Model Saskia De Brauw Plays David Bowie, Face Of Saint Laurent Menswear

One of the greatest things 2013 has thus far brought the universe is the return of long-silent rock icon David Bowie. Just this week he released a music video for his second single "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)", featuring androgyn superstars Tilda Swinton and Andrej Pejic, whom I've raved about before.

But a face I did not recognize was the one who played a young Bowie, 31-year-old Dutch model Saskia De Brauw. There's a lot to be said about a model who can ditch the industry at 16 to pursue her art, then return full-force at 29, nabbing Vogue covers, show openers and every desirable campaign.

After a little clicking around cyberspace, De Brauw absolutely stopped my heart as the face of Saint Laurent SS13... Saint Laurent menswear that is. Shot by YSL Creative Director Hedi Slimane, Slimane's penchant for androgyny, artists and musicians over the usual fleet of overbred, underfed models is a beacon in the industry. I haven't been so taken by a campaign since actor Sam Riley posed for Burberry shortly after portraying Joy Division's Ian Curtis in Control. There's just something about a delicate, disillusioned "boy" in a slim suit. Very throwback Dior Homme.

Laetitia Casta Gets Lewd For Purple Magazine By Terry Richardson

Interesting update: I recieved a comment on this post that was filtered as spam so I did not read it until now. It appears that Terry Richardson and Purple Magazine have broken some sort of French artist copyright law enforced by the ADAGP by capturing images of Aristide Maillol's statues without permission. The ADAGP has targeted my blog as well, so I have since removed the images. Seeing as Purple has an image with Maillol's piece on the cover of it's Spring/Summer 2011 issue, one wonders how this will play out. As of today, they are still using the images online and certainly on a number of printed magazine already circulating and for sale.

It's sad that we cannot sometimes use art in our own work, especially when the statues like Maillol's are outside and completely open for the public to enjoy. Still, the wonderful images from the Purple shoot are available online with a simple Google search for anyone curious.

Read my original post with the one remaining non-Maillol photo. Fitting, no?

Stunning Victoria Secret model and actress, French beauty Laetitia Casta does her share of revelling in/on the arts for a Purple Fashion spread and cover for their Spring/Summer 2011 issue. I'll give you one guess who shot this... Terry Richardson of course. Casta poses provocatively in Azzedine Alaïa and latex dresses atop and against French sculptor Aristide Maillol's statues that sit in the gorgeous Tuileries Palace gardens in Paris. In the issue, she discusses her relationship with late designer Yves Saint Laurent, whom immediately fell in love with her when she came into a YSL fitting (she was too short and curvy for any of the pieces). Casta was only 21 and Laurant was 64.

But it is no wonder Laurent fell in love with her: Other than being one of the top fashion models in the world, the national symbol of France, Marianne, took on her features in 2003 and she was chosen to play another curvaceous French bombshell, Brigitte Bardot in the Serge Gainsbourg biopic. Bardot also happens to become the first famous Marianne alumna in 1969. Although we don't see much of her now, there's no denying that she will always be remembered as one of France's greatest beauties.

Raquel Zimmerman Vogue Nippon

The 70s prevails, even in this fashion editorial inspired by classic screen legends Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire for Vogue Nippon. Model Raquel Zimmermann and choreographer Stephen Galloway make for a vibrant spread of flashing gowns from Marc Jacobs, YSL and Ferragamo. Photographed by Inez & Vinoodh with styling by George Cortina. In the styling, I don't see much relation to the original dancing duo besides the slick tuxedo and billowy hems, but a few smiles from Zimmermann and more demonstration of Galloway's dancing ability would've make Fred and Ginger proud.

More photos after the jump:

Should the New YSL Belle D'Opium Ad Be Banned in the UK?

The latest in fashion ad to be put on the chopping block in the UK is Yves Saint Laurent's commercial for their new Belle D'Opium fragrance. Featuring the stunning French actress Melanie Thierry, she dances writhingly in a temple dressed in Grecian garb. The ad is a direct reference to the Oracle of Delphi where in priestesses were believed to be violently possessed by the god Apollo. They would essentially go mad and give prophesies in gibberish that needed to be translated by priests. Reference: that cool scene in 300 where the girl was shot underwater to look like she was having a celestial freak-out. THAT scene would make an incredible YSL ad. There is some interesting debate that the trances, which many priestesses were believed to regularly die from, was caused by evidence of poisonous natural gases that emmitted from the Oracle's site.

What the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is concerned about is “Belle running her finger down her inner arm could be seen to simulate the injection of opiates into the body… the ad concluded with her body seizing upwards while lying on the floor, an action we considered could be seen to simulate the effect of drugs on the body.”

Have they never seen an episode of CSI? I understand that the fragrance's name has "opium" in it--what heroin is made from--and the arm gesture is awkwardly apparent, like throwing up a baseball signal during a ballet, but overall the ad is pretty innocuous. Even a bit boring. A small gesture that could signify heroin use is the least of the ASA’s worries, and the writhing on the floor part is just what the priestesses at Delphi did. I almost have to knock YSL in being too literal in their reference to the Oracle. Maybe the ASA should be more concerned with the terrifying possibility of being possessed or the daily fear of carbon monoxide poisoning in the home rather than a perfume ad encouraging drug use.

Do you think YSL's Belle D'Opium commerical should be banned?

You Are Invited: A Current Affair Pop-Up Vintage Marketplace

Not KidViskous Jewelry-related, but thought I'd share!

A Current Affair: Pop-Up Vintage Marketplace

December 10-11, 2010
Opening party TONIGHT (Friday) 6-10pm

Bringing together over 25 premier vintage retailers and private dealers from Los Angeles and beyond, A Current Affair presents a unique opportunity to shop a select assortment of vintage apparel, jewelry, accessories, eyewear, and ephemera including the likes of Azzedine Alaïa, Balmain, Chanel, Chloe, Comme des Garcons, Givenchy, Issey Miyake, Halston, Lanvin, and Yves Saint Laurent.
The combined forces of LA It-boutiques Scout, Richard Wainwright, Beau & Aero, Weltenbuerger, Siren & more
Music by DJ Nguzunguzu
Sponsored by PAMA pomegranate liqueur, IZZE sparkling drinks, and Smartwater.