Gucci's hot-off-the-presses campaign for their Fall 2012 season -- shows a more relaxed and laid back Charlotte Casiraghi -- wearing comfortable pants and button-down blouses. The black and white images of Casiraghi also features Gucci's iconic metal horsebit and their trademark loafers. On a likability status -- this is an A+ for me, because it reminds us that Casiraghi is not fashion model, but as an endorser and fashion icon-in-the-making, herself. It is nice to see something like this for a change, given that most of the fashion campaigns were dominated by sultry, thin bodied fashion models, clad in stilettos and heavy makeups. This type of ad is more realistic and appealing to women of all ages. Bravo!
To quote (from Gucci's official website):
Gucci is pleased to reveal the second installment in its “Forever Now” icons of heritage advertising campaign series conceived by Creative Director Frida Giannini in collaboration with Charlotte Casiraghi. The two new portraits celebrate the iconic metal horsebit featured on the classic Gucci Loafer – the hardware that has inspired a legacy, since it was first introduced into the House’s vocabulary nearly sixty years ago.
Shot by Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, the vivid black and white photographs portray Ms. Casiraghi in a natural, spontaneous atmosphere full of details. A testament to the equestrian imagery that has embraced Gucci designs across generations, the campaign takes its cue from the brass bit that Guccio Gucci first used on the House’s saddle-stitched handbags in the Fifties, before he applied it to Gucci's signature loafer in 1953.
The new images from the “Forever Now” campaign will appear worldwide from August, in newspapers and fashion and lifestyle magazines complementing the House’s seasonal fashion campaigns. Unveiled this past March with a first installment dedicated to Gucci’s signature green and red stripe, the campaign series sees Charlotte Casiraghi portrayed by the world’s most respected fashion and portrait photographers in a series of sittings celebrating the House’s icons.
The first “Forever Now” advertising campaign series was launched in Autumn 2010, in the run up to Gucci’s 90th anniversary, and featured original black and white photography of Gucci’s Florentine Artisans from its Archive.
All video and photography of the campaign was shot by Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin.