Archive for January, 2012

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012 Ad Campaign

“The spirit of our Spring/Summer 2012 collection is reflected beautifully in this new ad campaign,” says Louis Vuitton Artistic Director Marc Jacobs. “All the tone and texture of the collection – the lightness, the prettiness, the broderie anglaise, the millefeuille layers of organza – are recreated in these wonderful images by Steven Meisel. It is all very soft and very sweet, yet at the same time very bold and very graphic.”

In an intriguing echo of the previous season, the Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012 advertising campaign once again takes up the narrative of the fashion show, continuing it from the point where the woman steps daintily off the pure white fairground carrousel and into the pastel pink paradise of a nearby ice cream parlor. Like the vintage limousines of the Fall/Winter campaign, this vastly different setting – painstakingly recreated in a New York studio, complete with a mouth-watering array of Chantilly-topped sundaes – provides the perfect showcase for the deliciously sweet, airy concoctions of Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection.

Up-and-coming models Daria Strokous and Kati Nescher are the lucky pair chosen to sample the parlor’s assorted delights while wearing some of the season’s standout looks, including romantic broderie anglaise dresses, ladylike shifts embellished with strass, studs and 3D flowers, and sorbet- colored suits with white lace collars. Accessories, too, feature prominently in the nine visuals, foremost among them the Lockit bag in sheer nylon voile that opened the runway show, the Speedy in powdered, whitewashed crocodile, and the pointed-toe mules in pastel shades with metal toe caps, dainty laces or rows of tiny buttons. “The whole ambiance is very pretty, very special and very magical,” says Marc Jacobs, “and I’m sure it will look just delicious and fresh come the spring.”

Isabelle des Garets, Advertising and Editions Director for Louis Vuitton, comments: “Once again, Marc Jacobs and Steven Meisel have created a stunning campaign that not only captures the romance and lightness of the runway show, but expresses it in an entirely fresh and playful way – and in a style that is unmistakably Louis Vuitton.”

The Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012 advertising campaign will break in the February 2012 issues of magazines worldwide.

Models: Kati Nescher Daria Strokous
Stylist:
Karl Templer
Photographer: Steven Meisel
Hair: Guido Palau
Makeup: Pat McGrath

Video via Louis Vuitton



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Chrome Users: Try the WordPress.com Extension

Want to receive WordPress.com notifications instantly, even when you’re not on WordPress.com?

Add the new WordPress.com extension for Chrome and as soon as you get a new follower or a new like on one of your posts, a notification will appear in your browser:

Simply click the icon to view your latest WordPress.com notifications:

Start following new blogs without visiting WordPress.com

The Chrome extension also makes it easy to follow sites from your WordPress.com account by displaying a Follow button whenever you’re browsing a site that has an RSS feed.

Clicking the Follow button will add new posts from the website to your reader, and send you an email each time an update is published. (You can change your default email settings if you like.)

When you visit a WordPress.com site, you’ll notice that the extension icon will turn blue, but keep in mind that you can follow blogs on Blogger, Tumblr, and other services, too.

Quickly post cool stuff you find while browsing the web

Press This is a lightning-fast way to publish content on your blog without ever visiting WordPress.com. Click the WordPress.com extension, then select Press This whenever you find something on the web that you’d like to share on your blog, and a pop-up editor will appear:

Select the blog you’d like to post to, then hit publish to share a link to the site. Your blog will be updated, and you can continue browsing the web from wherever you left off.

If you’d like to publish an excerpt of text along with the link to the site, simply highlight the material with your cursor before clicking Press This:

And it will appear in the editor for you to publish along with the link:

We hope this makes it easier for you to share cool stuff on your blog quickly! If there’s anything you’d like to see in future versions of the extension, be sure to let us know.


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Your Stats Have a New Home

Are you addicted to checking your site stats? You are not alone. The stats dashboard has always been one of the most popular admin screens. It’s gratifying to know that people are visiting your place online.

With the WordPress.com front page evolving into a one-stop shop for posting, exploring, following and reading blogs, it seemed natural to put your blog stats there, too.  Stats are becoming more and more about interacting with your readers and other bloggers.

My Stats Tab on WordPress.com

You’ll still see your summary stats and chart on your main dashboard, and the full stats page in your dashboard will remain for a while, but the My Stats tab on the WordPress.com front page will soon become the home for the most comprehensive view of your stats.

While adding the My Stats tab to the front page, we also gave it an updated look by making the panels regularly spaced, using rounded gravatars for your commenters, and giving it an overall lighter feel:

 

Stats Before and After

We’ll be adding even more features to your stats and the WordPress.com front page soon.  We’re working on adding country stats of your visitors, which many of you have requested.

If you’d like to attract more visitors to your site, check out these great resources on boosting your blog readership:

(Note to Jetpack users: Your stats will still be available in your wp-admin dashboard. However, you may still enjoy viewing your stats on WordPress.com.)


