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Sephora_Holiday_2014_2Hope everyone had a merry merry Christmas! Another brand I’ve had my eye on this holiday season is Sephora. I saw their store windows in both San Francisco and NYC this year, and I’m loving the playful patterns, bright colors and model images mixed in. Looks very festive and “holiday” looking without resorting to making everything red and green. I also love how elevated everything looks. Job well done Sephora! Check out more images from the campaign and their Holiday packaging below. Get into it!

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Cute right? Hopefully you saw some of this stuff under your tree this year. If no, go treat yo self!


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flatiron_9One project I’ve been OBSESSED with for a while is the wheatpaste posters in Nike’s RUN Flatiron NYC store. For the project, Nike commissioned several designers to create graphic posters on the subject of running, NYC and the brand itself. The posters are so graphic and bold individually, but look great together. I love this style of guerrilla advertising and would love to do something like this for a brand I’m working for one day. It looks like the Portland-based The Pressure and designer Josh Finklea, and Travis Barteaux (amount others) worked on this project – definitely check out their sites. I really admire how Nike (and the designers) took risks and created bold stuff like this. It really works for them. So get running, and get into it!

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A few days ago, I blogged about my early favorite Fall 14 ad campaign by Cole Haan that caught my eye. And now that I’ve had sufficient time to luxuriate around my apartment and enjoy all my September Issues, I’ve created my Fall 14 favorites list! My number one favorite, hands-down, is the Fall 14 Moschino campaign shot my Steven Meisel (who coincidentally shot almost ALL of my favorites this year). I love the mix of high and low, the beautiful classic museum-style photography paired with Jeremey Scott’s crazy clothes, which themselves are a blend of American pop culture and high fashion. They are playful and fun. And who doesn’t love the iconic models in the campaign?

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Second up are the Fall 14 Miu Miu ads (below), also shot by Steven Meisel – noticing a trend here??

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I love the high contrast black & white. These are something edgy and new compared to the Miu Miu ads I’m used to seeing.


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Now that it’s finally September, my favorite fashion time of year, the new Fall ’14 campaigns are releasing in magazines, social media and outdoor advertising across the US. It’s no secret that I have a Cole Haan obsession, so it’s no surprise I’m totally in-love with their newest campaign starring Dree Hemingway. Shot in Sun Valley, Idaho by renowned photographer Glen Luchford and conceived by Wednesday Agency, the campaign takes the brand in a new direction.

According to Cole Haan,

The underlying theme of the synergy between tradition and modernity is also evocative of Ms. Hemingway’s approach to her rich family legacy, while simultaneously forging her own path. A fresh take on the American Dream, the campaign imagery of Dree on open roads and in other rural scenes embodies both the self-determination and independent spirit of Cole Haan and Ms. Hemingway. 

I’m loving the new “lifestyle” direction to their advertising. I wonder if they have a male brand ambassador shot this way? Anyways, get into the beautiful images below and stay tuned for my favorite fashion ads from the September issues this weekend. Get into it! Happy Fall! 

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Aren’t these great? Take a peak how Cole Haan took over a subway station in NYC below. 

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Even though we’re stuck in the middle of the winter doldrums, it’s time to think about Spring and Summer (in the fashion world that is). Recently I stumbled across two new ad campaigns that bring welcome color and life to the otherwise dull winter world we’re used to seeing now. The first is Celine’s Spring/Summer 2014 campaign, photographed by Juergen Teller featuring Canadian model Daria Werbowy. I love the color and movement of these ads, so playful and fun. These are much more expressive and less “minimal” than Celine’s previous campaigns. Next up are the Spring/Summer 2014 Prada ads. So much color and pattern, I’m a bit obsessed. My new-found Prada obsession might also be related to my latest shoe purchase (see here). Couldn’t help myself. So get into these new Spring/Summer looks while we await the March fashion mags and warmer Spring weather. Get into it.

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Amazing right? Now get into Prada (below).


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Poster by Donald Brun, 1946

Donald Brun (1909-1999) was a famous Swiss designer during the “golden age” of Swiss design (prior to 1970). I stumbled across his work this morning on Pinterest and I’m absolutely in love with his work for the European shoe company Bata (founded in the 1800’s). Brun’s work is a perfect example of graphic design history from the period: simple, playful, bold and graphic design with vivid colors. Most posters from the period sell for hundreds, or even thousands of dollars today, but they are truly works of art. One day I’ll get my hands on a few of these. I need to see if there are any books on Burn so I can learn more about him and see more of his work. Until I get do, get into more of his work below.

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If you love these ads, check out Bata’s 120 years of Advertising Board on Pinterest.


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“Bull” Durham Tobacco billboard from 1800’s, shot by Molly Block

While searching for inspiration relating to a freelance project, I stumbled across the image above (by Molly Block) of an original “Bull” Durham Tobacco billboard dating back to the 1890-1900’s in Goliad, Tx. What’s remarkable about this particular billboard is that until 2013, it has covered and not seen by the public for over 100 years (thus explaining its excellent condition). Normally ads from the period are called “ghost walls” as only the white letters remain due to sun/weather exposure. The story goes that Patsy and Scott Light bought the Troy Cleaners building in auction and discovered an old Durham Tobacco advertisement behind a wall of Sheetrock as they prepared the building to be demolished.

The Victoria Advocate writes,

” … as the couple began removing the Sheetrock from inside Troy Cleaners, they realized a treasure was hidden within the walls. “We came in and there was a hole in the Sheetrock” and Scotty Light thought he had seen part of a bull, Patsy Light said. “So he kept on going. He had a hammer and I had a crowbar and we just kept going and we discovered it.” Under the Sheetrock, they found a massive bull painted onto the exterior wall of the Goliad County Library, which was also the interior wall of the cleaners.

The bull was at one time a 43-foot long ad for Durham Tobacco, which was one of the largest tobacco companies in the world during the late 1800s. The ad was probably painted onto the side of the building by a “wall dog” or traveling painter between 1880-1900, said Patsy Light, a historian.”

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The entire wall (above – shot by Molly Block – follow link for more shots!)

According to Molly, the sign reads, Blackwell’s (W.T. Blackwell owned the Durham Tobacco brand) Has No Equal. Molly adds, “The Lights, with approval from the Goliad Board of Architectural Review, are in the process of demolishing the building; after the demolition’s completed, the entire ghost sign, which is painted on the north wall of an historic building that houses the Goliad County Library, will be restored and visible by anyone.”

I absolutely love the old-style typography and the bold/graphic look of the ad. As someone that grew up in the Raleigh-Durham area, I love finding new pieces of North Carolina history, especially history from a graphic design/typographic angle! How cool right? Growing up in Raleigh, Durham always had a bad rap, but their downtown is home to several huge brick tobacco factories dating back to the 1800s-early 1900s. Today mary are being converted into loft-style apartments and mixed-use developments. If I still lived in NC I’d definitely love to call downtown Durham home. Finding this buried treasure inspired me to find more “Bull” Durham stuff from the period, so I’ve collected a few more images below.


Vintage “Bull” Durham Tobacco packaging (above and below).




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