Posts tagged "advertising"

Little Lost Dinosaur In The Lingerie Ad

At first glance, this ad for lingerie company Fayreform looks like standard model-in-a-sexy-outfit fare. But look again! Who's that creeping underneath that chair? Could it be ... the tiniest TYRANNOSAURUS REX in the world? [BuzzFeed]…
By: Julie Gerstein / September 16, 2010

The Face Of Patrizia Pepe’s Fall Campaign Is A Boom Box, A Dog, Anything But A Model

Italian fashion label Patrizia Pepe wanted to draw attention to the designer herself, so they created this "Who is Patrizia?" ad campaign. Only problem is ... we now think Patrizia is some alien shape-shifter who can transform her face into any nearby object, whether it's a French horn, a dog, a boom box, or…
By: Leonora Epstein / September 1, 2010

Reason #1,321 We’re Glad The ’90s Are Over

Versace Jeans ad circa 1991: Shudder. Although, we're sure Ricky Martin doesn't mind. [Tumblr]…
By: Leonora Epstein / August 31, 2010

Bras On Roller Coasters? Someone’s Got A Fetish For It

This Ultimo Bra commercial of women testing their brassieres for "durability and lift support" on roller coasters is so strange you can't look away. But you know some dude was whacking off to flying cleavage. Do you think they wiped the seats down afterwards? [BuzzFeed]…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 31, 2010

Lanvin’s “Marry Me!” Fragrance Skips Subtle Marketing Tactics

You can thank the "Mad Men" episode about Pond's Cold Cream for reminding us of an era when advertising appealed directly to a stereotyped female psyche. As Freddy says about Pond's: "If young girls started using it, maybe they'd find a husband and they wouldn't be so angry ... if you use Pond's you'll…
By: Leonora Epstein / August 30, 2010

Time Capsule: Color Film From 1922

This clip from a 1922 Kodak color film test is one of the earlier color films in existence. Watching it, I can't help wondering about the actresses shown. What were their lives like on the heels of women's suffrage and the cusp of the flipper era? Were they married? Did they go on to have…
By: Wendy Atterberry / August 27, 2010

Want A Raise? Better Douche First!

Summer's Eve, the brand of vaginal douche that apparently still exists, has a very, um, compelling advertisement in the latest issue of Women's Day. Made to look like a piece of editorial content, the advertisement offers advice to women who are preparing to ask for a raise at work. But before you go marching into…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 27, 2010

What Do These Images Have To Do With Breast Cancer?

The Breast Cancer Foundation's latest campaign encourages women to prioritize regular breast checks over fretting about less important worries like pimples, weight gain, and frizzy hair. Check out the beautiful (and NSFW) way in which they conveyed that message, after the jump... [OIC Singapore via BuzzFeed]…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 26, 2010

Which Celebrity Pushes The Most Products?

The other day, an ad popped up on my computer for Vitamin Water. And the friendly face telling me to drink the oddly flavored H20 was none other than Ellen DeGeneres. "Wait," I thought. "Isn't she also pushing CoverGirl anti-aging products? And doing her dance to inspire folks to get American Express cards? And…
By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / August 12, 2010

Men Can Stop Rape

How refreshing -- an anti-rape ad campaign that puts the focus on the rapist not the victim. We also love the fact that this campaign isn't just targeted at straight couples. [Bitter Buffalo via Diana Vilibert's Twitter]…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 6, 2010

Actually, You Can Be Too Thin, Pretzel Crisps

God, I love me some pretzel crisps -- dipped in hummus and with slices of cheese, they are delish. But I am mad at them. Their new ad campaign is straight-up wrong. Look, I get it, the appeal of pretzel crisps is that they are thin like crackers and, in theory, better for you tha…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 4, 2010

Scarlett Johansson’s D&G Makeup Ad Is Very “Mad Men”

Give her a martini and a cigarette, and voilà! You've got the newest "Mad Men" cast member.
By: Leonora Epstein / August 2, 2010

No More Cowbell, Please

According to this 1946 Listerine ad, women with bad breath should wear a bell around their neck, so others will be forewarned. Copyranter adds it to his "most offensive sexist retro ads" ever list, and we concur. Save this look for Halloween. [Copyranter]…
By: Susannah Breslin / August 2, 2010

Frisky Rant: “Mad Men” Is Making Advertisers Comfortable With Sexism Again

Maybe it was because last night's episode of "Mad Men" was a little slow—my brain couldn't process that it was Christmas time—but I found myself actually paying attention to the commercials. Yes, commercials are always annoying, but last night's were particularly so. I couldn't help but be especially irked by the blatant sexism…
By: Ami Angelowicz / August 2, 2010

Should Some People Not Wear Shorts?

"Put some pants on!" this ad in the window of a Gap store declares. "Because we can't all look good in shorts." The provocative ad has inspired a controversy. The Huffington Post wonders if it's "Offensive Or Clever." The woman who took the photo of the debatable ad is journalist Stephanie…
By: Susannah Breslin / August 2, 2010

Sofia Coppola To Direct New Dior Fragrance Commercial?

Rumor has it that Sofia Coppola will be directing another Dior fragrance commercial, this time starring Natalie Portman, Dior Parfum's new ambassador. Those of you who obsessed over Coppola's last Dior commercial (above), like we did, will be a little bit thrilled about this news. Coppola and Portman were both spotted filming i…
By: Lily Q / July 30, 2010

Justin Timberlake Directs 3 Horny Tequila Ads

We kind of started approving of everything Justin Timberlake does after he shed his N'Sync-era brillo pad curls and excessive denim. The upcoming ads he directed for his 901 Tequila, however, throws his infallibility back into question. Justin seems to have followed the "when in doubt, make it about sex" logic that so many…
By: Lily Q / July 28, 2010

Does This Butchered Woman Make You Want To Go Shopping?

Honestly, I'm all for some controversy in advertising. In a dog-eat-dog market, sometimes the most effective way to win a market share is by creating the most provocative campaign. But it's got to do its job. You can't just be shocking for the sake of being shocking, or else you end up failing in your…
By: Susannah Breslin / July 28, 2010

Model Tanning FAIL

At first, we kind of thought that these three lovelies were dead. Then we looked more closely at the clothes and realized that there was nary a sign of struggle or dragging in sight. All we can really take from this bizarre Marc Jacobs fall '10 ad campaign is that they don't realize that…
By: Lily Q / July 20, 2010

Lane Bryant Wasn’t Always So Full-Figure-Friendly

Lane Bryant may still be a plus sized Mecca, but they've certainly changed their approach to advertising. Now, curvy ladies parade in their undies instead of hiding under massive coats and calling other "chubbies" to join the ranks. We think that's a win. [Copyranter]…
By: Lily Q / July 19, 2010
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