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MICHAEL Michael Kors Hamilton Trompe L’oeil Cotton-canvas Tote

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It’s not often that I find a MICHAEL Michael Kors bag for under $100, so you can imagine my surprise when I came across the MICHAEL Michael Kors Hamilton trompe l’oeil cotton-canvas tote.  It’s perfect for those weekends when you want to go casual and carry a bag that’s light and easy.  I love the bright red cotton-canvas with the black and gold trompe l’oeil print.  Price: $80.00 at NET-A-PORTER.COM.

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Katy Perry Fashion Sense.

Keeping track of celebrity hair color is a task any die-hard journalist would get years of material out of. Just like her music, Katy likes to keep her hair fun, spunky, and out of the ordinary. Her entire fashion ensemble screams that she is in it to party and have a good time unlike the Jonas Brothers who use their girlfriend’s promise ring as a tactic for marketing their albums.

Originally, Katy sported the traditional brunette hair that complimented her goddess-like looks. Her long locks screamed “classic beauty” and gave her a pin-up look that attracted girls because of the timeless factor and guys for other obvious reasons. Her, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga sparked a new craze for female singers because of their bold and fearless fashion choices.

Throughout 2010 and 2011, Katy has struggled to find a true ID for her hair. The cover of the California Gurls album shows her lounging out in a supermodel pose with a bright blue wig on top of her head. After the bright blue came a sort of fuschia pink color that looked like it came out of a hair spray can.

Recently Katy has ditched the over the top punk looks and settled on one that defines her chic and sensible side. People magazine reports that she appeared at a fundraiser thrown by David Lynch with a short blonde bob. This is a drastic transformation for the singer because we have never seen her without her long and luxurious hair.

Some say that her recent transformations are a guise to fool the media into thinking her marriage to Russel Brand isn’t running into a rough patch. She has just gotten a matching tattoo with her husband and both of them have been on a media tour claiming that everything is peachy betweeen the two. While the rumors may be surfacing, her style choices have earned her an actual Barbie doll based on her likeness.

The good thing about Katy Perry’s fashion sense is that it will always keep us guessing. Let’s hope that she has some fun with it without ending up shaving her head like Britney Spears did.

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Black and Gray Chanel Cambon Tote

Black and Gray Chanel Cambon Tote

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There are always new bags arriving at Jill’s Consignment, and some sell so fast it will make your head spin!  I’ve spotted several Chanel bags in the past two weeks that are totally worth the splurge.  The Black & Gray Large Cambon Tote is the perfect everyday bag because it’s spacious with lots of compartments (always a plus!).  It has butter soft, black quilted lambskin with gray interlocking CC logo and grey trim.  Additional features include zip closure, double straps, silver-tone hardware including six studs at the base, back pocket, yellow woven cc lining with zippered pocket, double pen pocket, cell pocket, large padded pocket and flat pocket.  There is a leather tab with velcro closure on the inside to keep items in padded pocket protected.  This bag is in pristine condition inside and out and comes with authenticity card and dust cover.  Price: $1.695.00

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MARC BY MARC JACOBS Messenger Bag – Werdie Colorblock Top Handle

I’ve been on the hunt for a crossbody/messenger bag for months, and I think I found THE ONE!  The MARC BY MARC JACOBS Messenger Bag – Werdie Colorblock Top Handle meets all my requirements – vibrant color, soft leather, structured silhouette, and plenty of pockets.  I love how it ties in with the colorblock trend and available in two colors – electro blue multi and shock red multi.  Additional features include top handle, adjustable and detachable crossbody strap, magnetic snap closure, two front pockets, interior zip pocket and two interior slip pockets.  Price: $498.00 at Bloomingdale’s.

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Reblogging is Back!

As we mentioned last week, you can like and reblog posts directly from your reader, which displays a stream of all the updates published on all the blogs you follow from your WordPress.com account.

We’ve also brought the reblog button back to the toolbar that appears at the top of the screen when you’re logged into WordPress.com. Note that you’ll only see the like and reblog options while you’re looking at individual posts.

For example, you’ll see this on the left side of your toolbar while viewing http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/read-blogs:

And your toolbar will look like this while you’re browsing the home page of en.blog.wordpress.com:

How does reblogging work?

Reblogging is a quick way to share posts published by other WordPress.com users on your own blog. People have been reblogging others’ posts since blogging started, but our new reblogging system enables authors to retain greater control over their content.

When a post is reblogged, it shows up with a link back to the blog it came from, the first image in the post, an excerpt of the post’s introduction (if it contains text), and thumbnails of any other images that the post contains. It also shows any comments left by the person who reblogged the post:

Reblogs published on blogs you follow will also appear in your reader:

What happens when my posts get reblogged?

An excerpt of your post will be published on the reblogger’s site (with a link back to your original post), and you’ll receive a reblog notification in the post comments (you might need to approve it first):

You’ll also receive an email notification of the reblog.

Do I get credit when someone else reblogs one of my posts?

Absolutely! All reblogs contain a link back to your original post, so the more people reblog your posts, the more likely it is that you’ll attract new visitors (and perhaps new followers, too!).

What happens if I reblog a reblog?

