August 28 2014

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2 posts tagged "Charlotte Free"

Benetton in Living Color


For more than two decades, United Colors of Benetton has pushed the boundaries of fashion advertising, blurring the lines between commerciality and social commentary (for example, in the nineties, they launched ads depicting AIDS activist David Kirby on his deathbed, and in 2011, they ran their UNHATE campaign, which featured an image of President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao kissing). Spring ’13, while perhaps more direct on the fashion front, is no exception. The brand pulled together a group of compelling personalities, like pink-haired Charlotte Free, Sudanese model and activist Alek Wek, Tunisian model Hanaa Ben Abdesslem, and transgender model Lea T, among others, to celebrate color (while wearing Benetton, of course) in personal video interviews and vivid photographs. Above, the brand has shared an exclusive behind-the-scenes image from what looks like a fantastically rowdy campaign shoot, and below, watch Benetton’s candid video with Lea T.

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Photo and Film: Courtesy of United Colors of Benetton

Salvor Projects’ Desert Rose


For Salvor Projects’ Ross Menuez, if it can’t be made nearby, he won’t make it. When the industrial designer-turned-fashion designer opened his Lower East Side shop earlier this year, he stocked it exclusively with pieces made at his nearby studio.

The local-is-better approach had always ruled out silk pieces from his womenswear collections; silks are more often than not made and printed in the Far East. “I’d wanted to do silk for a long time, and it’s been really frustrating,” he told “Almost everyone does silk in Asia, but I feel so dissociated when it’s happening so far away.” But thanks to the discovery of an ink from Fuji—one not intended for fashion purposes, from the same Fuji that manufactures high-end camera equipment—he’s begun hand-printing silk pieces in New York. Mid-November, the first of these new pieces, a range of printed scarves, hits the floor at Barneys New York; this spring, tops and dresses will follow at the Salvor shop.

To celebrate the new addition, Menuez tapped Charlotte Free, the pink-haired model of the moment, for a lookbook. Free’s been enjoying a banner season, shooting editorials for Love and the upcoming issue of V and campaigns for Topshop and Pamela Love. Menuez explained that he met Free through his daughter, India. “We decided to do it with Charlotte before we had even made half of the prints,” he said. “All of those prints were designed specifically for the shoot with Charlotte in the desert.” The images were shot by Keetja Allard outside of Free’s home in Southern California’s Canyon County, where, as it happens, the sun-faded rocks matched the fade in Free’s hair. “She looked like this bizarre rainbow spirit ghost floating around in the desert,” Menuez remembered. “The whole crew was just staring at her.”

Photos: Keetja Allard / Courtesy of Salvor Projects