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On Gap, M&S, and the fashion paradox of Dressing Normal

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Well, isn’t Gap’s new ‘Dress Normal’ campaign interesting?

As we all know, this year’s buzzword ‘normcore’ is steeped in anony Gap-style dressing, so Gap has nodded to that in its Dress Normal strapline. But don’t expect 90s-tinged bland-chic. Gap’s imagery is far more elevated and beautiful, so we’re shown not normal people (thank God, I’m a bit over normal people), but Hollywood elite types in ‘normal’ situations to represent modern-day Gap.

My favourite is Angelica Huston (top) having a coffee in a gorgeously lit diner situation (as opposed to a normcore Starbucks). There’s also Elisabeth Moss from Mad Men taking a beach stroll, Girls’ Zosia Mamet lolling on her bed and Luke Grimes surveying his fridge … yeah, you get the idea. It feels modern, relevant, you’re not looking at the clothes necessarily, but as a brand statement, you take notice.

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According to the press release, the aim is to celebrates the individuality and authenticity of personal style by questioning what it means to Dress Normal. “We were inspired by the bold and honest spirit of the millennial generation; their authenticity is what makes them stand apart in today’s complex world,” said Stephen Sunnucks, Gap Global President. “Gap has always stood for individuality and being your most authentic self. By challenging the idea of what it means to dress normal, we hope to inspire confidence in everyone’s own personal style.”

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As part of the campaign, Gap will be releasing a TV ad, as well as its now-standard Styld-by microsite featuring consumers and influencers wearing Gap their own way. It makes me consider M&S and its various (very expensive) attempts to create engaging ad campaigns. It too uses famous people but I don’t feel it makes them look stylish enough. Although those ads are better than the original ‘being normal’ M&S campaign from back in the day. Anyone remember that ‘I’m noooormaaaaal’ TV ad from 2000? Eek. Good concept, questionable execution, or perhaps M&S was just fourteen years ahead of itself?

 

But it now: Burberry blankets

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I’m all about blanket dressing for AW14. Any self-respecting Brit has a stack of thick check blankets for hibernating under or arranging just-so on beds and sofas. So why not just go the next step and dress yourself in one?

Burberry Prorsum’s seasonal masterstroke was swathing all its models in a blanket poncho for the show finale, complete with monogram. And then gifting its favourite influencers with the same. Continue reading

Introducing H&M’s laid-back luxe*

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So I think we can safely say that Spring is officially here. To underline that message, how about a look at the latest SS14 H&M campaign starring new face Miranda Kerr? Shot in Los Angeles, the collection highlights two of my favourite things – transitional dressing and boy-girl style. If anyone nails that look in an accessible way, it’s got to be Kerr in her exhaustive succession of tailored blazers, silk blouses, shorts and heels. Continue reading

The Ghesquiere-ification of Vuitton is here

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Aaand here we go in phase one of the Ghesquiere-ification of Vuitton! Charlotte Gainsbourg wore Louis Vuitton AW14 to the the Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 screening in New York last night. Continue reading

Buy it now: How Moda Operandi is monetising the Met Ball

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Right, now that Vogue Festival is out of the way, the next Vogue event to diarise is the Met Gala, coming on 6th May. Especially if you’re a celeb-loving fashion fan. The red carpet arrivals at the Costume Institute benefit will be livestreamed next Monday at 7pm EST on the Moda Operandi, US Vogue, Samsung and Metropolitan Museum of Art websites. Continue reading

On K-Stew and her Cartier Juste Un Clou

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You may have seen the pictures of Kristen Stewart looking very grown up in Victoria Beckham’s tangerine dress and Louboutin Decollettes. But did you spot the bracelet? Of late, Stewart has switched up her grungy Converse-with-everything image for something way more pap-worthy, right down to the smallest detail. In this case, she’s become surgically attached to Cartier’s iconic Juste Un Clou (‘just a nail’) bracelet, the  gold ‘bent nail’ that was reissued earlier this year from the depths of the Cartier vaults. Continue reading

Press preview: Chanel Little Black Jacket by Karl Lagerfeld

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Just sharing my favourite photos from Karl Lagerfeld’s Little Black Jacket exhibition, which opened at the Saatchi Gallery today (I went to the preview yesterday). I really didn’t have high hopes for this so I was shocked at how much I loved it. The casting is wonderful, as is Carine Roitfeld’s styling. Karl has truly managed to capture the style and personality of each of his sitters. And the gigantic prints (by Steidl) are nicely displayed, gently pinned to the wall. The exhibition is huge and you can even take away a free poster with you. So much nicer than flooding the shop with tacky merch, no?

The exhibition is on from now until 28th October and you can buy the accompanying book there too (it’s a lot cheaper than in the shops).

*SPOILER ALERT* Don’t look down if you don’t want to see (top to bottom) Ines de La Fressange, Frankie Rayder, Jane Birkin, Lauren Hutton, Linda Evangelista, Sojourner Morrell, Alexa Chung, Sofia Coppola, Sing Hye-Kyo, Kirsten Owen and Lily Donaldson… Continue reading

London Fashion Week: Philip Treacy’s Michael Jackson extravaganza *VIDEO*

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Fashion people are hard to impress and fashion people going to a Philip Treacy show are harder still. Why? Because we have seen the ultimate in Treacy show fabulosity before and think it can’t be beaten. But yes it can and it just was. Continue reading

Prada AW12 menswear campaign behind-the-scenes video

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Now this is a behind-the-scenes vid worth watching. Gary Oldman, Garrett Hedlund, Jamie Bell and Willem Dafoe suit up for Prada AW12 Continue reading

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