The 10 most controversial fashion campaigns

The 10 most controversial fashion campaigns

Andrea Tuzio · 5 months ago · Style

The fashion world has always made provocation, transgression and breaking the rules a strong point. Challenging conventions and consequently provoking controversy is almost the order of the day.
The campaigns of fashion houses have often been accused of exasperation and exaggeration, of provocation to the limits of decency or irresponsibility.

So we decided to put together the 10 most controversial campaigns in the fashion world.

Tom Ford Fragrance For Men – Terry Richardson 2007

This 2007 advertising campaign shot by Terry Richardson dedicated to Tom Ford‘s first men’s perfume, has been the subject of much criticism and has been banned in many countries around the world.

Sisley – Terry Richardson 2001

The famous 2001 Sisley campaign, once again shot by the controversial photographer Terry Richardson, was banned because of his daring and driven imagination.

United Colors of Benetton “UNHATE” – 2011

In the foreground the kiss on the mouth between Joseph Ratzinger and the Imam of the Cairo Al Ahzar mosque, Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed El-Tayeb, for the campaign signed United Colors of Benetton “UNHATE”. The reaction of the Vatican arrived within a few hours, defining the photograph “unacceptable”, the company removed it also because the giant picture of the kiss was posted on Ponte Sant’Angelo in Rome, very near St. Peter’s.

Gucci “Public Enemy” – Mario Testino 2003

The campaign shot by one of the most important and revered fashion photographers of all time, Mario Testino, starring model Carmen Kass showed Gucci‘s “G” on Kass’s groin and was censored amid many controversies.

United Colors of Benetton – David Kirby’s Final Moment 1992

The photo that Luciano Benetton and his consultant Oliviero Toscani chose for the 1992 campaign to sensitize public opinion and especially young people to the AIDS, which in those years claimed millions of victims mainly for lack of information and awareness of the real danger of the syndrome, is harsh, crude and highly controversial. This photo taken by David Kirby changed forever the perception of AIDS all over the world.

Miu Miu – Spring/Summer 2015

Taken by Steven Meisel the Miu Miu SS15 campaign was labeled “irresponsible” because it showed what could be mistaken for a little girl in a sexually suggestive pose. The model of the photograph is Mia Goth who at the time of the shot was 22 years old but, despite the age of the protagonist, the campaign was withdrawn.

United Colors of Benetton – 1992

The union Benetton/Oliviero Toscani made a lot of discussion during the 18 years of partnership and in 1992 the Milanese photographer chose the theme of the death penalty for the company’s campaign. A photograph of an empty electric chair to raise public awareness of a problem unfortunately still unresolved.

Sisley – Terry Richardson 2003

The Brazilian super model Ana Beatriz Barros photographed by Terry Richardson in 2003 for the Sisley campaign was opposed and finally banned because of the provocative and sexually explicit imagery inherent in the shot.

Dolce & Gabbana – Spring/Summer 2007

Heavy criticism and cancellation for this very controversial Dolce & Gabbana campaign. The photo of the model Alessandra Ambrosio surrounded by 4 models was banned everywhere after her release in Spain also thanks to the indignation that arose because of the imagery related to rape that the shot seems to suggest.

Calvin Klein Jeans – Steven Meisel 1995

The CK Jeans campaign of 1995, shot in a wooden basement by Steven Meisel, immediately caused a stir. He accused the look of the models that seemed to be very young and photographed in sexually blinking poses with clear transparencies.

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Nicolas Miller, a neo-noir photographer

Nicolas Miller, a neo-noir photographer

Collater.al Contributors · 5 days ago · Photography

Imagine New York on a winter’s night: thick fog, heavy rain, neon lights reflecting off the wet asphalt, it’s cold, there’s hardly anyone around and it’s like living inside a movie. It’s spectacular, but it’s not just cinema.
Nicolas Miller, a French photographer based in New York, lives the city by night and transports everyone to the dreamy and threatening atmospheres of one of the most evocative metropolises in the world.

The ingredients of his photographs are few but essential: an urban landscape, darkness, threatening weather and half-deserted streets. Nothing else is needed to describe the dark life of the city.