If, for example, Stephane reblogs a WordPress.com announcement on his site and Lori reblogs Stephane’s reblog, Lori only re-publishes any comments Stephane made about the announcement. If Lori wants to share the original announcement, she should reblog the post from en.blog.wordpress.com, not from Stephane’s reblog. But if Stephane leaves a really clever comment, Lori might want to share it by reblogging his reblog on her site.

Can I edit a post I’ve reblogged?

You can go back and edit the comments you left when you reblogged a post, but you cannot edit any parts of the original post excerpt (including the post title). If you like, you can add categories or tags to the post. Reblogs show up under Posts → All Posts in your dashboard, and they can be edited the same way you edit your own posts.


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Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2012 Menswear Collection

“A sophomore endeavor in the glare of the spotlight is never easy. Think second books, second albums, second movies. To sharpen the challenge for Kim Jones, Louis Vuitton draws one hell of a spotlight. But in his second season as director of the men’s studio for the brand, Jones aced it. The job agrees with him. He loves travel, which is Vuitton’s lifeblood. He has a connoisseur’s sensibility, again, a Vuitton signature. But Jones also has the kind of endlessly engaged, curatorial attitude to his world that can make memorably graphic connections between people, places, and times. This collection, for example, he called “a tale of two cities,” Paris and Tokyo, capitals of culture that have enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship. Georges Vuitton, son of Louis himself, was inspired by Japanese floral paintings while he was developing the iconic monogram.

But Jones was also thinking about a different kind of bridge for Vuitton. He has always loved Antonio Lopez, the fashion illustrator whose visual style helped define the seventies and eighties. Lopez was, according to Jones, one of the first fashion people to ever go to Japan and use its inspiration in his work. He was also an alumnus of the High School of Art and Design in New York. So is Marc Jacobs, Vuitton’s Number One. All of which is a roundabout way of getting to the point that Vuitton’s latest menswear collection made the kind of connections Jones relishes. And that’s even before we get to the fact that Giorgio Moroder, Mister Disco himself, introduced the show, vocoder vox and all, before pressing the button on a soundtrack of his classics.

Under a giant silver globe (for some reason, it echoed Scarface, but maybe that was just because Moroder, who scored the movie, was in the house), Jones marched a consummate collection of new international style down the catwalk. The materials alone took you on a journey: a camel coat with kangaroo fur collar, a trench with crocodile patches, a coat cut from a Vuitton travel blanket, shoes of astrakhan, and, most of all, exquisite silks that had been woven outside Tokyo in a place recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The weaving process is so agonizingly ritualized by tradition that they can produce only 20 centimeters a day. And yet here were whole suits and kimono shirts cut from the stuff. The shirts were used under jackets instead of waistcoats, “a replacement of the three-piece,” said Jones. But counterpointing this traditional stuff were the most advanced techno fabrics, also from Japan. They were cut into reflective outerwear that harked back to Jones’ own collections.

There was detail in the collection that made the head spin—Antonio’s feather and arrow motifs were reproduced by couture ateliers (the feathers hand-painted in the company’s Gaston color scheme), locks on bags were covered in tiny leather sheaths modeled on the signs of the Chinese zodiac. It’s that curatorial thing again. But today it was also the genuine pleasure of an eye for detail meeting a bottomless pocket. The result was a stellar sophomore outing.” – Tim Blanks, Style.com

Gallery:
Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2012 Menswear Collection – Fashion Show
Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2012 Menswear Collection – Backstage
Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2012 Menswear Collection – Celebrities

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Images via Louis Vuitton / Ludwig Bonnet



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New Theme: Newsy

It’s been an extra big week in the news ’round these parts, so much so that the launch announcement of our latest premium theme seems like an extra extra good way to headline our Friday.

Newsy is a versatile business and news-friendly theme that offers up to ten different layouts, four footer columns, custom link and accent colors, and a custom site header. Brand and content-focused editorial teams will love publishing with this theme.

Newsy: Home Page

Newsy: Home Page

Designed by Themify, Newsy comes with an impressive set of Theme Options that afford you a great deal of flexibility with how you choose to display your website. Easily control your site’s sidebar positions, home page and archive page post layouts, and navigation bar search box visibility.

You also have the ability to change your site-wide link and accent colors. A few quick adjustments via the options panel will truly have the effect of individualizing your site and making it stand out from the crowd.

Newsy: Accent and Link Color Examples

Newsy: Accent and Link Color Examples

Up to ten different layouts in Newsy can be achieved by simply altering your widgets and Theme Options. A wide sidebar, narrow sidebar, and two mini sidebars come rolled into Newsy, as well as additional post display and sidebar alignment options.

Newsy: Wide Sidebar Left, Narrow Sidebar Right Option

Newsy: Wide Sidebar Left, Narrow Sidebar Right Option

All of this is controlled either from within Appearance → Widgets or Appearance → Theme Options. The goal with Newsy is maximum flexibility without the headache of manually configuring a thousand theme options. In this case we really can say that less—well, fewer (options)—is more. :)

Newsy is a premium upgrade for your blog at $85 for a lifetime subscription. Read more about its features on the Theme Showcase or dive right into previewing it on your blog from Appearance → Themes.


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