Chanel Cuts Model Crystal Renn Off

The ad for Chanel’s store reopening on Spring Street has been released, which features plus-sized model, Crystal Renn. All together, the ad is very disappointing. The ad shows male model, Baptiste Giabiconi, lying down shirtless next to fur-covered Crystal Renn. Except, the image is cropped; only the upper portion of Renn is shown. Her complete body is cropped out! Chanel obvious doesn’t have a problem with Crystal Renn’s appearance since she walked the runway in their last resort show. Even Jean Paul Gaultier used Crystal’s full figure in his fall campaign this year.

Personally and from an artistic view, I think that the photo, even though it is nicely photographed, has an awkward flow. It abruptly stops, making the figures float in space. But the greater problem I think is the way the editing will reflect on Chanel. Because they’ve cropped Crystal’s curvy figure out of the photo, they are supporting the trend of sickly skinny models. Chanel could have easily made a stand and used Crystal’s body in the picture to declare all body types are beauty. In this case, I feel what Chanel did is just as bad as Ralph Lauren editing their models thinner.

This also raises the question of why use a plus-sized model in the first place if you are only going to take the photo from the chest up? A skinny model would have been just fine as well. If I were Crystal Renn, I would definitely feel hurt, but most of all cheated.

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Gucci Guilty… The Trailer

Watch the teaser for Gucci’s new fragrance, Guilty, directed by Sin City‘s Frank Miller. Evan Rachel Wood  and Chris Evans star together in the film, which will premiere at the MTV Video Music Awards on September 12.

Proenza Schouler Releases FIRST Ad Campaign

Proenza Schouler finally has released their first ad campaign, featuring models, Tati Cotliar, Ann and Kirby Kenny. (All three models walked the runway for Proenza this year.) The ads are simple with a white backdrop and the rainbow “Proenza Schouler” logo in the center. Tati, Ann and Kirby looks fabulous with messy hair and red lips.

A lot of people and critics are disappointed in the overall look of the advertisement. And sadly enough, I have to agree. The add is very lifeless. The poses are awkward, making the girls abnormally skinny. Also, the cropping is bizarre since some of their feet are cutoff. With what we have seen from Proenza Schouler, I expected a much higher quality of print.


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Zoe Saldana New Face of CK Underwear

Zoe Saldana has been announced as the new face of Calvin Klein’s underwear line, replacing Eva Mendes. Saldana also represents CK’s new collection, Calvin Klein Envy, which is to be launched fall 2010. The ads were shot by famed photographer, Mikael Jansson, and will be released in October of 2010. Zoe Saldana comments saying, “It’s very exciting for me to be associated with such an iconic, globally recognized brand like Calvin Klein Underwear.”