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Missoni Shoots Joan Small and Justin Barnhill for Sci-Fi Fall/Winter 2014 Campaign

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When we think of post-apocalyptic, sci-fi societies, we tend to think of Mad Max or Blade Runner—where it’s a dog-eat-dog world of robot gangs and cool laser guns that blast out explosive beams of light. For the fashion world, or at least Missoni, however, the future looks much different. For the Italian brand, the year 2970 will be filled not with revenge-seeking cyborgs, but bright, cartoonish creatures that will roam the earth befriending gorgeous models. Tapping top models Joan Smalls and Justin Barnhill, Missoni’s Fall/Winter 14-15 campaign captures the two in this optimistic future where they pose against the dry landscape.“[Smalls] is one of the most famous and adored models of this moment, and she perfectly embodies the spirit of this collection,” Angela Missoni told of her casting choice. “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 by Dutch photographer and artist Viviane Sassen, and styled by Vanessa Reid and Stephen Mann, the campaign took place at an archeological site to allow for the barren backdrop to make a dramatic contrast against the new season’s colorful designs. Meant to be the “alter-egos” of Smalls and Barnhill, the geometric creatures follow them across these empty ruins, encapsulating their internal adventurousness in this forthcoming environment. “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,” Missoni explained. While, admittedly, the campaign images aren’t as gut-wrenching as two hours of Blade Runner, we’re not going to say no to anything that puts us in sight of Barnhill’s angelic stares.

By | July 18th, 2014|Fine Living|0 Comments

Lara Stone Slips Back Into Calvin Klein Jeans For Her New Fall Campaign

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Photos Courtesy of Calvin Klein Jeans

Calvin Klein is tapping a couple of major names for its upcoming fall campaigns. Having just shot Lottie Moss for their Mytheresa collaboration, the American brand is now tapping supermodel Lara Stone for both their Calvin Klein Jeans and Calvin Klein Underwear campaigns. A Klein model since 2008 (switching exclusively to fragrances during her pregnancy), this will be Stone’s first time slipping back into her Calvins since giving birth to her son. While rumors spread that some labels turned away the model due to her pre-natal weight gain, she is looking like one hot mama in the new CK images—seriously, her post-baby body is better than ours. “By about nine months [after the birth] I began feeling more normal and I started to fit into my old clothes again, but my body still felt different,” Stone told Net-A-Porter’s The Edit.

But it certainly doesn't look different. The gorgeous, jealousy-inducing images were shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, and feature Stone lying across the lap of Matt Terry. But despite Terry being an Adonis of a model we barely notice him—probably due, in part, to Stone’s amazingly awesome abs. The images also play host to the #mycalvins hashtag, a social media campaign that has been in effect since February. With the buzz around newcomer Lottie Moss and the fan base of modeling vet Stone, it looks like this season is gearing up to be a popular one for Calvin Klein.

By | July 15th, 2014|Fine Living|0 Comments

Max Mara Makes Actress Amy Adams the Star of Their New Campaign

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Photo Credit: Mario Sorrenti for Max Mara

While most of us are soaking up the sun and planning backyard get-togethers, the fashion industry is gearing up for fall with the release of their F/W 14-15 campaigns. Most have featured popular models or bright new up-and-comers—like Gisele Bündchen for Isabel Marant or Lottie Moss for Calvin Klein—but Max Mara decided to shake up the game. Turning to A-lister Amy Adams to front their fall and upcoming spring campaigns, the Italian luxury brand is hoping a dose of Hollywood will stand out amongst the others.

Replacing Jennifer Garner who was the face of the brand last year, Adams was shot by Mario Sorrenti wearing the brand’s signature sunglasses, handbags and accessories. Featuring Max Mara’s Signature Bag, the Margaux and a new line of eyewear, the actress’ campaign images will be featured in approximately 50 store windows around the globe. There will be a total of five photographs for Adams, with handbag shots set to release in August and sunglasses coming in October. The campaign will be released worldwide including Moscow and Dubai.

By | July 15th, 2014|Fine Living|0 Comments

Take the Whole Family Glamping In This 3-Bedroom Northwest Territory Tent

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With summer quickly approaching, many are finding themselves dreaming of having a weekend long camping adventure with friends and family. Instead of using an old cramped tent, one which is probably still dirty from that last music festival you went to, check out the 18'x12' Northwest Territory Front Porch Tent. Designed to replicate a little house, the tent has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, eight windows throughout, and a peaked roof that's over seven feet high in the center. The little porch area is great for hanging out and thanks to a dropdown wall, bugs are kept at bay. There's even a back zippered door so those sleeping in the rear can have a private entrance. Another neat feature is that the floor can be unzipped from the main tent, making clean-up super easy.

By | June 16th, 2014|Leisure News|0 Comments

11 Sexy Soccer Players We Wish Would Play On Our Field

We all know that David Beckham is uncomfortably attractive, but he's not the only good looking soccer (or football, depending on where you live) player out there who makes you want to suddenly take the sport up. To celebrate the 2014 FIFA World Cup (because it's nice to have an excuse to look at these players), we've found the hottest guys out there who make a living kicking a ball around and looking attractive (though being attractive may or may not be part of their contracts).

