fan of House of Holland's Pretty Polly collab, especially now that they've pegged blunt-banged British BOMBSHELL, Jessie J, for their fall/winter 2011 campaign.
So real quick sidebar: If you don't know HoH, it's Henry Holland's line and he's the dude who came up in the London club scene in, like, 2006, who made those '80s tees that had all-caps, sans serif slogans on them like, "CAUSE ME PAIN HEDI SLIMANE" and "I'LL TELL YOU WHO'S BOSS, KATE MOSS," etc., etc. Anyway, he's super handsome, has great hair, and is besties with Agyness Deyn.
Pretty Polly is a U.K. hosiery brand and for three years PP + HoH have been making beautiful music together like tights with stars on them, trompe l'oeil suspenders, alphabet tights, and bingo ball tights. Outrageous stuff (that you can now cop from its Facebook page), so you can totally see why the brash, mega-leggy bodaciousness that is Jessie J (uuuuh, did you guys see her "Domino" video?)is a perfect fit for their superhero-themed FIRST campaign shoot THAT WE HAVE A BEHIND-THE-SCENES VIDEO ON (it's hilarz). This is what each had to say on the project aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand what they listen to when they're getting ready to go out for a night on the town.
Wait, WHAT. Jared Leto. In a new HUGO BOSS Just Different fragrance commercial. Smizing SO HARD we're practically dead. Like, his piercing blue eyes are so intense we can't tell if he wants to douse us in perfume and light us on fire or hardcore make out. HOW. DOES. HE. DO. IT. Echelon, you feel me on this one? So hot, right? And this too-intense-for-life stare is literally within the FIRST SECOND on the commercial. First second! There's still 19 glorious seconds left to drool over, and by golly, we will. I mean, after he was named the face of Hugo Boss's Just Different fragrance in the spring, we've been stalking Mr. Hugo like a BOSS. (Lamest joke ever!) But, we're going to be honest here, we weren't prepared for this.
Katy Perry in the new GHD ad campaign.
Photo: Courtesy of GHD
Katy Perry is a MASTER at defining decades just by her 'do—take a peek at last season's campaign for British hair care company GHD! She channeled '80s new wave, '40s glam, and '60s boho chic style flawlessly thanks to GHD's styling products and talented mega-photographer David LaChapelle. This time, the fierce hair and the photog are the same, but the decade is very different. Ms. Perry went wayyy back to the roaring '20s to tell the story of a once-innocent flapper girl turned dark by the bite of a poison apple. Yowza!
Rihanna for Emporio Armani underwear.
Photo: Courtesy of Armani
Brace yourselves. Armani is dropping the Rihanna campaign videos. Moments ago, we caught our first glimpse at the steamy short and may need to cut work early for a cold shower—it's getting a little hot in here. Just 12 seconds long, the teaser features several rapid-fire cuts to RiRi stripping down to her lacy Emporio Armani skivvies in the back of that louche vintage car from the print ads, dropping trou all over some quilted leather interior.
Ke$ha's Baby-G campaign.
Photo: Terry Richardson
Ke$ha, girl, where have you BEEN? We've missed you. Last we heard you were in a shoot with Terry Richardson all natural and makeup free, and then we found out you were making some necklaces out of human teeth. Have you become a straight-up hippie, K-$? We're not mad, but we were getting worried that our glitter-faced girl had officially gone au naturel. Then we feasted our eyes on the new Baby-G campaign featuring Ke$ha—fierce nails and all—and we were MORE than pleased that our girl was back. Not only did she look HELLA amazing but she designed the watches she's modeling, which isn't TOO surprising considering she's also coming out with a faux fur line in the near future. Looks like we've got QUITE the designer on our hands (heh).