There was a time in the early ’90s when sunflowers were totally ubiquitous. I’m pretty sure TV’s “Blossom” had a terrible sunflower hat, and sunflowers were the ’90s symbol for some kind of whitewashed take on ’60s bohemianism. So perhaps that’s why I’m not super into the new ads from Prada, featuring supermodels Amber Valletta and Eva Herzigova. There’s so many hateable things about these shots: Firstly, the clothes; second, the styling of Amber’s shoes. And then there’s the tiny fringe somebody put on beautiful Eva Herzigova. Why would you do that to her? Plus, the color palette and makeup seems so purposefully drab. But I don’t know, maybe I’m missing something. Maybe this campaign is actually brilliant and gorgeous and it’s just my janky perspective that’s ruining things. What do you think?
Really, to appear in Vogue, all you need is fabulous clothes and great styling — legs are really just superfluous. At least that’s what this editorial featuring Shalom Harlow and Amber Valletta tells us. [Photoshop Disasters]
Supermodels … so not like us. Is there anything more delicious than a gorgeous fashion story that also happens to feature tons of cool, transformational hairdos too? We’re obsessing over this story in May’s Vogue, styled by our favorite creative director, Grace Coddington, shot by living legend Steven Meisel, and featuring the superest of all supers, Amber Valletta, posing as the consummate American philanthropist in eight different personas. Hairstylist Guido did the hair, which consists of different headpieces that completely change our subject’s look from shot to shot. Don’t you wish you had a closet full of crazy wigs so you could play around like this? Or just loads of money so you could be, um, a fabulous-looking charity icon? Ah, fashion fantasy! Check it out. [Fashion Gone Rogue] Keep reading »
For their new spring collection, Nars had supermodel Amber Valletta channel Catherine Deneuve in the iconic “La Chamade.” “It’s very sophisticated and bourgeois in a Parisian ‘16th Arrondissement’ way,” said Francois himself. “She [Deneuve] is the perfect reference for this collection, and apropos for spring, a time to embrace color and get noticed.” While we love the bouffant hair and even the fun yellow eyeshadow, we’re especially drawn to the new lipstick, called Cruising. Past attempts at a Bardot-like French nude pout have drawn us down a questionable path (concealer on the lips anyone?), but this hue works because it has a slight amount of sheer pink to make it more wearable. So you know, c’est magnifique or whatever. [Nars] Keep reading »
This is what we are talking about: high fashion looks we can actually afford on a low budget. For their September 2009 issue, V Magazine featured super model turned actress Amber Valletta in a nine page spread titled, “Amber’s Next Act.” The Arizona born beauty is starring in the upcoming sci-fi flick, Gamer with Gerard Butler. Maybe to contrast with what will likely be a very techy film, the stylist Clare Richardson, gave Valletta a very simple, striped down (literally), and bare look. With the exception of a black poufy Dolce & Gabbana, just about every other outfit in the shoot was from Levi’s, H&M, Gap and Armani Exchange.
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Minutes ago, famed fashion photographer Steven Klein debuted a new fashion featurette online: “Clorox Blue.” (To see the movie on the Flash site, click Moving Image > Film Projects > Clorox Blue.) Staying true to Klein’s controversially creative takes as of late, it’s provocative. Starring supermodel Amber Valletta working alongside boy-toys du jour Tyson Ballou and Ryan Snyder, the film appears to be a seedy peek at scenes in the life of a bathroom hooker. The series of vignettes are tiny, disturbing, fashionable dreams in which our prostitute heroine interacts with gold-toothed pimps and rubber-clad clients. Wearing couture all the while, of course. While I can’t say I totally “get” it, I know that I like it. [Pipeline] Keep reading »