The advent of Photoshop and other imaging software has done wonders for bad skin while banishing natural complexion to those photographs shot before the Nineties. These days, in most advertising, God-given skin with pores, lines, and hair are almost non-existent—models and store-window mannequins look equally plastic.
So it was with much delight when I came face to face, literally, with a Prada poster outside their store in Singapore recently. Looking back at me was Clement Chabernaud (also in the current +J campaign for Uniqlo) who looked oddly attractive in a way I am sure many would not consider traditionally handsome. Lensed by Willy Vanderperre (Raf Simons’s longstanding collaborator) who lit his subject in such a way as not to cast any shadows on the countenance, Prada’s newest face is all epidermis as it should be. It is amazing that they left the model’s slight under-eye shadow and some lines discernible. This guy is not only real, he is believable.
Trust CDG to come up with a tote that could have had a previous life as a backpack! The handles are clearly fashioned out of the shoulder straps of rucksacks, and are, in fact, very comfortable to hold when you have something heavy in the bag. But what is perhaps more appealing than the witty design is the way it looks. For guys who are resistant to totes (still considered a bag for the fairer sex), this version from the Spring/Summer 2011 collection is as manly as anything you could pick up in a sporting goods store. Too bad it is not available in Bangkok.
Taiwanese actor Godfrey Gao Yixiang is Louis Vuitton’s new model, presumably for Asia. Mr Gao’s angular face and quiet confidence that looks unforced suit LV’s advertising that suggests travel in an unhurried manner. To me, this is an easier sell than Emporio Armani’s ads from last season, featuring another Taiwanese, but with a Japanese name, Takeshi Kaneshiro. Also known as Jin Chengwu, he appeared to have an oddly large head in AE’s campaign, which were shot with a strange distorting reflective surface as background.
Good to know Asian guys are getting noticed.
Something happened when I visited Madame Tussauds Bangkok website a moment ago. The homepage is in Thai. Seeing no option for English, I clicked on Google Chrome’s instant translation button, and was treated to the following result. Somewhere next to Jim Carey’s face was this paragraph: “I stick bananas invite younger children celebrate the Free* Madame Dus Associates Bangkok”!
Should the anti-pedophilia watch group be notified? And who is Madame Dus? Tussauds’s sister?