With his photographs, Nicolas Miller succeeds in narrating the different dimensions of New York, analysing its spaces, looking through the illuminated glimpses of skyscrapers and reporting the mysterious stories of those who, like him, walk late at night in solitude.

His shots respect a uniform and coherent visual narrative, they are dramatic images with few bright colors, many contrasts and soft lighting. His dark environments seem to be inspired by the great neo-noir classics of cinema, each shot seeming to be captured from a film scene.

– Read also: The night photographs by Michael McCluskey

Nicolas Miller works in the mist, telling the dark side of New York and setting up mysterious and enigmatic stories.
See a selection of his shots here and follow him on Instagram.

Words by Federica Cimorelli

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The extravagant portraits by Alexandra Savina

The extravagant portraits by Alexandra Savina

Giulia Guido · 5 days ago · Photography

At only 22 years old Alexandra Savina has already developed a unique and personal style. The young photographer and creative from Moscow, in fact, has managed to represent with images her strong passion for people. 

Through her shots, very often portraits, Alexandra Savina tells what is hidden behind the faces, or the emotions, the different personalities, breaking down preconceptions and appearances. 

But how does she manage to do it? With the use of color, always full and intense, through unusual and unconventional poses and, last but not least, a touch of extravagance that in addition to never lacking is just that little something extra that will make you want to continue to browse her shots. 

“Photography is my voice, my language, my way of saying “the world is beautiful, people are beautiful, creativity rises within us and it’s essential.” 

This approach to the human figure and its essence has led her to collaborate with several companies including Nike, adidas and StreetBeat, but also to shoot public figures, playing with them and with the camera. 

– Read also: Intense portraits by photographer David Van Dartel

Below you can find a selection of her shots, but to find out more follow Alexandra Savina on Instagram

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Freedom and femininity in the shots by Caroline Dare

Freedom and femininity in the shots by Caroline Dare

Giulia Guido · 4 days ago · Art, Photography

Born in 1994, Caroline Dare is a young American artist and photographer who now lives and works in Sydney, Australia. Her passion for photography was born when she was still a child and by pure chance, she took some pictures of one of her sisters. 
From that moment on, her love for the lens has never abandoned her. 

Caroline Dare doesn’t set limits for herself: in addition to photographing herself and boys and girls in their intimacy, in stolen moments and on the move, she often shoots her surroundings, whether it’s the landscape seen from the window or a simple object. Anything can prove to be the ideal subject for the perfect shot. 

The style of her shots involves a digital imitation of film grain, which matches the colors and hues of the shots ranging from yellow to blue, to red. Caroline’s are spontaneous photographs that speak to us of freedom, of the body and mind, and of femininity. 

Discover below a selection of her shots and follow Caroline Dare on Instagram not to miss all her work. 

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The Climate Crisis Font, the font against climate change

The Climate Crisis Font, the font against climate change

Collater.al Contributors · 3 days ago · Art

The effects of climate change are slowly destroying our planet: glaciers are melting at record speed, ocean temperatures are rising uncontrollably, sea levels are rising inexorably and extreme weather events are continuing unabated. The only way to get this situation under control is to act quickly, but getting the institutions to speak out seems to be very difficult. So what can be done?
The advertising agency TBWA\Helsinki and Helsingin Sanomat, Finland’s most famous newspaper, have recently launched a new and original project in the hope of attracting the attention of those in power. It is called The Climate Crisis Font and is, to all intents and purposes, a font against climate change.

The Climate Crisis Font was created to illustrate climate change and its effects on the planet in a simple and accessible way. It is not a font with a linear and defined shape, but it has a variable structure that can be modified and transformed at will. Its mutability is not accidental, but is based on data collected over the years by the National Snow and Ice Data Center, the US information centre supporting worldwide polar and cryospheric research.

This font follows the transformation of the state of the glaciers over the years, from 1979 to 2020. In addition to showing a dangerous and out-of-control phenomenon, it predicts melting until 2050 and the imminent end of the northern ice cap.

The Climate Crisis Font can be downloaded for free on the official Helsingin Sanomat page, visit the site and watch the project video below.

Words by Federica Cimorelli

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