Cristiano Ronaldo

We don't know how he does it, but Cristiano always has perfect hair during games. Seriously, do a quick search and you're met with images of his body flying through the air and perfectly coiffed hair. It's mystical and maybe even a little annoying. The Portuguese player also has a bit of a bad boy streak in him (or at least he used to) and threw a chair at his teacher when he was a kid because the teacher "disrespected" him. From Portugal, the 29-year-old is a pretty pricey player with his $132 million dollar transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009 — meaning he's talented. Really talented.

David Beckham

Of course, David Beckham is on the list. Look at him. It's like he's looking right into your essence and seducing it. Stop it, David! You're married! (P.S. Never stop, we didn't mean it.)

Xabier "Xabi" Alonso

When Xabi wears a suit he can rival James Bond, when he grows a beard he looks like he'll build you the log cabin of your dreams — two very important traits. He's also a redhead (score!) and he's the only one on this list our fashion editor really approves of (double score!). From Spain, the 32-year-old plays for Real Madrid (meaning he and Cristiano up there are probably besties ready to take us on the double date of a lifetime) and tends to put family ahead of the game, having skipped a match to be present at the birth of his first child. Swoon.

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior

As Brazil's shining star, 22-year-old Neymar is just as attractive as he is talented. Plus, he photographs pretty well and even rivaled Gisele Bündchen on a recent Vogue Brazil cover. Playing for Barcelona, the player is known for his speed, acceleration, dribbling, and is quick on both feet, making him a pretty big deal and someone other players call the future best in the world.

Sergio Ramos

When guys who look like Sergio are on the field, it's really hard to root for one team only. You may even find yourself getting jealous of all the high-fives and tackles he doles out. In 2013, at the age of 27, he became the youngest player to ever reach 100 caps and not surprising, he's in a relationship.

By | June 5th, 2014|Leisure News|0 Comments

Death Defying Runways: The Most Unique, Terrifying and Crazy Catwalks in Fashion

We love watching runway shows during fashion week, we do, but sometimes a collection calls for something a little more extravagant, a little more unique, a little more—death-defying. Some of the most shocking fashion runway shows in the world have been held thousands of feet in the sky, underwater or set models on fire—seriously. While it seems designers are always trying to outdo one another, there a few “runways” (and we use the term loosely) that pretty much take the cake. Fair warning—if you’re afraid of heights these are totally not for you.

Entrepreneur/model Jessica Minh Anh has a tendency to organize fashion shows that are not for the faint of heart. Coordinating the first runway on Singapore’s Gardens By The Bay’s OCBC Skyway, her J Spring Fashion Show 2014 was held 82 feet above the ground on a 420 foot long runway. The show included designs by men and women’s brands including Chinese fashion house Tina Couture, British Menswear brand Mark Marengo and Singapore’s very own fashion brand Fuchsia Lane.

Since Anh is clearly a lover of heights and vertigo-inducing runways, is it any surprise she’s the mind behind the show on the PETRONAS Twin Towers' SkyBridge? Holding the J Spring Fashion show in March of 2012 at the SkyBridge in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the event was the first of its kind—not only for height and location, but in variety of presenters. In conjunction with 10 designers from 10 different countries, the event showcased the work of Limkokwing University students. The pièce de résistance was a cake dress worn by Anh, designed by a student who won an international design competition.

Ridiculously high catwalk? Check. Never been done before? Check. Then it must be Anh. Taking heights to a new level, she coordinated the first runway show over the Grand Canyon on the crystal-clear Skywalk. The “floating” glass-bottom bridge is 4,000 feet over the canyon floor, adding to the dramatic backdrop of the collection. As the stage for the J Autumn haute couture and ready-to-wear collection, the models had to walk the bridge in heels and just pray they didn’t look down—or trip—it’s a long fall.

While heights are quite terrifying for some, it almost pales in comparison to lighting yourself on fire. For the 2007 Taurus World Stunt Awards, stuntmen were honored for their contributions to filmmaking—and you know these guys weren't going to give a little speech and be played off stage. Mid-event a runway show begins that had male and female models strutting their stuff down the stage—with their bodies completely lit on fire. It was clear these stuntmen (and women!) enjoy their work. Needless to say this was one hot runway.

If fire isn’t your thing you could always take the plunge with an underwater runway show. While the thought of spinning, twirling and doing a little turn on the catwalk, all while wearing pounds of traditional Korean clothing (sans air tank!) gives us the willies, the swirling clothes do look pretty cool. To celebrate the opening of a new Lotte department store in Seoul, Korea, models donned brightly colored traditional garments and took to the water. While it’s a little more wet fish than the Little Mermaid, we’d take it over setting ourselves ablaze.

For thrill-seeking models in the world it doesn’t get any better than a base-jumping fashion show. Titled High Fashion, models Roberta Mancino, Giovanni Silvestri, Andrey Karr, Luca Tondelli and Maurizio Di Palma all flew through the air on camera for the sake of Italian style. Commissioned in part by Roberto Cavalli in conjunction with Go Pro cameras, supermodel (and real-life daredevil extraordinaire and skydiving record holder) Mancino pairs up with those well-dressed men to show off their new Cavailli duds—all while free falling off Monte Brento in Italy. Oh, and she does this all in heels.

By | April 16th, 2014|Fine Living|0 Comments

Avoid the Mega Crowds With These 9 Eclectic Early Summer Music Festivals

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