It would be hard to find someone better than Dree Hemingway to represent the essence of iconic Americana. So it’s easy to see, then, why Cole Haan tapped the model, actress, and great-granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway to front its latest campaign, act as global ambassador, and collaborate with the house’s creative director, Walker MacWilliam, on a Fall ’15 premium collection dubbed Cole Haan for Dree Hemingway.
Set in Hemingway’s hometown of Sun Valley, Idaho, the Glen Luchford-lensed ads and corresponding film (the latter of which debuts exclusively here) projects the vintage American vibe that Hemingway embraces in her own wardrobe. “I wanted the images to be more about the essence of what Cole Haan is,” offered Hemingway during a chat at New York’s Soho House this weekend. “I think we’re moved to dress a certain way because of the mood of the images we see, not just because of the pieces or products that are featured, and I wanted to give people that inspiration,” she continued. “It’s a little 1950s-meets-modern, and there’s a hint of Katharine Hepburn’s masculine take on femininity. That’s my style.” Hemingway is also a pretty fearless horsewoman, and made the impromptu decision to jump onto a chestnut steed sans saddle during the shoot. “I was just walking around with the horses and I thought, I’ll just bareback it. Why not?“
When asked about her forthcoming collection for the brand, Hemingway said that she hopes to create timeless wares that are in line with Cole Haan’s heritage. “I want to make something that people can throw on every day and that they’ll wear and keep for life. I don’t want to do trendy pieces. I want to design something that you’re going to want to pass down.”
At the end of the short, the model is pictured standing in the middle of a country road, walking off into the distance with a Cole Haan bag in hand. Just where is she heading? “Who knows?” Hemingway laughed. “Maybe the McDonald’s down the road!” Jokes aside, after chatting with Hemingway about her work with the brand, it’s clear that she and Cole Haan are going places.
Remember the Chinese brand MO&Co. that we said was moving westward? While it has yet to unveil its Western sales strategy, the brand aims to make global waves with its latest campaign, created in honor of its tenth anniversary.
To fete the occasion, MO&Co. solicited the help of ten major faces—from the West and East—including Freja Beha Erichsen (the brand’s ongoing campaign girl), Chinese mega model Liu Wen, actresses Gao Yuanyuan and Huang Lu, Chinese designers like Xander Zhou, and It girl artist Langley Fox Hemingway, among others.
Dubbed Love Together, the moody black-and-white short, which debuts exclusively here, depicts pairs of creatives from around the world donning MO&Co.’s wares. The flick essentially puts the Karim Sadli-lensed still campaign into motion.
Tomorrow night, MO&Co. will officially reveal Love Together at its Guangzhou runway fete at the Zaha Hadid-designed Guangzhou Opera House—Ming Xi and Tian Yi are scheduled to walk—and celebrate its milestone. Models will wear a limited-edition “red-crowned crane” collection, which will be sold in MO&Co.’s greater China stores and at Lane Crawford.
The Fall ’14 campaigns continue to roll out today and Missoni is the latest house to debut its new ads. Staring Joan Smalls and Justin Barnhill, the Viviane Sassen-lensed snaps transport Angela Missoni’s geometric Fall wares into a dreamlike, futuristic landscape. “It’s an imaginary world, one thousand years forward, and a surreal and humorous setting comprised of ancient ruins, bright vivid color, metallic shades, sharp geometric patterns, and robotic futuristic creatures—an ideal frame for Missoni’s contemporary and stylish woman,” Angela Missoni told Style.com.
No doubt, Missoni had her pick of mega models to star in the ads, considering previous campaign faces have included Christy Turlington and Stella Tennant. Of her choice to tap Smalls, the designer offered, “[She] is one of the most famous and adored models of this moment, and she perfectly embodies the spirit of this collection. With her beautiful complexion, intensity, and strong, contemporary attitude, she seemed to me the ideal protagonist of this campaign, one that puts together past and future, memory and sci-fi, and reality and fantasy.” Shot at an archeological site, the photographs, as well as a trippy-meets-quirky film, both of which debut exclusively here, feature colorful cutouts that lend the imagery a playful, almost cartoonish feel. Most important though, Smalls is easily the most sophisticated sci-fi heroine we’ve ever seen.
Nothing comes between Calvin Klein and the Moss clan. Kate Moss famously posed for the label’s ad campaigns, alongside Mark Wahlberg, back in the nineties. Now her younger sister Lottie Moss is taking a turn as the face of the iconic American sportswear label. For its new Re-Issue Project with MyTheresa, Calvin Klein Jeans asked the 16-year-old to sport updated versions of its nine most classic pieces. The campaign was lensed by photographer Michael Avedon, who is also a legacy with the brand—his grandfather Richard Avedon photographed Brooke Shields for CK.
The capsule incudes original high-waisted skinny jeans and tapered jeans (popularized by none other than Kate), as well as denim jackets and shirts. The collection launches on MyTheresa on July 16, with prices ranging from $105 to $415. Here, a first look at the campaign.
Is Rita Ora the modern-day Marilyn Monroe? Roberto Cavalli certainly thinks so. The designer tapped the saucy songstress to be the face of his Fall ’14 campaign, in which she appears pinup glam with platinum locks. An exclusive look at the Francesco Carrozzini-lensed ads debuts above. “I love Rita’s energy—she’s strong, charismatic, and she’s a Renaissance woman,” Cavalli told Style.com. “I chose to portray her as a modern-day Marilyn, a contemporary interpretation of iconic sensuality.” Does this mean Mr. Cavalli prefers blonds?